For centuries, cities have been laboratories for new progressive ideas. Facing climate change, they can act like pioneers for a sustainable lifestyle.
Fog catchers have been providing water to people in dry, mountainous regions for decades. Due to climate change, more regions get drier, pushing the need for this technology.
New solar technologies promise a more sustainable way for water-starved communities to squeeze drinkable water out of the salty seas.
The way we’ve historically generated energy from water is not good for the environment. Here’s how that’s changing.
Recycling and refurbishment are still rare in Europe’s economies. Platforms like Refurbed offer a first contact to a more sustainable approach.
In the face of large-scale industrial water pollution, technologists are demonstrating the surprising value of wastewater.
Searching for smart and sustainable solutions, they show how to curb energy use, reduce carbon emissions and create more livable spaces.
As politicians stall when it comes to dealing with climate change on a national level, local data-based projects are trying to reduce carbon emissions on their own doorsteps
Violent rainstorms are already more frequent, and they will only get worse. Europe’s metropolises are working on ways to protect themselves.
Society is balking at the impact of our collective plastic footprint. But some alternatives are occurring.
Technology is helping farmers feed the world. It can also make agriculture more environmentally friendly – for conventional and organic farmers alike.
From fintech to health to the environment, clever inventions are improving the lives of millions of people.
French start-up Hopaal has found a way to recycle textiles and even plastic bottles to manufacture environmentally friendly clothing.
Kenya is brimming with innovation, hoping to establish a truly circular economy.
As environmental pressure increases, industry is responding with innovative products made from organic sources and more responsible use of plastics derived from petroleum.
From an environmental standpoint, marine exploitation has been a catastrophe. Innovation is showing the way towards sustainable oceans.
Temperatures in cities need to fall – and fast. But how?
Buildings accounts for a huge proportion of the world’s energy consumption. Zoom on some innovative solutions to cut the waste.
It’s the world’s most ubiquitous construction material – but it comes with a hefty environmental cost.
An expert discusses the challenges of creating a major district entirely with floating houses.
Radiation-eating bacteria could make underground storage of nuclear waste safer.
Contrary to popular belief, sustainable solutions can be good for business. A look at some of Europe’s most innovative efforts.
A Danish expert explains his strategy for making urban life sustainable and liveable.
Polymer packaging makes up most of the world’s marine debris. New biodegradable or edible containers could offer a better solution.
Wood has seen a slow-paced renaissance since the early 1990s, but ambitious proposals for timber structures now seem to appear.
From London to Hamburg to Singapore, architects draw inspiration from living organisms to design energy-efficient buildings.
How Europe is shifting towards a more sustainable system by reusing, remanufacturing and recycling.
A technique for turning CO2 into stone has been pioneered in Iceland, but another kind of immoveable object could prevent large-scale success.
Throughout Europe, companies large and small are attacking bad habits and wasteful appliances.
What if your fuse box could talk to you? Created in the midst of Ukrainian turmoil, Ecoisme can analyse home energy consumption in real time.
Petrol power helped shape the 20th century, but its decline may define the 21st. So how will the future of urban transport look?
There are bright ideas for how to make our cities more fluid, but they won’t do much good unless decision-makers show more vision and courage.
It can be difficult to effect behavioural change in large cities, but Stockholm and London have shown that a well-conceived nudge will deliver results.
Cycling is healthy and good for the environment – so no wonder bicycle use in some European cities has doubled since the early 2000s.
Relying on attractive and informative data visualisations, Craig Mills is on a mission to use hard evidence to bring environmental issues to life.
Six researchers reveal just how far they go to discover some of nature’s deepest secrets or test novel technologies.
The idea sounds preposterous, but Spanish start-up Vortex Bladeless is convinced that it can win over the sceptics.
The presence of a single species – Homo sapiens – is having a dramatic impact, allowing some to thrive and pushing others to the brink of extinction.
Can you clean up litter and house people with one idea? Yes, says an innovative Danish student.
Prudent plan B or desperate measure?
To guarantee an uninterrupted flow of electricity, Europe must improve its storage capacity and build a super grid.
Solar energy won’t fulfil its potential until the storage problem is solved. Here’s how.
For more than 40 years – ever since the Great Oil Crisis of 1973 – scientists, governments and media have been warning that the world must reduce its dependence on fuels derived from hydrocarbons. Initially, the main worry was supply – would the world run out of oil and gas before we found alternatives? But by the 1980s, an even greater danger came to the fore: climate change, aggravated by the massive amounts of CO2 being spewed into the atmosphere by oil-derived fuels.
Activism in action: a 20-year old takes on the mass of floating plastic garbage.
Can America’s shale-gas revolution be repeated in Europe? The furore over earthquakes and chemicals has obscured more important issues.
From lab-hatched eggs to caterpillar croquettes, the food of the future may not be familiar, but that doesn’t mean it won’t taste good.