Champagne could lose its classic taste due to climate change

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Our celebratory bubblies are now being significantly changed as a result of climate change. The seasonal shifts in temperature that have become more and more peculiar over the years are affecting grape production in regions around the world. Champagne grapes depend on a very cool climate and chalky textured soil in order to produce the crisp fruity taste it is known for. The zesty acidity that leaves drinkers with a unique punch is equally responsible for the sparking wine’s ability to age. Pairing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Mountain Heroes cyclist aims for world record to fight climate change

Michael Strasser, famous cyclist and the first to join the UN Environment’s Mountain Heroes Campaign, has now been cycling for just over 10 days and 19 hours. His goal? Establishing a new world record by cycling form Alaska to Patagonia through the longest overland route. The 14,300 mile (23,000 kilometer) and nearly 610,000 vertical feet (185,000 vertical meters) Ice2Ice expedition is not just about immense feats of strength and stamina, however. The expedition seeks to demonstrate how sustainable… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Previously stable zones of Antarctica are now falling victim to climate change

Unlike its counterpart, West Antarctica, which has long been decimated by melting ice caps, East Antarctica used to be a safe zone on which scientists could depend on as a constant while they solved the more pressing destruction in the western zones. This is no longer a reality according to research unveiled last week in the Geophysical Research Letters journal from AGU100, an organization focused on the advancement of earth and space science. Despite the higher elevation and colder temperatures… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Snhetta designs an energy-positive data center to fight climate change

Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and real estate developer MIRIS have unveiled designs for ‘The Spark,’ an urban data center that reuses excess heat to power cities. Framed as a “solution to the global climate crisis,” the prototype is designed to power cities with up to 18,000 people. The city of Os, located south of Norway’s second largest city, Bergen, will be the first municipality to test the concept as part of a plan to become the world’s first-ever energy positive city.

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UN creates a new global climate change coalition

Earth has a “30-year window of opportunity” to tackle climate change, according to World Meteorological Organization (WMO) secretary-general Petteri Taalas. He called for greater urgency in carrying out the Paris Agreement as the WMO, World Health Organization (WHO), and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) launched a brand new climate change coalition. Every year 12.6 million people perish due to environmental risks — air pollution in particular — and the group aims to lower that numbe… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Can vertical farming feed the world and change the agriculture industry?

Finding alternatives to traditional farming practices could help increase food production and feed the hungry.

Year after year, the human population increases. We expand our cities to accommodate our needs for housing and businesses, which means we lose rainforests and prime farmland. As the population grows, our need for food increases, which means even more pristine natural habitat will be lost to grow crops or create pastures for grazing animals.

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An increasingly intense allergy season is linked to climate change

If you have found that you’re having a particularly tough time breathing through this pollen season, you’re not alone. This spring allergy season has been especially difficult throughout North America due to intense pollen production that may be linked to climate change. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Ice melting due to climate change reveals pre-Viking artifacts in Norway

Mountain ice is melting because of climate change in places like Norway, and an unexpected benefit is that researchers have uncovered archaeological finds. A team led by Lars Pilø of the Oppland City Council recently published their discoveries on artifacts related to reindeer hunting in Royal Society Open Science, and Pilø wrote in a blog post, “This is a new and fantastic archaeological record of past human activity in some of the most remote and forbidding landscapes.” View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

18-year-old invents cheaper CO2 capture tech to fight climate change

Even with quick-paced developments in renewable energy, the world still sources a vast majority of our power from fossil fuels: over 80 percent. 18-year-old Ethan Novek is working on an answer: technology that will allow us to burn fossil fuels without climate change-inducing emissions, giving us time to install more renewable energy. His carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technology stands out from others because it might be able to capture CO2 at around $10 per metric ton – 85 percent less than the industry… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

7 global megatrends that could beat climate change

Is it too late for us to avert disastrous impacts of global warming? Maybe not, thanks to seven large-scale megatrends changing the way we live. The Guardian’s environment editor Damian Carrington laid out trends that could turn the tide: renewable energy, electric cars, plant-based meat, energy efficiency, batteries, coal dying, and forests. It’s clear we haven’t yet won the battle – but there could be reason to hope.

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