Cost and freight: Can we afford to have cargo ships emitting boatloads of carbon?

January 15, 2019 by  
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International shipping is one of the worst climate change contributors — but there’s minimal accountability on the high seas for emissions.

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The compelling case for electrifying Santa’s ‘sleigh’

December 21, 2018 by  
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Because the vast majority of trips by delivery vehicles are within a 100-mile range, electric trucks are an incredibly viable option for delivering holiday packages.

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Farmers know climate change is real — can they fight it?

December 21, 2018 by  
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While dismal farm economics — and shrinking conservation funds — make it hard to find the funds, a growing number of farmers are ready to make critical changes.

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This museum is carved into the seaside sand dunes of China’s Gold Coast

December 18, 2018 by  
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International firm  OPEN Architecture has unveiled a stunning museum embedded into the sand dunes along China’s Gold Coast. At 10,000 square feet, the UCCA Dune Art Museum is a massive structure, but its all-white cladding and various low, curved volumes tucked deep into the rolling landscape give the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) a modern yet unassuming character. Located on the coast of northern China’s Bohai Bay, the museum was a labor of love for the architects, who spent three years carefully crafting the design to be as much a work of art as the museum’s collection. Embedding the structure into the sand dunes was a strategic decision to help protect the landscape from over-development. Related: Martian tiny home prototype champions zero waste and self sufficiency “The decision to create the art museum underneath the dunes surrounding it was born out of both the architects’ deep reverence for nature and their desire to protect the vulnerable dune ecosystem, formed by natural forces over thousands of years,” said the project description. “Because of the museum, these sand dunes will be preserved instead of leveled to make space for ocean-view real estate developments, as has happened to many other dunes along the shore.” The unique space is comprised of various pod-like structures whose curved volumes were made possible thanks to small linear wood strips bent into shape. During the construction, the architects collaborated with local workers from Qinhuangdao, many of whom are former shipbuilders. The architects paid their respect to the handcrafted labor by leaving the imperfect textures of the formwork visible. Covered in concrete and painted a stark white, the museum’s multiple roofs are finished with sand . This feature not only helped connect the design to the natural landscape, but it also helps to reduce solar gain on the interior. Additionally, the museum is equipped with a low-energy, zero-emissions ground source heat pump that keeps the building cool during the searing summer months. Embedded into the rolling sand dunes, the curvaceous volumes house the museum’s 10 galleries. Visitors to the museum enter through a long, dark tunnel and small reception area. Further into the structure, the exhibition spaces are made up of immense cave-like rooms clad in raw concrete. Throughout the interior, large cutouts in the roof and multiple skylights of varying sizes flood the galleries with natural light . A large spiral staircase leads visitors from the underground galleries up to the museum’s open-air viewing platform as well as a cafe space. Here, guests can enjoy the stunning views of the sea. + OPEN Architecture Via Archpaper Photography by Wu Qingshan via Open Architecture

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Curbing CAFE and zero-emissions standards wouldn’t mean the end of plug-ins

November 6, 2018 by  
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Long vehicle design cycles and mandates beyond the U.S. border will continue to fuel progress.

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Arguing the case for certified sustainability zones

November 6, 2018 by  
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An idea for bringing multicapitalism to the masses.

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4 factors to energize a corporate renewable energy program

November 6, 2018 by  
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Ark of history? Meet the completely circular car named Noah

July 23, 2018 by  
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Dutch engineers and oil giant Total unveil recyclable, bio-based electric vehicle that they claim is 100 percent recyclable.

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Right state of mine: How mining can bring clean energy to the developing world

June 28, 2018 by  
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Energy usage in extractions is notoriously unsustainable, which presents a new opportunity for local communities.

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Hiding in plain sight: The carbon cost of everyday products

June 28, 2018 by  
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Richer nations may import the products, but they’re not held accountable for the emissions.

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