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A Guy Who's Been Living Off the Grid for 20 Years Explains How to Live Sustainably

I asked the guy living in Sydney's greenest house whether I'm too poor to live off the grid.<p>From the street, Michael Mobbs's inner Sydney terrace house looks like any other. But 20 years ago, Michael and his wife transformed their Chippendale home into an experiment in sustainable living: solar …

Honey Bees

Analysis: Fast fashion comes at a steep price for the environment

There are few industries fickler than fashion, changing annually and swapping seasonally. The good news is that fashion can, in theory, change more …

Watch a Rescued Pig Transform Before Your Eyes With the Help of an Animal Sanctuary - One Green Planet

Animals raised on industrial farms are not given a chance to lead the life nature intended for them. Subjected to inhumane and abusive conditions, …

Confirmed: Southern hemisphere CO2 level rises above symbolic 400 ppm milestone

"It's a bit sooner than we expected," Mr Krummel told Fairfax Media. "It just rocketed up there."<p>Atmospheric readings from Cape Grim, along with two …

Climate Change

Behind The Leather: PETA Surprises Shoppers With Fake Leather Accessories

Some people tend to turn a blind eye to animal suffering when it comes to buying leather goods. Ogilvy & Mather Advertising Bangkok and PETA Asia …

Clothing

To Make Buildings More Sustainable, Put Water Pipes on the Outside

A design model from two Carnegie Mellon students couples environmental conservation with a striking aesthetic.<p>Residential water pipes are often overlooked as a key component of urban infrastructure, with the ongoing Flint water crisis serving as perhaps the most egregious example. One major factor …

NSW to refund 10 cents for cans and containers under new scheme

The New South Wales Government will refund 10 cents for cans and containers under a scheme aimed at cleaning up the state's beaches and parks.<p>The …

New South Wales

Modelling shows move to 100% renewable energy would save Australia money

Exclusive: Estimated cost of moving all electricity, industry and transport onto renewables by 2050 would be $800bn, a saving of $90bn<p>Transitioning Australia to 100% renewable energy by 2050 would cost less than continuing on the current path, according to a new report.<p>Building the infrastructure …

Renewable Energy

Tokyo Seeking to Be the World's Most Sustainable Megacity

Today more than half of the world's population live in cities. This fact places a great responsibly on the world's urban leaders to create and put in place sustainability initiatives to address climate change as well as sustain our economies and societies.<p>Many megacities around the world are rising …

Virtual fishing and the case for sustainable business

When it comes to sustainability and how to incorporate it into a business, I admit I was a sceptic at first. But the first course I took on the topic …

Sustainability

Vertical 'Skyfarm' Would Grow Crops Alongside Skyscrapers

The world is becoming increasingly urban, and as it changes, so does the definition of a "farm." We already have rooftop gardens in Brooklyn and …

Nuclear Power Is Too Safe to Save the World From Climate Change

Later this year, a nuclear power reactor will open in the US for the first time in two decades. But this reactor, called Watts Bar Unit 2—one of two …

Stunning Tubular Glass House Built Around Tree

Kazakh history is rife with stories of people throwing stones, making this glass tree-house, by Kazakh architect Aibek Almassov, the perfect weapon …

Architecture

Newly discovered bacteria eats and digests PET plastic

Japanese scientists have discovered a type of bacteria that eats the plastic commonly found in water and soda bottles.<p>A bacteria that not only eats, but digests, PET plastic has been found by a team of researchers from Kyoto Institute of Technology and Keio University in Japan.<p>The team went out …

Pollution

Amazing Story of Bhutan: A Tiny Country That is Carbon Negative

Back in 2009, the country of Bhutan made a hefty promise to remain carbon neutral for the rest of time. In an inspiring TED talk by Tshering Tobgay, it is revealed how this little country tucked deep within the Himalayas, and sandwiched between the two super powers of China and India, has not only …

Bhutan

Sea Level Rise Is Predictable. It Will Be Anything From Bad to Awful

San Francisco is a city surrounded on three sides by water. Well, maybe not so much surrounded as besieged. High tides already spill onto the …

Pigeons wearing tiny backpacks tweet about air pollution

Equipped with little backpack sensors, a group of London pigeons are flying around the city measuring and live-tweeting air pollution levels. Because birds of a feather...tweet together? (Sorry, we had to.)<p>Tweeting has returned to its rightful owners: the birds. These birds come with a cause, too, …

Pollution

British Product Designer Pioneers Method to Recycle Chewing Gum Into Moldable Plastic

Anna Bullus is keeping sidewalks clean while producing a new sort of polymer<p>While studying product design at the University of Brighton, Anna Bullus …

Sustainability