MIT develops a sustainable, mass timber-building prototype modeled after the longhouse

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As sustainability measures becomes increasingly important in new construction, architects around the world are turning towards mass timber—even for larger scale projects. A design workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is dedicated to exploring the design and engineering potential of wood-based technologies and recently unveiled one such example project that can even be turned into an energy producer. Dubbed the Longhouse, the mass timber-building prototype is modeled after the traditional… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Mass poaching in Botswana leaves behind 90 tuskless elephants

Ninety elephants have been poached in the nation of Botswana in what is being considered one of Africa’s grimmest mass poaching sprees. The majority of the creatures poached for their valuable ivory were large bull elephants who carry large heavy tusks according to a statement by Elephants Without Borders on Tuesday. The group had been conducting an aerial survey of the animals over several weeks in tandem with Botswana’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks when the discovery was made.

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Huge mass of molten rock discovered beneath Vermont

Geologists at Rutgers University and Yale University have discovered a large subterranean mass of hot rock slowly bubbling its way to the surface in the American state of Vermont. Although its discovery is recent, this phenomenon has been ongoing beneath the mountains and forests of New England for tens of millions of years. In a region known for its relative volcanic inactivity, the movement of molten rock beneath the soon-to-be-frozen ground has come as a surprise. “Our study challenges the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Sixth mass extinction on Earth is driven by industrial farming, says leading academic

Earth is presently experiencing its sixth “mass extinction,” and humans are largely to blame, says a leading academic. In his new book The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy, Professor Patel of the University of Texas explains how mass deforestation to clear grounds to grow mono-crops, the creation of large dead zones in the sea caused by run-off of fertilizers, and the trend of over-fishing are a detriment to the world and are driving the destruction of our… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The sixth mass extinction is killing off wildlife 100 times faster than normal

For years, scientists have been saying that Earth is entering it sixth mass extinction — an era in which three-quarters of all species are expected to die off within only a few centuries. However terrifying this notion may be, nothing compares to a recent finding, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which offers a full picture of the present “biological annihilation.” According to the study, which was conducted by Gerardo Ceballos, an ecology professor at the Universidad… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Damaged Oroville spillway in California prompts mass evacuations

California continues to be hit with a deluge of rain, but over the weekend an emergency spillway at the tallest dam in the United States in Oroville threatened to fail. Officials noticed a hole in the spillway on Sunday. Around 180,000 residents were told to evacuate, many given just one hour to flee their homes. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building