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Could Climate Change Alter Your Cup of Tea?

Could Climate Change Alter Your Cup of Tea?

As we learn more about climate change and its effects, there is one area that may not readily come to mind: the tea industry. Supposedly, a cup of tea in some areas in China may begin to taste a little different. Climate change and its difference in temperatures and rainfall levels is said to be responsible for altering some agricultural systems, and tea fields may also be susceptible. Other significant changes like antioxidant levels, and even the scent of the tea leaves, are reportedly subject to variances. Researchers from Tufts University are looking into how this favored beverage might be… read more

Video: The Obscene Amount Of Pollution In China


Russia, Asia, and South America rank the highest on the world’s scale of most-polluted areas, although China still takes the cake year after year. Vice magazine sent a camera crew to document the ridiculous amount of pollution that Chinese citizens breath in every day, and they created a 2-part series on Youtube. We’ve linked both parts below, and highly recommend you watch them. We won’t blame you if you feel like taking a shower afterwards. PART ONE: Still have the stomach to continue? PART TWO:

All Choked Up In China

Choking In China

  Earlier this year pictures of the air pollution swathing the skies in China’s highly inhabited cities like Shanghai, Beijing, Xian and Guangzhou were released, and it is hard to imagine living and working in that environment. Overdue reports on the increasingly bad breathing quality disclosed that the air’s particle count had exploded to 755 in Beijing, the largest amount ever recorded there. The air was thick with PM2.5, which is a tiny element filled with numerous toxins like heavy metals, chemicals and microorganisms. It can enter the bloodstream when breathed in and can contribute to health issues like cancer, cardiovascular and… read more

Inner-City Nomads

Inner City Nomads

Urban mobility, and transient living take on a new life with the introduction of Tricycle-Houses in Beijing.  They can be likened to a caravan or mobile home, though also a human-powered chariot, as citizens, it seems, are able to take official residence within their tricycle-house, while moving freely about the city. This comes as a necessity, in a country where owning a home is becoming nearly impossible as the cost of land ownership continues to rise and space is increasingly becoming a rare luxury. Appearances aside, tricycle-houses are equipped with enough ‘tricks’ and stow-able amenities to make living off the… read more

Changsha’s Vertical City


The Broad Sustainable Building company is taking vertical living to a new level with the construction of a skyscraper that will encapsulate an entire city. The 220-storied highrise, called Sky City, is scheduled to begin construction next month in Changsha, which is the capital of the Hunan providence in China. At the time of writing, Sky City is to be the world’s tallest building, rising 10 meters above Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, at 838 meters high. The project is also significantly cheaper, costing 17 times less than Burj Khalifa, despite an estimated 90 day-long construction period. The speedy assemblage can attributed… read more

The Evolution Of The Supermarket

Artist's Rendering

For decades, the image of a cement building with names such as Wal-Mart, Kroger, Price Chopper, or even Dad’s Grocery plastered on them have been the design standard for marketplaces worldwide. Groceries, hardware stores, etc, all follow this model. It hasn’t evolved in the past two centuries, at least, not until now. The image below marks a significant upgrade from the tired old designs we’re used to seeing, and it comes from China. The asian superpower has recently proven itself as quite the innovator in recent years when it comes to architecture. It began with the giant “nest” created for… read more

China’s Car-Straddling Bus

China Mega Bus

In mid-2010, China debuted a prototype design for a “straddling bus”; a giant train-like vehicle that would use existing street lanes and drive overtop of traffic. The massive vehicle would carry 1200-1400 passengers at any given time, stands 4.5m high with two levels, and can travel 60km/h. It would travel over existing streets because of its elevated design. The bus concept was created as a solution to China’s major congestion problems, and also as a means to reduce their exorbitant pollution levels. It would be powered by electricity and solar power, which presents a major innovation for such a large… read more

Sustainable Buildings

Chengdu city prototype

Green Architecture has become the new fad in modern construction. Simply installing eco-friendly outlet plugs and energy filters isn’t enough anymore. Nowadays, expect to see solar panels, wind turbines, natural/recyclable building materials, and more coming to a neighborhood near you. One of the more well-known proponents for a natural architecture revolution is a company called Earthship Biotecture. They offer a wide range of residences, from single individual and large family size, to commercial structure and disaster management projects. Most of their developments are in rural and desert areas, but they hope to expand their reach to more populated communities soon…. read more

Tianjin Eco-City

Tianjin eco-city view

Tianjin Eco-City is a fascinating, 30 square kilometer development designed as a model for future developing Chinese cities. As China rapidly modernizes there is a need to create a sustainable city model. Situated 45 kilometers from Tianjin City and 150 kilometers from the Chinese capital of Beijing, the site of the Tianjin Eco-City is just a 10 minutes’ drive from the business parks at the Tianjin Economic-Development Area. The Tianjin Eco-City is expected to house 350,000 residents when the project is fully completed in 2020.  A conscious effort was made not to create a generic city but instead to create… read more