Bill Gates buys a huge chunk of land in Arizona to create a ‘smart city’

November 13, 2017 by  
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Bill Gates  is purchasing 25,000 acres of land in the West Valley area of Arizona, 45 minutes west of Phoenix, with the intent of building a high-tech “smart city” named Belmont. “Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs,” said Belmont Partners, the real estate firm involved in the purchase, in a press statement. The purchase, made by an investment firm run by Gates, cost $80 million and will be developed along the proposed freeway I-11, which would connect Belmont to Las Vegas and other major hubs of the region. Although Gates has given the project a new boost of funding and publicity, the planned community of Belmont, Arizona has been in the works since the 1990s. Although the housing crash put a damper on the city’s development, the regional real estate market has since recovered. The city also is banking on the parallel development of I-11, a proposed interstate highway that would run through Belmont to Las Vegas. The first section of I-11, near Boulder City, Arizona, was opened in August 2017. Related: Bill Gates launches $1 billion clean energy fund to fight climate change 3,800 acres of the proposed community will be used for office, retail and commercial space while an additional 470 acres will be set aside for public schools . The remaining space is enough land for 80,000 residential units. “Comparable in square miles and projected population to Tempe, Arizona, Belmont will transform a raw, blank slate into a purpose-built edge city built around a flexible infrastructure model,” said Belmont Properties in a statement. When completed, Belmont will join Arcosanti , an ecologically-inspired experimental town to the north of Phoenix, as one of the region’s most high-profile planned communities. Via Popular Mechanics and The Republic Images via Gisela Giardino/Flickr and  Depositphotos

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Worlds first negative emissions power plant opens in Iceland

October 13, 2017 by  
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Go, Iceland! On Wednesday, the nation flipped the switch on the world’s first power plant that eliminates more CO2 than it produces. The pilot program, which is operated by Climeworks , can remove an estimated 50 metric tons of CO2 from the air each year. The gases aren’t just contained; rather, they are turned into limestone where they will remain for at least one million years. The process works by capturing the CO2 from ambient air using Climeworks’ patented filter. The geothermal power plant then heats up the filter using low-grade heat; this extracts pure carbon dioxide . The gases are then bound to water and sent 700 meters deep into the ground. When CO2 reacts with basaltic bedrock, it forms a permanent solid mineral. Quartz reports that by burying the harmful greenhouse gases in rock, the odorless gas is prevented from being released for at least one million years. The project is still in its pilot stage, but scientists with Climeworks are optimistic that similar negative emissions plants could be rolled out across the globe. There are some challenges to this vision, however. The process isn’t exactly cheap, for instance. Climeworks estimates that it costs $600 to extract just one ton of CO2 from the air. Related: Midwest greenhouse heated with geothermal energy produces citrus year-round for $1 per day By the end of 2017, the full capacity of the plant is expected to be 900 tonnes per year — but that’s only the equivalent of the annual emissions of 45 American people. Nonetheless, the company remains hopeful that this is the beginning. Said Christoph Gebald, the founder and CEO of Climeworks, “The potential of scaling-up our technology in combination with CO2 storage, is enormous.” By 2025, the company seeks to cut costs to $100 a tonne and capture 1 percent of man-made carbon emissions each year. There are no details on how this will be accomplished, but with investors such as Bill Gates and the European Space Agency throwing money into research for “direct air capture,” it could be accomplished. Of course, it’s still important — now more than ever — that the general populace adopts sustainable habits , as data from the UN shows that humans are far from reaching the 2 degrees Celsius limit set by the Climate Agreement. + Climeworks Via Quartz Images via Climeworks , Arni Saeberg , Sandra O Snaebjornsdottir

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Bill Gates claims climate-saving energy breakthrough is only 15 years away

February 25, 2016 by  
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At the start of every year since 2009, Bill Gates has released an open letter along with his wife Melinda, naming their foundation’s biggest goals — and explaining how they hope to achieve them within the next 15 years. In past years, they’ve tackled issues ranging from curing AIDS and polio to increasing the role of technology in education. This year, Bill used his letter to answer a question posed to him by a group of teens: “If you could have one superpower, what would it be?” His answer: ensure global access to cheap, clean energy. Read the rest of Bill Gates claims climate-saving energy breakthrough is only 15 years away

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Obama: Paris COP21 talks are the turning point in climate change threat

November 30, 2015 by  
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The COP21 climate change conference kicked off today in Paris with an impassioned rallying cry from President Barack Obama. Obama told world leaders that the UN climate conference could be a “turning point” for the planet on climate change , an issue that he described earlier this year as the “defining threat of this century.” Obama pledged that the U.S., which he says is partly to blame for climate change, would take a lead in fixing the perceived problems and reduce emissions to 26 to 28% below 2005 levels within 10 years. Read the rest of Obama: Paris COP21 talks are the turning point in climate change threat

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Bill Gates pledges $2 billion to renewable energy research and asks others to follow suit

November 6, 2015 by  
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Bill Gates is attempting to do what no other governmental officials have been able to accomplish thus far: get dead serious about climate change. Microsoft’s co-founder has announced his plan to invest $2 billion of his own money into Earth-friendly technologies to accelerate what he sees as a rather lackadaisical approach to halting what could be the end of mankind as we know it. Read the rest of Bill Gates pledges $2 billion to renewable energy research and asks others to follow suit

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Bill Gates invests $2 billion in renewable energy

June 29, 2015 by  
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Bill Gates has announced plans to invest another $2 billion in renewable energy technology to help the fight against climate change . At the same time, the philanthropist emphasized he will not join a movement spearheaded by 350.org to divest from fossil fuel companies emitting the bulk of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Rather than divest, Gates says he will double renewable energy investments over the next five years. Read the rest of Bill Gates invests $2 billion in renewable energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 350.org , bill gates , divest from fossil fuels , eco design , fossil fuel divestment , green design , renewable energy , stanford university divesting , sustainable design , the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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Think Forward’s multifunctional 5 ROOMS encourages student imagination

June 29, 2015 by  
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Bulgaria-based design firm Think Forward designed 5 ROOMS, an unusual educational space created to develop students’ senses, imagination, artistic talents, and mental abilities. The multifunctional space combines a classroom, a playroom, a dancing room, a music room. Each area is characterized by individually designed graphics. While the space appears strange and illogical at first, the mirror wall helps makes sense of the spatial boundaries and uses. The boundary between the magical reality and the reflected logical non-reality is a confirmation that educational projects may be different and successful. + Think Forward 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: 5 rooms , 5 rooms by think forward , multifunctional space , reader submitted content , Think Forward

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Bill Gates warns that the world must prepare now for a Spanish Flu-like pandemic

June 1, 2015 by  
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You might think that the richest man in the world would sleep pretty easy, but billionaire Bill Gates recently told Ezra Klein at Vox about the one big fear that keeps him up at night. According to Gates, the chances of a worldwide, devastating pandemic – like the Spanish Flu that wiped out nearly 5% of the world’s population in 1918 – are disconcertingly high. So high, in fact, that to fail to act on the threat right now is “reckless.” Read the rest of Bill Gates warns that the world must prepare now for a Spanish Flu-like pandemic Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bill gates , Bill Gates flu pandemic , Bill Gates preventing flu outbreak , disease epidemic , flu epidemic , flu outbreak , Flu Pandemic , importance of vaccination , preventing flu outbreak , preventing pandemics , vaccination , World wide flu outbreak

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Bill Gates drinks water made from sewer sludge via the Omniprocessor

January 8, 2015 by  
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In his quest to help save the planet, Bill Gates has literally tasted the next evolution in waste water technology—drinking water recycled from human waste. Gates visited the Omniprocessor, a new machine that can turn sewage into drinking water, and posted a video of his first sip on his blog GatesNotes . Check it out below: Read the rest of Bill Gates drinks water made from sewer sludge via the Omniprocessor Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bill gates , clean water access , developing countries , drinking water , gates foundation , Janicki Bioenergy , Omniprocessor , sewage , sewer , wastewater , water issues

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8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

July 31, 2013 by  
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