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The Modern Seaweed House Brings Old and New Together

The Modern Seaweed House Brings Old and New Together | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This beautiful house located on Danish island Læsø is 100 square meters and is suitable for two families. Architecture studio Vandkunsten decided to bring back to life old method of using seaweed in housing, characteristic for the local architecture of island. The effective insulation – seaweed! – makes it possible to live in the house year-round.

In contrast to the historic houses, the Modern Seaweed House is more contemporary in its expression. The visible seaweed has been stuffed into bolsters made of net knitted in strong wool. The bolsters are attached to the roof in overlapping runs and, in smaller scale, mounted on the façades using the same method.


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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's curator insight, August 17, 2013 3:20 AM

I have bathed in seaweed and would never have guessed it could be used in house building!! Love this house! Would love to build and live in one in the West of Ireland!

Trista Etherton's curator insight, August 17, 2013 4:30 PM

Truly amazing

Jean B. Wlodarczyk's comment, August 19, 2013 1:09 PM
La maison caméleon qui se fond dans la nature?
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The Climate Denial Machine: Inside the ALEC Universe

The Climate Denial Machine: Inside the ALEC Universe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Although the far right, in sheer numbers, represents only a small fraction of the American people, they punch well above their weight legislatively, due to fanatical organizations built up by true believers over decades, and limitless funding provided by deep pocketed foundations, corporations, and individuals.

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The hype cycle: How the oil and gas industry manipulates investors and the public

The hype cycle: How the oil and gas industry manipulates investors and the public | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What would you expect them to say?That's the question you should ask whenever spokespersons for the oil and gas industry (or fake think tanks funded by the industry or analysts whose bread is buttered by the industry) announce a new find that is going...
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30 Texas Towns Will Be Out of Water, Because: Fracking

30 Texas Towns Will Be Out of Water, Because: Fracking | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Natural gas is claimed to promise cleaner, more efficient combustion than its petroleum-based competition, but getting natural gas out of the ground through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) can be far more environmentally menacing than getting oil.
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Residents Of Mayflower, Arkansas Look Back On Pegasus Pipeline Spill

Residents Of Mayflower, Arkansas Look Back On Pegasus Pipeline Spill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lies, misinformation from corporations and public officials, and silence. That's what residents of Mayflower, Arkansas say they're fighting against in trying to ascertain and clean up the damage caused by the spring's ExxonMobil oil spill.
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Business Lobby's Big Spending Backfires

Business Lobby's Big Spending Backfires | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a political powerhouse that tops spending on lobbying in Washington year after year. In the past two elections, the pro-business group doled out $69.5 million to send candidates to Congress.
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Our Ministry of Planning

Our Ministry of Planning | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In much of the rest of the world, renewable energy is advancing at a faster pace because national policy requires utilities to buy it. But here, it's the Army that's at the cutting edge. (When the Department of Energy backs green energy startups, the failures get the glare of Republican publicity, not the successes.)

 

When you think about it, ever since World War II our closet planning ministry, Keynesian purchaser of last resort, even laboratory for social innovation, has been the military.

 

It wasn't Al Gore who pioneered the Internet. It was DARPA, the military's advanced projects agency. America has a huge trade deficit, but one of the sectors where we're still a world leader is aircraft -- much of whose technological lead was financed by Pentagon purchases.

 

Within the executive branch, one of the recognized leaders on the issue of climate change and sea level rise is, not surprisingly, the Navy. Even during the Bush Administration with its preponderance of deniers in high places, the Navy insisted that climate change was both real and man-made, and devoted resources to it. Why does the Navy care? 

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The Battle Over Global Warming Is All in Your Head | TIME.com

The Battle Over Global Warming Is All in Your Head | TIME.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Despite the fact that more people now acknowledge that climate change represents a significant threat to human well-being, this has yet to translate into any meaningful action.
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Coastal cities face $1tn floods by 2050

Coastal cities face $1tn floods by 2050 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
On present trends the world's largest coastal cities will by 2040 be suffering flood damage costing 0.7% of the value of the entire world economy in 2012.
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Flood insurance scheme overlooks climate change, warns LSE

Flood insurance scheme overlooks climate change, warns LSE | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New report from Grantham Institute says Flood Re proposals fail to take account of rising flood risk caused by global warming
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NRC sets meeting on improvements at shutdown Fort Calhoun nuclear plant

NRC sets meeting on improvements at shutdown Fort Calhoun nuclear plant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Representatives of  long-shuttered Fort Calhoun nuclear plant will meet with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Aug. 27  to discuss plans for operational improvements, should the plant win approval to restart.
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The Tyee – Is Bill McKibben Making the Climate Change Fight Harder?

The Tyee – Is Bill McKibben Making the Climate Change Fight Harder? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Observers worry about missed opportunities in the environmentalist's anti-Keystone XL campaign.
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San Luis Reservoir 17 percent full, causing Silicon Valley water problems

San Luis Reservoir 17 percent full, causing Silicon Valley water problems | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This San Luis Reservoir along Highway 152 between Gilroy and Los Banos -- the largest off-stream reservoir in the world -- sits just 17 percent full and its problems are flowing into Silicon Valleys drinking water.
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A Breathing Earth: Watch the World's Seasonal "Heartbeat" from Outer Space

A Breathing Earth: Watch the World's Seasonal "Heartbeat" from Outer Space | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Each year we experience our normal seasons of hot and cold. Winter brings snow to many of us, and in summer, often blazing hot temperatures and beach days.

John Nelson has given us a new vision of this familiar cycle in the form of a simple GIF… but the result is mesmerizing for its profound demonstration of these cycles upon our lives and the world processes it clearly illustrates.

Nelson used cloudless imagery from the NASA Visible Earth team. He took their flat graphics showing each month of the year and wrapped them around a spherical globe. Then he added some effects like coloration, atmospheric haze, and month information.

What we see as a result, is the Earth’s seasonal heartbeat on display as never before. The northern hemisphere’s massive snowpack as it rolls into winter and the vegetation of the world drying and greening as the seasons pass.

View the animated globe at the link...


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Marsha Carmichael RMT, Reiki, EFT's curator insight, August 22, 2013 2:23 PM

Ohhhh....  This tickled my brain and caused tingling in the writing hand!!

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Waste Plastic and Recycling | The Energy Collective

Waste Plastic and Recycling | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Plastic Bank is an organization and a movement aimed at removing plastic waste from the world’s oceans, beaches and waterways in a process that empowers people living in poverty to raise their standard of living and strengthen their communities.
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Buell Patents A Monstrous, 400 hp Hybrid Sportbike

Buell Patents A Monstrous, 400 hp Hybrid Sportbike | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Erik Buell has spent the last thirty years earning his place in motorcycling's pantheon, right up there alongside John Britten and Burt Munro, if you ask me (you haven't asked me, I know).
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Arizona Desert Hosts World’s Largest “Net-Zero Energy” Building

Arizona Desert Hosts World’s Largest “Net-Zero Energy” Building | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on CleanTechnica sister site Green Building Elements.
In the Arizona desert lies the world’s largest “net-zero energy” building. It is the Phoenix Regional Office of DPR Construction.
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10 Historical Planners: Their Influence On Today’s Cities [Infographic]

10 Historical Planners: Their Influence On Today’s Cities [Infographic] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many of us roam our favorite cities, marveling at historical sites and observing the incredible energy that comes with urban life.
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Does the Government Stifle Innovation? I Don't See It (To the Contrary...)

Does the Government Stifle Innovation? I Don't See It (To the Contrary...) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While "entrepreneurial culture" will always be essential, many innovations that turned out to be economically important in the U.S. have government fingerprints all over them.
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How lobbying works – and why this Bill won’t change a fracking thing

How lobbying works – and why this Bill won’t change a fracking thing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As anti-fracking protesters march on the drilling site in the Sussex town of Balcombe, some environmental campaigners will doubtless question how the previously little-known method of extracting shale gas came to be regarded as the key potential...
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Europe's forests nearing carbon saturation, study finds

Europe's forests nearing carbon saturation, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The ability of Europe's aging forests to absorb carbon dioxide is heading towards saturation point, threatening one of the continent's main defences against global warming, a Nature study.
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As temperatures rise, pests and invasive plants thrive

As temperatures rise, pests and invasive plants thrive | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Next time you swat at a mosquito in early March, remember that it wasn't always this way.
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Chemical plant would turn emissions into useful products

A construction materials company and a chemical company have teamed up to build a $125 million chemical plant that proposes to demonstrate to the world how greenhouse carbon dioxide emissions can be captured and converted to marketable products.
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Shale Grab in U.S. Stalls as Falling Values Repel Buyers

Shale Grab in U.S. Stalls as Falling Values Repel Buyers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oil companies are hitting the brakes on a U.S. shale land grab that produced an abundance of cheap natural gas -- and troubles for the industry.
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Insight: Some U.S. feedlots rue loss of 'Vitamin Z' Zilmax

Insight: Some U.S. feedlots rue loss of 'Vitamin Z' Zilmax | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

After nearly a decade of relying on weight-gain feed additives as a lifeline to survival, some of the 75,000 U.S. cattle feedyards that dot rural America in places such as Texas and the Great Plains, suddenly must do without the leading product Zilmax - nicknamed "Vitamin Z."


Reuters on August 13 reported that JBS USA, prior to Tyson's announcement, played short video clips at an industry conference showing cattle fed beta-agonists that were reluctant to move and stepping tentatively as if on hot metal.


When Tyson said it would suspend purchases of Zilmax-fed animals, the company, which slaughters one in four of the nation's beef cattle, said it had observed similar behaviors in some animals delivered to its facilities.

 

 


 

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