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Fixing Fashion initiative hopes to patch up "broken" clothing industry

Dutch designer Dave Hakkens has launched an online academy that teaches users how to fix "99 per cent of their clothing " in a bid to combat the mounting issue of textile waste.

An Island's Path to 100% Renewables

The grid of the future lies 850 miles off the coast of Portugal, on an island in the Azores called Graciosa. The island has always been dependent on fossil fuels. But in 2018, that changed. That's when a group of developers kicked off a hybrid wind-solar-battery storage power plant to slash diesel consumption.

Some guitar makers in pursuit of sustainable manufacturing

Guitar manufacturers use a small volume of some of the rarest exotic woods, but have come under the most pressure to adopt sustainable practices because of their high profile. Over the past decade, manufacturers like Czech-based Furch Guitars and Taylor Guitars in the U.S.

Eat, roam, repeat: Can the bison's big appetite stop Spain's forest fires?

As the temperatures begin to rise, Spain is braced for another summer of the forest fires that over the past 10 years have destroyed about 741,000 hectares (1.8m acres) of forest. Last year, fires consumed 45,000 hectares according to government estimates, the year before 60,000 hectares , and there are signs that, as in California and Australia, the fires are becoming more frequent and more intense.

Lessons from Schoonschip, Amsterdam's floating eco-village

How can people live in harmony with global warming and rising water levels? In Amsterdam , a group of forward-thinking people decided to go with the flow. Schoonschip, a self-sustaining floating community of more than 100 residents, boasts innovative technology like 500 solar panels and a green roof on every house.

Researchers Develop Liquid That Absorbs And Stores Solar Energy For 18 Years

Sweden might have found a solution for the second challenge. They've developed "solar thermal fuel" - a special kind of fuel that is capable of storing the sun's energy for up to 18 years. The device that helps in capturing solar energy is called MOST which stands for Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage System.

Volkswagen's European Factories Up To 95% Powered By Renewables

In 2020, Volkswagen Group increased the share of renewables powering its European factories from 80% to 95% (year over year/YoY), and 10 of its factories became 100% renewably powered. The target is for them to reach 100% renewable power by 2023. In China, Volkswagen Group increased the share of renewables powering its factories from 76% to 91%.

These drones look for trash in waterways-and then send sailing drones to clean it up

Click here to view original web page at These drones look for trash in waterways-and then send sailing drones to clean it up In a river in the Danish city of Århus, a small machine called the WasteShark now autonomously sails through the water collecting trash, bringing it to shore, and then recharging itself.

Belgium bans biofuels made from palm oil, soy

Belgium will ban biofuels made from soy and palm oil from 2022 onward as part of its effort to combat deforestation, said Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Zakia Khattabi on Tuesday.

France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights

EPA/ Getty Images image captionFrench lawmakers want the train to take the strain French lawmakers have moved to ban short-haul internal flights where train alternatives exist, in a bid to reduce carbon emissions. Over the weekend, lawmakers voted in favour of a bill to end routes where the same journey could be made by train in under two-and-a-half hours.

France Bans the Use of Wild Animals in Traveling Circuses

Photo: Stock Photos from MARTIN MECNAROWSKI/Shutterstock Traveling circuses have wowed viewers around the world for over 100 years. Acrobats, trained elephants, and clown cars are standard fare under the "Big Top." However, animal rights activists have long critiqued acts which use wild animals.

Students design skateboard wheels made from chewing gum

Chewing gum: it's a type of plastic pollution that we're just not talking about enough. Most modern chewing gums are made from synthetic plastic polymers that don't break down or biodegrade. That means when you toss your used chewing gum on the sidewalk or stick it underneath a bench, you're littering.

Turtle conservation hits the SPOT in North Cyprus

Green and loggerhead turtle nest counts have increased by 162% and 46% respectively in less than two decades on North Cyprus in the Mediterranean. The increase has been achieved through preventing nests being raided by dogs and foxes, and protecting the beaches from tourism development.

The secret ingredient in Paris' green public housing

Grist / Amelia Bates Winter in Paris is notoriously clammy, and this winter was no exception. But Gregory Ferembach didn't need to turn on his heat much. One reason? The walls in his public housing building are lined with one of nature's best insulation materials: hemp.

Greta Thunberg: a True Advocate for Environmental and Women's Rights

In 2018, 15 years old Greta Thunberg became the face of climate change action and took the world by surprise. What started as a "school strike for climate" for a young girl inspired a global student movement that advocated for climate change .

Good vibrations: bladeless turbines could bring wind power to your home

'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.

These Eye-Catching Bricks Are Made from Textile Waste

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.

Conservation actions see Iberian lynx claw back from brink of extinction

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.

Denmark's Braunstein Taphouse building is reusable and recyclable

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.

Seville's plan to turn oranges into electricity

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.

Adorable goat playground raises awareness of upcycling waste

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.

KLM makes first regular flight with sustainable synthetic fuel

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.

Bat boxes, 'greened' streets and bug hotels: Barcelona embraces its wild side

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 wealth fund sold the last of its investments in fossil fuel companies

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 population is no longer vulnerable

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 announces ambitious scheme to reduce car use after lockdown

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.

Birdwatching Can Increase Happiness as Much as a Pay Raise, Study Shows

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's electric car drive belies national reliance on fossil fuels

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 Bans Exporting Unsorted Plastic Waste to Poorer Countries

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 .

This modular prefab office space offers sustainable solutions

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.

'Major Hurdle' Cleared As Youth Activists Advance Historic Climate Case

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".

Are Concrete Blocks the Next Batteries?

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.

Study: Birds Are Linked to Happiness Levels

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.

"Ecocide" could soon be punishable by law

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 Ocean Cleanup launches sunglasses made from ocean plastic

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 Aims for Green Hydrogen Leadership Role in Europe

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.

This Norwegian Start-Up Wants To Build Houses Out of 100% Recycled Plastic

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 .

'Strong and successful without men': Why two women spent a year in the Arctic

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.

AirBird is a smart sensor that chirps to highlight indoor air pollution

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.

Zsuzsanna Horvath makes lamps from laser-cut plywood

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.

New Conversion Kit Turns Your Classic Mini Cooper Into A Timeless EV

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.

Raised circular cycling path gives 360-degree views of Belgian forest

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.

This reusable packaging could help stop the massive amounts of e-commerce waste

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.

Wind-powered cargo vessel promises sustainable ocean shipping

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.

Dutch Firm Awarded a Juicy $55 Million to Make Lab-Grown Meat Commercial

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 .