The Best of Treehugger: Google Targets Cheap Solar, the Local Kinkos for Stuff, and New York's Craziest (Sanest) Building
Google builds its own servers because the commercial ones are too expensive. It's also building solar panels for the same reason—and by focusing on mirrors, the company thinks it can cut the cost of solar energy by 60 percent. Overachievers. (They're going to do it, aren't they?)
By next year, will those ships traverse the world's next Suez Canal? Global warming has melted enough ice in the Northeast Passage to open a brand new, long sought-after shipping route, altering the way goods are transported around the world.
The craziest new building in New York is also one of its sanest: Thom Mayne's Cooper Union academic building begins with an airy central atrium, an elevator that only stops on two floors, and some of the best stairs—yes, stairs—we've ever seen. And then there's that spectacular, luminous, energy-saving skin.
Why don't we convert more salt water to potable water in places where it's needed? Pablo explains the complexities of desalinization, reminding us that the cheapest form of drinking water is the water we save.