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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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Snow Leopards are Fashion’s Next Victim

Snow Leopards are Fashion’s Next Victim

Image via Shutterstock Snow leopards and other wild animals from the mountains and steppes across the Tibetan plateau, Mongolia and West India are struggling to survive because of a surge in cashmere

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Sky City: Construction Of the World’s Tallest Tower Delayed Until 2014 as Costs Balloon to $855 Million

Sky City: Construction Of the World’s Tallest Tower Delayed Until 2014 as Costs Balloon to $855 Million

Changsha, China's Sky City tower is set to be the world's tallest building at a staggering 2,739 feet - however the project just hit a bump in the road as its developer announced plans to postpone

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75 Confirmed Dead, 459 Injured As Early Morning Earthquake Strikes Chinese Farming Community

75 Confirmed Dead, 459 Injured As Early Morning Earthquake Strikes Chinese Farming Community

Gansu Province Landscape via Shuttertock Officials are just starting to pick up the pieces after an early morning earthquake rocked a hillside farming community near the city of Dingxi in China's

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Living Bamboo Used to Grow Structures for China’s Experimental ‘City in Sky’

Living Bamboo Used to Grow Structures for China’s Experimental ‘City in Sky’

'City in Sky' is comprised of a platform elevated on stout bamboo poles, a series of small huts, and two living, growing open air bamboo structures. These are made with live bamboo that were planted and

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Chinese Denim Factories Continue to Sandblast Jeans, Despite Deadly Consequences

Chinese Denim Factories Continue to Sandblast Jeans, Despite Deadly Consequences

It has long been known that sandblasting jeans is a dangerous practice that exposes workers to unnecessary health risks, but despite public outcry, many Chinese factories continue to use the technique.

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Etho House: A Net-Zero Home Designed to Get Chinese Families Out of the Crowded City

Etho House: A Net-Zero Home Designed to Get Chinese Families Out of the Crowded City

China's Solar Decathlon presents a different set of challenges than those faced by students working inside the U.S. To achieve the proper perspective, members of the UIUC team traveled to China several

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The World’s Largest Building Opens in China, Complete with Fake Mediterranean Village and Indoor Beach

The World’s Largest Building Opens in China, Complete with Fake Mediterranean Village and Indoor Beach

The New Century Global Center is located in Chengdu, which is the capital of the Sichuan province in southwestern China. The building, which opened this week, will play host to a wide range of business

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Adults in China Drinking Human Breast Milk to Reap Nutritional Benefits

Adults in China Drinking Human Breast Milk to Reap Nutritional Benefits

We all know that breast milk is chock-full of more than 700 different types of valuable bacteria -- great for newborns, but now adults want in on the liquid gold. In China, a new diet craze promotes

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US and China Make Agreement to Cut Emissions from Coal, Vehicles and Chemicals

US and China Make Agreement to Cut Emissions from Coal, Vehicles and Chemicals

Photo via Shutterstock The United States and China are heavy hitters when it comes to the global economy, politics, and air pollution. The two nations account for a 43 percent of greenhouse gas

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Germany’s Solar Industry is in Peril as Big Companies File for Insolvency

Germany’s Solar Industry is in Peril as Big Companies File for Insolvency

It seems that almost every other month, Germany sets a new solar power record. However, despite the sunny outlook for the current state of power generation, the solar panel industry has been showing signs

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Retired Couple to Travel Around the World on Solar-Powered Electric Tricycle

Retired Couple to Travel Around the World on Solar-Powered Electric Tricycle

Building an electric tricycle from scratch is one thing - but driving it through 100 countries around the world in five years is another thing entirely. Li Linxiang, 66, and his wife Zhao Yafan, 64, are

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China Threatens Death Penalty for Serious Polluters

China Threatens Death Penalty for Serious Polluters

The Chinese government just issued a new judicial interpretation that will allow courts to issue harsher punishments for environmental crimes, according to the Xinhua News Agency - and the death penalty

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Live Animals Trapped In Plastic Bags Sold as Key Chains in Horrifying Chinese Souvenir Scheme

Live Animals Trapped In Plastic Bags Sold as Key Chains in Horrifying Chinese Souvenir Scheme

If your heart has ever ached looking at pictures of animals pent up in tiny pet store cages or pens at the zoo, prepare to be outraged. CNN and other internet sources have uncovered a souvenir scheme in

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Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

As the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continues to leak radiation, Japan is turning its sights away from atomic power and towards solar energy. At the end of 2012, the country had installed solar

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Mesmerizing Guangyun Pavilion in China Inspired by London’s Underground Rush Hour

Mesmerizing Guangyun Pavilion in China Inspired by London’s Underground Rush Hour

The Guangyun entrance pavilion was unveiled during the Xi’an International Horticultural Expo in China back in 2011. It frames the main visitor entrance to the expo site with a transparent,

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Beautiful Double Skin Shields China’s Solar-Powered Green Energy Lab from the Harsh Sun

Beautiful Double Skin Shields China’s Solar-Powered Green Energy Lab from the Harsh Sun

The three story building has a perimeter of balconies that helped to reduce the building's energy consumption. In winter, heating expenses are curtailed thanks to the solar heat collected on the

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The INLET Wall Socket Conserves Energy While Increasing Child Safety

The INLET Wall Socket Conserves Energy While Increasing Child Safety

Since its invention, the standard electrical outlet has changed little in function or appearance. The INLET by LivingPlug seeks to not only change the aesthetics of the standard wall socket, but to

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Crowdsourced Project Uses Kites to Monitor Air Quality in Beijing

Crowdsourced Project Uses Kites to Monitor Air Quality in Beijing

Beijing has some of the worst air quality in the world; conditions were so bad earlier this year that levels soared beyond the range of the US embassy’s air quality index. In an effort to more

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