Do lobsters feel pain when boiled alive?

Lobsters. They suffer just like mammals, especially when their short life ends in the pot in a restaurants kitchen or in the clutches of a chef. We have always thought, that is until now, that the movements of a lobster when thrown into boiling water were just automatic reflexes. This is why the biologists Elwood and […] Read More

The impact of meat production on the planet’s resources

Our ecosystem under threat from our diet, in particular our excessive consumption of red meat. When we talk about sustainable development, we cannot avoid mentioning the impact of the protein rich diet of the worlds more developed countries. Meat, in fact, is one of the most expensive, wasteful and polluting of all dietary products. Producing meat requires […] Read More

Canadian designers create innovative foot-powered washing machine

Canadian design company YiREGO has created The Drumi - a time efficient foot-powered washing machine. The product doesn’t use any electricity, and is completely environmentally sustainable. According to the company’s official website, the machine uses 80% less water and detergent than a normal washing machine cycle. It is compact and easy to transport, standing 22 […] Read More

A world without bees?

The bee population is declining in the northern hemisphere, as is the population of other insect pollinators. Bees are currently threatened for a number of reasons ranging from different factors such as  plant pollution, GMOs and their effects on biodiversity, and ultimately global warming. Although we think of  bees as our sole producer of honey […] Read More

first supermarket without packaging

The first supermarket without packaging opens in Berlin

The concept of short distribution chain and free-waste products has lately been spreading among some small organic shop shelves; even some chain of big stores has decided to organise sections with unpackaged items. Nonetheless there are still very few shops completely free of packaging and even less are selling unpacked items. In one of the […] Read More

Daylight Saving Time: How Economic Is It?

A few years back, an article in National Geographic outlined the results of various surveys conducted in the United States by professors in ecology and economics from the University of Washington. According to them, putting the clock back one hour in the winter is futile. The saving effort is offset by consumption of energy resources […] Read More

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Responsible Mobile Phones

It’s not easy to make a phone call while being socially and environmentally responsible! From assembly lines that take advantage of cheap labor in China, to some heavy ecological and social implications in some African countries, we do not know where and how to buy eco-friendly mobile phones. Here are some noteworthy initiatives: Phonebloks is […] Read More

Coffee exploitation

The other face of coffee: a few things we did not know about our favorite drink

Coffee certainly is the favorite drink of millions of people worldwide. According to experts and historians, this drink was first traded around the years 900-1000 AD, via sea routes.These routes also brought other products like spices and silks. Previously coffee appeared in Europe in 1615, thanks to Venetian and Turkish merchants. It was brought via sea routes, along […] Read More

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New see-through solar panels: energy straight from your home windows!

The prototype already exists and a team of American researchers is currently fine-tuning it: we are talking about a new transparent solar panel. Soon solar energy will be harnessed through the glass of common domestic windows and anyone will be able to convert solar power in electricity without conceding on transparency and the optical quality […] Read More

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The most polluted rivers in the world

Which are the most polluted rivers in the world? It looks like there is a creep contest going on among the world's rivers to come out on top of it. Major pollutants of rivers are generally industry, intensive agriculture, and the inhabitants along the coasts who use the rivers as bins to dump their waste. The […] Read More