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This ship is on a six-year-long journey to prove that zero-emission ocean travel is possible

The ‘Energy Observer’ is a hydrogen powered boat that’s circling the planet with 101 stopovers planned. It was launched in 2017 and has already covered 8017 nautical miles. With its creators focused on developing clean energy initiatives, the Energy Observer could become the first hydrogen vessel …

Mini Trucks in Japan Are Being Transformed Into Enchanting Tiny Gardens

Every year, the Japan Federation of Landscape Contractors hosts the <b>Kei Truck Garden Contest</b>, a quirky competition that turns tiny trucks into moveable gardens. The annual event attracts landscape artists all over the country, inviting them to pair their knack for gardening with a need for …

UK Pledges to Ban Plastic Straws and Other Single-Use Plastics

As global ocean plastic pollution problems become increasingly dire, the UK is taking another step toward reducing waste. After charging for plastic shopping bags saw an 85% decrease in usage, the British government is beginning to move toward a ban on all single-use plastics. Plastic drinking …

“Boy Genius” Is Now a Young Man With a Plan to Remove All Plastic From Oceans by 2050

In 2015, an ambitious inventor named Boyan Slat designed a device that promised to rid the ocean of litter by prompting it to clean itself. He was only 20 years old at the time. Three years (and a whole lot of data) later, Slat's invention is ready to tackle the infamous <b>Great Pacific Garbage Patch</b>, …

Pollution

France Is Going to Ban Stores From Throwing Away Unsold Clothing

France has been ahead of the eco-friendly curve for years. From a solar-powered road to upcycled installations, the country has continuously found creative ways to make environmentalism its mission. Following in the footsteps of a 2015 food waste law, the French government has turned its attention …

California Passes First Law in the Country to Require Solar Panels on New Homes

New homes in California are about to become a lot more energy efficient. By a vote of 5-0 from the California Energy Commission (CEC), all homes built from 2020 onward will be required to incorporate solar energy measures. The unanimous vote continues to position California as a leader of …

Solar Power

Gorgeous Reinvented Discarded Objects

Contemporary artist <b>Stephanie Kilgast</b>, based in Vannes in France, reinvents everyday objects in her own way. She uses tin cans or jars of jam and …

Adidas Sells 1 Million Pairs of Shoes Made From Ocean Plastic

Adidas continues to make strides in efforts to combat plastic pollution and is expanding its collaboration with environmental conservationists Parley for the Oceans. Adidas first debuted their collaboration in 2015, with a prototype made from ocean plastic harvested off the coast of West Africa. …

EvoWheel converts almost any bicycle into an electric bike in just 30 seconds

Ready to give your old cruiser a swanky electric makeover? The innovative EvoWheel turns almost any old regular bike into a speedy e-bike in under 30 …

Powering S'pore's growth through green finance

President Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Paris Agreement for fear that it gives the world's top polluting countries an edge …

How to reduce waste and help the planet this holiday season

It’s the trashiest time of the year—but it doesn't have to be.<p>Taylor Swift’s latest album wasn’t her best, but the pop star was onto something, scientifically speaking. On the last track of the album, “New Year’s Day,” Swift sings about the aftermath of a holiday party. While the garbage in the …

Tesla Announces New Electric Semi Trucks and Big Companies Are Already Lining Up for Preorders

With nearly 2 million semi-trucks in the United States alone, Tesla is venturing to make an environmentally friendly dent in the market. Using his trademark flair, CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company's new electric semi-truck at a splashy event that saw an 18-wheeler hauled out on stage. With a …

Semi Truck

Eco-Friendly Logo Redesigns Promises to Save Millions a Year in Printing Costs

Sustainability is a pressing issue in fields like architecture, but it’s relatively rare in the world of branding design. This facet of the graphic industry, however, is getting an “ecological transformation.” Through the design company Ecobranding, they tweak logos and optimize them so that they …

Sustainability

China Just Built the World’s Cutest Panda-Shaped Solar Farm

Renewable energy just got an injection of cuteness thanks to the Panda Power Plant, a new solar farm installed in the Shanxi province of China. The adorable, panda-shaped farm will have an aggregate capacity of 100 MW when completely finished.<p>The initiative by Panda Green Energy, in cooperation …

Giant Hands Rise Up from Venetian Lagoon in “Support” of Climate Change Awareness

Venice holds an interesting position as a city steeped in history, yet also at the cutting edge of contemporary art. And with the 57th International Art Biennale getting set to open, surprising art is already starting to pop up in the lagoon. Installed on May 13, Lorenzo Quinn‘s monumental …

Old Shipping Containers Given New Life as Stylish Eco-Friendly Homes

If you’ve ever been to a port city, you’ve probably seen shipping containers. They’re massive corrugated metal bins that hold everything from clothing to electronics to cars. Their utility makes them easy to pass by without a second glance. But for some people, shipping containers are what they …

Fleet of Flower Bicycles Takes Over the Streets of São Paulo

In the past, avant-garde artist Azuma Makoto has created experimental art ranging from cosmic plants to ice block bouquets. Now, the Japanese artist is back with another beautiful and botanical work of art called <i>Flower</i> <i>Messenger</i>.<p>Composed of 30 functioning bikes overflowing with floral arrangements,</i> …

First Vertical Forest in Asia will be Covered in Over 3,000 Plants

Italian architect Stefano Boeri is set to bring his famed vertical forest to Nanjing, China. The new project, to be completed in 2018, will see 1,110 trees and 2,500 shrubs engulf the facades of two enormous towers.<p>The Nanjing towers will stand 656 feet and 354 feet tall and will be the first …

Bridges for Animals to Safely Cross Freeways Are Popping Up Around the World

Wildlife crossings are more than simple road signs as you speed down the highway. Conservationists use all sorts of methods to keep our furry friends safe from becoming roadkill or having their habitats fragmented. Increasingly, animal bridges are being employed around the globe in order to …

Floating Gym in Paris Designed to be Powered by Human Energy

Want to work up a sweat while cruising down a river? If so, you'll love Carlo Ratti Associati‘s new project, <i>The Paris Navigating Gym</i>. The Italian architecture firm has dreamed up a floating gym, which when powered by human energy, floats down the Seine in Paris. The 65-foot vessel bobs downstream, …

Nonprofits

Family Lives in the Arctic Circle by Building Cob House in a Solar Geodesic Dome

The Arctic Circle conjures up images of extreme weather conditions, but one family has managed to create their own cozy oasis in the far reaches of Norway. The Hjertefølger family has been living on Norway's Sandhornøya island, where they started their journey into sustainable living, since 2013. …

Arctic Circle

Ingenious Bowl-Shaped Roof Collects Rainwater to Provide Natural Cooling

Based out of Tehran, BMDesign Studios is used to facing complex issues that come with living in an arid environment. With precipitation one-third of the world average, and evaporation three times higher, the firm has devised a double-roof system to solve the water scarcity problem. The <i>Concave Roof</i> …

France Opens World’s First Solar Panel Road

France officially opened the world's first solar panel road this week. It features 2,880 solar panels over 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) in the small village of Tourouvre-au-Perche. The energy efficient road was built with Colas' Wattway technology, which is installed directly on existing pavement. It's …

Solar Panels

India Aims to Break World Record by Planting 50 Million Trees in 24 Hours

Earlier this month, citizens from the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh came together not only to break a world record, but also to make a positive global impact. On July 11th, over 800,000 volunteers collectively worked towards planting 50 million trees in a single day, with the ultimate goal of …

Artist Spends Hundreds of Hours Drawing Hyperrealistic Portraits Mimicking Renaissance Techniques

At first glance, the highly-technical drawings of Emanuele Dascanio look as though they’re photographs—it’s only until you see the Italian artist put pencil to paper that you realize and appreciate the true value of his artistic skill. The large, labor-intensive portraits—some that take up to 780 …

The Glass House Built Around A Tree

A significant number of my childhood fantasies revolved around <b>tree houses</b> - but this design by Kazakh architect <b>Aibek Almassov</b> just flips the whole …

Gentle genius: bright red jeweled facade slashes Italian home's energy use

This faceted house in southern Italy looks like a glittery red jewel. Architect Giacomo Garziano renovated the house which his grandfather built in …

Brilliant Pencil Sharpener Design Helps You Endlessly Extend Pencils

Uses miniature wood joinery to turn your No. 2 into a No. 2222<p>One of the more fascinating challenges for a product designer is creating the UI for …

Edible Agroforestry: Designing Your Own Food Forest

Backyard Abundance, an environmental education non-profit organization, has released an open-source document on how to create your own “food forest” …