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World Cultural Council has announced the winners of the 2019 Albert Einstein World Award of Science

(Consejo Cultural Mundial) The winner of the 2019 Albert Einstein World Award of Science is Dr. Zhong Lin Wang, Chair and Regents Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. The 2019 Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts will be presented to Portuguese independent film producer, Paulo Branco.

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Your favorite playlist has a carbon footprint

Your favorite playlist has a carbon footprint You would think streaming music is more ecofriendly than CDs, tapes and records, right? Afterall, there’s no waste. A new study by the Universities of Glasglow and Oslo calculated the carbon footprint associated with downloading and streaming music and the footprint is surprising. According to data from 2015 and 2016, music streaming accounted for 200 to 350 million kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions. By the numbers The study used data records…

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Ertingen is a town in southern Germany that lies along the Danube River. The area is known for its hiking opportunities, a recreational lake, a community indoor swimming pool and many annual festivals. Although Ertingen is becoming more commercialized and…

The bitter legal battle behind Georgia's sweet Vidalia onion

Southeast Georgia onion farmers are ready for the spring harvest and sale of one of the nation’s most iconic agricultural products, the sweet-tasting Vidalia onion. As eager cooks head out to buy them, they might be interested to know that…

The secret to a stable society? A steady supply of beer doesn’t hurt

Scientists analyzed bits of beer vessels from an ancient Peruvian brewery to learn what the beer was made of and where the materials to make the vessels came from. They learned that production was local and that the ingredients for the beer included pepper berries that would grow even in droughts. The authors argue that this steady, reliable access to beer helped maintain unity in the empire.

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Inhabitat Interview with Beth Cosmos, owner of Billygoats & Raincoats

In 2016 Beth Cosmos was fresh out of design school at the University of South Wales and volunteering at several music festivals. Eager to see the hundreds of thousands of displaced tents left after music festivals in her native UK, Cosmos decided to combine her love of sustainability and fashion. The light bulb moment came when she woke up to what seemed like an endless ocean of abandoned tents  left behind by festival-goers at the venue. It was good material; sturdy, waterproof and sadly destined…

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Music festivals and events can set the stage for sustainability

When it comes to entertainment, fans contemplate who they will pay to see in concert, what they will wear to the event, and who they will invite to accompany them. But when masses of people gather, there is always potential for high volumes of waste and environmental damage. With sustainability taking a front seat culturally these days, event organizers are starting to pay attention to ways they can green up their events to provide eco-friendly concerts and festivals. From fans, to artists, to organizers,…

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Biodegradable tableware made from wheat bran debuts at Toronto’s Green Living Show

This week, Toronto citizens learned that wheat bran is good for more than enhancing digestive regularity. An innovative Polish company displayed its disposable, biodegradable tableware at Toronto’s Green Living Show made from unprocessed wheat bran. While an ordinary single-use plastic plate could take 500 years to break down, Biotrem’s tableware biodegrades through composting within a single month. They’re made from compressed wheat bran, a by-product of the cereal milling process. Biotrem…