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Why the world is running out of sand

November 25th, 2019 at 5:05 pm » Comments Off

It may be little more than grains of weathered rock, and can be found in deserts and on beaches around the world, but sand is also the world’s second most consumed natural resource. A South African entrepreneur shot dead in September. Two Indian villagers killed in a gun battle in August. A Mexican environmental activist […]



Large ‘Tesla ships’ all-electric container barges are launching this autumn

November 23rd, 2019 at 12:45 pm » Comments Off

The Dutch company Port-Liner is building two giant all-electric barges dubbed the ‘Tesla ships‘. The company announced that the vessels will be ready by this autumn and will be inaugurated by sailing the Wilhelmina canal in the Netherlands. The 100 million-euro project supported by a €7m subsidy from the European Union is expected to have […]



How cheap robots are transforming ocean exploration

November 16th, 2019 at 11:04 am » Comments Off

Backed by billionaire philanthropists and Silicon Valley venture capitalists, a wave of entrepreneurs are developing high-tech, low-cost technologies to probe the watery realms we still barely understand. Are the oceans finally getting their moon-shot moment? The robot was born out of a treasure hunt. It all started in 2010, when Eric Stackpole was a promising […]



Guess which company was just crowned the world’s biggest plastic polluter (Again)

November 9th, 2019 at 3:29 am » Comments Off

On one day in September, people from over 50 countries decided to do something about our plastic problem. Together, they picked up almost half a million pieces of plastic garbage littering the planet. Over 40 percent of this mountain of trash was still clearly identifiable by brand, and one producer’s trash in particular was picked […]



In this “biorecycling” factory, enzymes perfectly break down plastic so it can be used again

October 27th, 2019 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

In this “biorecycling” factory, enzymes perfectly break down plastic so it can be used again  The process lets any plastic—say a polyester shirt—be recycled into any other plastic (like a clear water bottle). It could fundamentally change the market for recycling. Inside a bioreactor in the laboratory of the France-based startup Carbios, pulverized PET plastic […]



Should we gamify citizenship?