Opinion: “Humans are clever. They can solve problems. There is hope”

We are entering a new geological era: the anthropocene, in which human activity is a dominant influence on earth’s geology and environment. At Dutch Design Week, a special edition of our Good Design for a Bad World talks series will ask if design can harness this phenomenon...
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Courtesy Warloka79 via Adobe Stock An escalator with a pile of plastic bottles at a factory for processing and recycling PET plastic.

The Plastic Plight: demand for petrochemicals is rising

Despite increased awareness around climate change and global pollution, demand for petrochemicals is rising. Blaine Brownell explains the recyclability of plastic and how architects can reduce their dependence. By Blaine Brownell Plastic is having a heyday at our planet’s...
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“Let’s start designing the future that gives us a future”

The United Nations says we have just 12 years to take action against climate change. It’s the greatest design challenge in history, says Nicolas Roope. by Nicolas Roope. The climate is in trouble and we’ve now been given a deadline by the UN to pull our proverbial...
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Cities have 15 months left to slow climate change, says new report

Dramatic action is required by 2020—yet 27 cities are proving it’s possible By Alissa Walker Widespread, sustained disasters like drought, wildfire, and flooding will affect virtually every human on the planet within their lifetimes, according to a dire new assessment of the...
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Code Override: States and Cities Press Ahead on Efficiency Standards

On the energy front, all may not be lost with the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement thanks to the actions of local jurisdictions. By Alice Liao The decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement ultimately...
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Google’s New Tool to Fight Climate Change

The company will begin estimating local carbon pollution from cities around the world.   Robinson Meyer In the next decade or so, more than 6,000 cities, states, and provinces around the world will try to do something that has eluded humanity for 25 years: reduce their emissions...
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Mushrooms have the power to eat plastic say scientists

Fungi can be used to break down waste plastic and create sustainable building materials, according to scientists from Kew Gardens in London. Rima Sabina Aouf The State of the World’s Fungi 2018 report – the first of its kind – highlights the aspergillus tubingensis fungus,...
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The AIA Strongly Opposes the EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy Rule

If enacted, the new rule could empower states to relax emission standards for remaining coal-fired power plants. By Katharine Keane Today, the AIA released a statement voicing the Institute’s “strong opposition” to the Environmental Protection Agency’s...
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the ocean cleanup has launched its giant pac-man into the sea in bid to clear great pacific garbage patch

this weekend marks the beginning of the largest ever clean-up and removal of plastic from the pacific ocean. the ocean cleanup, a non-profit organisation based in the netherlands, officially launches its beta cleanup system into the ocean on saturday. the system, previously...
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California just voted to use 100% clean electricity by 2045

The landmark bill still needs to be signed by the governor, but would put the state on a path toward unprecedented use of renewables. By Adele Peters By 2045, California could get 100% of its electricity from zero-carbon sources. On Wednesday, the state senate voted to pass...
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