design
‘We Need Responsible Consumerism’: Designer Tracy Reese Speaks on Sustainable Fashion

Designer Tracy Reese has been a leader in the fashion industry. Long before diversity and inclusion were moves designers made for clicks, Reese was making it happen. In the early 2000s, she featured black women of all complexions on the runway. That’s no surprise: She was one of the first black women to truly make it in the world of design. Read More >>

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How to Keep Your Home Cool Without Wrecking the Planet

Summertime is officially here, baby. You know what that means: long days, beach tans and wild energy bills. Keeping cool doesn’t come cheap – not for your pocket and definitely not for the planet. Read More >>

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Olay Tests a Refillable Moisturiser as Beauty Industry Grapples With Its Giant Trash Problem

Fresh, soft skin comes at a cost—to the planet. Specifically, I’m talking about all that packaging your favourite lotion or cream comes in, which is likely made of hard-to-degrade plastics. That’s why Olay is dipping its toes in the refillable packaging world, a first among major skincare brands according to the Guardian. Read More >>

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What Would Happen to Earth If the Avengers Undid Thanos’ Snap?

In 2018, half of all sentient life disappeared with Thanos’ snap of the fingers in Avengers: Infinity War. Five years passed. Read More >>

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Scientists Say Octopus Farms Would Be ‘Unethical’ and Awful for the Planet

I still remember the first time I tasted octopus. After an exhausting day reporting the troubles in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria, Gizmodo video producer Raúl Marrero and I headed to a seaside restaurant where I tried ensalada de pulpo as an appetiser. It was love at first bite. Read More >>

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Man Concludes ‘World’s Longest’ Trip in Electric Car

In an epic road trip spanning more than three years, 33 countries, and roughly 59,000 miles, on Sunday Dutchman Weibe Wakker set what is believed to be the record for the ‘world’s longest trip’ by an electric car. Read More >>

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These Scientists Ground an iPhone to Dust to Figure Out What’s Inside

You probably don’t spend a lot of time pondering what your smartphone is made of. But maybe you should, because the average phone is a dizzyingly complex compendium of metals and minerals sourced from all over the Earth. Read More >>

environment
Humans Are Taking Up a Deceptively Large Swath of Antarctica

Antarctica is huge, stretching nearly 3,500 miles at its widest extent. Despite its enormous size, however, the frozen continent features a paltry amount of habitable space—a limited resource that humans have claimed as their own to the potential detriment of the local wildlife, as new research points out. Read More >>

environment
Puerto Rico’s Farmers Face a Long Road to Recovery

On the morning of September 21, 2017, Carlos Lago and Justina Díaz Bisbal emerged from their household into a post-apocalyptic world. Their once-lush five-acre fruit farm in southern Puerto Rico was entirely stripped of its foliage. Tree limbs were broken or twisted; pieces of metal from nearby homes, trash, and even a mattress were strewn across their property. The damage wrought by Hurricane Maria was unlike anything the older couple had ever witnessed. Read More >>

electric cars
This Entire Stadium Can Run On Car Batteries

Last Friday, the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam was descended upon by a frothy, screaming crowd of thousands, absolutely champing at the bit to see the new car battery tech that had just been installed inside. Read More >>

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This House Is a Living Experiment for the Future of Energy

Walking around Amsterdam, at times, feels like strolling through the city of the future. Solar panels abound. Electric vehicles fill the roads, and everybody else is on a bike. Meanwhile, tucked away in the western part of town, some 50 families have agreed to turn their houses into living laboratories to figure out a better way to share energy. Read More >>

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Alarming Study Suggests Bitcoin Consumes an Astonishing Amount of Energy and It’s Only Getting Worse

It takes a lot of electricity to mine bitcoins, and as more miners try to cash in on the crypto craze, the amount of energy required to win new coins increases accordingly. New research suggests the entire bitcoin network could consume as much as 7.7 gigawatts of electricity by the end of this year—enough to power a country the size of Austria. But the new analysis is not without its critics, who say there are many other factors to consider. Read More >>

environment
The Man Who Built His House Out of Stuff He Bought on eBay

Frank Alsema describes himself as a “city maker.” The retired TV producer lives in north Amsterdam, where his house has become a lab for more sustainable urban lifestyle. The community there and throughout the Netherlands aspire to what they call a “circular economy.” That means recycling and reusing everything, including energy. That’s why Frank’s house is built out of stuff he bought on eBay. Read More >>

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Denmark’s Monster Wind Turbine Just Smashed the 24-Hour Record For Energy Production

A 720-foot-tall wind turbine featuring 35 tonne blades has just set a new world record, producing a whopping 216,000 kWh of energy over a span of 24 hours. That’s enough to power an average American household for twenty years. Read More >>

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Planet Earth Will Lose Two-Thirds of Wild Vertebrates by 2020

Populations of wild vertebrates are on track to fall 67 per cent by 2020, according to a new report on the state of Earth’s ecosystems. It’s another stunning reminder of the scale of humanity’s impact on the planet, and a frightening glimpse into the realities of life in the Anthropocene. Read More >>