Dutch engineers test floating island to combat rising sea levels

August 8, 2017 by  
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It’s no secret that sea levels are rising and land is becoming even more scarce. This is particularly sobering in the Netherlands , where two-thirds of the country dips below sea level . Fortunately, Dutch engineers are already developing solutions, including a “floating mega-island” comprised of 87 floating triangles tethered to the ocean floor. Engineers from the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) revealed the prototype of the design in a bid to entice investors. The floating island concept, which is made up of triangles composed of wood and polystyrene , was tested out in a water tank, complete with simulated wind and waves. MARIN’s goal for the future is to see the floating islands grow to 5 kilometers or 3.1 miles. The space will be large enough for a city-sized settlement of homes, farms , parks, recreational areas, and ports. As IFLScience reports, it would also be an ideal setting for sustainable energy projects that require access to the sea. Offshore wind farms, tidal energy, wave energy and floating solar panels would power the mega island. Related: Amazing Dutch Windwheel is a green energy generator you can live in Olaf Waals, project manager and designer of the concept at MARIN, said in a statement, “In a time of rising sea levels, overpopulated cities, and an increasing number of activities at sea, raising dikes and spraying of sand may not be the most effective solution. Floating ports and cities are an innovative alternative that fits the Dutch maritime tradition.” Though there are numerous obstacles to developing the floating island concept, Waals told AFP News Agency that both he and the Institute are confident the project will be feasible — as well as necessary — within the next 10 to 20 years. Waals told the Dutch newspaper Telegraaf that faced with rising sea levels and a lack of space, “the Netherlands will have to divert back towards the water.” Via CNN Images via MARIN

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This Frank Lloyd Wright house on a heart-shaped island could be yours – for a cool $15 million

August 8, 2017 by  
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Do you dream of island living and Frank Lloyd Wright homes? We’ve found the perfect property for you. Located on the 11-acre, heart-shaped Petra Island in New York’s Putnam County is a six bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom abode designed by the famous architect himself. Chilton & Chadwick just listed the incredible property with a price tag of $14.92 million. Every aspect of the triangular home bears Wright’s signature design. Even modern improvements made by Joe Massaro, who purchased the house in 1995, don’t take away from the Wright’s initial vision; rather, they add to it. Apartment Therapy reports that Massaro spent several years upgrading the property, and part of his efforts included expanding the main residence as Wright outlined in blueprints. Throughout his renovations, Massaro felt compelled to stay true to Wright’s design aesthetic. In fact, he claims an interest in architectural detail was inspired by his time on the island. A tour through the home reveals boulder stones decorating the concrete walls, a 1950s retro kitchen and a geometric skylight, designed like a maze of triangles, hovering near the center of the home. Related: Frank Lloyd Wright architecture school grad built this beautiful desert shelter for $2K There’s more to be dazzled by than the interior; the cottage also offers stunning views of Lake Mahopac. With a guest house, tea house and a dock on the premise, it’s the perfect family vacation spot. Thanks to a wraparound patio and huge windows, it’s easy to forget one is just a short flight away from Manhattan . If leaving in a hurry, residents can take advantage of the rooftop helipad (helicopter not included) and make it to the Westchester County Airport in just 4.5-minutes. In an interview with Mansion Global , Massaro revealed that some of his inspiration was received while he was sleeping. In fact, he claims Wright visited him in a dream and shared the idea for custom-colored lighting. “I said, ‘Well Frank told me to do it,’” said Massaro. ”Detail was not is in my DNA until I stepped out on that island.” Whatever inspired the renovations in line with Wright’s work, we’re glad, for it’s an absolutely breathtaking property. + Chilton & Chadwick Via Apartment Therapy Images via Chilton & Chadwick

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Earth’s population just hit 7.5 billion people

May 15, 2017 by  
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Over 7.5 billion people now reside on planet Earth , according to the World Population Clock . But with more people could comes less access to resources like food and energy . A global population of 7.5 billion people has far-reaching repercussions – including increased greenhouse gas emissions , strained food supplies, and increased total consumption, according to Charity organization Population Matters . Population Matters says that population growth could keep some countries in poverty , and it intrudes on land needed by wildlife . Head of Campaigns Alistair Currie told edie.net , “We will see cutthroat competition for shrinking resources which will include not just fossil fuels but productive land and water, pushing prices up not just for consumers but for the businesses and industries which need them too. Huge potential markets like much of sub-Saharan Africa will be stuck in poverty and we’ll see political instability arising from population and migration pressures, including conflict over resources.” China has the most people in one country; 1.38 billion people live there. India is next with 1.34 billion, followed by the United States with 326 million. The United Nations thinks our global population will hit 10 billion people by the year 2056. Related: Scientists say the world is “one crop breeding cycle away from starvation” Currie warned that while businesses may see increased global population as the opportunity to gain more customers, too much growth won’t be good for our planet – or business. He said, “Growth cannot continue indefinitely on a finite planet and fewer consumers is ultimately better for all of us. Business must start recognizing and adapting to that reality. With action now, we can limit population growth and eventually reach sustainable levels.” We’re currently using up the resources of 1.6 Earths , and we’ll need 3 Earths by 2050 unless we can alter our consumption patterns. + Population Matters Via edie Images via Stròlic Furlàn – Davide Gabino on Flickr and McKay Savage on Flickr

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Earth’s population just hit 7.5 billion people

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Over 7.5 billion people now reside on planet Earth , according to the World Population Clock . But with more people could comes less access to resources like food and energy . A global population of 7.5 billion people has far-reaching repercussions – including increased greenhouse gas emissions , strained food supplies, and increased total consumption, according to Charity organization Population Matters . Population Matters says that population growth could keep some countries in poverty , and it intrudes on land needed by wildlife . Head of Campaigns Alistair Currie told edie.net , “We will see cutthroat competition for shrinking resources which will include not just fossil fuels but productive land and water, pushing prices up not just for consumers but for the businesses and industries which need them too. Huge potential markets like much of sub-Saharan Africa will be stuck in poverty and we’ll see political instability arising from population and migration pressures, including conflict over resources.” China has the most people in one country; 1.38 billion people live there. India is next with 1.34 billion, followed by the United States with 326 million. The United Nations thinks our global population will hit 10 billion people by the year 2056. Related: Scientists say the world is “one crop breeding cycle away from starvation” Currie warned that while businesses may see increased global population as the opportunity to gain more customers, too much growth won’t be good for our planet – or business. He said, “Growth cannot continue indefinitely on a finite planet and fewer consumers is ultimately better for all of us. Business must start recognizing and adapting to that reality. With action now, we can limit population growth and eventually reach sustainable levels.” We’re currently using up the resources of 1.6 Earths , and we’ll need 3 Earths by 2050 unless we can alter our consumption patterns. + Population Matters Via edie Images via Stròlic Furlàn – Davide Gabino on Flickr and McKay Savage on Flickr

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Several scientists predict the apocalypse will occur uncomfortably soon

May 2, 2017 by  
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Are humans an endangered species ? Some scientists think so. Author Phil Torres wrote a piece for Salon detailing evidence from various sources – from climate change data to a recent article by theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking – showing the possibility of an apocalypse that could occur in some of our lifetimes. Torres said, “We are in a unique moment of human history, one marked by an exceptionally high probability of disaster.” Climate change isn’t the only issue humanity must contend with today. Overpopulation , ocean acidification, antibiotic resistance , and the potential of a global pandemic threaten us. In a December 2016 article for The Guardian , Hawking said, “Now, more than at any time in our history, our species needs to work together…we are at the most dangerous moment in the development of humanity. We now have the technology to destroy the planet on which we live, but have not yet developed the ability to escape it.” And all of this while an anti-intellectual president sits in the White House. Related: Scientists say we have 10 years to save Earth Donald Trump’s election prompted The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to move the Doomsday Clock’s minute hand 30 seconds closer to midnight – the closest it’s been since 1953. In a New York Times article , scientists Lawrence Krauss and David Titley wrote their organization made the move because Trump had pledged to impede progress on climate change action and nuclear proliferation. They aren’t the only scientists predicting disaster. Microbiologist Frank Fenner, whose work helped defeat smallpox, said in 2010 “humans will probably be extinct within 100 years, because of overpopulation, environmental destruction , and climate change.” Biologist Neil Dawe said it wouldn’t surprise him if the generation following him saw the end of humanity. Ecologist Guy McPherson went so far as to say humanity could be extinct by 2026 . But we don’t have to go the way of the dinosaurs just yet. Hawking said humanity must break down barriers inside and outside nations, and help equip people for a changing economy with training and financial support. He said he is an optimist for our species, but elites must learn lessons from 2016 – and “above all a measure of humility.” Via Salon Images via David Blackwell. on Flickr and Lwp Kommunikáció on Flickr

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INFOGRAPHIC: What’s Ahead for an Overpopulated Planet

October 23, 2014 by  
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Right now there are 7 billion people on the planet and that number keeps growing. To support that many people, the planet’s natural resources have been stretched to capacity. Now add 3 billion more people to that total and you have a picture of what the future holds. By 2050 there could be a total of 10 billion people on the planet – that’s a lot of people and a massive amount of resources. Keeping 10 billion people alive on the planet could require an astonishing three Earth’s worth of resources to supply enough water, energy and food necessary for survival. So what does the future hold for an overpopulated world? Norwich University  explains it all with this fascinating infographic . Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: What’s Ahead for an Overpopulated Planet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: food resources , Norwich University , Norwich University Infographic , overpopulation , Overpopulation Infographic , population increase , Population Infographic , population planet resources , population resources , Water Resources

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Refold Cardboard Standing Desks Let You Customize Your Workspace in Style

October 23, 2014 by  
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Most of us already know the many  benefits of standing desks , but buying new office furniture  can get expensive. These standing desks by Refold are an ideal solution, as they’re lightweight and portable, so they can be assembled in just a few seconds and then tucked away when no longer in use. Refold desks are 100 percent recyclable, weigh just 6.5 kg (14 lbs), and fold up into a self-contained carry case. Additionally, as cardboard is an ideal drawing/painting surface, you can customize your desk with whatever unique designs will inspire you during your work day . Since manufacturing items locally is far more sustainable than shipping around the world, this New Zealand-based company will be manufacturing their desk in the USA for American Kickstarter campaign supporters. They’ve already doubled their Kickstarter goal, but you can order your own standing desk now. + Refold’s Kickstarter Campaign + Refold  Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cardboard , cardboard desk , cardboard desks , Cardboard Standing Desk , Crowdfunding , Desk , desks , foldable desk , kickstarter , kickstarter campaign , portable desk , portable standing desk , Refold , standing desk , standing desks , standing furniture , Transforming Furniture

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Sewage Water: Silicon Valley’s Answer to California’s Deepening Drought

October 23, 2014 by  
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In response to California’s deepening drought, officials are turning to transforming sewage into potable water . The Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center , which opened this summer, may be the state’s best ammunition against chronic water shortages. With an intense microfiltration system in place, the $72 million facility turns wastewater into high quality drinking water. Read the rest of Sewage Water: Silicon Valley’s Answer to California’s Deepening Drought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: blackwater , California , california drought , eco design , green design , recycled sewage , recycled wastewater , silicon valley , Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center , sustainable design , wastewater recycling

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South Miami Wants to Secede From Florida Due to the State’s Climate Change Apathy

October 23, 2014 by  
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What do you do if your state is ignoring the threat of climate change and putting your home and family in peril? Well, if you’re a group of officials from South Miami , you take matters into your own hands and pass a proposal to secede from northern Florida and attempt to make a difference on your own! Read the rest of South Miami Wants to Secede From Florida Due to the State’s Climate Change Apathy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , flooding , florida , global warming , rising sea levels , south florida , south miami , South Miami wants to secede from Florida , storms , tornados

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The Undulating Infinity Centre Unifies a School Campus With a Central Library

October 23, 2014 by  
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