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Perth’s Carnegie Wave Energy project produces power AND fresh water from the motion of the ocean

Perth’s Carnegie Wave Energy project produces power AND fresh water from the motion of the ocean

The Carnegie Perth Wave Energy Project is rolling out its multimillion-dollar plans to prove that waves not only have power but can generate it for the electric grid on land. Submerged in the roiling seas

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Cyclone Pam tears through South Pacific; Vanuatu reports catastrophic damage, Kiribati flooded

Cyclone Pam tears through South Pacific; Vanuatu reports catastrophic damage, Kiribati flooded

Cyclone Pam, a category 5 storm which hit the South Pacific over Friday and Saturday (March 13-14th), has been described as a worst case scenario storm for the archipelago of Vanuatu. The storm lingered

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Wolveridge Architects’ Martha Beach House is a naturally-cooled family home in Australia

Wolveridge Architects’ Martha Beach House is a naturally-cooled family home in Australia

The house features a flexible living space, four bedrooms and kitchen and dining area located on the north side facing the pool. Spaces of various levels of intimacy and natural lighting create different

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Tasmania bans fracking for five more years, but the battle rages on

Tasmania bans fracking for five more years, but the battle rages on

At the end of a one-year fracking moratorium, the island state of Tasmania, Australia, confirmed that it will ban the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing for five more years, until

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Australian authorities kill nearly 700 koalas to save them from starving to death

Australian authorities kill nearly 700 koalas to save them from starving to death

Mercy killing is a difficult concept to stomach, especially when the animals are as adorable as koalas. Unfortunately, nearly 700 koalas were killed by authorities in Australia after they were found to be

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Meet ‘Skeletorus’ and ‘Sparklemuffin’—the world’s newest species of peacock spiders

Meet ‘Skeletorus’ and ‘Sparklemuffin’—the world’s newest species of peacock spiders

Two new species of the strikingly-patterned peacock spider have been discovered in southeast Queensland by a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. One, nicknamed 'Sparklemuffin'

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Cabin 2 is a gorgeous contemporary extension to a mid-century holiday retreat

Cabin 2 is a gorgeous contemporary extension to a mid-century holiday retreat

The 110-square-meter holiday home extension was created to accommodate extended visits from family members and guests. Since Cabin 2 was designed as a separate unit from the existing cabin, the new

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New study finds Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution

New study finds Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution

One creature's trash may be another creature's lunch, according to new research out of James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, that suggests some Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution.

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Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab house produces more energy than it consumes

Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab house produces more energy than it consumes

Australian architecture firm ArchiBlox recently unveiled Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab home that’s packed with eco-friendly features and gorgeous to boot. Contemporary and cozy, this

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The World’s Tallest Vertical Garden Lives and Breathes in Sydney

The World’s Tallest Vertical Garden Lives and Breathes in Sydney

Designed by Parisian architect Jean Nouvel in collaboration with French artist and botanist Patrick Blanc, One Central Park's living green facade exhibits 250 species of native Australian flowers and

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Colorful tree-inspired children’s hospital provides a green and supportive environment for young patients in Brisbane

Colorful tree-inspired children’s hospital provides a green and supportive environment for young patients in Brisbane

The Lady Cliento Children Hospital draws its young visitors in with its eye-catching and brightly colored purple and green ribbed facade; the nearby native Bougainvillea plant palette inspired the

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Australia encourages recycling with “Cash for Containers” kiosks

Australia encourages recycling with “Cash for Containers” kiosks

Australians are being encouraged to increase their recycling habits with a program called "Cash for Containers". In Sydney and areas of New South Wales, kiosks accept recyclable cans and bottles and allow

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Energy-efficient Queenscliff House overlooks breathtaking ocean views in Sydney

Energy-efficient Queenscliff House overlooks breathtaking ocean views in Sydney

Closely sandwiched between neighboring buildings on the east and west sides, the Queenscliff House uses large fin walls to provide privacy for the upper level bedroom wing. The wedge-shaped home widens at

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Injured koalas need your DIY mittens to treat their burned paws

Injured koalas need your DIY mittens to treat their burned paws

In news of the painfully cute, injured koalas in and around South Australia are slowly recovering from burns they sustained as bushfires wreaked havoc on their habitat. Many of these adorable slow-moving

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Energy-efficient Cut Paw Paw house is “ridiculously inside-out” in Australia

Energy-efficient Cut Paw Paw house is “ridiculously inside-out” in Australia

The renovated Cut Paw Paw House runs north to south on a long narrow site to take advantage of passive solar gain along the northern aspect and to strengthen the building’s connection to the garden. The

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It’s official: 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded on Earth

It’s official: 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded on Earth

If the massive droughts and wildfires this past summer weren’t indications enough, new data out of Japan indicates that 2014 was the hottest year on record for planet Earth. According to Discovery News,

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Gorgeous Lookout House is a contemporary twist on Australian farmhouse typology

Gorgeous Lookout House is a contemporary twist on Australian farmhouse typology

The main entryway to the Lookout House is accessed through a large sliding barn door that blends in with the north side’s nearly windowless timber-clad façade wall. In contrast, the other three

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Rammed Earth Thornbury House Updates a Classic Bungalow in Australia

Rammed Earth Thornbury House Updates a Classic Bungalow in Australia

The owners of the Thornbury bungalow tasked Steffen Welsch Architects to create a more sustainable home that met their family's needs. The original home that faces the street was relegated to contain the

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Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

The Rammed Earth House by Steffen Welsch Architects was their first project to apply environmentally sustainable design principles throughout. Located to the northeast of Victoria, the site is relatively

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$8M Artificial Floating Surf Park Proposed for Melbourne’s Waterfront

$8M Artificial Floating Surf Park Proposed for Melbourne’s Waterfront

Forget napping beneath a tree--Australians could soon be surfing waves on their lunch break in this artificial floating surf park in Melbourne. Damian Rogers Architecture and Arup recently unveiled their

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President Obama Pledges $3 Billion to Help Countries Threatened By Climate Change

President Obama Pledges $3 Billion to Help Countries Threatened By Climate Change

President Obama just announced that the US will pledge up to $3 billion over the next four years to help poor countries adapt to climate change. The move comes days after the president signed a historic

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NEON’s House of Mirrors is a Trippy, Kaleidoscopic Beach Hut in Australia

NEON’s House of Mirrors is a Trippy, Kaleidoscopic Beach Hut in Australia

Commissioned as part of the Sculpture by the Sea event, the House of Mirrors was installed alongside over a hundred other unique sculptures on the stunning coastline between Bondi and Tamarama. The

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Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Galletly and The Bower realized early on that building a tiny house atop a 6x8 box trailer was nonviable, and so scaled back their plans to build a tiny bedroom instead. Constructed mostly from salvaged

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Help the Homes for Homeless Youth Kickstarter Campaign

Help the Homes for Homeless Youth Kickstarter Campaign

Although most of us are privileged enough to have roofs over our heads, and close friends and family members to support us, this is far from the case for thousands of young Australians who are currently

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Cape Schanck House Boasts Sweeping Views of the Australian Dune Landscape

Cape Schanck House Boasts Sweeping Views of the Australian Dune Landscape

The home's wood-clad, geometric form was inspired by the remnants of a hollowed out burnt log found by the Jackson Clements Burrows team on a site visit. Inspired by its raw form, the architects used the

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Award-Winning Lune De Sang Sheds Complement a Sustainably Managed Forest in Australia

Award-Winning Lune De Sang Sheds Complement a Sustainably Managed Forest in Australia

Despite their name and functionality, the Lune de Sang sheds are not your typical sheds. Built for working and habitation purposes, the concrete-and-stone structures were "conceived as ruins in the

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Australia’s Pittwater House Opens and Closes With Timber Shade Facade

Australia’s Pittwater House Opens and Closes With Timber Shade Facade

The Pittwater House’s floor plan is divided into pavilions, one addressing the beach and the other facing the street or “front” of the home. Either side is connected with a sprawling double-height

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Australian Prime Minister Says ‘Coal is Good for Humanity’

Australian Prime Minister Says ‘Coal is Good for Humanity’

Conservative prime minister Tony Abbott raised eyebrows in his country of Australia after declaring “coal is good for humanity” while opening a new coal mine in Queensland. The PM added that coal was

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Light-Filled Timber Artist’s Studio Sits Comfortably in an Organic Australian Landscape

Light-Filled Timber Artist’s Studio Sits Comfortably in an Organic Australian Landscape

Chan Architecture clad the exterior of the structure with two different kinds of wood: darker colored vertical boards that cover the bottom storage volume and horizontal bands of a lighter colored timber

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ODR Architects’ Angular Hunter Street Home Adds Industrial Chic to Suburban Living

ODR Architects’ Angular Hunter Street Home Adds Industrial Chic to Suburban Living

ODR Architects created forms with corrugated sheet profiles which reference the industrial quality of workers’ houses, and hipped roofs that evoke the “saw tooth” typology. The larger urbanistic

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