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From Abandoned Place To Must-See Hot Spot, 3 Of America's Best Recycled Structures

To keep an old building, or bust it down and build something new in its place? Such is the question facing developers who want to increase property value while minimizing the cost to do it. But it doesn't take a historic preservationist or urban explorer to see that abandoned spaces can be …

How Climate Change Is Destroying Our National Parks

America's national parks are being adversely affected by climate change, with temperatures becoming more extreme in recent years compared to the historical norms of the last century, a new study by the National Park Service (NPS) finds.<p>"These changes will have implications for what visitors see and …

National Parks

10 Brands That Will Disappear In 2015: 24/7 Wall St.

Each year, 24/7 Wall St. identifies 10 American brands that we predict will disappear before the end of the next year. This year’s list reflects the fact that mergers and acquisitions are at unprecedented levels. While some of the companies on this list may disappear because they continue to be at …

India plans to build the world's largest floating solar farm

Solar farms need three things: sunlight, photovoltaic panels and a huge expanse of land. It's the third in that list that's hampering green efforts in countries like India, where space is scarce and therefore very expensive. That's why India is copying Japan's (pictured) idea of building floating …

Colorado's pot message to U.S.

With Alaska and Oregon gearing up to vote on legalizing marijuana in a few months and many other states considering it further down the road, one state is on everyone’s mind — Colorado.<p>Activists on both sides of the pot debate are pointing to the Colorado experiment — what they see as its great …

Well, I'll Be Un-Dammed: Colorado River (Briefly) Reached The Sea

For a few weeks this spring, the Colorado River flowed all the way to the sea for the first time in a half a century. And during that window of opportunity, writer Rowan Jacobsen took the paddleboarding trip of a lifetime.<p>The river starts in the Rocky Mountains, and for more than 1,400 miles, it …

Cross-Laminated Timber is the Most Advanced Building Material

Cross-Laminated Timber Continues to Impress Builders and Engineers<p>On a cloudy day in early October, the architect Andrew Waugh circles the base of a nondescript apartment tower in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch suffered heavily during the blitz of World War II—“urban renewal, …

Engineering