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Airdrop

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Award-winning irrigation gadget looks to ease the effects of drought on farmers

In no place have the cataclysmic environmental effects of climate change been felt more strongly than southeastern Australia. There, a prolonged, 12-year drought has wrought havoc on local ecosystems and caused catastrophic damage to agriculture, which suffered record losses and sent rural communities into a tailspin.  Enter Australian inventor Edward Linnacre, a Swinburne University......read more

Recycled Billboard iPad Sleeve

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The movie banner iPad case from Aire. $49.00

There are a ton of iPad accessories out there, and some of them have solid green credentials, but none hit quite like this protective sleeve made from recycled movie banners. Created by Aire, a crew of designers whose practice is predicated on saving movie ad banners from the landfill, the iPad sleeve offers a literal interpretation of Hollywood product placement. Billboards are of course......read more

SFO Terminal Lands LEED Gold Certification

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New terminal pushes sustainable airport architecture into the 21st century

With a flight from New York to LA consuming about 5,000 gallons of jet fuel, it's safe to say there's not much sustainable about the act of flying. The new Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport attempts to offset this carbon-intensive eco-unfriendliness with some next-generation green design. The remodeled terminal, designed by architects from Gensler, opened in April of this year at......read more

Airpushers, "Red Head Speedskater"

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Animated photo-collage fantasy directed by Kompost.

Some amazing art direction in this whirling, video game-influenced piece for “Red Head Speedskater” by Airpushers. Director Oliver Conrad — of NYC studio Kompost — takes us on a adventurous rip with the scantily clad title character, who smoothly goes about her business fighting aliens, riding trains, floating from balloons, and flying rockets. More proof (not that we needed it) that the......read more

Airspace Reboot

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A look at European airspace returning to use after being closed due to volcanic ash from Icelandic volcano

The April 16 volcanic eruption in Iceland spewed ash all over northern Europe, grinding air travel to a halt for several days. This neato animation, produced by UK web mapping services company ITO World, visualizes what happened to European airspace in the aftermath. ...read more

1978 Airstream Converted into Snug Live/Work Space

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Architect Matt Hofmann sizes down.

Clicking through Hofmann Architecture's portfolio of projects, you'll find plenty of palatial homes designed for rich clients. But one project stands out, and that's firm principal Matt Hofmann's own home. The Santa Barbara, CA architect recently renovated a vintage Airstream trailer to create a live-work space for himself and his girlfriend. As with all his projects, sustainability was the......read more

Airsurliving Airwake

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An elegantly-designed, eco-friendly indoor air purifier.

Green design principles inform every aspect of Jean-Marie Massaud's Airwake air purifier. The clean, modern design is composed of an outer shell made from sustainably-harvested ash wood, coated with a natural soap finish. Made in France, the low-energy appliance is super easy-to-use, with a luminous interface that controls purification power and a stainless steel cartridge that, once spent,......read more

Wind Power Goes Sky-High

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Airborne turbine harvests power from high-altitude winds

Altaeros is on the way up. The Boston-based renewable energy startup said in a press release that it has successfully tested a prototype of its airborne wind turbine -- a jet engine-shaped, helium-filled balloon with a conventional wind turbine inside.  In the prototype test, the device was tethered to a transmission cable and lifted to 350 feet, where, according to the company, it......read more

Airborne Wind Turbine to Bring Clean Energy to Alaska

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Altaeros Energies looks to serve the energy needs of remote areas with its Buoyant Airbone Turbine

Ryan Grenoble for the Huffington Post: It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a ... high-altitude flying wind turbine. A company by the name of Altaeros Energies, borne from the labs at MIT, is poised to break the record for the highest wind turbine ever deployed, with plans to float an electricity-generating device at an altitude of 1,000 feet above a site south of Fairbanks, Alaska. The......read more

Coway Air Purifier

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Who said air purifiers have to be ugly? $499.00

Why can't an air purifier enhance the look of a space? Does it have to look like an industrial cooling fan? Venerated product design agency IDEO blows those questions out the window with its sleek, modern design for the Coway AP-1008CH, an air purifier whose aesthetics are matched only by its performance. Featuring realtime pollution indicators and an intelligent purification system, the......read more

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