Australia’s humid subtropical climate is no match for the breezy Christian Street House. Designed by James Russell Architect, the two-story family house is carefully oriented for protection against the harsh sun and storms in Clearfield, an inner north suburb of Brisbane. The energy-efficient home is powered by solar energy and constructed with locally sourced materials including clay and concrete.
Secluded in the forested Poltova region of the Ukraine, Relax Park Verholy is a modernist escape, offering sleek new guest houses designed by YOD Design Lab. The simple, prefabricated structures provide comfortable living quarters amid the trees, without disrupting the beauty of the landscape. Clad in timber, the guest houses feature floor-to-ceiling windows that mirror the forest around them, creating a blur of trees when approaching each respite.
The CIA will no longer allow climate change scientists to access data from spy satellites and submarines in order to study global warming. Prior to the announcement, scientists could study global warming data in extreme detail thanks to a program, called MEDEA — Measurement of Earth Data for Environmental Analysis. Now the CIA is shutting down the program, saying that there is no longer a need to study the implications of climate change.
An old cockfighting arena received a makeover in Lima, Peru recently. 2.8x Architects have transformed the space so that one wouldn’t guess it had such a dark history. Lush, green foliage and beautiful stone walls now invoke feelings of peace and tranquility.
It’s been a long winter, people, but Jack Frost went packing to the North Pole and the summer sun is back in the lifeguard seat. Summer’s always been the best time to be outside for barbecues, nighttime guitar jamming on porches, and bonfires that last until three in the morning when dad passes out with a beer in his hand. But now that climate change effects are on the rise with all the dinosaurs we’re burning, summer’s a great time to shrink your carbon footprint, eat healthy, and build up that beach bod. Here are 5 ways you can reduce fossil fuel use this summer and give a break to your girl Mother Earth.
It’s summertime, which means people are trusting sunscreen to protect them from the sun during outdoor activities. But the 9th annual sunscreen guide released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reveals that 80 percent of 1,700 sunscreens on the market are not only ineffective, they also contain chemicals that are harmful to human health. Using a scoring system of 1-8 that measures everything from cost to toxicity, with one being the most benign and eight being the most harmful, the EWG rates the best and worst sunscreens available today. The most egregious products were nominated for EWG’s Hall of Shame. Hit the jump to find out why Neutrogena is considered the most shameful of all brands, and which products you can trust.
In an effort to tackle the dual problems of food waste and poverty, France has passed a groundbreaking law that requires supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity, give it away as animal feed, or face fines of up to €75,000 ($82,324) and two years in jail. The law, which was passed unanimously by the French National Assembly, is part of a greater drive to halve the 7.1 million tons of food wasted in the nation each year—some of which is intentionally destroyed by retailers to prevent ‘dumpster diving’ by those in need.
The Paleisbrug pedestrian and cycle bridge is a 250-meter-long connection between the historic center and the Paleiskwartier neighborhood in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. But what sets this bridge apart is that it also doubles as a raised park. If that weren't enough, the bridge, designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, will not only act as a link between different parts of the city, but will also supply the surrounding area with energy generated by its large solar panels.
Florist Lisa Waud is transforming a long-forgotten home in Detroit into a spectacular display of flower blossoms and growth. The Flower House will serve as a testament to the home’s memories and to the future possibilities for other local abandoned properties. Waud recently gave a preview of the exhibit, which is set to take place the third weekend in October, and the results of the 48 hour makeover are stunning.
If you were still on the fence about whether to get a drone camera for personal use, this video might just change your mind. A newbie user captured HD footage of the new Tesla Gigafactory in Storey County, Nevada, where Tesla plans to roll out enough batteries per year to power 500,000 cars. The video shows the staggering size of the factory, which will span 10 million square feet once complete.
It’s been four years since LG Display unveiled their first curved OLED (organic light-emitting diode) televisions, and by the time this year’s CES rolled around, they were able to unveil seven new models. Now, at a press conference in Korea, the company has unveiled a mind-boggling 55-inch ‘wallpaper’ display that is just 0.97mm thick and weighs 4.1 pounds. This incredibly thin panel is possible as OLEDs do not require a backlight, and the electrical components are not contained within the TV itself. The entire piece can be mounted on the wall against a magnetic mat, which opens the possibility for televisions to become an even less imposing presence in living spaces. But, we can’t get too excited yet; the ‘wallpaper’ TV is, at this point, just a proof of concept—and should it make it onto the market, it is entirely probable that—much like its OLED TV predecessors—it will be prohibitively expensive.
Upcycling, the process of converted old materials into a product with greater value and use, has many benefits. Not only can upcycling cut down on the global garbage stream, it can also help save you money and provide a creative outlet. To help you get started (or continue) your journey to greener living, Noah Supply created an infographic with over a dozen inspirational upcycling projects. From a fire pit built from a former washing machine drum to repurposed wrench wall hooks, these creative DIY ideas can provide inspiration for both the upcycling novice and master.
Summer is almost here and as we fire up our grills for those outdoor dinner parties, there are plenty of delicious BBQ options for a vegetarian or vegan diet. From flavorful grilled tofu to succulent teriyaki eggplant, these healthy, animal-free delights are sure to make everyone's palates happy. Try out our six vegan BBQ recipes and you may never go back to meat again!
Like many Americans, you may be lighting up the barbecue this holiday weekend — but if you want to set yourself apart from the bands of boring black grills, take a cue from our guide to stylish green grills. From DIYcreations to hot spots that also double up as planting pots, whether you’re cooking up a sustainably raised burger or a tofu dog, each of these grills will help you streamline your holiday resource use without limiting your fun!