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Tesla Solar Roof: Is It Worth It?

Many homeowners intrigued by the idea of using their roof to generate power are turned off by the look of the ugly black solar panels they’d need to …

Woman transforming plastic waste into bricks for building 'silver houses' in Pakistan (Video)

It's painfully clear that our culture is unfortunately designed around consumption of disposable things, whether it's fashion or throw-away cutlery. …

Hempcrete is the newest green building material.

Hempcrete is made from hemp fiber, lime and water. When cured, it floats, has excellent insulating power. It's fireproof and resists insects and …

Hemp

Pictures: Ten Biggest Energy Stories of 2013

The U.S. fracked its way to the top, Asia's smog woes mounted, Arctic exploration heated up, and other not-to-be-missed trends appear in our roundup of the year's biggest energy stories.

Teenager Develops Program to Feed Thousands of Hungry People in California

<i>Photo via Shutterstock</i><p>When considering the affluent neighborhoods of Silicon Valley, few expect there to be so many families living in the California …

7th Continent: Floating Kinetic Islands Help Clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Due to our addiction to plastics, the human race has created the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive accumulation of trash dominated by synthetic, …

16-Year-Old Egyptian Scientist Finds Way to Turn Plastic Waste Into $78 Million of Biofuel!

Egyptian teenagers are on a roll lately – if they’re not proposing the next-generation of space propulsion systems, then they’re figuring out how to …

Japan Solar Energy Soars, But Grid Needs to Catch Up

Japan’s solar energy market now leads the world, thanks to a new incentive policy, but an inadequate and disconnected grid stymies power flow across the island nation.<p>Hokkaido, Japan's second largest and northernmost island, is known for its beautiful wild nature, delicious seafood, and fresh …

Singapore's River Safari is the World's First Park to Achieve Green Mark Platinum

Singapore's brand new River Safari park is a conservation refuge that brings the flora and fauna of eight world-famous rivers under one roof. …

Australian State Gives Energy Companies Easy Access To Resources By Gutting Social and Environmental Approval Processes

QUEENSLAND, Australia — Queensland’s Parliament is the only state parliament in Australia without an Upper House, meaning there’s just one house to …

onEarth Stories

Stanford Researchers Develop Record-Breaking Thinner Solar Cells That Absorb More Light

Solar power research is a big deal. Scientists have been searching for a way to improve photovoltaic efficacy for years by developing new …

Solar Panels

United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization Urges Developing Countries to Ban Hazardous Pesticides

After the tragic deaths of more than 25 Indian school children who consumed pesticide-tainted food earlier this month, the United Nations’ Food and …

Los Angeles Becomes Largest City in US to Ban Plastic Bags

Following in the footsteps of San Francisco, Seattle, and other cities around the world, the Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban single-use …

Norwegian Town Creates 'Artificial Sun' to Light Up Dark Winter Days

The small Norwegian town of Rjukan is getting its own artificial sun this month. Engineers are completing The Mirror Project—a system of three 300 …

Amazing ERO Concrete-Recycling Robot Can Erase Entire Buildings

Demolition is a messy business—not only does the process require heavy machinery and produce clouds of dust, but it also results in giant piles of …

Elon Musk Moves Beyond Tesla Into Tube Travel

Next month, Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) Elon Musk plans to unveil his design for the Hyperloop, a sort of superfast tube that will shuttle back and …

6 Luscious Living Vertical Gardens That Bring A Breath Of Fresh Air Indoors

Growing plants indoors is nothing new, but vertical gardens are all the rage now - these leafy green walls can turn any drab interior space into a …

China's Largest Algae Bloom Covers the Coast of Qingdao in Thousands of Tons of Sea Lettuce

The coast of Qingdao, China is usually known for its beaches – but recently the nation's largest algae bloom blanketed the shores with thousands of …

SolTech's Beautiful Glass Roof Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

SolTech Energy, a Swedish company selling solutions for clean solar power, has developed a unique home heating system contained within roofing tiles …

Clean Energy

IKEA Unveils Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters for Easily Deployable Emergency Housing

IKEA just turned its flat pack sensibilities from the urban apartment to the global village by unveiling a comfortable, solar-powered shelter that …

Housing

Global Renewable Energy on Track to Soon Eclipse Natural Gas, Nuclear

A new report predicts that renewable power energy generation will exceed that of gas and nuclear by 2016.<p><b>The future appears to be bright for renewable energy sources like solar, wind, and water.</b><p>In fact, power generation from such renewables will exceed that of gas and nuclear by 2016, according to …

How a White or Green Roof Can Keep Your Building Up to 84% Cooler This Summer

The benefits of white and green roofs are nothing new to us, but a recent study by two top NYC universities has shed light on just how effective …

Columbia University

Vertical 'Pinkhouses:' The Future Of Urban Farming?

The idea of vertical farming is all the rage right now. Architects and engineers have come up with spectacular concepts for lofty buildings that could function as urban food centers of the future.<p>In Sweden, for example, they're planning a 177-foot skyscraper to farm leafy greens at the edge of each …

Breakthrough clean gold mining technique replaces cyanide with... cornstarch!

This accidental discovery will hopefully transform the industry<p>Mining gold's a dirty business. To extract gold from raw ore, a lot of cyanide is …

Australia's Largest Solar Cell Printer Can Spit Out a Photovoltaic Panel Every Two Seconds

An incredible new printer at the University of Melbourne has allowed researchers to print solar cells up to the size of an A3 sheet of paper. …

Ceiling Collapse at Cambodia Shoe Factory Kills 2, Injures 9

Photos by Heng Sinith for Associated Press<p>The ceiling of a small shoe factory outside the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh collapsed early Thursday, …

Earth's carbon dioxide levels to hit 400 ppm

This much carbon dioxide hasn't filled the planet's atmosphere since the Pliocene Epoch 3 million years ago — long before the rise of modern</b> …

Climate Change

Burn, Baby, Burn: A Climate Activist's Wish for Superstorms, Wildfires and Drought

I want to let you in on a little secret. I am in it for love.<p>I am a climate change activist because, when all is said and done, nothing is more precious to me than that all living beings be treated with respect, kindness and, yes, with love. Human beings are far and away the most powerful creatures …