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Smog-filled Beijing is building a ‘green necklace’ around the city to curb pollution

Beijing’s pollution problem is no secret – earlier this year the city even created an environmental police squad in a desperate bid to stop smog. Now the surrounding province of Hebei is taking steps of its own to combat the dangerous health risk. The government will turn to nature to create a “green necklace” by planting trees and creating green belts.

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World’s biggest river island could be India’s first carbon-neutral sector

Pollution has plagued India recently; a 2017 report showed people are more likely to die from air pollution not in China, but in India. But one area of the country could receive a breath of fresh air. Majuli, which is the largest river island in the world, could become the country’s first carbon-neutral district.

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World’s largest artificial sun switches on in Germany

German scientists are hoping to shine new light on ways to generate environmentally friendly fuel. At the German Aerospace Center (DLR)’s Institute for Solar Research, scientists have flipped on a system called Synlight, which they describe as the biggest artificial sun on the planet. Synlight is comprised of 149 huge spotlights, pouring out 10,000 times the solar radiation that naturally hits Earth from the real sun.

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Google Street View cars are helping scientists spot methane leaks

For years the Google fleet has been mapping cities around the world and making navigation easier for travelers. But now, a new partnership is adding an important new responsibility to their duties: Google Street View cars will now seek out natural gas leaks in urban areas. The data will not only help cities protect citizens from potentially harmful gas leaks, but will also help cut accidental greenhouse gas emissions.

The project was outlined in a new paper published in the journal…

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Light-filled Compass House prioritizes low maintenance and energy savings

Toronto-based superkül architects designed a vacation home for a family of six transitioning back to Canada after living abroad. Set on the grassy plains of Mulmur, Ontario, the 4,300-square-foot dwelling is a striking all-white building that prioritizes low maintenance, natural light, and energy savings. The energy-efficient home was built in two phases, the first of which was certified LEED Gold.

Created as a spacious weekend home, the Compass House comprises two volumes arranged in…

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Incredible video of Mars stitched together by hand from 33,000 images

 

If you’ve ever wanted to get up-close and personal with Mars, check out this incredible video recently released by NASA that shows the Red Planet’s surface in stunning detail. Entitled “A Fictive Flight Above Real Mars,” the video is a composite made from about 33,000 of the 50,000 high-resolution stereo images of the planet’s terrain made over the past 12 years by the powerful camera used in NASA’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE). These stereogram images…

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“Piggy Bank,” a turtle that swallowed 915 coins, has died

A venerated sea turtle who swallowed hundreds of coins from supplicants seeking good fortune is dead. The 25-year-old animal was living in a pond in a town near the Gulf of Thailand in early March when rescuers found her close to drowning from the weight of her cache—about 11 pounds worth. After naming her Omsin, which is Thai for “piggy bank,” a team of veterinary surgeons operated on the turtle for seven hours. By the time they were finished, they had filled a bucket with 915 coins, in currencies…

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Tiny indoor vertical garden grows micro-veggies on its own in 10 days

Even those who claim not to have green fingers can successfully grow microgreens with this EcoQube Frame. This indoor vertical garden grows micro-veggies in 10 days with only fertilized water, and does all the work for you! Compact and low-maintenance, the design is suited for apartments, homes and offices of all sizes, and allows you to grow nutritious food sources quickly, without worrying about watering and fertilization. Aqua Design Innovations (ADI) launched EcoQube Frame on Kickstarter which…

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How one family thrives in the Arctic with a cob house inside a solar geodesic dome

Around four years ago Inhabitat learned of the Hjertefolger family who were building a gorgeous geodesic dome home, Nature House, in northern Norway. Once built, the family had big plans for their home – from yoga classes to growing produce inside the dome – and Inhabitat caught up with them now that they’ve lived in the home for three years. The family shared stunning new images of their home and reflected on what it’s like to live in Nature House.

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Cloud House makes it rain on demand with creative water harvesting system

You won’t have to do a rain dance to make it rain at the Cloud House—sitting in one of its rocking chairs should do the trick. Artist Matthew Mazzotta created the Cloud House, a gabled pavilion with a cloud-like sculpture that releases collected rainwater whenever someone sits inside the building. Crafted from reclaimed materials, the art installation was commissioned in Springfield, Missouri to bring attention to our dependence on natural systems, like the water cycle, that grow the food we…

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