Eco-Innovation Articles From Around the World

Clean Cook Stoves Project

Source: gcghana.org Published: May 19, 2017 According to the World Bank, indoor pollution from coal, dung and wood-burning stoves as well as fire pits kills nearly two million people each year – including half of all children under the age of five who die from...

Dutch Students Grow Their Own Biodegradable Car

Source: reuters.com Published: August 8, 2017 Nichola Groom (Reuters) - U.S. residential solar company Sunrun Inc on Monday reported second-quarter revenue and earnings per share that fell short of Wall Street estimates, sending its shares down nearly 10 percent in...

Ultrathin Device Harvests Electricity from Human Motion

Source: news.vanderbilt.edu Published: July 21, 2017 By David Salisbury Click here to watch “Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion”: https://youtu.be/4j4w_36X0nU Imagine slipping into a jacket, shirt or skirt that powers your cell phone, fitness...

5 Steps Toward Going ‘Zero Waste’ in the Bathroom

Source: treehugger.com Published: March 19, 2014 By Katherine Martinko CC BY 2.0 Helmuts Guigo The bathroom is one of the easiest rooms in the house to cut back on waste, although you might be surprised to hear that. With a few adjustments to your shopping habits, you...

How to Get Started with Composting

Source: Unknown Published: July 25, 2017   Learn the basics to composting — it’s easier than you think! Composting helps shrink our landfills, and the results are great for your garden and the planet. The trick is to know your “greens” from your “browns” and how...

Vertical Farming Startup Raises $200M

Source: bbc.com Published: July 19, 2017 Plenty's first farms will grow lettuce and other greens. Getty Images Plenty, a San Francisco vertical farming start-up, has raised $200m (£154m) from big-name investors that include Japanese media giant SoftBank, Alphabet's...

Oceanlinx – Oscillating Water Column Device

Source: Unknown Published: July 22, 2017 Oceanlinx  have developed an advanced Oscillating Water Column Device. Thanks to a solid international support, this Australian project is absolutely in the forefront of wave energy technology. The source for this article is...

Flexible Solar Panels Recycle Indoor Light

Source: treehugger.com Published: November 8, 2016 © Virginia Tech Integrating solar panels into windows and walls seems to be the obvious next step for the technology, but what about all of the light indoors? What if there could be a way to harness, or recycle, that...

Wave-Sensor Buoy Deployed in Cape Cod Bay

Source: mass.gov Published: July 19, 2017 A new high-tech wave-monitoring buoy, supported by state and federal agencies, was recently deployed in Cape Cod Bay approximately 6 nautical miles north of Sandy Neck in Sandwich. The buoy will provide sea-state information...

Nanotechnology Third-Generation Flexible Solar Cells

Source:  Unknown Published: July 19, 2017 Outing picnic, patting photos, video, mobile phones will have no electricity, how do? Then backpack on the solar powered portable generator cell to play a role, with the data cable to connect the battery and mobile phone, you...

75 Most Bike Friendly Cities in The World

Source: bikingexpert.com Published: December 16, 2016 If you have a passion for cycling, here are the 75 most bike friendly cities in the world where you can enjoy a safe ride. by Roxana Cycling is my passion. I love to ride my bike on my way to work, when going...

Looking to Light Highways with Light-Emitting Cement

Source: phys.org Published: May 6, 2016 Light-emitting cement by Investigación y Desarrollo In order to light roads, highways or bicycle lanes without electricity, Ph.D. José Carlos Rubio, from Michoacan’s University of San Nicolas Hidalgo, UMSNH in Spanish, created a...

AquaHarmonics Wins Wave Energy Prize

Source: energyharvestingjournal.com Published: November 30, 2016 Top image: AquaHarmonics Source: US Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced AquaHarmonics as the winner of the Wave Energy...

Smart Highways

Source: activesustainability.com Published: July 18, 2017 Guest post written by José María Castrillón Montes from ACCIONA Construction The concept of smart mobility is nothing new. People were talking about the subject back in the 1980s. Since then, though, the focus...

20 Native North American Foods with Stories to Tell

Source: foodtank.com Published: July 14, 2016 Niyati Shah Indigenous and traditional crops are an important source of food and fiber for people around the globe. Often these crops are resilient to pests and disease or can tolerate high temperatures, drought, or...

This Plant-Based Water Filter Works Like A Tiny Amazon Rainforest

Source: inhabitat.com Published: July 12, 2017 by Lacy Cooke We take water for granted far too often. Whole civilizations have fallen as a result of over-exploiting water sources, according to Royal College of Art (RCA) graduate student Pratik Ghosh, so it’s...

The Farm That Grows Climate Solutions

Source: greenbiz.com Published: March 26, 2016 Shutterstock By Eric Toensmeier The following originally appeared on Ensia, and is adapted from "The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change...

7 Plants That Could Save The World

Source: inhabitat.com  Published: August 7, 2016 Plants feed us, clothe us, shelter us, heal us, and unendingly inspire us with their everyday miracles. But, in many ways, despite the technological advances of society, we are still at the tip of the iceberg in...

The Tide Rises for Open Ocean Farming

Source: insideunmannedsystems.com Published: February 26, 2016 With population growth driving global demand for fish and an increasingly limited number of new coastal aquaculture sites available, the emerging industry of open ocean aquaculture, or mariculture, is...

The Next Agriculture Revolution Is Under Our Feet

Source: huffingtonpost.com Published: September 1, 2016 Soil sampling a wetland in First State National Park. Photo © The Nature Conservancy (Devan King) By Justin Adams, Global Managing Director of Lands at The Nature Conservancy, and Bianca Moebius-Clune, Ph.D.,...

Project: Kelp Forest Array

Source:  centerforoceansolutions.org Published: July 12, 2017 Goals The Kelp Forest Array (KFA) is a state-of-the-art cabled platform for observational and experimental science aimed at monitoring and understanding local impacts of global climate change. Increasing...

How to Make a Solar Bottle Light Bulb

Source: pinoybisnes.com Published: April 27, 2011 A solar bottle light bulb, an innovation introduced in the Philippines by Illac Diaz of MyShelter Foundation, as a cheap alternative to other light sources. It was an ingenious invention by an engineer in Brazil. It is...

Gravity is Illuminating Sub-Saharan Africa

Source: theguardian.com Published: June 21, 2016 The weight of light: how gravity is illuminating sub-Saharan Africa Banyak and Michael Tait Off-grid communities such as those in sub-Saharan Africa can pay thousands of times as much as the rest of us for their energy....

Could Underwater Farming Feed the World?

Source: popsci.com Published: December 5, 2016 By Jeremy Deaton   Ocean-bound entrepreneur envisions ecological restoration and economic revival. Click here to watch “What is 3D Farming?”: https://youtu.be/NtBaX5oiUSA Worldwide, farmland consumes an area roughly...

New Discovery May Benefit Farmers Worldwide

Source: sciencedaily.com Published: September 26, 2016 Finger millet field. Source: University of Guelph Summary: Plant scientists have shown for the first time how an ancient crop teams up with a beneficial microbe to protect against a devastating fungal infection, a...

Ancient Romans Were Way Better at Making Concrete

Source: popsci.com Published: July 5, 2017 The ocean didn't break it down— it only made it stronger. A microscopic image of concrete. C-A-S-H stands for the calcium-aluminum-silicate-hydrate material that forms when volcanic ash, lime, and seawater mix. The platy...

Makani Energy Kite Is A Smarter Wind Turbine

Source: cio.coms Published: May 31, 2016 Makani's energy kite is an airborne wind turbine that aims to generate more energy, using less materials, at a lower cost. By Magdalena Petrova Kites aren’t just toys anymore. Just ask Makani Power, which is developing a smart...

Cross Tidal Kites

Source: modelon.com Published: May 11, 2016 Jonas Malmqvist I have the privilege to tell the story of this project from two perspectives. Minesto’s and Modelon’s. One and a half years ago I first started to work on tidal kite systems simulation. At that time, I was a...

The Unbelievable Reality of the Impossible Hyperloop

Source: technologyreview.com Published: May 10, 2016 By Ryan Bradley Startup Hyperloop Technologies has started shooting magnetically levitated capsules along a track in Las Vegas to show off a radical idea for the future of freight and mass transit. The tube is out...

Kite Power on Ships Out Performs Sails Five Times Over

Source: treehugger.com Published: August 18, 2008 SkySails kite powered ships save fuel photo The idea of reinventing wind-power for ocean going transport is certainly a seductive one. But usually when TreeHugger reports on the idea of kite powered boats, whether...

Exotic Property of Salty Solutions Discovered

Source: phys.org Published: November 10, 2016 Diamond-anvil cell. Credit: GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences By Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres Water and aqueous solutions can behave strangely under pressure. Experiments carried out at the GFZ...