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Arctic Ice Larger than the US Melted in 2012 but Delegates Can’t Reach Emissions Agreement at Doha

Arctic Ice Larger than the US Melted in 2012 but Delegates Can’t Reach Emissions Agreement at Doha

From March to September this year a staggering 4.47 million square miles of Arctic ice melted - that's an area bigger than the United States. The U.N. World Meteorological Organization said this Arctic

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Nail House: China Builds a Road Around a Single Home That Stood Strong Against Urban Redevelopment

Nail House: China Builds a Road Around a Single Home That Stood Strong Against Urban Redevelopment

This single house is all that's left of a neighborhood in Zhejiang Province, China that was demolished to make room for new urban development. The house, a dwelling owned by redevelopment resister Luo

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COP18: U.S. Cites Fracking as Effective Contribution to Emissions Cuts

COP18: U.S. Cites Fracking as Effective Contribution to Emissions Cuts

Wyoming Gas Drill Photo by Shutterstock A spokesperson for the United States at the 18th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar cited the country's investments in "fracking" as its

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Prefabricated Lotus Hotel is a Resilient Net-Zero Development for China’s Xiangshawan Desert

Prefabricated Lotus Hotel is a Resilient Net-Zero Development for China’s Xiangshawan Desert

Located near the Hantai River 800 kilometers outside of Beijing, the 30,000 square meter Lotus Hotel is comprised of a series of prefabricated steel elements that are fixed in the fluid sands, which

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Global CO2 Levels Reach Record High at 34 Billion Tons Last Year With China Taking the Lead

Global CO2 Levels Reach Record High at 34 Billion Tons Last Year With China Taking the Lead

According to a report by the international Renewable Energy Industry Institute based in Germany, the total levels of global greenhouse gas emissions reached a record high last year at 34 billion tons.

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Hysan Place: Hong Kong’s First Pre-Certified LEED Platinum Building Opens in Causeway Bay

Hysan Place: Hong Kong’s First Pre-Certified LEED Platinum Building Opens in Causeway Bay

Images by Tim Griffith Causeway Bay is Hong Kong Island’s premiere retail district and is also known to be one of the most polluted areas of Hong Kong. Kohn Pederson Fox and Dennis Lau & Ng Chun

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Höweler + Yoon Architecture’s Sky Courts is a Sustainable Development in China Made of Bricks and Cor-Ten Steel

Höweler + Yoon Architecture’s Sky Courts is a Sustainable Development in China Made of Bricks and Cor-Ten Steel

Höweler + Yoon Architecture is a multidisciplinary firm that believes in operating between the lines of architecture, art and landscape. The SkyCourts project exemplifies this principal by creating a

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25 Countries and the European Union Fail to Agree to Protect Antarctic Waters

25 Countries and the European Union Fail to Agree to Protect Antarctic Waters

A coalition of 25 countries and the European Union have failed to reach an agreement to protect critical areas of the Antarctic Ocean from overfishing and other concerns related to pollution and climate

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Great City: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Unveil Plans For China’s First Self-Sufficient, Carless City

Great City: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Unveil Plans For China’s First Self-Sufficient, Carless City

The project envisions a city that avoids the high energy consumption and carbon emissions associated with suburban sprawl. According to the architects, Great City will be developed by Beijing Vantone

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HWCD’s Floating Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse is a Zen Space For A Tea Party

HWCD’s Floating Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse is a Zen Space For A Tea Party

HWCD's Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse embraces traditional Chinese garden design by blending into the natural environment. The floating structure has a square envelope composed of a series of tea rooms

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Wilkinson Eyre Wins RIBA Lubetkin Prize for Innovative Guangzhou International Finance Center

Wilkinson Eyre Wins RIBA Lubetkin Prize for Innovative Guangzhou International Finance Center

The prestigious RIBA Lubetkin Prize was recently awarded to Wilkinson Eyre Architects for the Guangzhou International Finance Center in China.  The 103-story triangular skyscraper features an innovative

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World’s Tallest Skyscraper to Be Built in 210 Days Instead of 90 as Originally Planned

World’s Tallest Skyscraper to Be Built in 210 Days Instead of 90 as Originally Planned

Earlier this year, Chinese Company Broad Sustainable Building (BSB), announced plans to build the world's tallest skyscraper in an unbelievable 90 days. Now the build time for the 838-meter-tall tower has

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US To Place Higher Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

US To Place Higher Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

The US Commerce Department ruled in favor of imposing tariffs on some Chinese solar panels on Wednesday. The department found that Chinese solar-panel makers were receiving unfair government subsidies,

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Dom Aquitectura Unveils Green Master Plan to Clean Air and Reduce Pollution in Huizhou, China

Dom Aquitectura Unveils Green Master Plan to Clean Air and Reduce Pollution in Huizhou, China

With respect to the practice of feng shui, the neighborhood is laid out to coincide with energy and air flow. After thoroughly studying the land and climate of the region, Dom Arquitectura chose the

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XishuangbanNa Residence is a Sustainable Modern Bamboo High-Rise in China

XishuangbanNa Residence is a Sustainable Modern Bamboo High-Rise in China

China's massive population needs housing, but Tokamarch Architects have proposed that it's not necessary to construct ugly residential buildings that all look the same. Additionally, they are concerned to

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Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on Green-Roofed Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre in Shanghai

Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on Green-Roofed Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre in Shanghai

Construction is officially underway on Foster + Partners' sustainable masterplan for the Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre, a sustainable mixed-use development in the heart of the Shanghai Hongqiao

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Sky City: China’s BSB to Break Ground on World’s Tallest Skyscraper in November

Sky City: China’s BSB to Break Ground on World’s Tallest Skyscraper in November

Modular, prefabricated buildings have been catching on in design communities around the world in recent years, but the building techniques are typically limited to low-rise buildings. Chinese developer

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Cinderella-Inspired Pumpkin Room Transforms EDG Creatives into Fairytale Brainstormers

Cinderella-Inspired Pumpkin Room Transforms EDG Creatives into Fairytale Brainstormers

The award-winning pumpkin room comes in two different varieties: either a complete mini-room that can be installed in just about any office, or partitions comprised of just two of the polycarbonate panels

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China’s Yangtze River Suddenly Turns Red, and Nobody Knows Why

China’s Yangtze River Suddenly Turns Red, and Nobody Knows Why

Photo via Shutterstock Residents of Chongqing, China got quite a surprise when they looked out at the Yangtze River yesterday: The river, which usually has a golden-brown hue, had been dyed a deep

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Giant Footprint Tree in Shanghai Promotes Walking

Giant Footprint Tree in Shanghai Promotes Walking

The China Environmental Protection Foundation (CEPF), in collaboration with DDB China Group, created an interactive poster to encourage people to walk rather than drive. With the piece, pedestrians

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Pharmaceutical Firms on Alert in China Because Suppliers May Have Used ‘Gutter Oil’ in Antibiotics

Pharmaceutical Firms on Alert in China Because Suppliers May Have Used ‘Gutter Oil’ in Antibiotics

Here at Inhabitat, we're all for recycling. We're even for recycling sewage sludge, which Korean scientists were recently able to turn into biofuel. However, we draw the line at food waste being used in

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Bambu’s Renewable Ideas Fuse Design and Social Responsibility

Bambu’s Renewable Ideas Fuse Design and Social Responsibility

Bambu is one of the leading green companies in the homewares and gift segment. The China-based company received Green America’s Gold Seal of Approval for its efforts to preserve the environment, promote

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Butterfly-Winged Wuxi Grand Theatre is a New Eco Cultural Landmark in China

Butterfly-Winged Wuxi Grand Theatre is a New Eco Cultural Landmark in China

Inspiration for the Wuxi Grand Theatre's design came from the butterfly as well as the old Chinese opera, Butterfly Lovers. The building's volume is that of a butterfly landing on water and features eight

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Flip & Tumble’s Recycled Felt Pod Planters Add a Burst of Greenery to Any Room

Flip & Tumble’s Recycled Felt Pod Planters Add a Burst of Greenery to Any Room

The green thumbs at Flip & Tumble have harnessed the power of the pod with their fresh felt planters shaped like flying saucers.  Made from 100% recycled material, these fuzzy planters add color and

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China’s Green-Roofed Samaranch Memorial Museum Was Inspired by the Olympic Rings

China’s Green-Roofed Samaranch Memorial Museum Was Inspired by the Olympic Rings

HAO and Archiland International won first place earlier this year with their Olympic-themed museum. Working with the concept of the 5 Olympic rings, the firms formulated a plan composed of a two-ring

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Three Floors of Green Walls Spruce up China’s Taoyuanju Office

Three Floors of Green Walls Spruce up China’s Taoyuanju Office

The three separate vertical gardens on each floor of the Taoyuanju office building are equipped with a self-irrigating system that makes it very easy to maintain. Not only do they add a lot of character

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Crescent-Shaped Weihai Pavilion Engages With the Seascape in China

Crescent-Shaped Weihai Pavilion Engages With the Seascape in China

Make Architects completed the Weihai Pavilion in the spring of 2012 to serve as an information hub and reception area for a new residential development on the island. The pavilion was the first to be

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350 Million People in India Lose Power Due to Scorching Summer Weather

350 Million People in India Lose Power Due to Scorching Summer Weather

India suffered one of its worst blackouts in a decade this Monday morning when high demand for electricity cut off power to seven northern states and over 360 million people.  India's electricity demand

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Tongjiang Primary School in Rural China is Made from Recycled Bricks

Tongjiang Primary School in Rural China is Made from Recycled Bricks

A good design should use as few resources as possible, and one of the best ways to achieve that is to build a structure using recycled materials. Architects Joshua Bolchover and John Lin of Rufwork have

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Green-Roofed West Kowloon Terminus Will Link Hong Kong With China’s High Speed Rail

Green-Roofed West Kowloon Terminus Will Link Hong Kong With China’s High Speed Rail

Currently under construction, the Express Link West Kowloon Terminus will provide a high speed connection to the Pearl River Delta, mainland China and the rest of the high speed rail network. The rail

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