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Treehugging for nuts

The supermarket, the pharmacy, the hardware store – these are just some of the many places you’ll find coconut products on the shelves. But what of the people who scale dizzying heights in order to pick the tropical fruit, risking their lives in the process? Now an Indian research unit has developed a sophisticated ring-shaped robot that gives this...

Putting down roots

After forest bathing and tree-hugging, every city-dweller knows that nature is good for the soul. Once outside we can forget about over-stimulation, concrete jungles and traffic noise, and get back to our origins. With his coffins made of mycelium, a former student of Netherlands based Delft University of Technology has gone full circle. Instead of polluting the earth with...

All quiet on the (home) office front?

Who doesn’t miss the reassuring ‘ding’ of the elevator, Susi’s energetic typing, or the sound of Bernd eating his morning snack? Well, fear not, for help is at hand with a new range of background office noises. The sound of the telephone, the ‘ping’ of the microwave, the bark of the workplace dog… There’s something for everyone who finds...

No greenhorns in classrooms

When even schoolchildren are demanding greater education, you know that something’s amiss. A recent British study suggests that 7-17 year olds want to devote more classroom time to the topic of sustainability. They say politicians need to act – and start listening. Maybe then they’d realise that young people want companies to be held to account for using non-recyclable...

Big City Growth

The Thammasat University Rooftop Farm is making Bangkok a shade greener, showing how otherwise dull areas of town can come into their own. Ecological farming, renewable energies and landscape gardening make for a harmonious exchange that is also easy on the eye. Minutes away from the hurly-burly and pollution of Bangkok’s streets a city farm is flourishing. Measuring 236,000...

Opportunity knocks on diversity’s door

Sometimes an enforced break provides an opportunity to revisit ideas that have been gathering dust for some time. So, at least, thought one former British Paralympic swimmer, who has used the lockdown to launch the online platform, Podium, which aims to find home office jobs for freelancers with disabilities. It’s an initiative that dovetails nicely with the spirit of...

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