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By HumanProject | Living sustainably beyond technology

South Korea is building a $35 billion city designed to eliminate the need for cars

The International Business District (IBD) in Songdo, South Korea.Gale International<p>When residents of the International Business District (IBD) in Songdo, South Korea go to work, pick up their kids from school, or shop for groceries, driving is optional.<p>That's because the $35 billion district — …

The seven megatrends that could beat global warming: 'There is reason for hope'

Until recently the battle to avert catastrophic climate change – floods, droughts, famine, mass migrations – seemed to be lost. But with the tipping point just years away, the tide is finally turning, thanks to innovations ranging from cheap renewables to lab-grown meat and electric …

Climate

Architects want to build an 80-story skyscraper in Chicago made entirely from wood — take a look

Most skyscrapers are behemoths of steel, glass, and reinforced concrete.<p>As part of an ongoing project, researchers at Cambridge University, architects at Perkins+Will, and engineers at Thornton Tomasetti are proposing a timber skyscraper, called the River Beech Tower, in Chicago, Illinois.<p>The team …

Construction

Harvard study uncovers why fasting can lead to a longer and healthier life

Intermittent fasting diets are all the rage these days. We are seeing everything from the conservative 5:2 diet to more extreme fasting methods …

Longevity

Germany Builds World's Tallest Wind Turbine

The turbine comes with a water pump to generate power even when there's no wind.<p>Germany, more than almost any other country, has been embracing wind power as the future of energy. The country is third in the world—behind only China and the United States—in total wind power and new wind power added …

Turbines

32 photos that show how obsessed Japan is with minimalism

Minimalism is taking over. Figures like Marie Kondo are becoming famous by spreading the gospel of throwing everything out and keeping just what you …

Minimalism

With new technology, Mazda gives spark to gasoline engine

HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - In the high-stakes, high-cost battle among global automakers to develop ever more efficient vehicles, one of the biggest breakthroughs in internal combustion engine technology in years looks to be coming from one of the industry's smaller players.<p>Japan's Mazda Motor …

Transform Your Old SLR Camera Into A DLSR Using I’m Back

Over the past few years Samuel Mello Medeiros has been developing a new piece of hardware which is capable of transforming an old SLR camera into a …

Revolutionary 'Air Breathing' Battery Can Store Electricity For Months At A Fraction Of The Cost

There is no downside here.<p>A team at MIT have developed a radical new “air breathing” battery that can store energy for months on end, comes at a …

Futuristic airless tire is 3D printed, won't go flat or need replacement (Video)

Air-filled rubber tires have been around for quite a long while, though the evolution of their design has been relatively slow. But we are now seeing …

Solar inverters are evolving to support smart home energy storage

Reality is, that most people who want solar power on their home actually want energy storage as well. We want energy storage because if the grid goes down, we want our house to run smoothly – day or not, sunny or cloudy. Additionally, many of us hold onto the dream of disconnecting from The Man.<p>At …

This solar-powered net-zero home is a modern take on the farmhouse

Missouri S&T’s entry into the biennial Solar Decathlon competition<p>The SILO house was conceived as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s biennial competition Solar Decathlon, which challenges collegiate teams to design and build solar-powered houses.<p>Designed for empty nesters by students of the …

Clean Energy

“Graceful Degradation” and the Art of Redesigning the Flashlight

Often times Japanese design is more about improving upon an existing design, rather than creating something new. And when a well-thought out yet …

Design

This gorgeous installation is made of aluminum just six millimeters thin

Wowza<p>Commissioned for the World Expo 2017, held this year in Kazakhstan, this inventive installation eliminates the need for any for structural columns or beams. Designed by MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY, a studio known for its work developing "ultra-thin, self-supporting structures,” “Minima | Maxima” …

Design

Breathtaking bamboo building withstands earthquakes and boasts a zero-carbon footprint

Thailand’s eco-friendly Panyaden International School has added a stunning new sports hall to its campus that’s built entirely of bamboo and stays …

Chiang Mai

This food forest on a barge in New York floats the idea of fresh food for cities

Swale brings free foraging to the concrete jungle<p>Last week, I found myself on a 5,000-square-foot barge stuck in shallow water in the middle of the Bronx River. As a tugboat attempted to pull us out, its motor dredged up black sludge, trash, and God knows what else. The air stank of rotten eggs. As …

Farming

These incredible self-deploying buildings pop up in 8 minutes flat

In the future, buildings could build themselves. Ten Fold Engineering, based in the United Kingdom, is offering self-deploying structures that open …

Researchers can now desalinate seawater with the power of the Sun

One of the oldest means of extracting potable liquid from seawater involves distillation, basically boiling the water into steam and then cooling the purified vapor in condensation tubes. Problem is, this method is incredibly power intensive with nearly half of the input energy going towards just …

Clean Energy

Crowdfunding project of the week: UrbaNext turns any bicycle into an electric one

The ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’ series is where we highlight the coolest gadgets coming from websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. We know you have no time to be navigating through dozens of campaigns, so we take care of the grunt work and bring you only the creme de la creme. Let’s take …

Cycling

DeKalb Market Hall is the Newfangled, Franchise-Free Food Court to Beat All Food Courts

DeKalb Market Hall is indubitably the year’s biggest opening, in every way, shape, form and, well, size.Occupying 60 thousand-square feet of prime, …

New York City

This Machine Just Started Sucking CO2 Out Of The Air To Save Us From Climate Change

Climeworks carbon capture device will take the gas from the air and sell it or store it in the ground. Now we just need a few hundred thousand more–as quickly as possible.<p>Sitting on top of a waste incineration facility near Zurich, a new carbon capture plant is now sucking CO2 out of the air to …

Solar-powered aquaponic greenhouses grow up to 880 lbs of produce each year

Fresh produce – ideally grown locally right in your backyard – is essential to a healthy diet, but with scores of people either lacking the space, …

Farming

This artificial island could soon power 6 countries

An artificial island which could power millions of homes using wind turbines will be built in the North Sea.<p>The island could power several nations – …

North Sea

Lightweight thin-film solar charger is rollable, and includes a battery bank

<b>These ultra-thin solar charging devices use amorphous silicon technology, which is said to be effective even in shady or lower-light conditions.</b><p>The …

Conscious consumerism is a lie. Here’s a better way to help save the world

As a sustainable lifestyle blogger, my job is to make conscious consumerism look good. Over the course of four years Instagramming eco-friendly outfits, testing non-toxic nail polish brands, and writing sustainable city guides, I became a proponent of having it all—fashion, fun, travel, …

Sustainability

New material made from fiber-reinforced hydrogels is 5 times tougher than steel

Researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan have created a flexible, eco-friendly material that’s five-times stronger than carbon steel. The …

The Wild Comeback Of New York's Legendary Landfill

At Freshkills Park, where the city dumped 150 million tons of its garbage, human desires and nature’s needs are feeling their way to a new harmony.<p><i>This post is part of a CityLab series on wastelands, and what we squander, discard, and fritter away.</i><p>Twenty minutes past the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to …

Smart cities need more industry partnerships, less gadget worship

While a dizzying array of connected gadgetry is vying for room on city leaders’ wish lists, industry experts advise less focus on the technology itself and more on industry partnerships that can build out smart cities.<p>At the recent U.S. Conference of Mayors held in Washington, D.C., Joanne Hovis, …

You Can Reprint This Paper 80 Times Without A Drop Of Ink

Printing with UV light is much more environmentally friendly than ink-based papers today. But will human factors get in the way?<p>About 40% of the trash in our landfills is paper and cardboard. And while a lot of that is obviously packing materials, plenty of it comes from our offices. In fact, the …

Paperless Office