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Learn how to work with fungi for food, medicine, & remediation

Mycologos, the world's first online mycological institute, aims to make the study and application of fungi accessible and approachable for more people.

Kinetic art installation mimics synchronized flocking of 400 birds

These origami-inspired 'birds' soar, open and close their wings, and even make some unexpected sounds.

Is it a Passivehouse or is it a treehouse? Yes!

Millar and Howard Workshop wins Telegraph award for best Passive House, and it's built on stilts

Where to find the incredible animals starring in BBC's Blue Planet

Live out your David Attenborough dreams with this world map of creatures featured in the fascinating documentary.

Mirrored rammed earth dwelling blends itself into the background

The reflective glass walls hide the bulk of this home in Mexico.

How Bensonwood builds a wall that works

From natural materials to open building, this wall will work for generations.

How the humble potato rescued Europe from impending doom

When explorers brought potatoes back from the Andes, Europe was able to reverse its population decline and establish greater food security.

France will ban cell phones in elementary schools

Starting September 2018, students under age 15 will not be allowed to use their phones at any point during the school day.

It's time to start thinking of driving like smoking

Cars are killing us, and it is time to limit the damage to drivers and to people around them, just like we did with smoking.

Photo: Red-tailed black cockatoo is speckled with hearts and stars

Our photo of the day is not strictly for the birds.

Closing in on the chemicals that make us fat or infertile

A special type of chemicals that can do great harm to our health, hormone disruptors have long been under-regulated. As the US EPA eliminates programs, hope for progress turns to the European Union.

With Lolistraw, you can have your straw and eat it too

But even more exciting than its edibility is the Lolistraw's hyper-compostability.

Life with a Sense home energy monitor, the first month

Measuring individual appliance's energy consumption is one thing. But Sense aims to give you a bigger picture.

11 facts about Iceland's elusive elves

As if the landscape of fire and ice wasn't wonderful enough, the stories of its magical creatures make it all the more wondrous.

Egg-shaped Escape Pod is a flexible small space for work & play

This compact, cedar-shingled structure hides a restful interior that can be made into an office or guestroom.

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is lit by 5,000 candles at Christmastime

Called 'First Light,' this now-famous event at Ontario's first European-built settlement is a special experience for the whole family.

Expect a meat tax within 5-10 years

An investor network managing $4 trillion in assets has warned investors that they should prepare for the inevitable -- a climate-driven "sin" tax on meat.

Dear Santa, please bring me this electric café racer

This lightweight electric motorcycle from Denzel promises quick, quiet, and clean transportation for under $5000.

Photo: Squirrel!

Cutie caught in the act of laying in supplies.

UK celebrates first "Plastic Free Coastline" community

Nearly 100 other towns are working toward the same status.

Spiders eat up to 800 million tons of insects a year

Meanwhile, humans consume a mere 400 million tons in meat and fish.

Dear Santa, please bring me this electric café racer

This lightweight carbon fiber-framed electric motorcycle from Denzel promises quick, quiet, and clean transportation for under $5000.

Plastics industry has known for years that it's polluting oceans

But it has chosen to "deny, confuse, and fight regulation."

East Africa doesn't want your used clothes

Used clothing donations are more of a hindrance than a help, in the eyes of the East African Community. We need to listen to what they're saying.

Photo: Vibrant butterfly lives deep in the forest

Our stunning photo of the day comes from the rain forest of Ecuador.

6 ways to use old ribbon or paper to make pretty gift bows

Why buy new gift bows when the best ones can be made easily with things you have on hand?

Our 3 favorite food trend predictions for 2018

Whole Foods published a list of all the food trends it predicts for next year, and several of them fit right in on TreeHugger.

Budweiser orders 40 Tesla Semi electric trucks

Tesla has received over 240 publicly announced orders, so the real number is likely higher...

Swimming pool in London is built out of wooden portal frames and Cross Laminated Timber

This technology is usually relegated to warehouses, but Hawkins\Brown make it stunningly beautiful.

Someone should have told that rock that, in Alberta, safety is a shared responsibility

Cars kept running into a big rock in a Calgary parking lot, perhaps because it didn't make eye contact.

80-year-old wooden escalators repurposed into impressive sculpture

Instead of trashing these old treads, they have been made into a inter-looping work of art in the same station.

Foldable bike helmets made from recycled materials help fight "helmet hassle"

By folding into a size small enough to fit into a bag, LID Helmets aims to help cyclists avoid a common excuse for not wearing head protection.

Swimming pool in London is built out of wooden portal frames and Cross Laminated Timber

This technology is usually relegated to warehouses, but Hawkins\Brown make it stunningly beautiful

How to have the greenest Christmas tree ever

These eco-friendly decorating tips will make your tree greener than the color of its pine needles.

Someone should have told that rock that in Alberta, safety is a shared responsibility

Cars kept running into a big rock in a Calgary parking lot, perhaps because it didn't make eye contact.

When Mom doesn't want help from Dad

It's called 'maternal gatekeeping' and it's a crummy situation all around.

Mad for MADI, the folding wooden prefab A-Frame

This brilliant design brings the A-frame into the 21st century

Sadly, here's another reason not to eat cookie dough

First it was raw eggs, now it's raw flour.

Even cargo ships are going 100% electric

But there's a catch...

Photo: Levitating sparrow

Our magical photo of the day offers a lesson in the benefits of hopping.

One of Europe's top-selling electric cars is actually a delivery van

Even if we ban cars, we're still going to have to deliver stuff.

Swedish electric car startup offers 5 years of free solar charging to owners

The Uniti electric city car will come bundled with a green charging incentive for buyers in Sweden.

Built on a tilt: climbable bookshelf is also earthquake resistant

It's wood, it's small, it's resilient.

Birdhut's facade has integrated birdhouses to boost local biodiversity

Built with reclaimed wood, this cabin on stilts is a nature retreat for those who want to get close with the birds.

By 2030, 6 million tons of trash in UK will have nowhere to go

As long as we remain addicted to consumption, this problem won't go away, no matter how many new waste management facilities are built.

One hundred years after the Halifax explosion, what have we learned?

One hundred years later, we are still playing chicken with peoples' lives.

7 strategies for giving the best holiday gifts

Some people excel at choosing perfect gifts, while others struggle to come up with anything. What's the secret?

Air pollution is hurting human procreation

It distorts sperm, makes it harder to get pregnant, and can lead to premature births and low birth weights -- yet another reason why cars and humans don't mix well.

Why are so many modern houses black?

Witold Rybczinski thinks it is because architects are lazy. I think he's wrong.

What would happen if all trees disappeared?

It's a worst-case scenario, but it's one we should think about, considering how dependent humans are on trees for survival.