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?
reduce plastic pollution
Spray-on “peel” for produce helps reduce plastic pollution
A Bill Gates-backed startup is helping reduce plastic pollution and food waste by coating produce in an edible spray.
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Former landfills are becoming “brightfields” 
US cities are covering the capped sites of former landfills with solar panels, turning the “brownfields” into “brightfields.”
underwater garden
Dive into the world’s first underwater garden 
An underwater garden off the coast of Italy is introducing the world to a new type of sustainable agriculture.
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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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Solar + battery hybrids are poised for explosive growth
Solar panels and battery storage can generate renewable power when solar energy is at its peak during the day and then release it as needed.
deep ocean currents
Massive turbine turns deep ocean currents into electricity 
Deep ocean currents could be an economically viable source of clean energy, based on a recently wrapped demo in Japan.
Volvo to bring photorealistic graphics to electric cars through Unreal Engine 
The world’s most popular graphics engine isn’t just for video games.
Digital technology can cut global emissions by 15%. Here’s how.
The grand challenge for humanity is to ensure that groundbreaking technologies have a clear purpose for our planet.
smart fabric
Washable smart fabric turns movement into electricity 
NTU Singapore researchers have developed a washable, stretchy smart fabric that turns movement into electricity.
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Future of Cities
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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
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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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