Legislation introduced by New York City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Queens) would prohibit the exterior and interior lighting at night for roughly 40,000 buildings. The bill is a part of the city’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Decreased lighting usage is of particular interest to meet this goal as 70 percent of New York’s carbon emissions come from buildings in the city. The bill states that a $1000 fine will be issued for non-compliance.
A pancake collapse occurred on Friday at the parking structure that services Washington D.C.’s famed Watergate Hotel. The D.C. Fire Department responded to the failure as one person was injured. The multi-level partial collapse also affected cars parked in the garage. According to officials the area was under construction at the time of the collapse. The Watergate Hotel, which is part of the complex of offices and condominiums, is undergoing $125 million renovation. The 2600 block of Virginia Avenue was closed due to the incident.
Two new videos reveal the devastation caused by the magnitude 7.8 Nepal earthquake, that severely affected the country, are provided below. A short video taken during the earthquake shows massive landslides triggered by the seismic activity, while a drone that flew over the affectred areas after the earthquake captures breath taking pictures of the degree of destruction.
With death toll from Saturday's devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake reaching 3,000, Nepal is struggling to deal with the problems caused by the main as well as the strong aftershocks taking place in the region. United Nations estimate that nearly 5 million people were affected by the worst earthquake in Nepal in the last 80 years.
As of April 24th, Costa Rica has generated all of its electricity this year using only renewable resources. In a report released last week, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute believes the energy streak is likely to continue, estimating that Costa Rica will end 2015 having obtained 97% percent of its energy from renewables.