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Australian and Japanese Researchers Team Up to Develop Non-Toxic Solar Panels

Australian and Japanese Researchers Team Up to Develop Non-Toxic Solar Panels

Photo via Shutterstock Solar panels provide one of the cleanest forms of green energy by converting sunlight into electricity, but the photovoltaic panels we use are made with toxic elements including

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Rugged Bridge House Stands Up to the Elements in Southern Victoria

Rugged Bridge House Stands Up to the Elements in Southern Victoria

Located on the coastline near Melbourne in southern Victoria, this home was designed to take in the view of the ocean through an old timber railway. Using this historic and industrial artifact, the home

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First Phase of k20 Architecture’s Hindmarsh Shire Council Centre Complete in Australia

First Phase of k20 Architecture’s Hindmarsh Shire Council Centre Complete in Australia

The Hindmarsh Shire building is in a region of Australia that is exposed to extreme temperatures, and therefore k20 Architecture began their adaptation by creating a building envelope with great thermal

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Airborne: World’s First Rotating Air Gardens Debut in Melbourne

Airborne: World’s First Rotating Air Gardens Debut in Melbourne

Funded by the City of Melbourne's 2013 Arts Grant Program, Airborne is a wonderful addition to Australia's second largest city's skyline. Made with recycled bicycle wheels and a bit of wire and adorned

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High School Student Designs Solar Car to Transport Pregnant Zimbabwean Women to Clinics

High School Student Designs Solar Car to Transport Pregnant Zimbabwean Women to Clinics

In some parts of Zimbabwe, pregnant women are forced to walk 10 kilometers on uneven dirt roads to visit the nearest clinic. Although he lives thousands of miles away from Zimbabwe, Australian high school

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Australia’s Enchanting Pod Playground is Inspired by Its Natural Surroundings

Australia’s Enchanting Pod Playground is Inspired by Its Natural Surroundings

Recently opened in Canberra, this magnificent playground is meant to be enjoyed by both kids and adults. The playground draws its forms directly from the trees of the arboretum, and the structures

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Guardian Angel Kangaroo Saves Lost Boy in Australian Bush

Guardian Angel Kangaroo Saves Lost Boy in Australian Bush

Photo via Shutterstock A kangaroo in Australia has turned out to be one child’s guardian angel. Seven-year-old Simon Kruger wandered away from his family and into the bush of Deep Creek Conservation

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Australia’s Retrofitted Illawarra Flame House Takes Slight Lead in Solar Decathlon China

Australia’s Retrofitted Illawarra Flame House Takes Slight Lead in Solar Decathlon China

Named after a tree, the Illawarra Flame House comes equipped with a 9.4 kW photovoltaic system with two different kinds of cells, a grey water treatment and a rainwater capture system. It also features a

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Shaun Lockyear Transforms a Pre-War Cottage into a Modern Masterpiece in Austraila

Shaun Lockyear Transforms a Pre-War Cottage into a Modern Masterpiece in Austraila

The greenest home is the one that's already standing, and the owners of 105 Villiers made sure to preserve the existing building while transforming it into a much more modern and luxurious home. The

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US Military Drops Four Disabled Bombs on the Great Barrier Reef

US Military Drops Four Disabled Bombs on the Great Barrier Reef

The US military dropped four bombs weighing a total of 4,000 pounds on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park as part of a training exercise last week. The bombs, which were unarmed, were supposed to be

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House in a Warehouse: Splinter Society Architecture Turns Old Warehouse Into Garden Oasis Home in Melbourne

House in a Warehouse: Splinter Society Architecture Turns Old Warehouse Into Garden Oasis Home in Melbourne

The old warehouse is located in a dense urban setting surrounded by homes and buildings on all sides. The client tasked local firms Splinter Society Architecture and Birdsmouth Construction to transform

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Grimshaw Architects Completes Light & Airy Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne

Grimshaw Architects Completes Light & Airy Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne

The Highpoint Shopping Centre is located about eight kilometers northwest of Melbourne's central business district in the suburb of Maribyrnong. Grimshaw Architects was tasked with designing the 30,000

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Energy-Efficient Waverley House Embraces the Outdoors in Sydney, Australia

Energy-Efficient Waverley House Embraces the Outdoors in Sydney, Australia

The client's run-down home was bordered to the north by a much larger building that shades the lot. Despite that limitation, Anderson Architecture worked to design a new home that could still bring in

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Streamlined Croft House Hovers Like a Spacecraft in Australia

Streamlined Croft House Hovers Like a Spacecraft in Australia

James Stockwell exploited three sine curves to create the home's unique form, while relying on low embodied energy materials to fit in with the vernacular architecture of Victoria's south coast. Concrete

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The World’s Deserts Are Greening from Carbon Dioxide Fertilization

The World’s Deserts Are Greening from Carbon Dioxide Fertilization

Thanks to increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, the world's deserts are getting a little greener through a process called "CO2 fertilization." Scientists from CSIRO have been taking satellite data of

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Rusty Tin Shed Transformed Into Beautiful Two-Story Studio in Sydney

Rusty Tin Shed Transformed Into Beautiful Two-Story Studio in Sydney

The goal of the project was to re-purpose the existing tin shed at the rear of a residential lot. Rather than just tearing the shed down and getting rid of it, Raffaello Rosselli recycled the original

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Solar Powered Patrol Vessel Launches Next Year to Protect The Great Barrier Reef

Solar Powered Patrol Vessel Launches Next Year to Protect The Great Barrier Reef

Incat Crowther and Marine Engineering Consultants (MEC) recently announced plans to construct a 24 meter long-range Catamaran Patrol Vessel that will be used to protect the Great Barrier Reef World

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Australian Scientists Develop Catalyst to Turn Seawater Into Hydrogen Fuel

Australian Scientists Develop Catalyst to Turn Seawater Into Hydrogen Fuel

A team of scientists from Australia's University of Wollongong have developed a way to turn sea water into hydrogen in order to produce a virtually unlimited clean energy source. They believe that their

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Claire Tracey Creates Giant Water Dragon Sculpture from Recycled Water Bottles

Claire Tracey Creates Giant Water Dragon Sculpture from Recycled Water Bottles

In 2012, Claire Tracey was commissioned by the city of Melbourne to produce “Water Dragon,” a giant transparent dragon sculpture made from recycled plastic water bottles. Developed with The Chinese

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Floating Mangrove Forest Springs Up in a Wrecked Coal Ship

Floating Mangrove Forest Springs Up in a Wrecked Coal Ship

Artists, designers, filmmakers, and writers often imagine what a post-apocalyptic world will look like - and we think this wrecked ship offers a hopeful clue. Originally built in 1911, the SS Ayrfield had

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South Korea Launches the Word’s Most Aggressive Carbon Market

South Korea Launches the Word’s Most Aggressive Carbon Market

Photo via Shutterstock South Korea has made clear their intent to become one of the world's leading warriors against climate change, and they are willing to back up their assertions with cold, hard,

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Australian Researchers Propose Turning Millions of Tons of Pig Waste into Alternative Energy for China

Australian Researchers Propose Turning Millions of Tons of Pig Waste into Alternative Energy for China

Photo via Shutterstock Where there are million of animals, there are millions of tons of waste. In a clever solution to a major waste disposal problem, Australian researchers have found a way to

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Sonia Rentsch Creates Harmless Weapons from Organic Materials

Sonia Rentsch Creates Harmless Weapons from Organic Materials

Rentsch enjoys creating "deceptively clever scenes from the simplest of objects." Using plant matter, she reconstructs weapons of metal and plastic, softening their bodies and pulling the man-made objects

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to Be Downgraded From World Heritage Site

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to Be Downgraded From World Heritage Site

Photo via Shutterstock The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) warned the Australian government on Saturday that it may downgrade the World Heritage status of the

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Green Renters Offers Tips, Tutorials, and Workshops For Greening Your Rental

Green Renters Offers Tips, Tutorials, and Workshops For Greening Your Rental

Green Renters is a not-for-profit organization based in Australia that provides sustainability advice specifically for those living in rental accommodations. Over 30% of Australians live in rentals, and

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Grimshaw’s Aspire Tower will be a Benchmark for Passive Environmental Design in Australia

Grimshaw’s Aspire Tower will be a Benchmark for Passive Environmental Design in Australia

Grimshaw Architects has recently submitted its Development Application on behalf of Parramatta City Council for the landmark mixed-use tower. Aspire Tower will be located next to Parramatta Square on

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Stunning Prefab Northcote Home Combines Minimalist and Passive Design in Australia

Stunning Prefab Northcote Home Combines Minimalist and Passive Design in Australia

The three bedroom modular residence was carefully arranged on the site to avoid excess solar gain in summer while making the most of winter daylight. Extensive floor to ceiling glazing on the lower level

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Australia Implored to Recognize Climate Change Refugees

Australia Implored to Recognize Climate Change Refugees

Australia is facing pressure to accept the status of climate change refugees, as the country is located near many low-lying South Pacific island states and it's the closest land mass that could provide a

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Woman Gets Married in Dress Made from 10,000 Bread Tags Collected Over 10 Years

Woman Gets Married in Dress Made from 10,000 Bread Tags Collected Over 10 Years

Adding to a growing list of dresses made with weird, recycled materials, including beetle wings and cow nipples, a woman in Australia recently tied the knot in a dress made with 10,000 bread tags. A

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Low-Impact Tanderra House is Tucked into the Landscape of Victoria, Australia

Low-Impact Tanderra House is Tucked into the Landscape of Victoria, Australia

Located on a 40 ha site with distant views of the ocean to the west, the home is also exposed to a powerful prevailing wind from the north. To maximize on views, and minimize the effect of both the hot

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