Hydrogen trains getting ready in Germany to combat pollution

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on June 12, 2020

Hydrogen trains getting ready in Germany to combat pollution

During a year and a half, two passenger locomotives with a battery that transforms hydrogen and oxygen into electricity have been tested successfully…

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Planting 1 billion trees with a drone in Canada... and beyond

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on June 8, 2020

Planting 1 billion trees with a drone in Canada... and beyond

Plants are essential to reduce pollution and curb global warming, as they absorb carbon. To plant a tree, we usually use sacks and shovels. However, technology allows now to do it 10 times faster and 20% cheaper. How? Using drones! A Canadian startup is reforesting a forest in Toronto with 40,000 pine and fir trees after a fire…

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A Norwegian village with sunlight thanks to three huge mirrors

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on May 28, 2020

A Norwegian village with sunlight thanks to three huge mirrors

Did you know that vitamin D keeps depression away and regulate circadian sleep cycles? The biggest natural resource of such vitamin is natural lighting. However, there are places on our planet where people receive very few hours of sunlight, especially in certain seasons. In a remote Norwegian town called Rjukan, people live without light for six months a year! The reason, the shadow of the mountains surrounding their deep valley do not let the sun light the streets…

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Using artificial intelligence to save coral reefs

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on May 13, 2020

Using artificial intelligence to save coral reefs

CORaiL, an artificial intelligence-based solution to monitor, classify and analyse the resistance of coral reefs is currently being developed by Intel, Accenture and the Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation. Coral reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, with more than 800 coral species providing habitat and refuge for approximately 25% of the world's marine life…

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A new edible and biodegradable packaging to avoid the use of plastic in the supermarket

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on March 16, 2020

A new edible and biodegradable packaging to avoid the use of plastic in the supermarket

This sustainable container, developed over two years by The Catalan Plastic Center of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain) and the researcher Farayde Fakhouri, is an alternative to plastics and comes from plant sources formed by natural compounds that offer different properties that, combined with other materials, allow the interaction of food with the atmosphere to be modified, protecting the food and extending its useful life. With a budget of 10 million euros financed between ACCI…

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It is now possible to produce energy from nothing!

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on February 26, 2020

It is now possible to produce energy from nothing!

Can you imagine a device that produces electricity from nothing, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Electrical engineer Jun Yao and microbiologist Derek Lovley, both of the University of Massachusets Amherst (USA), have created a device called 'Air-gen' or air-powered generator that uses a natural protein to generate electricity from just the humidity of the air. This air generator connects electrodes to the protein nanowires (just 7 microns thick, one-tenth of a human hair), generating electric c…

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T-shirts made from Wood and Algae

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by Susana Díez

Posted on November 28, 2019

T-shirts made from Wood and Algae

The clothes industry is the second most contaminating only behind oil. Although some companies are trying to reduce their waste, great advances have not been achieved. Now, a little startup located in London has developed a system to make t-shirts that are completely recycled. They don't use the usual tissues, they have created a new one. The T-shirts are made of wood pulp and algae and at the end of their life, they can be composted or buried it…

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An oasis in the middle a desert

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by Susana Díez

Posted on October 17, 2019

An oasis in the middle a desert

Sometimes personal initiatives are more successful than government programs. In the mountainous northern regions of India, Anand Dhawaj Negi managed to create an oasis where there was nothing before. When he retired from his job he was able to devote himself to his passion.   The Department of Agriculture of India had declared an area of more than 1 million acres as uncultivable. But our protagonist decided to try on his own to change this situation…

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A bottle saved lives

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by Susana Díez

Posted on September 23, 2019

A bottle saved lives

Sometimes old resources have unexpected results. Curtis Whitson and his family were rescued because he sent a message in a bottle. They had decided to go camping for a few days in June. He knew a beautiful area of the Arroyo Seco River in California and his girlfriend and his son were interested in knowing the region. The first day, they started down the river and the experience was very exciting…

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Less packaging more breathing

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by Susana Díez

Posted on September 5, 2019

Less packaging more breathing

We have a problem with ocean pollution, but we have also the solution: producing less plastic packaging. There are a lot of countries and companies are working for recycling and created solutions for an environment cleaner. For example:   In New Zealand, a supermarket called “New World” doesn' t pack fruit and vegetables so they save tonnes of plastic every year…

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