LEED Gold-seeking SXSW Headquarters breaks ground

The multimedia behemoth South by Southwest (SXSW) just broke ground on its new “green” headquarters in downtown Austin. Located a block away from the city Capitol, the striking building aims for LEED Gold certification and will boast a large green roof, rain gardens, and other energy-efficient systems. Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects heads the design of the new mixed-use structure and will work together with landscape architecture firm dwg. to preserve the property’s existing heritage…

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Historic train shed transformed into Tasmanian School for Architecture

A stellar example of adaptive reuse is being used to house and teach students at the University of Tasmania School of Architecture & Design. Formerly a 1951 diesel locomotive workshop, this award-winning conversion project preserves parts of the building’s industrial heritage while upgrading it with energy-efficient systems. Australian architecture firm Six Degrees led the project design in collaboration with Sustainable Built Environments to achieve an environmentally friendly design on a relatively…

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Geologists discover fossils from 13 ancient tree species in Antarctica

It may be hard to believe, but forests once sprawled across Antarctica. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee geologists recently climbed the slopes of McIntyre Promontory in the Transantarctic Mountains to uncover fossil fragments from 13 trees that greened Antarctica more than 260 million years ago – before the first dinosaurs ever walked the planet.


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Lookout Loop bird observatory in Latvia doubles as a temporary shelter

This bird observatory in Latvia is a beautiful loop structure that doubles as a temporary shelter. Design studio Ulf Mejergren Architects conceived it as a sculptural element that would allow visitors to enjoy expansive views of the wetlands and rest before continuing on one of the paths that the Pape Nature Park offers.

The observatory rises from the ground like a dock, with three pairs of curved stair sections joining in a loop, leaving a void in the center. The stairs gets wider closer to the…

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November 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • UPS is continuing to electrify its delivery vehicles. It recently announced an e-bike delivery vehicle in downtown Pittsburgh, as the latest example. In addition to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, the deployment of the electric delivery/cargo bike will also clearly reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, and noise pollution. [CleanTechnica]
UPS electric delivery bike

UPS electric delivery bike

  • Bloomberg New Energy Finance has some good news for us. Global electric car sales (including plug-in hybrids) surged 63% in the third quarter of this year and are up 23% since the second quarter. BNEF is now confident EV sales will top 1,000,000 units this year. But there is also bad news. China accounted for almost all of those increases. [CleanTechnica]
  • Two glaciers on Pine Island Bay are the largest and fastest-melting in Antarctica. They act as a plug holding back enough ice to pour 11 feet of sea-level rise into the world’s oceans, enough to inundate every coastal city on the planet. Finding out when these glaciers will collapse is one of our most important scientific questions. [Mother Jones]
  • In India, imports of coal from North America have increased rapidly on the back of a regional ban on the use of petroleum coke and a domestic coal shortage, according to recent reports. Though other sources give lower figures, shipping data compiled by Thomson Reuters, suggest that India’s imports of coal from North America have tripled. [CleanTechnica]
  • Earlier this month, the French nuclear safety institute released data showing that a cloud of radioactive pollution was over much of Europe, raising speculations of an accident at a nuclear facility in Russia or Kazakhstan. Now, the Russian meteorological service reports levels of ruthenium 106 in the Urals 1,000 times higher than normal. [CleanTechnica]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

from Green Energy Times http://www.greenenergytimes.org/2017/11/23/november-23-green-energy-news-5/

Man to launch himself in homemade steam-powered rocket to show the Earth is flat

One man plans to launch himself 1,800 feet into the air in a rocket he made himself this weekend – in a quest to prove Earth isn’t round, but flat. Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old limousine driver, describes himself on his website as “the only man to in history to design, build, and launch himself in a rocket,” and also said he doesn’t believe in science. His ultimate goal is to launch several miles above our planet to capture photographic evidence we live not on a globe, but a disk.


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