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Sep 26, 2021

Environment & Sustainability

Common Car Crashes and How to Avoid Them

Sep 25, 2021: Car crashes are commonplace despite all the necessary advancements in motor vehicle safety. They occur for many reasons and are primarily a result of driver negligence. Negligence means that a... The post Common Car Crashes and How to Avoid Them appeared first on About My Planet.

Study finds more microplastic in baby poop than in adult

Sep 24, 2021: In a recent study published in the American Chemical Society's Environmental Science and Technology Letters, scientists found 10 times more microplastic in babies' feces than in adults'.

3deluxe's first zero-carbon super-yacht sold as an NFT

Sep 24, 2021: If you've been trying to figure out how to spend that pesky $500 million, here's the answer. This zero-carbon super-yacht made a huge splash, pun intended, at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Take a trip to explore natural beauty on the San Juan Islands

Sep 24, 2021: As I pick my way between the crazily-shaped logs, to the water of South Beach on San Juan Island, it's a driftwood lover's dream come true. Some pieces are propped up to make primitive shelters.

Severe droughts cause 14% drop in US hydropower generation

Sep 24, 2021: In 2021, electricity production by hydropower plants across the U.S. will reduce by 14% compared to 2020 levels. This is due to the extreme drought conditions affecting western states.

Honeybee swarm kills 63 African penguins

Sep 24, 2021: Sixty-three endangered African penguins were the victims of a tragic attack last week. The culprits: a swarm of Cape honey bees.

US and China make big climate pledges at UN General Assembly

Sep 23, 2021: Two of the world's largest economies — and by far the largest carbon contributors — have committed to stop financing the climate crisis. On Tuesday at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, the U.S. and China pledged to cut off financing for activities that fuel the climate crisis.

McDonalds Happy Meal toys to get more sustainable by 2025

Sep 23, 2021: Young activists know that today's plastic toys are tomorrow's non-recyclable waste. In response, McDonald’s is making its Happy Meal toys more sustainable.

Massive greenhouse wins award for sustainable design

Sep 23, 2021: The Global Flora Conservatory at Wellesley College already holds several design awards, including the 2021 Architizer A+ Awards Jury Winner for Architecture + New Technology. After several years of planning and construction, it is nearly complete.

This apple factory turned artist ranch is a budding community

Sep 23, 2021: This is the story of how a decommissioned apple processing facility became a modern rural retreat. Created by Best Practice Architecture, Cloud Ranch is an amazing combination of the old and the new.

Morgenfarm proposes vertical farms to replace Berlins Autobahn

Sep 23, 2021: Morgenfarm offers a utopian vision for Berlin’s infrastructure where toxic fumes are replaced by green space and healthy vegetables.

Choosing the Right Type of Paint for Your DIY Projects

Sep 22, 2021: For a designer, the ultimate medium is paint. With the wide range of colors, paints can turn something into a fresh, new, and exciting item. Almost all base materials can... The post Choosing the Right Type of Paint for Your DIY Projects appeared first on About My Planet.

Officials worry COP26 climate conference is at "high risk of failure"

Sep 22, 2021: The highly anticipated U.N. climate conference COP26 is at "high risk of failure," according to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres. Planned to take place this November in Glasgow, COP26 intends to bring together global leaders to address the climate crisis.

Extreme heat pushes Biden administration to pursue worker protections

Sep 22, 2021: President Biden has directed labor officials to draft laws that will protect workers under extreme heat conditions. The directive comes months after a hot summer, in which several workers were reported dead due to extreme heat.

Climate clock ticks out shame for rich nations

Sep 22, 2021: Activists in New York are trying to shame rich countries into keeping an expensive promise to the Global South. A new version of a digital "climate clock" displayed in Union Square shows a climate-action timeline along with an amount rich countries still owe.

Off-grid design helps rebuild school structures lost in fire

Sep 22, 2021: Frederick Fisher & Partners recently completed a project at the Ojai Valley School’s Upper Campus in Ojai, California, replacing structures previously lost to the Thomas Fire in 2017.

These shipping container tiny homes provide for the unhoused

Sep 22, 2021: The pandemic showed us all how close anyone can come to having nothing. Many people are much closer to losing everything than they even want to know. Monarch Village, created by Studio 804, offers a shelter solution to meet the needs of unhoused people and families.

The City One is a compact, community-focused electric car

Sep 21, 2021: If less is more, then The City One is more car than you’ve ever seen before! This car is small, efficient, eye-catching, tough, and yeah — it’s electric.

Air Company wins first place in NASA's CO2 Conversion Challenge

Sep 21, 2021: A technology, engineering and design-based company in New York has secured first place in NASA’s CO2 Conversion Challenge with a project that converts CO2 into sugars to create new resources on Mars.

City of Telosa enlists Bjarke Ingels Group for urban utopia

Sep 21, 2021: A plan for the world’s most sustainable city has been designed and is expected to welcome its first residents by 2030. Proposed for construction in an undecided desert location in the United States, the city of Telosa is estimated to cost $400 billion and accommodate a population of 5 million.

Coral reef capacity has declined by 50% since the 1950s

Sep 21, 2021: A recent study published by One Earth has revealed the troubled state of coral reefs globally and their impact on the ecosystem. The researchers established that the coral reefs' capacity to offer ecological services relied upon by humans has declined by 50% since the 1950s.

What causes zombie plants?

Sep 21, 2021: Parasitic bacteria can teach us a lot, according to scientists who have just discovered a manipulation mechanism used by the bacteria to slow down plant aging. Their insights might lead to new ways to protect food crops from disease.

Failing to curb emissions puts Earth on "catastrophic pathway"

Sep 20, 2021: The world will face catastrophic weather events unless governments take steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions. This is according to a new report released by the United Nation last Friday. The report reviewed all the commitments submitted by the Paris Climate accord signatories and found that the globe would experience a 16% rise in greenhouse gasses by 2030 compared to 2010 levels.Scientists have warned that the world would be inhabitable if governments will not stop greenhouse gas emissions and...

Wind tech jobs are one of the fastest growing in America

Sep 20, 2021: Are you mechanically inclined? Do you enjoy climbing tall ladders and yearn to join the green economy? If so, consider retraining and switching to the fastest-growing job in the U.S. — wind turbine technician.

Zip around the city with CAKE's new electric moped, the Makka

Sep 20, 2021: With this new electric moped, reducing your carbon footprint is a piece of CAKE.

Proposal for worlds largest timber structure offers possibilities

Sep 20, 2021: All over the world, unique projects are being developed to mitigate carbon emissions. One such project comes from Anders Berensson Architects in Sweden. The firm's bold proposal is for Bank of Norrland, the world's largest timber structure.

OFS furniture is eco-driven from tree to delivery

Sep 17, 2021: Based out of Huntingburg, IN, with multiple showrooms around the country, furniture manufacturer OFS sets the bar high for sustainable production, protecting the environment and setting an example for other companies.

High PFAS levels associated with breastfeeding issues

Sep 17, 2021: A study of 1,286 pregnant women found that those with high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in their bodies are 20% more likely to stop breastfeeding early.

Los Angeles County to begin phasing out oil and gas drilling

Sep 17, 2021: When people think of Los Angeles, celebrities and fast cars probably come to mind before oil and gas drilling. But the county has a surprising number of active and abandoned wells. On Wednesday, Los Angeles County supervisors said no more drilling.

The world is failing to limit global warming

Sep 16, 2021: A newly released assessment by Climate Action Tracker (CAT) shows that nearly every nation has failed to meet a major climate goal. The goal in question is to keep global warming from rising 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as per the Paris Agreement.

An entire street of 3D printed homes in Texas are move-in ready

Sep 16, 2021: This is East 17th Street, a collection of homes that range in size and style. It's got beautiful construction, lovely walkways and landscaping. But what truly makes this Austin, Texas project unique is that these are the first 3D-printed homes for sale in America.

Renzo Piano-inspired Skyhouse nestles into Hollywood Hills

Sep 16, 2021: Inspired by Renzo Piano's Fondation Beyeler museum in Switzerland, Skyhouse by XTEN Architecture is a multi-award-winning home in the Hollywood Hills. The 12,000-square-foot house consists of five bedrooms and seven bathrooms with amenities including an infinity pool, home gym, theater and eight-car garage.

Explore Minetta Lane, a green townhouse with a climbing wall

Sep 16, 2021: Kushner Studios has completed a major renovation of a century-old townhouse in Minetta Lane, Greenwich Village. Glorious expansive living spaces look out onto New York’s skyline through a woven steel and foliage facade. The towering home even has its own climbing wall!

Will COP26 be postponed?

Sep 16, 2021: Most studies coming out on climate change emphasize the need for immediate action. But now, almost 1,600 nonprofits want to postpone the COP26 climate summit until next year. The reason? Unequal access to the COVID-19 vaccine, which could prevent delegates from less developed countries from participating.

Khawarizm Studio showcases unique 3D printed vase and lamp

Sep 15, 2021: Designer Muhammad Khalid has revealed a futuristic 3D printed project, inspired by the Arabic word for “whirling,” referring to a form of physically active meditation that originated among Sufi groups.

Surprise wasps and bacterium complicate butterfly study

Sep 15, 2021: The introduction of new species to other territories could have unforeseen consequences. According to a study published in Molecular Ecology, introducing new species to an area could bring along other organisms and pathogens.

There were 227 environmental defenders killed in 2020

Sep 15, 2021: As if it’s not bad enough that the world is suffering from weather extremes and other climate-related disasters, last year a record 227 environmental defenders died for protecting the planet, according to an annual report by Global Witness. The report, which was released Monday, says that the number of murdered land defenders has more than doubled since 2013.

Sustainable office renovation in Barcelona earns LEED Gold

Sep 15, 2021: Designed by Sanzpont Arquitectura, this sustainable renovation completely transformed a 1970s office building in Barcelona, Spain. The project, a new headquarters of the Naturgy Group, overcame several structural obstacles to achieve LEED Gold certification.

14 eco-friendly van life essentials every vanlifer needs

Sep 15, 2021: Whether you're hitting the trail for a weekend trip or committing to van living, there are some items you need to make your time more enjoyable. These eco-friendly van life essentials will keep you comfortable and help reduce your environmental footprint.

John LeBlanc of Manatt Talks About the Pandemic’s Effect on Healthcare Fraud

Sep 15, 2021: As the pandemic rages on, more and more people are becoming sick. In addition, with many people out of work, there has been a significant increase in healthcare fraud. John LeBlanc... The post John LeBlanc of Manatt Talks About the Pandemic’s Effect on Healthcare Fraud appeared first on About My Planet.

Google's first retail location earns LEED Platinum certification

Sep 14, 2021: This summer, Google opened its first retail storefront in New York City. The landmark event is notable for a variety of reasons, perhaps the most noteworthy being that the location was planned, designed and built with sustainability in mind.

Third Space proposal imagines accessible education programs

Sep 14, 2021: Studio Saar has teamed up with Dharohar, a non-profit that runs science workshops and school programs, to unveil the design for a new accessible learning center in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. Known as Third Space: The Haveli of Curiosity, this learning and cultural center will support leisure, cultural and educational programs and provide high-quality facilities for learning, socializing and performing arts.

What Norway's election results mean for the environment

Sep 14, 2021: Norway faces the biggest test in the upcoming elections. The country's resolve to fight climate change will be put to a test, forcing voters to decide which way the country moves in regards to the climate agenda. The thorn in the flesh is the country's over-reliance on fossil fuels to run the economy. The Norway we know today has fashioned itself as a green nation. According to a UN Special Rapporteur David Boyd report on human rights and the environment, Norway has a strong environmental record:...

Potty-trained cows: A new approach to reduce emissions

Sep 14, 2021: In a recent study, scientists "potty-trained" cows in an attempt to reduce the animals' greenhouse gas emissions. The study, published in Current Biology, included 16 calves trained to defecate in one spot.

BreezoMeter's real-time data tracks air quality and wildfires

Sep 14, 2021: BreezoMeter, a company focused on providing air quality data to citizens, is unveiling a database of information anyone can access so the general population can have an accurate understanding of active fires and their effect on environmental air quality.

Harvard University pledges to divest from fossil fuels

Sep 13, 2021: Harvard University president Lawrence Bacow has announced that the institution will divest from its fossil fuel holdings. The announcement came Tuesday, stating that the institution has already been cutting its investments in fossil fuels.

This lake house shows how nature inspires seamless design

Sep 13, 2021: Organic Shelter sits in the middle of a forest, with a lake transitioning smoothly away from it. Nature is all around, creating stunning views for everyone inside. This beautiful modern home is the latest project from Studio Organic's Aga Kobus and Grzegorz Goworek.

Call for climate action issued by Christian leaders

Sep 13, 2021: Christian leaders have petitioned officials worldwide to take action to address the climate crisis. In an unprecedented move, heads of several Christian denominations released a joint statement to encourage climate action ahead of key environmental conferences.

A green remodel gave this 1950s home major treehouse vibes

Sep 13, 2021: Hazel Road Residence combines modern home design with treehouse vibes to showcase the best of both worlds. Completed by Oakland-based firm Buttrick Projects Architecture+Design, this project transformed a 1950s residence into a gorgeous family home with sustainable features.

Get your vegan jewelry fix with KEVA's cactus leather line

Sep 13, 2021: It's time for animal leather to step aside. Cactus by KEVA is here with a collection of vegan leather goods that proves there's much more to leather than animal hide.