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Company to harvest green hydrogen by igniting oil fires underground

February 14th, 2020 at 11:55 am » Comments Off

Injection wells at the Superb oil field in Canada. To make hydrogen, workers heat the reservoir with steam and feed it air, setting off underground oil fires. This month, on the frozen plains of Saskatchewan in Canada, workers began to inject steam and air into the Superb field, a layer of sand 700 meters down […]

Hydrogen is a bad car fuel, but it’s the perfect boat fuel

February 9th, 2020 at 3:13 pm » Comments Off

Because boats are cars too There are issues inherent with hydrogen as a fuel for cars. It is incredibly expensive and energy intensive to create, it is difficult to pressurize and transport, and the infrastructure for hydrogen as fuel is far less developed than battery electric charging. A few automotive manufacturers, chiefly Honda and Toyota, […]

The ‘forever chemicals’ fueling a public health crisis in drinking water

February 9th, 2020 at 3:09 pm » Comments Off

About 700 PFAS-contaminated sites have been identified across the US while those exposed to enough chemicals can face devastating health consequences Recent tests revelaed dangerous levels of PFAS in rain, a range of foods and sewage sludge that farmers spread on cropland as fertilizer. In 2002, the French multinational Saint-Gobain boosted production of chemically weatherproofed […]

Everything you know about recycling is probably wrong

February 7th, 2020 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

A refresher for the new decade. The next time you pass a recycling bin, do yourself a favor and take a peek inside. See anything unusual? Let’s rip the Band-Aid off right now: Turns out many of the things we drop into recycling bins don’t go on to beautiful second lives as bespoke greeting cards […]

Rolls-Royce plans to build up to 15 mini nuclear reactors in Britain

January 31st, 2020 at 2:23 pm » Comments Off

Artist’s concept of a Rolls-Royce SMR plantRolls-Royce Rolls-Royce has announced that it plans to build, install, and operate up to 15 mini nuclear reactors in Britain, with the first set to go online in nine years. In a BBC Radio 4 interview with business journalist Katie Prescott on January 24, 2020′s Today program, Paul Stein, […]

Igloo says goodbye to styrofoam coolers, releases biodegradable update

January 30th, 2020 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

  Styrofoam coolers are lightweight, cheap, and pretty good at keeping beverages cold. They’re also pretty bad for the environment. Styrofoam is Dow Chemical’s trademarked name for extruded polystyrene, and in addition to being conveniently disposable, it’s also a source of greenhouse gases, doesn’t degrade for centuries, and is highly flammable. Oh, and animals confuse […]

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff says over 300 companies have agreed to help plant one trillion trees

January 29th, 2020 at 12:08 pm » Comments Off

Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 23, 2020 KEY POINTS Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said Thursday that over 300 companies have joined his latest initiative to plant 1 trillion trees by the end of the decade. President Donald Trump announced U.S. government support for […]

This leaf-shaped bottle cap condenses and collects atmospheric moisture, turning it into drinking water

January 7th, 2020 at 10:01 pm » Comments Off

Designed to magically ‘turn air into water’, the Limbe is a new sort of dehumidifier that works without electricity, giving its user access to drinking water throughout the day. Its unique leaf-inspired design harks back to how water droplets condense on the surface of leaves, while its 3D printed intricate PET structure helps guide those […]

5 bold urban design projects that made cities more fun, clean, and accessible in 2019

January 3rd, 2020 at 11:03 am » Comments Off

Cities can get rid of cars—and build urban ski slopes. You may think the only changes to cities have been negative ones, and yes, urban areas have certainly seen increased traffic and heightened housing problems, but plenty of places have also debuted new features that aim to make a positive impact. Whether adapting to climate […]

Scientists used loudspeakers to make dead coral reefs sound healthy. Fish flocked to them.

December 14th, 2019 at 1:26 pm » Comments Off

A mass coral spawning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on Nov. 16. Derek Hawkins The desperate search for ways to help the world’s coral reefs rebound from the devastating effects of climate change has given rise to some radical solutions. In the Caribbean, researchers are cultivating coral “nurseries” so they can reimplant fresh coral on […]

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 […]

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