One company from the United States is about to throw a serious game changer to the clean-energy industry. Its new wind turbine produces 600% more power than conventional wind turbines with a new design that uses funnels to channel wind to the ground. Meet SheerWind’s INVELOX wind turbine. It will revolutionize not only the wind [...]
by Itai Lahat on May 15, 2013
by Jack Bicker on May 12, 2013
“I fish every day to feed my children. I fished all weekend but there are no fish, so I can’t raise my children… So I’ll drop this net and pick up the knife… so that they remember us in this bush where we live and where they drill our oil” These were the words of [...]
by Sara Jabril on May 11, 2013
In light of the recent collapse of a Bangladeshi clothing factory, which killed over one thousand people, the debate surrounding fairtrade products has returned to the spotlight. We’ve heard of organic food, ethically traded coffee, conflict-free diamonds and clothes that have been produced under humane and fair conditions. Now a Dutch-based company is trying to [...]
by Itai Lahat on May 8, 2013
What with all of the cocktails, pick-up lines and seductive dancing, a nightclub might be low on the list of places associated with environmental sustainability. But what if with every two-step you took, you were helping to cut carbon emmissions? That was the goal for Temple Nightclub’s founder Paul Hemming. The San Francisco-based club opened [...]
by Jack Bicker on May 5, 2013
Peru’s deputy culture minister has walked out of his country’s government, as energy minister pursues profit over the rights of tribal peoples. Ivan Lanegra, who confirmed his resignation yesterday, considered his position untenable after witnessing repeated attempts by ministerial colleagues to roll back a ‘consultation law’ written to protect the rights of indigenous peoples. The [...]
by Itai Lahat on May 1, 2013
‘Rammed Earth’ is usually a technique used for building homes, but Israeli designer Adital Ela has extended its use to create something else. These Terra Stools are made from earth and natural fibers in a unique compression process that was re-developed as part of a longterm study of materials and ancient building methods. Ela is the [...]
by Itai Lahat on April 24, 2013
We’ve already positively reviewed a project by the innovative Danish architecture firm BIG. This week the company has won an international design competition for a new green-roofed-metropolis, currently under construction in the suburbs of Paris. Europa City is a massive sustainable project topped off with a huge park that will combine the urban density of Paris with the settings of the [...]
by Itai Lahat on April 17, 2013
If you are visiting the IBA Hamburg next week, you don’t want to miss the world’s first algae-powered building, dubbed the BIQ House. International design firm Arup partnered with both Germany’s Strategic Science Consultants and Austria-based Splitterwerk Architects to develop the BIQ House, which will launch at the International Building Exhibition (IBA). The facade of the building features a series of [...]
by fairplanet on April 15, 2013
When electricity supplies are temperamental or when equipment is scarce, low-cost infant incubation units prove vital in keeping premature babies alive. Baby Sylvia weighed only 1.5 kg when born at the Mbale Regional Referral Hospital in eastern Uganda. Born early, and without the necessary body fat to keep her warm, her temperature soon dropped. She desperately [...]
by Sara Jabril on April 14, 2013
How did North Dakota become one of the wealthiest U.S. states with the country’s lowest jobless rate, in just a few years? Why are more and more environmentalists turning into zealous street preachers, relentlessly warning us of man-made earthquakes, water pollution and the general doom? The answer is fracking. If you have never heard the [...]
by Itai Lahat on April 10, 2013
For the past 5 years, in a secretive laboratory, car manufacturer Peugeot has been developing its next line of cars – well more like its new main line of engines. Finally, last month the French manufacturer unveiled its secrets to the world – the first ever hybrid gasoline/compressed-air vehicle. The new engine is a combined, [...]
by fairplanet on April 8, 2013
The activity of oil giant Shell in the Niger Delta recently came under international scrutiny as damages were awarded to a local farmer after an oil spill cover-up. Fairplanet demands action on the company’s legal obligation to duty of care. Dear Shell, We are aware of the fact that you, like most other major multinationals, [...]
Itai Lahat is an israeli journalist located in Berlin. He is covering among other things subjects like the green revolution, science, technology, art, design, and the fusion of all these subjects.
Global Waste Ideas
Founded by Christian Rudolph and Jan Schmiedgen in 2011, Global Waste Ideas (GWI) identifies original and innovative waste solutions through cross-cultural collaboration. On an open-source platform, GWI connects and enables these solutions to broadening peoples perception of waste as a valuable commodity and resource for profitable and socially-sound business models.
Sara Jabril schreibt über ökologisch hergestellte Produkte und gesunde Ernährung. Die gebürtige Berlinerin hat an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin "Sozialwissenschaften" und am University College London "European Studies" studiert.
foodwatch entlarvt die verbraucherfeindlichen Praktiken der Lebensmittelindustrie und kämpft für das Recht der Verbraucher auf qualitativ gute und gesundheitlich unbedenkliche Lebensmittel. foodwatch ist unabhängig von Staat und Lebensmittelwirtschaft.
Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau
Die 1994 gegründete Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau fungiert als Ort der Wissenschaft, Lehre und Gestaltung. Sie versteht sich dabei als Plattform, die Angehörige verschiedenster Disziplinen zusammenbringt und zu einem neuen Blick auf aktuelle Probleme anregt.
Cradle to Cradle
Founded by Professor. Dr. Michael Braungart in 1987, the EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH works with clients worldwide to apply the Cradle to Cradle®-methodology to the design of new processes, products and services. Materials are applied with respect for their intrinsic value and their useful afterlife in recycled or even "upcycled" products.