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Nest or cave?

April 23, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly
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I was recently introduced to the work and writing of Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. One concept that he writes about that I really like is the idea of nest vs. cave.The way Fujimoto describes a cave is that it’s a naturally occurring and pre-existing condition. It is exists independent of humans. So if and when a human decides to...[read more]

The plants that regulate the rain

April 22, 2016 by Sturle Hauge Simonsen
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Much of the world relies on upwind landscapes to regulate rainfall. In fact, on average, nearly a fifth of annual rainfall is regulated specifically by current vegetation.This is the conclusion from a study published in PLOS ONE, led by centre researchers Patrick Keys, Lan Wang-Erlandsson and Line Gordon.Landscapes that regulate downwind...[read more]

Investing by the mile instead of by the gallon

April 22, 2016 by Metropolitan Planning Council

By Yonah FreemarkMetropolitan Planning Council (MPC) research shows that our state’s surface roads, bridges and transit systems need $43 billion in additional investment over the next ten years.Unquestionably, we need new funding to support this. As we use less gasoline—or none at all—we need to consider a vehicle miles traveled fee...[read more]

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Learn From Flint: Solidify Water Infrastructure With These 5 Fixes

April 22, 2016 by David Schwartz

The Flint, Michigan, water crisis was a tragedy: horrible, yet avoidable. After years of using water from nearby Lake Huron, the city switched to the Flint River, in essence polluting its own water supply.Several factors contributed to the catastrophe — chief among them were a budget crisis, minimal state monitoring, and an antiquated...[read more]

Targeting 2 Tons: Closer Than We Think?

April 21, 2016 by GBIG Insight

With the Paris Accord and 195 countries pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80-90% by 2050, the world appears to have made a vital pivot towards a more sustainable future. But what does this mean in practice? What kind of personal commitments does this imply for each of us on the planet? How close are we to achieving the...[read more]

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How Manufacturers Are Developing and Using Renewable Energy

April 21, 2016 by Peter Kim

Across the globe, manufacturers are increasingly developing new ways of using renewable energy to strengthen clean energy competitiveness in various industries.Process heating systems are critical to the global manufacturing industry’s ability to turn raw materials (such as oil, iron ore, trees, crops, etc.) into products (including...[read more]

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Cutting Business Waste - Paper, Printers, And The Environment

April 20, 2016 by Rehan Ijaz
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Saving the environment is a somewhat broad topic - many individuals understand that it is important, but fail to fully comprehend it. Since it's a problem on global scale, 'doing your part' can see futile, especially for an individual who does not understand exactly how their lifestyle can contribute to environmental damage.While there...[read more]

Making industrial policy relevant again

April 20, 2016 by Charles Arthur
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"There is only one measure of success: are you exporting something different than you were five years ago?” a bald man billows across the conference hall.The most recent industrial policy conference in Madagascar spanned two days and consisted of experts and academics promoting new models on the micro-foundations of innovation or the...[read more]

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3 Examples of Making Housing Sustainable… and Affordable Too!

April 19, 2016 by Andrew Armstrong
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There is no question that sustainable housing is ideal for the environment. However, the cost to build an environmentally friendly single-family home or multi-unit dwelling historically has made it impossible for most people to own or rent one.However, through a combination of government funding, technological advancements, and human...[read more]

Starting a Profitable Recycling Business

April 19, 2016 by erichlawson

The entrepreneurship bug bites many individuals, but in addition to passion and persistence, a sound business plan and a viable market are equally critical.Recycling has emerged as a sound line of business in recent times. There is additional focus by governments and environmental agencies to ensure the furtherance of environment-...[read more]

Vertical City Concept : How to Live a Sustainable Life

April 18, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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You might be wondering how to live a sustainable life. People are starting to look to the vertical city concept as a solution to this growing and unavoidable problem.[read more]

A New Way to Measure Road Safety That Doesn’t Wait for Crashes to Happen

In order to improve road safety, decision makers need accurate information about their city’s streets. Traditionally, road safety analysis has relied on historical data of actual crashes. However, the drawback of this “crash-based approach” is that it is reactive—we have to wait for crashes to occur in order to prevent them. And in...[read more]