New York City just approved plans to build the Lowline – the worlds first underground park

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Antarctic ozone layer shows “first fingerprints of healing”

Nearly 30 years ago, almost every country in the world signed the Montreal Protocol to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used in refrigerators, aerosols, and dry cleaning. The chlorine in CFCs was said to interact with ozone in the atmosphere to deplete it. MIT scientist Susan Solomon’s work helped provide the impetus for the Montreal Protocol, View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Norway becomes the first country in world to commit to a zero deforestation supply chain

Norway has become the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation in the government’s public procurement policy. The Norwegian parliament’s Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment made the pledge in a recommendation on the government’s Action Plan on Nature Diversity. The committee requested that the government “impose requirements to ensure that public procurements do not contribute to deforestation of the rainforest.”

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Liberland may be the world’s first sovereign nation powered by algae

The winning proposal is a pedestrian-friendly design that supports a growing populace with stackable horizontal structures. Called Inverted Archeology, this groundbreaking technique constructs the city-state in consecutive temporal layers to form a self-sufficient, compact, dense, integrated and resilient urban fabric. Algae, strains of which don’t require significant sunlight to proliferate, would be grown on the underside of buildings to provide a clean source of energy.

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Nation’s first urban farm school teaches kids how to grow their own food

Children are the future of humanity – so if we want to cultivate a sustainable society where people are connected to our food and the land, it is critical to raise a generation of children who understand how to be good stewards of the earth. That’s why we’re very excited about the nation’s first urban farm school being built in San Francisco, California that will educate preschoolers through 8th graders through an ecology farm curriculum. Project architect Stanley Saitowitz of Natoma Architects… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

First urban park on Las Vegas Strip is an oasis in the middle of the desert

Rather than cutting down trees to put up a parking lot, !melk designed a park to take over a previously paved section of the Vegas strip, occupying approximately six acres between New York New York and Monte Carlo. The Park, which opened April 4, is a water-wise urban microclimate with 250 shade trees and over 7,000 individual plants—native and adapted varieties—as well as several fun water features. Several 60-foot-tall shade structures were manufactured by a ship-building company in the Netherlands,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World’s first 3D-printed electric motorcycle blazes down the road at 50 MPH

A new electric motorcycle debuted on Friday in Ottobrunn, Germany and it puts predecessors to shame in many categories. The Light Rider was created by APWorks, a subsidiary of Airbus, and it’s a high-tech work of art. The bike has an ultralight 3D-printed frame and a fully electric motor that propel the cycle up to 50 miles per hour. With a strong frame, unique design, and 37-mile range, the Light Rider breaks the mold for two-wheeled transportation and could help usher in a new era of 3D-printed… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

D.C. Council Holds First Hearing on Death with Dignity as New Poll Shows 67% Support in District

A poll released by Lake Research today shows 67 percent of District of Columbia residents (51 percent strongly) support the right of terminally ill adults with less than six months to live to legally obtain medication to end their lives. The findings were released as the District City Council’s Health and Human Services Committee met for the first time on the issue.

“The numbers come as no surprise,” said Peg Sandeen, Executive Director of Death with Dignity National Center, an advocacy organization. “National polls, too, show overwhelming—and growing—support for letting people make their own decisions about how to live their last days.”

Introduced in January 2015 by Councilmember Mary Cheh, D-Ward 3, and endorsed by The Washington Post last month, the Death with Dignity Act of 2015 would allow adult D.C. residents who have had two doctors confirm a terminal diagnosis to fill a prescription medication to end their lives in a peaceful and dignified manner at the time and place of their choosing.

A virtually identical law has been in place in Oregon since 1997. In 18 years, no significant problems have arisen, and it has been used relatively sparingly—only 1,327 times, with fully a third of those who successfully obtain a prescription opting not to use it.

“The Oregon law has been implemented carefully and worked exactly as intended for over 17 years,” Sandeen said. “The time is right for D.C. to adopt this law.”

At Councilmember Cheh’s request, the National Center helped draft, promote, and support the bill. “We’re pleased to see our decades of work continue in this historic Council hearing, as is happening in dozens of statehouses across the country. This is an important step toward providing District residents with the autonomy, freedom and peace of mind that has been a godsend in Oregon, Washington, and Vermont.”

Photo: DC Councilmember Cheh (left) with our Executive Director, Peg Sandeen, at the press conference before today’s hearing.

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OETA story on Oklahoma’s first “green” cemetery aired on 11/8/10

Thisstory aired on the ONR on OETA-The Oklahoma Network. The reporter is Cathy Tatom; photojournalist is Tim CArson. For more information, go to the ONR web site www.news.oeta.tv and ONR blog blog.oeta.tv For more about OETA-The Oklahoma Network, visit www.oeta.tv

natural burialNatural burial ground opens in the Vale

natural burialNatural burial ground opens in the Vale
The first natural burial ground has opened in the Vale of Glamorgan. Native Woodland, the Monmouth-based company, officially opened the site Thursday with the Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan, Councillor Audrey Preston cutting the ribbon. Report by Media Wales’ James Cuff