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The Heimplanet Travel Pack gets a sustainable new upgrade

Adventure luggage and tent company Heimplanet has given its popular travel pack a 2020 upgrade. First released in 2018, this new Heimplanet Travel Pack design provides a stylish companion for travel complete with sustainable Dycoshell fabric. Perfect for road trips, weekend getaways, business trips and everything in between, the travel pack is developed...

China plans to go carbon-neutral by 2060

China, the world’s biggest source of carbon dioxide, is aiming for carbon-neutrality by 2060. President Xi Jinping announced this goal while speaking to the UN General Assembly by video. Xi took the assembly by surprise. Since world events and political tensions have stalled global climate negotiations, the general assembly had expected little progress...

Critical Antarctic glaciers are drifting away

New findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences have revealed that two of the most important Antarctic glaciers are breaking away. The findings, which follow analyses of satellite imagery, indicate that a natural buffer that prevents the glaciers from breaking away is deteriorating at a rapid rate and could lead to destructive...

Indie comic book characters are brought to life as unique cardboard cutouts

After creating a life-size board game out of cardboard, Luanga ‘Lue’ Nuwame has combined his love of cardboard crafting with another passion — rare comic book action figures. The self-proclaimed “comic book nerdboy” recently launched a Kickstarter for unique handmade cardboard cutouts of some of his favorite indie comic book characters. In a collection...

New Tokyo Toilet Project designs public restrooms to foster inclusivity

Japan-based Nippon Foundation has launched its Tokyo Toilet Project to design and build new, inclusive public toilets at 17 different locations throughout the Shibuya district of Tokyo. Starting August 5, 2020, three of the toilets have become available, with the rest to follow. Japan, regardless of its reputation as one of the world’s most hygienic...

From golf to gardens: Houston's new botanical garden opens

It’s a loss for golfers but a big win for plant lovers. After decades in the planning stage, the Houston Botanic Garden finally opened September 18 on the former Glenbrook Golf Course in southeast Houston. The garden serves as yet another draw for locals and visitors to explore Sims Bayou, a watershed area near Hobby Airport that already includes miles...

Melting Florida panther statue highlights climate change

The Florida panther has long had to deal with disease, car accidents, genetic disorders, extreme heat, hurricanes and even predators before cubs are old enough to open their eyes. Now the animal faces the indignity of being portrayed in orange wax and melting in the sun. But it’s for a good cause — The CLEO Institute is working with the VoLo Foundation...

NYC Metronome clock now displays deadline for irreversible global warming

The New York City Metronome digital clock in Manhattan has been reprogrammed to show the critical window within which global warming must be stopped. The display, called The Climate Clock, now indicates that the world has to stop global warming in about 7 years — otherwise, the impacts would be irreversible. The artists behind the project say that they...

The Redress Design Award is making sustainable fashion an industry standard

Who doesn’t love a good fashion contest? Competition has always been a great way to introduce new styles to the world and for new designers to show off their skills. The Redress Design Award is using competition to shine a spotlight on sustainable fashion and make eco-friendly style something that all designers strive to achieve. Redress is the...

Garden House brings nature back to the city

As urban areas grow around the world, housing seems to get farther and farther from nature, turning cities into concrete jungles lacking in greenery. This is not only less than ideal for humans, but it is hard on the planet as well. The team at Christos Pavlou Architecture addressed this issue with the Garden House, a nearly 2,000-square-foot home complete...

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