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New super-enzyme eats plastic bottles six times faster

October 8th, 2020 at 12:04 am » Comments Off

Breakthrough that builds on plastic-eating bugs first discovered by Japan in 2016 promises to enable full recycling A super-enzyme that degrades plastic bottles six times faster than before has been created by scientists and could be used for recycling within a year or two. The super-enzyme, derived from bacteria that naturally evolved the ability to […]

LA and the World Economic Forum present blueprint for global UAM adoption

October 5th, 2020 at 12:29 pm » Comments Off

Clean, safe and inclusive urban air mobility closer to becoming a reality with new partnership The City of Los Angeles and the World Economic Forum have released a pioneering report that presents a roadmap for Urban Air Mobility (UAM). Principles of the Urban Sky advocates a principles-based policy-making framework for the rollout of UAM that […]

NYC’s newest proposed building would be the city’s tallest – and will act as a carbon emissions filter

September 30th, 2020 at 9:23 pm » Comments Off

  The 2,400-foot-tall building would change New York’s skyline forever. Paris-based studio Rescubika just released a proposal for a new building in New York City that would both make a mark architecturally and environmentally. The 2,400-foot-tall tower would actually trap carbon emissions, reducing the carbon in the atmosphere.

Researchers reveal a much richer picture of the past with new DNA recovery technique

September 17th, 2020 at 11:35 am » Comments Off

A shot of the Klondike region in the Yukon, where the permafrost samples containing sediment DNA, were collected. Researchers at McMaster University have developed a new technique to tease ancient DNA from soil, pulling the genomes of hundreds of animals and thousands of plants—many of them long extinct—from less than a gram of sediment. The […]

World wildlife plummets more than two-thirds in 50 years: index

September 17th, 2020 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

  Graphic outlining the environmental degredation of the oceans caused by human activity. Global animal, bird and fish populations have plummeted more than two-thirds in less than 50 years due to rampant over-consumption, experts said Thursday in a stark warning to save nature in order to save ourselves. Human activity has severely degraded three quarters […]

Alphabet’s Loon balloons are helping scientists study gravity waves

September 13th, 2020 at 12:57 pm » Comments Off

  The research could lead to better models for predicting the weather.  In between beaming internet to people in developing countries and sometimes passing for UFOs, Alphabet’s Loon balloons have been busy helping scientists study how our planet works. A team led by Stanford professor Aditi Sheshadri recently published a report on gravity waves, ripples […]

New autonomous sustainable robots could mine the deep sea

September 11th, 2020 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

Pliant Energy Systems says its C-Ray robot could be used as a less invasive ocean mining tool. Mining companies are ready to tackle two new frontiers like never before: space and the deep sea. The deep ocean is a place that’s not only rich in sea life, vast swathes of it are also abundant in […]

EGEB: Germany builds the world’s first hydrogen train filling station

August 21st, 2020 at 11:34 am » Comments Off

 Hydrogen trains in Germany Germany breaks ground on the world’s first hydrogen filling station for passenger trains. The town of Bremervörde in Lower Saxony, Germany, has broken ground on the world’s first hydrogen filling station for passenger trains. Chemical company Linde will construct and operate the hydrogen filling station for the Lower Saxony Regional Transport […]

Tesla rival Nikola scores deal to make thousands of 1,000-horsepower electric garbage trucks

August 21st, 2020 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

If Nikola (NKLA) founder Trevor Milton has his way, the garbage trucks emitting black smoke that troll the streets will eventually be a thing of the past.  Milton and his team at Nikola took a giant step in that mission on Monday. The upstart electric- and hydrogen-powered truck maker announced a deal with waste management […]

The world’s growing concrete coasts

August 18th, 2020 at 1:33 pm » Comments Off

The world’s coastlines are turning to concrete, at a huge cost to wildlife and the climate. But new technologies may offer a way to shore up coasts while benefiting biodiversity. It’s one of the most impressive feats in modern engineering, and crossing the world’s longest sea bridge – the 55km (34 miles) Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, […]

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 […]

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