This groundbreaking new machine can recycle 220 pounds of diapers in a single hour

Posted on Friday, May 25th, 2018

It takes hundreds of years for disposable diapers to decompose in landfills – but this new machine can turn 220 pounds of dirty diapers into clean, raw materials in a single hour. Sz-Chwun John Hwang and a team of researchers at Taiwan’s Chung Hua University built the machine as a pilot plant – and they’re planning to […]

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Environmentally-friendly fabric created from microbial cellulose

Posted on Friday, May 25th, 2018

Nullarbor fabric made from microbial cellulose(Credit: Nanollose) You may have noticed an increasing number of hangers in high street fashion outlets sporting clothing made with the environmentally conscious shopper in mind. Organic cotton, hemp, bamboo and even recycled plastics are being transformed into clothing for eco-aware fashionistas. Australia’s Nanollose is going an even greener route […]

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Could This Low-Cost Device Provide Clean Drinking Water To Those In Need?

Posted on Friday, May 25th, 2018

The new water purification technique involves draping a sheet of carbon-dipped paper in an upside-down “V.” The paper’s bottom edges soak up water, while the carbon coating absorbs solar energy and transforms it into heat for evaporation. (Huaxiu Chen) Worldwide, some 850 million people lack access to clean drinking water. Contaminated water transmits a huge variety […]

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Five Trends Influencing the Future of Our Cities

Posted on Friday, May 25th, 2018

  Visitors walk through a “pop-up forest” that stood for three weeks in New York’s Times Square. Cities are working to reintroduce nature into the urban environment, sometimes in unexpected ways. When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency removed its climate change hub from public view earlier this year, 17 cities had a response: Each […]

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Shark Highway

Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Scientists have videotaped sharks traveling a 500-mile-long “shark highway” in the Pacific Ocean. Andy Mann/Waitt Foundation/Pacifico For the first time, scientists have videotaped sharks traveling a 500-mile-long “shark highway” in the Pacific, and they plan to turn it into a protected wildlife corridor in the ocean. Biologists have been attaching electronic tags to sharks […]

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Understanding food and climate change: an interactive guide

Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2018

An interactive guide for educators, students, and advocates that explores how food systems and our changing climate interact, and how personal choices can make a difference. Understanding Food and Climate Change: An Interactive Guide uses video, photography, text, and interactive experiences to help educators, students, and advocates learn how food and climate systems interact and how personal […]

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Novel Reusable Sponge Could Revolutionize Ocean Oil Spill Cleanup

Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2018

The technology—designed by scientists at Argonne National Laboratory—is based on low-cost materials and processing, can capture 90 times its own weight in oil from both above and below the water’s surface, and is reusable. It is also a 2017 R&D 100 Winner, as well as a R&D 100 Awards Editor’s Choice recipient and the R&D 100 […]

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The net-zero Frick Environmental Center is officially one of the world’s greenest buildings

Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2018

The Frick Environmental Center (FEC) in Pittsburgh just became the first municipally owned building in the U.S. to achieve Living Building certification — arguably the most rigorous proven performance green building standard in the world. Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the FEC is among the world’s greenest certified buildings and it earned LEED Platinum certification last year. […]

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48 Eco-Friendly Innovations in the 48 Years Since Earth Day Began

Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 — 48 years ago — and, goodness, how the world has changed since then. We’ve come a long way since the days of burning trash and pumping our gas guzzlers with leaded gasoline. In honor of those 48 years, here are 48 important changes and milestones […]

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World’s Largest Battery and Rapid-Charge Network Launches to Accelerate EV Adoption

Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

London-based Pivot Power unveiled plans to build the world’s first national network of grid-scale batteries and rapid-charge stations across the UK to accelerate electric vehicle (EV) adoption and to usher in low-carbon transport. The ambitious £1.6 billion ($2.1 billion) initiative consists of 50-megawatt batteries constructed at 45 sites around the country and located near towns and major roads. The hubs will […]

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