'Skybrators' generate clean energy without environmental impact of large windfarms, say green pioneers The giant windfarms that line hills and coastlines are not the only way to harness the power of the wind, say green energy pioneers who plan to reinvent wind power by foregoing the need for turbine towers, blades - and even wind.
Closeup of a brick made from upcycled textile waste. FabBRICK Clarisse Merlet was a French architecture student in 2017 when she became alarmed about the amount of textile waste created each year.
By 2002, the Iberian lynx was extinct in its native Portugal and down to fewer than 100 animals in Spain, well on track to becoming the first cat species to go extinct since the saber-toothed tiger 12,000 years ago.
With the potential threat of rising sea levels giving developers around the world a good reason to second guess ocean-adjacent construction, Adept Architecture in Denmark has created a stunning example of sustainable and reusable building design.
Spanish engineers have updated the old citrus cliché, bringing it into the eco era - when life gives you oranges, make electricity. In Seville, they're repurposing the many tons of fruit that the city's 48,000 orange trees drop in the streets.
NOMAD architects and Karina Aramanda have transformed wood waste into GO[A]T WASTE?, an educational pavilion and animal playground that raises awareness about the merits of upcycling . Installed in the town of Ādaži in Latvia, the eco-friendly project was inspired by the architects' research into construction's impact on climate change and environmental pollution; according to Latvia's Ministry of Environment, the building industry is one of the biggest waste producers in the country.
Air France-KLM's Dutch arm operated a passenger flight from Amsterdam to Madrid that the carrier says was the first in the world to use sustainably derived synthetic aviation fuel. The Boeing Co. 737-800 narrow-body plane carried 500 litres of the fuel produced by Royal Dutch Shell Plc, equating to more than five per cent of the total requirement for the trip, KLM said in a statement Monday.
When Barcelona's inhabitants emerged from a six-week lockdown at the end of April last year, they found that while the city had lain dormant, nature had been busy transforming the streets and parks into a bucolic wilderness.
Norway's trillion-dollar sovereign wealth fund has sold the last of its portfolio of oil and gas companies in a major step away from the country's reliance on its petroleum industry. Trond Grande, deputy CEO of the fund, made the announcement of the final sale, which occurred at the end of last year, in a phone call on Thursday .
The European bison's population has increased sufficiently for it to be removed from IUCN's list of vulnerable species. Thanks to long-term conservation work, the population has increased to more than 6,200, up from a 2003 figure of only 1,800. Rather than vulnerable, the European bison is now classified as "almost threatened."
Milan is to introduce one of Europe's most ambitious schemes reallocating street space from cars to cycling and walking, in response to the coronavirus crisis. The northern Italian city and surrounding Lombardy region are among Europe's most polluted, and have also been especially hard hit by the Covid-19 outbreak.
Amid the ongoing pandemic, finding a little extra happiness in even the smallest things is key to survival. And although buying new things to accommodate your new indoor lifestyle may be a tempting way to boost your mood short-term, there are several ways to do so that are more sustainable, and that won't cost you a pretty penny.
Norway became the first country to sell more electric cars than petrol, hybrid and diesel engines put together last year, new data shows, with battery electric vehicles (BEVs) accounting for two-thirds of sales in the final months of 2020.
EU will no longer allow exports of hazardous plastics to countries like Malaysia, pictured, as of Jan. 1, 2021. Mohd Rasfan / AFP / Getty Images By Jessica Corbett The European Union's executive branch on Tuesday announced new rules for plastic waste shipments-including a ban on some exports to poorer countries-that will take effect on January 1 as part of the bloc's Circular Economy Action Plan and European Green Deal .
London studio Boano Prišmontas is no stranger to projects that highlight sustainable workspaces . Once the pandemic hit, the need for affordable, easy-to-assemble remote work solutions became even more urgent. Enter "My Room in The Garden," a low-cost prefab home office that can fit a yard of any size and takes less than a day to install.
An unprecedented climate lawsuit brought by six Portuguese youths is to be fast-tracked at Europe's highest court, it was announced today. The European Court of Human Rights said the case, which accuses 33 European nations of violating the applicants' right to life by disregarding the climate emergency, would be granted priority status due to the "importance and urgency of the issues raised".
Energy storage is an increasingly large problem with renewable energy . Energy Vault wants to solve it by storing extra energy as potential energy in concrete blocks. The company recently received a major investment from Japanese holding company SoftBank. That money will allow Energy Vault to build its first full-scale prototypes.
A new study demonstrates the link between birds and happiness. TorriPhoto / Getty Images A new study reveals that greater bird biodiversity brings greater joy to people, according to recent findings from the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research. In fact, scientists concluded that conservation is just as important for human well-being as financial security.
International lawyers are now working together to define the new crime of ecocide. By criminalizing ecosystem destruction, they hope to both punish and deter those who wantonly harm the earth. Swedish parliamentarians requested that the Stop Ecocide Foundation launch the project. It's timed to coincide with the 75 th anniversary of the start of 1945's Nuremberg war crimes trials.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a floating island of waste located in the Pacific Ocean. Several organizations have taken part in cleaning up the area and transporting the garbage back to shore, where it is mostly hauled to landfills.
Iberdrola's green hydrogen plans call for 800 megawatts of production, which is 20 percent of Spain's 2030 target. (Credit: Iberdrola) Spanish utility Iberdrola is aiming to become one of Europe's top green hydrogen producers with a 200-megawatt electrolyzer project and plans for 600 MW more.
Artist's impression of an Othalo community, imagined by architect Julien De Smedt. Othalo By Victoria Masterson Using one of the world's problems to solve another is the philosophy behind a Norwegian start-up's mission to develop affordable housing from 100% recycled plastic .
Aa Aa This year, Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Fålun Strøm became the first women to overwinter in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard without men. 140 kilometres away from their nearest neighbours, the pair spent the entirety of winter and several months beyond in a 20 square meter cabin without running water or electricity.
GXN, the innovation arm of Danish architecture studio 3XN , has developed a twittering air-quality sensor that hopes to draw attention to the negative effects of air pollution within our homes and offices. Called AirBird , it takes the shape and colour of the bright yellow canaries that used to be brought into coal mines to warn workers of carbon monoxide and other toxic gases.
Hungarian designer Zsuzsanna Horvath uses laser-cut birch plywood to make the Illan Pendant Light for Italian light company Luceplan. Horvath piqued Luceplan 's interest when she displayed a prototype of her design at Salone Satellite during last year's edition of Milan Furniture Fair.
Fans of classic cars and restomods rejoice! There is now a fully realized and, more importantly, genuinely affordable kit to help you turn your classic Mini Cooper into a fast, clean, and modern EV. And, best of all, it is more true to the original Mini philosophy than you have any reason to hope for.
Belgian studios BuroLandschap and De Gregorio & Partners have created a circular track called Cycling Through The Trees as part of the cycling network in the province of Limburg. As its name suggests, Cycling Through The Trees is a raised path that takes cyclists up to a height of 10 metres above the ground so that they can ride amongst the treetops.
If you order a sweater or t-shirt from the clothing brand Eliou , you don't have to get it in a plastic or cardboard mailer. Instead, you can choose to have it sent in a reusable package.
Oceanbird is a massive sailing cargo ship designed to reinvent sustainable ocean shipping and reduce transatlantic travel emissions by 90%. The Swedish collaborative project is still in its sea trials stage but is poised for full-scale production by late 2021 and deliveries by 2024.
We have all heard about alternatives to meat like steak made from peas and seaweed and those actually grown in a lab . Now, the company who grew the first burger in a laboratory seven years ago has received $55 million in funds to develop their advanced tech, according to Unilad .