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

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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

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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The US is now the only country in the world to refuse the Paris Climate Agreement

Well, this is embarrassing. The war-torn country of Syria has officially signed the Paris Climate Agreement, leaving the United States as the only country to refuse the climate change deal. Though Barack Obama entered the US into the deal during his time as president, Donald Trump quickly withdrew the nation after his inauguration earlier this year.

The Middle East nation made the announcement in Bonn, Germany, at the COP 23 UN climate summit. Even though Syria is facing its sixth… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Critical climate record satellite program at risk after Congress slashes funding

Scientists all over Earth depend on sea ice data from United States military satellites. But one of those satellites recently broke down – and only three ageing ones remain. Even worse, earlier this year the United States Congress said a backup probe had to be dismantled because they didn’t want to pay to keep it in storage. Nearly 40 years of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice satellite measurements could soon be disrupted. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Leading Stanford climate scientist builds incredible net zero home, complete with Tesla Powerwall

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Montana judge stops massive coal mine expansion, citing climate impact

In another strike against coal, a federal judge just shut down plans for a large coal mine expansion in Montana, saying that US officials had exaggerated the economic benefits of the mine while downplaying the impact it would have on the environment. Signal Peak Energy wanted to expand the Bull Mountain coal mine by 28-square kilometers (11-square miles) and 159-metric tons (176-million tons).

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy blocked the proposal, ruling that approving such a request should… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building