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Desert Twins produce water through condensation in driest place on Earth

Safe water isn’t easily accessible for one in 10 people on Earth. For nearly 10 years, artist Ap Verheggen has been working to address water scarcity, and his SunGlacier team recently had the opportunity to test their idea of making water from thin air in what they described as the driest, hottest place on the planet: the Sahara Desert.

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G7 leaders openly say climate change consensus does not include US

The rest of the world is beginning to count the United States out of the climate change battle, if a recent statement after the G7 statement is any indication. The G7 leaders met late last week at a summit in Taormina, Italy, and naturally climate change was on the agenda. But in a rather blunt statement, they said America “is not in a position to join the consensus” on the Paris Agreement and one of the biggest issues humanity faces today.

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Casa Pjaro de Plata offers stunning views of the Costa Rican jungle

This gorgeous house nestled amidst the Costa Rican jungle is a private retreat that offers panoramic views of its lush natural surroundings. Architect John Osborne of OS Arquitectura designed Casa Pájaro de Plata, which translates to ‘Silver Bird House’ in Spanish, to resemble a bird in flight.

The house has a simple shape and sits on a promontory surrounded by a lush jungle. It combines natural stone with white marble and wood to create a variety of warm spaces that allow the owners…

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Code red aviation alert after Bogoslaf volcano erupts in Alaska

The highest aviation alert was issued on Saturday after a volcano on Alaska’s Bogoslof Island erupted. As a result of the code “red” alert being raised, pilots were instructed to fly at least 35,000 ft., and possibly as high as 45,000 ft, above the volcano to prevent its fiery ash from melting parts of the plane which would result in engine failure.

According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO), the volcano that erupted is part of the Aleutian Island chain. Not long after…

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Portable SolSource Sport solar stove heats up 5X faster than a charcoal grill

Imagine voyaging to your favorite local national park for a hot meal cooked outdoors with a portable stove that weighs 10 pounds and pops up in five minutes. And requires no fuel but the sun. And cooks food five times faster than a charcoal grill, but without the pollution. That’s the SolSource Sport. One Earth Designs is crowdfunding for their latest small solar cooker just in time for summer.

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Ecosistema Urbano envisions bioclimatic domes for Florida’s West Palm waterfront

This green masterplan for the West Palm Beach in Florida will include the first public bioclimatic domes in the U.S. adorned with hanging gardens. Architecture film Ecosistema Urbano designed the project as a proposal for the Shore to Core competition which invited international designers, planners and architects to envision the future of the West Palm Beach waterfront. Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA) awarded Ecosistema Urbano’s proposal, named…

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Enviable cabin with coastal views dramatically cuts into bedrock

If you want a tasteful home with a sense of drama, you’ll love this spruce-clad cabin. Helsinki-based studio Mer Arkkitehdit set this white minimalist home into a rocky cliff that overlooks sublime coastal views in multiple directions. In addition to stunning landscape vistas, the compact Stormvillan home features a beautiful contemporary interior carefully furnished for a clean, modern, and cozy character.

Located in Hanko, Finland, the 210-square-meter Stormvillan is set at the heart…

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Light-filled library doubles as a home-like environment in Shanghai

There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book. Brooklyn-based nARCHITECTS imbues those feelings of comfort into their design of “Library As Home,” the winning entry in the 110,000-square-meter Shanghai Library East Hall competition held by the city government. The cylindrical library draws inspiration from Chinese traditional architecture and culture while maintaining a contemporary design.

In addition to winning first prize in the Shanghai government’s 2016 International…

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BMW just unveiled the sleek electric motorcycle of the future

Ready to commute in style? A futuristic, zero-emission motorbike was recently unveiled by BMW at the Concorso D’eleganza Villa D’este, an event presently taking place in Italy. Modeled after the BMW Motoradd Vision Next 100, the design is both sleek and functional and is perfect for those who need to transit in urban settings.

The BMW Motorrad Concept Link may look like a scooter, but it is anything but. The motorbike has a low-slung, stretched body with a flat seat and, according to the…

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Forward Labs’ new solar roof is 33% cheaper than Tesla’s – and it can be installed in half the time

Tesla gets all the attention when it comes to solar roofs, but meanwhile, start-up Forward Labs has been hammering away at their own solar roof technology that not only blends right in with traditional roofs, but it is 33% cheaper that Tesla’s offering – and it can be installed in half of the time.

Forward Labs’ roof is different from Tesla’s in that, instead of using individual solar shingles, it uses a standing-seam metal roof that is made up of one large, layered piece. It has a tempered…

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New autopilot software update improves performance and feel of Tesla cars

Tesla isn’t content to be the most valuable car company in the United States. The company has been working to improve their software, and their new Autopilot comes with relaxed speed restrictions that make driving on undivided roads and off highways even better. Vice president of Autopilot software Chris Lattner said on Twitter the performance of the car is “much improved.”

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Now Trump wants to condemn wild horses to slaughter

There’s a new group on the chopping block under President Donald Trump’s latest budget proposal: wild horses. His administration thinks they could save $10 million by allowing the sale of wild horses snared in the American West. But they’d toss out a requirement in place right now – buyers must guarantee the horses won’t be resold to be killed. Under the Trump budget these iconic animals could be disposed of to foreign slaughterhouses to be processed as food.

Wild horses are so integral…

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India cancels plans for coal power stations as solar prices hit record low

 

Plans to construct nearly 14 gigawatts of coal-fired power stations in India (nearly the same as the total amount in the UK) have fallen through, now that the price for solar electricity is “free falling” to levels once considered impossible. Because solar tariffs have dropped by 25% in some regions, the shift from “dirty” energy sources to solar and wind is expected to have “profound” implications for global energy markets.

Tim Buckley, the director of energy finance studies…

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China subverts pollution with contained vertical farms – and boosts yield

Around one fifth of arable land in China is contaminated with levels of toxins greater than government standards, according to 2014 data. That’s around half the size of California, and it’s a growing problem for a country that faces such levels of pollution they had to import $31.2 billion of soybeans in 2015 – a 43 percent increase since 2008. Scientists and entrepreneurs are working to come up with answers to growing edible food in a polluted environment, and shipping containers or vertical gardening…

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