(10/20) CONFLICT RESOLUTION DAY: Former army base could become world’s first sharing economy mega commune

Army bases often must be all-inclusive. Many of them feature housing, schools, medical clinics, department stores, gas stations and other services in order to fully support service people and their families. Such was the case for Patrick Henry Village — the U.S. Army base established in Heidelberg, Germany at the end of World War II. Though…

The UK declares war on obesity, asks restaurants to reduce size of desserts

Restaurants that do not reduce the size of their desserts will be “named and shamed”. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is on a crusade against the alarming obesity crisis facing our country. This isn’t the first time the UK takes measures against the health scourge, already imposing many regulations to industrialists. This time, the government attacks restaurant…

South Africa now has the first solar-powered airport in the entire continent

Africa is now in receipt of its first solar-powered airport, a welcomed expansion for environmentally-conscious travellers keen to reduce their carbon footprint. The South African airport is situated in the small town of George, where 150,000 coastal residents live. It has over 2,000 solar panels which generate more-than-enough electricity to power control towers, escalators, ATM machines, restaurants, baggage carousels and…

KODA is a tiny solar-powered house that can move with its owners

Movable home options have expanded far beyond RVs and renovated buses. For those with a penchant for modern minimalism and endless travel, Estonian design collective Kodasema created KODA, a tiny prefabricated home that can move with its homeowners. The movable home prototype is designed with off-grid capabilities and can be disassembled and prepped for relocation in as little as…

This scarf can filter pollution

What if a scarf could neutralize harmful emissions that you breath in on your commute to work? After a particularly polluted ride to work through Paris, Caroline van Renterghem founded Wair, an air-filtering scarf designed for cyclists. With designs for men, women, and children, the Wair scarf will protect lungs comfortably and fashionably. One morning, Wair’s…