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The threatened Great Barrier Reef is estimated to be worth $42 billion

Our unsustainable habits are propelling climate change, and as a result, the Great Barrier Reef is under immense environmental stress. Coral …

Oceans

Cities rebel against Trump by posting climate data his EPA took down

Around two months ago the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Donald Trump took down climate change information that had been on …

Climate

Volkswagen may offer more electric cars than any other brand

Now that the “dieselgate” scandal is almost over, VW needs to revamp its image and find a new way to appeal to the “green” crowd. Diesel has become a …

Electric Vehicles

Macron and Schwarzenegger throw shade at Donald Trump in new climate video

Donald Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” has become infamous – as it casually writes off the other 7.17 billion or so people that …

Donald Trump

This green-roofed cultural center in Sweden doubles as a vibrant public square

This green-roofed cultural center in Sweden blurs the line between the indoors and outdoors. Designed by Sweco Architects, the new Bergsjön Kulturhus …

Architecture

This amazing farm in a box can pop up on any city street

It’s sometimes difficult to find fresh, local produce in urban environments. To solve this problem, Finnish enterprise Exsilio Oy has developed the …

Farming

This urban ‘tree’ cleans as much polluted air as an entire forest

Air pollution might be invisible, but it results in 7 million premature deaths each year. Fortunately, there’s a solution – the CityTree is a …

Pollution

Biodegradable PawPods: a better way to bury your pet

Burying a beloved pet is never easy. But PawPods offers a thoughtful, biodegradable option for burying deceased animals with their bamboo and rice …

Recycling

Brilliant woodland pavilion pushes the envelope of timber in tension

Architectural Association students of the Design & Make program are pushing the envelope on lightweight timber construction. In the program’s most …

Architecture

China breaks ground on first “Forest City” that fights air pollution

A pollution-fighting green city unlike any before is springing to life in China. Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, the first “Forest City” is now …

Pollution

Indian Railways installing rooftop solar panels on 250 trains

Some of the world’s most polluting cities may be found in India, but the country’s government, as well as private corporations, are working hard to …

Renewable Energy

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will feature semi-autonomous driving technology

We’re just a few months away from the debut of the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf – and the automaker just announced a killer feature for its …

Transportation

Waterstudio's floating sea wall harvests blue energy from crashing water

Certain world leaders might be dragging their feet on addressing climate change, but in the meantime, Koen Olthuis and the rest of the Waterstudio …

Oceans

Breakthrough algae strain produces twice as much biofuel

Scientists have been working since the 1970’s to transform algae into biofuel. Now a new breakthrough could make this alternative energy source a …

Biology

Eviation Aircraft unveils all-electric plane with 600-mile range

Though flying via airplane is fast and fun, it’s one of the least environmentally-friendly methods of travel. That may soon change, however, as …

Electric Vehicles

New research shows there may be 10 planets in our solar system

Don’t get your hopes up – scientists aren’t making Pluto a planet again just yet. But the number of planets that exist in our solar system could be …

Universe

Solar-powered Cloverdale house is made of reclaimed wood from a 1970s kit home

This solar-powered home in Cloverdale, California was built using reclaimed wood from an existing 1970s kit log home. Turnbull Griffin Haesloop …

Architecture

Amazing elevated museum lets you stroll through the treetops in British Columbia

This angular museum meanders through a forest in British Columbia. Canadian firm Patkau Architects designed the elevated building to house a private …

Architecture

A beautiful "canopy of light" resurrects the Guangzhou East Railway Station in China

One of the biggest railway terminals in China recently received an extensive renovation that shelters the main entrance with a beautiful “canopy of …

China

Doctors warn cities that LED street lights can cause serious health issues

Many cities have shifted to LED lights in a bid to be more energy and cost efficient, but LED lights have another price – and it comes at our health. …

Health

Enchanting tiny home combines rustic French charm and modern luxury

Rustic French charm and modern luxury come together in this beautiful tiny home on wheels. France’s tiny house company Baluchon has outdone …

Houses

Spiky sweets shop makes extraordinary use of the common traffic cone

This new ice cream shop in Poznań, Poland is a treat for the stomach—and the eyes. Clad in nearly a thousand white traffic cones, this spiky mobile …

Ice Cream

The Netherlands is converting prisons into homes for refugees

Unlike the United States of America, the prison population and crime rate in the Netherlands has been steadily decreasing for years. As a result, the …

Refugees

Sweden passes law to become carbon neutral by 2045

Sweden just took a huge step to become even greener than they already are. Their parliament just passed a law – 254 to 41 votes – to slash carbon …

Climate

132-year-old lobster returned to ocean after living in tank for 20 years

Bet you didn’t know it’s National Lobster Month? Well, Hempstead, New York does, and some residents are celebrating the occasion by releasing a …

Lobster

UN releases inconceivable new estimate of Earth's 2050 population

Right now there are 7.5 billion people on Earth – and counting. But the world in 2050 will be even more packed, according to new United Nations (UN) …

Population

World's greenest and healthiest office crowned in Washington, D.C.

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) headquarters in Washington DC was just named the greenest and healthiest office on the planet! …

The Workplace

Astrophysicist warns asteroid strike is not a matter of if, but when

We humans have done a pretty good job of trashing the Earth all by ourselves, but we don’t often stop to consider external threats – like asteroids. …

Space Exploration

Three stacked spruce 'shoeboxes' reimagine a 1934 house in Ljubljana

This renovated house in Slovenia consists of three spruce-covered volumes stacked up like shoeboxes. Ofis Arhitekti renovated a house designed by …

Architecture

INTERVIEW: Meet Eric Lundgren, who broke the world record for EV range with a car made from trash

Eric Lundgren, the founder and CEO of e-waste recycling company ITAP, recently beat the electric vehicle driving range of a Tesla with a car made …

Electric Vehicles