Environment

October 20, 2017

80-Foot Kraken on Old WWII Ship Becomes Artificial Reef in the British Virgin Islands

With more and more natural reefs dying due to climate change, people are increasingly turning to artificial reefs to provide safe ecosystems for aquatic life. And while we've seen everything from subway cars to underwater sculptures used for this purpose, nothing is quite as evocative as the BVI Art Reef. Structured to promote the growth of transplanted coral, the artificial reef is composed of a WWII fuel barge topped by an elaborate 80-foot mesh kraken.

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September 22, 2017

Japan Is Quietly Leading an Energy Revolution as Towns Move Off-Grid

Communities in Japan are turning tragedy into opportunity by transforming their energy practices. In the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, dozens of cities and towns have quietly built systems that allow them to function increasingly off-grid, rather than relying on large power stations. The shift comes thanks to the country's National Resilience Program, which offers 3.72 trillion yen ($33.32 billion) each fiscal year to rebuild and become more self-empowered following these natural disasters.

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September 1, 2017

Over 600,000 Trees Are Planted in Response to President Trump’s Climate Change Views

During Donald Trump's 8 months as President of the United States, many environmentally-minded individuals have criticized his views on climate change. This displeasure has manifested in a myriad of ways, including science marches, defiant Tweets, and, most recently, Trump Forest, a project dedicated to planting trees around the world. Trump Forest was founded by British climate scientist Dr. Dan Price, American PhD candidate Jeff Willis, and French-New Zealander Adrien Taylor.

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July 24, 2017

Massive Sand Sculptures Bring Life Under the Sea to the Surface

Every year, the beaches that line the resort town of Søndervig, Denmark are transformed into a sandy spectacle for the highly-anticipated Søndervig Sand Sculpture Festival. For this year's edition, artists have been asked to sculpt colossal works of art that exhibit a particularly fitting theme: “life under the sea.” Spanning aquatic wildlife, underwater civilizations, fantastical figures, and even some particularly popular cartoon characters, the subject matter explored by this year's participants is simultaneously diverse and cohesive.

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