Britain hits a new record going two months coal-free

June 11, 2020 by  
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For the first time in over a hundred years, Britain has gone for a record two months without using coal energy. This new milestone is due in part to the coronavirus pandemic and investment in renewable energy. A decade ago, almost half of the country’s energy was coal -based. Britain is changing this narrative by adopting renewable sources of energy. Midnight on June 10 marked two straight months since the country last used coal energy. Due to the coronavirus lockdown, power demand in the entire country went down. As a result, Britain closed the only four remaining coal power plants. According to a BBC publication, 40% of Britain’s power supply was coal-based just 10 years ago. However, a drastic shift to renewable energy has allowed for this coal-free energy record. In ten years, Britain has transformed from wind and solar generating only 3% of the country’s electricity to having renewables account for 37% of the total energy supplied. Britain has stepped up to become home to the largest offshore wind industry in the world. Drax, Britain’s biggest power plant, has been gradually shifting to renewable energy. According to Will Gardiner, CEO of Drax, the company has put in place a plan that fully eliminates coal power. “We here at Drax decided that coal was no longer the future,” said Gardiner. Britain’s green energy achievements may give hope to any country striving to eliminate coal. Though there are still many steps left for ending coal energy usage worldwide, Gardiner expects renewable energy to overtake fossil fuels in 2020. This prediction may not be far off, according to Dr. Simon Evans of Carbon Brief. “So far this year renewables have generated more electricity than fossil fuels and that’s never happened before,” said Evans. Given that coronavirus has slowed down global energy consumption, now may be the time for each nation to make progress towards cleaner energy. Via BBC News Images via Pexels

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It’s time to level with people about climate change

August 29, 2018 by  
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Its impacts are already a part of the story. How will you take charge of the narrative?

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Looking through the human end of the telescope

March 6, 2018 by  
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The spotted owl and Homo sapiens are not in competition. How can we shift the narrative and find common ground?

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MAD offers up two design proposals for Lucas Museum: one for SF, one for LA

October 28, 2016 by  
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MAD principal architect Ma Yansong worked on the two designs for the Lucas Museum at the same time and while they have some common features, the two proposals are also very different. The design for San Francisco seats the museum on Treasure Island, an artificial island in San Francisco Bay which is a former military site that now holds a host of tourist activities. The proposed design is for a fluid, tapered structure that is elevated from street level, creating a pedestrian space underneath the museum. This would integrate the museum into the waterfront without robbing the public of precious surface spaces. In protecting the public space, MAD’s museum design meshes with architecture firm SOM ’s master plan for Treasure Island. Related: MAD Architects announce a design overhaul for controversial George Lucas Museum in Chicago The second design is for Exposition Park in Los Angeles, where the Lucas Museum would neighbor the Natural History Museum and Coliseum. The LA version of the proposed museum protects public spaces in much the same way the San Francisco design seeks to do, but also creates additional public space in the form of rooftop terraces featuring living trees and other plants. The museum would sit on a sprawling green lawn, where visitors could enjoy nature or host a picnic in conjunction with their art appreciation. An underground parking garage with space for around 1,800 vehicles is also incorporated into the LA design. Each design proposal offers around 100,000 square feet of gallery space, which is a third of the size of the since-abandoned Chicago proposal after it was scaled down  to 300,000 square feet. Reportedly, Lucas will decide on the proposed museum’s location within the next four months, but there’s no word on whether he’ll accept the design created for that city. It’s entirely possible we will see another round of design revisions in the early part of 2017, much like the Chicago project endured several updates. In the meantime, art lovers can take a sneak peek at the Lucas Museum’s collection, thanks to this special feature compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle. + Lucas Museum of Narrative Art + MAD Architects Via Dezeen Images via MAD Architects

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Chicago’s George Lucas Museum gains approval with the promise of more parkland

November 2, 2015 by  
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It seems George Lucas fans have a win in Chicago , as the city has just approved zoning for the mountainous Lucas Museum of Narrative Art . Designed by MAD , the sloping building reaches two volcano-like peaks, sitting just a stone’s throw from the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum. The museum proposal  has been battling for approval after receiving mixed reactions, particularly from some local environmentalists who felt the museum would take over public land. Read the rest of Chicago’s George Lucas Museum gains approval with the promise of more parkland

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Alexander Korzer-Robinson’s Stunning Collages Reveal Images From Antique Books

November 1, 2012 by  
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Much like his contemporary Brian Dettmer’s work, Alexander Korzer Robinson continues the tradition of collage with his spectacularly detailed book sculptures. Working with preexisting material, he delicately removes layers of text to unearth the illustrations, charts, and diagrams in vintage volumes. Stripped of their practical value by the march of time, the books gain artistic meaning through his effort. As art, they become a statement on how we see ourselves instead of how we interpret the rest of the universe. “We create our own past from fragments of reality in a process that combines the willful aspects of remembering and forgetting with the coincidental and unconscious,” explains Korzer-Robinson of his work. ”On a general level, I aim to illustrate this process that forms our inner landscape.” Painstakingly crafted, his work lets us gaze into a constructed, dream-like representation of our collected knowledge. More examples of Korzer-Robinson’s work and hand-cut prints can be found on his website . + Alexander Korzer-Robinson Via Colossal

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Thom Mayne’s Perot Museum of Nature and Science Nears Completion in Dallas

November 1, 2012 by  
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