Green Living, News, World Problems

California drought is so tough L.A. is throwing 96 million balls to shade a reservoir

reservoir filled with plastic balls

Faced with the worst drought in recorded history, officials in California are turning to all sorts of creative methods to curb the rising water shortage. Most recently, 96 million black plastic balls were thrown in the LA Reservoir, which is filled with enough water to last the whole city of four million for weeks. Together, the millions of plastic balls act as a cover, shielding the water inside the reservoir from the sun’s rays, especially the UV frequencies. This way, less water becomes evaporated or degraded through chemical means – about 300 million gallons of it.

Green Living, News

Former factory in China repurposed as massive urban agriculture facility


Value Farm is not necessarily a new concept, but manages to bring a stunning innovation; its scale and effectiveness and a crowded and polluted urban environment is a breath of fresh air in Shenzen, one of China’s largest cities. Value Farm is a collective effort farming effort developed by Thomas Chung, together with Tris Kee and Chi Fai Fung; together, they transformed

Green Living, News

The fastest accelerating electric vehicle in the world hits the 100km(62miles)/h mark in under 1.8 seconds

The E0711-6 electric car puts its monstrous 1200 Nm of torque.
Image via gizmag

A team of students from the University of Stuttgart just designed, built and raced what could be the fastest accelerating electric vehicle in the world.

Green Living, News

Lego is investing millions to ditch petroleum-based plastic

Lego toys

The Danish-based Lego is one of the big companies in the world that’s actually making large scale efforts to lower its carbon footprint and run more sustainable business. They don’t seem to be doing it out of a fake corporate responsibility ethos either. Lego is actually innovating. I mean, when a company says it wants to ditch the raw material its business is based on for something that’s more expensive and which might not even exist yet, you know they actually mean it.

Environment, Green Living

I can’t believe this hasn’t existed before – one simple app fed 600,000 people


It’s so simple and incredibly useful I can’t believe no one developed it before – a way to give leftover food from parties and meetings to homeless people who really need it.

Feature Post, Green Living

A soapy affair – The science of homemade soap making


For most people soap is just a tool used to get rid of the bacteria on your skin, while for others it is a way of expressing their artistic views. But whatever your reasons are, I bet you wondered at least once how it’s made, or if you can make your own. Soap making is one of those science experiments you can

Climate, Green Living, Renewable Energy

World’s first solar road works better than expected


Only six months ago, a 230-foot strip of road was covered in solar panels in the Netherlands. Since then, some 3,000 kilowatt-hours of energy were produced or enough to power one Dutch home for a whole year. These news came as a surprise even to the developers of SolaRoad, as the project has been dubbed.

Environment, Green Living, News

HSBC advises caution when investing in fossil fuels, according to private note to clients


Amid crashing oil prices and a divestment movement from fossil fuels, one of the most important banks in the world, HSBC, advised its clients to exercise caution when considering investing in fossil fuel assets. This was communicated through a private report, called ‘Stranded assets: what next?’, picked up by Newsweek. Inside, analysts warn that fossil fuel companies might become economically non-viable in the future, considering tightening emission regulations throughout the world. Considering HSBC’s portfolio, we can only take this as a sign that the fossil fuel industry is growing increasingly vulnerable, while renewables are shifting gears and growing at a fast pace driven by technological advances.

Green Living, News

Man cleans up entire river on his way to work


We all see garbage in our daily routine, be it on the way to work, school, or just on the streets. But most people just choose to ignore it; after all, what difference could one man possibly do? Well, Tommy Kleyn didn’t think like that when he was walking pass a polluted river to work. He took a bag of garbage

Biology, Green Living, News

Biotech used to build plant tolerance to water shortage – one way to beat California’s worst drought in history

plant resistant drought

Exploiting plants’ natural response to stress caused by drought, researchers have engineered crops that build tolerance and can withstand longer without water, while also extending the point of no return when no amount of water can save the withered plant. This “buy more” time method might hopefully help vulnerable crops fare better during long periods of drought – like the one currently in full swing in California, which is experiencing its worst drought in recorded history – and increase yields.