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Sep 30, 2020

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Proud Pour wines and cider benefit bees, oceans and coral reefs

Sep 29, 2020: Every purchase of Proud Pour wine helps restore oyster and bee habitats, save sea turtles and plant baby coral reefs.

California votes to protect Joshua trees

Sep 29, 2020: They have become the first plant species in California to be granted protection from climate change.

Untapped potential exists for blending hydropower, floating solar panels

Sep 29, 2020: Hybrid systems of floating solar panels and hydropower plants may hold the technical potential to produce a significant portion of the electricity generated annually across the globe, according to a new analysis.

World leaders commit to Earth's recovery

Sep 29, 2020: Sixty-four world leaders have signed a new Leaders' Pledge for Nature. But some key players are notably absent in promising to slow environmental ills.

An indoor-outdoor home in Colombia is remodeled with local reclaimed wood

Sep 29, 2020: Located at the top of a mountain in Colombia’s Calandaíma River Valley, Casa Volcanes is a stunning home that promotes indoor-outdoor living and natural materials.

BiodiverCity will transform Penang South Islands into an eco-tourism spot

Sep 29, 2020: A new island destination is in the works in Malaysia, and it's set to put the spotlight on sustainable development.

HoekHome gives furniture a sustainable makeover

Sep 28, 2020: Thanks to modern furniture companies such as HoekHome, furniture assembly has changed. You can assemble HoekHome's click-together furniture with no tools other than your hands.

Trump administration appoints climate change deniers to NOAA

Sep 28, 2020: The Trump administration has already appointed one climate change denier to NOAA this month and is set to appoint another.

ASOS launches first circular fashion collection

Sep 28, 2020: This fall, online retailer ASOS is launching its first collection of circular fashions.

The durable Solo New York backpack can accompany all of your adventures

Sep 28, 2020: We tested the Re:vive Mini Backpack on a number of outdoor adventures. Here's how it held up.

Third Nature imagines a zero-emission regenerative city district in Bergen

Sep 28, 2020: An old logistics port and ferry terminal in Bergen, Norway has been reimagined into an inspiring zero-emission district.

HOH Cafe is a shipping container coffee shop hidden in a tranquil park

Sep 25, 2020: Tucked away into a forested area on the edge of Taiwan’s Zhubei City, the HOH Cafe is a shipping container coffee shop that offers a quiet respite for the area’s busy residents.

No new gas-powered cars by 2035, California governor says

Sep 25, 2020: California Governor Gavin Newsom's new executive order bans the sale of all new gasoline-powered cars and passenger trucks by 2035. After that, only zero-emissions new cars will be sold in the state of California. Californians will still be able to own, drive, buy and sell used cars that run on gas.

Record number of pilot whales get stranded, die in Tasmania

Sep 25, 2020: Over 380 long-finned pilot whales have been confirmed dead after nearly 500 were stranded on Tasmania's west coast.

How to make soy wax candles for a cozy, autumnal home

Sep 25, 2020: Learn how to make DIY soy candles for your home and to give as gifts.

Abu Dhabi Flamingo Visitor Center blends into the landscape

Sep 25, 2020: Petr Janda / brainwork studio has won an international competition with its design of the Abu Dhabi Flamingo Visitor Center, a proposed center that would service the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve located southeast of central Abu Dhabi.

There’s Still Time to Participate in the US Census

Sep 25, 2020: Census taking for 2020 ends on September 30th, and it’s vitally important that communities report their numbers as accurately as possible. Why is counting community members important? Because census data is used to allocate resources, pay for community services and even determine how many representatives……

The Heimplanet Travel Pack gets a sustainable new upgrade

Sep 24, 2020: Adventure luggage and tent company Heimplanet has given its popular travel pack a 2020 upgrade.

China plans to go carbon-neutral by 2060

Sep 24, 2020: China, the world’s biggest source of carbon dioxide, is aiming for carbon-neutrality by 2060.

Critical Antarctic glaciers are drifting away

Sep 24, 2020: The findings, which follow analyses of satellite imagery, indicate that a natural buffer that prevents the glaciers from breaking away is deteriorating at a rapid rate and could lead to destructive sea level rise.

Air pollution leads to increase in electricity usage

Sep 24, 2020: High levels of air pollution are forcing people inside to consume more electricity, subsequently causing even greater environmental problems by increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

Indie comic book characters are brought to life as unique cardboard cutouts

Sep 24, 2020: After creating a life-size board game out of cardboard, Luanga ‘Lue’ Nuwame has combined his love of cardboard crafting with another passion — rare comic book action figures.

New Tokyo Toilet Project designs public restrooms to foster inclusivity

Sep 24, 2020: Japan-based Nippon Foundation has launched its Tokyo Toilet Project to design and build new, inclusive public toilets at 17 different locations throughout the Shibuya district of Tokyo.

From golf to gardens: Houston's new botanical garden opens

Sep 23, 2020: It's a loss for golfers but a big win for plant lovers. After decades in the planning stage, the Houston Botanic Garden finally opened September 18 on the former Glenbrook Golf Course in southeast Houston. The garden serves as yet another draw for locals and visitors to explore Sims Bayou, a watershed area near Hobby Airport that already includes miles of walking and biking trails and countless places to launch canoes.

Melting Florida panther statue highlights climate change

Sep 23, 2020: A sculpture of Florida panthers is melting in the sun to show the impacts of climate change.

NYC Metronome clock now displays deadline for irreversible global warming

Sep 23, 2020: The Climate Clock shows that we have about 7 years to stop irreversible effects of global warming.

The Redress Design Award is making sustainable fashion an industry standard

Sep 23, 2020: Redress has announced the 2020 winners for the Redress Design Award.

Garden House brings nature back to the city

Sep 23, 2020: The home “brings nature back to the city” with inviting outdoor areas for gathering with friends and neighbors.

Tiny House Sustainable Living blog documents life in an off-grid tiny home

Sep 22, 2020: Jennifer of Tiny House Sustainable Living documents tiny home construction, off-grid living and homesteading on her blog.

Botswana elephant deaths caused by cyanobacteria

Sep 22, 2020: The mysterious elephant deaths in Botswana this summer were caused by a toxic blue-green algae.

17,000 Tiehms buckwheat, rare wildflowers of Nevada, destroyed

Sep 22, 2020: After a controversy between conservationists and lithium mining interests, 40% of the population of Tiehm's buckwheat was mysteriously destroyed last weekend.

Biden vs Trump on environmental issues and climate change

Sep 22, 2020: Here’s a quick rundown on where the presidential candidates stand on environmental issues and climate change.

Candelas hydrofoil boat is the worlds first electric speedboat

Sep 22, 2020: The Candela Seven is an electric boat with impressive metrics for both speed and range.

Old industrial building is now an energy-efficient complex in London

Sep 21, 2020: Asta House boasts several modern, sustainable features while retaining the original industrial look.

Washington bans wildlife-killing competitions

Sep 21, 2020: The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has voted to end hunting competitions in the state.

Key phase of Everglades restoration project starts in November

Sep 21, 2020: The final phase of a massive Everglades restoration park will begin this November.

NASA's IRIS spots nanojets: Shining light on heating the solar corona

Sep 21, 2020: Researchers report the first ever clear images of nanojets -- bright thin lights that travel perpendicular to the magnetic structures in the solar atmosphere, called the corona -- in a process that reveals the existence of one of the potential coronal heating candidates: nanoflares.

Researcher analyzes the use of solar energy at US airports

Sep 21, 2020: By studying 488 public airports in the United States, researchers found that 20% of them have adopted solar photovoltaic (PV), commonly known as solar panels, over the last decade.

Bulk up the eco-friendly way with Grounded's plant-based protein shakes

Sep 21, 2020: Being beefy can now mean nixing meat and dairy, too.

Mirror-like photovoltaics get more electricity out of heat

Sep 21, 2020: New heat-harnessing 'solar' cells that reflect 99% of the energy they can't convert to electricity could help bring down the price of storing renewable energy as heat, as well as harvesting waste heat from exhaust pipes and chimneys.

Spend the night among the trees in southern Denmark

Sep 21, 2020: If you find yourself in a particular section of the landscape near Genner, Denmark, a nest hanging from the treetops could be your chosen sleeping spot.

This industrial complex has a facade made from its own construction waste

Sep 18, 2020: The building features sunken courtyards with earth-cooled floors and a stone screen facade made from the complex's own construction waste.

World gets F on Aichi biodiversity report card

Sep 18, 2020: In 2010, representatives from 194 countries met in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, and agreed on 20 biodiversity targets to reach in the next decade. Ten years later, the signatories have fallen far short.

LEGO responds to kids' worries about single-use plastics

Sep 18, 2020: Kids have spoken. And LEGO has listened. “We have received many letters from children about the environment asking us to remove single-use plastic packaging,” said LEGO Group CEO, Niels B Christiansen, in a statement. “We have been exploring alternatives for some time and the passion and ideas from children inspired us to begin to make the change.” The Danish toymaker announced Tuesday that it will replace the plastic bags inside boxed LEGO sets with recyclable paper ones. Over the...

A small Swedish town becomes home to urban development experiments

Sep 18, 2020: Architects are transforming abandoned train tracks into a hub for innovation.

Rihanna's new Fenty skincare line leads the industry in sustainability

Sep 18, 2020: Fenty Skin boasts a clean, vegan and earth-conscious line of products that embrace sustainability in all the right ways.

University of Toronto Scarborough learning hub to welcome nature indoors

Sep 17, 2020: The new learning hub prioritizes flexibility and student wellness.

Birds are dying mid-air possibly due to climate crisis effects

Sep 17, 2020: The deaths of thousands of birds in the southwestern U.S. have sparked concern from scientists.

World's first "living coffin" made of mycelium is used in a burial

Sep 17, 2020: The first burial in a mycelium coffin has occurred in the Netherlands.

Climate Change Will Be On Voters’ Minds Come November

Sep 17, 2020: The number of Americans who feel passionately about climate change is rising sharply, and the issue appears likely to play a more important role in this year’s election than ever before, a new survey shows. What’s more, despite the turmoil caused by overlapping national and global crises,……