MIT polymer paves the way for solar-heated clothes

MIT scientists have developed a material that can absorb solar energy, stores and release it on demand to produce heat. Made from a film of polymer, the material could be used to used to tailor cold climate garments that charge up during the day and keep you pleasantly warm in the evening.

The tiny Egloo keeps your room warm for about 20 cents a day

Winter’s here with all its holiday cheer and if you’re like me, way too much food. Also something that winter’s very good at is making the great outdoors cold and the small indoors even colder. But worry not because Marco Zagaria, a student at Rome’s Academy of Fine Arts, promises he can make your home warm and comfortable for a measly 10 cents a room each day, without using any electricity.

The latest trend in green houses: moss walls

More and more people are greening their homes, and that’s definitely a good thing – whether it’s renewable energy or green walls, it can not only save you a lot of money and reduce your carbon footprint, but also increase your home’s appeal and make it more cozy. The latest trend that’s picking up steam is moss walls – a

Copenhagen takes bike lanes to another level… literally

The Danish capital of Copenhagen is known for its bike friendly culture but this time they’re taking it to the next level. Work is set to start on the new bike lane which will join two skyscrapers, 213 feet in the air (65 meters). The design was the winner of a competition to reinvigorate the city’s skyline; the two towers

Emissions from planes could be effectively slashed, new study finds

Improvements in aircraft design, air traffic management and changes to airline operations could effectively slash US airline emissions by as much as 50%.

Amazing ‘Treescraper’ Designs from Around the World

Showcased are some of the most amazing designs that mimic nature closely: man-made, but defined by their allegiance to nature.

People would embrace gas tax, if it would be used narrowly – like fixing roads

While Americans are in favor of renewable energy and electric cars, when it comes to paying more for gasoline support dwindles. Are the voters hypocritical? Not necessarily. A new study suggests that voters would be in favor of a gas tax, if they’d know the cash would flow directly into measures that address energy efficiency, fix roads and bridges or gets refunded to taxpayers equally. In other words, if people know what they’re paying for, they’ll be more willing to pitch in. Who would’ve thought, right?

Environmental Issues: an illustrated series by Eglė Plytnikaitė

An illustrated series showcasing artworks that raise awareness on environmental issues.

Meager 5p bag tax slashes usage by 80%

When the Scottish government introduced a 5 pence tax for plastic bags, they were expecting a significant reduction, but even they weren’t expecting such a big success.

Huge, beautiful bioenergy plant in Leeds will sort 214,000 tons of waste each year

Leeds seems set to become one of the green poles of the world as architects have unveiled plans to build a bioenergy plant that will generate energy from 214,000 tons of waste collected each year from black bins in Leeds. The building, designed by Jean-Robert Mazaud of S’pace Architects, is expected to open in six months. The design itself is quite

2016 Green Car of the Year Finalists Announced

The greenest cars of the year… but why are there no Teslas?

From 1975-1980 Activist Adam Purple Built a Stunning “Garden of Eden” in New York

In 1975, artist and social activist Adam Purple, known among others for always wearing something purple, was looking out his window at some children playing in the rubble. His memories struck him as he remembered that as a child, he used to play on the ground, next to trees and bushes – something that just wasn’t possible for NY’s children

India wants to reduce carbon emission intensity 35% by 2030, ahead of Paris talks

The third largest emitter of carbon emissions, India, pledged it would reduce its emissions relative to its GDP between 33 and 35% by 2030 relative to 2005. India, a rapidly developing country, will continue its industrial expansion which includes, of course, building more coal plants and releasing more carbon emissions than it does today, however what the government, in fact, pledges is decoupling emissions from economic growth. It’s a sound victory for the planet, but to achieve its goals India will require help from developed nations. Hopefully, this might be possible under a common climate-protection framework on a global level which will be discussed in Paris during the UN talks scheduled in November.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Lego is investing millions to ditch petroleum-based plastic

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.

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.

A soapy affair – The science of homemade soap making

Soap making is one of those science experiments you can do at home that will almost always work if you know what you’re doing.

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.