Alex Chinneck Builds a Wax House in London Just to Watch it Melt

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Denmark Announces Plan to Wean Itself Off Coal Within 10 Years

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Denmark made a bold move last week that could cement its reputation as the global leader in clean energy and climate change action. According to Motherboard, the Danish government announced that the country will work towards the goal of getting rid of coal power within 10 years, instead of their previous goal of 15 years. “I have asked my office to investigate what could be done to stop burning coal in just 10 years,” Denmark’s climate and energy minister, Rasmus Petersen told The Copenhagen Post. “It would obviously have to be accomplished along with industry, and I am not sure how to achieve the objective, but I do want to investigate it.”

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HOW TO: Extend Your Garden’s Growing Season With Cloches and Cold Frames

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Tengbom Micro Units Pack Dorm Life into 107-Square-Feet of Living Space

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The tiny house revolution is hitting the college set. Swedish design firm Tengbom Architects designed a portable micro-dorm room that gives students privacy while upholding sustainable living. Called the 10 Smart Square dorms, each unit provides 107-square-feet of living space with an efficient design that allows students to enjoy all the comforts of home in their tiny dorm.

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Ambulance Drone Could Provide Life-Saving First Aid in Just One Minute

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When you have an emergency, the time it takes for help to arrive can be the difference between life and death. An ambulance takes an average of 10 minutes to get to the scene of an accident – too late to be of help in some cases. The Ambulance Drone seeks to save lives by bridging the gap between the time it takes to call for help and the time it takes for help to arrive. Essentially, the drone is an all-purpose medical kit with emergency supplies for lifesaving procedures.

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Aerial Imagery Reveals New Details About Ancient Stone Circles in the Middle East

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High Schoolers Built a Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle for Just $1,500

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In early 2013, engineering students at Rhode Island’s Tiverton High School were given an ambitious project by their teacher: build a fully-functional electric vehicle with virtually nothing by way of a budget. What they came up with is pretty extraordinary: first they created The Endurance, a $1000 single-person PiEV, followed by The Apotheosis, a $1500 solar-powered EV that achieves a phenomenal 1552 MPGe.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why Organic Cotton is the Most Ethical Choice

 

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For those who may be unaware, there is a common and saddening epidemic that exists in today’s textile industry, where impoverished textile workers labor in cotton fields and factories around the world. From demanding long work hours to paying unfair wages, the goals of some manufacturing plants focused on offering their customers low prices have lead to slashed wages and harsh working environments. Certified organic cotton holds a seal of approval by a reputable organization such as the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which ensures that the cotton been grown without pesticides or herbicides, and that the workers involved with its production are treated fairly and paid a fair, ethical wage. They also ensure that no child labor is involved, and that the factories adhere to safety standards. Additionally, not only is organic cotton one of the most comfortable, and high-quality materials, it’s also an environmentally beneficial crop that requires minimal water to grow. Check out the infographic from Boll and Branch to learn more:

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6 Vegetarian Recipes to Make with the "3 Sisters": Corn, Beans, and Squash

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Cooler weather calls for heartier meals and seasonal ingredients, so try out one of these simple vegetarian recipes featuring the “Three Sisters”: corn, squash, and beans. These three crops were once commonly grown together by indigenous groups across North America in a technique known as “companion planting”, as this trio thrives when planted together. Beans, along with other legumes like peas, fix nitrogen in the soil, providing important nutrients for the other crops. Squash vines provide a thick ground cover around the taller corn and bean plants, blocking out weeds, while the corn plants serve as a lattice for the bean plants to twine around. Combining hearty beans with sweet squash and corn make vegetarian cooking an easy choice this fall.

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Citysens Vertical Hydroponic Garden Promises Urban Dwellers a Beautiful and Hassle-Free Way to Enjoy Nature at Home

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Moving to the city usually means giving up nature for the concrete jungle, but the Citysens hydroponic vertical garden wants to provide an easy way to return that lush green environment back to urban dwellers. Developed by a startup in Tarragona, Spain, the Citysens concept is currently seeking funds on Indiegogo to bring the space saving and easy-to-maintain garden to mass production. Made from an environmentally friendly biopolymer, Citysens is equipped with a self-watering, automated hydroponic irrigation system that not only saves you the trouble of remembering to water the plant, but also saves 50% in water and nutrients compared to a traditional system. If you’d like to transform a corner of your house into a hassle-free, green oasis, you can support the Citysens Indiegogo campaign here.

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Atelier Sacha Cotture Clads Filipino Courtyard House in Low-Cost Bamboo and Solar Panels

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2 Chelsea Lofts Combined into 1 Gorgeous Eco Apartment For a Growing Family

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Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

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Mangrove forests are some of the most carbon-rich habitats on earth, but unintentional urban shifts continue to threaten these sensitive and essential environments. Policies to conserve and restore these ecosystems can provide high carbon benefits, especially in areas where mangrove loss has been most dramatic. Urban designers have noticed the threats to mangrove populations and are developing solutions that not only restore lost mangrove cover, but honor and create amenities around them. Cities like Hong Kong and Shenzhen are making dramatic improvements in their mangrove forest health.

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INTERVIEW: HOK's Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia's KAUST University, the World's Largest LEED Platinum Project

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Opened late 2009, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, has come to be Saudi Arabia’s first LEED certified project and the world’s largest LEED Platinum project. Designed by HOK, the university is a super sustainable learning institution dedicated to advancing science and technology with a fellowship program that provides full tuition to both male and female graduate and doctorate students. The campus was designed as part of a larger master plan (also designed by HOK) to support a new town of 12,000 people living in over 6.5 million sqf on a 3,200 acre space along the Red Sea. Sited in an environment facing extraordinary challenges, including an extremely hot, humid climate, HOK was asked to create a low-energy, sustainable project that would also provide the necessary facilities to support cutting edge research and education, and a comfortable place to live. What resulted was a spectacular campus, that while modern in design, also draws deeply upon the traditional architecture of Saudi Arabia to minimize its energy needs. Structured like a traditional Arabic city, the campus is compressed to minimize the amount of exterior envelope exposed to the sun and reduce outdoor walking distances. The project also utilizes everything from passively cooled circulation thoroughfares, solar towers, traditional Arabic ‘mashrabiya‘ screens, water reclamation able to capture 100% of the wastewater, and more. We recently sat down with HOK’s Bill Odell, architect and Director of HOK’s Science & Technology group, to talk about the design of KAUST. Read on for Bill’s fascinating story on how he and his global team at HOK were able to construct this top-notch, high-tech institution, and how the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) helped them turn out the world’s biggest sustainable project in just 28 months.

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Submit Your Memorial Design Ideas to Kyiv's Terra Dignitas Competition for a Shot at a 10,000 Euro Prize

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The Ukrainian city of Kyiv has launched Terra Dignitas, an international ideas competition for the design of a memorial site honoring the Heavenly Hundred, a group of protestors who perished in the tragic 2013 – 2014 Euromaidan events. As the precursor to the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution, the Euromaidan events have forever altered the image of the city. Therefore, the competition seeks both a memorial site design as well as a broader urban design that integrates ideas of revolution and liberty into the public space. The registration deadline is November 30, 2014. Entries must be submitted by February 28, 2015. The first prize winner will be awarded 10,000€.

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6 Stylish Systems to Keep Your Organic Vegetable Garden Growing Year-Round

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Aqualibrium If you live in the city, chances are you don't have much real estate to grow vegetables. Enter Aqualibrium: a miniature, modular, urban farming aquaponics system that…

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Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica's Public Spaces

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In August 2014, Benjamin Garcia Saxe and Laura Morelli led an “International Workshop” at the Universidad Veritas in San Jose Costa Rica for a class of students. The month long…

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Pope Francis Officially Endorses Evolution and The Big Bang Theory

Pope Francis Officially Endorses Evolution and The Big Bang Theory

Pope Francis has continued to turn heads as the most liberal pope in decades by declaring that "the Catholic Church sees no conflict between science and religion" and stating that he…

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Africa's Western Black Rhino is Now Officially Extinct

Africa's Western Black Rhino is Now Officially Extinct

Africa's Western black rhino was officially declared extinct in 2011, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The subspecies was last seen in 2006.…

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Eternal Reefs Can Turn Your Remains into a Habitat for Marine Life

Eternal Reefs Can Turn Your Remains into a Habitat for Marine Life

Everyone knows that cremation is bad for the environment, and there are always more sustainable options for your funeral—such as liquidation or being frozen in liquid nitrogen.…

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