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A Startup Is Turning Trash Into Construction Materials

A startup called ByFusion wants to take the world's trash and put it to good use. Waste Dive reports that the New York-based company has developed a …

Dreamy rooftop garden covers breezy modern house in Vietnam

It’s like a private park<p>Never ones to shy away from throwing in all the plants, Vietnamese architecture firm Vo Trong Nghia takes the roof terrace to the next level in this new home in Nha Trang, Vietnam. The firm, working in collaboration with architect Masaaki Iwamoto, made the most of local …

Architecture

Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone

Zero emission milestone reached as country is powered by just wind, solar and hydro-generated electricity for 107 hours<p>Portugal kept its lights on with renewable energy alone for four consecutive days last week in a clean energy milestone revealed by data analysis of national energy network figures.<p>…

Renewable Energy

Coal made its best case against climate change, and lost

A Minnesota judge found the preponderance of evidence did not favor coal industry climate science denial<p>Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private sector coal company (now bankrupt), recently faced off against environmental groups in a Minnesota court case. The case was to determine whether the …

Climate Change

11 Ethical And Sustainable Brands You Need To Know

As cool as they are conscious<p>When it comes to the fashion industry these days, things aren’t always as ethical and good for the environment as we’d like them to be. With the rise of fast fashion, many garments today are made with materials and dyes that produce harmful waste and pollution, all for …

Sustainability

The American Hiking Trails You Must Do Before You Die

Shutterstock<p>Panorama Trail<p><b>Where it is:</b> Yosemite National Park, CA<b><br>Distance:</b> 8.5 miles<br>Have your GoPro ready—you're definitely going to want to capture …

Hiking

The 30 Most Beautiful Places in the World

Time to dust off your passport.<p>There are so many amazing places around the globe to see, we couldn't possibly include them all in just one list. But, these breathtaking destinations are definitely worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list–whether you're looking to relax on a beach, get …

National Parks

The world's trash crisis, and why many Americans are oblivious

As nations around the globe observe Earth Day, one of the most daunting issues facing the world is the mounting waste problem, which impairs public health, pollutes the environment and threatens to drown some poor countries in toxicity.<p>More than half the world’s population does not have access to …

This New Super-Sustainable Town Will Run On Solar Power And Use Driverless Cars For Public Transit

The new Florida community of Babcock Ranch wants to build the clean-energy fueled community of the future.<p>When a massive ranch in Florida went up for sale 10 years ago, on a piece of land five times the size of Manhattan, the owners had offers from buyers around the world. But instead of selling to …

Vertical cities could be the future of architecture

Vertical City<p>Land is becoming scarce as the world's population grows and environmental changes shrink the amount of livable space on Earth. Some …

10 epic long-distance walks around the world

From the Highlands to the Himalayas, these hikes take in some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. They’re not for the faint-hearted, but keen trekkers will love the challenges posed by each More great walks: Europe | UK | best kit<p>Makalu Base Camp, Nepal<p>The trek to the base of the fifth …

Hiking

10 of the Most Beautiful Gardens You Will Ever See

The winning entries for Britain's International Garden Photographer of the Year are a true feast for the eyes.<p>There's little we love more than gazing over a lovely landscape — so the opportunity to view winning entries for Britain's International Garden Photographer of the Year is definitely one we …

World's largest concentrated solar plant switches on in the Sahara

<b>(CNN) —</b> Morocco has switched on what will be the world's largest concentrated solar power plant.<p>The new site near the city of Ouarzazate -- famous as a filming location for Hollywood blockbusters like "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Gladiator" -- could produce enough energy to power over one million …

Renewable Energy

“It’s like Keystone XL times 100″: The creator of the award-winning doc “Gasland” on what it will take to build a climate change movement that’s up to the challenge

Josh Fox talks fracking, the impact of COP21, and the stories of hope he uncovered in his new film<p>The so-called fracking revolution has transformed America’s energy landscape. With more than 100,000 oil and gas wells drilled and fracked since 2005, the nation has secured cheap and plentiful energy, …

Yes, Actually, Global Warming Probably Helped Supersize This Weekend's Blizzard | VICE News

<b>VICE News is closely tracking global environmental change. Check out the Tipping Point blog here</b><b>.</b><p>As one of the largest blizzards ever recorded barreled down on the shore town of Cape May, New Jersey, local restaurateur Keith Laudeman was more worried with rising tides than with falling …

Global Warming

The 14 Edible Plants Your Indoor Garden Needs

We're talking more than just herbs here.<p>When the weather outside is frightful, nothing sounds worse than heading out into the cold for a grocery run.<p>Even though you're likely growing your favorite herbs inside, you can't make a meal out of just basil and rosemary. Indeed, it might be time to expand …

Gardening

Why the Supreme Court's Electricity Ruling Is Important For Innovation

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of technology competition and innovation in how energy customers are compensated for reducing their electricity …

Energy

The U.S. Could Make a Fast, Cheap Switch to Clean Energy

Coal-fired power plants are the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases in the United States, but new research finds that existing technology could …

Renewable Energy

Microsoft's Cortana can now remind you to follow through on email promises

Microsoft's assistant Cortana keeps getting smarter.<p>Cortana can now send reminders for tasks based on the contents of your inbox, Microsoft announced …

Smithsonian

Forget energy storage. We can go renewable without it, scientists say

In what might be the first epic mic drop ever to grace the pages of the journal <i>Nature Climate Change</i>, a group of researchers just announced that we …

Lower Zambezi is World’s First Carbon Neutral National Park

Changing Planet<p><b>As world leaders deliberate the best path to take towards a carbon free energy future, a remote national park on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia is leading the way in reducing its reliance on fossil fuels.</b><p>The Lower Zambezi National Park has become the world’s first national …

The Truth Behind Paris's So-Called 'Doggy Bag Rule'

New rules were put into effect because Parisians waste nearly 130 pounds of food per person per year—but none of those restrictions include to-go …

France

Meet The Most Pampered Vegetables In America

There's a small corner of the restaurant world where food is art and the plate is just as exquisite as the mouthful.<p>In this world, chefs are constantly looking for new creative materials for the next stunning presentation.<p>The tiny community of farmers who grow vegetables for the elite chefs prize …

Gardening

Record hot 2015 gave us a glimpse at the future of global warming

An exceptionally hot year, 2015 shattered records, but will just be the norm in 15 years’ time<p>2015 smashed the record for hottest year by about 0.14°C. To put that into perspective, the previous two hottest years (2014 and 2010) only broke the prior records by 0.002°C, according to Berkeley Earth …

Global Warming

Chinese scientists created genetically modified monkeys, and it could reveal some fascinating insights about autism

Now, for the first time, a team of scientists in China has created monkeys whose DNA has been genetically altered to make them develop an autism-like disorder.<p>These "transgenic" monkeys could be a good model for studying human brain disorders, since their brain circuitry is much closer to that of …

Genetics

Why a Smartphone's Megapixels Don't Matter As Much As You Think

Zhang Zhi. Courtesy of SkyPixel.<p>Mark Calayag. Courtesy of SkyPixel.<p>Dmitry Balakirev. Courtesy of SkyPixel.<p>Daniel Haussmann. Courtesy of …

Grateful Dead

Here's How Every Aircraft Carrier in the World Stacks Up to the U.S. Navy's

There are only 36 total carriers at sea.<p>Only a handful of countries have aircraft carriers in their arsenals. They form an exclusive club, one whose members have decided their interests stretch so far from their own waters they need to put air power at sea.<p>Broadly speaking, today there are three …

Military