Once a science fiction cliché, flying cars may crowd our skies in the near future. While electric cars gain wider acceptance on land, electric aviation startups are jockeying to fill the atmosphere with short-haul commuter vehicles and rewriting the rules of the sky in the process.
This Company Turns Toxic Seaweed Into Fertilizer, Leather, and Cosmetics
Every year, 20 million tonnes of sargassum seaweed washes up on the shores of the Caribbean, coating beaches, disrupting tourism, and releasing gases into the atmosphere. While Mexico receives the lion’s share of this toxic flotsam, countries from Brazil to Puerto Rico and even Turkey are reckoning with annual sargassum seaweed blooms.
Is Skiing Sustainable in a Warming World?
You and your friends wake up early to pack the car and beat the traffic. You wind through mountain passes and park at the base of the hill just as the sun crests over a nearby peak. You race across the parking lot to catch the first chair of the day. But there’s one problem: this one-time winter wonderland is barren of snow. That’s the reality we’re barrelling toward as climate change wreaks havoc on nearly every aspect of modern life.
Heirloom Grains Could Remedy Gluten Intolerance and Help the Planet
A growing chorus of food activists claim a return to heirloom grains could remedy gluten intolerance, extractive farming practices, climate change, and much more.
How to Reduce Your Digital Carbon Footprint
As internet use grows and energy consumption balloons, small changes in our digital habits could in aggregate result in a seismic reduction in global carbon output. The following are easy, actionable tips to reduce your digital carbon footprint and lower your energy bill along the way.
This Company is Repurposing Impossible to Recycle Plastics
When Sebastián Sajoux founded Arqlite in 2015, he wanted to confront one of humanity’s most pressing problems: plastic pollution. The Argentinian entrepreneur realized that if he could add value to the more than 90 per cent of plastic that goes unrecycled, he could motivate companies to reroute packaging on an enormous scale.
Plastic Neutrality: Greenwashing or Genuine Environmental Solution?
While the historical plastic recycling rate hovers around 10 per cent, eco-conscious brands and individuals are striving to cut out plastic entirely—a Herculean task in the modern world. A new framework promises a provisional solution: plastic neutrality.
The Surprisingly Realistic Future of Sustainable Aerospace
It’s easy to get swept away by the romance of space travel. From the moon landing to the mania surrounding the Mars One fiasco, humans tend to indulge their wildest fantasies in the cosmos. But aerospace has a dirty secret.
Simple Tips to Plant a Carbon Sink Garden in Your Backyard
If even a fraction of the world’s population implemented regenerative practices in their backyards, balconies, and community gardens, the results could be staggering. This article offers basic tips and techniques to maximize carbon sequestration in your garden.
Wave Energy: The Perfect Carbon-Free Companion to Solar?
A nascent renewable technology called wave energy provides an enticing solution. When the sun goes down or the wind stops blowing, coastal communities could rely on the constant movement of the ocean to power their cities.
Is Bamboo the Building Material of the Future?
A growing industry of sustainable building materials promises to curb deforestation and sequester a significant amount of carbon in the process. Chief among them is bamboo.
An Environmentalist’s Case for Oysters
For the average person, oysters connote swanky seaside restaurants with unconscionable prices and snobby patronage. But these industrious bivalves are actually one of the most deliciously sustainable proteins on Earth. As the world scrutinizes its food systems and strives for more equitable, nutritious, and renewable foodways, regeneratively farmed oysters are poised to appear on our plates.
The Future of Living Abroad Responsibly
As the expat population grows, so does an attendant industry of guidebooks, websites, and travel experts, all claiming to possess the specialized knowledge necessary for a cheap and meaningful life abroad.
The Truth About Carbon Footprints
The “carbon footprint” represents the conceptual foundation of modern climate understanding.
A Brief Guide to Ethical Investment
Mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which make up the bulk of retirement plans around the world, make it easy for average people to passively invest in industries they would otherwise avoid.
Conscious Capitalism: Can Commerce Save the World?
Is this union of capitalism and philanthropy sustainable? Will it merely distract consumers from economic disparities that cannot be remedied by shoes or eyeglasses?
The Rise of Electric Boating
When Swedish startup X Shore built its first prototype in 2016, an all-electric luxury boat seemed like a pipe dream.
5 Magical German Eco-Hotels
From alpine villages to dense Saxon forests, the German landscape is increasingly dappled with picturesque eco-hotels.