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Energy Experts Say Coal Will Overtake Oil in 2020

Energy Experts Say Coal Will Overtake Oil in 2020

World coal usage is skyrocketing because of rising demand in China and India. At the World Energy Congress yesterday, energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie stated that coal would surpass oil as the key

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China Builds an Apartment Complex in the Middle of an Eight-Lane Superhighway

China Builds an Apartment Complex in the Middle of an Eight-Lane Superhighway

Urban planning seems to have taken a turn for the worse in the Chinese city of Xi'an after a brand new set of modern apartments was constructed right in the middle of an eight-lane superhighway.

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Extravagant Ring-Shaped Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort Spares Energy in China

Extravagant Ring-Shaped Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort Spares Energy in China

The design is based on the idea of unity and infinity. At night the ring is reflected in the lake and looks like a full luminescent moon. The luxurious development has porticoes and ceilings inlaid with

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OMA Completes 3-Star Green Rated Shenzhen Stock Exchange

OMA Completes 3-Star Green Rated Shenzhen Stock Exchange

Following on the heels of their CCTV Headquarters, a folded skyscraper in Beijing, OMA has now completed another tower in China, this time on the Pearl River Delta in Shenzhen. Shenzen Stock Exchange

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Typhoon Fitow Tears Through Southeastern China with 93 MPH Winds

Typhoon Fitow Tears Through Southeastern China with 93 MPH Winds

Typhoon Fitow touched down in Fuding, China on Monday after tearing through the eastern provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang and forcing more than 700,000 people to be evacuated. With winds of up to 93mph

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14 Adorable Baby Pandas Line up for a Photo Shoot in Chengdu, China

14 Adorable Baby Pandas Line up for a Photo Shoot in Chengdu, China

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan, China recently announced that they have 14 tiny, fluffy, adorable panda cubs! Born at the center between July and September this year, the

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Tetris-Like Micro House Can be Stacked to Form Expanded Housing Suites

Tetris-Like Micro House Can be Stacked to Form Expanded Housing Suites

Constructed with glass fiber reinforced plastic, a strong but lightweight material, the Micro House is easily moved around by anyone, and it was deliberately sized to fit into a shipping container so that

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Apple’s Latest 5C and 5S iPhones are Even More Breakable than Previous Models

Apple’s Latest 5C and 5S iPhones are Even More Breakable than Previous Models

It’s no secret that iPhones are fragile and prone to breaking - and Apple’s latest versions, the 5C and 5S are no exception. But surprisingly, these new models are actually even less robust than last

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China to Become World’s Largest Market for Processed Food by 2015

China to Become World’s Largest Market for Processed Food by 2015

The Western McDiet is taking over China, one sugary snack at a time. Demand for on-the-go, pre-packaged food has skyrocketed as Chinese taste buds turn away from the Chinese staples of rice and vegetables

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Over 20,000 Kilograms of Fake Beef Seized in Xi’an, China

Over 20,000 Kilograms of Fake Beef Seized in Xi’an, China

Late last week police seized over 20,000 kilograms of fake beef in the Chinese city of Xi'an. Police said that the fake meat, which was made from pork and treated with chemical additives such as paraffin

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China to Issue Monthly List of 10 Worst Air-Polluted Cities

China to Issue Monthly List of 10 Worst Air-Polluted Cities

Photo via Shutterstock Environmental scandals have hit China hard this year. This summer, thousands of dead animals were found floating through major waterways, and air pollution hit record levels,

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China Bans New Coal-Fired Plants in Most Polluted Regions

China Bans New Coal-Fired Plants in Most Polluted Regions

As part of its ongoing plan to fight pollution and promote renewable energy, the Chinese government has announced a ban on new coal-fired power plants in parts of Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. The

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Chinese Scientists Successfully Produce a Living Kidney Using a 3D Printer

Chinese Scientists Successfully Produce a Living Kidney Using a 3D Printer

We've all seen the cool things that can be done with 3D printers, but now scientists at a Chinese university in eastern Zhejiang Province have made an incredible leap for medical technology by producing a

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Human Urine Used to Prepare Traditional Egg Delicacy in Chinese City of Dongyang

Human Urine Used to Prepare Traditional Egg Delicacy in Chinese City of Dongyang

Pee power is often heralded as a sustainable design solution that can yield plant fertilizer or even power your cell - but using urine to prepare a delicious springtime snack is a whole different story.

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GDS Architects Unveils New Jinshui Science Park Concept with Zero Carbon Footprint

GDS Architects Unveils New Jinshui Science Park Concept with Zero Carbon Footprint

In order to reduce energy use the studio has a solution to prevent dependency on air conditioning: the towers will each have a double skin facade of Low-E glass and horizontal sunshades on the inside - to

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Coop Himmelb(l)au Unveils Incredible Changsha Entertainment Ice World Atop an Abandoned Quarry

Coop Himmelb(l)au Unveils Incredible Changsha Entertainment Ice World Atop an Abandoned Quarry

Architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au's winning design proposal for Changsha's Entertainment Ice World poetically bridges architecture with landscape history. The proposed 120,000 square-meter structure

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Beijing’s Cola-Bow Turns 17,000 Plastic Coke Bottles Into a Curvaceous Shelter

Beijing’s Cola-Bow Turns 17,000 Plastic Coke Bottles Into a Curvaceous Shelter

As its name suggests, Penda's fantastic plastic arch was designed for Coca-Cola China (unfortunately and ironically). The creative studio collected used bottles from universities around Beijing to make

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Bizarre Chinese Temple Discovered Atop a 21-Storey Luxury Apartment Building in Shenzhen

Bizarre Chinese Temple Discovered Atop a 21-Storey Luxury Apartment Building in Shenzhen

A Chinese microblogger recently noticed a curious architectural object built upon the roof of a housing complex in Shenzhen. A mysterious temple has been sitting atop the 21-story luxury apartment

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The US is Banned From Exporting Garbage to China Through the ‘Green Fence Initiative’

The US is Banned From Exporting Garbage to China Through the ‘Green Fence Initiative’

Photo via Shutterstock The US has a big trash problem. How big is it? So big that the country has to export rubbish to other nations in order to control the incredible volume of stuff tossed away each

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Dinkoff Architects Unveil Plans for Green-Roofed Solar-Powered Taichung Cultural Center

Dinkoff Architects Unveil Plans for Green-Roofed Solar-Powered Taichung Cultural Center

The project's green building strategy is centered around three components: a green roof, a solar power array, and the building’s elongated shape. A garden partly covers the roof of the library,

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Study Predicts Coastal Flooding Damage Will Cost $1 Trillion a Year by 2050

Study Predicts Coastal Flooding Damage Will Cost $1 Trillion a Year by 2050

As the sea level rises and storms become more intense due to the effects of climate change, a new study predicts that damage to coastal cities will cost $1 trillion every year by 2050. The research, which

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Chinese Government Bans Outdoor BBQs in Bid to Curb Beijing’s Air Pollution

Chinese Government Bans Outdoor BBQs in Bid to Curb Beijing’s Air Pollution

In the latest of a string of attempts to clamp down on air pollution, the Chinese government has banned outdoor barbecuing in Beijing, much to the chagrin of many citizens. China’s capital is notorious

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As China Sizzles, Residents Cook Food On Manhole Covers

As China Sizzles, Residents Cook Food On Manhole Covers

Photo via Shutterstock China is suffering from one of its worst heatwaves in recorded history - and some hard-hit residents in Shanghai and the eastern and southern provinces are demonstrating the

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China’s Climate Change Initiatives Are Leaving the US in the Dust

China’s Climate Change Initiatives Are Leaving the US in the Dust

While US lawmakers continue to debate whether climate change even exists, sweeping climate change reforms are starting to emerge from a surprising source—the People’s Republic of China. From massive

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HASSELL’s Palm Island Uses Surrounding Pools to Keep Cool in Chongqing, China

HASSELL’s Palm Island Uses Surrounding Pools to Keep Cool in Chongqing, China

The recently completed hospitality and restaurant complex is built on an isthmus between two man-made pools. Water is central to the design of the project and the pools seep into the pedestrian courtyard

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Global Solar Power Passes 100,000 Megawatt Milestone and Continues to Increase Rapidly

Global Solar Power Passes 100,000 Megawatt Milestone and Continues to Increase Rapidly

Image via Flickr The sun is shining on solar energy across the world. In 2012, a record 31,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) was installed, pushing the total global solar power capacity past

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China to Spend $277 Billion in Effort to Curb Air Pollution

China to Spend $277 Billion in Effort to Curb Air Pollution

Photo via Shutterstock China's air quality problems have been well documented as cities have been besieged by thick smog -- particularly in Beijing, where pollution levels spiked in January -- putting

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Dynamic Vertical Farm Networks Could Provide More Space for Growing Food in China

Dynamic Vertical Farm Networks Could Provide More Space for Growing Food in China

Only 15 percent of China's total land area can be cultivated, which represents 10 percent of the global arable land, but this land is decreasing as the population grows. The Dyv-Net scheme is a vertical

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Team Israel’s Ultra-Efficient Solar Decathlon China Prefab is Based on Ancient Building Traditions

Team Israel’s Ultra-Efficient Solar Decathlon China Prefab is Based on Ancient Building Traditions

Team Israel's "All [e] Land" home is a net zero prefab that blends Israel's traditional building techniques with new technologies and sustainability. The design is based on a Mediterranean “4 Room

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Spark Architects’ Chongqing Clubhouse Rises in China

Spark Architects’ Chongqing Clubhouse Rises in China

The playful Clubhouse in Chongqing is the first part of a series of leisure facilities that Spark Architects designed for a large villa community in the outskirts of Chongqing, China. The clubhouse forms

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