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How large businesses can benefit from renewable energy

How large businesses can benefit from renewable energy
According to Apple, the large green spaces, wellness centre and 805,000 square-feet of solar panels at its second campus makes it the best office in the world. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial parts supplier, EU Automation, explains how large businesses can benefit from renewable energy. Apple Campus Two, also known as the Spaceship, generates all of the energy required to power the 175-acre campus with renewable sources.
26th March 2018

British Science Week aims to tackle plastic pollutions with drones

British Science Week aims to tackle plastic pollutions with drones
For some time now, plastic pollution has been at the forefront of the environmental news agenda, but it’s only in the last few years where governments, corporations and the everyday consumer have come together to ramp up their efforts and face this problem head on. Most recently, restaurant chains and supermarkets have confirmed their commitment to reducing the level of plastic in their products, while governments have urged people to recycle more vigorously.
13th March 2018

Giant curtain aids cloud forests study

Giant curtain aids cloud forests study
A researcher from Lund University in Sweden has managed to install a huge curtain in a remote cloud forest in South America. The aim is to study how these valuable forests are affected if clouds are elevated due to global warming. The world’s cloud forests are facing the threat of rapid climate change, as global warming may lead to clouds being pushed higher up in the sky. If the lowest level of clouds, known as the cloud base, is raised, it could have a major impact on these forests.
7th March 2018


How biofuels from plant fibres could fight global warming

How biofuels from plant fibres could fight global warming
Scientists, companies and government agencies are hard at work on decreasing greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. In recent years, biofuels produced from corn have emerged as a fuel source to power motor vehicles and, perhaps, airplanes. But corn is problematic as a biofuel source material. It’s resource-intensive to grow, creates many environmental impacts, and is more useful as food.
27th February 2018

Multifunctional sensor package to monitor the ocean

Multifunctional sensor package to monitor the ocean
The ocean provides us with food and raw materials, as well as vital transport routes and opportunities for leisure activities; however, it is under pressure from climate change and pollution. Sustainable ocean management that relies on detailed, continuous monitoring of the marine environment is urgently needed. Water samples are normally taken from the ocean and analysed in land-based laboratories, but this approach is costly and provides a mere ‘snapshot’ in time and space.
14th February 2018

Ultrafine aerosol particles intensify rainfall in Amazon region

Ultrafine aerosol particles intensify rainfall in Amazon region
A study published in the journal Science shows how the presence in the atmosphere of ultrafine aerosol particles (less than 50 nm in diameter) can intensify the cloud formation process and rainfall in the Amazon region. According to the authors of the article, these nanoparticles have always been thought too small to play a significant role in regulating the hydrologic cycle. While this is indeed the case in polluted areas such as European and US cities, or São Paulo in Southeast Brazil, their role in the Amazon is different.
14th February 2018

Making sense of climate change through data mining

Making sense of climate change through data mining
Big data and data mining have provided several breakthroughs in fields such as health informatics, smart cities and marketing. The same techniques, however, have not delivered consistent key findings for climate change. There are a few reasons why. The main one is that previous data mining work in climate science, and in particular in the analysis of climate teleconnections, has relied on methods that offer rather simplistic 'yes or no' answers.
18th January 2018

Brazil launches Center for Research in Genomics Applied to Climate Change

Brazil launches Center for Research in Genomics Applied to Climate Change
FAPESP and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) are partners in the Center for Research in Genomics Applied to Climate Change, hosted by the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and formally established on December 13, 2017, during an event held at FAPESP's headquarters, in São Paulo. The research center’s mission is to create biotechnological assets that increase plant resistance to drought and heat, and to transfer technology to the productive sector.
20th December 2017

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


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