September heat waves are causing early dismissals in schools

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Snow days are one of the best perks of winter, but they are not the only reason schools are closing due to inclement weather. Districts around the country are letting kids out because of excessive heat. Will these so-called “heat days” become the new norm?

Schools on the east coast have been giving out more heat days than ever as record temperatures continue to hit New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. The cancellations are occurring more frequently in places that do not have adequate air… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Off-grid Lake House escapes the Texan heat with minimal landscape impact

There’s nothing quite like taking a cool dip in a lake on a hot summer’s day. The lucky owners of the Lake House get to escape the brutal Texan heat with laps in Lake Austin thanks to their off-grid boathouse. American studio Andersson-Wise Architects designed the two-story boathouse that operates off the grid and exerts minimal impact on the environment.

Created as part of a residential estate, the Lake House in Austin is a boathouse set a half-mile away from the main residence… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

MoMA PS1 unveils futuristic solar canopy that reacts to heat, sunlight, and movement

MoMA PS1 just completed one of its most experimental and coolest installations to date. The Long Island City-based contemporary art museum wrapped up construction on Lumen, an immersive and interactive installation made with solar-active canopies that glow at night. Designed by Jenny Sabin Studio, Lumen reacts like a living entity to light, heat, and movement, creating different engaging environments from day to night.

Set to open to the public Thursday, June 29, Lumen will be on view… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Masdar Institute tests new tech that uses sand to store solar heat

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When it hands you an abundance of dry, grainy sand, it’s a good idea to make the most of that as well. That’s exactly what a research group in Abu Dhabi is trying to do, with a project that uses sand collected right there in the United Arab Emirates to store solar energy and increase the efficiency of solar power plants. The new technology, created by scientists at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, is called Sandstock and, after several… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

How corn sweat is making this weeks heat wave even worse

How ‘corn sweat’ is making this week’s heat wave even worse

http://mashable.com/2016/07/21/corn-sweat-heat-wave-global-warming/

Right now, there is one burning question on your mind, and I know it’s “What the heck is corn sweat?” The week’s extreme heat wave is blistering the middle section of the United States, where excess moisture from corn fields will evaporate and add an unwanted boost of humidity (called ‘corn sweat’) to the already uncomfortable levels. With temperatures… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Heat stress from climate change may cost global economies $2 trillion by 2030

Research reveals yet another loss we can anticipate at the hands of climate change: global productivity. Heat stress in lower income countries has already shortened work days, which could result in a net loss of $2 trillion across all global economies by the year 2030. The sad irony is that the countries contributing the least to global warming will end up hurting the most.

A recent study published in Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health is one of six detailing the economic devastation… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building