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7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally

Bringing potted plants into a living space to liven it up is a trick that's been used by interior designers for years, but did you know that our …

Gardening

Smog-filled Beijing is building a 'green necklace' around the city to curb pollution

Beijing’s pollution problem is no secret – earlier this year the city even created an environmental police squad in a bid to stop smog. Now, the …

China

World's biggest river island could be India's first carbon-neutral sector

Pollution has plagued India recently; a 2017 report showed people are more likely to die from air pollution not in China, as might be your first …

Sustainability

Solar-powered skin could help prosthetics imbue sense of touch

Engineers from the University of Glasgow have developed a synthetic skin that could help amputees regain their sense of touch. Clad in graphene, a …

Prosthetics

World's largest artificial sun switches on in Germany

German scientists are hoping to shine new light on ways to generate environmentally friendly fuels. At the German Aerospace Center (DLR)’s Institute …

Astronomy

Google Street View cars are helping scientists spot methane leaks

The Google fleet has been mapping cities around the world for years, making navigation easier for travelers. Now they have an important new …

Environment

Light-filled Compass House prioritizes low maintenance and energy savings

Toronto-based superkül architects designed a vacation home for a family of six transitioning back to Canada after living abroad. Set on the grassy …

Houses

Madison, Wisconsin commits to 100% renewable energy

Madison just became the first city in Wisconsin and the largest city in the Midwest to commit to 100 percent clean energy in just the latest example …

Renewable Energy

Incredible video of Mars stitched together by hand from 33,000 images

If you’ve ever wanted to get up-close and personal with Mars, check out this incredible video recently released by NASA that shows the Red Planet’s …

Solar System

"Piggy Bank," a turtle that swallowed 915 coins, has died

A venerated sea turtle who was fed hundreds of coins by supplicants seeking good fortune is dead. The 25-year-old animal was living in a pond in a …

Wildlife

Tiny indoor vertical garden grows micro-veggies on its own in 10 days

You don’t need green thumbs to grow microgreens with this EcoQube Frame. The tiny indoor vertical garden grows micro-veggies in 10 days with only …

Gardening

Cloud House makes it rain on demand with creative water harvesting system

You won’t have to do a rain dance to make it rain at the Cloud House—sitting in one of its rocking chairs should do the trick. Artist Matthew …

Houses

6 ways to add passive solar features to your home

Looking for a way to reduce that electric bill, lower your carbon footprint, and show off to your neighbors? The good news is that you don’t have to …

Houses

7,000 methane gas bubbles in Siberia on the verge of exploding

Last summer researchers revealed crazy bubbling tundra in Siberia in a surreal video. Scientists believe the weird phenomenon is caused by methane …

Climate Change

Flexible new solar panel is almost 80% lighter than traditional panels

Solar panels just got a lot slimmer. Zhengrong Shi, a.k.a. the Sun King, is now marketing eArche, a super flexible, ultrathin solar panel that could …

Solar Power

Ultra-green house in Seattle marries aesthetics and sustainability

This ultra-green house for a Seattle family of four has achieved an exceptional level of sustainability without compromising on aesthetics. Shed …

Houses

Wright Electric unveils revolutionary plan for 150-seat electric passenger plane

The electric car market just keeps growing, but electric planes aren’t yet a common sight. Wright Electric plans to change that with a 150-seat …

Aerospace

New York City's "floating food forest" returns next month

If you missed it the last time around, Swale New York’s “floating food forest” will be giving visitors another chance to check out its vegetative …

Gardening

LEED Platinum housing development helps fight gentrification in Philadelphia

Can architects design attractive homes for developing areas that won’t feed into gentrification? That’s what Interface Studio Architects (ISA) set …

Gentrification

6 delightful tiny library designs from around the world

Children and adults can now check out books for free from tiny libraries in over 50,000 neighborhoods in 70 different countries. Some libraries are …

Design

Swedish researchers develop low-cost wood filter to purify water in refugee camps

At least 780 million people in the world lack access to clean water, a dire problem exacerbated by the increasing number of people living in …

Construction

Trump plans to strip NASA’s earth science division, promote mission to Mars

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed into law a new plan for NASA’s future. The NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 calls for a $19.5 …

Space Exploration

Origami-like alpine cabin brings contemporary style to Chile's mountains

Alpine architecture has evolved far beyond traditional chalets, as can be seen in this contemporary cabin perched high above in Chile’s Valparaíso …

Architecture

Mexico-sized algae bloom in the Arabian Sea connected to climate change

Talk of climate change probably evokes images of rising sea levels or hotter temperatures, but what about algae blooms? Scientists have made a direct …

Climate Change

Boston public schools phase in new map to decolonize curriculum

The global map on which all your geographical knowledge is based probably wasn’t as accurate as you thought. For nearly 500 years, classrooms have …

Education

Historic Dutch nursery transformed into stunning solar-powered home

A stunning solar-powered home has emerged from the bones of a former school for infants in Leiden, the Netherlands. Design firm ATELIER SPACE …

Houses

Former Patagonia CEO announces largest land donation in history

Land conservation in Chile could reach a new high with a recent pledge to conserve 11 million acres of wilderness as national parks. As part of the …

National Parks

Beautiful cliffside home 'split in half' by landslide rebuilt with wooden pods

Sometimes beautiful design is just fate. When AR Design Studio decided to add an extension to a cliffside home on the UK’s South Coast, the entire …

Architecture

Coming soon: NYC's first community solar project

A company based in Toronto is bringing New York City its first community solar project. UGE International, one of the world’s leading …

Renewable Energy

German coal mine set to become "giant battery" for storing renewable energy

A German coal mine is about to be turned into a massive battery for storing electricity from renewable energy sources. The Prosper-Haniel hard coal …

Renewable Energy