Massive sinkhole in New Zealand exposes earth from 60,000 years ago

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A massive 6-story sinkhole opened in New Zealand last week after days of heavy rain. The sinkhole is one of largest ever spotted in the country – so big that it exposed earth from the Paleolithic era. The astonishing fissure is 200 meters long, 20 meters deep and 5 meters wide.

Farmers from a dairy farm in New Zealand woke up earlier this week to a sinkhole unlike anything they’ve ever seen. The farm has had 9 ‘serious’ sinkholes, also called tomos in New Zealand.

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Bill Gates-backed startup will give you real-time video of nearly anywhere on Earth

Start-up EarthNow is promoting its proposed service of offering real-time video, taken from space, of any point on our planet. Backed by such high-profile supporters as Bill Gates and Airbus, EarthNow promises to boldly go where no one has gone before through a proposed “constellation” of satellites that will offer clients their pick of locations and angles from which to capture real-time video of Earth. EarthNow promises the delivery of video with only a one-second delay, without the need to wait… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scientists pledge to sequence the DNA of all 1.5 million known species on Earth

An international group of researchers is organizing a massive effort to sequence the DNA of every single one of the 1.5 million species on Earth. The Earth BioGenome project is the largest genome sequencing project ever, and will help scientists understand and protect the plants, animals and fungi that call our planet home.

Researchers announced their ambitious plans this week at the World Economic Forum. “Increasing our understanding of Earth’s biodiversity and responsibly stewarding… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Colorado meth lab transformed into a minimalist artist retreat with rammed earth walls

A former meth lab in North Boulder, Colorado has received a refreshing new lease on life as Swoon Art House, an artist retreat with a beautifully minimalist design. Denver-based tres birds workshop headed the makeover with a careful eye on environmental stewardship, which led to the use of “100% renewable resources” including rammed earth walls and geothermal wells.

Created as part of the Swoon/Boulder Museum Contemporary Art International Artists Residency, the 7,000-square-foot… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Fruit trees grow on the roofs of this rammed earth home in Hanoi

Vo Trong Nghia Architects puts a fresh spin on the ancient art of rammed earth construction in the Dong Anh house, a modern dwelling with fruit trees growing on the roofs. Taking advantage of the property’s secure and isolated location in Hanoi, the architects applied an “open garden design” that embraces nature in, around, and even on top of the home. The thick earth walls have the advantage of high thermal mass and keep the home cool by storing heat during the day and then dissipating that… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Earth was buzzed by a giant asteroid this weekend and we didn’t even realize it was coming

The Chelyabinsk meteorite injured around 1,500 people when it exploded over Russia in 2013, and an asteroid with three to six times that rock’s diameter just passed incredibly close to Earth. The Catalina Sky Survey first observed the asteroid, dubbed 2018 GE3, on Saturday, and it whirled past Earth hours later.

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Scientists discover that exploding stars impact weather on Earth

Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark have learned that the cosmic rays emitted when stars explode have a measurable impact on weather patterns on Earth. Supernovae, which occur at the very end of a star’s life and result in a massive explosion, discharge ions, which affect cloud formation upon reaching Earth’s atmosphere. As cloud formation increases, weather on Earth becomes cooler. “Finally we have the last piece of the puzzle explaining how particles from space affect climate… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

512-year-old Greenland shark may be the oldest living vertebrate on Earth

A recently identified 512-year-old Greenland shark may be the world’s oldest living vertebrate. Although scientists discovered the 18-foot fish in the North Atlantic months ago, its age was only recently revealed in a study published in the journal Science. Greenland sharks have the longest lifespan of any vertebrate animal, so it is perhaps unsurprising that the species would boast the oldest living individual vertebrate as well. Nonetheless, the fact that this creature may have been born as early… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Meteorologist warns collapse of two Antarctic glaciers could flood every coastal city on Earth

Two of Antarctica’s glaciers are both among the continent’s biggest and fastest-melting, and both are holding our civilization hostage, according to meteorologist Eric Holthaus. He wrote a piece on Pine Island and Thwaites, that together hold back ice that could result in 11 feet of sea level rise. If these two glaciers collapse, every coastal city on our planet could flood.

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Medicine drum woman builds beautiful earth home village in Joshua Tree, California

If you’ve ever wanted to stay in an earthbag dome home, here’s your chance. When Lisa Starr first purchased land in Joshua Tree, California, she wasn’t thinking about vacation rentals. Instead, the artist and drum medicine woman sought a place not too far from the coast where she could build a sustainable life for herself. After deciding to build in accordance with the Iranian architect Nader Khalili’s affordable and disaster-resilient superadobe methodology, she recruited volunteers and CalEarth… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building