Living Green

Overhead view of city with blue-lighted walkways (© MVRDV/Ossip van Duivenbode)

Old highways and rail lines become gardens and walkways

Seoul, Sydney and Jerusalem are among cities that took a cue from New York and repurposed their old highways and railways into parks and trails.
Tubes and wires connected to plastic container (© Purdue Research Foundation)

U.S. researchers create ‘instantly rechargeable’ battery

A breakthrough battery has been developed that could change how we power our electric vehicles and help improve energy security around the world.
Row of toilets on an assembly line (TOTO USA)

Japanese toilet maker taps U.S. engineers’ skills

A decision to manufacture its toilets in the U.S. and a reputation for being environmentally friendly are key to Japanese company TOTO's success.
Earth seen from space (© AP Images)video

April 21: Earth Day – seeing our planet from above and...

Join us for an interactive webchat to learn how different ways of seeing our planet affect how we think about it. Celebrate Earth Day with us!
Long white pitched roof and adjacent red roofs (PEER Africa)

This simple product keeps buildings cool

The rural town !Kheis in South Africa is cooler than ever before with a simple, energy-efficient technology to keep buildings cool.
Man dumping slime from net (DOD)

Would you wear fish slime?

You may be surprised to learn the sources of new fabrics that researchers are using to make the next generation of outerwear.
Worker in hard hat operating power tamper next to solar panel array (© AP Images)

Solar power booms in Africa as new technology rolls out

New solar technology could help provide cheap power to many of the 600 million people in Africa who currently lack access to reliable electricity.
Harvard University campus (© AP Images)

Harvard beats its own environmental goal

Harvard has met a 2008 target to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent in 2016 and is now looking to set new climate goals.
Man carrying net through newly grown mangrove forest (© Interface)

Recycling castaway fishing nets into skateboards and carpets

American companies are recycling nylon from tons of nets collected in fishing villages along Chile’s Pacific coast and in the Philippines.