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Welcome to the jungle: planning your Amazon adventure

The Amazon basin is a marvel of the world and the imagination, an ecosystem of unrivalled size and diversity, and a place of near mythical status among travellers. The Amazon River has more water than the next eight largest rivers combined, and is twice the area of India, and the basin spans eight …

Top 10 sustainable travel experiences

Ditch modern civilisation and go wild! (Just be responsible about it.) In this excerpt from <i>Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences</i>, we've got the top 10 feel-good sustainable travel experiences.<p>1. National parks volunteer, USA<p>Fall asleep to a chorus of wolf calls and count bears as your …

How to tell if your holiday is green or just greenwash

You want to book an ecofriendly holiday, but so many travel brochures literally gloss over those thorny issues of environmental impact and 'giving something back'… Lots of hotels bill themselves as 'eco' when in practice the only green thing about them is the sign out the front.<p>So how do you tell …

On the road in America: travelling in the US without a car

Travelling in the US without your own wheels doesn’t have to be a form of purgatory. Beat writer, Jack Kerouac, unwitting inventor of the modern American road trip, never owned a car or a driver’s license. Aside from the odd brief (and presumably illegal) turn behind the wheel of someone else’s …

For the price of the Iraq War, the U.S. could have gotten halfway to a renewable power system

Discussions of how to respond to climate change often involve Very Large Numbers — the needed investments to transition to a fully renewable energy …

Scientists Engineer Algae to Make Nanocellulose for Biofuel and Supermaterials

If you like vinegar, kombucha, durable textiles, and also enjoy driving your car, then welcome to the future of biofuels and supermaterials! Dr. R. …

Signal Creates the World's First 3D Printed Snowboard

We’ve seen 3D printers fabricate vehicles ready to for the open road – and now California-based Signal Snowboards has shown that printers can produce …

Green-Roofed Shopping Mall in China is Topped With 4 Rooftop Villas

While New York is making strides in promoting the installation of green roofs throughout NYC, the city of Zhuzhou in Hunan, China is taking the idea …

Whole Foods Announces Plans for 20,000 Sq. Ft. Rooftop Farm Atop New Gowanus Store

NYC foodies will soon be in for a real treat as Whole Foods has announced they’ll be operating a rooftop farm right atop their forthcoming Gowanus, …

Foodies

Smart Windows Are Getting Smarter

Since our last report on “smart windows,” further developments warrant an update.<p>Smart windows have glass coatings that let varying proportions of …

3D-Textured Solar Cells to be Tested on the International Space Station

In one of the first experiments to take place on the <i>outside</i> of the International Space Station (ISS), a new type of 3D-textured solar cell will soak …

The World's First Algae-Powered Building in Hamburg

The world’s first algae-powered building in Hamburg, the BIQ House, features a bio-adaptive algae facade. International design firm Arup worked with …

Architecture

Can Green Technology Help Repair Our Infrastructure?

Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers provides a <i>Report Card for America’s infrastructure</i>. This year the United States received a …

How to Build a Greener Office Building

The founder of the Earth Day Network is behind the Bullitt Center in Seattle, which aims to be one of the greenest office towers ever built. Here's how the designers are cutting lead, PVC, phalates, and other potentially hazardous materials from the tower's construction.<p><b>Seattle's new Bullitt …

Green Living

7 Incredible Uses for Nanocellulose

The world's hottest new supermaterial isn't as fancy as you might think; in fact, it's produced by feeding wood pulp to algae. The result, …

Menstruation

Horse Poop Could Be the Key to Commercial Biofuel Production

Scientists just discovered a key ingredient that could help propel the production of biofuel: horse poop. Converting corn stalks and grass to biofuel …

Enhanced Geothermal Breaks Through In Nevada

By breaking new ground – literally – enhanced geothermal system technology is unlocking heat trapped deep beneath Earth’s surface and, for the first …

Hybrid Energy Harvester Uses Both Sunlight and Vibrations to Generate Electricity

Why just harness light or vibration individually when you can use both to create electricity? Making sure to fully exploit both sun and sound …

In 2011, China built as many coal plants as there are in Texas and Ohio combined

The simple reason why we need to put a price on carbon<p>Solar and wind are growing fast - by 42% and 19% respectively during the past year - but coal …

VertiCrop Processes 10,000 Plants Every 3 Days Using Vertical Hydroponic Farming

Vertical farming is one of the most innovative solutions for lowering the amount of energy, space, and water needed to grow food, but Valcent …

Using Solar To Boost Natural Gas Efficiency

Clean energy purists might not like the idea of making any concession to fossil fuel use, but if you believe incremental progress is good, a …

Working To Create Renewable Fuels That Are Low Cost

America’s homegrown fuel resources — from wood chips to the leaves and stalks of corn plants — are plentiful. Research finds that these resources …

Carbon emissions: how beef farmers can learn from the car industry

When is a cow like a car? It may sound like a joke, but the answer could be serious for meat producers. Red meat is suffering from a wave of bad …

How To Recycle All The Things: Going Beyond Bottles And Cans

<i>Header design by Maxwell Tielman with with floral graphics by Mia Charro.</i><p>When I was an undergrad at Pratt Institute, I took an introductory course in …

New Ultra-Light Nanotube Aerogels Could Clean Up Oil Spills

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have created low-density, super-strong aerogels made of carbon nanotubes that could be key to cleaning …

Bacteria Produce Pump-ready Fuel

Researchers have created bacteria that can directly produce commercial fuel on demand from sugar.<p>Until now biofuels were not completely compatible …

Investment In Clean Energy By A Factor Of 3 By 2030

Investment in clean energy capacity is expected to triple between now and 2030, according to analysts from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).<p>The …

Green travel: how to find an eco-friendly tour operator

With no universal guidelines on what qualifies as ‘eco’, it can be difficult to know if a tour operator, hotel or lodge truly fits the sustainability bill. <i>Lonely Planet Traveller</i> has picked out some of the handiest hints to help you figure out which companies are as good as their word. Here are the …