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This Interactive Sustainable College Illustration Is Rich With Ideas

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Sep 21, 2014 9:25:00 AM

Our friend Pete Gorski created this great infographic of an idealized sustainable college campus for the Portland Press Herald, To build it, he borrowed green buildings from college campuses all over Maine and pulled out their best eco-friendly buildings and amenities. It's too bad the Press Herald didn't include some actual information on the infographic instead of using every hot button to try to drive you back to their website, but it looks like they are new to interactive etiquette. If you'd like to see a more full-featured use for this kind of interactive feedback, check out our city of the future illustration, part of our ongoing Celestia Project.--Editor

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MIT May Have Solved the Vexing Problem of Shading on Solar Panels

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jul 14, 2014 11:47:00 AM

A team of researchers at MIT has arrived at a low-cost solution for the power loss associated with partly shaded solar panels: using the solar cell as an energy storage itself. The Unified Solar team won the MIT Clean Energy Prize this year for its clever, affordable solution to the fact that "shade happens."

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Window Air Conditioners May Cost Us the Future

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jun 27, 2014 4:40:00 PM


The latest analyses show that even if we upgrade every air conditioner on Earth, better technology won't save us from their dire impacts on the atmosphere.

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Equilibrium: Living with Nature

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

May 15, 2014 8:17:00 PM

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Abundance--The Future of Food Security

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Apr 25, 2014 12:04:00 PM

WHEN WE ENVISION HOW WE WILL LIVE OVER THE NEXT 100 YEARS, we are faced almost immediately with issues of food security. How do we design a building, a city, a house or a kitchen—or even a cooking method—without factoring in where and how people will acquire and prepare their food?

According to most statistics, hunger should no longer exist on Earth. Technological advances in farming mean that the total amount of food production worldwide now outpaces population growth. Yet almost a billion people go hungry each year. The reasons why, according to Harpers Magazine, are not what you might expect: Food has become a speculative commodity—especially wheat—that is bought and sold for profit, even when it doesn’t actually exist. Real food is held back until prices rise, and people starve

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ECO-Topia is Coming

Posted by Celestia News Desk

Apr 19, 2014 3:30:00 PM

A TIME CAPSULE HAS BEEN FOUND in New York’s Central Park. But this is no ordinary artifact. It comes from the future—the year 2100. As researchers begin sifting through its contents, they find documents, videos and technology that shake the world from its dystopian trance. A hopeful future is both possible and probable, the record says, as long as we allow current trends regarding food, shelter and resilience to take shape.
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CELESTIA Time Capsule Discovered

Posted by Celestia News Desk

Apr 4, 2014 6:13:00 PM

BREAKING NEWS: TIME CAPSULE UNEARTHED IN NEW YORK FROM A FUTURE "ECO-TOPIA" says an age of environmental balance and abundance lies within our reach.

A time capsule has been found in New York’s Central Park. But this is no ordinary artifact. It comes from the future—the year 2100. As researchers begin sifting through its contents, they find documents, videos and technology that shake the world from its dystopian trance. A hopeful future is both possible and probable, the record says, as long as we allow current trends regarding food, shelter and resilience to take shape.

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