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Norway Announces Plans to Digitize Entire National Library

Norway Announces Plans to Digitize Entire National Library

 Photo © Shutterstock The National Library of Norway has just announced plans to digitize its entire library of hundreds of thousands of books by the mid-2020s. A new law will require all published

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INFOGRAPHIC: The World’s Top 10 Solar Countries

INFOGRAPHIC: The World’s Top 10 Solar Countries

In 2003 the world generated 2 terawatt-hours (TWh) of solar electricity. By 2012 that figure jumped to 93 TWh! In the graphic above you can see the explosive growth of solar energy around the globe.

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Stunning Film ‘The Human Scale’ Uses Architect Jan Gehl’s Voice to Inspire the World’s City Dwellers

Stunning Film ‘The Human Scale’ Uses Architect Jan Gehl’s Voice to Inspire the World’s City Dwellers

Life in today’s mega cities is both tantalizing and troublesome - and by the year 2050, the percentage of the world’s population living in cities will rise from 50 to 80%. Due this growth, the

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10 Landscape Design Projects That Turn Damaged and Neglected Spaces Into Healthy, Beautiful Environments

10 Landscape Design Projects That Turn Damaged and Neglected Spaces Into Healthy, Beautiful Environments

The High Line Park in NYC. Photo by Jill Fehrenbacher for Inhabitat Landscape architects frequently work to transform areas that contain industrial and toxic waste, infrastructure no longer in use, or

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Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century

Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century

Humanity just found an incredibly valuable resource hidden under the ocean floor, and it's more precious than fossil fuels or minerals. Scientists discovered vast aquifers of fresh water underneath the

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Wins Bid to Design New Ningbo Library in China

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Wins Bid to Design New Ningbo Library in China

To accommodate an anticipated twofold increase in daily visitors, Schmidt Hammer Lassen organized the library's new extension into an open plan layout with 3,000 new study spaces. Located next to an

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New Study Links Global Heat Waves and Torrential Downpours to Arctic Ice Melt

New Study Links Global Heat Waves and Torrential Downpours to Arctic Ice Melt

Image of arctic ice melt / Shutterstock A new climate change study has uncovered a link between extreme weather patterns and melting ice caps in the Arctic. The changes indicated in the study include

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Pollution Levels in Shanghai Reach Highest Levels Since Records Began

Pollution Levels in Shanghai Reach Highest Levels Since Records Began

Shanghai's concentration of toxic particulate matter (PM) reached 602.5 micrograms per cubic meter on Friday afternoon - the highest level since records began last December, and more than 24 times higher

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China will Create Artificial Rain to Fight Smog

China will Create Artificial Rain to Fight Smog

A smog-sucking vacuum is one idea that makes a lot of sense in the attempt to reduce pollution across China; the destruction of outdoor barbecues is one that does not. Artificial rain, otherwise know as

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More and More People are Eating Meat Worldwide and Endangering the Planet

More and More People are Eating Meat Worldwide and Endangering the Planet

Across the globe, human beings are developing a strong taste for meat. A study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that rapidly industrializing countries, such

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Swedish Students Design Passive Home Powered by the Sun

Swedish Students Design Passive Home Powered by the Sun

Measuring 645 sq foot, HALO takes its name and shape from the rainbow-like optical phenomenon around the sun. It was designed with small private rooms and large entertaining areas to shift people away

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Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Glamorous Mixed-Use Development on Shanghai’s Bund Waterfront

Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Glamorous Mixed-Use Development on Shanghai’s Bund Waterfront

Architecture firms Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio just unveiled their plans for the Bund Finance Center, a luxury mixed-use development that will bookend Shanghai's most famous street and

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Film Reveals the Horrors of One of the World’s Largest E-Waste Dumps

Film Reveals the Horrors of One of the World’s Largest E-Waste Dumps

The relentless evolution of electronics means that consumers are constantly upgrading to the latest and greatest - but all of those dated flip phones and CRT monitors have to go somewhere. Australian

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Company Seeks to Turn Volcano Emissions Into a Renewable Source of Fuel

Company Seeks to Turn Volcano Emissions Into a Renewable Source of Fuel

Volcano photo from Shutterstock Carbon Recycling International specializes in capturing CO2 from industrial emissions and converting it into Renewable Methanol (RM), a fuel which can be blended with

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Illegal Poaching Threatens to Wipe Out One Fifth of African Elephant Population

Illegal Poaching Threatens to Wipe Out One Fifth of African Elephant Population

Elephants at watering hole photo via Shutterstock Africa is poised to lose 20 percent of its elephant population over the next decade if illegal poaching continues at its current rate, according to new

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6 Bizarre Examples of Parasitic Architecture

6 Bizarre Examples of Parasitic Architecture

Cut-architecture's Rehearsal Room Paris-based Cut-Architecture has come out with an unusual idea for extending one of their clients' homes: They built a new, bright and airy "parasitic music room"

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MODU’s Outdoor Room Pavilion Doubles as a Barometer for Beijing’s Air Pollution

MODU’s Outdoor Room Pavilion Doubles as a Barometer for Beijing’s Air Pollution

Constructed of glossy translucent fabric panels, the 5,000 square-foot Outdoor Room captures the change of light and color as polluted air settles on the city. On a clear, sunny day, the bone-white

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Beijing Cracks Down on Over 300 Barbecues to Reduce Pollution

Beijing Cracks Down on Over 300 Barbecues to Reduce Pollution

Following up on their recent ban of outdoor barbecues in Beijing, city officials have destroyed more than 300 of the outdoor eateries as part of a three-month long campaign to slash smog. The barbecues,

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Self-Driving Robo Tractors to Roam Earth Screening Pavilion Rooftop at Expo Milan 2015

Self-Driving Robo Tractors to Roam Earth Screening Pavilion Rooftop at Expo Milan 2015

RecchiEngineering and Carlo Ratti Associati recently won an international competition to design Holland's 17,000 square foot pavilion for the 2015 World Expo in Milan. The design, which is called Earth

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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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Emoya Estate’s Fake Shanty Town Offers a Totally Tasteless South African Vacation

Emoya Estate’s Fake Shanty Town Offers a Totally Tasteless South African Vacation

Mocked by Stephen Colbert as "poverty porn," the Shanty Town sits alongside Emoya's five-star lodgings. For about $98 a night, guests can pretend to live the rough life, relieving themselves in "long

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NL Architects Dream Up a Supermarket Topped with a Lush Park for China

NL Architects Dream Up a Supermarket Topped with a Lush Park for China

Sanya is a popular tourist destination and known for it's tropical climate, and Housing Corporation VANKE is developing a large resort there. As part of the development, they asked NL Architects to design

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133 Developing Nations Walk Out of COP 19 Climate Talks Because of Stubborn Industrialized Countries

133 Developing Nations Walk Out of COP 19 Climate Talks Because of Stubborn Industrialized Countries

In Warsaw, 133 representatives from developing nations walked out of COP 19 climate negotiations. Their exit follows a refusal from industrialized countries such as the United States, Canada, Norway, and

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‘Change or Die,’ UN Climate Chief Tells Gathering of International Coal Industry in Poland

‘Change or Die,’ UN Climate Chief Tells Gathering of International Coal Industry in Poland

The U.N. climate conference is currently underway in Warsaw, Poland, and in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, tensions are running high as countries begin to experience the negative consequences of

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Eight-Year-Old Girl Becomes China’s Youngest Lung Cancer Patient, Air Pollution Blamed

Eight-Year-Old Girl Becomes China’s Youngest Lung Cancer Patient, Air Pollution Blamed

An eight-year-old girl in China's Jiangsu province became the country's youngest lung cancer patient and locals blame air pollution. Chinese cities like Beijing are renowned for being covered by a thick

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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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Bangladesh Garment Workers to See Their Minimum Wage Pay Increase by 77 Percent

Bangladesh Garment Workers to See Their Minimum Wage Pay Increase by 77 Percent

Workers in Bangladesh's garment industry finally have some good news to celebrate. After several days of violent protests that forced the closure of 200 factories in the Ashulia industrial belt, Prime

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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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BDP Design Studio Inaugurates Striking Green-Roofed Planning and Exhibition Hall in Suzhou, China

BDP Design Studio Inaugurates Striking Green-Roofed Planning and Exhibition Hall in Suzhou, China

The combination of the two incongruous structures with opposing geometrics gives off a certain sophisticated character to the project while simultaneously providing an amazing display of energy

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NEXT Architects’ Möbius Strip Pedestrian Bridge Wins Meixi Lake District Competition

NEXT Architects’ Möbius Strip Pedestrian Bridge Wins Meixi Lake District Competition

NEXT Architects just won first place in a design competition with plans for a sinuous pedestrian bridge in Changsha, China that is modeled after the Möbius strip and Chinese knots. The bridge is designed

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