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Trump is switching off the EPA’s invaluable public data service

President Donald Trump’s war on science and the environment continues as his administration is set to switch off the Environmental Protection Agency’s Open Data Web site this week. The data service is the United States government’s largest civilian-linked data tool, according to The Independent, and offers information open to researchers on the climate, health, and environment.

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CO2 levels just reached 410 ppm – the highest in millions of years

Remember when carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere reached 400 parts per million (ppm)? That’s number’s old news now – concentrations just reached 410 ppm for the first time in millions of years. Scientists warn the increasing levels of carbon dioxide will only go down when we reduce our carbon emissions.

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Lithium-ion batteries made from recycled glass bottles store almost 4x more energy

A team of researchers at UC Riverside developed a low-cost way of turning disgarded glass bottles into lithium-ion batteries that store almost four times more energy and can last much longer than conventional batteries. This could mean significantly fewer charges for laptops, cell phones and electric cars.

The team, led by Cengiz Ozkan, professor of mechanical engineering, and Mihri Ozkan, professor of electrical engineering at UC Riverside, asked themselves whether silicon dioxide found in waste…

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Britain sees first coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution

For the first time since Thomas Edison opened the first power station in London in 1882, Great Britain functioned without any coal-fired power plants last Friday. The milestone marks the first continuous 24-hour period without coal since the Industrial Revolution. This isn’t the first time Britain has gone without coal for a significant chunk of the day, but before this, 19 hours was the longest continuous time that coal power was able to go offline.

Instead of coal, National Grid…

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Britain sees first coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution

For the first time since Thomas Edison opened the first power station in London in 1882, Great Britain functioned without any coal-fired power plants last Friday. The milestone marks the first continuous 24-hour period without coal since the Industrial Revolution. This isn’t the first time Britain has gone without coal for a significant chunk of the day, but before this, 19 hours was the longest continuous time that coal power was able to go offline.

Instead of coal, National Grid…

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Zaha Hadid Architects turn an old fire station into a sparkling port headquarters for Antwerp

The new Port House in Antwerp was created as a “sustainable and future-proof workplace” replacement for the former 1990s offices scattered around the city that had housed the port’s 500 staff. The need for expansion and consolidation came as no surprise—Antwerp is Europe’s second largest shipping port, transporting more than 200 million tonnes of goods via the ocean-going vessels and providing direct employment for over 60,000 people. The City and Port authorities selected a historic disused…

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Thousands take to the streets to march for science in cities around the globe

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets for Saturday’s March for Science, a series of rallies and marches held on Earth Day. Held in over 500 places across the world, the “celebration of science” was organized and attended by individuals advocating the use of evidence-based policy making in all levels of government, with climate change a major issue of interest. President Donald Trump administration’s recent budget cuts to major environment-related programs and his perceived hostility…

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Amber-tinted glass clads Gienckes extraordinary concert hall in Latvia

Liepaja, Latvia is making great strides in its efforts to construct a central cultural district for its residents. The centerpiece for this area is the stunning Great Amber Concert Hall, designed by Volker Giencke, whose walls are made of sparkling amber-colored glass. The cylindrical design of the hall is just as striking and inspirational as the events which occur inside.

At the heart of the building lies the Great Hall, a venue which can hold up to 1000 guests for performances by the resident…

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Incredible ‘Sea Organ’ uses ocean waves to make beautiful music

Croatian architect Nikola Bašić was tired his war-destroyed home of Zadar being rebuilt with drab concrete structures so he decided to bring a little music back to the town. The architect’s incredible nature-based instrument, the Sea Organ, is a set of 35 organ pipes installed in the town’s marble jetty that make beautiful music as the waves lap at the coastline.

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Installed in the large marble steps leading into the Adriatic Sea, the 230-foot-long sea organ, or Morske…

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