Curvaceous algae-covered towers proposed for Hangzhou

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Paris-based studio XTU Architects recently unveiled designs for a futuristic high-rise in Hangzhou that blends sustainable technologies into an organic, sculptural design. Cloaked in a “bio facade” of micro algae-covered panels, the curvaceous towers can produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. Dubbed French Dream Towers, the mixed-use complex would also incorporate rainwater harvesting, a greenhouse, and an aquaponics system.

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Apple invests millions in a carbon-free aluminum smelting method

For over 130 years, aluminum, a material in many Apple products, has been produced in the same dirty, greenhouse gas-releasing way. That could all change: Apple is partnering with Alcoa Corporation and Rio Tinto Aluminum to commercialize technology that, according to Apple, “eliminates direct greenhouse gas emissions from the traditional smelting process.” The tech giant is investing $10 million in research and development.

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