Uruguay’s Public Transport Goes Electric

Uruguay plans to gradually replace oil-based fuels with electric energy in its public transport system, and is currently assessing the costs and benefits of the shift. Tests indicate that the running costs of electric buses can be six- to eight-fold lower than for diesel buses.

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“Eco-Leather” Made From Plant Oils is a Fashion Game-Changer

Tanning leather is a toxic endeavor and also quite fatal for animals, but a new alternative bio-based leather promises to be more environmentally friendly. Richard Wool, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Delaware has been working on an eco-leather alternative made from natural fibers and oils.

New York Could Get a Classroom Inside a Dumpster

Garbage bins are eloquent purveyors of info: Food scraps say what people have eaten, crumpled receipts where they’ve been, contraband the secrets they’re hiding. So it’s fitting that educators at a proposed learning center in New York would hand out lessons a big dumpster more suited to storing construction debris and industrial waste.