Category: Environment

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Clever Clean-Up

Sudipta Seal and Larry Hench have fulfilled their goal of creating a new material that can remove large volumes of oil from seawater ‘economically’ using a process that is completely ‘green’. In 2010, they received a RAPID award (given to…

Open Source Chair Design

Designers ‘Studio Swine’ have posted this movie! The movie reveals how waste plastic can be converted by fishing trawlers to form chairs for fisherman on the boats themselves, during their voyages! A companion manual has also been produced showing the…

4°C WARMER

Check out this World Bank infographic! Its simple and attractive ‘icons’ will quickly help to explain the threat of a 4°C warmer world (which is what we are looking at if we do not manage to incorporate alternative, non-polluting energy…

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No Waste

The ubiquitous grocery store is pretty much the same wherever you go. There are however occasional exceptions to this rule, and this store in Berlin, Germany is one of them! The name of the store is ‘Original Unverpackt’ and it’s…

ENERGY MIRACLES

Bill Gates describes what he thinks are the most viable energy options to drive our planet’s future. Hang in there…this TED talk starts to grab you when discussing ‘TERRAPOWER’ and ‘LIQUID NUCLEAR’. It lays out the current status of world…

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Designs on Climate Change

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, coastlines everywhere are still rising. Melting polar ice-caps continue to bring elevated water levels and along with it a future where more and more cities are expected to be submerged. Architects, urban planners and designers…

South Korean Eco-Urban Planners

In South Korea, city planners should surely be praised for being ‘eco-conscious’ when it comes to Urban Design. They have created a 20 mile solar path connecting the two South Korean cities of Daejon and Sejong. The path linking the…

Fracking!

It seems in the news lately everyone is talking about ‘fracking’. We now have invented this new method of energy extraction to help us tap additional World resources. But what exactly is ‘fracking’, who invented it and how does it…

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Recycled Rotterdam Roads

A laborer rests on piles of plastic bottles at a recycling center in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China (news.xanaland.com) . VolkerWessels, a Dutch construction firm is considering a new material for roadbeds. The company is proposing recycled plastic. With regular street asphalt…

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Urban Tree-house Protection

There is a five-storey building in Turin offering protection to all its residents and surrounding neighbours. In a forest of 150 potted trees, the Italian architect Luciano Pia has designed ’25 Verde’. This urban oasis absorbs nearly 200,000 liters of…