mercredi 16 août 2017

Historic Amsterdam park gets new life with a funky climbing "blob"

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Elephants rescue 600 people from floods in Nepal

    Due to heavy rains in Kathmandu, India, at least 15 people have been killed and 2.3 million displaced in just the past few days. Fortunately for approximately 600 foreigners who were visiting Sauraha, no additional lives were lost after the nearby Rapti River overflowed its banks. This is because elephants at the Chitwan National Park transported the tourists to safety.   http://ift.tt/2fLE5hy Said...

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Montana judge stops massive coal mine expansion, citing climate impact

In another strike against coal, a federal judge just shut down plans for a large coal mine expansion in Montana, saying that US officials had exaggerated the economic benefits of the mine while downplaying the impact it would have on the environment. Signal Peak Energy wanted to expand the Bull Mountain coal mine by 28-square kilometers (11-square miles) and 159-metric tons (176-million tons). U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy blocked the proposal, ruling that approving such a request should...

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Fixing Earth's ozone layer has other surprising benefits, new study shows

As climate change steadily advances while global leadership moves ever so slowly towards taking action, it can difficult to have faith in international solutions to a global environmental problem. However, such international collaboration has a record of success in the Montreal Protocol, an agreement signed nearly thirty years ago by dozens of nations to stop the expansion of a massive hole in the ozone layer. Today, the hole in the ozone layer has shrunk as the United States and other signatories...

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Swiss grocery store chain will be the first to sell insect burgers

Would you eat a burger made of mealworms? Coop, the second-largest supermarket chain in Switzerland, will start selling food made with insects after food laws changed in May. No other European country has yet authorized sales of insect-based food, making Switzerland the first. Coop will sell insect burgers and balls from Switzerland-based startup Essento. Related:

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Spectacular 'Dome of Visions' greenhouse pushes the envelope for wood construction

Finnish wood company Metsä Wood is known for pushing the envelope when it comes to building with wood. Their latest dome experiment, the largest one to date, relies of the company's innovative structural use of laminated veneer lumber as a sustainable alternative to commonly used building materials. The structure, named Dome of Visions, was designed by Atelier Kristoffer Tejlgaard. The Dome of Visions 3.0 is the third project in a series of experiments that explore the idea of creating...

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South Australia to build world's biggest single-tower solar thermal plant

South Australia is going big again -- as in world-beating big. Last month the state government signed a deal with Tesla to build the world's largest lithium-ion battery storage facility. Now State Premier Jay Weatherill has announced plans to construct the world's biggest single-tower solar thermal plant in Port Augusta -- the 150 megawatt Aurora Solar Energy Project.  

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