Climating Out

By Bryan Reddish | Accepting and making changes to improve and preserve our living experiences on Earth.

The man-made world is horribly designed. But copying nature helps.

Biomimicry design, explained.<p>Japan’s Shinkansen don’t look like your typical train. They’re fast — so fast they coined the term “bullet train” — with long, pointed noses that let them reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.<p>But these Japanese trains didn’t always look like this. Earlier models …

Biomimicry

The warmth and wisdom of mud buildings

"There are a lot of resources given by nature for free -- all we need is our sensitivity to see them and our creativity to use them," says architect …

Bloomberg unveils clean energy commitment to counter rollback of emissions rule

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced an increased commitment to end America's coal dependency and transition the U.S. economy to a …

Climate

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella explains what happened when employees struggled with a gross milk situation

Back in 2015, a weird dairy epidemic struck Microsoft office kitchens worldwide.<p>Employees were opening an eight-ounce carton of milk from the fridge, pouring a splash into their coffee, and leaving behind the opened container so the next person could finish it.<p>But nobody wanted to use milk that …

Tesla is sending hundreds of Powerwall batteries to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is still dealing with the widespread damage of Hurricane Maria that hit earlier this month. The entire island has lost electrical power, …

Puerto Rico

Clever design plants off-grid sustainability in the big city

But this wasn't the case for a young couple who wanted to harness a more environmentally friendly way of life by reworking a four-bedroom terrace in …

Sustainability

Is Negativity Bias Sabotaging Your Success?

My daughter Maddy often reminds me of the time I was late for her pre-school dance recital. Admittedly I should have left home sooner. I should also have factored in that the car park would be full. But I didn’t. By the time I parked two blocks away, unbuckled my two younger sons (aged one and two …

Happiness

Wind and solar power are saving Americans an astounding amount of money

Not getting sick and dying from pollution is worth quite a bit, it turns out.<p>Wind and solar power are subsidized by just about every major country in the world, either directly or indirectly through tax breaks, mandates, and regulations.<p>The main rationale for these subsidies is that wind and solar …

Renewable Energy

Coming Soon: Social Good Summit 2017 - United Nations Foundation

Think about your dreams for a better world in 2030. How can we realize this vision?<p>At this year’s Social Good Summit, global leaders and citizens …

Here Are Three Ways Nanomaterials Could Help Combat Climate Change

<i>By Bhavya Khullar, Ensia</i>The list of environmental problems that the world faces may be huge, but some strategies for solving them are remarkably …

Engineering

Offshore wind slashes UK cost reduction goals ... now cheaper than new gas

<b>Costs are about half of what they were just two years ago.</b><p>When a Dutch offshore wind project shattered cost reduction goals last year, we warned that …

Wind Power

A Material That Throws Heat into Space Could Soon Reinvent Air-Conditioning - MIT Technology Review

Eli Goldstein, a fresh-faced cofounder of SkyCool Systems, pulled open the garage door on the side of the Stanford spinout's cramped workspace in …

Clean Energy

Hurricane scientists have never seen an image like this before

For the first time in modern history, three hurricanes in the Atlantic are lined up in the most dangerous of ways, according to Eric Blake, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center.<p>The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued advisories on Hurricane Irma (currently located north of …

Weather

5 Questions: Randall Stafford advocates a plant-based diet

In a letter to JAMA, the preventive-medicine expert addresses the failure of the newest USDA Dietary Guidelines to articulate the health and climate …

Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report

WASHINGTON — The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.<p>The draft report by …

Climate Change
Bjarke Ingels

'stedsans in the woods' is a permaculture farm and retreat in sweden

<b>currently under construction in the south of sweden, ‘stedsans in the woods’ is a remote permaculture farm and retreat founded by mette helbæk and</b> …

Sweden

Chinese Province Larger Than Texas Just Ran For An Entire Week On Only Renewable Energy

Qinghai province used only wind, solar and hydroelectric power to supply its population of 5.8 million.<p>While the U.S. flounders on environmental action and a growing number of cabinet officials out themselves as climate deniers, China continues to make waves as an emerging leader in this …

Renewable Energy

Green Homes: Towards Energy Efficient Housing

Globally, energy efficiency possesses about 40% of the GHG emission reduction potential at a cost of less than €60 per metric ton of CO2 equivalent …

Sustainability

21 Innovative Regeneration Projects - Five Innovations for Regeneration

In November 2016, Regeneration International (RI) embarked on a journey in search of the world’s most inspiring, innovative projects working on …

Innovative Solutions to California’s Water Problems

As the worst drought since the 1950s continues to take its toll in California, innovative solutions to alleviate the state’s water woes were recently …

Landscape Architecture

Apple is investing $1 billion in clean energy with this unique approach

Apple just announced a big clean energy investment on the heels of President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate …

Sustainability

Watch a NASA Rocket Create Colorful Artificial Clouds Over US East Coast Tonight!

<b>Update for June 15:</b> <b></b>NASA's next attempt to launch a small sounding rocket to create glowing clouds in the night sky will occur no earlier than <b>Saturday</b> …

Exploration

Bartender & filmmaker's short bus conversion features roof deck & mini-bar (Video)

Enabled by new technologies and new notions of work-life balance and helped along by a changing job market, many young people are ditching the office …

Incorporated

Unintended Consequences: Cities and States May Double Down on Clean Energy After Trump Leaves Paris Agreement

Energy policy is driven by local governments, and some mayors and governors may be ready to take the lead on renewable energy.<p>When President Donald …

Renewable Energy

10 Edible Plants That Grow in Abundance Without Any Help

Gardens are a great thing to get into, but for many folks, they find themselves a bit overwhelmed with the amount of work required to grow real …

Gardening

Beyond Organic: How Regenerative Farming Can Save Us From Global Catastrophe

A growing corps of organic, climate, environmental, social justice and peace activists are promoting a new world-changing paradigm that can …

Agriculture

GCR - Innovation - How a blue Peruvian butterfly may help develop the perfect solar cell

How a blue Peruvian butterfly may help develop the perfect solar cell<p><b>19 May 2017 | By GCR Staff</b> 1 Comment<p>Research into why a Peruvian butterfly is …