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Could connected smart cities save our planet?

Could connected smart cities save our planet?
  There is no denying it, urban spaces are growing. Recent figures reveal that, within the next 30 years, so-called ‘supercities’ of 50 million people or more could exist in nearly every continent. The concept of running a gigantic metropolitan area could feasibly strike fear into the hearts of town planners, governments and environmentalists.
10th November 2017

Sun's radiation could break up plastics in wastewater

Sun's radiation could break up plastics in wastewater
Harnessing the Sun’s radiation to help rid the oceans of microplastics contamination is one of several technical innovations to be developed by a new EU-funded project. Beginning in November 2017, a system developed at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden for breaking down microplastics from personal care products will be tested for implementation in homes and wastewater treatment plants.
7th November 2017

Developing greener ways of mitigating greenhouse gases

Developing greener ways of mitigating greenhouse gases
Of the approximately two dozen medical CT scanners scattered throughout Stanford’s main campus and medical centres, two can be found nestled in basement labs of the Green Earth Sciences Buildings. The scanner duo is being put to some decidedly off-label uses in research led by Anthony Kovscek, a professor of energy resources engineering at Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (Stanford Earth).
3rd November 2017


Cutting food waste helps improve your ‘foodprint’

Cutting food waste helps improve your ‘foodprint’
Around a third of the resources used to produce the US’s food are wasted through FLW, a study has revealed. The research from the University of Texas at Austin and Sustainable America, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, examined the environmental impacts of the average American’s diet and FLW through an analysis of the energy, land, water and fertilizer required to produce the food, and greenhouse gas emissions from the production – which the researchers term a ‘foodprint’.
18th October 2017

Making fossil fuel subsidies obsolete

Making fossil fuel subsidies obsolete
In early 2012, the Nigerian government drastically cut diesel and petroleum subsidies, causing local fuel prices to more than double overnight. Violent public protests broke out in response, leading the government to quickly reinstate the subsidies. While this case is extreme, it illustrates a common challenge facing many countries: Despite the recognised benefits of fossil fuel subsidy reform, including climate change mitigation, the reality of subsidy removal can be a political nightmare.
6th October 2017

'AquaCharge' offers strategies for aquifer replenishment

'AquaCharge' offers strategies for aquifer replenishment
The federal government reports that 40 states expect water shortages by 2024 and water worries already plague some cities across the United States. Underground aquifers that were over-tapped for years now cry out to be replenished. The problem is that the two main strategies for increasing water supplies – collecting stormwater runoff and recycling treated wastewater – are usually separate processes that can create costly and underused infrastructure.
4th August 2017

Enhancing the recycling supply chain

Enhancing the recycling supply chain
A proof of concept trial has been launched by Marine Transport International (MTI) which aims to connect parties involved in the recycling supply chain via blockchain technology. Incorporating FRED, the widely used recycling software in the UK, the trial will link all parties involved in the recycling ecosystem from supplier to shipper right through to port operator. The initiative is hoped to bring the same efficiencies to the recycling industry that have been seen in blockchain enabled container shipping.
24th July 2017

Degree program to solve environmental problems

Degree program to solve environmental problems
  Satellites, drones and other technologies are fueling a surge in detailed information about the atmosphere, oceans, land and wildlife. A new University of Wisconsin–Madison professional master’s degree will train students to put this wealth of data to work solving the world’s most pressing environmental problems.
19th July 2017

Let's wave goodbye to ocean pollution

Let's wave goodbye to ocean pollution
Did you know there are over five trillion pieces of plastic littering our ocean right now? Eventually that rubbish accumulates together in five ocean garbage patches, with the Pacific being home to the largest one, located between Hawaii and California; called the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch.’ If nothing was done about this patch and it was left to circulate the plastic would impact our ecosystems to a level which could damage health and society.
17th July 2017

Four lifestyle choices that most reduce carbon footprint

Four lifestyle choices that most reduce carbon footprint
A new study has identified the four actions that would have the greatest impact on an individual’s greenhouse gas emissions: eating a plant-based diet, avoiding air travel, living car free, and having fewer children. The comprehensive study analysed 39 peer-reviewed articles, carbon calculators and government sources to quantify the most high-impact personal lifestyle choices in developed countries.
12th July 2017


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POWER & ENERGY 2017
22nd November 2017
Rwanda Kigali