This tent-shaped chapel in Portugal is in tune with nature

January 18, 2018 by  
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This open and inviting tent-shaped chapel by Plano Humano Arquitectos was designed to take full advantage of the majestic views and natural surroundings of Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal. The chapel is a new addition to the National Scout’s Activities Camp (CNAE), and its doors are open to anyone looking for shelter or a space for contemplation and introspection. The chapel, dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima, takes the form of a large tent . The gable roof is lower and narrower at the entrance and it stretches forward and upward towards the rear of the chapel. Related: Modern chapel makes a powerful but minimalist statement in the Austrian countryside The design of the building is aligned with the spirit of communion with nature. Both early morning and late afternoon sunlight illuminate the interior to sustain visitors’ engagement with the space. In fall and winter, the light emphasizes the tranquility of the place and the unadorned symbiosis between building and landscape. A water channel runs through the space on a path that winds past the altar – the central place of any Christian celebratory space – and then into the landscape, directing the user to the cross, which is located outside the chapel. Twelve wooden beams – a reference to the 12 Apostles of the Bible – aims to translate the Biblical numerical symbolism into simple forms, construction principles, and natural building materials . +Plano Humano Arquitectos Photos by João Morgado

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China wants to destroy space junk with giant lasers

January 18, 2018 by  
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Not only do we need to worry about pollution on Earth, but also in space . A team of six scientists in China are working on a very science-fiction-sounding solution: zapping that space trash with lasers . Could a space-based laser really help clean up the tens of thousands of pieces of junk orbiting our planet? From magnetic tugs to long tethers , the ideas of how to deal with our space mess have been imaginative but haven’t given us a firm solution yet. Could lasers offer an answer? Researchers from the Air Force Engineering University and Institute of China Electronic Equipment System Engineering Company published their work in the journal Optik last year on space-based lasers to tackle space debris. Related: ESA unveils magnetic space tug to corral broken satellites drifting in space According to the paper’s abstract, the scientists utilized numerical simulation to explore the “impacts of orbital elements of space-based laser station” on Earth-orbiting trash. Per Wired , a space laser could be mounted on a satellite , and in orbit “emit short bursts of near-infrared light:” 20 bursts a second over the course of a few minutes, which could be sufficient to break down the trash into smaller, less dangerous pieces. The scientists said in the abstract their work offers a “theoretical basis for the deployment of space-based laser station and the further application of space debris removal by using space-based laser.” The idea of space lasers isn’t wholly new – a 2015 paper cited by Gizmodo said there’s recently been a renaissance for the notion. That article says a laser would work by imparting energy into hunks of garbage so they could plummet out of orbit and burn up in Earth’s atmosphere . But would the rest of the world accept one country deploying lasers in space? Physicist Victor Apollonov of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ General Physics Institute told Gizmodo such technology could be put to military uses and “due to that, it is questionable.” He said people have been discussing the concept since the early 2000s, and there should be world-scale talks as a first step towards space lasers. Via ScienceDirect , Wired , and Gizmodo Images via Wikimedia Commons and ESA

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BP invests $200 million in solar developer Lightsource

December 22, 2017 by  
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The oil giant’s injection may be a drop in the ocean compared to its other activities, but it demonstrates growing recognition of the risks of fossil fuels.

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The power of purpose in branding

January 15, 2016 by  
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As the experiences of CVS, Kimberly-Clark, REI and others demonstrate, companies that focus their activities around a purpose beyond sales and income gain in the end.

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What ‘Flexiwatts’ tell us about the future of energy bills

January 15, 2016 by  
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There’s a new way for businesses and consumers to lower electric bills: demand flexibility.

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HOW TO: Go Geocaching with Your Kids

March 4, 2012 by  
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Looking for a fun activity to get your kids engaged in the outdoors? Give geocaching a try. Geocaching is basically a 21st-century treasure hunt, but instead of using an old map where X marks the spot, you use a GPS device and a set of coordinates that offer clues to where the booty is hidden. Sounds like fun, eh? Head over to our sister site Inhabitots to learn about the rules, etiquette and how to get started with your first geocaching hunt. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: activities , games , Geocaching , green parenting , Inhabitots , kids , parenting , Sports , treasure hunt

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6 Reasons Why VERGE Matters to Sustainability Professionals

February 13, 2012 by  
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The convergence of energy, information, buildings, and transportation may seem a technology play, unrelated to the activities of most corporate sustainability professionals. Here are six reasons why that's far from the case.

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6 Earth Day Activities That Will Actually Make a Difference

April 22, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of 6 Earth Day Activities That Will Actually Make a Difference http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 6 Earth Day Activities That Will Make a Difference , earth day , earth day 2011 , environmental sustainability , farmer’s market , green design , green lifestyle , sustainable design , sustainable lifestyle , vegetarianism

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World’s First Floating Golf Course Set to Break Water in the Maldives

April 22, 2011 by  
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turkey is the straw.

September 5, 2010 by  
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Here’s one more thing you can to do make the most out of your mug of Joe in the morning (and yes, we do mean mug .): skip that plastic stirring device. Those little straws are only so great for about 8 seconds – and then they typically get discarded. Multiply this by the activities of thousands of caffeine junkies every morning and that’s a lot of plastic.

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