Virtual reality forest, created by geographers, aims to help understand effects of climate change

A virtual reality forest, created by geographers, is aiming to help people connect with how forests may change as the climate warms. Researchers at Penn State University are experimenting with virtual reality to enable people to walk through a simulated forest of today and see what various futures may hold for the trees, in order to understand the effects of climate change. Alexander Klippel, professor … Continue reading Virtual reality forest, created by geographers, aims to help understand effects of climate change

Forust: New process delivers sustainable 3D printed wood made from upcycled wood waste

A new 3D-printing process that utilises wood has launched offering designers a new way to produce sustainable wood pieces for home decor and interiors. Forust is a new process to sustainably produce functional end-use wood parts using patented single pass binder jetting additive manufacturing technology. The Forust process upcycles waste byproducts from wood manufacturing (cellulose dust) and the paper industry (lignin) and re-materialises functional wood … Continue reading Forust: New process delivers sustainable 3D printed wood made from upcycled wood waste

Smartphone app helps rice farmers in Vietnam to save their crops from high salt levels in water

A new smartphone app from is helping rice farmers in Vietnam save their crops from high salt levels in water. The app, launched by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the government of Vietnam, measures salinity remotely and sends results to farmer’s mobile phones, providing farmers with an early warning detection system to tell them when salty water is getting into their fields … Continue reading Smartphone app helps rice farmers in Vietnam to save their crops from high salt levels in water

Blossm: Plant swapping app connecting people to plants

Blossm, an app dedicated to plant swapping, is helping plant enthusiasts in the San Diego area to find plants, locally and further out, through swapping and buying.  The “plant-dedicated platform”, which is for everyone from budding enthusiasts to seasoned green-thumbs, encourages users to upload photos and descriptions of plants they want to swap, which are featured as thumbnail photos on the app’s home page. Though … Continue reading Blossm: Plant swapping app connecting people to plants

Google Maps to direct drivers to “eco-friendly” routes to help reduce carbon footprint

Google is to use its Maps app to direct drivers along more “eco-friendly” routes to reduce the carbon footprint of car journeys, and as part of its pledge to be carbon-free by 2030. The new AI-driven model will default to the most environmentally friendly journey based on fuel consumption, after analysing factors like road incline and traffic congestion. An eco-friendly route will automatically present itself … Continue reading Google Maps to direct drivers to “eco-friendly” routes to help reduce carbon footprint

Virtual tour Christmas displays from around the world with the Christmas edition of Tab With A View browser extension

View Christmas displays from the comfort of your own home this year, with the browser extension Tab with A view: Christmas Edition which makes it easy to virtually visit places around the world with some spectacular holiday season displays. The extension, which is available to download for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge users, allows users to upload and virtually browse Christmas displays. Users add the extension … Continue reading Virtual tour Christmas displays from around the world with the Christmas edition of Tab With A View browser extension

SIKU: Inuit knowledge and technology work seamlessly together in app that helps Arctic communities document climate change

An app, created by and for Inuit communities, is enabling users in the Arctic to share information about dangerous conditions, wildlife sightings and hunting stories – documenting changes to the environment due to climate change. The mobile app and web platform, SIKU: The Indigenous Knowledge Social Network, provides tools for weather, ice safety and hunting stories as well as knowledge transfer and language preservation. SIKU puts … Continue reading SIKU: Inuit knowledge and technology work seamlessly together in app that helps Arctic communities document climate change

Tree-planting technologies helping to reforest the world

Technology is being put to good use in helping with the urgent push for reforestation around the world. From drones, seeds bombs through to a planting rover, the below video looks at various tree tech innovations. Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com Continue reading Tree-planting technologies helping to reforest the world

Sounds of the Forest: Soundmap charts aural tones and textures from the world’s forest and woodlands

The first ever forest soundmap of the world is bringing together aural tones and textures from the world’s woodlands. Devised by the UK’s Timber Festival, Sounds of the Forest is an online map collecting the sounds of woodlands and forests from all around the world. The sounds form an open source library, to be used by anyone to listen to and create from. Selected artists … Continue reading Sounds of the Forest: Soundmap charts aural tones and textures from the world’s forest and woodlands

Seawater Greenhouse: Using seawater and sunshine to grow crops in deserts

Seawater Greenhouse has developed horticultural solutions for some of the most arid of conditions by utilising two abundant resources – sunshine and seawater – to grow crops in hot and desert environments. Through a method of desalination, these completely solar-powered greenhouse operations use saltwater – piped directly from the sea into wells – to create ideal growing conditions. Using solar power to pump in seawater from the … Continue reading Seawater Greenhouse: Using seawater and sunshine to grow crops in deserts