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Rain collecting sky scraper cuts water usage

Today the population feels the need to protect our planet as much as possible. Architecture and technology enable us to come up with new ways to protect our home Earth. Imagine the combination of beauty and innovation in a skyscraper. A design that allows the capture of rain, stores it in the roof and on

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Carbon trading initiative a success, study says

  A new study reports that the ten states that adopted the “Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative” (RGGI) have seen gains of around $1.6 billion (value added) since 2008. It outlines benefits such as significant consumer savings on energy as well as the creation of nearly 16,000 jobs. The initiative, which at the moment includes the

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Mongolia bids to keep city cool with ‘ice shield’ experiment

Later this month, Mongolia’s capital, Ulan Batar, will implement a strategy to combat the urban heat island effect that occurs during the summer months while also supplying the community with fresh water.  A Mongolian engineering firm, ECOS & EMI, will artificially make naleds, ultra-thick ice sheets that form over frozen streams and rivers, to develop ice shields

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Impact of climate change on western US water resources

A new report submitted to Congress (and the subject of this article) details climate risks and impacts on water resources in the western United States.  The report focuses on how changes in temperature and precipitation have the potential to effect water operations and ecosystems in the west, a region where water supplies are already strained

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Energy plant makes a leap in solar power

  This article from the New York Times describes a power plant in Spain, which has become the first to be able to generate solar powered energy 24 hours a day without interruption. To keep the plant functioning after dark, the plant uses moltent salt to transfer the heat generated from concentrated sunlight. Using salt allows

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