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This House Is a Living Experiment for the Future of Energy

Walking around Amsterdam, at times, feels like strolling through the city of the future. Solar panels abound. Electric vehicles fill the roads, and everybody else is on a bike. Meanwhile, tucked away in the western part of town, some 50 families have agreed to turn their houses into living laboratories to figure out a…

Alarming Study Suggests Bitcoin Consumes an Astonishing Amount of Energy and It's Only Getting Worse Alarming Study Suggests Bitcoin Consumes an Astonishing Amount of Energy and It's Only Getting Worse

It takes a lot of electricity to mine bitcoins, and as more miners try to cash in on the crypto craze, the amount of energy required to win new coins increases accordingly. New research suggests the entire bitcoin network could consume as much as 7.7 gigawatts of electricity by the end of this year—enough to power a…

The Man Who Built His House Out of Stuff He Bought on eBay The Man Who Built His House Out of Stuff He Bought on eBay

Frank Alsema describes himself as a “city maker.” The TV producer lives in north Amsterdam, where his house has become a lab for more sustainable urban lifestyle. The community there and throughout the Netherlands aspire to what they call a “circular economy.” That means recycling and reusing everything, including…

What You Can Actually Do to Fight Climate Change, According to Science What You Can Actually Do to Fight Climate Change, According to Science

There’s no doubt that if we’re going to stop or even slow down climate change, we have to get our collective shit together. But collective action starts with individual choices, and for all the data-driven decision makers out there, the path forward just got a bit more lucid. A new study in Environmental Research…

Scientists Created Biodegradable Microbeads So Your Face Scrub Won't Pollute Our Oceans Scientists Created Biodegradable Microbeads So Your Face Scrub Won't Pollute Our Oceans

By now it’s well documented that those tiny plastic microbeads used in face scrubs and toothpastes are contaminating lakes and oceans at an alarming rate. Starting next month they’ll be officially banned in the US for personal care products, but oily faces rejoice, eco-friendly replacements are already in the works.

Denmark's Monster Wind Turbine Just Smashed the 24-Hour Record For Energy Production Denmark's Monster Wind Turbine Just Smashed the 24-Hour Record For Energy Production

A 720-foot-tall wind turbine featuring 35 ton blades has just set a new world record, producing a whopping 216,000 kWh of energy over a span of 24 hours. That’s enough to power an average American household for twenty years.

Planet Earth Will Have Lost Two-Thirds of Wild Vertebrates by 2020 Planet Earth Will Have Lost Two-Thirds of Wild Vertebrates by 2020

Populations of wild vertebrates are on track to fall 67 percent by 2020, according to a new report on the state of Earth’s ecosystems. It’s another stunning reminder of the scale of humanity’s impact on the planet, and a frightening glimpse into the realities of life in the Anthropocene.

We’ve Devoured a Year’s Worth of Natural Resources in Just Seven Months We’ve Devoured a Year’s Worth of Natural Resources in Just Seven Months

Today is Earth Overshoot Day—the day when humanity has consumed more natural resources than the planet is able to generate in a single calendar year. Disturbingly, this date is happening earlier with each passing year.

What Is Concrete? What Is Concrete?

The most popular artificial material on Earth isn’t steel, plastic, or aluminum — it’s concrete. Thousands of years ago, we used it to build civilizations, but then our knowledge of how to make it was lost. Here’s how we discovered concrete, forgot it, and then finally cracked the mystery of what makes it so strong.

This Is the Most Sustainable Office in the World  This Is the Most Sustainable Office in the World 

It might not look particularly groundbreaking, with its full-length windows and timber cladding. But this is, according to industry standards, the most sustainable office in the world.

This Super-Efficient Building High in the Rocky Mountains Has No Central Heat  This Super-Efficient Building High in the Rocky Mountains Has No Central Heat 

The quest to build the world’s most energy-efficient buildings largely plays out in temperate regions or in big, heat-generating cities. That’s what makes this new building in Colorado so impressive: It’s located at high elevation in a location that gets about 90 inches of snow per year—yet, amazingly, it uses no…

We Could Double the Number of Edible Fish in the Ocean by 2050 We Could Double the Number of Edible Fish in the Ocean by 2050

Time and again, our appetite for tasty seafood pushes our favorite species to the brink of collapse. We’ve seen it with North Atlantic cod, Pacific bluefin tuna, Peruvian sardines, and more. But it doesn’t have to be this way. A new study finds that the majority of the planet’s fisheries could be sustainable within…

A Massive Solar Power Plant Is Taking Shape in the Sahara Desert A Massive Solar Power Plant Is Taking Shape in the Sahara Desert

Construction for the first phase of Morocco’s Noor 1 power plant is nearing completion. Once complete in 2020, the solar farm will be the largest of its kind in the world. But even now, the plant’s half-million solar mirrors are already visible from space.

Digging New Wells in Africa Could Run Its Aquifers Dry Way Too Soon Digging New Wells in Africa Could Run Its Aquifers Dry Way Too Soon

The digging of wells in Africa has often been thought of as the solution to helping rural women walking to get water, but they may cause more harm than good.

The Underwater Farms That Could Help Stop the Death of Our Oceans The Underwater Farms That Could Help Stop the Death of Our Oceans

It seems like every week brings a new doomsday study about the death of our oceans. But off the coast of Long Island, an underwater farm is demonstrating how sustainable ocean farming can clean the water, give sea life a safe haven, and turn kelp into the “next kale.” Its creators hope the model will catch on–and a…

Watch This Magical Concrete Slurp Up 1,000 Gallons of Water In a Minute

A new kind of concrete from the UK building materials company Tarmac instantly soaks up gallons and gallons of H20–simultaneously preventing flood conditions while also conserving water by cycling it directly back into the ground.

How Vertical Farming is Revolutionizing the Way We Grow Food How Vertical Farming is Revolutionizing the Way We Grow Food

Traditional farming is taking a huge toll on the environment—a problem that’s set to worsen due to our ever-growing global population. Yet there are some high-tech solutions. Here’s what you need to know about the burgeoning practice of controlled-environment agriculture and how it’s set to change everything from the…

Ikea Is Buying Up Whole Forests, and So Is Apple Ikea Is Buying Up Whole Forests, and So Is Apple

Ikea bought 83,000 acres of forest last month. In April, Apple bought 36,000 acres. What’s the reasoning behind these retail giants buying their own forests? To manage them.

NYC Produces Twice As Much Garbage As Any Other City On Earth NYC Produces Twice As Much Garbage As Any Other City On Earth

New York City is great at a lot of things. Walking! Skyscrapers! Pizza! And according to a new study on the world’s megacities, NYC can add one more thing to its list of things it excels at: Trash!

How LA Is Building the World's Most Futuristic Port How LA Is Building the World's Most Futuristic Port

If you live anywhere in the US, chances are that you have a product in your home right now that came through the Port of Los Angeles. The largest port in the Western hemisphere handles about a quarter of all cargo distributed throughout the country—about $1 billion a day. Now LA is working to make it the most…

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