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China, Canada, EU join forces on climate action – without Trump

President Donald Trump still hasn’t made up his mind on whether he’ll keep the United States part of the 2015 Paris climate change agreement, even though everyone from the Vatican to ExxonMobil have called for America to remain part of the pact. But China, Canada, and the European Union (EU) aren’t going to sit around and wait for him to make his decision. They’ve formed a pact for continued climate action regardless of where the Trump administration stands.

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Pope Francis gifts Trump his book on climate change

Pope Francis and President Donald Trump have made no secret of their opposing viewpoints: on immigration, on climate change, or on walls. So many people were curious to see how their recent meeting at the Vatican in Rome would play out. The meeting appeared quite cordial but the Pope definitely won the day with his gift for Trump: an encyclidal on climate change.

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The wind turbine manufacturer putting unemployed coal miners to work

The transition to clean energy isn’t always easy for workers in fossil fuel industries who fear losing their jobs. As coal miners find themselves out of work, one wind turbine manufacturer aims to give them jobs in clean industries through a free jobs training program. Goldwind Americas, the United States branch of a major Chinese company, wants to offer out-of-work coal miners in Wyoming new work as wind technicians instead.

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Green roof with bee hotel tops energy-neutral fair trade building in the Netherlands

Fair trade fruits and vegetables aren’t the only things coming and going at Nature’s Pride—buzzing bees and birds are also flocking to the sustainable distribution hub. Paul de Ruiter Architects designed the giant green-roofed facility in Maasdijk, where it serves as one of the largest Dutch importers of exotic fruits and vegetables. As a recipient of a BREEAM Excellent certificate, Nature’s Pride is also one of the top five most sustainable distribution centers in Western Europe.

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Plastic waste pop-up pavilion rethinks recycling in the Netherlands

Plastic waste takes on new life in the PET Pavilion, a temporary structure that popped up in a public park in Enschede, The Netherlands. Project.DWG and LOOS.FM designed the 227-square-meter ephemeral pavilion to spark dialogue on topics relating to recycling and sustainable building. The experimental pavilion serves as an educational gathering space and can be easily dismantled for relocation within a day.

The pavilion bears draws inspiration from Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth…

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Gogoro launches Smartscooter 2 with better handling, brighter headlights, and extra storage

Groundbreaking transportation company Gogoro is at it again. Today, they are expanding their innovative scooter family with the Gogoro 2 Smartscooter. The new scooter will appeal to even  more people, thanks to better ergonomics, more storage and seating space and customizability options. If you haven’t heard of Gogoro, the Taiwan-based company is kind of like the Tesla of scooters, with smart electric scooters, home batteries and a battery-swapping infrastructure that is changing the face of urban…

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World’s fastest electric car just shattered its own record

Critics have claimed clean technology lags behind fossil fuel-powered devices. They once said electric cars weren’t as powerful or speedy as gasoline-fueled ones, but one sleek clean car just showed vehicles can be super fast without polluting our planet. The Nio EP9 – which already put other cars to shame with a speed of up to 194 miles per hour – just smashed its own record.

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Trump budget proposes 31% cut to EPA funding

President Donald Trump is still trying to take a swing at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The White House’s most recent budget proposal, released yesterday, would cut money for environmental cleanup, clean air, clean water, and lead risk-reduction efforts. Thousands of people could lose their jobs as the number of full-time employees drops from 15,416 to 11,611.

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New on-demand energy system generates and stores power in one device

Your entire home could be powered, heated, and cooled all in one system one day, thanks to scientists at the University of Newcastle and Infratech Industries. They’ve designed a Chemical Looping Energy-on-Demand System (CLES) that eliminates the needs for a battery to store power, instead generating and storing power in just one device. The university described the CLES as a Swiss army knife for energy.

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Dwell on Design 2017: The West Coast’s largest design event is coming to Los Angeles!

Dwell on Design, the West Coast’s largest design event, is back and better than ever for 2017. The highly-anticipated three-day design event will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center June 23 – 25 and will feature 300 exhibitors, continuing education opportunities and onstage programming from the top leaders in design.

 

 

 

 

For it’s twelfth year, Dwell on Design will feature architect Sir David Adjaye.

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