Sustainability
One Cool Thing: Net-Zero Sports

One Cool Thing: Net-Zero Sports

Sky Sports, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, the Premier League, and COP26 have teamed up to put on the world’s first major net-zero football game (or Soccer game as it’s called in the US). #GameZero, featuring Tottenham vs. Chelsea, will be a showcase of how fans, teams, and broadcasters can move toward a net-zero future. The […]

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One Cool Thing: Lebanon’s Eco-Village

One Cool Thing: Lebanon’s Eco-Village

Despite a devastating economic crisis gripping the country, one community in Lebanon has managed to thrive thanks to some innovative and old-school techniques. The Bader Hassoun Eco-village, founded by none other than Bader Hassoun in 2016, is powered by a combination of solar power, wood burning, and gas and supports dozens of local families.  Workers at the village produce handmade soaps and shampoos […]

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First Zero-Emissions, Autonomous Cargo Ship Sets Sail

First Zero-Emissions, Autonomous Cargo Ship Sets Sail

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This week, Norwegian chemical company Yara International announced that it had designed the world’s first zero-emissions, autonomous cargo ship. The ship— the Yara Birkeland— will make its maiden crewless voyage between two Norwegian towns by the end of 2021. Why This Matters: According to the International Maritime Organization, the […]

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“Cool Pavements” Could Reduce Urban Heat Islands in Nation’s Hottest Cities

“Cool Pavements” Could Reduce Urban Heat Islands in Nation’s Hottest Cities

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Pavement covers about 40% of America’s cities, absorbing solar radiation and creating urban heat islands. These heat islands can lead to health and environmental risks, and as seemingly unending heatwaves and drought sweep the Western U.S., they may become exceedingly dangerous. Researchers at the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (MIT CSHub) are paving the […]

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One Cool Thing: EV Safaris

One Cool Thing: EV Safaris

Safaris in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve are getting a lot quieter, and that’s an excellent thing for eager eco-tourists looking to catch a glimpse of fantastic wildlife. The standard off-road Toyota 4×4 Landcruiser used on safaris is being replaced by an electric version that eliminates diesel fuel while staying quiet enough to get up close with lions. wildebeests, […]

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One Cool Thing: AI Exposes Greenwashing

One Cool Thing: AI Exposes Greenwashing

A team of experts from University College Dublin is using artificial intelligence to help consumers find out the truth about their favorite brands’ sustainability efforts. The project, called GreenWatch, is fighting back against “greenwashing,” which happens when companies mislead consumers to seem more environmentally friendly than they truly are. GreenWatch’s AI scans the media statements and websites of 700 global companies […]

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