Botanical

New Satellite Map from NASA and NOAA Shows All the World’s Vegetation

New Satellite Map from NASA and NOAA Shows All the World’s Vegetation

Just how much greenery covers the Earth? Now we have an answer, thanks to a new interactive map produced by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that shows how much of

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Design Inspiration from Nature – Biomimicry for a Better Planet

Design Inspiration from Nature – Biomimicry for a Better Planet

People have been turning to nature for inspiration to help them solve problems for millions of years. From buildings and bridges to materials and medicine - examining the design of nature has aided in the

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Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees

Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees

The decline in bee populations has been all the buzz lately, which led Whole Foods Market to team up with the Xerces Society to show us what a world—or at least, produce section—without bees would

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London Plans a High Line-Style Park for the River Thames

London Plans a High Line-Style Park for the River Thames

London may be getting its own version of the High Line park along the River Thames. The team of Erect Architecture and J&L Gibbons landscape architects were chosen in a competition organized by RIBA

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Cool Planet Energy’s Carbon Negative Biofuel Costs Just $1.50 Per Gallon

Cool Planet Energy’s Carbon Negative Biofuel Costs Just $1.50 Per Gallon

In a warming world, every gas-powered vehicle contributes to CO2 emissions. California-based Cool Planet Energy not only believes they have a low-cost alternative to gasoline, but one that is actually

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Plasma Studio’s Crystalline Xi’An Greenhouse Sparkles in the Sun

Plasma Studio’s Crystalline Xi’An Greenhouse Sparkles in the Sun

To access Plasma Studio's greenhouse in Xi’an, visitors must take a boat across a lake. The glazed structure is shaped like a horseshoe with an open-air courtyard in the middle. The greenhouse features

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Artist Giuseppe Licari Transforms a Dutch Gallery into an Indoor Park

Artist Giuseppe Licari Transforms a Dutch Gallery into an Indoor Park

For his new "Public Room" exhibition, artist Giuseppe Licari transformed the Hommes Gallery in Rotterdam into an indoor park - complete with a large grassy lawn, small trees, and even birds. The

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1012 Terra’s Modern Terrariums Suspend Plants in Mid-Air

1012 Terra’s Modern Terrariums Suspend Plants in Mid-Air

Tsumanuma and Yamada wanted to create a fuss-free terrarium that is both modern and simple. Rather than creating tableaus of moss, rocks, dirt and flora, 1012 Terra focuses on showcasing just a single

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Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Edible Garden & Outdoor Kitchen Connect Visitors with Food

Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Edible Garden & Outdoor Kitchen Connect Visitors with Food

What was once an asphalt parking lot to support the Atlanta Botanical Gardens is now a lush garden filled with vegetables, herbs, fruit trees. Completely edible, the garden was built to showcase the food

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The Patch is a Self-Watering Planter for Herbs and Greens

The Patch is a Self-Watering Planter for Herbs and Greens

A new generation of gardeners are interested in growing their own food, and The Patch, a new self-watering planter, helps guide newbies through the process. The planter, which is designed for urban

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Raw, Unprocessed Cotton Can Be Used to Clean Up Oil Spills

Raw, Unprocessed Cotton Can Be Used to Clean Up Oil Spills

As long as industry and infrastructure relies on oil to function, there will be spills. Cleaning up such disasters, like the recent Mayflower, Arkansas rupture, can be costly and time consuming. Even the

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Hurbz Unveils Stylish KiGA Modular Kitchen Garden Concept

Hurbz Unveils Stylish KiGA Modular Kitchen Garden Concept

One of the top urban gardening solutions to debut at ICFF this year is the modular KiGA by Hurbz Vegetable Spirit. Designed as a kitchen garden for urban homes, the four different modules can be

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Opiary’s Garden Table Brings Fresh Herbs Right to Your Plate

Opiary’s Garden Table Brings Fresh Herbs Right to Your Plate

All of Opiary’s planters are made from recyclable materials, leaving little impact on the environment. They can be used to plant virtually anything—trees, shrubbery, flowers or edible gardens. The

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DIY: How to Plant a Personal Garden In a Small Urban Space

DIY: How to Plant a Personal Garden In a Small Urban Space

Many people bemoan the fact that they can't grow their own food (or even flowers) because they lack any kind of garden space, but guess what? You can actually grow more than you realize in really small

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Mineo Mizuno Creates Living Sculptures From Ceramics and Moss

Mineo Mizuno Creates Living Sculptures From Ceramics and Moss

Japanese artist and landscape designer Mineo Mizuno grows moss on large ceramic pebble-like spheres, creating beautiful sculptures that forge a symbiotic relationship between materials. Inspired by his

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Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade

Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade

The Optical Glass House sits among tall buildings in downtown Hiroshima. Its glazed façade was hand-made made from 6,000 high-transparency glass blocks that are from borosilicate, a raw material

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Study Finds US Urban Trees Provide $50 Billion in Economic Value

Study Finds US Urban Trees Provide $50 Billion in Economic Value

Central Park photo from Shutterstock Have you hugged a tree lately? If not, you might want to show your appreciation with a good squeeze. According to a recent state-by-state US Forest Service study,

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Glowing Plant Project Creates Bioluminescent Plants for Natural Lighting

Glowing Plant Project Creates Bioluminescent Plants for Natural Lighting

Why use a light bulb to illuminate your home when you could just fill it with glowing plants? That's the question asked by Antony Evans, the head of a team of bio-engineers in San Francisco, California.

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Sonia Rentsch Creates Harmless Weapons from Organic Materials

Sonia Rentsch Creates Harmless Weapons from Organic Materials

Rentsch enjoys creating "deceptively clever scenes from the simplest of objects." Using plant matter, she reconstructs weapons of metal and plastic, softening their bodies and pulling the man-made objects

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Roel de Boer Imagines a Utopian City Filled with Treehouse Pods

Roel de Boer Imagines a Utopian City Filled with Treehouse Pods

Roel De Boer imagines a city full of treehouse pods instead of high-rise apartment buildings. It might not be particularly realistic, but it's a fun thought experiment. “Imagine a treehouse that is

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Scientists Discover Methods of Harvesting Electricity from Plants

Scientists Discover Methods of Harvesting Electricity from Plants

Photo via Shutterstock When it comes to capturing solar energy, plants are first in their class. Able to function at nearly 100 percent quantum efficiency, they can produce an equal number of electrons

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Tomatoes Blasted with LED Lights Have 50 Percent More Vitamin C

Tomatoes Blasted with LED Lights Have 50 Percent More Vitamin C

Photo via Shutterstock We all know LED lights help us save energy, but did you know that they could also help us to fight colds? Researchers at Wageningen UR, in a partnership with Philips Lighting,

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British Artist Laura Bacon Weaves Willow Branches Into Powerful Sculptures

British Artist Laura Bacon Weaves Willow Branches Into Powerful Sculptures

Laura’s work is inspired by the way insects, animals and birds create their own nests using existing structures for support. Each of her intricate sculptures uses either organic or man-made structures

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How to Grow an Herb Garden Using Eggshell Planters

How to Grow an Herb Garden Using Eggshell Planters

Spring is the perfect time of year to plant a garden, and it's a great opportunity to get your kids involved in gardening at a young age. Over at our green parenting site Inhabitots, we've put together a

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Roel de Boer’s English Roofing Tile Could Transform Any Roof into a Vibrant Garden

Roel de Boer’s English Roofing Tile Could Transform Any Roof into a Vibrant Garden

Roel de Boer’s New English Roofing Tile is a new green building product that could transform urban roofs into vibrant gardens. The plastic tiles are shaped like triangular pockets that can be placed on

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Space Farms: Heliospectra LED Lighting System Could Grow Veggies in Space

Space Farms: Heliospectra LED Lighting System Could Grow Veggies in Space

Heliospectra’s new LED lighting system has been chosen by the German Aerospace Center (DRL) as part of the EDEN (Evolution and Design of Environmentally-closed Nutrition sources) research initiative.

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3D-Printed Aqueduct Planters Have a Built-in Trickle-Down Irrigation System

3D-Printed Aqueduct Planters Have a Built-in Trickle-Down Irrigation System

Aqueduct is a new 3D printed mini planter system that can be set up in an amazing array of configurations. The modular system utilizes the connections between each planter as a method of transferring

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Artist David Nash Unveils Beautiful Sculptures Made From Fallen Trees at Kew Gardens

Artist David Nash Unveils Beautiful Sculptures Made From Fallen Trees at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is a 326-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site located just 30 minutes by Tube from central London. The gardens boast a soaring treetop walkway, galleries and iconic listed buildings. David Nash,

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72,000 Ladybugs Released Inside Mall of America

72,000 Ladybugs Released Inside Mall of America

Photo via Shutterstock Minnesota’s Mall of America may be known as the largest retail complex in the country, but it is also now home to 72,000 lady bugs!  The ladybugs were released inside the

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Uritonnoir: Straw Bale Urinal Turns Festival Goers’ Pee into Compost

Uritonnoir: Straw Bale Urinal Turns Festival Goers’ Pee into Compost

Festivals and beer go hand in hand - and the wait in line for the nearest port-o-potty is usually a long one. To address the issue, French design firm Faltazi has created the Uritonnoir - a straw

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