Photos Capture the Staggering Air Pollution Plaguing China

January 31, 2013 by  
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  Image: ©  John E. Williamson Just a couple days ago we reported on the incredible blanket of pollution overtaking the city of Beijing. The problem had been plaguing the city for more than two weeks , but over the last few days pollution levels have spiked, giving way to poor air readings 40 times recommended safety levels. Visibility in the area at one point was reduced to about 600 feet, with some areas experiencing visibility as low as 300 feet. The near emergency state has resulted in cancelled flights and forced much of Beijing’s population indoors as they’ve been advised to stay inside to avoid respiratory illness. To capture the dire scope of the current situation, The Atlantic’s Alan Taylor gathered a collection of incredible eye-opening photos  taken over the last weeks of this city shrouded by pollution. SEE ALL THE PHOTOS AT THE ATLANTIC > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , air quality health , beijing air quality , carbon emissions , china pollution , environmental regulations , pm2.5 , pollution monitoring , respiatory disease , smog , World Health Organization

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B.I.O. TECture’s Hybrid Shades Double as Solar Hot Water Collectors

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LA-based B.I.O. TECture is an integrator and manufacturer of unique building-integrated solar hot water collectors . The company’s flagship Solar Hybrid Shades ™ basically serve as a shading system for buildings. The breakthrough is that they have incorporated solar thermal collectors into the shading elements, giving architects and building owners an innovative one-two punch of improved energy performance and beautifully integrative design. + B.I.O. TECture The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , b.i.o. tecture , bio-tecture , biotecture , energy efficient building , Green Building , green design , Los Angeles , solar hot water collector , solar hybrid shade , solar thermal , Sustainable Building , sustainable design

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Farwaste’s 30,000 Pizzas Turns Reclaimed Tomato Cans Into a Bunker

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Everyday, restaurants and pizzerias of Turin use approximately 14,900 tomato cans, resulting in 5 millions cans per year doomed to be left in a landfill.  30,000 Pizzas is an art installation and bunker built by Farwaste composed of 1,100 of those tomato cans reclaimed. Farwaste created the piece as a way to press restaurants and locals to reflect upon the size of this waste footprint and to encourage them to recycle. + Farwaste The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 30000 pizzas , art installation , eco-art , farwaste , green art , recycled art , tomato can art , tomato can installation

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Asif Farooq’s Incredible Gun Sculptures are Created from Recycled Cardboard

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At Inhabitat, we love when artists create symbolic works of art using recycled materials. Here,  Asif Farooq constructs these incredibly precise gun replicas using only reused cardboard . The gun sculptures are detailed and exact, and provide a chilling representation of the controversial machine. Farooq creates the pieces with salvaged materials and uses the works as visual metaphors to explore issues such as mass production in the industry and gun violence. To see more of his work take a look at  Primary Project . + Asif Farooq Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: asif farooq , green artwork , recycled art , reused materials , sustainable art

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Woodendot’s Modern Ka Lamps Are Handcrafted in Spain Using Natural Materials

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Madrid-based design studio Woodendot recently launched a new line of modern lighting handcrafted from natural materials . Their Ka Lamp collection is locally produced using traditional craft techniques in Íscar , a small town in the heart of “Tierra de Pinares”. Read the rest of Woodendot’s Modern Ka Lamps Are Handcrafted in Spain Using Natural Materials Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “natural materials” , eco design , eco furniture , green lighting , handmade lamps , ka lamps , local production , sustainable lamps , woodendot

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Locally-Crafted Farmhouse Furniture Provides Sustainable Livelihoods for Workers in Rural China

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These beautiful pieces of wooden furniture handcrafted by Scot Laughton are simple prototypes designed to be made locally by villagers in rural areas of China. Commissioned by the Luke Him Sau Charitable Trust for ‘The House for All Seasons’ , the collection includes a chair, a stool, a bench, a dining table, a low table and a sofa. The overall objective is to use architecture and design to improve the lives of the rural population, and Laughton’s project is geared specifically towards sustainable design. Read the rest of Locally-Crafted Farmhouse Furniture Provides Sustainable Livelihoods for Workers in Rural China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , charity design , farmhouse furniture , handcrafted furniture , house of all seasons , john lin architecture , Luke Him Sau Charitable Trust , Rural China , scot laughton , sustainable design

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Indian Researchers Create Low-Cost Bricks From Recycled Paper Mill Waste

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While recycling trash is preferable to simply chucking refuse into the dump, the process still creates tons of byproducts that end up making their way to the landfill. Fortunately, Professors Rahul Ralegaonkar and Sachin Mandavgane of the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology in India ( VNIT ) have developed a way to create paper bricks from recycling waste. Made from 90% recycled paper mill waste (RPMW) and 10% cement, the mixture is mechanically mixed and pressed into molds and then cured in the sun. The brilliant recycled building material is low-cost means of eeking more efficiency out of an already good practice. Read the rest of Indian Researchers Create Low-Cost Bricks From Recycled Paper Mill Waste Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bricks , cement , etp , India , Paper , Rahul Ralegaonkar , recycled paper mill waste , rpmw , Sachin Mandavgane , sludge , Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology , vnit

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Heller Street Park & Residences: Award-Winning Sustainable Housing by Six Degrees Architects in Melbourne

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Rainbow Prefab Duplex is the First Certified PassivHaus in British Columbia

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Noorderlicht Café is a Healthy and Social Eatery in Amsterdam’s Quirky Old Shipyard

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