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Resilient Design: Is Resilience the New Sustainability?

Resilient Design: Is Resilience the New Sustainability?

Ever since Hurricane Sandy wrought havoc on the East Coast, ‘resilient design’ has been a hot topic of conversation — and not just amongst architects and designers, but politicians, engineers and

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Australian Coal Port Expansion Will Hasten the Great Barrier Reef’s Death, Activists Say

Australian Coal Port Expansion Will Hasten the Great Barrier Reef’s Death, Activists Say

Photo via Shutterstock With an apparent disregard for warnings from scientists, fishermen and even UNESCO, Australian environment minister Greg Hunt has approved plans for a massive expansion of a coal

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5 Tips to Green Your Home From Organic Architect Eric Corey Freed

5 Tips to Green Your Home From Organic Architect Eric Corey Freed

TIP 1: Wrap Your Home in Insulation - "The More, The Better!" Proper insulation is probably the most important factor you can control in creating an energy-efficient home. I always say insulation is like

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Christmas Tree Farms are Shutting Down Due to Climate Change

Christmas Tree Farms are Shutting Down Due to Climate Change

 Photo © Shutterstock  Throughout the U.S., extreme weather events are causing Christmas tree farmers to close up shop and stop planting new trees. In Vermont and New Hampshire, an early March heat

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4/704: Artist Rosie O’Reilly Dyes Clothing With the Tides to Call Attention to Rising Sea Levels

4/704: Artist Rosie O’Reilly Dyes Clothing With the Tides to Call Attention to Rising Sea Levels

4/704 from ALONG CAME A SPIDER on Vimeo. Artist Rosie O’Reilly questions the social and environmental story of our time with 4/704, an installation that ran as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival

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Film Exposes Fracking in World’s Second Largest Wildlife Preserve

Film Exposes Fracking in World’s Second Largest Wildlife Preserve

Kalahari Desert photo from Shutterstock Botswana government officials are in hot water over fracking in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, which is the second largest wildlife preserve in the world.

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Tense Warsaw Climate Talks Finally Reach Agreement

Tense Warsaw Climate Talks Finally Reach Agreement

Following two weeks of discussion, the UN climate talks in Warsaw finally ended in a compromise agreement, with participating nations agreeing to work toward curbing emissions as soon as possible. While

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Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

The Tetris House is located on a narrow 40’ by 110’ lot with tight zoning that minimized the allowable building footprint. Compounding challenges from the compact footprint, the client asked for the

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Cupertino City Council Gives Apple’s Spaceship Headquarters the Green Light

Cupertino City Council Gives Apple’s Spaceship Headquarters the Green Light

Jobs called the forthcoming extravagant headquarters the “best office building in the world.” Although his vision won’t be realized until 2016, 14,000 Apple employees will enjoy state of the art

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Extreme Weather Costs the Global Economy $200 Billion a Year

Extreme Weather Costs the Global Economy $200 Billion a Year

In another stark reminder that the economy and environment can't be separated, a new World Bank report finds that climate-related damage from extreme weather events such as Typhoon Haiyan has cost the

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8 Innovative Emergency Shelters for When Disaster Strikes

8 Innovative Emergency Shelters for When Disaster Strikes

IKEA Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelter This flat pack, easy to transport shelter was developed in collaboration between the IKEA Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR).

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Qunli Stormwater Wetland Park Stores Rainwater While Protecting the Environment from Urban Development

Qunli Stormwater Wetland Park Stores Rainwater While Protecting the Environment from Urban Development

Turenscape's plan for Qunli Stormwater Wetland Park sought to leave the natural core of the site untouched. This allows the indigenous plants and animals to maintain their own balance without any

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Three Colorado Cities Ban Fracking

Three Colorado Cities Ban Fracking

Three Colorado cities passed moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing Nov. 6 by surprisingly high margins. Residents of Boulder, Lafayette and Fort Collins all voted by significant margins to reject gas and

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Philippines Delegate Goes on Hunger Strike at U.N. Climate Change Conference

Philippines Delegate Goes on Hunger Strike at U.N. Climate Change Conference

With his country still reeling from Super Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines delegate Naderev "Yeb" Saño made an emotional plea for meaningful action at the COP19 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Warsaw,

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10,000 Feared Dead in the Wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan

10,000 Feared Dead in the Wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan

Rescue workers are struggling to reach towns and villages in the central Philippines following the assault of super typhoon Haiyan on the region. Preliminary reports estimate that at least 10,000 people

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COP-19 Climate Change Conference Kicks Off This Week in Warsaw, Poland

COP-19 Climate Change Conference Kicks Off This Week in Warsaw, Poland

Photo of polar bear via Shutterstock The "Last Chance" 2015 International Climate Agreement Two years ago at Durban, South Africa, countries at COP-17 ended climate talks with a promise to create a

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Record-Shattering Super Typhoon Haiyan Slams Philippines With 235 MPH Winds

Record-Shattering Super Typhoon Haiyan Slams Philippines With 235 MPH Winds

One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded made landfall in the Philippines early Friday. At 1,200 miles across, the storm is expected to inflict widespread damage. Meteorologists clocked the

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SAA Architects Unveil Lush Garden-Filled Terminal 4 for Singapore’s Changi Airport

SAA Architects Unveil Lush Garden-Filled Terminal 4 for Singapore’s Changi Airport

In keeping with Singapore's "garden city" moniker, Terminal 4 will welcome visitors with large vertical green walls and lush gardens. Inside the impressive two-story glazed facade, colorful skylight

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How Ancient Workers Hauled 100 Ton Stones 43 Miles to Build China’s Forbidden City

How Ancient Workers Hauled 100 Ton Stones 43 Miles to Build China’s Forbidden City

Photo of the Forbidden City via Shutterstock A new study by a team of engineers from two Beijing universities and Princeton University reveals how ancient Chinese workers hauled 100 ton plus stones

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Tiny Mirrored Cabin Reflects the Ontario Landscape

Tiny Mirrored Cabin Reflects the Ontario Landscape

To create an energy efficient cabin, UUfie designed Lake Cottage with locally sourced materials and sustainable construction principles. In the central living room, the architects installed a wood-burning

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Bangladesh’s Plans for Massive Coal-Fired Power Plant Threaten World’s Largest Mangrove Forest

Bangladesh’s Plans for Massive Coal-Fired Power Plant Threaten World’s Largest Mangrove Forest

Bangladesh is planning to construct a massive coal-fired power plant that will not only spell out disaster for the world's largest mangrove forest, but also destroy one of the country's best defenses

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The Global Change Institute Operates in a Net Zero, Carbon Neutral Research Center in Brisbane

The Global Change Institute Operates in a Net Zero, Carbon Neutral Research Center in Brisbane

Opened in August 2013, the Global Change Institute is a research facility dedicated to finding solutions for global challenges. HASSEL Architects designed the project to 'walk the walk' by operating a

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President Obama Issues Executive Order to Prepare the United States for Climate Change

President Obama Issues Executive Order to Prepare the United States for Climate Change

In a decisive action some feared would never come, President Obama today signed an executive order that will begin to prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change. The order comes just one

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New Tubes Using Hydraulic Pistons Could Harness Ocean Waves for Energy

New Tubes Using Hydraulic Pistons Could Harness Ocean Waves for Energy

Capturing energy from ocean waves isn't as straightforward as it might sound—especially as most existing technologies rely on a single axis that requires waves to be moving in one direction to generate

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Eerie Aerial Photos Depict Villages Sunk During St. Lawrence Seaway Construction

Eerie Aerial Photos Depict Villages Sunk During St. Lawrence Seaway Construction

The St. Lawrence Seaway is a system of locks, canals and waterways that connect the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes in Canada. The 2342 mile international waterway project opened in 1950s included

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New Website Chairish Lets You Shop for Pre-Owned Designer Furnishings Online

New Website Chairish Lets You Shop for Pre-Owned Designer Furnishings Online

Who doesn’t love that incredible feeling of discovery when you stumble across an amazing, one-of-a-kind vintage furniture piece at an incredible price at a flea market? I remember finding a pair of red

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Do Beavers Create Business Opportunity?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Do Beavers Create Business Opportunity?

I’m fascinated by creatures that create new ways of life for others. Ecologists talk about ‘keystone species,’ ones which support entire ecosystems, like the central stone in a renaissance archway.

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17 Dead, Fukushima on Alert as Typhoon Wipha Hits Japan

17 Dead, Fukushima on Alert as Typhoon Wipha Hits Japan

A "once-in-a-decade" typhoon has hit the Japanese coast, and while its winds weakened from a peak of 130-156 mph—Category 4 status—heavy rain and landslides have claimed 17 lives on Oshima Island and

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800,000 Evacuated as 140mph Cyclone Hits India’s East Coast

800,000 Evacuated as 140mph Cyclone Hits India’s East Coast

Indian authorities are expressing relief at what appears to be a relatively low rate of causalities after "Super Cyclone" Phailin made landfall in the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on Saturday

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Team Ontario’s Super Efficient ECHO House Named Winner of the Engineering Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013!

Team Ontario’s Super Efficient ECHO House Named Winner of the Engineering Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013!

In anticipation of the next wave of students and young professionals looking to purchase a home in the next ten years, Team Ontario designed ECHO, a starter home that introduces the concept of sustainable

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