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Business community anticipates great opportunity from opening of Northeast Passage

Business community anticipates great opportunity from opening of Northeast Passage | alfredo-einom | Scoop.it

Sea route from Northern Norway to Asia intrigues Finnish business

Climate change has opened the Northeast Passage in the Arctic Ocean to year-round sea traffic. The distance to the Far East around Siberia is shorter.
Transport from Eastern Europe and even from Turkey will go by rail from Kirkenes in the north of Norway, from where they will pass through Finland to the south.
Finns are set to cash in at every phase.

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Stefano Boeri's "vertical forest" nears completion in Milan

Stefano Boeri's "vertical forest" nears completion in Milan | alfredo-einom | Scoop.it
A pair of skyscrapers by Boeri Studio are nearing completion in Milan, featuring as many trees as could be planted in a hectare of forest.

The studio led by Italian architect Stefano Boeri came up with the concept of Bosco Verticale, or Vertical Forest, as a way to combine high-density residential development with tree planting in city centres.

The first project born from this concept is now nearing completion in the Isola area of Milan's fast-developing Porta Nuova district. Two towers, measuring 80 and 112 metres, are set to open later this year and are already home to 900 trees.

"The project is set to create a new standard for sustainable housing," said engineering firm Arup, who is working alongside Boeri Studio to deliver the project...


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Double Helix Rising: A Green High-Rise Under Construction in Taipei, Taiwan

Double Helix Rising: A Green High-Rise Under Construction in Taipei, Taiwan | alfredo-einom | Scoop.it

A spiraling, green high-rise designed by Paris-based Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut is currently under construction in Taipei, Taiwan. It will add interest to XinYi District’s existing mixture of buildings which range from LEED Platinum EBOM-rated Taipei 101, the world’s tallest green building, to a traditionally Chinese-styled Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall built in 1972.


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UPDATE 2-Maersk's shipping profit doubles on Europe-Asia demand

* A.P. Moller-Maersk Q1 net profit $1.207 bln vs $1.072forecast* Raises full-year outlook* Postpones start of shipping alliance with competitors* Demand on Europe/Asia route surprising - CEO (Adds

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Tim Sensenig's curator insight, May 21, 2014 12:19 PM

Maersk, which has about 15 percent of the global market, expects demand for containers to increase by 4-5 percent this year.