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Europe’s cities rely on age-old ways to stay cool as heat waves intensify

Architectural styles and construction materials can significantly reduce the need for air-conditioning during heat waves, according to sustainable architecture experts.
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How to build a tear-apart city

The remnants of most old buildings end up in landfill, but some cities are starting to design them for reuse from the start.
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This campus takes “learning environment” literally

At the University of the District of Columbia, sustainable infrastructure is part of the educational experience.

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Heat waves: What are the alternatives to air conditioning?

As climate change exacerbates heat waves, more and more people rely on energy-guzzling air conditioners to keep cool — a vicious cycle. Experts say passive cooling could alleviate some of the pressure.
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These windows are see-through solar panels

What if solar panels weren’t just on the roof?
How to incorporate direct air capture into urban design

How to incorporate direct air capture into urban design

These concepts show how we could incorporate carbon capture into urban design.
Cleaner buildings? We need to spend billions
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Cleaner buildings? We need to spend billions

A new Portland program is funding these kinds of residential upgrades, and is one of several efforts to expand and accelerate improvements to existing homes and businesses that generate a growing share of climate-warming pollution.

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