Hawaii sets the most ambitious goal of any US state by vowing to be carbon neutral by 2045

May 9, 2018 by  
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The legislature of Hawaii has approved two bills that together put the state on the path to becoming carbon neutral by 2045 – the most ambitious climate change goal of any state in the United States. Bille bill 1986 establishes a carbon-offset program, while House bill 2182 convenes a task force to determine the best course of action to achieve carbon neutrality within the next three decades. “This is the biggest step forward on climate change any state has yet taken,” said Hawaii representative Chris Lee in a statement . As an island nation, Hawaii is taking such strong action to combat climate change in part because it is particularly vulnerable to its impacts. In passing the bills, legislators cited a study which estimated that Hawaii would endure $19 billion worth of damage on private property and significantly more on public infrastructure as a result of rising sea levels. In addition to its recently passed climate change legislation, Hawaii was the first state to formally adopt the goals established under the Paris climate agreement after President Trump withdrew the United States from it. Related: Helsinki unveils plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2035 Prior to the passage of these bills, Rhode Island was the American state with the most ambitious climate change goal, which pledged to achieve an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050. Hawaii now stands as one of the world’s most aggressive states in its fight against climate change, sharing the same carbon neutrality timeline as Sweden. For context, carbon neutrality is expected in Iceland by 2040, Norway by 2030, Costa Rica by 2021, and the Maldives by 2020. While these steps are important, they are not sufficient. More governments must make similarly aggressive pledges toward carbon neutrality if climate change is to be halted. Hawaii governor David Ige,  who has been supportive of sustainability initiatives in the past , is expected to sign the bills into law. Via Quartz Images via Depositphotos (1)

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300 artificial islands in Dubai, ‘The World,’ may get another chance

February 16, 2018 by  
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The World , an archipelago of 300 islands in Dubai , has sat largely vacant for around 10 years. But construction is underway once again. The Guardian’s Oliver Wainwright reported , “After a decade in limbo, The World is back – with more ambitious plans than ever before.” The World was dreamed up in 2003, with Nakheel as the master developer, and 320 million cubic meters of sand and 25 million metric tons of rock were put into place, according to The Guardian. Workers laid the last rock in the breakwater in January 2008. The development sprawls across over 5,000 hectares and stands, in the words of Wainwright, as a “mind-boggling monument to the spectacular hubris of a moment in time when anything seemed possible.” Related: Dubai’s World of Islands is Sinking Into the Sea But construction is beginning again. Josef Kleindienst, of real estate company Kleindienst , talked to The Guardian about his plans for The Heart of Europe , saying he wants to make it snow there throughout the entire year. The Kleindienst website describes The Heart of Europe as “a first of its kind, breathtaking hospitality development, spanning six of the islands on The World in Dubai, with each island taking inspiration from some of Europe’s most captivating locations.” Swiss chalets, Austrian castles, and Russian palaces are among the plans. Kleindienst told The Guardian the development will be finished in time for Expo 2020 in Dubai. Other island owners seem to have been inspired by Kleindienst, according to The Guardian. Emirati developer Seven Tides aims to finish a 100-villa resort on one of the 10 islands they own in the South America portion by the end of this year. And actress Lindsay Lohan said she’s designing an island in The World. It remains to be seen whether or not the projects will ultimately come to life. Via The Guardian Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 ) and The Heart of Europe

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Green-roofed house blends beautifully into a Mediterranean landscape

February 16, 2018 by  
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Giuseppe Gurrieri Studio completed a beautiful new home for artists in Sicily complements its Mediterranean environment using natural materials and landscaping. The home, called Casa ECS, was also created with a major focus on sustainability. Powered by renewable energy, the building is topped with a green roof and built with thick earthen walls that ensure effective insulation. . Located in the town of Scicli, the 230-square-meter Casa ECS is set atop a series of terraces that gently cascade down towards the Mediterranean Sea. Olive and carbon trees grow atop the dry stone retaining walls that visually tie the structure into the landscape. Solar and wind studies informed the placement of the building for the optimization of natural daylighting and ventilation. The large roof overhang shields the interior from solar heat gain and a pool on the south side of the home also helps cool the home. The architects wrote: “The central idea focuses on the construction of a retaining wall covered with the local stone, reproducing the typical receding terrace, which generates a natural step that allowed to plan the insertion of the building into the environment, creating a noticeable continuity with the country-side view and the traditionally cultivated land.” Related: Charming Italian farmhouse hides a surprisingly modern interior in Tuscany The main living areas are arranged linearly, while two courtyards are placed to the north of the main structure. The master en suite is located in the center of the home and separates the living room on the home’s east end from the kitchen on the opposite side that also extends to a covered outdoor dining area to the north. A secondary bedroom is placed on the far west end. The use of simple natural materials throughout ties the building into the landscape. + Giuseppe Gurrieri Studio Via ArchDaily Images © Filippo Poli

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Sheep enlisted to bring Google Street View equivalent to remote Faroe Islands

July 13, 2016 by  
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Between Norway and Iceland rests a faraway archipelago of 18 little islands called the Faroe Islands. The islanders want Google Street View , but with no word from the tech giant on when they might visit the subarctic archipelago, the residents enlisted the help of some local sheep . They strapped cameras onto the backs of sheep and then set the sheep loose, giving new meaning to the term ‘woolgathering.’ The Faroe Islands are some of the ” most unexplored places on Earth ,” according to Durita Dahl Andreassen, who works for Visit Faroe Islands . She says Google has been to the top of Mount Blanc in Europe, but they’ve never ventured as far as the Faroe Islands. She came up with a solution to the lack of Google Street View: Sheep View 360 . Related: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Transformed Into Town for Sheep On the Faroe Islands, there are about 80,000 sheep and only 49,188 people . A local shepherd and inventor helped design a harness equipped with 360 degree solar-powered cameras so sheep can take images as they roam around the islands. The photos are sent back to Andreassen via cell phone, and she uploads them into Google Street View. In a blog post, Andreassen says , “The Faroe Islands may be rugged and remote but this collection of 18 islands in the North Atlantic also provide some of the world’s most magical landscapes and it is time that this hidden Nordic nation is revealed to the world.” Sheep View 360 is a temporary substitute, Andreassen’s team hopes. She says Google can capture the big roads and sweeping landscapes even better than the sheep, and started the campaign #wewantgooglestreetview and a petition in an attempt to convince Google to map the islands themselves. You can sign the petition here . + Sheep View 360 Via The Guardian Images courtesy of Visit Faroe Islands

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Darwin’s finches face potential extinction

December 21, 2015 by  
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The finches of the Galápagos Islands are probably best known for their role informing Darwin’s theory of evolution , but researchers say if drastic measures aren’t taken to protect these birds, they could go extinct within next 50 years. The culprit? A species of parasitic fly that first invaded the islands in the 1960s. Read the rest of Darwin’s finches face potential extinction

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China pledges to clean up its power plants after cities struggle with record-breaking smog

December 21, 2015 by  
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China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, is declaring war on air pollution. Chinese officials announced that coal-fired power plants in their country will reduce their output of pollution by 60% before 2020. Those plants that do not meet these stricter standards will be shut down. The announcement comes as Beijing struggles with day after day of thick, sun-blocking, sinus-irritating smog that has raised air pollution to twenty two times the safe limit. Read the rest of China pledges to clean up its power plants after cities struggle with record-breaking smog

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Typhoon Melor threatens Philippines as authorities evacuate 750,000 residents

December 14, 2015 by  
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As a typhoon with 95mph winds makes landfall in the Philippines, some 750,000 people have been evacuated from the storm’s path. Typhoon Melor, known locally as Nona, is expected to bring heavy rain that could lead to floods, landslides, and storm surges, according to authorities. The storm made landfall early on Monday, hitting a small island village, and the typhoon’s trajectory will see it passing over several other islands before reaching the mainland later in the day. Read the rest of Typhoon Melor threatens Philippines as authorities evacuate 750,000 residents

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Steven Holl Unveils Solar-Powered Geothermal ‘Art Islands’ for China’s Qingdao Culture and Art Center

November 1, 2013 by  
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Fletcher Studio Unveils Terraced Garden With Biopool in Zurich, Switzerland

October 31, 2013 by  
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Situated in Zurich, Switzerland, this serene garden and biopool by Fletcher Studio is suspended on the edge of a steep hillside. By placing the garden on the hillside, the architects opened up views of the surrounding environment and made them an integral part of the garden. The existing hillside flora and additional plantings form a backdrop that encloses the garden, screening it from an adjacent street and enabling the area to function separately from the house. 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! Read the rest of Fletcher Studio Unveils Terraced Garden With Biopool in Zurich, Switzerland Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , biopool , Botanical , eco pool , Fletcher Studio , garden , Green Building , green design , green pool , sustainable design , Switzerland , Zurich        

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Olson Kundig’s Single-Room Gulf Islands Cabin is a Minimalist Retreat in British Columbia

January 9, 2013 by  
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