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China develops ‘Sponge City’ solution for drought and flooding

Posted August 1, 2017 by CCC in COP21, Design and planning, Sustainable design, Urban planning

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Global warming is increasing the urban threats of both flooding and drought. While flooding is a major issue in China (in 2013, more than 230 Chinese cities experienced floods) more than half of China’s cities are considered water scarce. A further 400 rely on groundwater sources for drinking water, even though 60 % of groundwater qualifies as relatively or very…

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SITRA report shows global value of scaling up proven, low-carbon solutions

Posted July 28, 2017 by CCC in COP21, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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The world already has the tools available to bring global emissions under control, over the next 15 years. Existing low carbon solutions need to be scaled-up across the globe. An analysis by Finland’s innovation funding agency SITRA shows that just 17 solutions could save about 9 billion tonnes (gigatonnes, Gt) of emissions in 2025, measured…

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Low-carbon future increases demand for specialist minerals

Posted July 26, 2017 by CCC in COP21, Design and planning, New materials /or recycling

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The rise of green energy technologies required for a low-carbon future is expected to lead to significant growth in demand for a wide range of minerals and metals, such as aluminum, copper, lead, lithium, manganese, nickel, silver, steel, and zinc and rare earth minerals, according to a new World Bank report, “The Growing Role of…

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Robots and 3D printers to design and build pioneering house

Posted July 25, 2017 by CCC in Design and planning, Sustainable design

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Swiss researchers are using robots and 3D printers to design and build a pioneering three-storey house. The team claims will be “the first house in the world to be designed, planned and built using predominantly digital processes”. Behind the project are eight professors from ETH Zurich whu are working with business partners. The aim of DFAB House is to…

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Sustainable floating ferry terminal designed for South Korea

Posted July 22, 2017 by CCC in Design and planning, Sustainable design

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A new floating ferry terminal designed like a Manta Ray is planned for the Yeouido Han River Park in Seoul, South Korea. The eco-friendly concept prioritizes sustainable development through the design’s esthetics, functions and proposed construction materials. The Manta Ray project will be constructed around bio-sourced, recyclable and recycled material and strives to be a prime example…

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Compact cities are more climate friendly and sustainable

Posted July 19, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Design and planning, Urban planning

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Houston and Barcelona have populations of around 2 million people, but Barcelona fits into one-tenth of the area of Houston. As a result, the emissions from Houston are several times greater than those of Barcelona. As a result, the emissions from Houston are several times greater than those of Barcelona. Urban sprawl increases infrastructure costs by 10% to 40% and intensifies a…

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Australia invests massively in clean energy infrastructure

Posted July 18, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, COP21, Design and planning, Sustainable design

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Australia is investing massively in clean energy projects through the state-backed Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). In its first four yearsCEFC,  Australia’s ‘Green Bank’, has contributed some $11 billion. Over the past year the breadth and scale of its investment activities have increased. Each dollar of CEFC investment commitments in 2016-2017 was matched by more…

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Report recommends whole-life low carbon infrastructure targets

Posted July 14, 2017 by CCC in Design and planning, Sustainable design

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A report recommending the establishment of a whole life carbon target for infrastructure has been published by the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC). The targets should be based on climate science and from which organisations can derive commensurate targets. The monitoring of such a target, and the reporting of progress against it, will be crucial, the report says.…

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China develops ‘Sponge City’ solution for drought and flooding

Posted August 1, 2017 by CCC in COP21, Design and planning, Sustainable design, Urban planning

China-Flooding

Global warming is increasing the urban threats of both flooding and drought. While flooding is a major issue in China (in 2013, more than 230 Chinese cities experienced floods) more than half of China’s cities are considered water scarce. A further 400 rely on groundwater sources for drinking water, even though 60 % of groundwater qualifies as relatively or very…

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The world’s coastal cities will sink unless carbon pollution is cut drastically

Posted March 31, 2016 by CCC in CCC campaign, COP21

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A new study confirms that only very aggressive climate action can save the world’s coastal cities from inundation by the end of the century. If total warming is kept below 2°C, we still could limit sea level rise to two feet this century. Otherwise, we should be anticipating five to six feet of sea level rise…

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More sustainable concrete through use of ‘energetically modified cement’

Posted October 21, 2016 by CCC in Building efficiency, New materials /or recycling, Sustainable design

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A report published by the Japanese Concrete Institute has highlighted techniques that can make concrete more sustainable, in particular through the addition of ‘supplementary cementing materials’ (SCMs). This approach replaces cement in concrete with combinations of SCMs leading to reactions which enhance strength, produce leaner concrete with less cement per m3. One of the pioneers…

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Major carbon-neutral mining technology developed by De Beers

Posted May 10, 2017 by CCC in COP22, Design and planning, New materials /or recycling, Sustainable design

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The Anglo American’s diamond company De Beers is embarking on an innovative energy storage project which aims to deliver carbon-neutral mining within five years. The project is utilising the storage potential of a by-product of diamond mining, known as kimberlite, a rare type of rock that remains after diamonds are removed from the ore. Kimberlite tailings…

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Sweden’s Sol Voltaics increases solar panel efficiency by 50%

Posted July 7, 2017 by CCC in Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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Swedish solar technology firm Sol Voltaics is preparing to launch a nano-based development which can boost the efficiency of solar panels by up to 50%. The company has made a breakthrough by developing PV nanowires using its proprietary Aerotaxy® process. The breakthrough paves the way for Sol Voltaics to bring its SolFilm™ PV solutions to market delivering solar module…

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COP21 planet warming target likely to be missed, says new research

Posted August 2, 2017 by CCC in COP21

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There is only a 5% chance that the Earth will avoid warming by at least 2C come the end of the century, according to new research that paints a sobering picture of the international effort to stem dangerous climate change. According to the University of Washington study, there is a 90% likelihood that temperatures will…

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Cities are central to any serious plan to tackle climate change

Posted December 14, 2016 by CCC in CCC campaign, COP21, Sustainable design

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The world’s major cities can deliver almost half the carbon reductions needed to hit our climate targets and are central to tackling climate change. Now that the US federal government is getting out of the climate protection business, at least for four years,these subnational actors are more important than ever. Cities generate most of the world’s economic…

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The secret of Roman concrete could help modern construction

Posted July 11, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, New materials /or recycling, Sustainable design

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Modern concrete—used in everything from roads to buildings to bridges—can break down in as few as 50 years while two thousand year old structures built by the Romans are still standing. In fact Roman concrete actually grows stronger over time, not weaker. An ancient recipe for mortar, written down by Roman engineer in 30 B.C.E. talks…

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