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?
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Weed’s “superpower” could help feed the planet
A Yale study focused on how photosynthesis works in the common weed purslane puts us closer to engineering crops resistant to climate change.
Next US energy boom could be wind power in the Gulf of Mexico 
Wind power on land has seen remarkable growth in the U.S. over the last 15 years, including in Texas. Is offshore wind next?
Debunking stereotypes about mobile homes could make them a new face of affordable housing 
People see manufactured housing parks as problems. We recognize them as part of the solution to housing crises.
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Artificial photosynthesis lets us grow plants in total darkness 
A new artificial photosynthesis technique could boost crop yields on existing farms or allow us to grow plants in new locations — like space.
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You can ride this “flying” electric ferry in 2023 
Stockholm is piloting a “flying” electric ferry that’s expected to cut commute times in half and make public transportation more sustainable.
Feeding insects to cattle could make meat and milk production more sustainable
Most U.S. adults aren’t ready to put insects on their plates but are much more willing to consume meat from livestock that are fed bugs.
This portable wind turbine folds up and fits in your backpack
This personal wind turbine went viral. Can it be a real business?
Series | Hard Reset
Engineering oleophilic sponges to save the oceans 9:27
“A new wave of material sciences could help us start cleaning the environment instead of just, well, using it as a trash can.”
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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.
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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.
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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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