Shanxi combats air pollution in China with smog curbs to 2020

August 9, 2018 by  
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Shanxi province is China’s primary coal mining hub and a major industrial manufacturing region. The province is now planning to voluntarily curb production of its goods over the course of the next three winters in an effort to cut down on smog pollution and improve air quality. This is part of a 2018 to 2020 anti-pollution crackdown, which hopes to take proper measures in improving the environmental state and reputation of the world’s second-largest economy. Twenty-eight northern Chinese cities have been issued a draft guidance on pollution reduction during winter months, and four of these cities are in Shanxi. The province is home to about 36 million people, according to figures from the National Bureau of Statistics of China , as well as a thriving coal mining industry. Related: Reforestation in China heralds the return of rare animals Local authorities in China are hoping to back their promises to the national and international communities by stepping up actions to reduce pollution and start protecting the environment. “Each level of officials must make anti-pollution tasks a significant stance in their work,” the Shanxi government said in a statement. “Those who neglect their duties, forge monitoring data or fail the targets will be punished.” In addition to production restrictions, efforts will include cutting down coal consumption by relying more on natural gas for heating as well as replacing some of the region’s coal-fired power plants. Local officials seem to be taking the mandate very seriously. “Each city [in Shanxi] should set up plans on production restrictions in steel, construction materials, non-ferrous and chemicals by the end of September each year,” officials announced. The province is hoping to go beyond the 15 percent reduction in emissions — compared to levels recorded in 2015 — that has been mandated by the national government, setting its own goal of a 20 percent decrease in sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by 2020. Via Reuters Images via Kleineolive and Tim Quijano

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A California beacon of sustainability gets a LEED Platinum refresh

August 8, 2018 by  
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An inspiring beacon for recycling in El Cerrito, California has recently received a sustainable revamp that includes newly minted LEED Platinum certification. Redesigned by Berkeley-based architecture practice Noll & Tam Architects , the El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center (RERC/Center) was overhauled following extensive community involvement and now features a more user-friendly environment with educational opportunities and a greater holistic approach to sustainability. The facility aims for net-zero energy use and is equipped with renewable energy systems as well as passive design strategies, including solar panels and 100% daylighting autonomy. Originally founded by a group of local volunteers in the early 1970s, the El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center has become a source of community pride that has attracted visitors from neighboring communities, including the wider San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Inspired by the facility’s industrial uses, the architects incorporated corrugated steel, reclaimed timber and other durable materials into the building, while local quarry borders and existing concrete retaining blocks used on site allude to the old quarry in which the Center sits. “The design of the El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center was inspired by the community’s devotion to environmental stewardship, the Center’s functional requirements, and its unique natural setting,” reads the project statement. “It was important to create a strong sense of place for the community, a great place for the gathering and interaction of the Center’s diverse users and visitors, and a demonstration project for zero net waste, net zero energy use, restoration and regeneration, and maximizing community value.” Related: NYC’s New State-of-the-Art Recycling Facility to Eliminate 150,000 Annual Truck Trips Taking advantage of the local temperate climate and cross ventilation, the Center operates in passive mode for most of the year. A 12 kW photovoltaic array provides more than enough electricity to power the building to achieve net-zero energy usage. The Center is also equipped with an additional 8.8 kW solar array to offset electricity needs from electric car charging stations and the recycling industrial equipment. A rainwater cistern, native gardens and rain gardens handle stormwater runoff on-site. + Noll & Tam Architects Images by David Wakely

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A minimalist home in Portugal emphasizes stunning valley views

August 8, 2018 by  
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Architects and their clients are often surprised when their visions don’t quite align after the initial ideas are transformed into renderings, specs and floor plans. But when MJARC Arquitectos met with a couple who wanted a house in Douro Valley in Marco de Canaveses,  Portugal , it was a euphoric meeting of minds. All parties shared the same vision — a pristine and absolute articulation of minimalist architecture. With a setting as picturesque as this one, highlighted by sweeping views of the rolling curves of vineyard -covered valleys and the mesmerizing Douro River, the goal was to leave the undulating landscape unscathed. The house was constructed as close to the terrain as possible, with the upper levels providing more encompassing vistas. The “crouching building” concept drove the choices for the size, design and exterior accouterments of the home. Related: Derelict property transformed into a vibrant, sunny hostel in Portugal The interior is warm and inviting, with an open floor plan that gracefully flows from room to room, clad in a combination of deep wood shades, rustic stones, concrete and stark, black accents. The pool is designed to give the illusion of it flowing directly into the river. The views from every level focus on the surrounding forest and foliage and achieves the symbiosis with nature desired by all parties. To accommodate the tastes of the homeowners’ visitors throughout the year, MJARC Arquitectos incorporated sustainable construction and energy sources as well as clever spaces that could easily be adapted for multiple uses. The roof is even topped with lush greenery, a welcome addition to the home. The combined efforts on this project not only thrilled the architects and clients — the house was recently nominated for an award in the Home category by the World Architecture Festival , where it is one of 18 finalists. The winner will be announced at ceremonies scheduled for November 28-30 in Amsterdam. + MJARC Arquitectos Images via João Ferrand

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Nissan debuts pop-top and fully-electric camper vans for summer adventures

August 8, 2018 by  
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Just in time for summer road trips, Nissan has debuted two new camper vans  at the Madrid Motor Show. The company showcased mod-style camper vans — one with a pop-up sleeper roof and one designed for  zero-emissions  — perfect for your next adventure. The car giant recently debuted the two new camper vans in Madrid. The NV300 Camper sleeps up to four people thanks to a pop-top sleeper roof, and the e-NV200 Camper is fully-electric. The electric camper van is powered by a 40kWh battery, which can be charged up to 80 percent in less than an hour, so you can be back on the road in a flash. The e-NV200 gets approximately 124 miles on a single charge. Related: Tesla’s all-electric semi truck has a bold new competitor According to Francesc Corberó, communications director of Nissan Iberia, the design of the vans was inspired by the need to provide road-trippers with the utmost in comfort and flexibility while on the road. Corberó said, “The new Nissan Camper range will allow the most adventurous to have a balcony with views of the most incredible places in the world and enjoy the essence of traveling with family or friends.” The NV300’s pop-up sleeper roof allows for four people to sleep in the van comfortably, two in the lower bed and two up top. In both models, the living space is efficiently designed with a compact kitchen that comes with a stove, sink and refrigerator. An abundance of windows lets natural light flood the interior, but the vans are equipped with retractable shades for privacy. The interior is installed with a number of transforming features for space optimization. There is a removable table that attaches to the kitchen countertop and can be dismantled when not in use. In addition to the rear bench, which is set on floor rails for added flexibility, the front seats swivel around to provide additional seating. For gear storage, the exterior of the van is equipped with various racks and awnings. Unfortunately, the electric vans are only available in Spain at the moment, with the e-NV200 starting at a base price of $25,165. + Nissan Via Curbed Images via Nissan

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Survey Results: Do You Vote Your Environmental Values?

August 8, 2018 by  
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Hannah Jones accelerates at Nike; Closed Loop Fund opens new venture

August 8, 2018 by  
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General Motors’ leadership goes matriarchal, the Society of Environmental Journalists’ new president reports for duty and more.

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What’s the value of a clean beach? Here’s how economists do the numbers

August 8, 2018 by  
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Dirty or dangerous beaches don’t just cost to clean up — they also cost in lost recreational spending.

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Earthling Survey: Do You Vote Your Environmental Values?

August 1, 2018 by  
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These 8 nature-based startups from around the world are going to save it

June 13, 2018 by  
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And this environmental impact accelerator is going to help.

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Episode 121: Mega deals in clean energy, P&G’s circular geometry, Walmart’s EV charging crusade

April 20, 2018 by  
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In this episode, we also contemplate the art of reducing the environmental of popular music festivals, like the massive event concluding this weekend in the Coachella Valley desert.

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