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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

Substituting floating plastic for floating houses

Substituting floating plastic for floating houses
Architect student Ludvig Hofsten wanted to address the issues of rising sea levels and plastic waste in the ocean. He designed Villa Nemo, a project that sees the potential of living on water in the future; with both lifestyle and environmental benefits. ”Our cities are becoming fairly dense, and there’s less space to build new houses. Quite a lot of cities are starting to look at the possibility of building on water”, says Ludvig Hofsten.
11th July 2017

World first biophilic design connects buildings with nature

World first biophilic design connects buildings with nature
BRE has launched The Biophilic Office project – a ground-breaking office refurbishment project that will provide quantified evidence on the benefits of biophilic design on health, well-being and productivity of office occupants. The project centres on a 650m2 1980s office building on the BRE campus in Watford, which will be refurbished according to biophilic design principles. BRE are partnering with architect and interior designer Oliver Heath, who will lead on the design element of the refurbished building.
5th July 2017

Bio-fuel from waste made possible

Bio-fuel from waste made possible
Fuel from waste? It is possible. But hitherto, converting organic waste to fuel has not been economically viable. Excessively high temperatures and too much energy are required. Using a novel catalyst concept, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now managed to significantly reduce the temperature and energy requirements of a key step in the chemical process. The trick: The reaction takes place in very confined spaces inside zeolite crystals.
30th June 2017

Bacteria-coated nanofibre electrodes can digest pollutants

Bacteria-coated nanofibre electrodes can digest pollutants
Cornell materials scientists and bioelectrochemical engineers may have created an innovative, cost-competitive electrode material for cleaning pollutants in wastewater. The researchers created electro-spun carbon nanofibre electrodes and coated them with a conductive polymer, called PEDOT, to compete with carbon cloth electrodes available on the market.
28th June 2017

Seeing the forest with the latest LiDAR system

Seeing the forest with the latest LiDAR system
Shortly after lasers were first developed in the 1960s, LiDAR—whose name originated as a combination of 'light' and 'radar'—capitalised on the newly unique precision they offered for measuring both time and distance. LiDAR quickly became the standard method for (3D) land surveys and is now used in a multitude of sensing applications, such as self-driving cars.
28th June 2017

NASA-supported tool accelerates wildfire recovery

NASA-supported tool accelerates wildfire recovery
Burned Area Emergency Response teams— they may be one of most important parts of wildfires that you've probably never heard of. As the last flames of a raging wildfire are being contained, these BAER crews begin safeguarding lives, property, and natural resources threatened by additional perils that fires create. "Wildfire reduces or removes vegetation and ground cover protecting forest soils," said Mary Ellen Miller, a research engineer from Michigan Tech Research Institute.
27th June 2017


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RWM 2017
12th September 2017
United Kingdom NEC, Birmingham