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Architecture That Drives Ecological Innovation

Architecture That Drives Ecological Innovation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A gallery of the buildings that house the industries working to preserve the planet's natural ecology.

 

We constantly hear about the "green revolution" in building, whether it's performative facades that reduce cooling needs or grey water recycling that cuts down on water usage. However, the drive to reduce our environmental impact isn't just about designing the next LEED Gold skyscraper.

Integral to our collective efforts are a unique set of green institutions and industries, all of which require special architecture to function. These organizations not only leave a light ecological footprint, they also find ways for us to do the same: whether reducing carbon emissions or engineering better seeds that can sustain our growing population. 


It's not just green design; it's design that promotes new ways of being green.


Via Lauren Moss
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Lili Dávila's curator insight, August 20, 2013 2:41 PM

LEED is old news, there are new ways of being green. 

Michaela Jansen's curator insight, August 29, 2013 2:48 AM

this is great, i think we all need to step it up and move forward from recycling and substituting materials. "Go big or go home," right? 

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Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth

Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?

 

When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.

 

And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.

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David Collet's curator insight, August 2, 2014 8:26 PM

A thoughtfull read.

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Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash

Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
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Paris cabbies driven to anger by competition from Uber

Paris cabbies driven to anger by competition from Uber | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Renowned for a scarcity of taxis and grumpy drivers, Paris is fertile ground for new transport apps such as Uber, but traditional cabbies are not giving up without a fight.
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Public perception of man-made climate change is at a 10-year high

The British public's belief in the reality of climate change and its humancauses rose last year following the winter floods, and is now at its highest since 2005, according to a new study.
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MedievalDeception 2015: Inhofe Drags Senate Back To Dark Ages

On January 21, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) again displayed the same deception/incompetence that pervaded his book, The Greatest Hoax (2012).
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Missing link in metal physics explains Earth’s magnetic field

Missing link in metal physics explains Earth’s magnetic field | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Earth’s magnetic field is crucial for our existence, as it shields the life on our planet’s surface from deadly cosmic rays. It is generated by turbulent motions of liquid iron in Earth’s core. Iron is a metal, which means it can easily conduct a flow of electrons that makes up an electric current. New findings show a missing piece of the traditional theory explaining why metals become less conductive when they are heated.
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"Holy S@%(!! - Passenger's Reactions to Tesla's Insane Mode

"Holy S@%(!! - Passenger's Reactions to Tesla's Insane Mode | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The thing people do not get about electric cars? They have crazy acceleration. And note the lack of vibration, roar or smoke. More below - Brewster MacCracken of Austin, Texas' Pecan Street Project...
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Students Build Tiny Home for $489

Students Build Tiny Home for $489 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Students build tiny house, one scrap at a time.

 

 Amy Andrews and Ethan Van Kooten had no money. How could they build a house?

 

The Central College students, both environmental studies majors, wanted to build a small, sustainable home for their senior project. They proposed a $3,350 budget — but when no grant money was available, they became scavengers to complete the project as cheaply as possible. With truckloads of reclaimed materials and 10 weeks to build, the students created a house for $489.

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For green, comfortable homes, Mali turns to mud

For green, comfortable homes, Mali turns to mud | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Nubian-style vaulted roof mud homes are surging in popularity in the Sahel

 

Building a house in the poorest villages of southern Mali has for years involved cutting trees for timber frames and struggling to save cash for a corrugated iron roof.

 

Now families are turning to an alternative: Nubian-style domed mud-brick homes that are cheaper, protect fast-vanishing local forests and make homes cooler in the worsening summer heat, experts say.

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Venereal Disease, Taxes, But Not Climate Change: Where Disney Draws The Line On PSAs

Venereal Disease, Taxes, But Not Climate Change: Where Disney Draws The Line On PSAs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Why did Disney refuse to let characters from "Frozen" star in a climate change PSA?
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British belief in climate change on the rise, research finds

British belief in climate change on the rise, research finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Poll finds 15% list climate change as major threat in next two decades, jumping to 29% for people with direct recent experience of flooding
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Scrapping the National Children's Study is a mistake

Scrapping the National Children's Study is a mistake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Environmental health research has confirmed that chronic, low-level exposure to toxins in our environment – including our food, air and water – can have a significant impact on our health. We need to expand…
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Among gut microbes, strains, not just species, matter

Among gut microbes, strains, not just species, matter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A large community of microorganisms calls the human digestive tract home. This dynamic conglomerate of microscopic life forms - the gut microbiome - is vital to how people metabolize various nutrients in their food, how their immune systems react to infection, and how they respond to various medications. ...
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Uber steers anti-taxi idea to become global phenomenon

Uber steers anti-taxi idea to become global phenomenon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unlike many American startups, Uber was not founded in someone's garage, but was conceived instead on a cold night in Paris, when two tech entrepreneurs could not find a taxi.
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Where did the missing oil go? New study says some is sitting on the Gulf floor

Where did the missing oil go? New study says some is sitting on the Gulf floor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After 200 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, the government and BP cleanup crews mysteriously had trouble locating all of it.
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Climate models don't over-predict warming, study shows

Climate models don't over-predict warming, study shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If you listen to climate change skeptics, Earth's surface hasn't warmed appreciably in the last 15 years, and any 'record' set last year is just the result of the planet doing what the planet naturally does.
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Koch Brothers Exposed: Watch Free Documentary on the Fifth Anniversary of Citizens United

Today marks five years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the wrong way on the Citizens United case, allowing unlimited spending by corporations in elections. Protesters in Washington spent the morning disrupting the Supreme Court to register their frustration with the ruling, yelling “overturn
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Can Saudi Arabia Diversify Away From Oil?

Can Saudi Arabia Diversify Away From Oil? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New Economic Cities in Saudi Arabia are being constructed with a view to diversifying the economy away from oil, but the plans might be doomed from the outset…
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Did the Senate's Climate Change Vote Matter?

Did the Senate's Climate Change Vote Matter? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Above, aspiring Republican Senate candidate. Could he be headed for disappointment? I thought last Senate's sideshow vote on "whether Climate Change was real" seemed a bit lame to me, and the resul...
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Fact Checking Science - a New Effort

Fact Checking Science - a New Effort | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
FactCheck.org has a brand new “SciCheck” project, fact-checking science-themed claims by politicians and/or partisans. Here is a sample of their inaugural post, surveying recent statements by high ...
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Call It What You Want, RYNO Is One Tough Eco Machine

Call It What You Want, RYNO Is One Tough Eco Machine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Just what is a RYNO? A bike? Unicycle? Whatever you choose to call it, RYNO Motor's latest creation is not only super cool, its also easy on the planet too.
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10 signs the stars are aligning for a climate deal in Paris

10 signs the stars are aligning for a climate deal in Paris | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Following Al Gore and Pharrell Williams’ Live Earth 2015 announcement, we round up nine other reasons to feel happy ahead of crunch climate talks in Paris in December
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Bee Decline Could Cause Malnutrition In Developing Countries

Bee Decline Could Cause Malnutrition In Developing Countries | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
"The take-home is: pollinator declines can really matter to human health."
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Congress can protect climate and protect jobs

Congress can protect climate and protect jobs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The new Congress could enact a simpler, market-friendly alternative with greater potential to head off catastrophic global warming while creating millions of jobs.
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The coming food disaster - CNN.com

The coming food disaster  - CNN.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Every effort should be made to prevent the introduction of additional herbicide resistant crops.

 

One would expect that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the best interests of the public in mind, but its recent decisions have cast serious doubt upon this assumption.

 

One in particular could have a dramatic impact on the safety of the U.S. food supply: It is the mandate of the EPA to regulate the use of agricultural chemicals like insecticides and herbicides, as well as to determine their allowable limits in food and drinking water.

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