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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

EcoCortec launches VpCI Plastics Recycling Project

EcoCortec launches VpCI Plastics Recycling Project
Cortec has announced that EcoCortec is implementing European wide initiative to collect and recycle used VpCI films and bags. This is the first recycling program of this type implemented in Europe. Within the “Plastic Recycling Project” EcoCortec’s customers will send their waste material back to Croatian plant which will then be completely recycled and used for manufacturing a new product.
7th June 2017

Marine reserves help alleviate climate change

Marine reserves help alleviate climate change
An international team of scientists has concluded that 'highly protected' marine reserves can help mitigate the effects of climate change and suggests that these areas be expanded and better managed throughout the world. Globally, coastal nations have committed to protecting 10% of their waters by 2020, but thus far only 3.5% of the ocean has been set aside for protection - and less than half of that (1.6%) is strongly protected from exploitation.
6th June 2017


Decomposing leaves are a source of greenhouse gases

Decomposing leaves are a source of greenhouse gases
Michigan State University scientists have pinpointed a new source of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that’s more potent than carbon dioxide. The culprit? Tiny bits of decomposing leaves in soil. This discovery, featured in the current issue of Nature Geoscience, could help refine nitrous oxide emission predictions as well as guide future agriculture and soil management practices.
6th June 2017

How human activity affects space weather around Earth

How human activity affects space weather around Earth
Effects of human behaviour are not limited to Earth's climate or atmosphere; they are also seen in the natural space weather surrounding our planet. 'Space weather' in this context includes conditions in the space surrounding Earth, including the magnetosphere, ionosphere, and thermosphere. A recent survey by a team of scientists including Phil Erickson, assistant director of MIT Haystack Observatory, has resulted in an article in the journal Space Science Reviews.
1st June 2017

Bacteria could supercharge the future of wastewater treatment

Bacteria could supercharge the future of wastewater treatment
Wastewater treatment plants have a PR problem: People don’t like to think about what happens to the waste they flush down their toilets. But for many engineers and microbiologists, these plants are a hotbed of scientific advances, prompting their trade organisation to propose a name change to “water resource recovery facility.”
1st June 2017

Pulverising e-waste is green, clean and cold

Pulverising e-waste is green, clean and cold
  Researchers at Rice University and the Indian Institute of Science have an idea to simplify electronic waste recycling: crush it into nanodust. Specifically, they want to make the particles so small that separating different components is relatively simple compared with processes used to recycle electronic junk now.
31st May 2017

Carbon removal technologies: analysing the risks

Carbon removal technologies: analysing the risks
With the current pace of renewable energy deployment and emissions reductions efforts, the world is unlikely to achieve the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 2ºC above pre-industrial levels. This trend puts in doubt efforts to keep climate change damages from sea level rise, heat waves, drought and flooding in check. A potential solution being widely discussed is removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, also known as “negative emissions.”
22nd May 2017

Human activity may affect space weather

Human activity may affect space weather
Our Cold War history is now offering scientists a chance to better understand the complex space system that surrounds us. Space weather - which can include changes in Earth's magnetic environment - are usually triggered by the sun's activity, but recently declassified data on high-altitude nuclear explosion tests have provided a look at the mechansisms that set off perturbations in that magnetic system.
18th May 2017

Robotic fish monitors the environment

Robotic fish monitors the environment
Researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and University of Florence are developing a bio-inspired robot equipped with special chemical sensors able to detect the pH of water. A group of researchers from Centre for Automation and Robotics (CAR CSIC-UPM) in collaboration with researchers from University of Florence are designing autonomous underwater vehicle with biosensors to monitor water quality.
11th May 2017


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POWER & ENERGY 2017
22nd November 2017
Rwanda Kigali