Environment

Dung Beetle Game Helps Homeowners Monitor Carbon Footprints

Japan's NEC and BIGLOBE have added a little fun for those trying to go green at home:  a neat, CGI "Carbon Ball" video game design that uses bright blue Dung Beetles to illustrate your (and your neighbor's) progress in reducing those messy carbon footprints.

EnviroBLOX – Biodegradable Building Blocks You Can Eat

Say bye-bye to those plastic and wooden building blocks.  These enviro-friendly blocks are simply amazing.

 

The 4th Bin Design Contest: Help NYC Get Rid Of Its E-Waste

What's a city to do when it creates 500,000 tons of electronic waste a year? That's the amount of e-waste projected in New York City for  2010, the year the Big Apple will have a dedicated waste bin - the 4th Bin -- specifically for all the obsolete or broken electronics... the computers, DVD players, tape players, TVs, even batteries... all the stuff New Yorkers and everyone else has been throwing in the trash that ends up as toxic waste, leeching into the soil and poisoning the underground water.

China Will Paint Itself White to Fight Global Warming

Really?! No, not really. But an article on China.org.cn went to great pains on April 1st to try to fool us into believing as much. Here's a quick overview of their ficticious ten-year plan: The roofs of all government buildings will be painted white, and individuals and companies who do the same will be monetarily compensated.

Will Russia Be Mining on The Moon in The Next Twenty Years?

The Soyuz spacecraft may prove to be a model for a future excursion that might culminate in the establishment of Russian moon-base by 2025. According to Nikolai Sevastyanov, the president of Russia’s Energia Rocket and Space Corporation, the mining of raw materials from the lunar surface of the moon may soon be a reality. Read on for more details.

Have You Walked Your Green Home Lately?

What has 6 legs, solar panels, windmills, windows and a roof? Give up? It is The Walking House you see pictured above created by N55 and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire.

Award-Winning Idbids Starter Kit – Teaches Kids to Go Green

Going green has never been more fun! The award-winning Idbids Starter Kit teaches children all about the environment, in "iddy biddy steps."  

Hyundai's New Hybrid Uses Recycled Plastics to Reach Highest Level of Eco-Friendliness

A recent movement by Hyundai, called "Eco-Dynamics," has propelled the automaker into new research and development in the hybrid realm. After recently launching the new Forte LPI Hybrid, Hyundai now plans on delivering another new alternative energy vehicle to the market.

Solar Panels Banned in Chinese Neighborhood

In China it's not unusual to see private residents to make the move to solar power. Like in any country the initial expense is high, but putting a few solar panels on your roof will pay off in the long run. It's good for you and it's good for the environment. Everybody wins, right?

Not so fast, skippy. This is China, remember?


Sloan Greywater System Saves Water and Money

Do you know how many gallons of water are used to flush your toilet? Whether you are using an old toilet in your home, which uses about 5-8 gallons of water per flush or a newer version, which uses about 2 gallons of water per flush, you are using up a lot of water to flush your toilet. Fortunately, the Sloan Valve Company has found a solution to this problem. 

Wind Powered GreenBird Breaks One Record...Aims for Another Within the Year

Wind powered transportation is nothing new to this planet. While it has remained on the lakes and oceans for the most part, there are a few people out there who have brought it onto dry land. One such person, Richard Jenkins, has taken wind power to a new level by breaking the land speed record for a wind powered vehicle.

Russian Technology Allows For Easier Extraction of Underwater Minerals

The mining of raw materials in Russia has up to now been an activity limited to times when outside temperatures are significantly above the freezing point. This is a feature shared with other countries like Russia that suffer from severe climactic conditions. Now that’s all changed as Russian scientists introduce a new phenomenon known as “high output technology,” which provides a new method for mining water-bearing deposits. Read on for more details.

Elegant Meets Mundane In Podell's Indoor Clothes Drying Rack

If there's a dull chore we all have to do at least weekly, it's washing and drying our clothes. So when you see something that attempts to make the chore less mundane, less void of artistry or inspiration, it catches your interest. Chores are much easier to bear when you're using cool gadgets that combine visual and tactile artistry with functional, stable, and green design.

Savor Like Chocolate Truffles: Designer Popcorn By 479°

Fleur de sel caramel, Madras Curry Cashew, Chipotle Caramel Almond are three of the eight current popcorn flavors offered by 479°, and it's likely you won't be woofing these kernals down by the handful. 479° is gourmet gourmet popcorn, meant to be savored just like those designer chocolate truffles.

Mercedes-Benz Design Students Create New Concept Around 1880s Styling

Even though the automotive industry may be struggling in more ways than one, that surely won't stop the manufactures from having a little fun every now and again. This is especially true when it comes to training the next generation of designers, which is something Mercedes-Benz takes very seriously. It was this combination of free-thinking designers and highly focused training that led the F-Cell Roadster.