As the climate crisis becomes increasingly dire, designers are finding creative ways to reduce waste without sacrificing appearance. The founders of Nagami, a Spanish tech-first design firm, have it down to an art. The brand uses cutting-edge robotic 3D printing to create sustainable designs and promote a circular economy, turning plastic waste into sculptures, furniture, and interior elements.
The Uses of Enchantment: Art & Environmentalism, a group exhibition at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, holds up a magic mirror to the most threatening monster currently in our midst: the climate crisis.
Would you like your glass of bordeaux to be a blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot—but with a little touriga nacional and marselan? This is likely to be the future—and the not-too-distant future—as wine producers galvanize to meet the challenges of climate change.
You can see the appeal of the idea: instead of immediately cutting our use of oil, coal, natural gas, and other fossil fuels, we wean ourselves off gradually, stashing their planet-warming CO2 emissions underground until we figure out how to kick our addiction.
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.
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.
Warming temperatures, ongoing drought, and urban sprawl are forcing the world to confront one of the oldest technologies: fire. In the modern era, instead of trying to understand wildfire, studying our vulnerabilities to it, and changing our behaviour, we have kept doing the same things, assuming water and fire retardant will solve the problem.
A growing chorus of food activists claim a return to heirloom grains could remedy gluten intolerance, extractive farming practices, climate change, and much more.
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.