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China is Taking Over 5 Million Old Cars off the Roads to Reduce Pollution

China is Taking Over 5 Million Old Cars off the Roads to Reduce Pollution

The Chinese government announced on Monday that the country was in grave danger of failing to meet its emissions reduction targets for 2015. In response, the State Council issued a plan featuring a raft

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Green Air Hotel Concept Wants to Upcycle China’s Old Hotels into Lush, Pollution-Eating Environments

Green Air Hotel Concept Wants to Upcycle China’s Old Hotels into Lush, Pollution-Eating Environments

According to Lip Chiong and Studio Twist, there are nearly 200,000 independent hotel companies in China that operate out of outdated buildings in urgent need of renovation. Rather than tear those

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Daniel Libeskind Unveils Twisting Vanke Shitang Pavilion for 2015 Milan Expo

Daniel Libeskind Unveils Twisting Vanke Shitang Pavilion for 2015 Milan Expo

In addition to its central theme of food, the Vanke pavilion will also explore Chinese social issues caused by rapid urbanization such as the feeling of loneliness by aging empty nesters and the

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Junya Ishigami Unveils Man-Made Mountain Range as Winning Kinmen Ferry Terminal Design

Junya Ishigami Unveils Man-Made Mountain Range as Winning Kinmen Ferry Terminal Design

Japanese architect Junya Ishigami has just been announced as the winner of the Port of Kinmen Passenger Service Center Competition. Titled "Landscape as a Monument," the winning design comprises a lush,

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China to Levy Unlimited Fines Against Major Polluters

China to Levy Unlimited Fines Against Major Polluters

The Chinese legislature has voted in favor of changes to its environmental policies for the first time in 25 years. The new law gives government the ability to levy unlimited fines against polluters in a

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Tesla Model S Buyers in China Get a Free License Plate Worth $15k

Tesla Model S Buyers in China Get a Free License Plate Worth $15k

If you live in Shanghai, you now have even more incentive to buy a Tesla Model S - the electric sedan now comes with a free license plate. That might not seem like a big deal in the US, but in China

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VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

We've been fascinated with the concept of duplitecture—the practice of cloning entire buildings—ever since we discovered that Chinese developers were knocking off European architectural icons and, in

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gmp Wins Competition to Build Shanghai’s First Closed Cavity Facade Office Buildings

gmp Wins Competition to Build Shanghai’s First Closed Cavity Facade Office Buildings

In addition to its emphasis on sustainable design, the real estate giant has secured a prime location for its new office buildings near the Shanghai South Railway Station. The 900,000 square foot offices

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NL Architects’ Mixed Use Center Mimics Lush Green-Roofed Hills in Xiamen

NL Architects’ Mixed Use Center Mimics Lush Green-Roofed Hills in Xiamen

NL Architects' mixed-use shopping center comprises three major layers: a network of SOHO (small office) spaces, a residential program, and approximately 100,000 square feet of retail space. Vankely's

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Tricycle House and Garden Offer Off-Grid Living for China’s Landless

Tricycle House and Garden Offer Off-Grid Living for China’s Landless

PAO and PIDO used a CNC router to form the plastic Tricycle House, which is made out of folded polypropylene. This is the only plastic that is strong enough to handle the folds that act like an accordion

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Chinese Developer Attempts to Copy Colonial Williamsburg, VA, Replicates Hipster Williamsburg, Brooklyn Instead

Chinese Developer Attempts to Copy Colonial Williamsburg, VA, Replicates Hipster Williamsburg, Brooklyn Instead

China's copycat architecture trend has been well documented - so far the nation has built full-scale replicas of the Eiffel Tower, the canals of Venice, and even an entire Austrian village. However when

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Project Blue Skyscraper Turns China’s Dreadful Air Pollution into Green Energy

Project Blue Skyscraper Turns China’s Dreadful Air Pollution into Green Energy

While China's booming economy has been a spectacle to watch, its corresponding pollution levels have been staggering as well. A side effect of being "the factory of the world" is that the cities in China

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Chinese Man Builds Tiny, All-Electric Lamborghini to Take His Grandson to School

Chinese Man Builds Tiny, All-Electric Lamborghini to Take His Grandson to School

Getting the kids out the door, in the car, and off to school is hard enough. For families in China - many of whom share a moped or scooter as their only vehicle - it's even more difficult, not to mention

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Beijing Principal Sparks Controversy by Suspending Classes Amid Air Pollution Attack in China

Beijing Principal Sparks Controversy by Suspending Classes Amid Air Pollution Attack in China

Beijing is notorious worldwide for its air pollution, but a concerned middle school principal's decision to suspend classes amid last week's smog attack has sparked controversy throughout China. The

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Volcanic Eruptions May Have Slowed Climate Change, New Study Shows

Volcanic Eruptions May Have Slowed Climate Change, New Study Shows

Image of volcano eruption / Shutterstock According to a recent study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, an unusually high number of volcanic eruptions over the past 14 years may have helped to

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Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Beijing's record-breaking air pollution has spurred officials and designers to come up with innovative solutions - and the architects at London-based Orproject recently proposed the creation of gigantic

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China to Create World’s Largest Electric Vehicle Charging Network

China to Create World’s Largest Electric Vehicle Charging Network

The Swiss power and automation technology group ABB has teamed up with Shenzhen Daimler New Technology Co to expand China’s electric vehicle charging network to be the largest in the world. Over the

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United States’ Bold Vision for 2015 Paris Climate Deal Calls on Developing Countries to Limit Emissions

United States’ Bold Vision for 2015 Paris Climate Deal Calls on Developing Countries to Limit Emissions

The United States recently submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change its bold vision for an international climate deal in Paris, France in December 2015. The 11-page

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Beijing Passes First Regulations to Reduce Air Pollution

Beijing Passes First Regulations to Reduce Air Pollution

The famously smoggy Chinese capital of Beijing is finally doing something to curb its appalling air pollution. By a vote of 659-23, the Beijing Municipal People's Congress passed a new law that for the

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Snowden Leaks Reveal the U.S. Spied During Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009

Snowden Leaks Reveal the U.S. Spied During Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009

Edward Snowden's massive data leak has uncovered stunning secrets concerning the NSA's dubious behavior. The government agency seems to have an eye on every aspect of domestic and foreign policy,

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Cattle are the World’s Top Greenhouse Gas Emitters Among Livestock, Study Finds

Cattle are the World’s Top Greenhouse Gas Emitters Among Livestock, Study Finds

If you want to dramatically reduce your carbon footprint, you might want to start with your dinner plate. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that cattle

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‘Stop Keystone XL’ Protest Vigils Held Across the United States

‘Stop Keystone XL’ Protest Vigils Held Across the United States

Hundreds gathered on a chilly night at Lafayette Square across from the White House to tell President Obama to keep his climate promise and stand up to the fossil fuel industry by rejecting the dirty tar

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China Calls for Fireworks Ban During Lunar New Year Celebration to Curb Air Pollution

China Calls for Fireworks Ban During Lunar New Year Celebration to Curb Air Pollution

Image via Shutterstock For generations, the Chinese Lunar New Year has been celebrated with red money-filled envelopes, family dinners, and exploding firecrackers that herald the days to come. However

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Island School is a Sustainable Learning Landscape in Hong Kong

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Island School is a Sustainable Learning Landscape in Hong Kong

Schmidt Hammer Lassen just unveiled preliminary drawings for Hong Kong's new Island School. Working in cooperation with Thomas Chow Architects, Schmidt Hammer Lassen designed a plant- and daylight-filled

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Is Beijing’s Pollution So Bad that Residents Need a Fake Sun?

Is Beijing’s Pollution So Bad that Residents Need a Fake Sun?

There’s no question that China is facing a dire pollution problem. We’ve already seen dozens of photos of the nation's smog-ridden capital, and if that isn’t evidence enough, check out this latest

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US Sees Slight Uptick in 2013 Carbon Emissions Despite Green Efforts

US Sees Slight Uptick in 2013 Carbon Emissions Despite Green Efforts

The US Energy Information Administration just put forth a new report that shows US carbon emissions increased 2% despite all the nation's environmental initiatives in the past year. According to the new

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Ice Architecture: 6 Incredible Buildings Made from Ice and Snow

Ice Architecture: 6 Incredible Buildings Made from Ice and Snow

TRON ICE HOTEL SUITE QUEBEC'S HOTEL DE GLACE HARBIN INTERNATIONAL ICE AND SNOW SCULPTURE FESTIVAL RUSSIAN ICE PALACE  GEOTHERMAL ICE CASTLES FINLAND'S LUMI LINNA SNOW CASTLE TRON ICE

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Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

Waterfall photo via Xseon/Shutterstock It’s no secret that drinkable water is one of the most precious and finite resources on Earth; now an eminent Australian water scientist is urging the world yet

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Chinese Man Builds His Own Bionic Hands from Scrap Metal After Losing Limbs in Explosion

Chinese Man Builds His Own Bionic Hands from Scrap Metal After Losing Limbs in Explosion

Think you're a pretty good do-it-yourself-er? Think again. The Daily Mail reports that after losing both of his hands and forearms in an explosion (he created a homemade bomb that detonated prematurely),

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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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