Ai Weiwei Salvages and Straightens 150 Tons of Rebar From the Sitchuan Earthquake to Create Stunning Art Installation

July 15, 2013 by  
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Study Says Over 2 Million Deaths Worldwide are Due to Air Pollution

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Photo via Shutterstock Poor air quality isn’t just a nuisance — it can actually kill you. A new study conducted by researchers at the  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  estimates that 2 million people lose their lives each year as a result of bad air. The main culprit responsible for heart disease, respiratory problems, and cancer seems to be the amount of particulate matter released as a result of human activity. The study also linked 470,000 deaths annually to ozone that forms when chemicals from factories mingle and react with one another. Read the rest of Study Says Over 2 Million Deaths Worldwide are Due to Air Pollution Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , atmosphere , Beijing , Climate Change , death , east asia , ozone , particulate , Singapore , south asia , university of north carolina at chapel hill        

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Beautifully Renovated Hispasat Office is Wrapped in a Space-Age Solar Facade

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Rather than building a brand new office, Spanish communication satellite company Hispasat chose to renovate their existing headquarters with a stunning perforated facade that actually improves the performance of the existing building. The original circular office building was constructed in the 1970s, and over the last few decades the structure fell out of date while also suffering from excess solar heat gain and glare. To solve the ongoing problems, Herreros Arquitectos proposed adding a new exterior skin that would control solar radiation and illumination while giving the building a space-age aesthetic. Read the rest of Beautifully Renovated Hispasat Office is Wrapped in a Space-Age Solar Facade Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “office building” , “sustainable architecture” , eco design , eco office , facade , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green renovation , herreros arquitectos , high performance facade , hispasa , madrid , new facade , re-skin , refurbishment , reskinning , shade screen , Spain , sun screen , Sustainable Building , sustainable design        

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The World’s Deserts Are Greening from Carbon Dioxide Fertilization

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Thanks to increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, the world’s deserts are getting a little greener through a process called “CO2 fertilization.” Scientists from CSIRO have been taking satellite data of the globe’s arid regions for the past three decades, and they found that there has been an 11 percent increase in foliage from 1982 to 2010 across parts of Australia, North America, the Middle East and Africa. Read the rest of The World’s Deserts Are Greening from Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , arid , australia , australian national university , carbon dioxide , CO2 , co2 fertilization , CSIRO , desert , Middle East , north america , randall donohue        

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