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German community bands together to convert old WWII bunker into a 'green mountain'

Hamburg residents are taking their community’s urban design into their own hands – and the results are amazing. A team of local residents and …

Germany

Enviable cabin with coastal views dramatically cuts into bedrock

If you want a tasteful home with a sense of drama, you’ll love this spruce-clad cabin. Helsinki-based studio Mer Arkkitehdit set this white …

Architecture

Light-filled library doubles as a home-like environment in Shanghai

There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book. Brooklyn-based nARCHITECTS imbues those feelings of comfort into their design of “Library As …

Architecture

BMW just unveiled the sleek electric motorcycle of the future

Ready to commute in style? BMW just unveiled a futuristic, zero-emission motorbike at the Concorso D’eleganza Villa D’este, showing us what the …

BMW

Forward Labs' new solar roof is 33% cheaper than Tesla's - and it can be installed in half the time

Tesla gets all the attention lately when it comes to solar roofs, but start-up Forward Labs has been hammering away at their own solar roof …

Clean Energy

New autopilot software update improves performance and feel of Tesla cars

Tesla may be the most valuable car company in the United States, but they are still raising the bar for autonomous vehicles. The company has been …

Autos

Now Trump wants to condemn wild horses to slaughter

There’s a new group on the chopping block under President Donald Trump’s latest budget proposal: wild horses. His administration thinks they could …

Wild Horses

India cancels plans for coal power stations as solar prices hit record low

India has canceled plans to construct nearly 14 gigawatts of coal-fired power stations in the country as prices for solar electricity “free fall” to …

Renewable Energy

China subverts pollution with contained vertical farms - and boosts yield

Around one fifth of arable land in China is contaminated with levels of toxins greater than government standards, according to 2014 data. That’s …

Farming

Atelier Space turn a 1925 nursery into a daylit solar-powered residence in the Netherlands

Smart adaptive reuse can do wonders with old, abandoned and disused buildings. Dutch firm Atelier Space breathed new life into this 1925 nursery in …

Clean Energy

Student-designed car could cross almost the entire U.S. on one gallon of gas

Engineering students at Quebec’s Université Laval just designed a gas-fueled car so efficient, you could travel further than the distance between …

Electric Vehicles

Tiny house startup Getaway to launch off-grid tiny homes in NYC this weekend

For New Yorkers who aren’t able to make it out of the hot city this summer, a few off-grid retreats will be popping up in NYC. Starting this Memorial …

Harvard

Formerly undiscovered tectonic plates may explain mysterious Vityaz earthquakes

A previously undetected layer of tectonic plates may offer answers to the mysterious Vityaz earthquakes in the Pacific Ocean. Researchers recently …

Geology

Envirohaven's super green geodesic homes can be built in just a few days

Geodesic homes are extremely energy efficient – and they’re a great option for those looking to reduce their footprint while living off the grid. …

Off-grid

LEED Silver-seeking Perry World House marries new and old at Penn

The newest building at the University of Pennsylvania also happens to be the oldest. This curious marriage of new and old is the Perry World House, …

University of Pennsylvania

Giant animal faces take over Mexico City’s forest for environmental awareness

Thousands of visitors to a Mexico City park were treated to an eerie sight in the treetops last weekend. Giant ghostly animals heads peered down from …

Animals

The world's most compact electric bike folds to fit into your backpack

Forget traditional bikes or skateboards – the future of green transportation is the Smacircle S1, an incredibly compact and lightweight electric bike …

Electric Bikes

World’s largest floating solar farm is now generating energy in China

A 40-megawatt solar farm in the South Anhui province of China is finally online and generating renewable energy. Larger than floating farms in …

Renewable Energy

China, Canada, EU join forces on climate action - without Trump

President Donald Trump still hasn’t made up his mind on whether he’ll keep the United States part of the 2015 Paris agreement, even though everyone …

Climate

Vivobarefoot is launching a sneaker made out of algae

Vivobarefoot, a London-based purveyor of so-called “barefoot” footwear, is going green in an altogether unexpected way. Together with Bloom, a …

Shoes

Pope Francis gifts Trump his book on climate change

Pope Francis and President Donald Trump have made no secret of their opposing viewpoints: on immigration, on climate change, or on walls. So many …

Christianity

Glass-encased circular Solo House snakes through a Spanish forest

Brussels-based Office KGDVS just unveiled an amazing glass-enclosed circular building that winds through a lush green forest in Spain’s mountainous …

Architecture

This Texas supermarket is growing its own veggies in a shipping container farm

A Texas chain of supermarkets isn’t just in the business of selling vegetables; it’s growing them, too. Based in Dallas, the H-E-B-owned Central …

Farming

8 tiny folklore-inspired cabins pop up in the Welsh countryside

Eight spectacular tiny homes inspired by local folklore and traditions are waiting for you in the Welsh countryside. The pop-up cabins represent the …

Countryside

The wind turbine manufacturer putting unemployed coal miners to work

The transition to clean energy isn’t always easy for workers in fossil fuel industries. As coal miners find themselves out of work, one wind turbine …

Wind Power

Green roof with bee hotel tops energy-neutral fair trade building in the Netherlands

Fair trade fruits and vegetables aren’t the only things coming and going at Nature’s Pride—buzzing bees and birds are also flocking to the …

Architecture

Plastic waste pop-up pavilion rethinks recycling in the Netherlands

Plastic waste takes on new life in the PET Pavilion, a temporary structure that popped up in a public park in Enschede, The Netherlands. Project.DWG …

Architecture

Gogoro launches Smartscooter 2 with better handling, brighter headlights, and extra storage

Groundbreaking transportation company Gogoro is at it again. Today, they are expanding their innovative scooter family with the Gogoro 2 …

Gear & Gadgets

The world's fastest electric car just shattered its own record

Critics used to say that electric cars would never be as powerful or speedy as gasoline-fueled ones. Well, they were wrong. The Nio EP9, designed by …

Transportation

Trump budget proposes 31% cut to EPA funding

President Donald Trump is still trying to take a swing at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The White House’s most recent budget proposal, …

Climate