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Deserting The Desert - A Plan To Green The World's Deserts

The Sahara Forest Project is a plan to produce fresh water, food and renewable energy in hot deserts. A demonstration center is being developed in Jordan.

Indoor Planter With Umbrella Stand Makes Use Of Rain Water

Turkish designer Merve Sarışın created a simply lovely concept for apartment, home, and offices spaces that makes use of rain drops to water plants, just as they do outside.

 

Will the Bill Pass for Energy-Generating Roadways in California?

A new California bill proposes the installation of piezoelectric energy-generating technology for the state's many highways.  This technology uses the vibration of cars driving on the road to generate energy that can be converted to electricity.

Umeox's Apollo Cell Phone Brings New Meaning to the Words "Solar Cell"

Once again, groundbreaking innovation from Asia: a solar-powered cell phone that should actually reach mass-production.  Umeox, a Chinese high-tech cell phone manufacturer, recently unveiled "Apollo," complete with solar panels for charging.  This smart phone is a must-have for techies, outdoorsmen, and green fiends alike.

Blooming Fair - Buy Fair Trade Flowers For Valentines Day

Buying Fair Trade Certified flowers for Valentines Day will make more than just your loved one happy.

Li-Ion Motors To Offer All-Electric Supercar Later This Year

Electric cars of all shapes and forms are the wave of the future. And that includes the highest performing supercars. The Li-Ion Inizio will be the next hot, all-out performance supercar that bears an electric powertrain.

Help I Need Help: Green Packaging for Red Hot Pain

Help I Need Help offers medications (like ibuprofen and sleep aids) as well as health supplies (like bandages) that come in eco-friendly packages.  Made from compostable materials such as paper pulp and corn, the straightforward, light-hearted doesn't want to just help you feel better but the planet, too.

SolarWindow: 300% More Energy With A Spray On Film

New Energy Technologies Inc. is developing the "first-of-its-kind" solar spray.  "SolarWindow"  is said by the company to enable "see-through windows to generate electricity by 'spraying' their glass surfaces with New Energy's electricity-generating coating."  The film generates 300% more electricity than leading technologies and is 1/10 the thickness of former sprays, allowing for full transparency of windows.

One Liter Limit: An Elegant Faucet Solution To Water Waste

If each one of us uses six liters of water every time we wash our hands, as the designers of 1ℓimit (One Liter Limit) faucet cite, then the 1ℓimit faucet needs to be installed in every bathroom in the world.  1ℓimit is not just a clever means of water conservation, it's a sweetheart of a design!

Achoo! Allergies Shown To Lower The Risk Of Brain Cancer

It's nice to read that allergies are actually beneficial to allergy sufferers in some way.  According to a  study reported in this month's issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, the more allergies you have, the less likely you are to get brain cancer!

Purely Paper Interior Design By Woodnotes

How would you imagine your home to look if your walls, floors, window coverings, chairs, sofas, and interior accessories were made of paper?  Pretty shabby?  Well, get a glimpse here of what it would look like filled with designs made from Woodnotes' paper yarn textiles.

OAT Shoes: Not Only Biodegradable But Plantable, Too

OAT Shoes' new line of sneakers is not only fashionable, it's also both biodegradable and plantable.  Once you've worn out these sneaks, you can either throw them away without fears of harming the planet OR you can plant them right in your garden.  The exciting line debuted in Amsterdam's International Fashion Week and was a huge hit.

Sign Of The Times - The End of Neon Lights?

A woman in New York City is 'collecting' all the neon signs there.

One More Benefit of Biofuels: Newfound Use For The Byproduct, Crude Glycerol

Crude glycerol is an unfortunate byproduct of biofuel manufacturing.  Biofuels are otherwise a positive contribution to the green scene, and fortunately a solution for the crude glycerol issue is being researched.  A bacteria has recently been discovered to digest the byproduct, resulting in some very exciting alternatives to conventional fuels.

Bunker Down Like A Bordeaux: Cork Tent Keeps You Protected

A more natural tent, the Tree House is a barrel-like tent made entirely from cork.

Air Laser Uses Hot Spots To Return Dangerous Environmental Info

Laser detection has long been a way for military units to determine if something hazardous - be it emissions or explosives - lie ahead. Now, a new "air laser" developed by Princeton University may make this process not only more accurate but safer as well.

Green Energy Goes Purple And Gold For BYU Science Team

At Brigham Young University, Professor Richard Watt and his team have proven that a common protein can not only react with sunlight, but harvest its energy for use.

Bjarke Ingles Group Plans a Ski Slope Atop a Waste Incinerator in Copenhagen

Skiers of Copenhagen can relish in the delights of skiing in Denmark as well as the hard truth regarding waste incineration.  Skiing amid CO2 smoke rings coming from a waste-to-energy plant isn't exactly what you'd expect from a recreational trip to Copenhagen; however, it might soon be a reality thanks to plans by Bjarke Ingles Group to combine waste plant and ski slope.

Top 10 Repurposed Wares from Etsy Designers

Etsy.com is a great site to find handmade crafts and vintage items, but a new trend is developing rapidly - repurposing old items to make new ones.  From handbags made from men's suits to lounge chairs made from vintage ovens, these products give new meaning to the phrase, "One man's trash..."