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Winemakers Are Building Houses for Bats to Make Vineyards Greener

Winemakers Are Building Houses for Bats to Make Vineyards Greener | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Attracting the right species can help get rid of vine-munching insects and allow farmers to cut back on pesticides

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A New University Building Design Promotes Sustainable Development In Vietnam

A New University Building Design Promotes Sustainable Development In Vietnam | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Vietnam-based architect firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects designed an environmentally-friendly structure for FPT University that is located about 34 km away from Hanoi.
The façade of the seven-story building is designed to look like a checkerboard, with huge floor trees placed in the openings. The openings also let in lots of natural sunlight, saving on energy.
Measuring at 11,065-square-meters, the structure will also feature a green roof to protect the whole building from too much sunlight.
According to the architects, “the structure is intended to promote sustainable development in Vietnam,” and “instill sustainable practices in the future generations”.


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Andy Nolan's curator insight, August 16, 2014 4:32 AM

University sustainable design in Vietnam:

Norm Miller's curator insight, August 18, 2014 2:14 PM

Again Asia is really showing a lot of innovation.

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Corporate America's sustainability gains 'not enough,' says Ceres

Corporate America's sustainability gains 'not enough,' says Ceres | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fresh analysis of 613 of the largest U.S. companies says incremental progress is a good start — but a new report shows it's time to pick up the pace.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, May 2, 2014 2:15 AM

Most corporations still see sustainability as a "nice to have", not as a critical necessity for their long-term future. "Incremental progress in tackling global climate change and other sustainability threats is simply not enough". We need Pavan Sukhdev's "Corporation 2020" .

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Mindsets and Money: Breaking the Grip of Distorted Economics

Mindsets and Money: Breaking the Grip of Distorted Economics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Some businesses are beginning to expand their focus beyond the surprisingly recent, single-minded obsession with maximizing shareholder value. Yet we haven’t solved the core problem, because the game is fundamentally defined by its rules. And markets, for all their agility and elegance, are massively distorted in several critical ways:..."


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 10, 2014 3:32 PM

Excellent ideas from Gil Friend on the radical business reforms needed to make our economies sustainable.

Eli Levine's curator insight, March 11, 2014 9:24 AM

I've been saying this for a few years now.

 

Money HAS to be put in its place, relative to the biological, social and environmental needs of humanity, in both the short and the long term.  Otherwise, we're going to kill ourselves for what amounts to pieces of cloth rag or digital signatures that we don't honestly need and shouldn't really want, if produced by those methods which kill our society, our environment and, ultimately, ourselves through killing our society and environment.

 

This would all start in the private financial sector which makes the investments and the decisoins as to what gets funded and what doesn't.  Who cares if the return is less, especially if you're still able to make a return?  Why should society and the will of society as expressed through the law tolerate or accept the pathological behavior of a few individuals who have mistaken money for something that they need over their physical, social and environmental needs?

 

Think about it.

 

Because it is a pathological mindset/brain type that's at work here.  It shows in the person's behavior, actions, perspectives and attitudes about all things that relate to them.  They need help, more than anything.  And, I don't think they should have a choice about whether they receive help or not, considering how dangerous their actions are for themselves and the rest of us.

 

Think about it.

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20 Teams to Compete in 2015 U.S. Solar Decathlon

20 Teams to Compete in 2015 U.S. Solar Decathlon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected 20 collegiate teams to participate in the 2015 Solar Decathlon at Irvine, California’s Orange County Great Park. The eight returning teams will compete against 12 new teams, with partners from four international schools, to build “solar-powered, highly energy-efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation, and design excellence” within the allotted two-year period.

View the full list of competitors at the link.


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, February 14, 2014 6:09 PM

Solar Decathlon vuelve a la carga!

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The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies

The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chris Hedges: The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville's ''Moby Dick.''

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, January 27, 2014 2:16 PM

Absolutely brilliant but bleak analysis of the state of our world. Must-read article for all with the courage to see...

Scott A Gibbs's curator insight, January 28, 2014 9:48 AM

Interesting opinions.  Although they are sure to enrage, there needs to be a different discussion about economic development and the metrics by which we measure it.

Artur Alves's curator insight, January 31, 2014 10:54 AM

"Decayed civilizations always make war on independent intellectual inquiry, art and culture for this reason. They do not want the masses to look into the pit. They condemn and vilify the “burnt people”—Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Cornel West. They feed the human addiction for illusion, happiness and hope. They peddle the fantasy of eternal material progress. They urge us to build images of ourselves to worship. They insist—and this is the argument of globalization ¬¬—that our voyage is, after all, decreed by natural law. We have surrendered our lives to corporate forces that ultimately serve systems of death. We ignore and belittle the cries of the burnt people. And, if we do not swiftly and radically reconfigure our relationship to each other and the ecosystem, microbes look set to inherit the earth."

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Sustainability and Innovative Design: Green Homes at the Solar Decathlon

Sustainability and Innovative Design: Green Homes at the Solar Decathlon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Orange County hosted the U.S. Department of Energy's biennial green building event the Solar Decathlon this year, constructing a village of 'solar homes' in Irvine's Great Park, open to the public two weekends in October.

The twenty student-built projects compete in ten contests with specific criteria, ranging from architecture and engineering to communications and energy balance. The individual contest scores are totaled at the end of the competition to determine overall livability, efficiency and affordability, awarding the team with the highest overall score first place.


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J. Francisco Muzard's curator insight, October 28, 2013 6:19 AM

J'approuve ce genre de construction qui, non seulement sont agréables à l'oeil mais qui sont aussi écologiques. Des maisons idéales pour les pays du sud comme au Chili, par exemple...

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Toolkit "Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education"

Toolkit "Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This toolkit is one outcome of a three year project entitled: ‘Hybrid problem based learning: a scalable approach to sustainability education?’ funded by the Higher Education Academy's National Teaching Fellowship Scheme. It is a collaboration between Keele University, the University of Manchester and Staffordshire University. The project aimed to explore effective ways of adapting traditional problem – based learning approaches for the delivery of transformative sustainability education to large student numbers.

 

This toolkit is aimed at educators wishing to learn more about any one of the following areas:

-      traditional and hybrid problem-based learning;

-      delivering less resource intensive PBL;

-      the use of online learning technologies/social media in group-based teaching and learning;

-      education for sustainable development;

-      and, managing student group working dynamics.

 

 

Download the toolkit:http://www.keele.ac.uk/media/keeleuniversity/group/hybridpbl/PBL_ESD_Case%20Study_Bessant,%20et%20al.%202013.pdf


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Professor Who Gave Famous Overpopulation Lecture Over 1,700 Times Dies

Professor Who Gave Famous Overpopulation Lecture Over 1,700 Times Dies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A renowned former physics professor at the University of Colorado Boulder who was famous for a lecture he delivered over 1,700 times died on Saturday at the age of 90. According to The Daily Camera, he had been diagnosed with lymphoma.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, September 11, 2013 3:39 PM

Death of one of the world's greatest sustainability thinkers - "The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function"

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California's Unusual Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases

California's Unusual Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The state is relying on cities to figure out how to cut emissions in their region. Will it work?

 

When California’s S.B. 375 was passed in 2008, there were many skeptics. The law aimed to get metropolitan regions around the state to cut greenhouse gas emissions through changes to development form and transportation. 

In 2011, the California Air Resources Board set GHG emissions reduction targets by metro region for passenger vehicles and 18 Metropolitan Planning Organizations were then to develop "sustainable community strategies," with integrated transportation, housing, and community development.

The idea was that smart, sustainable community design, coordinated with transportation systems that integrated walkability, bicycles, and next generation public transit, could really make a difference. It's honestly much too soon to tell whether this will work. But here's a quick look at three prominent metropolitan regions and their responses to this mandate.


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Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium / BIG

Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium / BIG | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

From the architect. BIG conceived a large multifunctional space that could be used for sports, graduation ceremonies and social events.The new hall comprises a sunken 1,100 m2 space, placed five meters (16.5 feet) below the ground in the center of the school’s courtyard, ensuring a good indoor climate, low environmental impact and high architectural quality.

The exterior wooden decked surface consists of untreated oak wood and white enamel coated steel benches, also designed by BIG. The only light sources at night are the benches and BIG designed seating which are outfitted with tiny LED lights beneath lighting up the entire courtyard.The edge of the roof is designed as a long social bench, its lattice design ensures the penetration of daylight below. Solar panels placed strategically around the existing buildings provide heat for the hall.


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Saving the East Indian sandalwood tree - AoB Blog

Saving the East Indian sandalwood tree - AoB Blog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
East Indian sandalwood tree is highly endangered due to over exploitation.

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China's Sustainable Cave Hotel Under Construction

China's Sustainable Cave Hotel Under Construction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Construction has started on a cave hotel resort by Atkins that will nestle into the rockface of an abandoned water-filled quarry near Shanghai, China.

Once complete, the hotel will offer around 400 rooms, as well as conference facilities, a banquet hall, restaurants, a swimming pool and a water-sports centre.

The building will use geothermal technologies to generate its own electricity and lighting, while greenery will blanket a roof that extends just two storeys above the edge of the quarry.

 

Sustainability is integral to Atkins' design of this unique resort, built into an abandoned, water-filled quarry.


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Joram Walukamba's comment, July 3, 2013 7:43 AM
awesome ....
linh pham's curator insight, October 7, 2014 11:47 PM

A new hotel gonna be built near Shanghai, China which will call with a name ' Cave hotel'. This new hotel will have a shape like a waterfall in the middle of two buildings of hotel. A great ideal hotel will come up in the future make the guest really interested included me, it uses geothermal technologies to generate its own electricity. It is really a great hotel but what i consider is this hotel will be built in among the environment and it will be affect directly to the environment which many protecter want to protect the environment. Waster will be a problem with this hotel because there is no water factory near there. The idea of this hotel is great but it will create many problems to some objecter like green environment. I don't think this hotel can build and success in the future. 

india cox's curator insight, May 6, 12:23 AM

Geothermal is such a good alternative energy source. i hope more hotels can follow this kind of innovation. Using an old quarry is a brilliant idea. By using an area that probably wouod not have been used otherwise its a fantastic way to use the natural environment as a part of the hotel. Having sustainability as part of their mission is a great idea!

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Sustainable Design: The Holcim Foundation Names 13 Winners in North America

Sustainable Design: The Holcim Foundation Names 13 Winners in North America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The triennial competition awarded $330,000 to projects that the design jury determined as pushing the envelope of sustainability.

Because the cutting edge in sustainable design is constantly edging forward, building technologies that were deemed innovative a decade ago have become standard in architecture. To celebrate the latest thinking in design performance and efficiency, the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, based in Zurich, Switzerland, announced the recipients of its 2014 Holcim Awards for North America on Sept. 18. About 250 people attended the awards ceremony, which was held in the Evergreen Brick Works event space—itself a 2008 Holcim Acknowledgement prize winner—in Toronto.


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A Farming Kindergarten in Vietnam with a Spiraling Green Roof

A Farming Kindergarten in Vietnam with a Spiraling Green Roof | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In Dongnai, Vietnam, Vo Trong Nghia Architects has completed the construction of ‘farming kindergarten’, a large pre-school designed to accommodate up to 500 children. The project is envisioned as a model of sustainability set within the tropical climate, allowing the school’s young inhabitants to understand the importance of sustainable education and design.

A fully accessible green roof drawn in a triple-ring-shape creates three courtyards enclosed by the looping structure, providing safe and secure playgrounds for the kindergarten’s occupants. The different levels and gradients created by the building’s spiral form offer a series of distinct outdoor learning environments, where children are able to forge a close relationship with the natural world.


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, May 5, 2014 6:14 PM

Patios ajardinados en una cubierta con distintos niveles para el recreo de los niños.

Ati Energia's curator insight, May 6, 2014 10:30 AM

Sustainability in Vietnam and educating children at the kinder garden level. 

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What We Know: American scientists' warning on climate chaos

What We Know: American scientists' warning on climate chaos | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What We Know helps us understand the science behind the realities, risks and response to the climate challenge.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 18, 2014 1:58 PM

The scientific community is getting more vocal and outspoken(about time), but the more policy makers will understand what they will need to do (questioning the Western way of life), the more they will hide themselves in ideology and denial.

Eli Levine's curator insight, March 18, 2014 4:33 PM

The whole thing is about to break down, unless there is a significant coup against the existing private interests and their hold on policy makers' decisions.

 

One has to wonder how mentally healthy these people are who think that wealth is more valuable than health, regardless of the reasoning or justification for that wealth.

 

Think about it.

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3 tips for companies to reduce carbon in their supply chains [infographic]

3 tips for companies to reduce carbon in their supply chains  [infographic] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Cutting carbon is not just about reducing emissions. The bulk of the problem lies along the supply chain, which should be meaningfully engaged.

The corporate sector is facing some stark and irrefutable truths regarding climate change.

First, at over 400 parts per million, atmospheric carbon is skyrocketing. If large companies are going to achieve their carbon reduction targets, it's imperative that they engage their supply base.

Visit the link for three top tips on how to kick-off doing so.


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Self-Sufficient Sub-Biosphere Designed to House 100 People Under the Sea

Self-Sufficient Sub-Biosphere Designed to House 100 People Under the Sea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Phil Pauley's Sub-Biosphere 2 is a self sustaining underwater city for 100 inhabitants.

London designer Phil Pauley is a modern day Jules Verne who has spent the past 20 years designing an underwater city . For Pauley, Sub-Biosphere 2 is a viable structure he hopes to see built in his lifetime. The self-sustaining, futuristic biosphere is designed to house 100 inhabitants underwater, and it’s the latest in a slew of projects that aim to ease housing shortages for a growing global population...


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Catherine Devin's curator insight, February 6, 2014 7:11 AM

Une utopie ?

Un lieu de curiosité et de villégiature temporaire ?

A quel prix environnemental ?

Il nous reste aussi des réserves de créativité pour construire des logements pour tous à terre.

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Newlight Technologies Produces AirCarbon Plastic From CO2

Newlight Technologies Produces AirCarbon Plastic From CO2 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"In recent years, the desire to emulate botanical processes for environmental benefit has inspired "design similes," such as cities that behave like forests, buildings that act as trees, or products that operate like plants. Although such comparisons serve to promote ideal goals, they are difficult to put into actual practice. Irvine, Calif.-based Newlight Technologies has found a way to achieve the latter objective, with a plastic that is made by mimicking the material production method of plants. AirCarbon is a type of polyester that is made from air rather than oil. Like plants, Newlight's "GHG-to-Plastic" process captures CO2 from the air, and isolates the carbon and oxygen elements. The company then polymerizes C and O and reassembles them into a long-chain thermopolymer. The resulting plastic is biodegradable, recyclable in multiple stages, and has programmable compostability."


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10 Noteworthy Sustainable Homes

10 Noteworthy Sustainable Homes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

From solar power and recycled materials to thermal energy and rooftop gardens, these 10 homes are both inspiring and functional models for sustainable living.


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Frédéric Liégeois's comment, October 18, 2013 2:59 AM
Très, comment dirais-je, ... vertical!
James Hurt's curator insight, October 18, 2013 10:16 AM

love it

Frank Spencer's curator insight, October 18, 2013 1:00 PM

I never stop being amazed at the incredible creativity that todays architects come up with

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Going Green at the Great Park: Solar Decathlon 2013

Going Green at the Great Park: Solar Decathlon 2013 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

For the first time since its inception in 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon is being held at a location other than the mall in Washington D.C.

The competition challenges collegiate teams to 'design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive', and the twenty projects featured this year do just that by showcasing innovative green building technologies, products and strategies that visitors can incorporate into their own homes.


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JMS1kiddz's curator insight, October 1, 2013 7:17 PM

-Nonhlanhla Mahlobisa

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Passion House prefab: 400 square feet of Nordic design

Passion House prefab: 400 square feet of Nordic design | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This series will enter into fierce and competitive prefab market. It is designed to fulfill the energy consuption requirements in nordic countries, even snow load requirements up to 3 kN. Houses are equipped with high standard ventilation systems, full automation and management systems, they are designed to utilize a solar heating during spring and autumn, have shelter from sun during summer months, thus not requiring a cooling system. Used building materials are in most parts wood, walls are vapour permeable and facades are ventilated. Structural frame is made of glulam, walls have rockwool insulation, internal walls are made of cross-laminated-timber panels, windows are wood-aluminium and furniture is either painted or laminated MDF boards.

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Frédéric Liégeois's curator insight, August 28, 2013 5:39 PM

Un faux air du nouveau projet présenté par Starck récemment...

Alysyn Curd's curator insight, August 28, 2013 8:10 PM

This is what I call, "Innovation realized," which is what design/engineering is all about. I'm inspired. What design inspires you?

 

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Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium / BIG

Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium / BIG | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

From the architect. BIG conceived a large multifunctional space that could be used for sports, graduation ceremonies and social events.The new hall comprises a sunken 1,100 m2 space, placed five meters (16.5 feet) below the ground in the center of the school’s courtyard, ensuring a good indoor climate, low environmental impact and high architectural quality.

The exterior wooden decked surface consists of untreated oak wood and white enamel coated steel benches, also designed by BIG. The only light sources at night are the benches and BIG designed seating which are outfitted with tiny LED lights beneath lighting up the entire courtyard.The edge of the roof is designed as a long social bench, its lattice design ensures the penetration of daylight below. Solar panels placed strategically around the existing buildings provide heat for the hall.


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Often Overlooked, Taiwan and New Jersey Lead the Race to Sustainability

Often Overlooked, Taiwan and New Jersey Lead the Race to Sustainability | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Sustainability occurs at the community level and the international level all at once. Countries and individuals share what works. Twenty-years of cooperation between Taiwan and the United States bore fruit in 2009 with Taiwan’s Low Carbon and Sustainable Homeland program, modeled after Sustainable Jersey. The two programs, which seek to generate participation at the municipal and community level, were the major topic at the Woodrow Wilson Center Event, From Sustainable Communities to Global Pollution Challenges: Twenty Years of U.S.-Taiwan Environmental Cooperation. Low Carbon and Sustainable Homeland is as much a bottom-up as a top-down approach, through voluntary measures induced by incentives as well as publicity. In 2011, 52 demonstration communities joined in, and in 2014 six low-carbon demonstration cities will be participating. By 2020, said Minister Stephen Shu-hung Shen of the Environmental Protection Agency of Taiwan, the long race between communities will be fully underway, and he “hopes all townships and cities will be lined up to run.” The marathon toward sustainability, then, is still in the formative stages. Two often-overlooked places are leading the way: New Jersey and Taiwan.


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SHADE: A Solar Home Adapts for Sustainable Desert Living

SHADE: A Solar Home Adapts for Sustainable Desert Living | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Team ASUNM, a collaborative effort between Arizona State University and University of New Mexico, has come together to address the inefficiencies of urban sprawl and to create a model for sustainable desert living, dubbed SHADE (Solar Home Adapting for Desert Equilibrium), which is an entry in the Solar Decathlon 2013 competition that takes place on October 3-13, 2013 in Irvine, California.

 

Using external vertical screens and a solar canopy for shade, the SHADE home experiences a stable, consistent temperature with the use of a radiant cooling system used alongside an air cooling unit. Team ASUNM is exploring the residential application of thermal storage to chill water at night to create ice that cools a glycol solution during the day.


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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, July 18, 2013 4:15 AM

Exploring the deserts as a place to live may be a trend for the next decades or centuries. Here is one of the best approaches

 

Pedro Barbosa | www.pbarbosa.com | www.harvardtrends.com | www.theendoffacebook.com

gawlab's curator insight, July 18, 2013 3:28 PM

would love to know about existence of such solutions in Africa..

http://youtu.be/3AvjpnYE1gQ