This Pollution-Gobbling City Bench Can Absorb as Many Toxins as 275 Trees

Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 by

This elegant park bench does not just give weary pedestrians a place to rest their feet – it also absorbs as much air pollution as 275 trees, but in a tiny fraction of space. The CityTree bench is the work of Green City Solutions, a Dresden-based design company that creates innovative and environmentally-friendly solutions […]

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Mats made of active proteins soak up pollution

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 by

Scientists have figured out a way to keep certain proteins active outside the cell, which could lead to materials with functions usually only found in living systems. The researchers used the technology to create mats that can soak up and trap chemical pollution. Despite years of effort to stabilize proteins outside of their native environments, […]

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Someone is making a multiplayer trash robot you steer through an actual river

Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by

A nonprofit is trying to crowdfund a floating, trash-cleaning robot that anyone can remotely control over the internet. The nonprofit Urban Rivers already has a prototype running in the Chicago River and describes it as “so fun, we wanted to expand it into a game.” Now, if the Kickstarter gets funded, anyone will be able to remotely […]

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How One Man Changed Charles River for the Better

Posted on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 by

Floating Barbie dolls, a dead mouse wrapped in cloth, and a human leg — these are just a few of the more remarkable items that have been fished out of the Charles River over the past 15 years. More remarkable, however, is the story of how they came to be fished out in the […]

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How Two Brothers Convinced the Indonesian Government to Clean Up the World’s Most Polluted River

Posted on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 by

On August 14, we set out to kayak down the world’s most polluted river, the Citarum River located in Indonesia, to document and raise awareness about the highly toxic chemicals in its waters and the masses of plastics floating on its surface. We paddled a total of 68km in two weeks on two plastic bottle kayaks from the village […]

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The Clothing That Shows How Bad Smog Is in Your Neighborhood

Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 by

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 constantly walk around with an […]

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London’s Oxford Street to be pedestrianized by 2020

Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 by

London’s iconic Oxford Street has long been known as a hotspot for both shopping and air pollution. Attracting more than four million people a week, the street is the very definition of urban hustle and bustle, and the problems that come with it. Its constant stream of taxis and diesel-powered buses (cars are banned during […]

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Smog-sucking tower will clean the skies of China

Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by

Smog Free Project China is a Kickstarter-funded exhibition intended to raise awareness about air pollution, as well as offer solutions. After its successful run in Rotterdam, Roosegaarde’s project takes to Beijing, where the Smog Free Tower will be a focus, as it literally sucks pollution from the atmosphere. The tower creates a pocket of clean […]

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Eco Mushroom is a solar streetlight that can absorb vehicle pollution

Posted on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 by

Roads are a highly polluted areas, with polluted air rising up and spreading across an area to create a blanket of toxic atmosphere – not to mention the impact on climate change. The ‘Eco Mushroom’ is a compact design for a solar powered street light equipped with CO2 scrubber to help remove some of […]

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Newly Discovered Fungus Could Rid Landfills of Plastics!

Posted on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 by

Students from Yale’s Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry discovered a previously unknown type of fungus that has a hearty appetite for polyurethane, a polymer that is used in everything from hard plastics to synthetic fibers. As shared by Fast Company, the fungus is the first one that is known to survive on polyurethane alone, […]

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