• Climate Change Poses a Huge Threat to Railroads.

    Much of the world still relies heavily on railroads to move people and products. But railway infrastructure—from overhead wires to tracks—is at high risk from climate change and associated extreme weather. Without efforts to adapt to future climate threats, the railway industry will face degrading infrastructure, safety hazards and skyrocketing operations costs, say experts in […]

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  • Office tower aims to be Boston’s healthiest and most sustainable building

    A new landmark building in Boston is being fitted with smart windows from smart buildings specialist View in its bid to become the healthiest and most sustainable building in the city. 10 World Trade is a 17-storey, 600,000-square-foot, nearly $600m life science and office tower under development by Boston Global Investors (BGI) and its partners […]

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  • Infrastructure inequality is a challenge to urban sustainability

    Growing up in Delhi, India, Bhartendu Pandey ’21 Ph.D. walked miles in his urban neighborhood to get fresh water for his family. The trek took time away from his studies and other activities—a sacrifice that young people in nearby communities with potable water didn’t have to make. This type of infrastructure inequality within regions and communities is […]

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  • Sustainable Buildings Start With Sustainable Materials

    Buildings are more than the sum of their parts. However, as the construction sector is responsible for approximately 40 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions, those individual parts can play a critical role in capping global temperature rise at 1.5°C to protect our planet from the worst impacts of climate change. One way that multifamily […]

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  • This Startup Is Making Sustainable Roads Out of Recycled Asphalt

    A Norwegian startup is building carbon-negative roads. Carbon Crusher combines recycled asphalt with plant-based glue to repair the blacktop instead of using traditional bitumen—a viscous form of petroleum that has a significant environmental impact and even continues to emit air pollution once in place on the road. According to the company, the over 40-million miles of roads […]

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  • Will Lithium Prices Kill Demand for Electric Cars?

    “Demand destruction” is a term being bandied about a lot these days. Investopedia defines it: “In economics, demand destruction refers to a permanent or sustained decline in the demand for a certain good in response to persistent high prices or limited supply. Because of persistent high prices, consumers may decide it is not worth purchasing […]

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  • Developing the sustainable data center of the future

    The global data center sector is estimated to account for around 416 terawatts, equivalent to roughly 3% of all energy needs. Southeast Asia draws a significant amount of that requirement, with energy demand increasing as new data center infrastructure is added in countries across the region. Concerns about the environmental impact of data centers have encouraged […]

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  • Returning to the Office? You Might Want to Test Your Water!

    So you’ve been working remotely for a while and are thinking about returning to the office soon. Before you get your first drink or make that first pot of coffee, you’ll want to make sure the water is actually clean. According to a recent study in the journal PLOS Water, stagnant water can have significant impacts […]

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  • Microsoft and Jeff Bezos are backing this start-up that aims to retrofit millions of old buildings with ‘green’ energy

    In a four-story apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, a very small company is implementing a very big idea: Electrify every building in the United States by leasing landlords the necessary equipment to make the transition. BlocPower is a Brooklyn-based start-up that has “greened” more than 1,200 buildings in New York City and has similar […]

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  • Bank of America Tower: The Green Skyscraper Challenging NYC’s Emission Law

    On the corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, Pete Sikora gazes up at a glass-enclosed tower that twists with unexpected grace as it rises 51 stories into the sky. Sikora is director of climate and inequality campaigns at New York Communities for Change, an activist organization. On this breezy September day, however, he’s […]

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