Origami-inspired clothing range that grows with your child wins Dyson award

September 15, 2017

London-based designer Ryan Yasin used his background in aeronautical engineering to develop sustainable clothing to fit babies through to toddlers An James Dyson award. Ryan Yasin recent survey by Aviva) parents spend an average of 2,000 on clothing before their child reaches the age of three. As well as the high cost and limited lifespan, mass production of garments places huge pressure on the environment through technology with textiles in…

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Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

September 15, 2017

Exclusive: Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health. Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists for an microplastic contamination in the global…

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3 reasons why you should stop raking leaves this fall and never look back.

August 20, 2017

Here’s a thought: Skip the whole raking leaves thing this fall. Heck, stop raking leaves forever. In a post published to the organization’s blog, the NWF outlines three important reasons why raking leaves is actually harmful for the environment and the creatures that live in your ‘hood. (Side note: The blog post was actually published in 2014, but as further proof that humans detest raking leaves has spread across the…

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This 16-year-old artist uses fallen leaves to create stunning paintings.

August 19, 2017

Meet 16-year-old Joanna Wiraka, part of a new generation of artists who use the Earth as their canvas. Traditional art techniques are beautiful, but they can sometimes have an ugly side. Toxic paint thinners and solvents. Aerosol cans. Certain glazes used in ceramics. In other words, if it smells like it might be bad for the environment, it just might be. But there’s some good news! In recent years, we’re…

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Morocco poised to become a solar superpower with launch of desert mega-project

August 19, 2017

Worlds largest concentrated solar power plant complex, powered by the Saharan sun, set to help renewables provide almost half the countrys energy by 2020 The Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is used to big productions. On the edge of the Sahara desert and the centre of the north African countrys Ouallywood film industry it has played host to big-budget location shots in Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, The Living Daylights and…

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Worms that can eat plastic could save us from destroying the planet.

August 17, 2017

You tell me what’s more repulsive: A Styrofoam cup laying on the ground… Photo by jnyemb/Flickr …or a pile of slimy, pulsing mealworms? Photo by OakleyOriginals/Flickr Wait! Before you answer, what if it was more than just one piece of Styrofoam like 33 million tons of it? And what if it wasn’t just cups, but Styrofoam packaging, water bottles, and all different kinds of discarded plastic? And what if it…

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One of America’s most famous highways is about to become an awesome science experiment.

August 16, 2017

There’s a highway in America that’s so famous, it has its own rock song which goes like this: “Well if you ever plan to motor West, just take my way, thats the highway, thats the best (That’s the Chuck Berry version, obviously.) Image by Vincente Villamon/Flickr Designated in 1926, Route 66 traversed almost 2,500 miles, starting in Chicago, Illinois, and ending in Santa Monica, California. It was the most direct…

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This is the most dangerous time for our planet | Stephen Hawking

August 15, 2017

We cant go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the worlds great universities. Within that town, the scientific community that I became part of in my 20s is even more rarefied. And within…

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Hilly Lisbon launches electric bike share system in bid to solve congestion

August 4, 2017

Madrid has its scheme, while Muswell Hills never happened. Hilly cities from Rome to Rio will be watching as Lisbon starts e-bike hire Wander around Lisbons city centre with its vertiginous cobbled streets, treacherous enough on foot in the rain, its hard to imagine cycling ever taking off. Some streets are so steep there are funiculars to help you scale them, and Lisboetas on bikes are a rare sight outside…

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