These Ice Cellars Fed Arctic People for Generations. Now They’re Melting.

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Native people in Alaska and Russia store their whale meat and other traditional foods in permafrost. But their underground freezers are thawing, causing food problems.   Building an underground ice cellar to store bowhead whale and other meat in Barrow, Alaska, is no small task. Even in the summertime, permafrost is hard as a rock… Read more »

Landscaping Project Highlights Global Water Crisis

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International firm Penda Architecture and Design has designed a meadow with sunken pathways for China’s International Garden Expo 2015. As part of China’s International Garden Expo, Beijing– and Vienna–based firm Penda Architecture and Design has designed a temporary meadow, named “Where the River Runs,” sited for Wuhan, China. The installation, which contains sunken pathways and hidden meeting places, allows… Read more »

Nissan begins tests on Leaf-based IDS prototype

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Nissan Leaf-based autonomous prototypes have been sighted on Japanese city roads earlier in the week. While the Nissan IDS concept at the Tokyo Motor Show is a far more comprehensive look at what the future may bring for the automaker’s self-driving initiatives, the company is working on slowly but surely getting the technology out to production… Read more »

Restoring Nature Could Be the Key to Fighting Climate Change

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For decades, scientists and policymakers have focused on changing human behavior to address climate change. Regulations have mandated reduced carbon emissions, subsidies have supported the development of renewable energy and individuals have worked to make their lifestyles more sustainable. But, while addressing global warming will inevitably require humans to change behavior, a growing body of… Read more »

Smartphones could be used to detect pollution after sensor breakthrough

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A new method to identify unhealthy levels of nitrogen dioxide could let those at risk take control of their health with cheap, personalised sensors, according to new research by Australian and Chinese scientists. Nitrogen dioxide contributes to the dangerous smog that lurks over many of the world’s cities, causing serious respiratory problems, among other health… Read more »

MA: Jim Gordon sees reason for hope with his Cape Wind project

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Don’t count Jim Gordon out just yet. The president of Cape Wind developer Energy Management Inc. has not given up on the controversial wind farm project in Nantucket Sound. Cape Wind suffered what many saw as a death blow in January when Gordon and his team missed a crucial financing deadline and lost major contracts… Read more »

Baubotanik: The Botanically Inspired Design System that Creates Living Buildings

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Timber buildings are regularly praised for their sustainability, as carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere by the trees remains locked in the structure of the building. But what if you could go one better, to design buildings that not only lock in carbon, but actively absorb carbon dioxide to strengthen their structure? In this article, Ansel Oommen explores… Read more »

The White House (Blog) : Protecting our Planet for Future Generations

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Voice of America Weekly Address: Protecting our Planet for Future Generations The White House (blog) He has repeatedly said that no challenge poses a greater threat to our future than a changing climate, which is why he’s taken bold actions at home… Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.whitehouse.gov See on Scoop.it – Green Living

Baubotanik: The Botanically Inspired Design System that Creates Living Buildings

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Timber buildings are regularly praised for their sustainability, as carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere by the trees remains locked in the structure of the building. But what if you could go one better, to design buildings that not only lock in carbon, but actively absorb carbon dioxide to strengthen their structure? In this article, Ansel Oommen explores… Read more »

A soft, bio-friendly ’3-D’ brain-implant electrode can capture signals from single neurons over a long time

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Researchers at Lund University have developed implantable multichannel electrodes that can capture signals from single neurons in the brain over a long period of time — without causing brain tissue damage, making it possible to better understand brain function in both healthy and diseased individuals. Current flexible electrodes can’t maintain their shape when implanted, which is why… Read more »