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Dutch city cuts ribbon on World’s largest bike garage

September 2nd, 2019 at 3:30 am » Comments Off

The world’s largest bicycle parking facility in Utrecht, the Netherlands. (Photo via CU2030/City of Utrecht) UTRECHT, Netherlands (CN) – When your country has more bikes than people, you need somewhere to park them all. On Monday, the Dutch city of Utrecht opened the world’s largest bicycle parking facility. The Netherlands has a population of 18 […]



Scientists extract hydrogen gas from oil and bitumen, giving potential pollution-free energy

September 1st, 2019 at 3:22 am » Comments Off

Scientists have developed a large-scale economical method to extract hydrogen (H2) from oil sands (natural bitumen) and oil fields. This can be used to power hydrogen-powered vehicles, which are already marketed in some countries, as well as to generate electricity; hydrogen is regarded as an efficient transport fuel, similar to petrol and diesel, but with […]



Building from thin air & the carbon revolution

August 29th, 2019 at 3:51 pm » Comments Off

Imagine making fuel, plastics, and concrete out of “thin air.” That’s the promise of Direct Air Capture (DAC), a technology that fundamentally disrupts our contemporary oil economy.  Mimicking what already occurs in nature, DAC essentially involves industrial photosynthesis, harnessing the power of the sun to draw carbon directly out of the atmosphere. This captured carbon […]



Sorry, scooters aren’t so climate-friendly after all

August 28th, 2019 at 9:30 am » Comments Off

A look at the full lifetime emissions of the vehicles call into question the ecological assumptions around “micromobility.” Bird boasts that its dockless electric scooters allow customers to “cruise past traffic and cut back on CO2 emissions—one ride at a time.” Its rival Lime claims the vehicles “reduce dependence on personal automobiles for short distance […]



Softer-than-cotton antibacterial shirt is made out of milk

August 21st, 2019 at 11:34 am » Comments Off

The Limitless Milk Shirt is claimed to be three times softer than regular cotton Every day, dairies dispose of milk that for one reason or another is deemed unfit for human consumption. A Los Angeles-based startup by the name of Mi Terro is taking some of that milk and using it to create T-shirts, that […]



This solar-powered device produces energy and cleans water at the same time

August 4th, 2019 at 12:51 pm » Comments Off

UNDER THE SUN Solar panels with water purification devices mounted on their backs (illustrated) could produce freshwater and electricity simultaneously.  Still a prototype, the machine could one day help curb electricity and freshwater shortages By mounting a water distillation system on the back of a solar cell, engineers have constructed a device that doubles as […]



Giant shipper bets big on ending its carbon emissions. Will it pay off ?

July 28th, 2019 at 2:04 am » Comments Off

The Danish company Maersk has been shipping goods around the world since the age of steamships. Now it wants to usher in a new era, with carbon neutral transport. Maersk — the world’s largest container shipping company — has an astonishing goal. By 2050, the company vows to send goods — everything from electronics to […]



Your UPS deliveries may soon arrive in electric trucks

July 28th, 2019 at 1:55 am » Comments Off

Through its multiple partnerships with EV startups, the company is precipitating a sustainable transformation in the delivery industry. A new UPS truck now rolling around the streets of London looks like an ordinary delivery vehicle. But at night, the truck plugs into a new smart grid at the company’s hub in the center of the […]



Energy abundance : The future of nuclear

July 27th, 2019 at 1:44 am » Comments Off

Yes, I want nuclear energy *in my back yard*! Extraordinary new innovations are giving us failsafe nuclear fission and the potential to achieve our age-old dream of fusion. This year, Bill Gates commented: “Nuclear is ideal for dealing with climate change, because it is the only carbon-free, scalable energy source that’s available 24 hours a […]



South Korean tech breakthrough could change biofuels forever

July 25th, 2019 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

  Researchers in South Korea have made a major breakthrough in using bacteria to sustainably and efficiently produce biofuels. The team of scientists from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) report that they have developed a new kind of engineered microorganisms that are capable of producing greater volumes of the fatty acids […]



Hydrogel uses sunlight to harvest fresh water from the sea

July 22nd, 2019 at 12:42 am » Comments Off

The research team (led by Tan Swee Ching, at right) with samples of the hydrogel In many arid coastal regions, a great quantity of valuable fresh water is lost into the atmosphere every day, as it evaporates from the surface of the ocean. This situation prompted scientists to create a new hydrogel that’s highly effective […]



Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs unveils its high-tech ‘city-within-a-city’ plan for Toronto

July 14th, 2019 at 3:40 am » Comments Off

Sidewalk Labs says it will spend $1.3 billion on the project in the hopes of spurring $38 billion in private sector investment by 2040  Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet’s smart city subsidiary, released its massive plan Monday to transform a slice of Toronto’s waterfront into a high-tech utopia. Eighteen months in the making and clocking in at […]



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