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HOH Cafe is a shipping container coffee shop hidden in a tranquil park

25 September 2020 @ 6:30 pm

Tucked away into a forested area on the edge of Taiwan’s Zhubei City, the HOH Cafe is a shipping container coffee shop that offers a quiet respite for the area’s busy residents. The project’s designers at Infeel Architects converted an old shipping container for the main part of the cafe, using rusty iron to echo the original material and wood to help the shop blend into its surrounding environment.[...]

No new gas-powered cars by 2035, California governor says

25 September 2020 @ 5:30 pm

California Governor Gavin Newsom's new executive order bans the sale of all new gasoline-powered cars and passenger trucks by 2035. After that, only zero-emissions new cars will be sold in the state of California. Californians will still be able to own, drive, buy and sell used cars that run on gas.[...]

Record number of pilot whales get stranded, die in Tasmania

25 September 2020 @ 4:30 pm

Over 380 long-finned pilot whales have been confirmed dead after nearly 500 were stranded on Tasmania's west coast. The whales are believed to have been lured to the shore to feed or erroneously guided by one of their own. By late Wednesday, rescuers had managed to save 50 of the stranded whales and were working hard to save the remaining 30. According to Tasmanian officials, the rescue efforts are to continue as long as the whales are still alive.[...]

How to make soy wax candles for a cozy, autumnal home

25 September 2020 @ 3:30 pm

As the days get shorter and colder and the nights grow long, people tend to want to make their homes feel cozier. One of the quickest ways to do so is with candles, so now is the perfect time to consider making your own. Why would you do this when it’s so easy to buy candles at the store? Store-bought candles tend to contain unsavory ingredients like animal fat, carcinogenic paraffin and oh-so-unsustainable palm oil. When you make your own soy wax candles, you know exactly what’s in them. Once you improve at making attractive candles, you can even give[...]

Abu Dhabi Flamingo Visitor Center blends into the landscape

25 September 2020 @ 2:30 pm

Prague-based architecture firm Petr Janda / brainwork studio has won an international competition with its design of the Abu Dhabi Flamingo Visitor Center, a proposed center that would service the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve located southeast of central Abu Dhabi. Dubbed “To See and Not to be Seen,” the winning proposal blends in with the landscape with an organically shaped building made of a pink concrete material that mimics rock formations in the Arabian desert. To mitigate the region’s intense heat, the proposed visitor center would feature liquid coolant integrated into both the inner and outer building shells as well[...]

The Heimplanet Travel Pack gets a sustainable new upgrade

24 September 2020 @ 6:30 pm

Adventure luggage and tent company Heimplanet has given its popular travel pack a 2020 upgrade. First released in 2018, this new Heimplanet Travel Pack design provides a stylish companion for travel complete with sustainable Dycoshell fabric.[...]

China plans to go carbon-neutral by 2060

24 September 2020 @ 5:30 pm

China, the world’s biggest source of carbon dioxide, is aiming for carbon-neutrality by 2060. President Xi Jinping announced this goal while speaking to the UN General Assembly by video. Xi took the assembly by surprise. Since world events and political tensions have stalled global climate negotiations, the general assembly had expected little progress on climate change until 2021.[...]

Critical Antarctic glaciers are drifting away

24 September 2020 @ 4:30 pm

New findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences have revealed that two of the most important Antarctic glaciers are breaking away. The findings, which follow analyses of satellite imagery, indicate that a natural buffer that prevents the glaciers from breaking away is deteriorating at a rapid rate and could lead to destructive sea level rise.[...]

Indie comic book characters are brought to life as unique cardboard cutouts

24 September 2020 @ 3:30 pm

After creating a life-size board game out of cardboard, Luanga ‘Lue’ Nuwame has combined his love of cardboard crafting with another passion — rare comic book action figures. The self-proclaimed “comic book nerdboy" recently launched a Kickstarter for unique handmade cardboard cutouts of some of his favorite indie comic book characters. In a collection called ‘Ultimate Articulated Cardboard Action Cut-Outs,’ Nuwame has meticulously put together a 15-figurine set — including one of the earliest Black comic book heroes, Ace Harlem — that are available exclusively on Kickstarter.[...]

New Tokyo Toilet Project designs public restrooms to foster inclusivity

24 September 2020 @ 2:30 pm

Japan-based Nippon Foundation has launched its Tokyo Toilet Project to design and build new, inclusive public toilets at 17 different locations throughout the Shibuya district of Tokyo. Starting August 5, 2020, three of the toilets have become available, with the rest to follow.[...]