Extraordinary Gervasutti Refuge in Italy is a Prefab Tubular Alpine Pod Home

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Cheap Solar PV Powers Substantial Global Renewable Energy Growth in 2013

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The falling price of solar photovoltaic systems was the main driver of an increase in global renewable energy generation in 2013, according to a new report produced by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Center for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, the United Nations Environment Program and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Titled “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014,” the report reveals that the market share of renewables rose to 8.5 percent of global electric power generation in 2013 – an increase from 7.8 percent in 2012. But cheap solar, along with policy uncertainty, also contributed to a drop in clean energy investments last year; investments fell 14 percent to $214 billion worldwide.

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Affordable Solar-Powered 28th Street Apartments Revive Historic 1926 Building in Los Angeles

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MIT's "New Meadowlands" Marshland Plan Could Protect New York from the Next Hurricane Sandy

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Yesterday we took an early peek at the top ten designs from the Rebuild By Design competition, a contest to find ideas that protect the tri-state area from future superstorms. One of the most interesting proposals, entitled “New Meadowlands,” comes from a team led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The plan focuses on using existing marshlands to make vulnerable areas of New Jersey and metropolitan New York more resilient in the face of rising tides.

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SuralArk: Giant Ark Coming to Queens to Raise Climate Change Awareness

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A modern-day Noah’s Ark will be coming to Astoria’s Socrates Sculpture Park this summer. While it won’t house animals or humans like its biblical counterpart, the hope is that the massive boat sculpture will get visitors thinking about the realities of climate change. Designed by Philadelphia-based Austin + Mergold, the fifty-foot wooden “SuralArk” will resemble an overturned ship, but will double as a shaded shelter for park goers. The ark will also pay tribute the area’s marine history and highlight its vulnerability to rising tides.

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Guedes Cruz' Social Complex in Alcabideche is a Comforting Green Haven for Seniors

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Multi Level DIY Saunalautta Raft Boasts its Own Private Sauna - and You Can Rent it!

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Doctors Now Prescribe Bike Share Memberships to Patients in Boston

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The City of Boston has officially enlisted bike sharing in the fight against obesity. Under the recently launched “Prescribe-a-Bike” program, Boston Medical Center doctors can now write low-income patients prescriptions for a $5 subsidized one-year membership to the Hubway bike-share system. The annual subscription would give qualifying patients access to Hubway’s 1,100 bikes at 130 locations.

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

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3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with? This could go horribly wrong if we don’t take the opportunity to stop and ask how the rest of nature would do it. Maybe our society friends the paper wasps have an opinion: let’s check in with them in today’s entry of The Biomimicry Manual.

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Groundbreaking Smartphone Battery Charges Up in 30 Seconds Flat

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Sick of waiting for your smartphone to recharge? Israeli nanotechnology pioneer StoreDot Ltd just unveiled a groundbreaking new battery that can charge up in 30 seconds flat! The fast-charging battery incorporates “nano dots” derived from bio-organic material that offer increased electrode capacitance and electrolyte performance. This results in batteries that can be fully charged in seconds rather than hours.

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Underground Organic Vena Cava Winery is Built With Salvaged Boats in Baja

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Bone Dusters Paleo Ale is Brewed From a 35-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossil

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filed under: Animals, green technology, News

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If you’ve ever wanted to know what dinosaur-flavored beer tastes like, now is your chance. Jason Osborne of paleontology and geology non-profit Paleo Quest has teamed up with Jasper Akerboom, a brew scientist at Lost Rhino Brewing Company, to make an ale like no other. Using a 35-million-year-old whale fossil, the pair created Bone Dusters Paleo Ale, an extremely limited edition brew that fuses a lost strain of yeast found in a dinosaur fossil with a modern craft beer.

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AEDAS Unveils Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building in China

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French Scientists Developing Earthquake 'Shields' to Protect Cities from Quakes

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Someday in the future, when an earthquake hits a major city, we may be able to redirect the acoustic waves of the earthquake to a place where they won’t cause so much damage. At least, that’s the idea proposed by scientists at the Aix-Marseille University and French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). The scientists teamed up with French company Ménard to conduct a large scale experiment that uses metamaterial technology to deflect acoustic waves like those generated in an earthquake. So far, the results have been promising.

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Are Indoor Fish Farms America's Next Big Green Industry?

by , 04/08/14

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The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization produced a new study that says the United States has the greatest potential for fish farming. While oceanic agriculture has become popular overseas, it still hasn’t taken hold in North America. In a recent interview with NPR, Michael Rubino, the director of aquaculture at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said this could be because the industry faces heavy opposition from environmentalists and coastal residents, who aren’t willing to give up their unobstructed views.

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Now You Can Rule Your Own

Now You Can Rule Your Own "Eastern Block" with These Pop-Up Paper…

  Blok Wschodni / Eastern Block is a collection of paper cut-out models representing various modernist buildings in Warsaw, Poland. Made and distributed by Zupagrafika, the…

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Wolveridge Architects Use Almost All Recycled Timber to Build Beautiful Blairgowrie House in Australia

Wolveridge Architects Use Almost All Recycled Timber to Build…

Most of the house is encircled by patterned geometric screens, which not only reference the concrete blocks used by Knox, but also create spaces that can be used as courtyards. These…

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ArchiWorkshop Unveils Gorgeous 'Glamping' Tents Shaped Like Doughnuts

ArchiWorkshop Unveils Gorgeous 'Glamping' Tents Shaped Like Doughnuts

Designed for a remote campsite in Yang-Pyeong, ArchiWorkshop's "Glamping for Glampers" tents come in two distinctive shapes. One is a long, curving form that easily adapts to rough…

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2014 World Cup Arena Fonte Nova Stadium Scoops LEED Silver in Brazil

2014 World Cup Arena Fonte Nova Stadium Scoops LEED Silver in Brazil

Apart from its primary function as a football stadium, the building's horseshoe design opens the grounds out onto an inner city lake located just outside, which makes it perfect for…

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Barclays Center to Be Topped with 130,000-Square-Foot Green Roof

Barclays Center to Be Topped with 130,000-Square-Foot Green Roof

Brooklyn's Barclays Center has announced that it will be topping off its already impressive environmental achievements with a 130,000-square-foot green roof. Designed by SHoP…

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