Will humans go extinct? For all the existential threats, we’ll likely be here for a very long time

Nick Longrich, University of Bath Will our species go extinct? The short answer is yes. The fossil record shows everything goes extinct, eventually. Almost all species that ever lived, over 99.9%, are extinct. Some left descendants. Most – plesiosaurs, trilobites, Brontosaurus – didn’t. That’s also true of other human species. Neanderthals, Denisovans, Homo erectus all […]

3D-Printed Homes: the Eco-Friendly Home Alternative

There are about 1.6 billion people homeless, according to global homelessness statistics. Construction technology has a chance to change that. Advancements have made it possible to create an entire home by 3D printing it. This type of home construction promises a shorter supply chain and less waste for a sustainable solution. 3D-printed homes also can […]

Coronavirus: we’re in a realtime laboratory of a more sustainable urban future

Paul Chatterton, University of Leeds A pause has been forced on urban life. Quiet roads, empty skies, deserted high streets and parks, closed cinemas, cafés, and museums – a break in the spending and work frenzy so familiar to us all. The reality of lockdown is making ghost towns of the places we once knew. […]

Energy-saving technology for your home

As per the report by the United States Department of Energy (DoE), an average household in the US uses 90 million BTUs of energy per year. Out of this, most energy is wasted due to lack of insulation, air leakages, lights being left on and other such practices. With global warming being a major concern, […]

Passive Houses save energy and have reduced impact on the environment

The passive house movement, which is arguably strongest in Europe, is gaining in popularity around the world. People who are committed to protecting the environment and reducing their energy consumption turn to the passive house movement to create a home that has minimal impact on the environment. If you’re a homeowner who would like to […]

Harnessing Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy taps into and harvests the heat released from below the surface of the earth. It’s a renewable energy that doesn’t contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Geothermal energy reduces our carbon footprint and doesn’t take up a structural footprint, either. Unlike the endless fields of wind turbines or solar panel arrays, most of the […]

Sustainability After Death? 5 Eco-Friendly Burial Methods

Adaptation to climate change will be the most significant disruption to our personal and social lives since the last Ice Age. Green living decisions are already affecting the way we construct our homes, get to work, and travel abroad. As our personal habits adjust to include carpooling, recycling, and energy conservation, so too are social […]

Recycling Electronics: Where Do They Go?

In 2007, Apple unveiled an innovative product that would effectively change the world: The iPhone, now on its 19th iteration. While iPhone sales had a relatively slow start, in the smartphone world, the devices have become synonymous with prestige and convenience. Upwards of 100 million Americans own and use an iPhone, and more than 1.5 […]

Plant-Based Plastics – Key to Saving Our Planet

I’m sure you are familiar with how plastic overuse negatively impacts our oceans and wildlife; therefore, the management of plastic waste should be inquired upon and dealt with in the right way. Recent studies have shown that about 20% of all our plastic waste comes from marine sources, with 8 million tonnes (around 3% of […]

The Mechanics of the Greenhouse Gas Effect

Did you know that there used to be palm trees in the Arctic? It was 56 million years ago, but it was caused by greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere at an alarming rate. It’s hard to imagine palm trees swaying where we think of polar bears and glaciers, but due to […]