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Non-profit creates open-source drinking water filter for 1/10th of the cost

The high-tech vision of open-source software meets low-tech design at non-profit organization OHorizons, an international coalition of  innovators working to solve persistent global challenges. The team's most recent invention is the...Show More Summary

PLP Architecture's CarTube proposes plan to move city traffic underground

What would it look like if we took cars off the road and put them underground? PLP Architecture is proposing we do just that, with their CarTube project that would see the creation of a network of underground tubes with massive conveyor belts that move vehicles from one place to another. Show More Summary

Space station lettuce farm now producing fresh greens every 10 days for crew

This is the year "astronaut food" meets "rabbit food." Finally, crew members living aboard the International Space Station can munch on fresh leafy greens as part of their regular diet, in addition to the airtight packages of freeze-dried meals that have sustained space explorers for decades. Show More Summary

Leonardo DiCaprio gave Ivanka Trump a DVD of his climate change documentary

In a gracious attempt to help America’s next first family get a firm grip on the reality of climate change, actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio gifted Ivanka Trump a DVD copy of his recently released environmental documentary, “Before...Show More Summary

Gaza girls subvert Israeli blockade with building bricks made from rubble

Two engineering graduates from the Islamic University of Gaza have defied all stereotypes with their design of an affordable new building block made from the rubble of war, and they're about to scale operations for mass production. Subverting...Show More Summary

EWG and Healthy Child Healthy World - Making the World Toxin Free

For the past ten years, I've been a big fan of Ken Cook and the Environmental Working Group since I learned about their work. So when they asked me to co-host EWG's Healthy Child Healthy World Annual Gala, a celebration of the group's...Show More Summary

Protecting what protects us

The diversity of nature is essential to ensure our planet remains habitable. That is why we need to stand up to all those who endanger the global web of life - those who plunder the Commons for private gain. Back in 1992, governments agreed to conserve and fairly share the global biodiversity we all depend on. Show More Summary

Danish city becomes world's first to power water treatment plant with sewage

The Danish city of Aarhus is on the cusp of becoming the first city in the world to use energy created from household wastewater and sewage to power its water treatment facilities. The Marselisborg Wastewater Treatment Plant expectsShow More Summary

India just fired up the worlds largest solar plant to power 150,000 homes

Things are heating up in India, where one of the world’s top polluting countries has unveiled the world’s largest solar power plant. The 648-megawatt project in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu stole the title from California’s 550MW Topaz Solar Farm, making it the largest solar power plant located on a single site. Show More Summary

A Path for Forests and the Planet

On November 19, the 22 nd Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 22) ended in Marrakesh. It was at COP 21, just last December in Paris, that 195 countries came together to adopt the historic agreement to mobilize global action against climate change. Show More Summary

Climate Change This Week: Arctic Frying Disaster, Community Solar Is Competitive, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. And the chances of Donald Trump's family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in these monkey face orchids that occur in Peru, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Show More Summary

7 ecological charities to support on Giving Tuesday and beyond

‘Tis the season of giving and all through the town, pocketbooks are jingling with the sound of spending. Hang the stockings with care, wrap up the last of the holiday gifts, and pour yourself a glass of cruelty-free vegan nog. With just a few days left on the calendar, it’s time to squeeze in a little more giving before the year is over. Show More Summary

A 20-mile crack in West Antarctica is growing from the inside out

Scientists have discovered how a massive rift in one of Antarctica’s ice shelves has formed - and it does not bode well for the continent’s future. The giant crack formed near the center of the Pine Island Glacier, instead of a coastal region, where large sections are more prone to break off into chunks. Show More Summary

New man-made diamonds turn nuclear waste into long-lasting batteries

Researchers have found a way to use diamonds to convert nuclear waste into long-lasting batteries. A team of physicists and chemists at the University of Bristol discovered the new technology, which transforms thousands of tons of troublesome nuclear waste into lab-grown diamond batteries capable of generating a small amount of electricity. Show More Summary

Seattle teens build mobile tiny homes for local homeless community

We love stories about youth channelling their ideals into life-changing projects, especially when there are tiny homes involved. Last year, with guidance from the non-profit organization Sawhorse Revolution and various architecture,Show More Summary

IKEA's Lena Pripp-Kovac talks to Inhabitat about their sustainability program

IKEA is working hard to create an environment that can help everyone live a sustainable life. That's why they say "to change everything, we need everyone." So far, the company has set aside one billion dollars to move the company toward...Show More Summary

Leon Billings, Tom Jorling and the Origins of U.S. Environmental Law

I learned the sad news last week that Leon Billings, one of the co-authors of several environmental statutes in the 1970s, had passed away. Leon was a creative and dedicated public servant who will be missed by all who knew him. A few...Show More Summary

Swiss pilot plans to fly solar airplane to the edge of space

It might sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a Swiss pilot is preparing to fly to the edge of space in a solar-powered aircraft. According to Wired, Raphël Domjan is planning to fly his plane, SolarStratos, higher than any plane has gone before. Show More Summary

The end of coconut water? The world's trendiest nut is under threat of species collapse Roland Bourdeix, Cirad "Orange juice for breakfast is over," an investor interested in creating large, fair trade coconut plantations recently joked to me. These days, coconut water is king. For the trendy and the...Show More Summary

C.F. Mller unveils new images for sustainable and garden-filled vertical village in Antwerp Located in Antwerp’s Nieuw Zuid area on the river Schelde, the residential tower breaks from traditional design with its community-oriented structure that encourages social interactions beyond just chance encounters in the lift or lobby. Show More Summary

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