Green Living, News

Former factory in China repurposed as massive urban agriculture facility

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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.
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Environment, Green Living

Growing flowers locally is important too, not just food

Ecuador’s flower business employs about 50,000 people on about 550 farms across the country and is indirectly responsible for 110,000 jobs. The country ships $120 million in flowers in advance of Valentine’s Day alone, experts say. Image: Getty

Between 1992 and 2007, the number of products sold by farmers directly to consumers increased three fold and twice as fast as total agricultural sales. This gives to show that recent policies and campaigns aimed at improving the sale of local food have been largely successful. Local food is fresher, has more flavor and a longer shelf life, supports small business from the local community, preserves the use of farmlands and open spaces by making them economically viable. But not all agricultural sectors have received equal attention – take flowers, for instance. Some 80% of the flowers sold in the $7 billion-$8 billion American market come from South America, according to the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC).