Investors, companies demand consistent climate risk data

June 1, 2017 by  
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Two of the world’s largest asset management firms, State Street Advisors and BlackRock, publicly support improved disclosure.

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How climate laws can catalyze more equitable cities

June 1, 2017 by  
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Environmental justice advocates are working to ensure California’s efforts to combat climate change benefit everyone — and then applied nationwide.

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Lego, Tesco face risks with public renewables goals

June 1, 2017 by  
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Renewables are now firmly in the mainstream, but corporates must overcome the barriers to deliver the scale that is needed.

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Spherical timber teahouse hides in the treetops of Austria

May 19, 2017 by  
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Teatime is served with a side of enviable treetop views at the pod-shaped Teahouse Riedenthaln nestled in an Austrian garden. Architecture firm a-lp architektur designed the curious igloo-shaped timber hideaway as a modern interpretation of the traditional Japanese teahouse . The 10-square-meter elevated space was largely built from recycled oak wood offcuts. Located in a private garden, the spherical room serves as a place to drink tea, for hosting regression therapy clients, and as a possible sleeping area. A ramp leads up to the low and narrow entrance that opens to a light-filled and surprisingly spacious interior. Natural light fills the cave-like space through a large painted skylight and two rectangular windows. Related: Cocoon Tree: A lightweight, spherical treehouse for sustainable living The tiny teahouse retreat is raised on four black-painted pillars, made of tree trunks. Locally chopped oak timber was used as the main material for the teahouse. The wood cladding was recycled from the small timber offcuts of a local wine barrel-maker and assembled in stacks of over forty layers. The furniture, which includes a counter with a sink, window seat, and sleeping area, is also made from oak timber. + a-lp architektur Via ArchDaily Images by Christine Leuthner

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President Obama says Army is exploring rerouting the Dakota Access Pipeline

November 3, 2016 by  
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Will President Barack Obama take action on the Dakota Access Pipeline ? In an interview with NowThis posted this week he said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is exploring “ways to reroute” the oil pipeline protested by Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members and their supporters in North Dakota . President Obama’s statement sounded hopeful but may not result in action soon; the president said he would let the confrontation “play out for several more weeks.” When asked if his administration would intervene in the conflict over the Dakota Access Pipeline, President Obama said, “We’re monitoring this closely and I think as a general rule, my view is that there is a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native Americans . I think right now the Army Corps is examining whether there are ways to reroute this pipeline in a way.” Related: In surprise announcement, US government blocks the Dakota Access Pipeline Some people didn’t seem pleased with the president’s comments. In a statement, Morton County Chairman Cody Schulz said, “Rather than creating further uncertainty, the President should be sending us the support and resources necessary to enforce the law and protect people’s right to peacefully protest.” Energy Transfer Partners spokesperson Vicki Granado said they didn’t know of any reroute considerations and they still expected to obtain an easement to start building the pipeline portion that would pass beneath the Missouri River. When asked about treatment of the protesters, President Obama said, “I mean, it’s a challenging situation. I think that my general rule when I talk to governors and state and local officials whenever they’re dealing with protests – including, for example, during the Black Lives Matters protests – is there’s an obligation for protesters to be peaceful and there’s an obligation for authorities to show restraint.” He said he hoped everyone could have the opportunity to be heard with both sides avoiding situations where people could be hurt. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II said in a statement, “We believe President Obama and his administration will do the right thing.” You can watch NowThis’s interview with the president here . Via NowThis Twitter and NPR Images via Nick Knupffer on Flickr and Sacred Stone Camp on Facebook

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55-foot-tall Burj Khalifa is tallest LEGO building in the world

October 21, 2016 by  
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LEGOLAND Dubai just unveiled the tallest LEGO building in the world: a 55-foot-tall Burj Khalifa . The towering LEGO building , finished with the help of five-year-old Mohammed bin Ahmed Jaber Al Harbi, paves the way for the opening of the theme park the end of October. The lofty LEGO building required 439,000 bricks. Located in MINILAND, the LEGO Burj Khalifa smashed records. Standing at 17 meters, or a little over 55 feet tall, it nabbed the record for ” world’s tallest LEGO building model .” It required more than 5,000 hours to construct, and according to LEGOLAND Dubai “weighs a ton.” Mohammed, who drew attention when he doffed his black top hat before shaking Queen Elizabeth’s hand last year, was present to add a little LEGO model of him at the doors of the building and switch on the first LED lights of the building model. Mohammed is the son of Dubai’s crown prince’s close friend. Related: This massive LEGO Death Star is made from 500,000 bricks LEGOLAND Dubai will open October 31, and guests can view the impressive Burj Khalifa model and an accompanying LED light show. The theme park plans to recreate the fountain show awing visitors at the real-life Burj Khalifa at their LEGO Burj Khalifa. Also on display at LEGOLAND Dubai will be around 5,000 other models of other local landmarks that required 60 million bricks to build. LEGOLAND Dubai will comprise part of Dubai Parks and Resorts , which according to the LEGO theme park’s press release is “the region’s largest integrated theme park destination.” LEGO offers a Burj Khalifa kit in their Architecture line; the 2016 reintroduction is the “tallest LEGO architecture model to date.” It’s more than 15 inches tall and includes 333 pieces. According to LEGO, the model was “designed with a focus on rigidity and strength – retaining its distinctive flower form when viewed from above.” The LEGO Burj Khalifa kit costs $39.99. + LEGOLAND Dubai Via The National Images via LEGOLAND Dubai Facebook

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What I Learned My First Year Of Container Gardening

October 13, 2016 by  
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I’m notorious for my black thumb, so when I proudly announced that I was going to grow a garden this year, it didn’t come as a surprise when my friends laughed. I was determined, though. I was going to have homegrown tomatoes if it killed me! The…

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Beautiful modern barn produces food sustainably in Utah

August 31, 2016 by  
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Located in Pleasant Grove on a narrow three-acre lot, the land belonging to Snuck Farm—also known as the Fugal Farm—was first settled in the late 1800s by the Fugal family, who continues to farm the land today. To make the most of the limited acreage, the farm uses hydroponic farming methods in addition to organic farming practices. Lloyd Architects’ design puts those practices on display with three glass greenhouses located in the north. Related: Black Barn is a self-sustaining, off-grid version of historical English architecture The main barn building is organized along a central north-south breezeway that divides the building into two halves. On the west is a community kitchen and lounge that receives visitors, while the opposite side contains office space and the animal living quarters. While its gabled form, fieldstone walls, and exposed timber beams offer a rustic appearance, the interior uses minimal and modern materials and textures to create a contemporary feel. “The main structure’s simple agrarian form and raw materials reflect the simplicity of function and the character of the family that inhabits this place,” said the architects. + Lloyd Architects Via Dezeen Images via Lloyd Architects

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Renewable energy’s new dance partners: Banks, pension funds

July 19, 2016 by  
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Risk-averse financiers including Aviva, BlackRock and State Street are pursuing renewable energy projects and seeing steady returns.

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Black Barn is a self-sustaining, off-grid version of historical English architecture

July 7, 2016 by  
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The yet-completed home will feature a bevy of green elements. Charring timber , an ancient Japanese technique, is used to preserve the wood without chemicals. The dramatic line of the roof draws the eyes to its unique angle, which hovers above the wild meadows on a concrete foundation. Locally-sourced timber, aggregate, and flint will be used in the construction, paying homage to the natural landscape. Related: Author builds tiny solar-powered off grid cabin for under $2,000! The home will be equipped with a solar array, bio-diesel generator, and battery storage. On-site sewage treatment and water accessed through a borehole mean the home is completely off the grid . An orchard of fruit trees and vegetable gardens reduce the family’s food footprint in the 300 square meter home. Heating and cooling are simplified with the heavily insulated walls and roof, as well as a widely overhanging gable over the balcony. A southern-located concrete slab absorbs heat during the day and disperses it throughout the space as the indoors become cooler. The barn is a perfect home for a family who loves the countryside , history and architecture as much as living in an environmentally conscious manner. +Studio Bark Via ArchDaily Images via Studio Bark

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