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Terrifying UN Report Warns Climate Change is Becoming Irreversible

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just released an alarming new report that shows unchecked greenhouse gas emissions are leading to inevitable and irreversible climate change. The report warns that higher seas, devastating heat waves, torrential rain and other climate extremes are likely to intensify unless greenhouse gases are brought under control. And furthermore, the report warns that the world is nearing the temperature at which the loss of the vast Greenland ice sheet is inevitable.

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Claude Ponti's Sleepy Chick Topiary is Possibly the Cutest Thing Ever Created

by , 08/28/14

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In what may be the most adorable exhibit in the history of art, Claude Ponti‘s Sleeping Bird Topiary can be seen by those lucky people living in or visiting Nantes, France. Located in the city’s botanical garden, Jardin des Plantes, the French artist’s exhibition features one very adorable gigantic baby bird quietly napping on the lawn.

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Iceland's Magnificent Modernist Churches

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Happy 29th Birthday to the World's Oldest Wombat!

by , 08/28/14
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The world’s oldest living and most probably fattest Australian Common Wombat has just celebrated his 29th birthday. Patrick the Wombat has lived at the Ballarat Wildlife Park in Victoria since 1986, and has won over a legion of fans in that time. He enjoys being carted around the Park in a wheelbarrow, giving visitors the chance to see one of these adorable marsupials up close and personal, as they can be quite elusive critters in the wild. After celebrating his milestone on 24 August, will Patrick take out the title of the oldest wombat ever in five years’ time?

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Montreal's Beloved Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan Convent Gets Amazing Modern Day Makeover

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Scientists Discover New Way the Egyptian Pyramids SHOULD Have Been Built

by , 08/28/14
filed under: Architecture, How To, News

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The Egyptian pyramids are an incredible feat of human ingenuity – but they could have been built in a better way. Three physicists at Indiana State University came up with a brilliant method of stone transportation which involves strapping wooden logs onto each of a square block and then rolling it across the desert.

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Man Builds World's First 3D-Printed Concrete Castle in His Own Backyard

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19 Central American Coffee Farms Now Generate Energy from Wastewater

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Did you know that only 1 percent of freshwater in the world is available for human consumption? Or that 140 litres of water are required to produce a single cup of coffee? Over 70% of water used in Latin American coffee farms is returned into rivers without being treated, causing severe damage to to downstream communities, aquatic fauna, and flora, due to its organic waste and high toxicity. UTZ Certified, a sustainable farming initiative, is changing that. 19 pilot sites across Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala received tailor-made coffee wastewater and solid waste treatment mechanisms, and the positive impact, both economic and environmental, has been startling.

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Philippe Starck and Moustache Launch Electric Bikes for Mud, Asphalt, Sand, and Snow!

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One Planet Communities: The Earth's Greenest Neighborhoods

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HGTV's David Bromstad Shares 5 Tips on How to Take Your Tiny Apartment from Poky Pad to Super Suite

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Zambia Lifts 20-Month Hunting Ban Amid Financial Struggles

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Wild animals are now once again fair game in Zambia, as the African country recently lifted a 20-month ban on safari hunting. According to Phys.org, the ban was put into place in January, 2013 due to allegations of corruption in the awarding of government hunting concessions, along with fears over the future of the country’s big cat population. But it seems holding off on the hunt has been too much for Zambia’s government coffers to bear, as the government says its revenue is suffering. “We lost too much revenue following the ban on hunting and the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) had a lot of financial problems,” Zambian Tourism Minister, Jean Kapata told AFP.

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20 World-Changing Semifinalists Announced for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

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Submit Your Designs to the 2014 Taipei Tech [Occupation] International Student Architecture Competition!

by , 08/28/14
filed under: Design Competitions

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The Department of Architecture at the National Taipei University of Technology just announced this year’s international architecture student competition with a $2,000 first place prize up for grabs! This year, the competition tackles the concept of “occupation.” All kinds of occupation take place worldwide, however, the elasticity of the term allows for many interpretations, from the occupation of public space to private space, legal to illegal occupation, to even military occupation or political occupation. While participants are free to choose their definition of occupation, the final creative proposal must include a sustainable agenda and focus on a real-life site. Registration for the event ends November 10, 2014.

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Register Now for San Francisco's Architecture and the City Festival!

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Heads up San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans – it’s almost time for one of our favorite events of the year: The Architecture and the City Festival! AIA SF and the Center for Architecture + Design have curated a fantastic program of architecture-related events that runs all September long – including eye-opening films, lectures by celebrated architects and designers, and tours that give you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the city’s most breathtaking homes and buildings. (Check out a few of our favorite projects from past years in the gallery below.) Spots are sure to fill up fast – so check out this year’s program and register today!

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Beautiful Long Brick House Showcases 100 Meters of Books in Hungary

Beautiful Long Brick House Showcases 100 Meters of Books in Hungary

The bookworm owners of the Long Brick House were looking to create the perfect city escape where they could practice their literary love in a tranquil environment. Located on a slope in…

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Soapbox Flat-Pack Furniture Snaps Together Easily Without the Need for Tools

Soapbox Flat-Pack Furniture Snaps Together Easily Without the Need for…

New Jersey-based furniture designer Rob Feinstein created Soapbox, a line of a eco-friendly, no-tools-required furniture that can be set up in a snap to suit a variety of environments.…

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Guatemalan Protestor Burned Alive for Speaking Out Against Canadian Company GoldCorp

Guatemalan Protestor Burned Alive for Speaking Out Against Canadian…

A Guatemalan protestor was beaten and burnt to death after he dared to speak against the Marlin gold mine, which is owned by Canadian company GoldCorp. The man, who was a member of an…

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5 Green Things You Might Not Know About Roberta's Pizza

5 Green Things You Might Not Know About Roberta's Pizza

5. They grow their own produce on top of two repurposed shipping containers. Looking at Roberta's concrete-heavy facade, you'd never imagine the wealth of tomatoes, eggplants, figs,…

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World's First 3D-Printed Estate Will Boast a Pool and 2,400-sq-ft House

World's First 3D-Printed Estate Will Boast a Pool and 2,400-sq-ft…

3D printing has been used to create everything from entire rooms to salt houses and even a castle. But now architect Adam Kushner wants to take the technology to a whole new level…

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