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Oct 17, 2019

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Elevated bamboo housing protects an Indian community from floods

Oct 17, 2019: The nonprofit SEEDS (Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society) teamed up with local organization NEADS (North-East Affected Area Development Society) to create 80 core houses that are resistant to flooding.

EEA reports poor air quality caused premature deaths of 400,000 Europeans in 2016

Oct 17, 2019: Coal-fired power plants, vehicle-clogged highways, and fossil-fuel spewing factories have contributed to the growing European air pollution dilemma.  Industries, households and vehicles all emit dangerous mixtures of pollutant particulates that are harmful to human health.  Indeed, the European Environment Agency (EEA) highlighted the issue when reporting that over 400,000 Europeans met their untimely demise in 2016 due to poor air quality standards that placed their health at risk. Air pollution...

Scotland bans plastic-stemmed cotton swabs in bid to combat plastic pollution

Oct 17, 2019: Following backlash concerning plastic waste buildup in beaches and oceans, Scotland is now the first country in the United Kingdom to officially ban the manufacture, supply and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton swabs.

Recycled botanical garden in Seattle brings visitors decades of joy

Oct 17, 2019: When Wendy Morgan accepted a friend’s invitation to go see Elda Behm’s garden in the 1990s, she had no idea she would become entangled in a project for the next 25 years.  “Elda popped her head around the garage and that was the beginning of it,” Morgan says with a laugh. “She was a saleswoman.” The Port of Seattle was planning its third runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Behm’s home and garden were in the way, so the port slated them for demolition. But Behm wasn’t giving...

Architects use simple, low-cost and efficient materials to create spectacular home with 'flying roof' in Chile

Oct 17, 2019: Located in a coastal area in Chile's Valparaíso region, the gorgeous home was built using prefabricated and modular materials, then topped with an eye-catching, origami-inspired metal roof.

A hotel suite inside a shipping container hovers over the landscape in Brazil

Oct 16, 2019: Brazilian architecture firm Bruno Zaitter arquiteto has once again given new life to a shipping container with the Bosque Refuge, one of the Hotel Fazenda Cainã suites in Balsa Nova, Brazil.

EIT Food Marketplace disrupts the industry with additive-free beverages, veggie milk and more

Oct 16, 2019: The future of food appears to emphasize clean, sustainable eating that boosts personal and planetary health.

First-of-its-kind device prototype harnesses renewable energy from ocean waves

Oct 16, 2019: With today’s renewables market rapidly expanding, it’s no wonder then that wave energy has recently gained traction as a contemporary energy source.

Self-sustainable childrens center in Tanzania harvests water like a baobab tree

Oct 16, 2019: In northern Tanzania, a Swedish team of architects, engineers, and a non-profit collaborated with local workers to complete the Econef Children’s Center, a self-sustaining facility for orphans in the King’ori village. Asante Architecture & Design, Lönnqvist & Vanamo Architects, Architects Without Borders Sweden, Engineers Without Borders Sweden, and Swedish-Tanzanian NGO ECONOF created the center to provide sleeping quarters and classrooms to orphaned children, as well as to also increase...

Artist unveils furniture collection for insects

Oct 16, 2019: As the world's insect population plummets, it is becoming more and more important to create insect-friendly habitats. Now, you can have one right in your own backyard!

Stefano Boeri will revitalize Genoa with sustainable energy-producing urban design

Oct 15, 2019: A Stefano Boeri Architetti-led design team has won a competition to design a new urban project to transform the Polcevera valley in Genoa, Italy into a beacon of sustainability. Titled “The Polcevera Park and The Red Circle,” the urban regeneration scheme will include a series of parks beneath the new Renzo Piano-designed bridge that will replace the Morandi Bridge that collapsed on August 14, 2018—a tragedy that killed 43 people. In addition to revitalizing the area and memorializing the recent...

Renewable energy surpasses fossil fuels in the UK

Oct 15, 2019: In a first for the United Kingdom, wind turbines, solar panels and other renewable energy sources have generated more electricity than their fossil fuel counterparts of coal and natural gas.

Golden State bans hotel mini-toiletries in effort to minimize waste

Oct 15, 2019: To reduce the impact of plastic waste pollution, California banned hotel and lodging use and distribution of travel-size plastic toiletries.  No longer will miniature personal care products like shampoos, conditioners and liquid bath soaps be part of the amenities package. The proliferation of single-use plastics has devastated the environment, overwhelming landfills.  To minimize single-use plastic’s footprint, the Golden State shall phase out toiletry bottles from all lodging accommodations...

How to see these six fascinating animals in the wild while aiding in their conservation

Oct 15, 2019: If you’re going to travel, travel responsibly. The best way to show these animals that you love them is by respecting their habitats and aiding in the conservation of their species. Here’s how to ethically view six animals in their natural habitats  in ways that benefit them rather than disturb them. Sharks on Viti Levu, Fiji There are hundreds of different species of sharks who call earth’s waters home, and a trip to Fiji will give you the chance to see at least eight of them in...

Old bus is converted into a mobile greenhouse to teach students about sustainable eating habits

Oct 15, 2019: Parents in New Jersey are rejoicing thanks to a refurbished bus that is on a mission to educate young students on a variety of food education issues, from better eating habits to urban gardening.

Designers made this pavilion out of upcycled paper waste

Oct 14, 2019: Originally created for the Copenhagen Art Fair to showcase a new sustainable method of design, the Paper Pavilion is made out of upcycled paper collected from the city itself. The art fair, in its fifth season, had a specific focus on pavilion designs that spotlighted sustainable construction, urbanization and recycling.  The pavilion was created by PAN-PROJECTS, an architect firm based in Denmark run by two Japanese architects. PAN-PROJECTS wanted to combine sustainability with the appropriate...

Climate change is forcing major airports to future-proof against rising sea levels and floods

Oct 14, 2019: To mitigate against the risks of sea level rise and consequential flooding, many airports across the country and internationally have had to invest in protective countermeasures.

Celebrate the second International E-Waste Day

Oct 14, 2019: The day is meant to raise awareness for proper disposal of electrical equipment and electronic devices worldwide.

A striking new gateway to Copenhagen celebrates green transit and Danish design

Oct 14, 2019: Earlier this summer, Copenhagen officially opened Køge Nord Station, a stunning new transportation landmark that raises the bar for beautiful urban infrastructure.

Designers aim to reduce the waste and impact of airlines

Oct 11, 2019: This exhibit is a concept design that could change the way we travel, or at least the environmental impact when we do.

Federal agencies propose designated marine habitat to help protect Pacific humpback whales

Oct 11, 2019: Earlier this week, three federal government agencies — the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Commerce Department — jointly proposed the creation of a critical marine habitat for Pacific humpback whales.

Zaha Hadid Architects completes futuristic, energy-saving airport in Beijing

Oct 11, 2019: Seamlessly integrated into the city’s expanding transportation network, the new airport is defined by dramatic sweeping curves, an abundance of interior daylighting and energy-saving systems that include photovoltaic panels and a rainwater harvesting system.

Archstorming announces winning proposals for a school made of recycled plastic in Mexico

Oct 11, 2019: From 230 submissions, an international jury selected three winning projects that draw attention to the problem of plastic waste in Mexico and found imaginative ways to reuse common plastic objects.

This furniture collection is made from repurposed military parachutes

Oct 11, 2019: Innovative design firms Layer and RÆBURN have teamed up again to create the Canopy Collection, a series of chairs and screens made out of former military parachutes.

Rammed-earth walls make up a beautiful retreat hidden in the Zhejiang mountains

Oct 10, 2019: Hidden in the misty mountains of Zhejiang, a new eco-sensitive resort made from local materials entices visitors with spectacular views and laid-back charms. International architecture firm kooo architects designed the Retreat Village, which comprises a cluster of luxury suites, for their client Hangzhou Origin Villa Hotel & Resort in the Dashan Village in Zhejiang, China. Taking inspiration from the local vernacular, the architects used local materials and techniques, such as rammed-earth construction,...

Light your pumpkins the EEK-o-friendly way this Halloween

Oct 10, 2019: With All Hallow’s season upon us, consider illuminating your jack-o'-lanterns in an eco-friendly way.

When in Rome, recycle more to earn free metro and bus travel tickets

Oct 10, 2019: Called "Ricicli + Viaggi" (or the “Recycle + Travel program”), consumers who recycle empty plastic bottles earn credits toward free public transportation travel tickets.

This 1973 Airstream could be yours for $68,900

Oct 10, 2019: A clean, modern design. Plentiful storage. An abundance of natural light. What more could you want in a tiny home on wheels?

Save the Duck introduces new winter line of outerwear

Oct 10, 2019: When you’re wearing clothing made from fur or leather, it’s hard to ignore the fact that it comes from an animal. But even vegetarians and vegans have an easier time closing their eyes to what’s hidden inside winter’s ubiquitous puffy jackets. Fortunately, brands like Save the Duck are making it possible for humans to stay warm and stylish without causing ducks pain and suffering. This month, the Italian clothing brand is revealing new designs. They’re kicking it off with a special brand...

Ski atop the worlds cleanest waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen

Oct 9, 2019: Six years after breaking ground, CopenHill—a waste-to-energy plant topped with a year-round ski slope—is officially open, marking a major milestone in Copenhagen’s journey to becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025. Bjarke Ingels Group, SLA, AKT, Lüchinger+Meyer, MOE and Rambøll designed the new architectural landmark that they describe as the cleanest waste-to-energy plant in the world. The building includes an environmental education hub as well as a landscaped roof for...

30 of world's largest cities have hit peak greenhouse gas emissions milestone, C40 analysis shows

Oct 9, 2019: The international community has collaboratively crusaded to quickly reach peak global greenhouse gas emissions.

Which cities are the most sustainable? WalletHub releases Top 100 Greenest US Cities 2019

Oct 9, 2019: Interestingly, nine of the top 10 greenest U.S. cities are on the West Coast.

Interview: Activist lives off food that he grows and forages for an entire year

Oct 9, 2019: Inhabitat caught up with environmental activist Rob Greenfield to find out about his current foraging project.

This concept camper van brings luxury to off-roading #vanlife

Oct 8, 2019: Imagine a sleek apartment compressed into an off-road vehicle, and you have the basis for the VisionVenture camper van.

Unilever ambitiously pledges to cut use of new plastics in half by 2025

Oct 8, 2019: By the year 2025, Unilever will halve the bulk of its non-recycled plastic packaging waste.

NYC bans processed meats served in public schools

Oct 8, 2019: In an effort to improve the Big Apple’s public health, all processed meats will no longer be offered at New York City public school and public university cafeterias. That means no pepperoni, bacon, cold-cut deli meats, sausages or hot dogs for lunch.

Sail your cares away in this incredible floating villa near Sydney

Oct 8, 2019: If you're in the mood for a romantic getaway near Sydney, this incredible floating villa is the perfect choice.

Nearly 300 trees transform a football stadium into Austrias largest public art installation

Oct 8, 2019: An extraordinary forest has taken root in an unexpected place—the Wörthersee football Stadium in Klagenfurt, Austria. Designed by Swiss artist Klaus Littmann in collaboration by Enea Landscape Architecture, the temporary art intervention—titled FOR FOREST — The Unending Attraction of Nature—consists of nearly 300 native Central European trees, with some weighing up to six tons each. Free to visit, the monumental art installation is Austria’s largest public art installation to date and...

2019 Nobel Prize in Physics: Evolution of the universe and discovery of exoplanet orbiting solar-type star

Oct 8, 2019: This year's Nobel Prize in Physics is being awarded "for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth's place in the cosmos," with one half to James Peebles "for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology" and the other half jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz "for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star."…

Modified quantum dots capture more energy from light and lose less to heat

Oct 7, 2019: Scientists have synthesized magnetically-doped quantum dots that capture the kinetic energy of electrons created by ultraviolet light before it's wasted as heat.

The Skai hydrogen-powered aircraft produces zero emissions

Oct 7, 2019: The most impressive feature — that it runs on hydrogen fuel cells — gives this aircraft the potential to become one of the greenest modes of air transportation.

Scandinavian company Tikkurila debuts new paint collection to protect endangered species

Oct 7, 2019: Headquartered in the Finnish city of Vantaa, Tikkurila has been producing paints since 1862.  Its latest line, the Endangered Colors collection, has consumers all abuzz with interest, given that one euro of each package sold will be donated to protect endangered species. The paint manufacturer has long been in the business of creating products that stand the test of both time and weather.  Now, Tikkurila seeks to cross-apply this stewardly value set to the global crisis facing vulnerable and...

Africa's first sustainable chocolate brand plans to sell in the US

Oct 7, 2019: While Africa grows 70 percent of the world’s cacao, very little chocolate is made on the continent. Instead, most of the raw material is shipped to other countries that then produce delicious chocolates. But De Villiers Chocolate is now working on becoming the first African-made, sustainably sourced chocolate brand available in the U.S.

Ecosistema Urbano designs a digitally integrated eco-campus for the University of Malaga

Oct 7, 2019: The University of Malaga in Spain will soon be home to a high-tech campus that will redefine the urban fabric with digital connectivity and renewable energy systems.

Kennebunkport campground offers tiny cabins, Airstreams and more

Oct 7, 2019: Kennebunkport, Maine has long been a favorite summer destination for those seeking a little luxury mixed with nature, and now the beloved area has a gorgeous campground that caters to those looking for some glamping charm.

How to grow your own pumpkins

Oct 4, 2019: While every supermarket has mounds of pumpkins ready for purchase, with a little planning you can grow and harvest your own pumpkins for everything from jack-o'-lanterns to pumpkin bread.

New app could save Puget Sound whales from boat strikes

Oct 4, 2019: This week, Washington State Ferries implemented a whale report alert system (WRAS) app that notifies ferry captains of the whereabouts of orcas and other cetaceans in Puget Sound to help prevent collisions.

The Ocean Cleanup has first success collecting plastic from Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Oct 4, 2019: After years of trials that left its engineers scratching their heads over design challenges, the nonprofit’s newest prototype device has consistently collected plastic waste from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.