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China's War on Pollution Will Change the World

China’s War on Pollution Will Change the World<p>By Jeff KearnsJeff Kearns, Hannah DormidoHannah Dormido and Alyssa McDonaldAlyssa McDonald<p>China is …

Look, no lithium! First rechargeable proton battery created

Scientists have created the world’s first rechargeable proton battery, a crucial step towards cheaper and more environmentally-friendly energy storage.<p>While the battery is just a small-scale prototype, it has the potential to be competitive with currently available lithium-ion batteries.<p>The …

Clean Energy

Urban ecology: Design for living systems (part 1/2)

Can we design our cities as living systems, in productive harmony with the environment? An urban ecologist, planner, landscape architect and …

How Businesses Can Be Net-zero by 2050

Every business wants to cash in on the green trend these days. But those who are serious about the environment often do it through site-specific …

Renewable Energy

A beginner’s guide to the debate over 100% renewable energy

Is it the right target? Is it even possible?<p>Imagine powering civilization entirely with energy from renewable sources: wind, sun, water (hydroelectricity), naturally occurring heat (geothermal), and plants.<p>No coal mines, oil wells, pipelines, or coal trains. No greenhouse gas emissions, car …

A Dream House for the Ages

This Los Angeles family builds smart and plans ahead.<p>It took David and Mayuko Lai five years to find a buildable lot in Los Angeles. That’s a drop in the bucket, however, compared to how long they plan to stay put. After visiting too many overpriced, impossibly steep sites, the Lais finally found a …

Living Rooms

Why you should always choose a wooden cutting board

<b>No other work surface compares when it comes to cleanliness, knife maintenance, and - let's be honest - attractiveness.</b><p>Ask a chef what their most …

Food Preparation

Why isn’t everything powered by solar yet?

If you thought free market forces would take over when solar energy became cheaper than coal, think again.<p>April 3, 2017 —Can’t we just put solar …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

20 Common Myths That Climate Scientists Often Hear

Over the past few weeks I casually asked several climate-informed colleagues what questions, claims, or myths do they hear most often from friends, family, or random people. I call these “zombie” theories because they have often been refuted but live on in social media, other outlets, and so forth. …

Climate Change

15 UN envoys to assess Lake Chad humanitarian crisis

Amid a threat of famine and the Boko Haram insurgency, diplomats from the UN Security Council are visiting the troubled Lake Chad region. Around 2.3 …

Five Sustainable Brands Changing the Clothing Industry

We’re in a period of change. The internet’s rapid dissemination of content has proven a double-edged sword. The shifting geopolitical landscape …

The Barn

Resembling the classic farmstead outbuilding on the outside, The Barn uses a mix of rustic finishes and modern updates for a one-of-a-kind …

Book a night in NYC's first shipping container home for just $96 a night

1/14<p>Williamsburg Shipping Container Home<p>If you've always wondered what it's like to live in a shipping container home, now you can try one out for a …

Wells Fargo scam latest in a string of infractions

<b>Wells Fargo's (WFC)</b> $185 million hit in civil penalties for secretly opening millions of accounts without customers' permission is just the latest regulatory black eye for the bank.<p>Wells Fargo, the biggest U.S. bank by stock market value, Thursday agreed to pay $100 million in restitution to …

Finance

The courtyard house with a surprise at its core

Here at homify, it takes a lot to surprise us. We've seen it all—houses with slides instead of staircases, fairytale cottages in the woods, even a …

Form4 Architecture's Sustainable "Sea Song" Wins Multiple Awards

Form4 Architecture has won first place at the International Design Awards for its project, <i>Sea Song</i>, which additionally was honored by the Green Good …

Architecture

Fixing wealth inequality: future generations will think us mad, and they will be right

We will rue the day we did not use this period of ultra-low interest rates to invest in infrastructure and put our people to work<p>If there is one global political and economic lesson to be drawn from the Brexit experience and the rise of Sanders and Trump let it be this; we ignore the distributional …

Economics

96 Cities That Are Quitting Fossil Fuels and Moving Toward 100% Renewable Energy

While countries have dragged their feet for years on meaningful climate action, many cities around the world have forged ahead with sustainability …

Chemists create vitamin-driven battery: Environmentally friendly battery is long-lasting and high voltage

Environmentally friendly battery is long-lasting and high voltage<p>A team chemists has created a battery that stores energy in a biologically derived …

Earth - What is the point of saving endangered species?

In 1981, mountain gorillas were at rock-bottom. Confined to a small mountain range in central Africa, with humans encroaching on their habitat bringing poaching and civil war, their population was estimated at just 254. They would all have fitted into a single Boeing 747.<p>Today things look a little …

Ecology

These LEGO-like recycled plastic bricks create sturdy homes for just $5,200

Colombian company Conceptos Plásticos saw two pressing issues in the world and decided to tackle both with recycled building materials. One issue is …

Design