Single cypress tree grows through a Los Angeles hillside home

Elevated off the ground and into foliage like a treehouse, The House in the Trees is cantilevered over a steep hillside and overlooks views of the valley. The 2,400-square-foot single-story building is wrapped in fire-treated Western red cedar siding and topped with an angled steel roof. The use of timber on the facade—and in the interior in the form of walnut cabinetry and reclaimed chestnut floors—helps the building blend into its wooded environment.

Related: Contemporary ski chalet…

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Worlds largest thermal solar plant could be coming to Nevada

While thermal solar power plants have had a bit of trouble catching on in the US, solar energy company SolarReserve is hoping to change that. The company recently announced that it’s hoping to build a 2,000 megawatt facility in Nevada, called Sandstone. With a planned ten towers and more than 100,000 concentrating mirrors, the plant would be the largest of its type anywhere in the world. It would overshadow SolarReserve’s Crescent Dunes plant, currently the largest of its type in the US with…

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Gigantic blood red web takes over Gucci in Tokyo

Chiharu Shiota, born in Osaka and currently based in Berlin, is well-known for her passion toward wrapping objects and spaces with red or black thread. In case of Gucci, however, her artistic gesture intends to reinterpret the emblematic pattern designed by Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s creative director and responsible for the brand’s global image. Her room, in fact, is a full immersion into the iconic bicolored motif of branches, leaves and flowers that thanks to her technique spreads in every…

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October 31 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Angry residents of Delhi are sharing images of smog, one day after Diwali celebrations saw huge quantities of fireworks set off. Levels of particulate matter in the air hazardous to health rose to nearly 10 times the safe limit of 100. Diwali the most important Hindu festival in north India, celebrates the victory
    of good over evil. [BBC]
The day after Diwali (AP)

The day after Diwali (AP)

  • Over 10,000 New York City residents are using solar power to reduce their electric bills, but hardly any of them are poor. This is mostly because poor people do not have roofs they can put solar panels on. Consolidated Edison is offering use of its own rooftops to help solve that problem for at least some low-income customers. [New York Times]
  • “How the electricity utilities ‘use a little bit of political jiu-jitsu’ to steal the sun” • US electrical utilities, feeling pressure from distributed solar power, are acting to protect their monopolies. In Florida, the utilities are spending tens of millions of dollars to manipulate the electorate into voting to limit solar power’s growth. [Electrek]
  • UNICEF is calling on world leaders to reduce air pollution, saying it leads to the deaths of more children yearly than malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. Around 600,000 children under age 5 die every year from diseases caused by or exacerbated by outdoor and indoor air pollution. Conditions are especially difficult in poor nations. [CNN]
  • A 100-MW offshore wind power pilot project will likely be installed in ocean off Gujarat in about three years, according to an expert in renewable energy at DNV GL, which has a 30-consultant team in India and has been in the Indian market in 1989. He spoke on the sidelines of the Singapore International Energy Week. [Millennium Post]

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

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Mediterranean to become desert unless global warming limited to 1.5C, study warns

Southern Spain could look like the Sahara unless global warming is held to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, the global average temperature target governments agreed to in Paris. That is the conclusion of a new study published in the journal Science titled “Climate change: The 2015 Paris Agreement thresholds and Mediterranean basin ecosystems.” According to the analysis, if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated and global warming reaches 2 degrees Celsius…

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Mexican designers envision Trumps border wall in “all of its gorgeous perversity”

“Based on Trump’s statements, the economic, ecological and financial aspects have been called into question,” Estudio 3.14 explained in an article by Designboom. “However, he continues with his verbal plan. As architects and designers, we have the capacity to imagine and interpret what trump is saying, and we are convinced that if we can make people see it, they can assess his words and the perversity in his proposal.”

In the images, the wall is rendered in hot pink – a reference…

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