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Urban farming is booming, but what does it really yield?

April 27, 2015 — <i>Editor’s note: This story was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, a non-profit investigative</i> …

Urban Agriculture

The new battery that could power the renewable revolution

A new high-performance 'aluminum-ion' battery could be the technical breakthrough needed to boost the renewable energy takeover. It's safe, uses …

The Triple Bottom Line: Brewing Sustainability Into Your Small Business

Small business owners are increasingly starting to have triple vision. A new way of looking at business has many of them, young entrepreneurs in particular, adhering to the concept of the triple bottom line, putting two other priorities on equal footing with profits: people and the planet.<p>Pursuing …

Environment friendly Grass made Smartphone is here

Smartphone made entirely out grass; would you like to try it out?<p>Smartphones come in various casing varying from metal to entirely plastic but what …

Costa Rica has powered itself using only renewable energy for 75 days straight

Costa Rica may be a small country, but going 75 days straight using only renewable energy is worthy of recognition.<p>Thanks to heavy rainfall powering …

Renewable Energy

How does climate activism differ in the U.S. and Germany?

A survey of American climate activists by Grist inspired us to conduct our own survey on the priorities of German activists. Both surveys include a …

Can Sun and Wind Make More Salt Water Drinkable?

Here are four arid regions looking to renewables for the energy-intensive work of squeezing drinkable water from the ocean.<p>The oceans have long taunted those who thirst.<p>Records dating to A.D. 200 show that sailors boiled seawater and used sponges to absorb fresh water from the steam. Today, …

Water

Investing In A More Sustainable Future That Includes A Lot Of Farmed Fish

A $10 million fund called Aqua-Spark is betting on small and medium companies that can make the fish farming business a lot more palatable for the planet.<p>Seafood–even the stuff labeled as “sustainable”–doesn’t necessarily come from fish swimming wild and free in the oceans. Aquaculture, the …

This Futuristic Desert City Is Designed For Self-Sufficient, Communal Living

If you lived here, you’d never have to leave. Given that you’d be in the middle of a desert, that’s probably a good thing.<p>Masdar City—Abu Dhabi’s $18 billion experiment in planning a city from the ground up—was designed to be the world’s first large-scale carbon-neutral development. It’s results …

3 Amazing Bio Materials That Are Growing A More Sustainable World

Imagine a future of plastics that feed off landfill gas and bricks made without fire.<p>For the last decade, as brands have worked to reduce their environmental footprint, bio-based alternatives to a number of synthetic materials and processes have become more common (take the flimsy compostable …

Portland’s New Pipes Harvest Power From Drinking Water

Turn on the tap and you’re getting water and energy for the price of one.<p>If you live in Portland, your lights may now be partly powered by your drinking water. An ingenious new system captures energy as water flows through the city’s pipes, creating hydropower without the negative environmental …

How Reducing Food Waste Could Ease Climate Change

Producing the food we throw away generates more greenhouse gases than most entire countries do.<p>More than a third of all of the food that's produced on our planet never reaches a table. It's either spoiled in transit or thrown out by consumers in wealthier countries, who typically buy too much and …

Sustainability

Egg Company Locally Laid Turns Complaint Letter Into Lesson About Sustainable Agriculture

Having received our fair share of complaint letters over the years, we know how tempting it can be to fire back at critics with negativity — but …

New Study: Breaches of ‘Planetary Boundaries’ Jeopardize Environmental Sustainability

Four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’ have now been breached as a result of human activity and not natural variability, says a new research paper …

Risk and Sustainability: A Perfect Pair

A South Carolina Small Farmer Makes Big Impact on the Land and in Local Community

Ann Pringle Washington enjoys growing a variety of fresh vegetables on her farm. NRCS photo by Sabrenna Bryant.South Carolina small farmer and …

What is Food Security?

<b>Food Security means that all people at all times have physical & economic access to adequate amounts of nutritious, safe, and culturally appropriate</b> …

Air Canada SWOT: Working towards sustainability, but familiar foes await - along with some new ones

AIR CANADA STRENGTHS<p>1. Air Canada has established a solid financial footing<p>Air Canada is now working off a much stronger financial foundation after …

Global game changers in property, landscape, and interiors

Hands-free homes, ‘skinny scrapers’ and new property taxes? A range of experts forecast what are likely to be the biggest changes and innovations in …

5 Tools That Foster Technology Innovation

<b>Technology innovation thrives most when human ingenuity is uninhibited to deliver intrinsic value for unmet needs.</b><p>Becoming a technology consultant more than a decade ago was a huge wake up call for me. I’d just left a position as a customer asking others to design new technology solutions or …

Innovation

Opportunities For Women To Impact The Environmental Movement

Global warming is a hot topic in 2015 with the upcoming climate talks in Paris. In fact, according to a recent article in The Guardian, failure of these talks will mean “irreversible global warming and kissing goodbye to sustainable development goals.” Women need to take a larger role in this …

Top 5 Food Trends to Watch in 2015

Last year, the movement toward a cleaner, more sustainable food supply gained traction, from school lunches with antibiotic-free chicken to a new rating system for produce that goes beyond organics to take energy, water use, and other sustainability factors into account. This year could herald even …

Vermont shuts down nuclear power plant to make way for renewable energy

The Vermont Yankee plant has shut down after 42 years to make way for renewable energy alternatives in the state<p>Vermont’s only nuclear power plant stopped sending electricity to the New England grid Monday following more than 42 years of producing electricity.<p>The shutdown came just after noon as …

Meet the 27-year-old inventor backed by Bill Gates and Peter Thiel

Scientist Danielle Fong, 27, has been running her company LightSail Energy for six years and has yet to bring a product to market. In fairness, she …

Going green: Pakistan to get $39m to preserve forests

<b>ISLAMABAD: In a bid to preserve forests in Pakistan, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) under the Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) programme</b> …

Forests

This Is The Climate Report South Carolina Spent Years Hiding

While the United States has pledged to cut down on its carbon output, the states are slower in picking up the tab — and some seem to be unable to understand the severity of the situation. Others are even allegedly willing to hide the truth.<p>Several states have been exposed for their past …

A New Paradigm: Saving Our Way to Cleaner Air

It's the end of 2014, and we are enjoying a remarkable convergence. Gas prices are down, the auto industry is booming and we have the most environmentally clean vehicle fleet ever. In fact, if we'd been listening to industry over the past several decades, this should be an impossible confluence of …