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Undergraduate students develop glow-in-the-dark concrete
In efforts to find solutions to world power problems, students at the America University in Cairo have developed glow-in-the-dark concrete as part of their graduation project. The building material would help cut down on the power used for street lighting and road signage.
Illinois encourages carp consumption to save native species
The state of Illinois has started a campaign to encourage more people to eat the invasive carp fish. This project is an effort to save local species that have been threatened since its introduction in the 1960s to remove algae from the Deep South sewage lagoons, and escape into the Mississippi River and Great Lakes.
A home that incorporates recycled materials from the jobsite
Located in the coastal town of Alibaug, near Mumbai, the House of Concrete Experiments is a residential project. The home was built for a client who attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and showed a willingness to experiment with the designs presented by Lead Architect Samira Rathod.
Big Ship's solutions for a flourishing Kenyan coastline
The densely-populated, low-income regions in the coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya often struggle to maintain a healthy living environment. Lack of waste-management facilities and extensive environmental degradation often exacerbate these problems. To alleviate poverty and prevent further harm to the environment, a group of conservation activists founded Big Ship in 2010.
Solar-power EcoPod mobile device is a pop-up on air quality
Some days, you step outside and you know that the air quality is lower or higher than the day before. But until the EcoPod, you haven't been able to prove it. Now, you can monitor your air quality and get data about it. If knowledge is power, the EcoPod is the power to change the world. It’s time to get a whole lot smarter about air.
Massive sunspot glares at the Earth
A huge sunspot has been seen within firing rage of the earth. "Yesterday, sunspot AR3038 was big. Today, it's enormous," Tony Phillips, author of SpaceWeather, wrote on Wednesday. Sunspots have an 11-year cycle, growing stronger towards the end of the cycle. Interestingly, sunspots are actually cooler than other parts of the sun. "If you have a couple of rubber bands twisting around on your finger, they eventually get twisted too much, and they break. The difference with magnetic fields is that they reconnect.... more
Lime pilots electric scooter with comfort features and long-distance capabilities
Mobility company Lime has started testing an all-electric scooter with long-distance capabilities and a top speed of 20 mph, which it intends to introduce to its fleet soon. Lime targets at releasing several hundred Citra bikes in Long Beach, California, with the potential to increase to 500 depending on the available demand. According to Lime President Joe Kraus, the Citra comes at the right time, since the world is experiencing record-high fuel prices. Lime currently has operations in Atlanta, Phoenix, San... more
Asahi Kasei AKXY2 concept car is electrifying the future
Asahi Kasei is releasing a new concept car called AKXY2, an exploration of how values for sustainability, satisfaction and society influence future mobility. The company’s concept car looks at how the need for sustainability paired with the needs of society and drivers shape how we drive in a society that is moving toward automation and electrification. In fact, pretty much everything you can see and touch in the AK XY2 concept car was made. You can see the concept car at K Show in Dusseldorf in October of... more
The benefits of adaptive reusing old buildings into new
Through adaptive reuse, old buildings are given new life, and the process brings a host of benefits to the community, inhabitants and environment. Plus, existing real estate is less expensive than new builds, providing community members more affordable options in their own neighborhood. The more we can reuse what's already onsite, the less of an impact the build has on the environment. Ava Alltmont, AIA, LEED AP, Associate and New Orleans Studio Director at Cushing Terrell, a multi-discipline design studio,... more
High-rise of the future has a unique modular design
Regenerative Highrise was designed through a collaboration between London/Oslo based Haptic Architects and high-rise engineering experts Ramboll. The concept relies on wood for the primary construction material, which is easy to work with, renewable and environmentally friendly. The timber construction is modular by design. Fixed, structural decks are stacked vertically to make the best use of vertical space in dense urban environments. The exterior and interior design highlight a Scandinavian approach with... more
Refillable cleaning product works by just adding water
JAWS cleaner is streak-free, eco-friendly and can be used to clean many surfaces and areas of your home. The disinfectant cleaner kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. All the JAWs cleaning formulas are biodegradable and nontoxic. All products are not tested on animals and all products are made in Toledo, Ohio. It’s just a simple, quick way to get good cleaning solution. No need to measure, mix, mix or stress or stress out. All of the products are to be tested.
Take a look at Toronto's first net-zero community center
The North East Scarborough Community and Child Care Center aims to achieve net-zero carbon status. The design relies on air source heat pumps and solar hybrid panels that generate both electricity and heat. The parking lot canopies are also equipped with bifacial photovoltaic panels. The building includes a fitness center, additional pools, a running track and a green roof with outdoor terraces. The surrounding landscape includes an urban skateboard park, a basketball court and a splash pad. The state-of-the-art... more
Using bamboo for reforestation and clean energy in Uganda
Divine Nabaweesi founded Divine Bamboo, an eco-friendly agroforestry and energy company. Her goal for the company was to stop deforestation in Uganda through bamboo forestry and use the plant as a base for clean biomass energy. The plant’s roots, or rhizomes, have an interconnected system that binds topsoil and prevents erosion. In doing so, the rhizomatic structure sustains nutrients and water in the soil.
How are native plants good for the environment?
Native plants are robust, thriving in their natural environment. They are more resistant to disease, drought and even fire in some cases. You can support pollinators with bat, butterfly and bird houses and bee hives, and naturally occurring plants to entice pollination. The key is to source native plants that can live a long and healthy existence while attracting the appropriate wildlife and minimizing required resources. With a plan and knowledge, you can create a backyard space that will provide endless pleasure... more
Unique office design in India wraps around a green space
A new project called the Courtyard Office by Sanjay Puri Architects is redefining commercial architecture in Raipur, India. The linear office space wraps around a landscaped courtyard. The building is 88,660 square feet and cost over $40 million to build. The design was inspired by the principles of traditional Indian courtyard houses. The design is intended to allow indirect light during the day into all internal spaces and make the building energy efficient. The building was designed to make it more energy-efficient.... more
Europeans eat jellyfish as Mediterranean population spikes
Scientists are working with Michelin-star chefs to put jellyfish pasta, salads, and soups on menus. The European Union through the Blue Growth Strategy is now funding research to find the benefits of jellyfish to humans. The continent is also working on modalities to start exporting the fish. For decades, jellyfish have been consumed widely in Southeast Asia but are rarely used in Europe. The Union hopes to get more fish eaters to take up jellyfish. The union hopes to lure more jellyfish and to be used. The... more
As summer begins experts warn of soaring temps in US
With the heat rising across the country, experts warn of a potential increase in heat-related illnesses. "Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities," the National Weather Service warned. "The heat may also result in some roads buckling." Some of the regions that have already started experiencing serious heat include Grand Forks, North Dakota, which reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday... more
Bondi Beach famous historic surf club is getting a new look
People all over the world have heard of Australia's famous Bondi Beach, home to the oldest official surf lifesaving club. Soon, it's going to be completely transformed. The new design is going to honor the natural world while protecting this historic piece of Australia's coast.
A suit uses human heat to support plastic-eating larvae
It’s futuristic, yet functional — a bit creepy and a whole lot innovative. The Inxect Suit addresses two key concerns of the future: food insecurity and the toxic effects of plastic waste. How? With mealworms and a special suit, of course.
Flipflopi turns plastic waste into beautiful Kenyan boats
In recent years, coastal regions have been increasingly littered with waste washed up on the shores. This is a result of over-dependence on single-use items, especially those made of plastic, as well as inadequate waste-management systems. The Flipflopi Project seeks to address these challenges by empowering local communities to harness solutions that upcycle single-use plastic waste.
New Chinese EV puts Tesla to shame with a 578-mile range
A new electric SUV from a Chinese auto company is challenging Tesla’s Model Y with its longer range. The manufacturer claims the new ES7 can go 578 miles on a charge. The Model Y has a range of only 330 miles.
These upcycled bricks filter pollution from rainwater runoff
AquiPor Technologies paver bricks absorb runoff water and pollution from rainwater runoff. Started in 2015, the Spokane, Washington-based company creates technology solutions for climate challenges around the world.
Video games are helping the fight for climate action
There are video games that teach about math and baking and even recycling. Now, video game developers are focusing on content that draws attention to climate change and environmental protection. The hope is to give hope.
Clean the air in your home with green walls from Naava
Naava uses a mix of ancient technology and simple mechanics to purify the air all around you the natural way. Air is absorbed by the green wall of plants, which grow without soil. Thanks to fans, the air is returned cleaner back into the room through fans in the back of the purifier. Behind the foliage, fans are churning out purified air that improves your air quality. Specifically, plants have been purifying the air for a long, long time. According to the EPA, everyday pollutants in the air can lead to long-term... more
Mass timber youth center awarded for its sustainable design
The Neutinamu Youth Center by Matteo Cainer Architecture received an Honorable Mention in the Yeonsu-gu Youth Center International Design Competition for its innovative and sustainable design.
Mining company adopts electric trains that never need recharging

Hard rock mining company Fortescue Williams has adopted electric trains that can generate enough power to never need recharging. The company recently explained that four of its trains can generate enough electricity to power their operations through a regenerative braking system. The system relies on gravity, in which the trains generate sufficient power as they go downhill just to use it when climbing uphill.

The company is using the same approach over several new projects across Australia. It will

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Seaweed additives in animal feed to curb livestock emissions
Recent studies have found that using seaweed to feed livestock could significantly reduce the amount of methane cows produce. One of the weeds that has been fronted for this purpose is the red seaweed Asparagopsis taxiformis. The weed has been used to develop a cow feed additive known as Brominata.
A superfood made from ancient Incan crops
AWA Nutrition made it possible for you to eat it too. AWA Nutrition built its line of products around protein, creating botanical blends that combine nutrition with vitamins and minerals for a healthy body. AWA Nutrition processes and manufactures fruits through a Good Manufacturer Practice facility. Thereby, it's ingredients like these that make AWA Nutrition stand out. AWA Nutrition works with local, small-scale producers and promotes social responsibility company-wide. Lastly, the protein powders and shake... more
"Building sculpture" has air-cleaning ceramic material
Ilot Queyries is a cutting edge residential complex in Bordeaux, France, which features an innovative ceramic skin. It is located to the east of the River Garonne, opposite France’s largest cathedral. The architects wanted the building to give the life of the growing city a future-proof design. The complex rises nine floors with unique angles of 14 to 45 degrees. The building reflects solar radiation, preventing urban heat island effects and reducing thermal transfer. It will create a sustainable environment.... more
This is what sports tourism looks like in the future

Designed by Scott Brownrigg, this new sports tourism destination at Turtle Bay is located in southern Morocco. The plan includes agri-business spaces, community facilities and sustainable design. Above all, this is a spot for active people who love nature, athletics and adventure. All of these things are a way to enjoy the natural world. Doesn’t it make sense that sustainable design is the best way to enjoy them?

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