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Inside a farm hidden under the streets of Paris in an abandoned parking garage

Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017

La Caverne is a unique urban farm that grows mushrooms, herbs and greens beneath the streets of Paris. Located in La Chapelle neighborhood in north-central Paris, La Caverne is owned and operated by Cycloponics, a Paris-based indoor farming start-up that has focused on growing sustainable, local food and boosting local economies. “We want …

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The teenager inventor who could change the way the world fights climate change

Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017

Ethan Novek speaks fast and insists on giving you every detail, even in response to simple questions. It can be overwhelming. But it’s worth sticking with him. Novek started winning science fairs in middle school and was awarded his first patent at 16. Now, at 18, he has his own …

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How planting trees changed lives in a former coal community

Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017

Former miner Graham Knight puts his cup of tea down on the cafe table and looks out through the large glass windows. Trees frame every view; a small herd of cows meander through a copse of silver birch towards a distance lake.  Former miner Graham Knight has experienced first hand …

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London’s “Bottletop” Store Recycles 60.000 Bottles for 3D Printed Interior

Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017

A new store called Bottletop is opening on Regent Street in London. It has a 3D printed interior made from 60,000 upcycled plastic bottles. If you get swept up in the mania of Regent Street, London this winter, then make sure you stop to visit Bottletop. The store has a …

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The material that built the modern world is also destroying it. Here’s a fix

Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017

Remarkably, the material that built the first modern civilization remains key to building today’s global economy. The cement we use in 2017 is not so different from the stuff used to build the concrete dome of the Roman Pantheon in 125 AD. What has changed is that today we use …

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City of Freiburg has a brilliant alternative to disposable coffee cups

Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

How often have you found yourself needing a coffee on the run, yet without a reusable mug? Does it prevent you from ordering that coffee? Unless you’re Bea Johnson, the answer is likely “no.” You take the coffee to go, and, if you’re like me, feel incredibly guilty for the …

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This Swedish electric car comes with 5 years of free electricity

Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Uniti is on a mission to create an intelligent, small electric car – and they just partnered with energycompany E.ON to provide customers with five years of free solar energy. Uniti is just a couple days away from the worldwide debut of the vehicle Sustainability drives Uniti, and they wanted to go a step further than manufacturing an electric car, …

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Hyundai is building a battery 50% larger than Tesla’s megabattery in South Australia

Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

As of late, Hyundai has shown several signs of moving away from fuel cell hydrogen and investing more into battery-powered electric vehicles. For example, the Korean automaker recently confirmed plans for a new platform for long-range EVs. Now it sounds like this new platform could also make use of a next …

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France’s war on waste makes it most food sustainable country

Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

A war on waste food in France, where supermarkets are banned from throwing away unsold food and restaurants must provide doggy bags when asked, has helped it secure the top spot in a ranking of countries by their food sustainability. Japan, Germany, Spain and Sweden rounded out the top five …

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Graphene at the forefront of a sports footwear revolution

Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

A University of Manchester partnership is launching a revolutionary world-first in the sports footwear market following a unique collaboration with graphene experts. British sportswear brand inov-8 has teamed up with The University of Manchester to become the first-ever company to incorporate graphene into running and fitness shoes. Laboratory tests have shown that the rubber outsoles of …

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