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"We Are Running Out of Time" - New Reports on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Two new reports have been released this week that demonstrate the consequences of inadequate action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Tuesday the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its report on current greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere, and on Monday PwC released its Low Carbon Economy Index 2014. The WMO report states atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations “reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide,” and the PwC report argues that current efforts to reduce carbon emissions actually have us on track for a 4°C warmer world by 2100, instead of the only 2°C (3.6°F) increase we are aiming for.

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Can Cloud Power Provide Clean Water and Electricity for the World?

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Wind, water, solar are common sources of renewable energy, but what about the clouds? Can cloud power provide our clean energy and water needs? A Russian scientist is aiming to do just that with the Air HES (Hydro Electric Station) — a tethered blimp that captures water from the clouds with a mesh that hangs vertically in the air and sends water to a hydropower plant on the ground via conduit attachments. A turbo generator then produces clean water and electricity. Andrew Kazantsev and his St. Petersburg-based team have built a prototype that captures around five liters (one gallon) of water from low-level clouds in about an hour.

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Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

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Visiondivision Wants Swedish Boat Owners to Store Their Vessels Atop Water Fountains!

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Nendo Creates Delicious Ice Cream Cake Village for Häagen-Dazs

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Japanese design firm Nendo has dabbled in the playful redesign of everything from birdhouses to textile chairs–and the studio can now add ice cream cakes to that list. Created for the Champs Élysées Häagen-Dazs shop in Paris, the snowy white ice cream cakes are topped by an adorable cluster of tiny candy houses and will be sold throughout the Christmas season. Customers who buy more than one cake will receive a chocolate “bridge” to connect the various cake villages. The ice cream cake design is meant to remind Parisians of homecoming and spending time with their loved ones.

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Helsinki Builds 9 Million Gallon Underground Water Tank to Cool Local Buildings

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Just when you thought Scandinavia couldn’t get any more eco-friendly, Helsinki ups the ante. The Finnish capital recently announced some major environmental initiatives aimed at making the city smarter and greener. The coolest of these may be the installation of a giant underwater reservoir tank built 100 yards below the city center to store 9 million gallons of cold lake water that will be used to cool homes connected to the city’s rapidly-expanding district cooling network. After the water circulates through the cooling system during the day, it’s cooled in the tank overnight using heat exchangers to prepare for its next run the following day. According to a City of Helsinki press release, this latest addition to the city’s smart cooling system means it now emits 80 percent less greenhouse gasses from cooling, compared to conventional cooling systems.

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Man Transforms School Bus into a Groovy Mobile Cabin Made from Leftover Forest Cuttings

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Studio505's Wujin Forestry Tower Mimics Stacked Chinese Jade Seals

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One World Trade Center Opening Delayed Again

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The Port Authority recently announced that the opening of One World Trade Center is delayed once again. Although the building appears to be inauguration-ready from the outside, officials are now saying that the 1,776-foot office tower will open “later this fall.” Considering that the building has been under construction for nearly 13 years, the news of further setbacks should come as a surprise to very few.

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Tesla's Diamond-Shaped Nevada Gigafactory Will be Powered by Solar and Wind Energy

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After a recent leak finally revealed that Tesla Motors’ new Gigafactory is to be built in Nevada, the company confirmed the news late last week and released a new image of the proposed design. In a joint announcement with Nevada governor Brian Sandoval, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that the $5 billion project will be powered by renewable energy and run at net zero energy.

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Newly Discovered 'Dreadnoughtus' Dinosaur Was Seven Times Larger Than T-Rex!

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A team of scientists from Drexel University just discovered the largest dinosaur that ever lived – a creature seven times bigger than the legendary predator Tyrannosaurus Rex. The super-dino, called Dreadnoughtus, is believed to have been 85 feet (26 m) long and weighed about 65 tons (59,300 kg). Over 70% of a complete skeleton has been found, which gives researchers a a unique opportunity to explore how these massive creatures lived.

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Loguer Unveils Corn-Inspired Mexican Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo

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Architecture firm Loguer Design recently unveiled plans for the Mexican pavilion that will be constructed at the upcoming 2015 Milan World Expo. Winner of a national competition, the pavilion mimics the shape of overlapping dried corn husks, paying homage to one of the most important food staples in Mexico as well as the 2015 Expo’s theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”

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JAHN Unveils Net-Zero Plans for Mexico City’s International Airport

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This Family is e-Biking 6200 Miles Across the US to Set a World Record!

This Family is Biking 6000 Miles Across the US to Set a World Record!

How do you top crossing the Americas by car with the entire family in tow? If you are the Camper Clan family, you do it by setting a Guinness World Record by traveling 6,200 miles across the the United States on an electric bicycle! The family’s journey began August 23 in Missoula, Montana and they have already traveled 500 miles through Glacier National Park and Montana’s badlands. That leaves just 5,700 miles – from Montana to Maine to Florida – to go.

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The Urban Glider Lets You Zip Through Town on Just One Wheel

The Urban Glider Lets You Zip Through Town on Just One Wheel

Forget about getting around town on four wheels, three or even two - now you only need one, thanks to the Urban Glider! Designed by Austin Marhold, this tiny electric unicycle weighs…

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Reverse Graffiti: Street Artists Tag Images on Walls by Scrubbing Them Clean

Reverse Graffiti: Street Artists Tag Images on Walls by Scrubbing Them…

    Art piece by Scott Wade  The UK's Paul Curtis, better known as "Moose," is one of the technique's pioneers. Although based in London, he has traveled…

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Amazing LEGO Kitchen is Made From Thousands of Toy Bricks!

Amazing LEGO Kitchen is Made From Thousands of Toy Bricks!

A lot of us can recall spending hours upon hours of stacking colorful LEGO bricks into shapes and sizes that tickled our imagination when we were kids. While some of us outgrew that…

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Why Using Gas as a "Bridge Fuel" is Worse Than Burning Coal

In his 2014 State of the Union Address President Obama stated of coal seam gas: "if extracted safely, it's the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution…

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Old Clock Company Building Converted into a Timeless Duplex Loft

Old Clock Company Building Converted into a Timeless Duplex Loft

Despite its former life as an old 1880s clock factory, 420 12th Street in Park Slope is now a timeless three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath duplex. 6sqft reports that Hurley &…

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