Building a Solarpunk Future

Our future as a species depends on a sustainable revolution. How can we transform our cities and lives to protect planet earth?
Finland prepares world’s first “nuclear tomb” 
Deep beneath Finland, a “tomb” for nuclear waste is set to be a test for geological disposal facilities.
The world’s first airport for flying cars and drones has just landed 
The UK’s development of an urban airport for flying cars and drones could inspire other nations to follow suit.
Neighborhoods
Series | Hard Reset
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Where you live has more of an impact on your physical, emotional, and mental health than you think.
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An emerging space economy is here. As teams around the globe race to innovate and explore, what are the implications for the human race?

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An accidental discovery could change the world 
A surprise discovery by Drexel University scientists could unlock an elusive technology: lithium-sulfur batteries.
Decarbonization
Series | Make It Count
Artificial photosynthesis turns CO2 into sustainable fuel6:41
A greener future by 2035 is in arm’s reach with this new tech decarbonizing the transportation industry.
This solar-powered motorhome was designed by students 
Students from the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands have created a solar-powered motorhome, shaped like a huge teardrop.
Bioluminescent bacteria will soon light up this French street
French commune Rambouillet is serving as a testing ground for the soft glow of bioluminescent bacteria on the street.
This German firm is building a floating solar plant on a quarry lake 
A German company will switch on a floating solar power plant, a rapidly-installed, renewable technology that could help phase out oil.
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Future of Cities
Futuristic Copenhagen architecture builds on water5:05
The innovators of Copenhagen architecture are pioneering new solutions to urban living challenges, from floating parks to man-made islands.
3D Printed House
The world's first floating 3D printed house
A group in the Czech Republic is using a 3D printing robot to construct what it claims will be the world’s first floating 3D printed house.
energy efficient homes
Series | Challengers
This carbon-negative dream house ships in a box5:11
A startup described as the “IKEA of houses” is determined to make beautifully-designed, energy efficient homes affordable for everyone.
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