Helsinki unveils plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2035

March 21, 2018 by  
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Finland’s capital city has unveiled a new plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2035, accelerating the goal by 15 years. The plan, called Carbon Neutral Helsinki 2035 , outlines 143 specific actions that will result in reduced energy consumption and a greater share of renewable energy sources . In a press release, city officials said, “Helsinki’s definition of carbon neutrality is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated within the city borders by 80% and to offset the rest.” The Nordic city currently has a population of 640,000, according to the press release. Although they expect that to grow to 780,000, officials are convinced they can reach their carbon neutral target by taking specific actions to improve energy efficiency, increase renewable uptake, capture and reuse waste energy and improve public transportation . Most of Helsinki’s current greenhouse gas emissions stem from heating. The action plan, co-written with input from various civic organizations, stakeholders and researchers, proposes to reduce the energy consumption of buildings by one-fifth by upgrading infrastructure, enforcing stricter standards, and incorporating both heat recovery and geothermal heating technology . Solar power, despite the city’s northern latitude (slightly further north than Russia’s St Petersburg), is expected to produce sufficient power to cover one-sixth of the city’s overall electricity consumption. Related: Detox your troubles away in this new public sauna built with natural materials By introducing more sustainable transportation, including electric vehicles, the city could cut related greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 69 percent — according to the plan. Esa Nikunen, Director General of Helsinki Environment Services says, “Helsinki can achieve its goal in transportation, which is much stricter than the national goal, owing to the increasing density in our urban structure . Helsinki has excellent opportunities to promote public transportation, walking, and cycling”. Although these long-term goals will take time to implement, the city has already cut their CO2 emissions by 25 percent from 1990 levels, or by 1,000 kilotons per year (kt/a). By 2035, their target is to generate only 700 kt/a, which they will offset. With such progressive, proactive plans in place, it is perhaps little wonder that Finland was recently rated the happiest country on Earth . + Helsinki’s Climate Action Images via DepositPhotos Helsinki 1 , Helsinki 2

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SHoP reveals design for downtown Miami’s proposed “Innovation District”

June 4, 2015 by  
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Often called the Capital of Latin America , Miami has been identified  as the richest city in the United States, the fifth richest globally by purchasing power, yet it lacks key characteristics of a true world city, such as comprehensive public transit and dense development that may attract powerful tech companies. To fill this gap, SHoP Architects and West 8 , in partnership with developer Michael Simkins, have proposed the construction of a four-block “Innovation District,” which incorporates urban density and modern amenities into its design. In the midst of Miami’s current construction boom, the developers hope that the Innovation District will foster the growth of creative technology industries in Miami.   Read the rest of SHoP reveals design for downtown Miami’s proposed “Innovation District” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , downtown miami , innovation district , Miami , Miami Innovation District , mixed-use , shop architects , urban density , Urban design , west 8

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Killing dogs and cats for meat is still legal in 44 U.S. states

June 4, 2015 by  
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China’s massive dog meat festival is an annual source of international outrage, and the Humane Society has recently announced extraordinary successes in helping curb the farming of dogs for human consumption in South Korea—but it’s certainly worthy of note that in much of the United States it is still legal to kill and eat dogs and cats. Yes, really. While it’s illegal for slaughterhouses to handle our canine and feline friends, and it’s also illegal for stores to trade in their carcasses, the vast majority of the U.S. still permits individuals to kill a dog and toss it on the grill. And this has lead over 100,000 people to sign a petition calling on the FDA to enact a strict ban on eating pets. Read the rest of Killing dogs and cats for meat is still legal in 44 U.S. states Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal cruelty , animal cruelty laws , cat meat , China dog meat , dog meat , dog meat petition , eating animals , eating cats , eating dogs , eating pets , jindo dogs , jindo dogs usa , south korea dog meat , united states animal law

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If you want to avoid BPA, avoid these brands like the plague..

June 4, 2015 by  
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I’m often on the lookout for healthy food that travels well, but I’m terrified of canned foods that contain the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA). Clearly, I’m not alone. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released a new report analyzing which brands are still lining their cans with BPA . While the FDA has failed to regulate BPA despite potential health risks associated with the chemical, including increased risk of brain and heart problems, as well as cancer, obesity and attention deficit disorder,  informed consumers are avoiding it. Between January and August last year, EWG surveyed 252 brands produced by 119 companies. They found only 31 brands, or 12 percent of all the brands they sampled, used BPA-free cans for all of their canned products and 34 brands used BPA-free cans for one or more of their canned products. All other brands either use BPA or failed to disclose whether or not they are using it. Read the rest of If you want to avoid BPA, avoid these brands like the plague.. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: avoiding BPA , bisphenol A , bisphenols , BPA , BPA brands , BPA canned food , BPA companies , BPA-free canned foods , BPS , brands that don’t use BPA , canned food with BPA , Environmental Working Group , ewg , food that is bad for your health , healthy food , hormone disrupting chemicals , how to avoid BPA

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Combating Urban Density with Airy Common Space in Bucharest

July 8, 2014 by  
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Population density is a major issue all over the world, and Bucharest is no exception. As the urban core continues to fill with residents, innovative new ideas for living spaces have to follow, and ADN Biru de Architectur? came up with an innovative plan to tackle it: a building that combines small living spaces with larger common areas, with the option of transforming units as the need arises. The Urban Spaces/Dogarilor Apartment Building has large windows all around the building, allowing natural light to permeate into every apartment. The hardwood floors and patios throughout the building were created with sustainable lumber, and the studio’s innovative ideas have helped this project make it to the shortlist for the World Architecture Festival . Read the rest of Combating Urban Density with Airy Common Space in Bucharest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ADN Biru de Architectur? , airy , Architectura , Biru , Bucharest , common space , common spaces , greenhouse , Light , natural light , open concept , population density , romania , shared space , Solar Power , studio , studio apartment , studios , sustainable lumber , sustainable timber , sustainable wood , urban density

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Prefab Sky City: World’s Tallest Tower to Break Ground in June

May 14, 2013 by  
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Vertigo-Inducing Photos of Hong Kong Housing Show Just How Dense It Is

April 3, 2013 by  
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Matterform’s Desktop 3D Scanner is Cheaper than a Tablet

April 3, 2013 by  
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Tech lovers have already been 3D printing everything from ornaments to their own faces with small desktop 3D printers. But now the technology is even more accessible, as low-cost 3D scanners make their way to the market. MakerBot says it has a 3D scanner in the works, but Canadian company Matterform is beating them to the punch, already offering cosnumers the lightweight Photon 3D scanner  at a price that’s cheaper than a tablet. Read the rest of Matterform’s Desktop 3D Scanner is Cheaper than a Tablet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printing technology , 3d scanner , eco design , green design , makerbot , Matterform , Photon 3d Scanner , sustainable design

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Rooftop Running Track Slashes ChiCheng Primary School’s Footprint in China

March 15, 2013 by  
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Hitachi Unveils Smartphone-Operated Autonomous ROPITS Robocar

March 15, 2013 by  
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Turn on your smartphone or tablet, pick a destination on the map and ROPITS self-driving vehicle will do the rest! Hitachi’s new single-seat transport robot was designed to maneuver its way through city streets and sidewalks to pick you up and get you to your desired location. Equipped with GPS and 2D and 3D laser distance sensors , ROPITS can detect obstacles, bumps, and pedestrians and adjust its speed—up to 3.7mph—to arrive safely at any given destination. Read the rest of Hitachi Unveils Smartphone-Operated Autonomous ROPITS Robocar Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automobile industry , Battery powered vehicle , car GPS technology , car lithium ion batteries , car sensors , green technology , green transportation , Hitachi Ropits , Hitachi smart car , japan car technology , Ropits robotic vehicle , Ropits self-driven car , Ropits smart car , Ropits Tsukuba city , vehicle navigation

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