KOGAA creates an energy self-sufficient City Cell in response to climate change

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Galvanized by the growing debate on climate change, Brno-based KOGAA Architectural Studio and NEXT Institute Research Platform have teamed up to create the City Cell Prototype (CCP), a pop-up installation that serves as a testing ground for ways cities can combat climate extremes. Completed this year, the temporary pavilion of nearly 300 square feet is presently located at Malinovsky Square in Brno, Czech Republic’s second largest city. Built of timber and powered by solar energy, the City Cell… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Meat consumption must drop by 90% to avert a climate crisis

As the saying would have it “anything in excess is a poison.” This is true of a growing trend in excessive meat consumption worldwide that experts say has turned meat-eating from an unhealthy habit to a deadly addiction. While the meat industry’s negative impacts on the environment have proved troublesome for some time, an assembly of scientists from various European research institutes have released a thorough analysis of the Earth’s food system that if farming practices and food trends continue… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Even scientists are shocked by the latest UN report on climate change

According to a Monday report from the United Nations, reducing the Earth’s temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius is crucial if more extreme weather events and species’ extinction is to be avoided. The current ceiling on temperature increase is set at 2C since the 2015 Paris Agreement to which nearly 200 nations are committed. However, new UN research shows that this pledge is not enough to avoid possibly irreparable damage to our planet’s ecosystems.

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Role-playing video game sparks climate action in players worldwide

Research published last week in the journal PLoS One examined the effects of World Climate Simulation, a role-playing game of the UN Climate talks. The video game found that 81% of participants showed an increased desire to combat climate change. The catalyst even propelled inducements in players that identified with politics that favor free market systems and often neglect or deny human complicity in bringing about global warming and environmentally destructive climate trends. The game’s ability… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Champagne could lose its classic taste due to climate change

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

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