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Peecycling will fertilize the green roofs of Amsterdam

by: Lloyd Alter © Chris Toala Olivares Plants need phosphorus, and we are running out of the stuff; some say we will reach peak phosphorus by 2030. That’s we should recycling urine, to recover the phosphorus in it instead of flushing it away. Rich Heap of Future Cities describes how Amsterdam’s water utility, Waternet, has set up a demonstration project […]

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In Pictures: Ghana’s e-waste mecca

E-waste at the Agbogbloshie dumpsite near Accra has created a socio-economic and environmental disaster. Kevin McElvaney Agbogbloshie is the world’s biggest e-waste dumpsite and is located close to Accra, Ghana. Electronic waste – TVs, PCs, HiFi systems, refrigerators – defines the landscape of this former wetland and recreation area.Traders from Europe, US, China and India […]

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Stone Furniture. No more plastic! Or vinyl, or PVC!

Stone Couch at Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne, Pennsylvania Image by Carolyn’s Shade Gardens, Bryn Mawr, PA. carolynsshadegardens.com Stone chair at Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne, Pennsylvania. Image by Carolyn’s Shade Gardens, Bryn Mawr, PA. carolynsshadegardens.com Stone seating group at Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne, Pennsylvania. Image by Carolyn’s Shade Gardens, Bryn Mawr, PA. carolynsshadegardens.com Stone Table by Colin Shaw-Rimmington, Canada. […]

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Gi fuglene feit mat og frukt

Husk å mate fuglene. Flere overlever hvis vi hjelper dem litt. Ornitolog Frode Falkenberg anbefaler solsikkefrø. Det er mange fugler som liker dem. Foto: Arild Breistøl     Kjøttmeiser. Foto: Rita Birkeland     Blåmeis. Foto: Knut Dreiås   Rødstrupe. Foto: Lars Henry Rossing     Svarttrost. Foto: Arvid Bredesen     Gulspurv. Foto: John […]

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Insect Hotels

Provide a home to pollinators and pest controllers. Tidy gardens, lawns and lack of dead wood, mean less and less habitat for wild bees, spiders and ladybugs. A wildlife stack can harbor numerous beneficial insects and amphibians. This habitat was made up entirely of recycled materials, the support is made up of old pallets. Image […]

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New York City’s Intervale Green Rooftop Urban Farm Cultivates More Than Food

When thinking of the Bronx, the northernmost of New York City’s five boroughs, one might think first of Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo, or the New York Botanical Garden. But what about farming? Up above one of the neighborhood’s residential buildings, a rooftop urban farmproduced over 1000 lbs. of produce last season. Intervale Green Rooftop Farm serves the largest multifamily, affordable […]

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Architecture and light: Jektvik Ferry Quay Area

The Jektvik Ferry Quay Area designed by Norwegian architect Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk is a sustainable landmark. A small, prefabricated building that exploits natural light and the know-how of local tradesmen, glazers and boat builders. Light is the basic ingredient of this small waiting shelter on the ferry quay of Jektvik, Norway, which sits on the “National Tourist […]

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