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Extinctions Happening 1,000 Times Faster than Normal

Extinctions Happening 1,000 Times Faster than Normal

The populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by an average of 52%, over the 40 years from 1970 to 2010 – well on the way towards a mass extinction, which is defined as a loss of at least 75% of species.  Read more »

World’s Largest Bike Share – Hangzhou

World’s Largest Bike Share – Hangzhou

The scale of bike sharing in China, and Hangzhou in particular, dwarfs anything in the West. Hangzhou has a 50,000-bike system with 2,050 bike-share stations are spaced 300 metres apart in the city centre and less than 800 metres apart in the suburbs.  Read more »

Hydrogen from Wastewater

Hydrogen from Wastewater

Researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona have reported that they have developed an efficient way to obtain electrical energy and hydrogen in a wastewater treatment process. The system uses bacteria which consume the organic material and generate electricity which is used to produce hydrogen.   Read more »

Lake Chad – Linking Climate, Water and Terrorism

Lake Chad – Linking Climate, Water and Terrorism

The changes in the lake have contributed to local lack of water, crop failures, livestock deaths, collapsed fisheries, soil salinity and increasing poverty throughout the region. All of this has turned the region into a hotbed of tribal violence and terrorism.  Read more »

Atmospheric CO2 Used for Energy Storage Products

Atmospheric CO2 Used for Energy Storage Products

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a new way to take some of the atmospheric carbon dioxide that’s causing the greenhouse effect and use it to make an advanced, high-value material for use in energy storage products.  Read more »

Long Lasting Solar Thermal Material Absorbs 90% of Light

Long Lasting Solar Thermal Material Absorbs 90% of Light

A new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar power plants can absorb and convert to heat more than 90% of the sunlight falling on it, withstand temperatures of more than 700ºC and survive for many years.  Read more »

Solar Panels for Walls and Paths

Solar Panels for Walls and Paths

A Swiss non-profit company, has developed a technology which allows solar panels to be different colors. Meanwhile, Dutch engineers have installed the world’s first bike path made from solar panels.  Read more »

Electricity from Jet Fuel at Room Temperature

Electricity from Jet Fuel at Room Temperature

University of Utah engineers have developed the first room-temperature fuel cell that uses enzymes to help jet fuel produce electricity without needing to ignite the fuel.  Read more »

Quick, Cheap Removal of Arsenic from Water

Quick, Cheap Removal of Arsenic from Water

An Associate Professor at the University of Florida has developed a quick, cheap and easy way to filter arsenic from water. Arsenic is one of the most common environmental pollutants, affecting millions of people worldwide.  Read more »

New Process Triples Biogas Production from Waste

New Process Triples Biogas Production from Waste

Researchers in Spain have developed the new “BiogàsPlus” technology which increases the production of biogas by 200% with a controlled introduction of iron oxide nanoparticles to the process of organic waste treatment.  Read more »