In Frankfurt, Germany, a team of students has found a new way to make buildings “climate neutral” without raising rents: Build a new rooftop apartment with each installation.
Since way back when Romans ruled, ACs have evolved very little. Several companies are now on the case. How cool is that?
Artist Catherine Young figured she better bottle up her favorite natural smells before they disappear.
Newspapers. Soda cans. Pizza boxes. Everyone’s trash looks different but what these artful portraits show is that we all have something in common: We produce a lot of it.
While they’re making pretty pictures of our city streets, why not hook up some environmental sensors to the Google Street View Cars? These maps will show you where very bad gas leaks are.
Tiny “microbeads” in beauty products seemed great, until someone tried to clean them up.
Sometimes product innovation turns out beautifully. Other times, it gets messy and requires a clean up. The story of plastic microbeads in personal care products—the tiny spheres in many body washes and toothpastes that Illinois became the first state to ban last week—is an example of the latter.
Over the last year, Lego has been the brand that could do no wrong. Who else could turn a 90-minute commercial into a hit movie?
But Greenpeace is using the brand’s high profile and squeaky clean image to draw attention to Shell’s impact on the environment through practices like arctic drilling.
A new visualization from NASA illustrates a rare piece of good news about our environment’s health: air pollution levels in major U.S. cities have significantly decreased from 2005 to 2011.
A new poll suggests that Americans care about the planetary impact of fossil fuels more than cheap electricity.
The largest hole in Europe is an open-pit coal mine in Germany, and everything inside is just enormous, including machines that are the length of two soccer fields and the height of a 30-story building.
“From above, the scenery with these huge ‘monsters’ in this strange mining surroundings, reminded me of another barren planet out of a science fiction movie.”
This Arduino- and LED-equipped umbrella gathers data about local air pollution levels. Designers want it to trigger a worldwide movement.
Making sure we live in a healthy world is a collective action problem. It doesn’t really work unless everyone—or at least a significant majority of countries, industries, and consumers—starts making radical changes in behavior. If that doesn’t work, one student designer envisions a future in which we resort to personal air quality drones.
“Not all beaches are equally filled with fecal matter.”