Giant Kites To Power Cargo Ships in New Decarbonization Initiative

Maritime shipping—responsible for over 80 percent of goods traded globally—produces three percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, but a giant kite, called Seawing, is an attempt to decarbonize the industry. Developed by Airseas, Seawing is a large parafoil (whose largest size extends beyond 1,000 square meters) that—when flown at a high altitude—drags ships across the sea, cutting fuel consumption and emissions by 20 percent. …

The Return of the Airship

Despite the disastrous Hindenburg crash in 1937, airships today prove greener and equally as fast as maritime travel—even if using them seems ambitious and unlikely. Plenty of companies are surveying the prospects of airships once again. To reduce the carbon emissions of the transportation sector (23% of worldwide greenhouse gas production comes from the industry), airships, particularly solar-powered ones, could be replacements and carry the …

Donky Bike

With front and back cargo-hauling capacity, the Donky Bike—created by British designer Ben Wilson—is an ingenious city bike designed to agilely weave through city streets at low speeds. The steel beam distributes the cargo’s weight so it is held by the frame, not handlebars as with front-end baskets, and the 20″ wheels give the bike not only extra dexterity but also a rugged BMX-like appearance.