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Applying rock dust to farms could boost carbon sequestration

A report in the journal Nature has revealed that enhanced rock weathering (ERW) could help slow climate change by sucking carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This process involves spreading rock dust on farmland to help absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide. When rocks, such as basalt and other silicates, are crushed and added to the soil, they dissolve...

Vermont Food Scrap Ban requires residents, businesses to compost

Too lazy to carry your banana peel or avocado pit to your compost bin? You’re breaking the law, at least in Vermont. The Green Mountain State is the first state to pass a law requiring businesses and residents to compost. Anything that was once alive — including orange rinds, bones, egg shells, coffee grounds, grass and leaves — are banned from Vermont...

Rocket Crafters creates safer, greener hybrid rocket engine technology

Rocket Crafters, an aerospace company based in Florida, is patenting its hybrid rocket engine technology. The engine, which the company described as throttle-able, affordable, reliable and 3D-printed, is said to be a milestone in the world of rocket science. For many years, rocket scientists have been trying to develop a hybrid engine — unsuccessfully....

New metro stations extend sustainable, site-sensitive transit in Denmark

Copenhagen-based architecture firm Cobe teamed up with Arup on the recently completed Orientkaj and Nordhavn — two new metro stations that connect Copenhagen’s northern docklands with the city center. Developed as part of one of the largest urban regeneration projects in Northern Europe, the metro stations aim to revitalize the post-industrial area...

Make a statement with Serendipitous Project's eco-friendly jewelry

Jewelry is much more than a trendy addition to an outfit. Jewelry is designed to make a statement about who you are and what you love. With this in mind, Serendipitous Project founder Sydney Ziems launched a line of ethically sourced jewelry that carries many meanings: sustainability, affordability and a deep love and appreciation for the world around...

Virtually visit these 10 farm sanctuaries on July 25

On July 25, animal lovers are invited to participate in a virtual animal sanctuary tour that will let them peek into 10 American sanctuaries. The Great Farm Sanctuary Tour, organized by Lancaster Farm Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, will raise money to help these nonprofits continue caring for their rescued animals. The Northeast, Midwest, California,...

Two young architects travel the Arctic in a repurposed lifeboat

A tale of determination, exploration and sustainability, architects Guylee Simmonds and David Schnabel are taking the trip of a lifetime on a repurposed, retired Arctic lifeboat. Along with their seafaring dog, Shackleton the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, these two architects have given a second life to a decommissioned lifeboat that served...

Solar-powered luxury home celebrates contemporary style at Lake Huron

On the banks of Lake Huron in a remote Canadian town, South African architecture firm SAOTA completed a contemporary summer house that’s strikingly different from the region’s “cabin country” vernacular. Carefully sited to keep the design unobtrusive, the luxury residence maximizes connections to the outdoors with full-height glazing and a layout that...

San Francisco is set to lose the majority of its bus lines

San Francisco is poised to close up to 40 of its busy 68 bus routes due to the financial strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This is according to an agreement arrived at during the San Francisco Municipal Transport Agency (SFMTA) meeting last week. According to the organization, the fares in the city have dropped by 90%, making it infeasible...

How to support environmental justice

When most of us think about the environment, we tend to conjure certain images. Clean waterways and national parks full of trees or wildlife come to mind, especially since environmental news often focuses on polar ice caps melting in the Arctic, deforestation in the Amazon and animals close to extinction. How often, however, do we think about the human...

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