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El Salvador just became the first country to ban metal mining

El Salvador just became the first country ever to ban metal mining. In a historic move, the country will no longer allow “prospection, exploration, exploitation, extraction or processing of metallic minerals.” While the US seems to be moving backwards when it comes to environmental protection, El Salvador has made a landmark step towards protecting its environment from the ravages of metal mining.

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Denmark to end subsidies for renewables much sooner than anyone thought possible

Renewable energy is soaring in Denmark. The country’s energy minister Lars Christian Lilleholt said they’ll be able to stop providing state support for clean energy companies in just a few years. Denmark’s renewable energy industry will be able to stand on its own, and Lilleholt said he could not have predicted this outcome even last year.

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Unusually high number of humpback whale deaths prompts NOAA inquiry

A large number of humpback whale mortalities along the United States’ East Coast has scientists concerned. 41 humpback whales have perished between Maine and North Carolina in the last 15 months, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) has started an investigation. Some have died from propeller injuries, and a NOAA veterinary medical officer said the quantity of whale strandings is alarming.

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New super-strong brick shows the soil on Mars makes an excellent building material

Future Mars dwellers may actually be able to use locally sourced materials for their buildings. Four University of California, San Diego engineers, funded by NASA, were able to press Mars-like dirt into bricks. No other materials were necessary to keep the bricks together. Since storage will be limited on any craft carrying astronauts to Mars, these bricks could mean they could free up space and utilize the red planet’s resources to construct habitations.

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This village in Arizona has a simple solution to light pollution

Residents of Arizona Sky Village abide by one simple rule: “Turn off your goddammed lights.” The 21-household community near Portal, Arizona is comprised of stargazers and astronomers, and almost every home has its own observatory. But some people also wonder if the small community could hold the secrets of fighting light pollution in America.

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Modpools turns shipping containers into amazing swimming pools

We’ve seen shipping containers reused to build affordable housing, commercial spaces and urban farms, but Canadian brand Modpools is showing that this eco-friendly alternative to traditional building materials can also be used as backyard swimming pools. Modpools are not only easy to install and transport, but also come with a series of cool features such as a heater, jets and LED mood lighting controlled via smartphone.

Modpools are available in 8′ x 20′ or 8′ x 40′ container sizes and…

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Worlds greenest terminal opens at Oslo airport

Nordic Office of Architecture recently completed the world’s greenest airport terminal with their new 115,000-square-meter extension that’s doubled the size of Oslo Airport. As the world’s first airport building to achieve the BREEAM Excellence sustainability rating, the renovated Oslo Airport boasts an array of energy-efficient strategies as well as on-site energy harvesting systems. The most notable energy-saving measure is the airport’s collection and storage of snow for reuse as coolant…

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These 6 jaw-dropping cliff homes will take your breath away

If you’ve ever wanted to live life on the edge, you’ll love these adventurous cliffside homes. From a vertiginous Chilean home accessible only by boat to an unbelievable house-in-a-cliff with dizzying sea views, these daring homes make the most of their dramatic landscapes. Hit the jump to take a tour of these beautiful homes perched high on cliffs, often in places where no buildings have ever been built before.

Casa del Ancantilado by Gil Bartolomé Architects

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Apple’s newest store has Solar Wings” that transform before your eyes

Apple pulled out all the stops for their glamorous new store in Dubai. Designed by Foster + Partners, the recently completed Apple Dubai Mall is unlike any mall we’ve seen before with its giant “Solar Wings” that open and close in a beautiful choreographed display. The kinetic art installation, which ranks among the world’s largest, helps to create an engaging civic space, while providing an innovative response to the culture and climate of the Emirates.

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MIT unveils new solar 3D printer that can build houses on other planets

Some people dismissed 3D-printing in its early days as a novelty, but these days the technology is coming into its own and researchers at MIT have just taken 3d-printing to the next level. They’ve created a robot that can print the entire basic structure of a building. This is particularly exciting because it could change the way we construct buildings, making the process faster and less costly.

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