Google Wants To Help You Go Solar – Expands Project Sunroof To 9 Major U.S. Regions

Making solar easier Google’s stated mission is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”. At first this mostly meant cataloguing and ranking web pages for search, but for many years now Google has ventured into the physical world with projects like Google Maps and Google Books. The latest project to […]

Country House Looks Like A Shipping Container But Is Designed For People

After yet another big design website called this a shipping container home, It is necessary to point out that it is not. It is an architectural allusion; the architects note that Un Dernier Voyage “echoes the long travels made by the containers given up by shipping companies.” © Jelena Stajic In fact, it is an […]

5 Foods And Drinks That May Not Be Around For The Next Generation Thanks To Climate Change

Think long and hard about your favorite thing to eat. Take in all the delicious smells. The sheer joy from every last bite, sip, chomp, or slurp. Now, think long and hard about having to say goodbye to your favorite food forever. Because some of America’s favorite foods and drinks won’t make it much longer. […]

Why Tiny Homes Are Hugely Amazing

By this point, photos of tiny houses are everywhere. I’d be surprised if you haven’t seen at least one pint-size abode that made you pause to imagine how simple your life might be if you lived in such an efficient little space. I’ve done more than my fair share of imagining, having watched Kirsten Dirksen’s […]

10 Life Hacks to Help You Cut Plastic Out of the Picture

Plastic is so ubiquitous that it can be found in or associated with nearly every tangible item in existence. Just think about how many different things you used today that either were plastic or came packaged in plastic, you’re guaranteed to come up with at least five. It’s no secret that we all have a rather sordid relationship […]

Salt Water Powered Car Gets European Approval – Yes, It’s Real

In a breakthrough that is bound to catch the attention of the oil industry and even electric car makers, a company has just gained approval for its ‘salt water’ powered car in Europe. A car called the Quant e-Sportlimousine that was presented at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is the first electric car powered by salt water and is now certified […]

Netherlands Testing Sustainable Plastic Roads that ‘Snap Together’ Like Legos

As usual Netherlands is ‘paving the way’ for a sustainable future, but this time, literally, with plans to start testing a new type of roads that are pre-made from recycled plastic. Plastic recycles or waste found in the ocean will be transformed into plastic tiles created by KWS Infra.  This new innovation is called “PlasticRoad” […]

For Less Than Half The Cost Of An Iphone, You Can Build An Underground Greenhouse

What if I told you that with a mere $300, one-third the price of an iPhone, you could build something with the ability to save you a ridiculous amount of money on groceries and food year-round? Think about it – By 2020, you could buy a whole flock of iPhone ‘Whatever-They’ll-Be-Called-By-Then with the money you’ll save. Enter the walipini. […]

Big Problem, Tiny Solution — But These Tiny Homes For The Homeless Just Might Work

Ray is a member of a grassroots group called Denver Homeless Out Loud made up of folks who are homeless as well as supporters of the local Denver homeless population. Ray says he’s been without a home for nearly three years, and he is most often found at the DHOL office or playing his guitar […]

See The Innovative Earth-Saving Ideas Leonardo DiCaprio’s Foundation Is Bringing To Life

When he’s not fighting off bears or trying to win an Oscar, Leonardo DiCaprio is busy saving the environment. The man is passionate about the planet. And why shouldn’t he be? It is THE ONLY PLACE CAPABLE OF SUSTAINING HUMAN LIFE. Sorry, his enthusiasm is contagious. On Tuesday, DiCaprio received the Crystal Award from the […]

Breakthrough In Glass Technology Could Pave The Way For ‘Smart Windows’

Your next window may be made of see-through components that conduct electricity. This development comes thanks to a new technique that adds metal to glass to make it transparent. NEW GLASS TECHNOLOGY It seems that windows are turning into high-tech screens. Indeed, in the not too far off future, all of the windows in our homes could […]

Eco Homes From The Earth: Cordwood

Imagine owning your own green dream home, made out of natural and recycled materials and hosting an array of custom features.  Building an eco-friendly natural home is easier than you can imagine.  Materials like cordwood, cob, dirt, straw and wood from you own land can aid you in this.  These building techniques produce a natural, […]

This Couple Spent Decades Building Their Own Self Sustaining Island

This couple is doing something that hasn’t been done since Noah’s Ark. For the past 20 years, artists Wayne Adams and Catherine King have been steadily building a floating island named Freedom Cove. The Cove is located in Cypress Bay near Tofino, British Columbia, giving the couple a chance to be one with nature. The […]

The Future of Wind Turbines? No Blades

It’s no longer suprising to encounter 100-foot pinwheels spinning in the breeze as you drive down the highway. But don’t get too comfortable with that view. A Spanish company called Vortex Bladeless is proposing a radical new way to generate wind energy that will once again upend what you see outside your car window. Their […]

Solar Energy That Doesn’t Block The View

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar panel that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used for buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a […]

Dutch Company Powers Streetlights And Phones With Living Plants

In November, more than 300 LED lights were illuminated by a Dutch company that makes electricity from harnessing the power of living plants. This was the first commercial installation for Plant-e, a company that also sells mobile chargers, and rooftop electricity modules fueled by the byproduct of photosynthesis in plants. Plant-e’s co-founder and CEO, Marjolein […]

This Bike Path Paved With Solar Panels Can Power One Home For a Year

A bike path made of solar cells has shocked it’s creators with just how much electricity it’s generating. In its first six months, the 230-foot bike path in a village outside Amsterdam, Netherlands, has cranked out 3,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity — enough to power a single-person household for a year. “We did not expect a […]

This Sustainable, Solar Powered Dome Can Let You Live Almost Anywhere On Earth

A new house, designed in geodesic style by No Rules Just Architectureis a simple to build structure that harvests rain water and solar power, helping propel the inhabitants to a sustainable lifestyle. “Geodesic” means that it is built with a number of triangular elements which distribute structural stress evenly; these buildings are known for being […]

This Gorgeous Power Plant Will Use Ocean Tides To Power 155K Homes

Have you heard of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon?  This power generator will use the rise and fall of ocean tides to provide renewable electricity to power 155,000 homes, and it will last for 120 years! This power plant will supply a solution to man’s energy needs as we step further and further towards renewable […]

An Algae Farm Designed To Suck Up Highway Pollution

A highway overpass might seem like an unlikely place to grow algae, but actually it’s ideal: Car exhaust turns out to be the perfect fertilizer for multiplying the green stuff. “In a prototype built above a busy Geneva highway this year, architects tested a system for growing algae in tubes… (which) can be used (eventually) […]