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Worst Wildlife Disease Outbreak in North America Afflicts Bats, Could Cost Agriculture up to $53 Billion

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Much has been said about the plight of honeybees and their importance to agriculture, but less has been said about the plummeting bat population. More than one million endangered gray bats hibernate at the Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama, where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) just confirmed that a devastating fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) is wrecking havoc. The Center for Biological Diversity calls WNS the worst wildlife disease outbreak to hit North America and warns that the staggering loss of roughly 80 percent of the continent’s bat population could cost agriculture up to $53 billion.

Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George opens

The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC), one of the tallest contemporary wood buildings in North America, has officially opened, further positioning BC as a leader in wood innovation and design.

Holcim Awards 2013/2014


The International Holcim Awards is one of the most significant competitions in its field. The regional phase of the competition is now open for entries. It seeks leading projects from industry professionals and spirited ideas from the "Next Generation" that contribute to sustainability within architecture, building, civil engineering, landscape and urban design, as well as construction materials and technologies. This fourth cycle of the competition offers prize money of USD 2 million. Online registration is possible until March 24, 2014 at

Independent jury panels of renowned architects and academics evaluate qualified entries against the five "target issues" for sustainable construction which cover economic, social and environmental performance as well as contextual/aesthetic impact, and innovation/transferability. The juries are headed by Jean-Philippe Vassal (for competition region Europe), Toshiko Mori (North America), Bruno Stagno (Latin America), Howayda Al-Harithy (Africa Middle East) and Rahul Mehrotra (Asia Pacific). Full list of jury members at:

Utilize the step by step guide here and enter the Main Category if your project is at an advanced stage of design or enter the Next Generation category if you're a student between 18 and 30.

Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities as Toronto Pearson Approaches Capacity Milestone

Toronto Pearson has been the fastest-growing airport in North America over the last four years. Today, it serves as a significant global hub, ranking second only to John F. Kennedy International Airport in North America for...

Spectacular Skyscraper in Canada by Foster+Partners

Jameson House is an unique and spectacular skyscraper which offers an architectural legacy to Vancouver, Canada. This mixed-use residential project is a result of a team effort of Foster+Partners architects and a clear commitment to sustainability, architects working closely with environmental engineers. Jameson House develops a number of key themes that have been integral to Foster+ Partners’ work for many years, demonstrating innovation.

Toyota Unveils its 2015 Zero Emissions Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle at the 2014 CES in Las Vegas

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Toyota is going to release a new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in 2015, but first the manufacturer gave the world another preview of it at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Toyota brought two fuel cell vehicles to the show, the FCV concept and a fuel-cell powered prototype that has been used for extensive and extreme on-road testing in North America for more than a year.

Heavy metal: John Chamberlain's first UK exhibition takes Edinburgh

<p>Unexpectedly offset by their formal landscaped surroundings, four of John Chamberlain&#39;s towering, twisted aluminium sculptures in glittering shades of pink, bronze and green are currently dotted around the grounds of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inverleith House at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh</a> as part of the the late American artist&#39;s first show in the UK.<br /> <br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6;">A key figure in the New York art scene during the 1950s and 60s, Chamberlain (1927 - 2011) was often overshadowed by his American abstract expressionist contemporaries yet his work continues to exert a powerful influence on artists working today. Although renowned for his welded sculptures of discarded car parts, Chamberlain was a self-described collagist who worked with a broad range of media including urethane foam, paper bags, plexiglas, galvanised or stainless steel.&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6;">It is this breadth and diversity of his oeuvre that the exhibition at Inverleith House seeks to highlight.

Sneak a Peek Inside America’s First Ever Cat Cafe in New York City

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New Yorkers looking for that “purr”-fect latte were in for a huge treat this past weekend at Purina One’s pop up cat cafe. For four fur-filled days, hundreds of people queued outside the temporary eatery for a chance to enjoy complimentary cat-achinos and the company of sixteen cuddly cats, all of which were up for adoption. Click through to see behind the scenes shots of the first ever Cat Cafe in North America!