Volcom Pipe Pro: green from the inside out

The 2014 Volcom Pipe Pro has been considered a Deep Blue Surfing Event by Sustainable Surf.

The surf contest exceeded the minimum requirements of all five major categories of environmental and social impacts - Waste Diversion, Renewable Energy, Community Outreach, Climate Change and Transportation.

The 2013 Volcom Pipe Pro was the first Hawaiian ASP surfing event to be powered by biodiesel, and to become carbon neutral. The 2014 edition continued this achievement and provided significant support for the local community.

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Floating City: a dream that may become a reality

Architecture studio AT Design Office has developed a project for an Atlantis-like floating underwater city.

The Chinese construction firm CCCC plans to build the ocean metropolis in an area of four square miles, with the same technologies used to build a 31-mile bridge between the cities of Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai.

"Part of that bridge is an underwater tunnel, which is joined by a 150-metre-long precast concrete box," underlines architect Slavomir Siska.

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Thwaites Glacier: melting fast

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which holds enough water to raise global seas by several feet, is about to collapse, according to scientists from the University of Washington.

Using detailed topography maps and computer modeling, researchers concluded the ice collapse appears to have already begun.

"Previously, when we saw thinning we didn't necessarily know whether the glacier could slow down later, spontaneously or through some feedback," explains Ian Joughin, a glaciologist at the UW's Applied Physics Laboratory.

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