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Dutch researchers grow carbon-hungry plants to suck up pollution

Posted on Friday, July 29th, 2016

Air pollution is a problem most cities face, and plants can be incredibly helpful. But what if there was a super plant even better at sucking up pollution? While some types of ivy and grass already reduce particle pollution and nitrogen dioxide by around 60 and 40 percent respectively, one …

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Inside Tesla’s gigantic Gigafactory

Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2016

The Gigafactory is where Tesla Motors will build the batteries that power its electric vehicles. The company has long imported batteries from Asia, but if it is to meet its CEO’s goal of producing 500,000 cars a year, it must build those batteries here. There’s simply no other way to meet its own demand, because the …

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ByFusion turns all types of ocean plastic into eco-friendly construction blocks

Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

The technology is based on a genius idea from New Zealand-based inventor Peter Lewis, who is a principal engineer with the company. His process involves a modular platform that compresses plastic debris into blocks of various shapes and densities, based on custom settings. The result is called RePlast, the company’s …

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The world’s first airport potato farm at JFK

Posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

JetBlue launched the T5 Farm in 2015 as an experiment in urban farming that pushes the boundaries of the local food movement.

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The Roadmap to Reduce US Food Waste

Posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Learn how ReFED’s Roadmap can empower us to cut food waste, boost the economy, reduce hunger, and help the environment

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Got tons of CO2? Get more giant trees.

Posted on Friday, July 22nd, 2016

If you think about it, giant sequoias are the Dwayne Johnsons of the tree world. They’re California natives. They’re pretty buff, growing up to 300 feet tall and 30 feet wide. And they’re resilient as hell, swatting droughts and diseases off their hefty shoulders. And Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, a Michigan-based …

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‘Grand Beedapest Hotel’ creates an urban home for bees

Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Tea company Taylors of Harrogate teamed up with Kew Gardens to design the Grand Beedapest Hotel, a luxury bee hotel à la Wes Anderson. Through their enchanting design, Taylors aims to raise awareness about bee population decline and inspire people to grow bee-friendly flowers and herbs such as lavender, geraniums, …

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How To Tell If You Can Recycle Something

Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Follow these six rules of recycling below and you’ll have your own green routine in no time. 1. Every area has different recycling procedures. Know what yours are. Recycling procedures vary from city to city and state to state, and can determine everything from what you can recycle (plastic, paper, …

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21-Year-Old Launches Ocean Cleanup Prototype

Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Boyan Slat and The Ocean Cleanup have already deployed their first working prototype in the North Sea and plan to deploy the main device by 2020.

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The Clothing That Shows How Bad Smog Is in Your Neighborhood

Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

The sneaky thing about dirty air is that we inhale it all the time, even when we don’t realize it. Sure, a thick plume of grayish-black exhaust spewing from the tailpipe of an old car driving by provides a momentary visual reminder. But unless folks have an asthma attack or …

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