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First geoengineering experiment to dim the sun on track for 2019

Harvard scientists will attempt to replicate the climate-cooling effect of volcanic eruptions with a world-first solar geoengineering experiment set for early 2019. Rima Sabina Aouf Harvard scientists will attempt to replicate the climate-cooling effect of volcanic eruptions with...
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This Week in Tech: A Carbon-Negative Façade Panel that Absorbs CO2

Plus, an immersive mobile authoring application for jobsite communication, an energy-efficient off-grid house becomes RIBA’s House of the Year 2019, and more design-tech stories from this week. By Ayda Ayoubi Berlin-based think-tank Elegant Embellishments, co-founded by...
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Cities, on front lines of climate change, can make outsized difference

A new C40 report argues cities can boost the economy while responding to pressing climate change crisis By Patrick Sisson Cities are essential to fighting climate change, according to new research released today, both oversized contributors to the problem, but also, with the...
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ArchitectChats Ep. 26: Timber on the Rise, Part 9 – Behind the Scenes at Hampshire College’s Kern Center

Bruner/Cott Architects’ Jason Jewhurst and Hampshire College past president Jonathan Lash discuss the Living Building’s conception and impact on themselves and the greater community. By Wanda Lau ArchitectChats‘ Timber on the Rise series highlights innovations...
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This Week in Tech: A Bio-Digital Curtain that Combats Climate Change

Plus, the USGBC announces a new certification for net-zero buildings, Amazon officially reveals its HQ2 locations, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane London-based EcoLogic Studio has unveiled an urban curtain prototype that can capture and store...
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A Positive Net-Zero Attitude… Climate change is the single most important issue architects face

Climate change is the single most important issue architects face, and with every passing day the stakes are getting higher. By Ned Cramer The 2016 Paris Agreement focused on the effects of a 2 C (3.6 F) increase in average global temperature, and gave the world a deadline of...
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This gravity-powered battery could be the future of energy storage

Over the last decade, the renewable energy industry has boomed due to the proliferation of new technology that is reducing the cost of construction and Energy Vault is developing a 400-foot crane that arranges 35-ton concrete blocks to store renewable energy and create a massive...
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Apple designs “greenest Mac ever”

The world’s largest tech company launched its updated MacBook Air in New York yesterday, with a 100 per cent recycled aluminium alloy shell. Augusta Pownall Apple has launched a MacBook Air with a 100 per cent recycled aluminium alloy shell, reducing the carbon footprint of...
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Geoengineering could help us combat climate change before it's too late

Five geoengineering solutions proposed to fight climate change

Last week’s UN report shone a light on geoengineering, a discipline that proposes large-scale interventions to counteract global warming. So what ideas are geoengineers proposing? Rima Sabina Aouf If humans can’t reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, can we design our way...
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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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