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Apr 14, 2021

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A solar-ready holiday home disappears into a Czech forest

Apr 13, 2021: When Czech architecture firm NEW HOW Architects was asked to design a holiday home in the Ore Mountains, it decided to craft a nature-inspired home that would go against the trend of white plaster houses in the area.

French government to ban short domestic flights in favor of trains

Apr 13, 2021: The French government is planning to end all short flights for routes that could be traveled in 2.5 hours or less by train in order to reduce carbon emissions.

Nepal's rhino population is on the rise

Apr 13, 2021: The 2021 numbers are up 16% for a total of 752 rhinos, according to results released by Nepal’s government this week.

Charlotte McCurdy, Phillip Lim design carbon-neutral algae sequin dress

Apr 13, 2021: Fashionable materials like sequins don’t have to come at a cost to the environment.

Virtual Pollinator Park shows a future with or without pollinators

Apr 13, 2021: What will the world be like once pollinating insects, like the honeybee, are gone?

Redevelopment project brings major green space to Tokyo

Apr 12, 2021: Set for completion in 2023, the Toranomon-Azabudai Urban Redevelopment Project is a collaboration between urban landscape developer Mori Building Co. and luxury hotel operator Aman.

Harmful algal blooms release "Very Fast Death Factor" into air

Apr 12, 2021: A new study shows that the dangerous anatoxin-a, produced by cyanobacteria and found in algal blooms, can be released into the air, posing serious health risks.

Do we really need to mine the deep seas to power EVs?

Apr 12, 2021: Electric vehicle manufacturers are turning to deep sea mining for metals necessary for EV batteries. But this can be detrimental to these ecosystems.

An airy multigenerational home shows adaptive reuse done right

Apr 12, 2021: OEOOO has transformed and expanded a disused farmhouse into the Hehl Tenne House, a warm and inviting multigenerational home wrapped in timber inside and out.

Wright-inspired home has trees growing through the roof

Apr 12, 2021: Dubbed the House in Repino, the project will focus on minimizing the removal of existing trees.

Aerie launches REAL GOOD swimwear made with recycled nylon

Apr 9, 2021: Whether you plan to swim laps, go diving or just sunbathe in the backyard, Aerie’s new collection of sustainable swimwear is sure to make a splash.

Adventurer plans to drive EV from South Pole to North Pole

Apr 9, 2021: Chris Ramsey is planning to cover 17,000 miles in electric vehicles.

Sea level rise creates "ghost forests" along the Atlantic coast

Apr 9, 2021: Sea level rise is killing forests in protected areas on the eastern U.S. coast, according to a recent study.

Dismountable dojo in Vietnam is topped with a rice husk roof

Apr 9, 2021: Energy efficiency, Japanese design and an emphasis on low site impact are combined at DOJO Saigon, a new light-filled judo training hall in Ho Chi Minh City.

Solar-powered Zamasport HQ produces over half of its energy needs

Apr 9, 2021: Designed to follow the architecture firm’s philosophy of “slow architecture,” the sustainably minded headquarters prioritizes energy efficiency and worker wellness.

Ancient Societies May Have Been More Climate Resilient than Once Believed

Apr 8, 2021: Nothing is more certain than change, and over the past 2,000 years, civilizations that once dominated their regions have all but disappeared. But how much did climate change have to do with some of those collapses, as with Mayan civilization in Central America, or the……

Artist Hugo McCloud spotlights waste with art made of plastic bags

Apr 8, 2021: Artist Hugo McCloud, known for using unusual medium choices such as aluminum sheeting, tar paper, scrap metal and solder, spent his quarantine in Mexico, layering together tiny pieces of plastic bag waste.

Seaspiracy inspires grocery store to stop selling fish

Apr 8, 2021: "Seaspiracy" is trying to save the oceans, and the new Netflix documentary and movement is making strides.

Solar and wind power could mitigate conflict in northeast Africa

Apr 8, 2021: A new study shows that several disagreements between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt around Africa's largest hydropower plant, the new Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), could be alleviated by massively expanding solar and wind power across the region.

Warming in deepest parts of the Great Lakes could be irreversible

Apr 8, 2021: New research published in the journal Nature Communications shows that the deepest parts of the Great Lakes are warming up.

Understanding NFTs and energy consumption

Apr 8, 2021: Non-fungible tokens (or NFTs) are the newest players in the cryptocurrency market, and their environmental impact may surprise you.

Carbon dots from human hair boost solar cells

Apr 8, 2021: Researchers have used carbon dots, created from human hair waste sourced from a barbershop, to create a kind of 'armor' to improve the performance of cutting-edge solar technology.

Allbirds creates a plant-based leather

Apr 8, 2021: Allbirds put its best foot forward when it stepped into the sustainable footwear sphere. Now, the company is going further with the development of a new, plant-based leather.

Brooklyn Home Company designs passive townhouse with raw wood elements

Apr 7, 2021: A passive townhouse in Brooklyn features wood design accents and a rooftop patio for lounging.

Framework could support more reliable electric power distribution systems

Apr 7, 2021: Imagine that the process of distributing electricity to homes from the power grid is like travelers boarding a train. There are multiple steps to take before they can reach their final destination.

COVID-19 lockdowns lead to decreasing light pollution

Apr 7, 2021: One welcome side effect of COVID-19 lockdowns is the reduction of light pollution.

Neurological disorder leaves bears in California vulnerable

Apr 7, 2021: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is concerned over increasing incidences of bears with rare neurological disorders showing up in residential areas.

Studio Gang transforms coal plant into LEED Silver-targeted student union

Apr 7, 2021: Riverfront revitalization and sustainable adaptive reuse combine at the Beloit College Powerhouse, a Studio Gang-designed student union focused on recreation and wellness.

Meet the artists creating sustainable artwork for Nespresso's flagship cafes

Apr 7, 2021: Nespresso's parent company, Nestlé, has certainly come under fire for things like bottling water in California during historic droughts and sourcing water near Flint, Michigan in the past. While the company attempts to offset the environmental impact of its coffee business via a recycling program, Nespresso will also highlight sustainability through art.

Customizable, natural lichen green walls require no maintenance

Apr 6, 2021: These vertical gardens, made from 100% natural and stabilized lichen moss, don’t attract dust or insects and are adaptable to almost every type of interior space.

UK launches world's largest ocean monitoring system

Apr 6, 2021: The U.K. has announced a plan to install an underwater network of cameras to monitor and protect ocean biodiversity.

Leaking wastewater pond causes state of emergency in Florida

Apr 6, 2021: A leak in a wastewater pond caused a state of emergency in Manatee County, Florida last weekend.

Rainwater-capturing holiday home is an extension of the landscape

Apr 6, 2021: This home includes passive cooling systems, high-performance insulation, recycled natural resources and a garden irrigation system.

Eco-tourism company Banyan Tree Group plans expansion in 2021

Apr 6, 2021: The Banyan Tree Group is celebrated globally for its commitment to sustainable practices in the hotel industry.

New batteries give jolt to renewables, energy storage

Apr 5, 2021: Researchers have been exploring the use of low-cost materials to create rechargeable batteries that will make energy storage more affordable. Now, they have shown that a new technique incorporating aluminum results in rechargeable batteries that offer up to 10,000 error-free cycles.

Green-roofed Czech cabin is built with recyclable hempcrete

Apr 5, 2021: After living as a modern nomad for years, Ondřej Koníček finally decided to settle down by realizing his dream cabin on a 20,000-square-meter wooded property in southeast Czech Republic.

Extinction The Facts explores the global extinction crisis and its consequences

Apr 5, 2021: When Sir David Attenborough talks, we listen.

California farmers find ways to work with less water

Apr 5, 2021: Water scarcity due to persistent droughts in California's Central Valley is forcing scientists and farmers to find innovative and sustainable ways of utilizing the available resource.

Easy and unexpected radish recipes

Apr 5, 2021: If you’ve always considered radishes as a garnish, an afterthought or a minor player in salads, these radish recipes may surprise you.

An Upstate New York studio heated and cooled without fossil fuels

Apr 5, 2021: With retirement and grandchildren on the horizon, a Manhattanite couple reached out to GRT Architects to design their new home in upstate New York's Dutchess County.

These brilliant treehouses show what it means to be eco-kind

Apr 2, 2021: This eco-kind project in a Croatian forest offers a retreat and event space unlike any other. The unique concept is based on treehouses.

Concern arises over increased use of antimicrobials in building materials

Apr 2, 2021: Following the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a surge in antimicrobial construction products, such as countertops and doorknobs. But experts warn these products could actually do more harm than good.

Biden unveils $2 trillion infrastructure and green economy plan

Apr 2, 2021: President Joe Biden has unveiled a $2.2 trillion masterplan that will see investments in infrastructure and job creation for Americans.

LEED-Platinum Knight Cancer Research Building champions team science

Apr 2, 2021: The cancer research facility features wellness-focused workspaces that encourage collaboration and innovation across different disciplines.

This will be the largest CLT affordable housing complex in the Netherlands

Apr 2, 2021: This 11-story affordable housing complex will be built with cross-laminated timber sans adhesives, so the structure can be dismounted and reassembled elsewhere in the future.

Polarized photovoltaic properties emerge

Apr 1, 2021: For the first time, researchers have discovered a way to obtain polarity and photovoltaic behavior from certain nonphotovoltaic, atomically flat (2D) materials. The key lies in the special way in which the materials are arranged. The resulting effect is different from, and potentially superior to, the photovoltaic effect commonly found in solar cells.

Green-roofed campus brings a sustainable social nexus to Toronto

Apr 1, 2021: Community building recently received a boost in Toronto's bustling downtown core with the completion of the new $65 million Canoe Landing Campus, a social nexus that combines a community recreation center, public and Catholic elementary schools and a childcare center under a massive shared green roof.

Study finds US tap water is contaminated with dangerous chemicals

Apr 1, 2021: More than 120 samples of water from across the U.S. were tested for arsenic, lead and PFAS.

Climate change leads to earliest cherry blossoming on record

Apr 1, 2021: The earliest cherry blossoming is happening in Kyoto, Japan in 1,200 years.

Artist draws attention to the single-use plastic crisis

Apr 1, 2021: Artist Dionnys Matos is using art to draw attention to sustainability and why it matters so much.