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New York City to install around 1,000 fast-chargers for EVs

New York City aims to majorly expand their electric vehicle (EV) charging network with a $10 million investment. They recently introduced a plan to …

Electric Vehicles

Futuristic floating bubble car wins London design competition

Renault and Central Saint Martins – UAL have teamed up to develop the car of the future. Part of a design competition, students of the school’s MA …

Transportation

UNEP chief: Polluters should pay for environmental destruction, not taxpayers

Companies often profit from environmental destruction, leaving taxpayers to pick up the cleanup bill. That shouldn’t be the case, according to Erik …

Climate

New Antarctic farm will grow produce despite temperatures of -100 degrees F

Imagine having to go months without an adequate supply of fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables. Scientists based in Antarctica know this struggle, …

Climate Change

Waterproof solar cell generates power even after it gets soaked

A new solar cell could go through the laundry and emerge still working. The photovoltaic cell, developed by Japanese research institution RIKEN and …

Clean Energy

Grow your own mushroom lamp with this brilliant DIY kit

Ever wanted to grow your own lamp? Now you can, thanks to a brilliant collaboration between eco-designer Danielle Trofe and Ecovative. Recently …

Farming

Ericsson's new mixed-reality platform envisions urban design in "real life"

Ericsson has created a new mixed-reality platform that allows users to envision urban design projects in “real life”. Teaming up with UN-Habitat, …

Augmented Reality

Astronomers discover that exoplanet WASP-12b is "darker than asphalt"

Astronomers recently discovered an exoplanet they’ve been studying since 2008 is pitch black, reflecting almost no light. The new findings could …

Universe

Off-grid Lake House escapes the Texan heat with minimal landscape impact

There’s nothing quite like taking a cool dip in a lake on a hot summer’s day. The lucky owners of the Lake House get to escape the brutal Texan heat …

Cabins

Schmidt Hammer Lassen breaks ground on LEED Gold-seeking incubator in Shanghai

A striking new high-tech building in Shanghai is going for gold—LEED Gold, that is. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects just broke ground on the new …

Construction

Biomimicry helps nature-lovers and fragile wildlife co-exist at the Votu Hotel in Brazil

The Maraú Peninsula is a 25 mile long bar of pristine Brazilian sand, flanked by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the tranquil Camamu Bay on the …

Nature

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation donates $20M to support environmental causes

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) just announced their biggest portfolio of environmental grants ever given. LDF is giving $20 million to …

Climate

London's sewer-dwelling 'fatberg' will be converted into biofuel

IT’s not the only monster lurking in the sewers. Beneath the streets of London lies the now-notorious “fatberg,” a congealed mass of grease, oil, wet …

Museum of London

Strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years made landfall this morning

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico earlier today as a Category 4 storm. While it had weakened from a Category 5, officials still warned the hurricane is …

Weather

Extraordinary living chandelier with algae-filled leaves purifies the air

Lighting design has come a long way. Julian Melchiorri, a London-based designer and engineer, created this extraordinary living chandelier that not …

Sustainability

Schwarzenegger-backed startup takes on Tesla with new battery tech

Tesla may be the best-known electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, but its grip on the industry isn’t certain. The Elon Musk-founded company has plenty …

Electric Vehicles

Affordable flat-pack Surf Shack shelter operates completely off the grid

Nature lovers looking to construct their own sustainable off-grid getaway are going to love the new flat-pack Surf Shack shelter designed by the …

Cabins

Florida residents prohibited from using solar energy after Hurricane Irma

Millions of Florida residents lost power after Hurricane Irma raged through the state. But homeowners with solar energy installations couldn’t use …

Renewable Energy

Morpholio’s new Augmented Reality feature lets you sketch any space with the accuracy of a pro

Move over expensive trace paper—Morpholio just launched a new augmented reality feature to its flagship Trace app that makes it easier than ever to …

Augmented Reality

UNStudio completes sustainable all-in-one urban hub in Hangzhou

UNStudio has completed a stunning new LEED Gold-certified project in China that we hope will be a model for mixed-use development for years to come. …

Architecture

Gogoro revs up Smartscooter expansion with $300 million in new funding

Get ready Gogoro fans—the firm’s innovative electric scooters could soon be coming to a city near you. The Smartscooter maker just nabbed $300 …

Electric Vehicles

Supervolcano in Italy is "becoming more dangerous" as magma builds beneath the surface

Like the super volcano in Yellowstone National Park, experts have been preparing for the eruption of the Campi Flegrei volcano near the Bay of …

Geology

Could France-sized ocean garbage patch become 196th nation?

Plastic trash is polluting our oceans, and now there’s a garbage patch near Hawaii that is about as large as the entire country of France. The …

Oceans

Visionary eco-resort design for the Philippines features rotating seashell towers

Visionary eco-architect Vincent Callebaut has just unveiled images of his latest ecological masterpiece and it’s jaw-droppingly stunning. Nautilus is …

Sustainability

America's largest urban farm to be planted in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, once a site of heavy industry, could soon be home to the biggest urban farm in the United States. The 23-acre Hilltop Urban Farm will be …

Farming

Dozens of Japanese cities and towns quietly go off-grid

Dozens of cities and towns in Japan have quietly shifted from traditional utility-based grid power system to a more local, resilient model of …

Off-grid

Unique temporary shelter in Greece offers an elevated camping experience

Well, this is different. Studio Genua and hiboux ARCHITECTURE designed this contemporary wooden shelter, which acts as a short-term residence for …

Greece

Surf artist battles massive tides to paint powerful mural in the Bay of Fundy

Sean Yoro has a passion for creating art on precarious surfaces, but this time the intrepid street artist – who paints on a surfboard in the water – …

Street Art

Dubai to expand massive solar park to include world's tallest solar tower

There are 2.3 million photovoltaic panels at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park near Dubai. And now the massive solar farm is about to get …

Renewable Energy

Raindrop makes rainwater harvesting at home beautiful and easy

Traditional rain barrels are often clunky eyesores, which is why Studio Bas van der Veer designed a beautiful modern alternative that we love. Meet …

Design