How sustainable designer Bill McDonough is re-fashioning the fashion industry

May 14, 2018 by  
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The best of live interviews from GreenBiz events. This episode: William McDonough and Katrin Ley of Fashion for Good on how they take sustainability in fashion to the molecular level.

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Little fish in some big data

May 14, 2018 by  
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How machine learning and artificial intelligence are shaping the seafood industry.

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‘Acoustic lighthouses’ could warn birds about wind turbines

March 14, 2018 by  
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Birds and humans don’t always co-exist peacefully — each year millions of the small animals fly into buildings, wind turbines , cell towers, and even planes. William & Mary behavioral biologist John Swaddle is working to translate understanding of bird behavior into technology that could hopefully save their lives, including an Acoustic Lighthouse that would guide birds around man-made structures. Here’s how an acoustic lighthouse might work: a directional speaker mounted on a structure like a wind turbine would project a sound warning birds. While flying, birds align their bodies on a horizontal plane for ideal aerodynamics, according to Swaddle . And as their eyes are on the sides of their heads, they’re looking down, not where they’re flying. The sound would essentially prompt them to slow down, and when slowing down, birds lower their tail feathers, moving their bodies “from the horizontal plane to a more vertical position,” according to William & Mary, so they can see the structure and soar around it. Swaddle said, “It’s a bit like someone texting while they’re driving. If you honk your horn at them, they’ll look up.” Related: Painting Wind Turbines Black Could Prevent Thousands of Bird Deaths Every Year “The fundamental knowledge of how birds behave and respond to sound helps us derive these new technologies and solutions,” said Swaddle. He’s also developed a concept called Sonic Nets, intended to disrupt gatherings of birds in places like airports, parking lots, or crop fields. Swaddle recently spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting on reducing strike risk between birds and wind turbines and airplanes , and protecting crops, through an understanding of bird behavior. The journal Integrative and Comparative Biology published a paper written by Swaddle and former William & Mary graduate student Nicole Ingrassia on the acoustic lighthouse concept in 2017. + William & Mary Via Science Magazine Images via DepositPhotos , William & Mary video screengrab

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Why energy justice matters

August 8, 2017 by  
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Hawaii’s Iolani Palace was one of the first in the world to have been lit by electric power. Now that Hawaii is transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy, the state must get to its goal in an equitable and sustainable way that creates pathways for prosperity. “Innovation is in the fabric of this place,” said Shalanda Baker, associate professor of Environmental Law at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law. 

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McDonough’s ‘Living Archive’ advances radical transparency

April 23, 2013 by  
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Stanford University will chronicle the sustainability movement through the eyes of William McDonough via writings, conversations and tweets.    

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Stunning West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre Pops Up in Hong Kong for Chinese New Year

February 12, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Stunning West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre Pops Up in Hong Kong for Chinese New Year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bamboo , bamboo structure , bamboo theatre , china , chinese building , chinese new year , chinese theatre , CL3 , Hong Kong , pop up theatre , West Kowloon Theatre , william lim

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Strawberry Tree Flow: Solar Power Park Invites Passersby to Charge their Gadgets in Belgrade

February 11, 2013 by  
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Strawberry Energy recently unveiled a new solar powered park in Belgrade that invites visitors to charge their mobile devices using the power of the sun. Designed by Tamara Švonja and Vojin Stojadinovi?, Strawberry Tree Flow was created with the help of the City of Belgrade and Mikser organization. The design team says: “Elements are connected by the energy which is visually presented with the pipes holding all modular elements, and through which solar energy flows. It [invites] visitors to explore, track and find a place where solar energy comes to him/her.” + Strawberry Energy 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: Belgrade , green design , green energy , green park , misker organization , renewable energy , Solar Power , Strawberry Energy , Strawberry Tree Flow , Strawberry Tree Flow Solar Park , sustainable design , Tamara Svonja , Urban design , Vojin Stojadinovic

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William Duff Architects Creates Beautifully Efficient Home with Fibonnaci Sequence

January 23, 2013 by  
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Melting of Andean Glaciers Could Cause a Continental Water Crisis in South America

January 23, 2013 by  
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According to a study published in the journal Cryosphere , glaciers in the tropical Andes have shrunk by a whopping 30 to 50 percent since the 1970s.The researchers report that the glaciers are retreating at their fastest rate in the last 300 years as a consequence of global warming , and that at the current rate ice sheets at lower altitudes may completely disappear — which could cause water shortages in communities across South America. Read the rest of Melting of Andean Glaciers Could Cause a Continental Water Crisis in South America Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andes glaciers , Andes melting , Chacaltaya glacier , Climate Change , Cryosphere , global warming , ice sheet melting , ice sheets , ice sheets melting , scientific study , South America glaciers , South America water shortage

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Argo Unveils an Improved ReWalk Suit That Helps Paraplegics Walk Again

January 23, 2013 by  
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Argo Medical Technologies yesterday unveiled a new generation of the ReWalk exoskeleton , a device that enables people with spinal cord injuries to sit, stand and walk. The ReWalk Rehabilitation 2.0 is a redesigned model that features an improved learning interface specially designed to support beginner users and is resizable in order to fit a broader range of patients. Read the rest of Argo Unveils an Improved ReWalk Suit That Helps Paraplegics Walk Again Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Argo Medical Technologies , design for paraplegics , exoskeleton paraplegics , medical innovations , medical technology , motion sensors , patented medical technology , prosthetic devices , ReWalk Exoskeleton , ReWalk Rehabilitation , ReWalk Rehabilitation Suit

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