environment

Apple Now Recycles Any Product You Give Back (And Gives You Credit)

Starting today, all of Apple’s retail stores will accept any of the company’s ageing products for recycling — and, if it looks resaleable, you might even get some store credit too.


Nine Of The Coolest Prefab Houses In History

Prefab is a buzzy topic in architecture and design circles right now, but it’s hardly a new concept. The idea of building houses in factories and shipping them to their destinations is at least a century old. Now, Taschen has published the history of these homes in a lovely coffee table book.


Where On Earth Is This Freaky Lava Pool?

Where on Earth is this freaky lava pool? Why do people hate love locks? Is it true that fire ants love the suburbs? And what do the soon-to-be-lost sounds of the industrial age sound like? All your answers are here, in this week’s landscape reads!


The U.S. Government Would Save $US400 Million If It Just Switched Typefaces

Of the many schemes to make the government more efficient, this is probably the only one that involves typography. A middle schooler in Pittsburgh has calculated that by simply switching the typeface used in government documents from Times New Roman to Garamond, it would save taxpayers $US400 million in ink.


How Global Warming Is Dissolving Sea Life (And What We Can Do About It)

The last time Earth’s oceans were this acidic, a six mile-wide sulphur-rich space rock had just smashed into the Yucatan Peninsula, unleashing a deluge of acid rain that exterminated all sea life in the the top 400 meters of the water column. Now, some 65 million years after the Cretaceous extinction, human activity is threatening to similarly decimate the ocean’s ecosystem — this time, from the bottom up.


New Light-Emitting Solar Cells Could Be Used As Smartphone Displays

In the future, the glass that coats our skyscrapers could also serve as the power plant that keeps the lights on. This is not news. However, with an amazing new material being developed in Singapore, that same glass could also turn your city’s windows into skyscraper-sized displays.


NASA-Backed Study Says Humanity Is Pretty Much Screwed

Hope you’ve enjoyed civilised life, folks. Because a new study sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center says the world’s industrial societies are poised to collapse under the weight of their own unsustainable appetites for resources. There goes the weekend… and everything after it for the rest of our lives.


This Tree-Friendly House Sits On Stilts

The award-winning and very affordable Moose Road residence by Mork-Ulnes Architects is designed to avoid interfering with the nearby trees. It’s even built on stilts so as not to disrupt the roots.


This Cheap, Recyclable Passive House Assembles Like Lego

The Passive House movement is a wonderful thing. What could be wrong with a voluntary standard that encourages people to make their houses as energy efficient as possible? Well, it’s complicated.


No, Artificial Light Is Not Destroying The Rain Forest (Yet)

A disturbing series of headlines made their way around the internet recently. “Artificial Light Is Now Harming Rain Forests,” read one at Vice News. Smithsonian went with the more sedate, “Restoring Cut Rainforests Might Not Work Well If There’s Light Pollution Nearby.” That’s bad news for rain forests! Except it’s not entirely accurate.