Chinese scientists created a type of rice that can grow in saltwater

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For the first time, rice grown in diluted saltwater has yielded a crop sufficient enough to be commercially viable, according to a new study by Chinese scientists. The research team led by agricultural scientist¬†Yuan Longping, also known as China’s “father of hybrid rice,” planted two hundred types of rice in spring¬†in the coastal city of Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong Province and then subsequently tested their resilience to saline-alkali soil and diluted saltwater; four types of rice showed… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Denmark fires up its Copenhill power plant, with ski slopes set to open next year

Six years ago, Bjarke Ingels Group unveiled plans for a ski slope power plant that could provide the city of Copenhagen with electricity, hot water, and a steady stream of recycled materials. We never thought it’d see the light of day – but fast forward to 2017, and Copenhill is nearly complete. The waste-to-energy plant is currently operational, and by the end of next year it will be topped with 30 rooftop trees, the world’s tallest artificial climbing wall, and a 600-meter ski slope. Inhabitat… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building