It is trying its very best to stay hidden: but would you be fooled by its fake nature? This synthetic pollinizer, a conceptual project by artist Michael Candy, may intuitively repel us if we found it in our ‘natural’ flower fields, but it has been successful at attracting bees. These robotic flowers may serve to further the pollination by bees, while keeping them safe from pesticides. Save the bees! Peculiar image of the week.
Looking for a self-sustainable mobile microhome? Ecocapsule got you covered. This cute-as-pie capsule pod allows you to live completely off the grid in a low-energy, mobile dwelling, packed into a compact egg-shaped form. And now, it’s finally possible to pre-order one, as the Slovak company has just launched the production of their first series of self-sustainable pods, and we were curious to hear what’s next.
Urban neighborhoods with high-rise concrete buildings are often dreary and gray. Therefore, the Urban Street Forest project aims to color our cities with the planting of vertical forests by planting trees on the balconies of high-rise apartment buildings, involving local people, shops and organizations. We recently sat down with Raymond Brouwers, co-initiator of the project, to learn more about this hopeful initiative.
Chernobyl is famous as the site of the worst nuclear power accidents in history. The 1986 disaster has come to represent the perils of nuclear energy, much as Hiroshima represents the danger of nuclear weapons. But some think Chernobyl needn’t only be a negative example. An enormous dome was placed over the reactor in 2016 to seal in radiation. Now, an ambitious new plan is in place to start generating energy at Chernobyl again. But don’t worry – this time, it’s solar.
We know that the world’s climate is changing, in large part thanks to us. If we can impact the world in this way quite by accident, it makes sense to think that we can also produce these kinds of effects conscientiously. This is the insight that guides researchers like David Grinspoon, who argues that a radical new process called geoengineering might be the only way to save us from climate change.
When coming up with good examples of sustainable action, a big shopping mall isn’t usually the first setting that springs to mind. But one shopping center in Sweden is bucking the trend of mindless consumption. Pay a visit to the ReTuna Återbruksgalleria, and instead of mass-produced products, you’ll find pretty much everything sourced from recycled materials.
As we become increasingly convinced of the dangers presented by fossil fuels, scientists have been hard at work searching for renewable alternatives. From wind-power to solar energy, the effort is being made to harness our planet energy more sustainably than before. Now, a new breakthrough has been made: the ability to produce hydrogen fuel from unfiltered seawater.
How much does a like cost? How about a retweet, or a single play of a song on Spotify? How much carbon does a YouTube video burn? Greenpeace’s #ClickClean initiative, which has been going since 2010, calls on big tech companies like Facebook and Google to use renewable energy sources.
The world is changing and it’s important that we evolve with it. The ECO Coin Award is our way of recognizing innovations and initiatives which help us adapt to our next nature. The nominees are all aiming to create a more humane and sustainable future for us all. Now, in the lead-up to the announcement of this year’s winner, we’re interviewing each of the three finalists to learn about their values, insights and visions for the future. This week, we spoke to Ritsert Mans, Dutch designer nominated in recognition of his unique creation: a wooden motorcycle running on algae oil.