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The threatened Great Barrier Reef is estimated to be worth $42 billion

Due to unsustainable habits which are propelling climate change, the Great Barrier Reef — which is the largest coral reef in the world — is under immense environmental stress. As water temperatures rise, the coral expels algae living within, causing it to turn ghostly white (a phenomenon known as coral bleaching). Though consumers everywhere are changing their habits to reduce greenhouse emissions and prevent global warming from worsening, no one knows for sure how long it will take — or even…

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Cities rebel against Trump by posting climate data his EPA took down

Around two months ago the Environmental Protection Agency under President Donald Trump took down climate change information that had been on their website. American cities decided they didn’t have to live with that lack of data. Around 14 cities have reposted the archived information on their own websites – including major urban areas like Boston, Atlanta, and Houston.

Related: Trump to purge climate change from federal government

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Volkswagen may offer more electric cars than any other brand

Now that the “dieselgate” scandal is almost over, VW needs to revamp its image and find a new way to appeal to the “green” crowd. Diesel vehicles are now a dirty word, so VW is doubling down on another technology – electric cars. Over the past year VW has unveiled three new electric concept cars, which are a preview of its new family of electric cars, but a leaked powerpoint slide now reveals that VW is planning even more.

VW recently revealed its electric car plans during a presentation, which…

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Macron and Schwarzenegger throw shade at Donald Trump in new climate video

Donald Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” has become infamous – casually writing off the other 7.2 billion or so people on the planet. But recently elected French president Emmanuel Macron is calling on Earth’s inhabitants to Make the Planet Great Again – and he got together with Trump foe Arnold Schwarzenegger to throw a little shade at America’s president.

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This green-roofed cultural center in Sweden doubles as a vibrant public square

This green-roofed cultural center in Gothenburg doubles as a vibrant public square. The new Culture House, designed by Sweco Architects, grows like an outcrop from the existing hill and blends with the square to form a unified welcoming space. It was chosen as the winning proposal at the competition for the design of the new culture house in Bergsjön.

The project aims to combine different functions, weaving storytelling, knowledge and recreation together like a “basket of possibilities”. Its…

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This amazing farm in a box can pop up on any city street

Living in the city can make it difficult to get fresh produce from local farms. Over the past decade, urban farming and community gardening have grown in popularity, with small gardens sprouting on top of skyscrapers. Finnish enterprise Exsilio Oy aims to make it as simple as possible for people to grow their own produce with EkoFARMER farming modules.

EkoFarmer is a 13-meter long farming module that can be installed anywhere and requires only access to water and electricity outlets. Containing…

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This urban tree cleans as much polluted air as an entire forest

Air pollution might be invisible, but it results in 7 million premature deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). To scrub the air of harmful particulates, “CityTree” installations have been placed in locations such as Oslo, Paris, Brussels and Hong Kong. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, the invention is said to have the same environmental impact as 275 urban trees.

Developed by Berlin-based Green City Solutions, the CityTree is under 4 meters…

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Brilliant woodland pavilion pushes the envelope of timber in tension

Architectural Association students of the Design & Make program are pushing the envelope on lightweight timber construction. In the program’s most recent annual project, students completed the Sawmill Shelter, an experimental pavilion that uses tension to hold the structure together and create a sturdy roof resistant to snow loads and wind uplifts. Located in Hooke Park of Dorset, England, the sculptural structure’s roof was built from locally sourced Western Red Cedar.

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China breaks ground on first Forest City that fights air pollution

A pollution-fighting green city unlike any before is springing to life in China. Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, the first “Forest City” is now under construction Liuzhou, Guangxi Province. The futuristic city will use renewable energy for self sufficiency and be blanketed in almost 1 million plants and 40,000 trees—a sea of greenery capable of absorbing nearly 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of pollutants annually.

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Indian Railways to install rooftop solar panels on 250 trains

Some of the world’s most polluting cities may be found in India, but the country’s government, as well as private corporations, are working fastidiously to transition the economy into a more sustainable one. Indian Railways, for instance, seeks to install flexible solar panels and batteries to power fans and lights on 250 local trains. The intention is to reduce fuel costs and benefit the environment while lowering the company’s own emissions to meet government standards.

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The 2018 Nissan Leaf will feature semi-autonomous driving technology

We’re just a few months away from the debut of the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf, but Nissan has decided to start letting some of the details out now. The biggest news besides a complete restyling and longer driving range, is that the 2018 Leaf will be offered with Nissan’s new ProPILOT Assist autonomous technology.

The ProPILOT Assist technology will give drivers the ability to let the Nissan Leaf take over the driving tasks on the highway, which includes accelerating, braking and steering controls….

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Waterstudio’s floating sea wall harvests blue energy from crashing water

Hundreds of world leaders are gathered in Paris to hash out a deal to save the planet from future climate change, but in the meantime, Koen Olthuis and the rest of the Waterstudio crew are working on solutions that we can use today. The Blue energy floating sea wall is a floating breakwater that doubles as an energy generator. Called The Parthenon, the floating breakwater not only stems the crash of water pushing into a harbor, but harvests the tremendous energy a wall of water like that can generate.

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Breakthrough algae strain produces twice as much biofuel

Scientists have been working since the 1970’s to transform algae into biofuel. Now a new breakthrough could make this alternative energy source a more viable option. Researchers from Synthetic Genomics, Inc. and ExxonMobil were able to edit the genes of an algae strain so it’s able to produce twice the lipids of its parent. Those lipids can then be turned into biofuel Synthetic Genomics says isn’t that different from diesel we use today.

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Eviation Aircraft unveils all-electric aircraft with 600-mile range

Though flying via airplane is a fast and fun way to travel, it is one of the least environmentally-friendly methods to do so. That may soon change, however, as Eviation Aircraft (a member of NASA’s on-demand mobility program) recently unveiled the first prototype of an all-electric aircraft that has a range of up to 600 miles (965 km). Presented at the 52nd International Paris Air Show, the prototype will be ready to move into certification and commercialization as soon as next year.

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