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The great nutrient collapse

The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.<p>Irakli Loladze is a mathematician by training, but he was in a biology lab when he encountered the puzzle that would change his life. It was in 1998, and Loladze was studying for his Ph.D. at …

Carbon Dioxide

The simple change you can make to stop wasting food

Our global food system is drowning in waste. About one third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted every year, and the US alone wastes as much as 40% of its food. More food ends up in American landfills and incinerators than any other single material.<p>Many people have undertaken …

Agriculture

Giving agriculture a global do-over could feed nearly a billion more people

Globally optimizing which crops we grow where cuts water use and feeds more people.<p>As the human population grows and the human middle class grows in …

5 food products made from food waste

From Dumpster-dive cafes to a national ban, we've already explored cool initiatives to combat food waste. Recently, however, a new crop of food-waste …

Agriculture

This Sustainable Mezcal Production Process Produces Both Drinks And Bricks

Sombra Mezcal is moving toward zero waste by turning its production byproducts into adobe bricks that will be used in community development projects.<p>In certain industries–manufacturing, food, and drink–the idea of “tradition” carries a certain amount of cultural caché. Levi’s 501s highlight their …

Alcohol

Do-It-Yourself Farmer Grows Strawberries In The Air

Hezam Kittani didn't want U.S. handouts to help him grow strawberries.<p>He wanted to be a do-it-yourself berry farmer — and to teach others to follow in his footsteps.<p>Strawberries were barely grown in the West Bank, where Kittani lives, before 2009. Today they're a 250-ton yearly crop. And that's …

Farming

10 alberi alieni che crescono sulla Terra

Capita a volte di pensare che alcuni paesaggi naturali sembrino usciti direttamente dalle illustrazioni di un libro di fantascienza. Con gli alberi …

Humans changed a life-giving nutrient into a deadly pollutant

Nitrogen is absolutely crucial to life — an indispensable ingredient of DNA, proteins and essentially all living tissue — yet it also can choke the life out of aquatic ecosystems, destroy trees and sicken people when it shows up in excess at the wrong place, at the wrong time, in the wrong form. …

Will electric cars save the climate? That’s the wrong question.

<i>The problem isn’t our carbon footprint, it’s our civilization’s footprint.</i><p>After the unveiling of the Model 3, there has been a rash of articles …

Sustainability

Endless energy is all around us — and this woman has a brilliant idea for how to harness it

You could be the source of light. You could charge your phone with your own movement.<p>Jessica O. Matthews is making this futuristic vision a reality. She spoke about how it could happen at Refinery29's School of Self Expression at SXSW on March 13.<p>In 2008, she invented the Soccket, a soccer ball …

Can you put a price on nature? A Californian nonprofit thinks it can

Chemical giant Dow is testing new software that crunches data to help assign monetary value to the natural world and calculate the environmental impact of its work<p>Everyone agrees that nature has value. It clothes, feeds and shelters us – and provides a spectacular playground. Yet we have never put …

Profit

We Asked an Urban Planner How to Build the Perfect Town

We asked an expert how we can build housing that's actually good for us.<p>According to the experts, English people don't know how to look after themselves. The English, says the Health Survey for England, have some of the unhealthiest lifestyles in Europe, with rising obesity rates and the high …

Converting atmospheric carbon dioxide into batteries

An interdisciplinary team of scientists has worked out a way to make electric vehicles that are not only carbon neutral, but carbon negative, capable …

Carbon Dioxide

Haunting photo series depicts effect of urban sprawl on African wildlife

Photographer Nick Brandt has created a haunting collection of photos that are as beautiful as they are poignant. The series, <i>Inherit the Dust,</i> sadly …

Wildlife

Less Meat = Less Heat

We have known about human-caused climate change for well over a century, and have had in operation a global framework for dealing with it for well …

How Climate Change Could Cause An Epic Collapse Of Ocean Ecosystems

If humans continue spewing carbon pollution into the atmosphere, the oceans are going to get a lot simpler — meaning fewer organisms and …

50 Astonishing Animal Photos of 2015

A flock of sheep walk in the haze in a Beijing suburb, China, Jan. 15, 2015.<br>Lintao Zhang—Getty Images<p>1 of 50<p>There are few things more enjoyable and …

Animals

Il finocchio in dieci portate

Lo sapevate che il <b>finocchio</b> è indicato per depurarsi e per perdere peso? Grazie alle sue proprietà digestive aiuta a sgonfiare la pancia e a …

Domanda di carbone ferma, non succedeva dai '90

La domanda mondiale di carbone, la principale fonte (una volta bruciato per ottenere energia e/o calore) di emissioni di anidride carbonica nel 2014 …

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Travel

Urban Farming Revolution: Impact Farm Allows You to Grow Fresh Produce in the Middle of the City

Urban farming is most certainly the way of the future. However, some of the largest barriers to this style of food production is a lack of space in densely populated cities, and also climate fluctuation. Copenhagen-based urban design lab Human Habitat seeks to address these issues with their …

These Parks Are Reclaiming Ugly Urban Underpasses as Public Space

Manhattan’s rails-to-trails High Line sparked a global trend of turning old transit infrastructure into parks. But a new breed of public spaces …

Apocalypse Pig: The Last Antibiotic Begins to Fail

I mentioned on Monday that this past week was intended by the CDC, WHO and other health authorities to be a global awareness week for antibiotic resistance. Alarming news that came out of China at the end of the week certainly created new awareness of resistance, but possibly not what the …

#diamovoce agli animali, il WWF denuncia le stragi dei bracconieri

<b>ROMA</b> – Stragi silenziose. Incessanti. Che non fanno rumore. Di cui si parla poco, ma che ogni anno massacrano migliaia di rinoceronti, tigri, …

Are 'Treescrapers' the Future of Dense Urban Living?

A vertical garden tower just won a significant award for architecture. Is it time to start taking these designs seriously?<p>Passive House designers are the Fremen of the architectural world. They look at buildings the same way that <i>Dune</i>’s noble desert tribe thinks about water. For the Fremen, the …

#EatForThePlanet Every Day This Month With These 30 Easy Vegan Recipes

November is World Vegan Month, and that means there is no better time to try eating less meat and dairy. While this month is a celebration of the …

The majesty and misfortune of the world's polar bears, in photos

On thin ice<p>The majesty and misfortune<br>of the world's polar bears<p>On thin ice<p>The majesty and misfortune<br>of the world's polar bears<p>The polar bear is more …

Urban Cultivator

Urban Cultivator is a fully automated kitchen garden that enables you to grow your own fresh herbs or microgreens, 100% organic and independently of …

Gardening

Restoring Global Soil Quality Is One Of The Best Things We Can Do For Climate Change

Little known climate change fact: Just the first meter of soil contains as much carbon as the entire atmosphere. And there’s potential to soak up much more.<p>Scientists have proposed all kinds of complicated–and probably dangerous–ways to take carbon pollution out of the atmosphere or mitigate its …