Scientists are doing their best to create a circular, trash-free world.
US scientists have developed a solar converter that harvests both sunlight and heat at 85% efficiency and a new type of biopolymer could revolutionise soft robotics as it can reverse any undergone damage within seconds. More good news.
Atlanta plans to transform 7 acres of vacant forested land into a public food forest; the illegal killing of elephants in Africa has decreased by 6 percent since 2011; Jacqueville, a small coastal city on the Ivory Coast, is testing solar-powered taxis.
Paris is creating the city’s largest garden near Eiffel Tower; the UK government will fund the planting of 130,000 trees in English cities and towns; a new desalination system uses solar power to turn ocean water into drinking water.
Del Taco customers will soon be able to request pea-based, environmentally-friendly “meat” as an alternative to any protein in Del Taco products; Israeli researchers are running a unique experiment in order to understand the psychology behind the Israel-Palestine conflict; Australia installed almost 50 percent more rooftop panels in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year.
Solar-powered pumps increase agricultural production in Nepal and prevent farmers from migrating for the purpose of finding jobs; as tourism booms in Dublin, My Streets Ireland gives homeless new skills and a source of income; and by storing cell material in a stem cell Noah’s Ark, Norwegian researchers are paving the way to preserving critically endangered animals and providing blueprints for lab-grown meat production.
A new study shows that in Latin America, higher inequality leads to more deforestation, with lower inequality resulting in higher forest protections, UK sandwich chain Pret a Manger’s charitable foundation will open a hostel for homeless aiming to empower people affected by homelessness, poverty, and trauma, and in land-scarce Southeast Asia, solar arrays are now being placed on floating installations in lakes, dams, reservoirs, and at sea.
With most remote facilities off-grid, solar power is allowing doctors to perform surgery, deliver babies, and other basic services that require electricity; thanks to 1,600 new school centers, over 145,000 refugees in Bangladesh have been able to resume their education; and a Swedish scientist makes fuel from tree waste.