This Couple Spent 20 Years Building an Incredible Floating Island Home

If you’re going to get away from it all, this is one great way to do it. In 1992, Wayne Adams and Catherine King began building a floating home about half an hour by boat off the coast of tiny Tofino, British Columbia. Today that home has expanded to encompass 12 large platforms covered by living spaces, green houses, lush gardens and plenty of docks to tie up a kayak. Painted in bright magenta and teal hues, they call their self-built island Freedom Cove.

Since the First Earth Day, the World Population Has Doubled

It’s the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day, and it’s never been more important. Since the worldwide event first celebrated environmental protection back in 1970, the world population has nearly doubled. That’s a seriously sobering fact, for an obvious reason. Even if we have more knowledge of threats to the earth than we did 45 years ago, and even if we are taking action to treat our home planet kindly, there are literally twice as many people creating an impact every day.

Art Created with Beach Trash Washed Up at Mexico’s Sian Ka’an Reserve

Even the “untouched” areas of the world aren’t free from the effects of human created pollution. Artist Alejandro Duran makes that point clear through his color sorted collections of beach trash that washes up along the coastline of Mexico’s largest federally-protected reserve, Sian Ka’an. Duran’s site-specific installations highlight the situation with aesthetically beautiful organization – the problem of ocean-borne garbage is transformed into surreal forms which both contrast and merge with the natural environment. He calls his series Washed Up.

Could Drones Plant Billions of Trees Around the World to Combat Deforestation?

Drones get a lot of press for spying on our daily activities or carrying out warfare, but what about a drone designed to reforest the world? That’s what BioCarbon Engineering has in mind for their unique tree planting drones – and they plan to plant no less than one billion trees per year.

Facebook’s New HQ has a Massive 9-Acre Garden on the Roof

When Facebook approached famed Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry to design their new headquarters in Menlo Park, California, they asked for a simple building without a heavy design. And while the building might look pretty conventional from down below, 70-feet up on the roof is something light on the environment and the spirits: a gigantic 9-acre garden.

Flowing Maps Explore the City’s Impact on the Local Environment

Digital artist and illustrator Istvan has created a series of maps which artfully imagine the affect of cities and their human inhabitants on the local environment. His colorful images aren’t scientific in nature, but rather a personal exploration of what it might look like if the energies of the metropolis flowed out of the city itself.

Atmospheric & Eerie Sculptures Built in Aquariums

Mariele Neudecker creates fantastic sculptures inside large water filled aquariums. Using an intriguing combination of materials, including chemicals to create eerie atmospheric effects, her “Tank Works” invite viewers to move closer and explore the world within.

Her sculptures take their inspiration from romantic paintings and photographs, using lighting to create life-like sunbeams and dense fog around sculptures of mountains, trees and even a model sailing ship. Like the real world, the chemistry-based atmosphere in the tank has a life of its own, slowly changing over time to create new environments.

A Boatload of Animals Shines Light on the World’s Environmental Crisis

From the infamous damming of the Yangtze River, to sky obscuring smog in Beijing, and an incident when 16,000 dead pigs were found in the Huangpu River (which supplies Shanghai with drinking water); China has more than its share of environmental crises. Now, New York-based, China-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang is staging a major solo exhibition featuring 11 works that unapologetically highlight Earth’s current environmental and ecological crisis. The first of those pieces – The Ninth Wave – is featured here.

What Can We Do if Climate Change Is Inevitable? This Fascinating New Website Gives Us the Data

This is one of the most important articles I will write this year, and it’s only February. Climate Change is a fact of life in our world, and one that increasingly makes itself known through natural disasters, crop failures and economic impacts. Being human however, it’s easy to think that everything is normal – status quo.

Who Knew that Disposable Plates Could be Stylishly Designed? Biodegradable TableWare by Wasara

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Have you seen what the kids are eating their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches off of these days?  I have fond memories of hot summer days eating lunch sandwiches from the classic round paper plates with ruffled edges. Those plates were great! Except that they stuck together…. and they were kinda ugly… and I threw away about a bazillion into landfills from ages 5 to 13. Ahh, yes… the 90s.  The Millennial kids are better than that. They are growing up in an age where people are environmentally aware and design conscious (hopefully).  Wasara has reinvented the ‘disposable’ paper plate with their collection of beautiful AND biodegradable tableware bringing us a tad closer to lifestyle perfection.