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In a world-first, Australian University builds its own solar farm to offset 100% of its electricity use

August 12th, 2020 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

LIMITING GLOBAL WARMING to well below 2℃ this century requires carbon emissions to reach net-zero by around 2050. Australian households have done much to support the transition via rooftop solar investments. Now it’s time for organizations to take a more serious role. The University of Queensland’s efforts to reduce its electricity emissions provides one blueprint. […]

The Great Green Wall of Africa : Is the the next wonder of the world?

August 8th, 2020 at 1:49 am » Comments Off

  “The Great Green Wall promises to be a real game-changer.” Africa’s Sahara Desert is growing. In 2018 it was found that the Sahara, the biggest desert in the world after Antarctica and the Arctic, had increased in size by 10 per cent over the last century. This expansion is due to a combination of […]

Renault arms entire french town with free electric cars

August 8th, 2020 at 1:46 am » Comments Off

Renault wants people to know that it’s easy to go electric. The automaker giant Renault has gifted an entire village in France its Renault Zoe electric vehicle in a recent power move. The move comes as an effort to demonstrate that EVs are suitable for not only urban areas but also rural communities just as […]

Big-money investors gear up for a trillion-dollar bet on farmland

August 7th, 2020 at 1:28 am » Comments Off

Ray Williams bought this land just north of the small town of Dumont, in Butler County, Iowa. For a glimpse of what could happen to a trillion dollars worth of American farmland, meet Ray Williams. He’s a lawyer-turned-farmer, growing organic grain and feeding young cows on 3,000 acres in northeastern Oregon. Last year, he and […]

Fabien Cousteau is raising $135 million to build the International Space Station of the deep sea

August 3rd, 2020 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

Concept design for the Proteus undersea habitat. Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famous undersea explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, is building on his family legacy by constructing a state-of-the art research facility—60 feet below the surface of the ocean. Fabien Cousteau was born to be an aquanaut. The grandson of the famed explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau learned how to […]

This is now the world’s greatest threat – and it’s not coronavirus

August 3rd, 2020 at 9:39 am » Comments Off

  An environmental worker stands near an excavator amid waste at Tianziling landfill in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China August 7, 2019. Affluence is the biggest threat to our world, according to a new scientific report. True sustainability will only be achieved through drastic lifestyle changes, it argues. The World Economic Forum has called for a […]

Smart cities: The future of urban infrastructure

July 28th, 2020 at 8:31 am » Comments Off

Songdo in South Korea has been designed with sensors to monitor everything from temperature to energy use to traffic flow. By Timothy Carter Technology is changing everyday city life, allowing us to instantly adapt to everything from storm threats to traffic jams. Infrastructure is not exactly the sexiest word in architecture. There are no “starchitects” proudly […]

Bacteria that eats metal accidentally discovered by scientists

July 26th, 2020 at 1:41 pm » Comments Off

  Manganese oxide nodules generated by the bacteria discovered by the Caltech team. (CNN)Scientists have discovered a type of bacteria that eats and gets its calories from metal, after suspecting they exist for more than a hundred years but never proving it. Now microbiologists from the California Institute of Technology (or Caltech) accidentally discovered the […]

This Company Is Sucking Carbon From the Air and Making Soda With It

July 20th, 2020 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

Carbon removal is increasingly seen as a vital part of any climate solution.  The United Nations calls on countries to curb their emissions and invest in carbon removal technologies to achieve goals set under the Paris climate agreement. Some of these methods are low-technology like planting trees and others, like direct air capture, are cutting-edge. […]

Sony’s wearable, pocket-sized air conditioner is finally available for sale!

July 16th, 2020 at 11:49 am » Comments Off

Summer is not for everyone – sure it is nice when you are at the beach but is it nice to feel like you are being roasted like a turkey when its not Thanksgiving? I personally thrive in the snow but keeping on brand with being unprecedented like 2020, I have found myself in lockdown […]

How green sand could capture billions of tons of carbon dioxide

July 10th, 2020 at 3:48 am » Comments Off

The green sand Papakōlea Beach in Hawaii. Scientists are taking a harder look at using carbon-capturing rocks to counteract climate change, but lots of uncertainties remain. PROJECT VESTA A pair of palm-tree-fringed coves form two narrow notches, about a quarter of a mile apart, along the shoreline of an undisclosed island somewhere in the Caribbean. […]

This 3D printed house reduces carbon emissions and takes 48 hours to build!

June 21st, 2020 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

The construction industry contributes to 39% of global carbon emissions while aviation contributes to only 2% which means we need to look for alternative building materials if we are to make a big impact on the climate crisis soon. We’ve seen buildings being made using mushrooms, bricks made from recycled plastic and sand waste, organic […]

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