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  • Zero waste? Yes please!

    Bea Johnson, the queen mother of the zero waste movement, has been saying no to trash for the better part of a decade. She lives by the priciple of the 5Rs: Refuse Reduce Reuse Recycle Rot   1 mason jar, 4 people, 365 days worth of trash This way Bea’s family of four produces very…

  • The dream of electric flight

      Weeee! I must say: The world looks really great from up here. As an owl, I can understand why people have always dreamed of flying. But air traffic, which is steadily increasing, has made my world very noisy and chaotic. What’s more, airplanes consume huge amounts of aviation fuel, which has an impact on…

  • Iran gears up to boost renewables

    300 days of sunshine per year, for an average of 12 hours a day – Iran is basically made for solar energy… And that’s also why I’m here today, as a new photovoltaic system has been inaugurated in Rafsanjan in Kerman Province. I’ve seen the whole thing from the air, and I must say it…

  • Nuclear power plant shines thanks to solar energy

      Today I’d like to tell you about an unusual project I discovered in Lower Austria – and I’m not exaggerating when I say that this story is truly one of a kind. The groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Austria’s first nuclear power plant took place right here, in Zwentendorf on the Danube, in…

  • Future for UK roads looking greener than ever

    How low can you go? A whole lot lower, according to Milton Keynes Council who last year became one of four UK cities to receive significant government funding to boost electric vehicle infrastructure through the “Go Ultra Low Cities Scheme”. With air quality a major concern in a growing city that expects to see a…

  • A monastery in Bhutan's breathtaking landscape

    Bhutan is carbon negative

    In his inspiring Ted Talk Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay shares what is important for his country. Bhutan is renowned for its focus not on GDP but on GNH – gross national happiness. The overall aim is to improve the happiness and wellbeing of the people. The country also has a holistic approach to development,…

  • In front of the modules on the roof

    Growing up 24 hours of sun in Canada

    I’m in Canada where I have met the Lamers, a very nice family who invited me over to their place. They are keen supporters of renewable energy, the dad, Anton, even works in the solar industry. The Lamers not only have remarkable taste in children’s names (read on!), they also have a lovely home. One…

  • Dubai – a city of superlatives goes renewable

    I felt like warming up my feathers and as I was flying over the Middle East, I decided for a stopover in Dubai. I heard that things are changing so fast here in Dubai – the city is practically transforming right in front of your eyes… Dubai is facing environmental challenges. Its per capita energy…

  • If We Save Tuvalu, We Save the World

    Ever heard of climate refugees? These are people whose homelands have been made uninhabitable by climate change. Among those who have been hit particularly hard are the people of the island nation of Tuvalu – a veritable paradise between Hawaii and Australia. Tuvalu is made up of nine coral atolls that just barely rise above…

  • All in Green – Costa Rica Shows Us How It’s Done

    Ever been to Costa Rica? No? It’s so worth it – and not just because of the amazing bananas. When 5 million people in Costa Rica turn on the lights, the environment barely feels it. Costa Rica is considered one of the most progressive countries in Latin America, and part of that is its power…