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Meet A Low-Maintenance, Drought-Resistant Plant Wonder

The hot new trend in planting right now is: grass. Grass? — you may find yourself asking. How could anybody get excited about grass? But that's …

Landscaping

Towards the circular economy - Reports - World Economic Forum

A circular economy is an industrial system that is restorative or regenerative by intention and design. It replaces the end-of-life concept with …

Sustainability

These are the countries best prepared for the global energy transition

<b>Energy is at the heart of modern economic prosperity.</b><p>Without it our dreams of a cleaner, greener, more efficient world - including self-driving cars, …

73 Percent of Millennials are Willing to Spend More Money on This 1 Type of Product

It's not even close to avocado toast.<p>In 2015, Nielsen polled 30,000 consumers in 60 countries around the world. They wanted to know more about what influences how people feel about brands, and how those feelings impact buying behavior.<p>One overwhelming conclusion of the report? That across the …

Human Rights

The World’s Biggest Solar Project Comes With a ‘Batteries Included’ Sticker

The world’s biggest-ever solar project -- a $200 billion venture in Saudi Arabia -- comes with a “batteries included” sticker that signals a major …

Renewable Energy

Study: wind and solar can power most of the United States

Wind, solar, and storage could meet 90–100% of America’s electricity needs<p>In order to combat climate change, we need to rapidly move from fossil fuel energy to clean, renewable energy. The two energy sources I am most interested in are wind and solar power; however, there are other sources that …

Renewable Energy

Screw borders, Bitnation lets you create blockchain-powered virtual nations

Governments around the world are overseeing a surge in bureaucracy, and increasing intrusion into people’s personal lives, running the ever-increasing risk of tyranny among the people. The world may be divided by tectonic shifts, but what if there was a solution to solve crumbling nation states and …

Blockchain

Israeli firm says it can turn garbage into bio-based plastic

KIBBUTZ ZEELIM, Israel (AP) — Hawks, vultures and storks circle overhead as Christopher Sveen points at the heap of refuse rotting in the desert heat. "This is the mine of the future," he beams.<p>Sveen is chief sustainability officer at UBQ, an Israeli company that has patented a process to convert …

Sustainability

The rebel bank, printing its own notes and buying back people's debts

First there were the banks. Sending credit cards through the post, offering easy loans. They overstretched, teetered. Then came the billion-dollar bailouts, recession, austerity, poverty and payday loans.<p>Then, slowly, came the movement: a piecemeal, sporadic effort to buy back the debt of ordinary …

Finance

Meet The Developer Who Wants To Be The Tesla Of Housing

Is America ready for a passive house revolution? Justin Palmer is betting on it.<p>Even in person, the faceted facade of Perch Harlem appears almost like a rendering, its asymmetric collage of windows standing out in a historic neighborhood best known for its brownstones. The recently completed …

Green Living

Methods of Regenerative Agriculture #2: Zero or Low Tillage & Mulching

<i>This is the second blog of a series describing the five methods that make up regenerative agriculture—perennial plants & diverse crops, zero/low</i> …

There are 4 styles of parenting, but one raises more successful kids than the rest, according to a psychotherapist

Raising kids in today's world is no easy task. From warnings about too much screen time and too many food additives, to the pressure to help your child succeed in school and on the sports field, parenting has become more challenging than ever.<p>Parents are employing specific strategies and coping …

Parenting

Sustainable Food Makers Are Worried About The Future Of Whole Foods Under Amazon

Whole Foods has offered support to small farms and allowed them to make enough to be sustainable. But now that Amazon might push to lower prices and shed the “Whole Paycheck” label, those same farmers are concerned about their future.<p>At the Straus Family Farm, next to Tomales Bay north of San …

Agriculture

Urban agriculture is the key to a sustainable future

We can beat climate change by growing food in small urban environments, like rooftops, balconies and even walls.<p>When I sat in a darkened theatre in 2008(ish) watching Al Gore deliver his now famous slide show on climate change, the enormity of the challenge we were facing hit me. And then I got …

Utilities are apparently freaking out, and we are all to blame

We write a lot about installing LED light bulbs or monitoring your home energy use. Typically, we tend to think about these actions as efforts to …

Meet the startup that makes milk—without cows

Three young entrepreneurs in their mid-twenties sat nervously in the Hong Kong office of Solina Chau, one of the world’s most powerful women. Chau, founder of Horizons Ventures, oversees investments for multibillionaire Li Ka-Shing, focusing those investments on disruptive technologies she thinks …

It turns out graphene has been deceiving us this whole time

While graphene, an atom-thick form of carbon, has shown itself to have enormous potential for plant electronics and ultra-efficient water …

Chemistry

Cardano: a rising cryptocurrency that wants to change the world

On Oct. 1, 2017, an unusual event caused a collective gasp in the world of cryptocurrencies. A little known cryptocurrency called Cardano — or ADA, …

Big Data Suggests Big Potential for Urban Farming

A global analysis finds that urban agriculture could yield up to 10 percent of many food crops, plus a host of positive side benefits.<p>Gotham Greens’ boxed lettuces have been popping up on the shelves of high-end grocers in New York and the Upper Midwest since 2009, and with names like “Windy City …

Urban farmers are learning to grow food without soil or natural light

The potential to grow food in small spaces, under any environmental conditions, are offers big advantages.<p>Growing food in cities became popular in …

Unicef recruits gamers to mine Ethereum in aid of Syrian children

Cryptocurrency scheme is part of wider UN effort to revolutionise aid with blockchain technology, increasing financial transparency<p>The UN’s children’s agency, Unicef, has launched a futuristic pilot project to utilise the cryptocurrency Ethereum to raise money for Syrian children.<p>The scheme is part …

Blockchain

Scientists invent ‘super wood’ that could replace steel

Scientists have devised a way to make wood up to 12 times stronger in a bid to replace steel with a cheaper, lighter and more renewable …

A New Study Reveals the 20 Factors That Predict Startup Failure: Do Any Apply to You?

Seventeen percent of startups studied cited the lack of a business model; 17 percent admitted their product wasn't good enough.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You already know that the majority of startups eventually fail. The pervading myth is that between 80 and 90 …

Startups

If You Understand These 3 Things About Toddlers, They'll Be Much Better Behaved

Our culture portrays toddlerhood as a time of children striving for independence. However, this age-old cultural paradigm has it all wrong. From 12 …

Parenting

How Likely Is Your Industry to Be Disrupted? This 2×2 Matrix Will Tell You

The topic of industry disruption — “a process whereby a smaller company with fewer resources is able to successfully challenge established incumbent businesses” — is rife with misconceptions. One of the biggest is that it is a mysterious, random, and unpredictable event. Another is that it happens …

Innovation

Our “Clean Meat” Future Will Be Radical–But Also Inevitable

In a new book, Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society spells out why the world is ready for cellular agriculture and plant-based meat revolution, and what it will take to move the concepts out of science fiction and into reality.<p>At first glance, the $10,000 price tag on the copy of <i>Clean Meat: How</i> …

Agriculture

These drones plant trees by firing seed pods at the ground

Startups are tapping into the business potential of ecosystem restoration.<p>Climate change is a sprawling, complex problem. But there is an astonishingly simple way to make a difference: plant more trees. Trees scrub pollution from the air, reduce erosion, improve water quality, provide homes for …

Antarctic Modeling Pushes Up Sea-Level Rise Projections

<i>Research Report by Climate Central</i>Antarctic ice sheet models double the sea-level rise expected this century if global emissions of heat-trapping …

Climate Change

The New World Order Is Ruled By Global Corporations And Megacities—Not Countries

As cities and companies gain in influence and the power of nation-states decreases, the world is undergoing a seismic transformation.<p>Ask yourself, honestly: If Uruguay or Guinea-Bissau disappeared off the face of the Earth, would you really notice? Now what about if Google disappeared from your …

Globalization

Books to give kids who love science

Grown-ups like them, too.<p>Sure, the kids in your life are going to get toys, but you'd like them to learn something over the holiday break, too. Here are some great books for kids of all ages to enjoy.<p>Buy Now!<p>Ever get asked a question that only an astronaut can answer? In <i>Ask an Astronaut: My Guide</i> …

Kids