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On the southern coast of Crete, Greek architectural firm decaARCHITECTURE has turned a commission for a modern residence into an opportunity for landscape preservation. Named the Ring House for its rounded shape, the house was created to follow the existing topography and looks like an extension of its hilltop location. The site had been scarred by environmentally insensitive infrastructural development but has now recovered its original morphology and has been replanted with native flora. Located...
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India will surpass Paris Agreement commitment to cut carbon emissions The Indian government has embarked on largescale renewable energy projects that are predicted to enable the world’s second most populous country to surpass their commitment to cut carbon emissions. According to a recently released report from Moody’s Investor’s Service, 45 percent of all energy produced in India will be from non-fossil fuel sources by 2022. This is impressive, considering India only committed to 40 percent...
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Recent polls indicate that climate change will be a central issue for voters in the upcoming 2020 presidential elections. According to the George Mason University poll, 38 percent of participants indicated that the topic is “very important” for their decision, while the lead researcher, Anthony Leiserowitz said: “this is truly a top-tier issue for the Democratic base." The poll, released in early May only sampled 1,000 people, but the results are consistent with similar polls by Manmouth...
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Nestled in a misty pine forest, the Ta Nung Homestay Executive Office offers employees an environmentally sensitive space to work along with breathtaking views of Vietnam’s Central Highland landscape. Ho Chi Minh City-based architectural firm MyAn Architects designed the workspace to look like a cluster of geometric cabins that have been elevated on stilts to reduce site impact and to preserve mature pine trees. Floor-to-ceiling windows sweep an abundance of natural light and views of the mountainous...
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Our quest to save the world by achieving 100 percent renewable energy will unfortunately also be devastating for the environment. An increase in renewable energy means an increase in the need for batteries to power electric cars and store energy from solar panels and wind turbines. However, batteries are made from unsustainably and unethically sourced metals. A new report, released by the University of Technology in Sydney, estimates that the surge in battery production will increase the demand for...
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Related: + Via Archdaily Lorena Building, green building, local flora, local fauna
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Plastic hasn’t taken much more than a century to conquer the entire world. Since plastic’s invention in 1907, it’s infiltrated even the remotest island chains, according to a new study by marine biologist Jennifer Lavers and her associates. When the researchers visited the Cocos Keeling Islands—six square miles of land 1,300 miles off Australia’s northwest coast—they found a staggering accumulation of plastic waste. Humans don’t live on the Cocos Keeling Islands. So the plastic bags,...
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Britains Labour Party is set to announce a major new green program today, pledging to install solar panels on up to 1.75 million government and low-income houses. In what has been called the start of a UK version of America’s Green New Deal, the goal of the project is to radically address climate change while creating green jobs. Solar panels and savings The Labour Party will provide free solar panels to one million government subsidized homes and offer grants and interest free loans for panels...
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