Cement giant Heidelberg pledges carbon neutral concrete by 2050

May 22, 2019 by  
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In a first for the sector, the world’s fourth largest maker said it would cut emissions in line with Paris climate goals.

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AUDIs new electric car will have autonomous vehicle capability and a roof that holds real plants

May 15, 2019 by  
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AUDI revealed the concept for a new electric car with autonomous driving capabilities at Auto Shanghai 2019, and this vehicle really pushes the limits when it comes to connecting technology with nature. Apart from the AI technology implemented to take most of the effort out of driving in general, the AI:ME autonomous vehicle is completely electric. On the interior of the car, a wooden pergola roof allows climbing plants to grow and thrive. According to the company, the AUDI AI systems are “capable of learning and thinking, while also being proactive and personal. Thanks to Audi AI, models bearing the four rings will be both intelligent and empathetic in the future. They will be able to continually interact with their surroundings and passengers, and thus adapt themselves in a better way than ever before to the requirements of those on board.” That’s some serious evolution. Related: AUDI unveils two new swanky self-driving concepts in Frankfurt The autonomous driving capabilities go up to level four on the AI:ME, meaning that though the system doesn’t require any assistance from the driver themselves, it is limited to certain regions, such as highways or specific areas in inner cities. The uncommonly raised headlights will be used to alert other drivers and pedestrians to the presence of the car, rather than as a tool to illuminate the road (unnecessary, as the occupants of the car won’t be driving). The interior has plenty of storage space — a must for autonomous cars, as the passengers will need ample room to do whatever they’re doing instead of driving. Rather than pedals, the AUDI AI:ME has comfortable footrests, and the seats prioritize comfort over function. A 3D monitor with VR goggles allows for everything from watching movies to interactive gaming while in the car , and the high-quality audio system combined with the noise-canceling interior makes outside traffic noise a thing of the past. As for the “green” roof , this is a first for the automobile industry. The designers used filigree wooden struts to construct a pergola above the interior roof surface, giving it the ability to hold living plants. AUDI not only wanted to create a connection between the driver and nature with this innovation but also to improve the air quality within the car (advanced air filters also remove outside odors from traffic and the city). The AI tech uses intelligent algorithms to monitor stress levels of the car’s occupants. This helps the car itself to actually get to know the driver, therefore improving their experience, whether it be preferred temperatures or seat adjustments. + Audi Images via Audi

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University of Washington Students Race The World’s First 3D-Printed Boat!

July 25, 2012 by  
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Student members of the  University of Washington Fabbers , the UW’s 3-D printing student club, have created the world’s first boat via a 3-D printer  and they’ve entered it in Seattle’s annual Milk Carton Derby . The 7-foot boat was made from recycled, melted and extruded milk cartons that the students collected and then ran through a large, custom-designed 3-D printer in the UW’s Mechanical Engineering Building . It was a first for the annual Milk Carton Derby at Green Lake in Seattle, but the students made it to the finish line without incident. Read the rest of University of Washington Students Race The World’s First 3D-Printed Boat! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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India Will Build Asia’s First Commercial Tidal Power Project

January 18, 2011 by  
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image: Atlantis Resources Corp. Another step forward for tidal power (it’s a long, long road, yes…): London-based Atlantis Resources has announced that it will be building a 50 MW tidal power project off the coast of India, in Gujarat’s Gulf of Kutch

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Hong Kong’s Ecofootprint Double What’s Globally Sustainable: WWF

January 18, 2011 by  
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photo: eerkmans / Creative Commons Back in November WWF released a report showing how even China’s modest per capita ecological footprint would be too much for the planet if everyone lived like that–we’d need 1.2 planets to support us all. Now they’ve released a sep…

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Graph Shows Influence of Gasoline Price on Miles Driven in the U.S.

January 18, 2011 by  
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Image: Stanford, based on data from the EIA, FHA, and Brookings Institution, and NYT graph. It Takes a Lot… The graph above (you can see a bigger version here ) shows average gasoline prices in the U.S

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With Support from Bill McKibben and Michael Pollan, Campus Food Co-op Project Set to Launch Nationwide

January 18, 2011 by  
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Image: cofed.org Thursday marks a big day for the future of food on college campuses around the country. Bill McKibben , Michael Pollan , and Slow Food USA president Josh Viertel are part of the launch committee that will help the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive, or CoFed, empower students to establish co-ops stocked with ethically-sourced an… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Russian Oil Platform Plans Threaten Already Critically Endangered Gray Whales (Again)

January 18, 2011 by  
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An update on the months-old story of oil exploration off the coast of Russia’s Sakhalin Island near feeding grounds of critically endangered Western North Pacific Gray Whales : Sakhalin Energy Investment Company , part owned by Shell, has announced plans to build a major new oil platform in these waters. WWF explains that the construction and operation of the oil platform could potentially disrupt the feeding behavior of these whales and increase the… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Weekday Vegetarian: Pasta e Fagioli

January 18, 2011 by  
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I’ve hit that wall that happens to me every year around about this time where I look at the fresh vegetables available to me ibn Ontario, like cabbage , parsnips , carrots and celeriac , and I can’t imagine wanting to cook anything using them. I usually snap out of it after a week or so, but I’m having trouble planning my meals because nothing is appealing.

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The UK’s First BREEAM Outstanding Office Tower Rises in London

March 25, 2010 by  
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BREEAM , Europe’s leading green building rating system, has just given the new PriceWaterhouseCooper office tower its highest rating of “ outstanding ”.

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