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How to Easily Get Rid of Your Christmas Tree in an Eco-Friendly Way
Many people make the mistake of tossing natural Christmas trees away because they're biodegradable -- it actually harms that process in landfills. There are easy ways to recycle these trees, even for those that have opted for the artificial variety.
Chernobyl's Nuclear Disaster Site Is Now A Solar Farm
The Ukrainian government has transformed the former nuclear power plant into a functioning solar-electric farm.
Adidas Vows To Use Only Recycled Plastic By 2024
Adidas is going to exclusively use recycled plastics for their products by 2024, similar to the athletic wear they sell through a collaboration with Parley. 41 percent of polyester they use in their upcoming lineup next year will be recycled.
Ireland Will Be The First Country To Divest From Fossil Fuels
Ireland will be passing their Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill, which is heading to an upper chamber, around September. This forces them to sell off companies they're linked to and hope to get on track to meet their Paris Agreement goals.
Sweden Is On Track To Reach Its Green Energy Goals A Decade Early
Sweden's aggressive target of generating over 40 terawatt-hours of renewable energy by 2030 could be reached nearly a decade early. A massive amount of wind power projects could hit a snag in market value with subsidies, but SWEA could push to close those up by the end of the year.
This Vegan Ice Cream Is Made Out Of Avocados
Cado is the world's first ice cream created with a creamy avocado base. There's no dairy or nuts added, no artificial ingredients come along with the various flavors they offer, and the product is completely organic.
These Farmers Are Turning Extra Milk Into Yogurt And Cheese For Those In Need
Dairy farms have seen a regression in profits with less people consuming milk, cheese, and yogurt. However, excess production doesn't have to be wasted, and a non-profit in Philadelphia has created a program that helps the farmers and the hungry.
Belize's Barrier Reef Is Off Endangered List After Banning Oil Activity
Belize has saved the second-biggest coral reef in the world, which provides food and economical benefits to the Central American country. After passing legislation to ban oil exploration, UNESCO has taken it off their endangered list.
12-Year-Old Girl Creates Robot That Detects Plastic In Our Oceans
A sixth-grader in Massachusetts has begun developing a robot that's able to detect microplastics in our ocean after wanting to make a difference at the Boston Harbor. Her ultimate goal is to create a way to also pick up trash and cut costs in the process.
This Beluga Whale Sanctuary In Iceland Is Officially Welcoming New Residents
Beluga whales are heading from China to a new home on an Icelandic island that brings them closer to a natural habitat. Multiple organizations are not only providing them a better home, but are hoping that other entertainment parks follow in their footsteps.
This All-Electric Water Taxi Could Revolutionize Green Transportation
SeaBubbles is preparing to launch a new Uber-like taxi service in cities near rivers and lakes to provide an alternative and energy-efficient mode of transportation. Currently, they've deployed five prototypes around the world and are also working on an autonomous version.
London's Historic 'Square Mile' District Will Run On 100% Renewable Energy
The City of London Corporation will be fully running on renewable energy by October in the city's most prominent business district. Under Mayor Sadiq Khan, England's capital city is quickly transforming toward sustainable solutions, just years after being ranked as the worst in the area.
This Man Quit His Job And Traveled Australia In A Renovated Van With His Rescue Cat
It was initially a "mid-life crisis," but Rich East's transformed life from working an office job to traveling around Australia has been exactly what he's needed. He explains the process in how it all happened and shares the incredible bond he has with his feline companion.
IKEA Vows To Eliminate All Single-Use Plastic By 2020
Ikea announced multiple renewable targets that they plan to reach by 2030, which includes removing single-use plastic over the next few years, offering more home solar solutions, and to reduce their greenhouse gases by 80 percent compared to their levels in 2016.
Solar Technology Costs Tumble Further With China's Industry Shifts
China is slowing down local growth in the solar industry, which may not sound like progress, but the entire world benefits. Lower costs from Chinese manufacturers exporting their products will create higher rates of installation around the world.
Why This Dutch Town Installed Bat-Friendly LED Street Lights
To keep rare bat species in an area where they thrive, a community that's already created nearly 100 sustainable homes is changing their street lights. These new red LED bulbs will allow humans to continue operating at night while the bats can avoid it.
European Commission Looks To Ban 10 Types Of Single-Use Plastic
The European Commission announced plans recently to further regulate single-use plastic, including outright banning certain items that have the most effect on marine pollution. These new rules would also require manufacturers to raise awareness and help with cleanup efforts.
Endangered Mountain Gorilla Population Is On The Rise Despite Challenges
Mountain gorillas remain an endangered species, but conservation efforts such as regulated tourism and habitat protection has increased their population over the last 35 years. It's jumped 25 percent in a specific African region in the past eight years.
Flaming 'Dung Beetle' Turns Plastic Waste Into Green Energy
There's a new way to recycle single-use plastic waste, and it's by using a dung beetle. Art designers have created a sculpture that's able to convert plastic into gas, and the event hopes to inspire others to find inventive concepts to eliminate plastic waste.
'Slow Food' Movement Heads To China To Promote Local Foods
China continues to deal with rising population in their cities, and that includes immigration from other regions of the country. To promote local food growth, 1,000 "Slow Food" villages will be created in an effort to educate those on culture and sustainability.
'Make America Green Again' Is A New Campaign To Bring Back 'Victory Gardens'
Back in the 1940's, "Victory Gardens" were a massive effort to boost produce growth that helped feed communities and troops. They're making a return now to combat carbon emissions, and Green America has set a goal to double the amount of gardens than before.
This App Encourages People To Take Pictures Of Their Trash To Make Recycling Easier
One of the biggest databases of pollution that's been picked up off the streets has been upgraded to make the experience easier. Litterati, downloadable on iOS and Android devices, now allows for better collaboration, advanced tagging, and easier photo uploads.
Costa Rica Plans To Eliminate Fossil Fuels By 2021
Costa Rica's new president, Carlos Alvarado, plans to eliminate the country's carbon footprint by banning fossil fuels by 2021. While the timeline seems unrealistic, the country is close to fully running on renewable energy, but they have to fix their transportation infrastructure.
Louisiana Creates Unique Plan To Save Its Coast By Diverting Mississippi River
Levees are built to help prevent the overflow of rivers and to save land from storm surges, but they've had a negative effect on Louisiana's wetlands. The state is creating divisions in these levees to bring needed sediment to marshes in order to restore land.
U.S. Investors Seek Opportunities For Green Energy In Africa
For the last five years, "Power Africa" has been the push toward investing into energy growth for the second most-populous continent. Launching a revised campaign in March, they're looking to enhance the infrastructure in various countries and to receive more investments from US companies.
Elon Musk Is Offering Free Rides In LA Tunnel In Just A Few Months
Over the next few months, Elon Musk and The Boring Company will be putting the finishing touches on their trial-run tunnel, offering free rides under their SpaceX headquarters. Their goal is to provide evidence that these efforts can fix congested traffic above ground.
California Just Became The First State To Require Solar Panels On All New Homes
The Sunshine State is already a power player in the renewable energy industry and it's expected to get bigger. A mandate could be set in 2020 for most new residential buildings to install solar panels, which creates pros and cons for an expensive housing market.
Belgium Officially Started Building Their Biggest Offshore Wind Farm Yet
Construction is finally underway for Belgium's massive 370-megawatt offshore wind farm. Nearly 15 miles off the coast, the 44 turbines expect to power 400,000 homes and should satisfy 10 percent of the country's needs by 2025.
The U.S. Is The Second-Most Attractive Country For Renewable Energy Investment
Solar import tariffs hasn't slowed down development of clean energy in the United States. In fact, according to the latest RECAI report from EY, they're only second to China as far as an attractive location to invest in sustainable power products.
This 'Rubbish Cafe' Lets Customers Pay With Plastic Trash
Ecover, a company that manufactures eco-friendly cleaning products, is launching a temporary "'Rubbish Cafe" that offers vegetarian meals and drinks for people that donate recyclable plastic. The two-day event promotes the company's ambitions to remove single-use plastic.
U.S. Invests $30 Million Into New Batteries That Hold Power For Days At A Time
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the DOE is investing $30 million over the next three years to improve energy storage for large-scale systems. They're looking for solutions in various technology that will last up to 100 hours.
This Winnebago RV Is 100% Electric And Zero-Emission
In collaboration with Motiv Power Systems, Winnebago is electrifying their RVs with a new EPIC chassis launched a few months ago. There will be two variations in length of the new RV and it can drive up to 125 miles on a single charge.
France Is About To Ban Stores From Throwing Away Unsold Clothing
Similar to massive food waste problems, clothes are being tossed out at an alarming rate in Europe. This caused France to dive further into action by implementing incentives for voluntary action and passing legislation by next year.
Minneapolis Will Run On 100% Renewable Energy By 2030
Mayor Jacob Frey and the Minneapolis City Council announced that they'll be the next US city to fully run on clean energy. They've set a goal for 2030, though the state of Minnesota has seen significant growth in the wind energy industry already.
100% Of Villages In India Now Have Electricity
India's government promised to give every inhabited village access to energy by this time three years ago. They delivered thanks to a mixture of restructuring the national power grid and using off-grid energy solutions.
'Village Vertical' Boosts Sustainability In This Paris Suburb
A new gateway into an eastern Paris suburb will feature a massive complex made from timber that spans over 300,000 square feet. It'll feature office space, community areas, recreational facilities, and will be one of many sites that helps lower their carbon footprint.
Leonardo DiCaprio Becomes Major Investor For Off-Grid Energy Startup
One of Hollywood's biggest environmental activists, Leonardo DiCaprio, has boosted a fast-growing, off-grid energy service for developing countries. Kingo delivers cheaper power through a prepaid service and expects to have 100 million users by 2025.
Waterfront Arch Will Generate Solar Power For This Surprising Town
Pirie Associates Architects have won a design competition for Rio Iluminado, a new artwork that will help power a reclaimed waterfront that's becoming a 3.4-acre whitewater park near the Willimantic River in Connecticut.
Rural Pakistan Turns To Solar Panels During Energy Crisis
Facing long blackouts from a dispute between a local gas supplier and utility company, Pakistani locals are turning toward other alternatives for power. One of the best solutions are solar panels, which could help many citizens who don't have access to the national grid.
Singapore's First Zero-Waste Grocery Store Is Ready To Launch
"Unpackt" is Singapore's first zero-waste grocery store that features no plastic packaging and customers will use containers that they can bring or buy to store products. The process aims to cut back on a significant plastic waste problem in the country.
Target Is Adding EV Charging Stations To 100 Stores By 2020
One of the biggest department store chains in the United States is adding EV charging stations to over 100 stores across 20 states. Target, who has worked with Tesla and ChargePoint in the past for EV stations, adds Electrify America into the mix.
'Operation Warm' Announces Coats For Kids Made From Recycled Plastic
Operation Warm is creating 15,000 coats created from recycled plastic bottles by the time autumn begins. Called "The Green Guardian," these will all be delivered to kids in need across North America by the upcoming fall season.
This Plant-Based Pork Alternative Is Officially Hitting Hong Kong
Growing pork consumption around the world, especially in China, has created an increase in carbon emissions and has made the country cut back on half of its intake.
Lyft Rides Are Officially Carbon-Neutral
Joining tech giants that have committed to 100 percent renewable energy, Lyft will be investing millions into various sustainable projects to make all of their rides carbon neutral.
NYC's Air Quality Is Cleaner Than Ever Since Monitoring Began
Based on a survey from New York City's Health Department, the city has seen drops in greenhouse gas emissions and the air quality is as clean as it's been since monitoring it back in 2008. It's all part of Mayor de Blasio's sustainable efforts from 2015.
Your Chocolate Obsession Doesn't Have To Cost The Environment
Our love affair with chocolate is wreaking havoc on the environment. But our buying choices can help turn that around.
The UK Just Went 55 Hours Without Using Coal For Power
The UK's National Grid announced that no London power stations used coal for energy production for a span of 55 hours from late Monday into early Thursday morning. It beats the old record of just over 40 hours from last October, and wind power levels continue to impress.
Pearl Harbor Is Officially Getting A 20-Megawatt Solar Farm
REC Solar is collaborating with Hawaiian Energy and the United States Navy to create a new 20-megawatt solar project at their base in Pearl Harbor. The West Loch solar farm is just the beginning of many renewable projects under the utility company.
Aldi Recognized As Top British Market For Sustainable Fish
The Marine Stewardship Council revealed their list of top British supermarkets offering sustainable seafood, and Aldi tops the list with Sainsbury's and Lidl. In general, there's been a 60 percent increase in certified fish products being offered.
Amazon Is Making It Easier Than Ever To Save Money And The Planet This Earth Week
Each item is factory-refurbished to like-new condition with little or no cosmetic issues, and every purchase is backed by a 90-day limited warranty.
This Plastic-Eating Enzyme Could Save The Planet From Pollution
While studying enzymes that are able to digest PET plastics, scientists have accidentally found a way to make the process 20 percent faster than its natural ability to cut back on waste. They're now attempting to manipulate it even further on an industrial scale.
United Kingdom Sees Increase In Glass Milk Bottle Sales
A large amount of milk distributors in the United Kingdom are seeing an increase in glass bottle sales in the first part of 2018. The trend is likely due to rising awareness in plastic waste, and carbon emissions are decreased if companies follow the right procedures.
'Pokemon Go' Sets Goal For Biggest Organized Cleanup On Earth Day
Niantic, Mission Blue, and a number of NGOs are teaming up to organize one of the biggest cleanup efforts in a 48-hour period. On Earth Day, Pokemon Go users are asked to group together and pick up trash at various sites around the world.
This Couple Rebuilt Their Home To Be A Stunning Self-Sustaining Eco-Friendly Haven
Geoff Carroll and Julie Young, who work with data analytics to create sustainable solutions in urban areas, have rebuilt their house to be significantly more sustainable. It's able to harvest its own food, energy, and water with minimal help from the city.
New Zealand Just Announced They Will No Longer Issue Oil Exploration Permits
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces that New Zealand will no longer be issuing oil exploration permits in their territory. The move comes after a decrease in oil production and push back from activist groups concerned about climate change.
These Small Greenhouses Are Helping Farmers In India Combat Climate Change
Farmers in India have struggled with rising temperatures that lead to less crop yields. It's generated crippling debts and, sadly, suicides at an alarming rate. To combat this, a startup is creating affordable greenhouses and services for higher farming efficiency.
The Surface Of This Luxury High-Rise Helps Clean NYC's Air
One of New York's most extravagant high-rise residential buildings not only impresses visually, but it also removes harmful chemicals from the air. 570 Broome's exterior has a unique technology that removes nitrogen dioxide with sunlight and self cleans its surface.
REI Set New Sustainability Requirements For Every Brand They Sell
New goals include meeting all work safety conditions in the supply chain and removing harmful chemicals in their products.
Family-Friendly 'Mr. Trash Wheel' Collects Junk From Baltimore Harbor
The project has picked up 1.5 million pounds of trash in less than four years to help bring swimming and fishing activities back to the harbor.
BP Tests Tesla Powerpacks On United States Wind Farm
BP is doing a trial run Tesla's battery storage for wind farms after seeing their wild success in Australia. The pilot project in South Dakota is going to be on a far smaller scale, but could be rolled out to other wind farms in the future.
Blue Bird Showcases Electric School Buses Across United States
Traditional buses are getting the electrified treatment from Blue Bird and they're showcasing the new vehicles across the country this year. They've already received approval for grants in California and New York, and they should be delivering by early fall.
This Is How Hotels Save Money By Reducing Their Food Waste
A study by Champions 12.3 concludes that there's a 600 percent positive return on investment into food waste reduction. They observed 42 hotels in 15 different countries over a span of three years, with most of them making all the investment back within two years.
Google Confirms It Runs On 100% Renewable Energy
After buying a record number of renewable energy contracts a few years ago, those sources are now active and Google is putting as much clean power into the grid as it uses. Three gigawatts of capacity, most of it through wind generation, is the most by any corporation on the company's level.
Malaysia Looks To Improve Its Recycling Rate With New Incentives
Malaysia is rolling out two initiatives designed to boost recycling. HelloGold converts used plastics and cans into gold at vending stations; while Tesco stores are enacting "The Unforgettable Bag" campaign, offering discounts to shoppers who use the store's limited-edition, reusable shopping bags.
Greenhouse In Antarctica Has Successful First Harvest
In an effort to test crop growth in tough climates, the German Aerospace Center's team of scientists has been growing vegetables in Antarctica without sunlight, soil or pesticides. Their first harvest yielded eight pounds of greens, 70 radishes and 18 cucumbers.
Saudi Arabia May Host World's Biggest Solar Project At 200 Gigawatts
Saudi Arabia and its crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, have massive goals for renewable energy. After announcing a major metropolis that would fully run on renewable energy, they are looking to collaborate with SoftBank to create a solar project with a capacity of 200 gigawatts.
Biggest Wind Farm Project Yet Approved In New South Wales
Seven years after initially being planned, Epuron has been approved by New South Wales to develop the biggest wind farm in Australia. Still checking in at over one gigawatt of capacity after being downsized, it's expected to bring in $250 million to the economy.
This Hotel In Hawaii Gives Out Sunscreen That Protects Coral Reefs
Aqua-Aston Hospitality, who hosts over 40 different hotels in Hawaii, is promoting sunscreen without oxybenzone to help keep our coral reefs safe.
Genesis Reveals First EV At The 2018 New York Auto Show
Hyundai's luxury division, Genesis, has revealed a concept of their first electric vehicle, the Essentia. This sports car features a unique bubble top with a transparent hood and butterfly doors that open with fingerprint and facial recognition technology.
Waymo And Jaguar Team Up To Create 20,000 Self-Driving EVs
Jaguar Land Rover recently announced their new battery electric I-PACE, and it's already received a huge customer. Waymo is teaming up with the manufacturer to create 20,000 self-driving versions of the new SUV to add to their ride-hailing lineup.
Green Energy Passes Nuclear Power For First Time In U.K.
Even though the United Kingdom is continuing to back nuclear energy and cut off subsidies for wind and solar projects in 2015, the latter sources surpassed nuclear for the first time in the last quarter of 2017 according to recent government findings.
This Device Can Double The 'Green' Life Of Bananas To Reduce Waste
"It's Fresh!" has created a new way to extend our produce's life, be it in transportation, a store, or in our homes.
Adidas Launches Yoga Line Made From Recycled Ocean Plastic
In collaboration with Wanderlust and Parley of the Oceans, Adidas released new yoga apparel this month made out of recycled plastic.
This 19-Year-Old Is Working On Smog Filters For Developing Countries
At 13, Angad Daryani was creating low-cost 3D printers and workshops for people in India. He's now attempting to create a solution for developing countries to get rid of dangerous air pollution in their urban areas.
'Sun Shield' Creates Biodegradable Shade For Great Barrier Reef
Coral bleaching is occurring at a rapid pace in the Great Barrier Reef thanks to warming water temperatures. Scientists have developed a substance that creates a very thin biodegradable film that helps protects these reefs by lowering temperatures.
The Creative Way These Old Smartphones Are Saving Rainforests
Using old smartphones connected to solar panels, TensorFlow, a large student-driven project from the Rainforest Connection, can help save rainforests where illegal logging activities happen far too often.
Nissan Wants To Turn Old EV Batteries Into Street Lights
"The Reborn Light" is an attempt by Nissan to get ahead of a future where there's a number of batteries from old electric vehicles that still have value left. Their idea is to convert them into energy storage for off-grid street lights.
Researchers Have Finally Figured Out A Way To Protect Birds From Wind Turbines
Oregon State University has been looking into an integrated sensor for wind turbines to help out birds and wind farm owners. It can easily assess damage and what kind of birds are involved in any impacts, as well as attempt to steer birds out of the area.
One Company Discovered How To Redesign Veggies To Make Them Taste Better
In an effort to make vegetables more appetizing, Row 7 has created a variety of seeds that contain crops with naturally amazing taste. The idea began with creating honeynut squash, and after founding their company in February, they hope to bring other projects to the public.
McDonald's To Cut 36% Of Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 2030
McDonald's set aggressive goals to eliminate emissions from their restaurants, offices, and supply chain. They'll be the first fast food chain to use this method and they hope to reach their goals by 2030.
'Planted Table' Delivers Vegan Meals Without The Waste
A new startup is rethinking how to distribute meal kits. Not only does Planted Table offer a variety of vegan options, but they don't create any excess waste, with their program to pick up glass containers after customers are done with them.
Nissan Promises Electric SUV Production Within Next 'Few Years'
Nissan plans to bring their futuristic IMx concept into production soon. The Japanese auto manufacturer believes that this model will be a revolution in the battery-electric SUV market and could be cheaper than the competition.
This Lab Is Transforming Leftover Almond Shells Into Power, Plastic, And Beer
Almond production has grown in recent years. This does create plenty of shell waste, but farmers and the USDA are finding ways to turn that into useful, renewable products.
Jaden Smith Is Releasing A Sustainable Denim Line With G-Star
Actor and activist Jaden Smith isn't slowing down after launching his new JUST Water brand. G-Star Raw, a denim clothing company that focuses on sustainability, is teaming up with Smith for a new renewable denim line coming out in the fall.
Adidas Sold 1 Million Pairs Of Sneakers Made From Ocean Plastic In 2017
Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted announced the company was able to sell one million of their new sustainable shoe line last year and that should grow by five times this year.
This University Is Creating A Sustainable Building With Net-Zero Ambitions
York University will hold the School of Continuing Studies in a new sustainable building with a focus on net-zero energy and emissions.
This Kit Can Turn Your Standard Bike Electric In 30 Seconds
For those that don't want to spend money on an electric bike, EvoWheel provides another option. Front wheels of traditional bikes can be swapped out with an "e-wheel" that converts them into an electric bike.
Tesla Bids On World's Biggest Powerpack Project
Tesla seeks to outdo its successful South Australian battery project by submitting a bid to a utility company in the US for what will be the biggest battery backup facility in the world.
Architecture Firm Creates College Media Lab With Shipping Containers
Shipping containers have found another sustainable use: university buildings. Copying its "Insta House" design, MB Architecture has provided Bard College in New York with a media lab that can open up and be used for other needs.
This 'Nanowood' Is The Biodegradable Alternative To Styrofoam We Need
Styrofoam can be very convenient, but it's a burden on the environment and it's hard to recycle. One of the most promising alternatives is nanowood, which retains a lot of properties but is stronger and biodegradable.
New York To Invest $1.5 Billion In Renewable Energy Projects
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that New York was going to add 26 large-scale renewable energy projects over the next five years.
This Electric Scooter Is The Latest Eco-Friendly Rideshare
California-based startup Bird is attempting to lead the electric scooter sharing industry just six months into operation. They've received $100 million in a second round of funding.
Norway Is Planning An Entire Sustainable City At Oslo Airport
Oslo Airport created the first green terminal that received a high certification, and now they're looking to double down on helping the environment.
China Spends $2 Million On Innovative Smog-Sucking Technology
This is a huge step forward in solving China's air pollution problem.
'E-Waste' Photo Shoot Turns Forgotten Electronics Into Art
Benjamin Von Wong creates stunning photography with a message behind it, and his latest work focuses on how little old computer parts are reused. He looks to spread awareness with his images to get people to "rethink and recycle."
Porsche Debuts First Electric Cross-Utility Vehicle
Porsche is expanding their Mission E lineup with the new Cross Turismo. It features an electrified cross-utility vehicle that's capable of off-road functionality without a hitch to its over 300-mile range.
Microsoft Signs Major Solar Power Agreement In India
Microsoft struck their second deal in Asia in a span of a week, adding three megawatts of solar power generation to their new offices in India. This comes right after buying a 60-megawatt solar project in Singapore for their data centers.
'Just Eat' Delivery Service Lets Customers Opt Out Of Plastic Waste
Just Eat is looking to eliminate their plastic waste after a customer survey shows that most people don't want extra utensils and condiments. They'll have customers opt out of them and will also research alternatives for sauce sachets.
'Gumdrop' Recycles Used Chewing Gum Into Useful New Products
Chewing gum is one of the most common products that we throw away or, even worse, throw onto sidewalks and streets. Gumdrop provides an easy way to recycle it, using the polymer inside of the gum base to create new products.
Toyota Just Announced They're Creating Their Own Self-Driving Vehicle Company
Toyota is investing $2.8 billion into a new company called "Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development" in Tokyo, Japan. They're looking to increase software development of autonomous vehicles and will bring in various high-level engineers around the world.