Carbon Engineering cuts cost of carbon capture to less than $100 per ton

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Carbon Engineering, a British Columbia-based company that has the financial backing of Bill Gates, has released a peer-reviewed study that demonstrates how the company’s technology is capable of capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at a cost of less than $100 per ton. This price represents a significant drop from current costs, which can run as high as $600 per ton. “This is a real step forward, and it’s not just our company saying it,” Carbon Engineering co-founder David Keith told BBC News…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Vegan diets deliver more environmental benefits than sustainable dairy or meat

Want to make a change to lower your environmental impact? Go vegan. That’s what researchers discovered in what The Guardian described as the most comprehensive analysis thus far of farming’s impact on Earth. University of Oxford scientist Joseph Poole, who led the study, told The Guardian, “A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use, and water use. It is far bigger than cutting… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Couple builds an ‘Earthship’ tiny home for less than $10K

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2018 hurricane season may be worse than last year

In 2017, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Puerto Rico devastated communities in the American South and Puerto Rico; those three storms resulted in around $265 billion in damage, according to The Guardian. Will the United States and Caribbean face another brutal season this year? Forecasts of 2018′s looming hurricane season say it could be more active than normal — and you can start getting ready now. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scientists just created a new “super wood” that’s stronger than steel

Spider silk has long held the record for the strongest known natural biomaterial on Earth – but that just changed. Scientists at KTH Royal Institute of Technology created a new biomaterial using wood nanofibers that is stronger even than spider silk. Researchers “densified” wood to turn an already sturdy material into a “super wood” that is as strong as steel.

To accomplish this, researchers used tiny cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs) in a process that forces the fibers to align in the same… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Global tourism’s carbon footprint is four times bigger than we thought

For the first time, the carbon footprint related to tourism around the world was been quantified in research led by the Integrated Sustainability Analysis supply-chain research group at the University of Sydney. The analysis accounted for all components of the tourism industry, from travel to souvenirs, and reveals the greenhouse gas emissions of global tourism to be a rising contributor to climate change. Researchers found that the global impact of tourism is four times greater than previous assessments,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Amazing plant pods can grow more lettuce in a 1010 room than a farm can grow on 1/2 acre

Live in a teeny apartment but would love to grow your own food? Say no more — Aggressively Organic’s got it covered. The Indiana-based company offers Micro Growth Chamber Systems enabling you to grow more lettuce in a room 10 feet by 10 feet than could be grown on an organic farm sprawling half an acre. The systems use less water too — Aggressively Organic says a typical plant in one of their systems only requires watering once every few weeks.

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World’s largest solar energy project will be 100 times bigger than any other on the planet

200 gigawatts of solar power. $200 billion. 100,000 jobs. Those are the numbers attached to what could be the biggest solar energy project in the world, under a deal signed by Saudi Arabia and Japanese conglomerate company SoftBank, Bloomberg and Reuters reported. The move could help Saudi Arabia, the largest oil exporter in the world, progress from oil to renewables.

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New 3D-printed house can be built in less than a day for just $4,000

One billion people on Earth lack access to adequate housing — but that statistic could change if construction technology company ICON and nonprofit New Story are successful. The two groups have developed a way to 3D-print 600 to 800 square foot houses for $4,000 in under one day — and they recently unveiled “the first permitted, 3D-printed home in America” as a step towards erecting the homes in developing countries. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Polar bears could go extinct sooner than scientists previously thought

We’ve known climate change will cause trouble for polar bears for a while, but a new study reveals their metabolic rates are higher than we thought, and a changing environment is making it harder for them to snare enough food to reach energy demands. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building