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The Blue Planet: Europe’s Largest Aquarium Opens This Weekend in Copenhagen

The Blue Planet: Europe’s Largest Aquarium Opens This Weekend in Copenhagen

The Blue Planet is the newest version of the Denmark Aquarium in Copenhagen dating back to 1939. Located on the shores of Øresund, the aquarium has a picturesque view of the sea and convenient access to

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Concrete Made with Biofuel Waste is Strong, Durable, and Has a Lower Carbon Footprint

Concrete Made with Biofuel Waste is Strong, Durable, and Has a Lower Carbon Footprint

Photo via Shutterstock In the crusade to cut global CO2 emissions, we tend look to power plants, cars, and manufacturing. Nowadays, our building materials are also garnering attention, and researchers

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New Zealand Suffering Worst Drought in 30 Years

New Zealand Suffering Worst Drought in 30 Years

New Zealand's lush green scenery brought Lord of the Rings to life - but lately the country has been facing a plight far worse than any sorcerer's curse. The North Island of New Zealand is experiencing

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Vapur Unveils Water Filtering Anti-Bottles That Remove 99.99% of Bacteria

Vapur Unveils Water Filtering Anti-Bottles That Remove 99.99% of Bacteria

Vapur introduced several new products at the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show that expand their line of BPA-free "Anti-Bottles" - including a new filtering technology that safely removes 99.99%

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Infographic: ‘The Unfiltered Truth About Water’ Shows the Causes of Water Pollution

Infographic: ‘The Unfiltered Truth About Water’ Shows the Causes of Water Pollution

The Unfiltered Truth About Water is an interactive infographic that explores the sometimes surprising causes of water pollution and provides tips on how we can conserve and protect our water sources. It

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123DV’s Self-Sufficient Bridge House Sits Serenely on Its Grassy Plot in The Netherlands

123DV’s Self-Sufficient Bridge House Sits Serenely on Its Grassy Plot in The Netherlands

Completed 2011, The Bridge House is set amidst a breathtaking green environment. It was constructed on a manmade hill (made from reclaimed soil nearby) to house a cellar and to make the best of its

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Melbourne’s Sealight Pavilion is Designed for Contemplating the Elements

Melbourne’s Sealight Pavilion is Designed for Contemplating the Elements

The Sealight Pavilion was constructed as a joint effort over 14 weeks in 2011. It consists of two volumes: a tower and a cantilever, made entirely from locally-sourced, reclaimed cypress wood via

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Richard Rogers’ New Antwerp Law Courts Feature Unique Rainwater-Recycling Rooftops

Richard Rogers’ New Antwerp Law Courts Feature Unique Rainwater-Recycling Rooftops

Located in the south of the Flemish city, on Bolivarplaats, The New Law Courts was erected by Richard Rogers in conjunction with Belgian architects VK Studio. It houses 8 distinct civil and criminal

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Ultra Compact ‘Petit Laundry Swoosh’ Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Only a Gallon of Water

Ultra Compact ‘Petit Laundry Swoosh’ Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Only a Gallon of Water

As far as washing machines go, the pedal-powered GiraDora and the Laundry Pod are pretty small - but the new ultra compact Petit Laundry Swoosh can fit on a countertop! Designed by Japanese company King

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PureMadi Uses Ceramics and Nanoparticle Technology to Purify Water in Developing Nations

PureMadi Uses Ceramics and Nanoparticle Technology to Purify Water in Developing Nations

In developing nations, access to clean water is a major humanitarian issue - so much so that numerous non-profits and foundations are dedicated specifically to providing access to basic sanitation.

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Kunle Adeyemi Designs a Solar-Powered Floating School for the Flood-Prone Coastline of Nigeria

Kunle Adeyemi Designs a Solar-Powered Floating School for the Flood-Prone Coastline of Nigeria

For the community of Makoko of Lagos, Nigeria life on the water is nothing new. Prone to flooding, residents have dealt with encroaching waters for generations by building houses on stilts and using

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Casa del Agua in Mexico City Serves Local Filtered Rainwater

Casa del Agua in Mexico City Serves Local Filtered Rainwater

Casa del Agua is a new artisan bar concept in Mexico City where you can go for a drink of rainwater! The water is served in specially-designed and reusable glass bottles, and it's harvested and filtered

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Melbourne Water Encourages Australian Citizens to Build 10,000 Rain Gardens

Melbourne Water Encourages Australian Citizens to Build 10,000 Rain Gardens

Melbourne Water, a water supply company owned by the Victorian State Government, is encouraging Australian residents to create 10,000 rain gardens - and they're already up to 7,804! A rain garden is a

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LA River Restoration Moves Forward With Opening of the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

LA River Restoration Moves Forward With Opening of the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

The LA River begins in the San Fernando Valley and moves east and then south through LA county. Flooding in the early part of the 19th century led to the river being walled up in a concrete canal to

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Myanmar’s Inle Lake Shows Bridge to Ancient Hydroponic Farming Systems

Myanmar’s Inle Lake Shows Bridge to Ancient Hydroponic Farming Systems

In today's world, where a shift from large scale agribusiness to smaller scale, localized growing can be seen, ideas such as hydroponics and aquaponics have begun to take hold in the urban environment.

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Silt Lake City: Floating ‘Hydropolis’ Could Ride the Tide of the Nile River in Egypt

Silt Lake City: Floating ‘Hydropolis’ Could Ride the Tide of the Nile River in Egypt

Silt Lake City is a student architecture project by Margaux Leycuras, Marion Ottmann and Anne-Hina Mallette that won a prize in a competition organized by the Foundation Jacques Rougerie. Before the

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New Research Shows that Graphene Oxide Can Easily Clean Toxins from Radioactive Water

New Research Shows that Graphene Oxide Can Easily Clean Toxins from Radioactive Water

Photo via Shutterstock When it comes to cleaning up radioactive materials after a spill, scientists need to get pretty creative. From robots to bacteria, anything that will remove dangerous radiation

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Up to 50 Percent of All Food Produced is Thrown Away

Up to 50 Percent of All Food Produced is Thrown Away

Vegetables photo from Shutterstock Researchers at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) recently found that between 30 to 50 percent of all food produced - or up to two billion tons - is thrown

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Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Aiming to be the World Capital of CO2 by reducing fifty per cent its carbon emissions, Rotterdam has ambitious plans to adapt to rising sea levels. The idea is to build a community of floating homes,

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China’s Snow World Festival Opens With Amazing Displays of Ice Architecture

China’s Snow World Festival Opens With Amazing Displays of Ice Architecture

Jilin Province's annual ice festival just opened with a flourish of frosty sculptures in all shapes and sizes. One standout of ephemeral architecture is a detailed fairy castle with a hint of the Chinese

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Costa Concordia Architecture Competition Rethinks Disaster to Create a New Seaside Park in Italy

Costa Concordia Architecture Competition Rethinks Disaster to Create a New Seaside Park in Italy

First place was awarded to Alexander Laing & Francesco Matteo Belfiore from London, who envisioned the transformation of the wreck by exploring the dichotomy between removal and storage. They proposed

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Ingenious 14 Year-Old Invents Solar-Powered Water Purification System for the Developing World

Ingenious 14 Year-Old Invents Solar-Powered Water Purification System for the Developing World

When most of us were teenagers, we were more worried about an embarrassing outbreak of acne or who to ask to homecoming than the challenges of developing nations. After witnessing children in India

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Elise Morin’s Water Carrier Installation Draws Attention to Water Resources in Slovakia

Elise Morin’s Water Carrier Installation Draws Attention to Water Resources in Slovakia

You may remember Morin's last installation, WasteLandscape, where she used used 65,000 reclaimed CD's to create artificial dunes in a warehouse in Paris. Her new installation uses 5,000 reclaimed test

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Researchers Develop a Self-Filling Water Bottle that Harvests Water from the Air

Researchers Develop a Self-Filling Water Bottle that Harvests Water from the Air

There is water in the air around us at every moment. While this may not seem very significant if you live in a water-rich area, this untapped resource could benefit everyone from athletes on the go to

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British Firm Produces Liquid Fuel From Water and Thin Air

British Firm Produces Liquid Fuel From Water and Thin Air

Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS), a small firm in Stockton-on-Tees, UK, has succeedin in synthesizing gasoline from water and carbon dioxide (CO2) extracted from air. The Independent reported on Friday that the

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Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Waternet's defining architectural features include two bridges on the 8th and 9th stories that link the towers. A luscious green roof tops some of the project's lower rooms, providing insulation, a

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Cozy and Eco-Conscious Wonderwater Café Pops-Up at the London Design Festival

Cozy and Eco-Conscious Wonderwater Café Pops-Up at the London Design Festival

The Wonderwater Café at Leila's East-London Shop is a pop-up space designed to raise awareness around the water-footprint of what we eat and drink. Opened for this year's London Design Festival, this

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Google Adds Underwater Panoramic Sea Views To Study the World’s Reefs & Promote Awareness

Google Adds Underwater Panoramic Sea Views To Study the World’s Reefs & Promote Awareness

Earlier in the year, Google Maps and the Catlin Seaview Survey began their project to document some of the world's most beautiful reefs. The goal of the project was two-fold; first to give everyone the

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Green House’s New LED Lantern Runs on Saltwater and Doubles as a USB Device Charger

Green House’s New LED Lantern Runs on Saltwater and Doubles as a USB Device Charger

Green House Co. Ltd., a Japanese electronics firm, has developed a new "power-generation LED lamp" called GH-LED10WBW that runs on salty water. Requiring no batteries, the lantern runs for eight hours for

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Formafantasma’s Stunning Glass Containers Use Charcoal to Purify Tap Water

Formafantasma’s Stunning Glass Containers Use Charcoal to Purify Tap Water

Charcoal has been widely used and misused since ancient times. It was first used as a water and air filter by the Egyptians, but in the 19th century it was banned for causing bast deforestation and CO2

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