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Singapore’s Artificial Eco Super Trees

They’re 25-50 meters tall, solar powered, will collect rainwater, provide shade (obviously), will have plants growing on it, will be a temperature gauge (need more than 1?) and will look cool. They’re part of a development called Gardens by the Bay. There’ll be more including a plant conservatory that will cost admission, and if it’s anything like the Singapore we know, they’re going to be plenty of food. Does eco tourism really work? (CNN – Singapore Gardens by the Bay)

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Super Duper Solar House in Osaka

“The Eco House will use state-of-the-art technology in Sharp’s efforts to develop the ultimate in future home comfort.” Nearly two weeks ago, we reported on the planned development of an ecologically-friendly sustainable smart town in Fujisawa, Japan. That project, for which Panasonic is supplying the technology, isn’t scheduled for completion until 2014. However, starting this month, Sharp will be testing its own “eco technology” using a special house built for that purpose in Sakai City in Osaka Prefecture. The house features solar panels, of course, as well as LED lighting and state-of-the-art power management systems. The goal of the project is to prove that dwellings can be built and operated to produce absolutely no carbon dioxide emissions. We think it...

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