Air-purifying pavilion uses plants to absorb harmful toxins in Hanoi

April 19, 2017 by  
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A green oasis has popped up in Hanoi , a city choked by smog. Hung Nguyen Architects designed and built the Pavilion of Origins, a greenery-draped structure that uses living plants to purify the air. Set on the terrace of a three-story house in Hanoi, the pavilion is minimal and modern with a simple palette of green leafy plants, white upcycled steed frames, and a light gray pebble floor. Hanoi ranks among the worst in the world for air pollution with traffic congestion blamed as the leading cause. In an attempt to bring a breath of fresh air to the city, Hung Nguyen Architects created a pavilion covered with a wide variety of plants, including the peace lily and snake plant, selected for their air-purifying and decorative qualities. The plants are arranged inside and around a collection of simple white cuboid frames of varying sizes built of upcycled steel. A translucent polycarbonate roof allows natural light to pour through while reducing solar radiation. The white frames and light-colored pebble floor keep the focus on the plants, which grow and spread on multiple levels. White netting on the tops of the larger cuboid frames can be used as hammocks for relaxation. Related: 7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally “In Pavilion of the Origins, trees and plants play a role as the main users for the amount of time they spent in this space, while the pavilion owners act as the servants who have the duties to take care of those main users and subsequently be paid in clean, fresh air, as well as experiencing the vivid beauty of the natural origins,” wrote the architects. “This slender structure is just a minimal intervention of human to nature. Architecture, in this sense, acts as a rope to tighten up the interaction and connection between humans and nature.” + Hung Nguyen Architects Via ArchDaily Images via Hung Nguyen Architects

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How data holds businesses accountable for deforestation

December 30, 2016 by  
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More global businesses are pledging to obtain key commodities from sources that do not contribute to deforestation. Nonprofit groups are deploying data tools that help hold these companies accountable by tracing the origins of everything from soy to timber to beef.

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How U.S. farmers are saving apple pie

December 30, 2016 by  
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A tiny nonprofit in Oregon is working to save the most diverse collection of apples in the nation.

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World’s largest telescope could show us the origins of the universe as soon as 2021

November 13, 2015 by  
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Atop the arid plateau of the Atacama Desert in Chile, the largest telescope in the world broke ground on Wednesday , beginning a project that will last six years and result in unprecedented views of the outer reaches of our solar system . The Giant Magellan Telescope is slated to be operational by 2021, when it will be capable of peering into the deepest of black holes, capturing images that are 10 times clearer than those sent back to Earth by the Hubble space telescope. Magellan represents not just a giant mirror surface, but also a giant leap forward in telescope technology. In fact, scientists believe Magellan just might reveal the origins of the universe. Read the rest of World’s largest telescope could show us the origins of the universe as soon as 2021

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New Oxford Study Reveals the Origins of HIV

October 7, 2014 by  
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A new study published in Science  has traced the origins of the HIV-1 group M pandemic to 1920s Kinshasa, in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. While strains of  HIV are known to have crossed from other primates to humans on a number of occasions, only this particular outbreak has led to a pandemic. Scientists have long wanted to know why this particular strain was able to spread so successfully, when others had petered out. An international team lead by scientists from Oxford University and the University of Leuven reconstructed and examined the genetic history of the virus. This led them to conclude that a “perfect storm” of social factors allowed the virus to break out of Kinshasa in the 1920s and spread around the world. Read the rest of New Oxford Study Reveals the Origins of HIV Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aids , contagious diseases , Democratic Republic of the Congo , DRC , epidemic , hiv , HIV originated in Kinshasa in 1920 , HIV transmission , Kinshasa , pandemic , sexually transmitted diseases , transmissible diseases , urban development

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Aveda goes Full Circle to recycle cosmetics packaging

July 16, 2013 by  
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Aveda joins other cosmetics brands, such as Origins and Lush, in recycling used bottles and tubes into new ones.

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Yoga: It’s Not About Ownership, It’s About Origins

December 7, 2010 by  
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Editor’s note: Though TreeHugger normally writes about the environmental aspects of yoga, over the weekend Jessica wondered whether a religious group can really own yoga , referring to an awareness campaign about the origins of yoga by the Hindu American Foundation . Well, HAF contacted us asking if they could reply to the Jessica’s article, which seemed only fair — even if we’re momentarily deviating from our normal green-themed content. The following is a guest post by Sheetal Shah, Senior Directo…

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Holy $h!t: Beautiful (and Useful) Objects Made from Dung (Slideshow)

April 20, 2010 by  
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Photo via BabyCare Daily Dung may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of high concept design, but enterprising designers all over the world see it differently: With a little ingenuity (and some careful construction) waste from horses, cows, elephants, reindeer, and even dinosaurs turns into watches, jewelry, shoes, and more which–if you can look past their origins–might just earn a place in your home.

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