A living wall instead of plywood to hide a construction site

We’re used to seeing the scaffold on long-term building projects covered up with advertising, but what about—crazy idea—not creating an eyesore on the city and doing something interesting instead? That’s what Arup architects is doing during its renovation of Grosvenor’s St Mark’s building, in London’s fancy Mayfair neighborhood. The firm has hung a vertical garden over…

How thousands of children in Pune (India) prevented over 50 tonnes of plastic from reaching the sea

Scientists have warned about the dangers of plastic pollution and microplastics in the environment for a while now. However, most people still aren’t convinced of the link between carelessly discarding a water bottle and damage in the seas. After all, plastic in the ocean doesn’t have the powerful symbolism of nuclear plants or oil spills:…

Remarkable new material charges devices using finger swipes

Engineering researchers from Michigan State University have developed a device that would allow you to power your electronics with just a touch and without a battery. The device, called a biocompatible ferroelectret nanogenerator (FENG), uses a sheet of silicon that houses layers of multiple substances including silver, polyimide, and polypropylene ferroelectret — all of which are environment-friendly. These layers…

World’s tech elite form $1 billion clean energy fund to fight climate change

While U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is busy filling his presidential cabinet with climate-change deniers and fossil fuel execs, high-profile environmental advocates are responding by investing in a $1 billion clean energy fund with a 20-year duration. The Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) fund will focus on research and technology dedicated to lowering greenhouse-gas emissions in areas such as electricity…