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Researchers from the University of Aberdeen have discovered a new family of chemical compounds that could revolutionise fuel cell technology and help reduce global carbon emissions. Hydrogen fuel cell cars. Courtesy of NREL The researchers described the discovery as the equivalent of “a needle in a haystack”. The chemical compounds – collectively known as hexagonal perovskites –...
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Spain’s idyllic Balearic Islands are an inspiration for artists and architects alike. One Formentera-based architect Marià Castelló has just used Ibiza’s spectacular beauty to craft a modern home. Tucked into the island’s hilly San Mateo region in the north, Ca l’Amo is a serene retreat comprised of five cube-like volumes that use several passive, bioclimatic elements to reduce the...
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French automaker Citroën has unveiled the Ami — a one-of-a-kind tiny electric car made so accessible, it can be driven by anyone older than 14 years old, with or without a driving license. The two-seat vehicle is 100% electric and comes with a battery that can be powered from a standard electrical socket in just three hours....
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There’s very little doubt that 3D-printing could be huge in the future of design, and architects from around the world are taking advantage of the practice to create new visions for urban living. Italian firm Mario Cucinella Architects has designed an innovative, 3D-printed home inspired by potter wasps’ nests. Currently being built in Bologna, Italy, the TECLA house is...
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It’s funny how my utter failure of an EV conversion project a couple of years back still gives me so much positive feedback from people who are passionate about these kinds of conversions. Image credit: eDub The story about my overly ambitious attempt to fit an electric powertrain into my 1987 Volvo 240 — which stranded in...
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British grocery chain Tesco is preparing to participate in a trial of the circular shopping service TerraCycle Loop this year. Loop plans to launch officially in the United Kingdom this month. The concept for Loop was first introduced in early 2019 as a circular shopping platform that replaces single-use disposable packaging with durable, reusable packaging. Procter &...
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For over a millennium Western society has attempted to establish clear codes of ethics in business, politics, personal relationships, religion, and even warfare. But what about a land use ethic? What does modern society have to say on the topic of ethics about our lands? On a small farm in Massachusetts, farmer Jono Neiger is...
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Ikea has recorded a year-on-year decrease in its total carbon footprint, despite expanding its operations, for the first time in its history. Ikea’s global value chain emitted 24.9 million tonnes of CO2e in  financial year 2019, 4.3% less than the year prior The world’s largest furniture retailer revealed in its latest sustainability report that its global carbon...
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Driving an electric-powered vehicle (EV) rather than one reliant on fossil fuels is a key way to tackle climate change and improve air quality — but it does leave the old batteries behind as a nasty residue. New technologies give rise to their own sets of problems. The all-important battery in an EV has a limited life...
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Rishi Kohli, Co- founder and CEO of Fika Mobility showcasing the Fika Mobility electric motorcycle
According to the Motorcycle Assemblers Association of Kenya, there are currently about 600,000 commercial motorcycles in Kenya. Motorcycle taxis, known as Boda Bodas, are extremely popular, as commuters use them to whiz through Nairobi’s infamous traffic. Boba Bobas are also widely used in Kenya’s coastal resort towns, like Malindi, Watamu, Kilifi, Diani, the city of...
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