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Government urged to focus on lifecycle emissions as part of net-zero target

Any plans to enshrine a net-zero carbon target into UK law will need to examine the lifecycle emissions of new infrastructure, technology and products – a move the can spur rapid growth for new low-carbon market standards. The Aldersgate Group believes that the net-zero target could bolster opportunities for UK businesses That is one of […]
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Salt-based energy storage

As more renewable energy arrays come online across the globe, and with battery prices plummeting, energy storage is widely regarded as one of the essential technologies for decarbonising the power sector. But with concerns about the technical capabilities of lithium-ion batteries – and the ethical and environmental impacts of the metals used to make them – […]
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New York is curbing food waste and helping people in need with a new initiative

New York is making important strides toward reducing food waste and greenhouse gas emissions. The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, recently agreed to a new food waste initiative with the state legislature that will recycle scraps and send wholesome food to people in need. The new law is called the Food Donation and Food Scrap Recycling […]
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One third of the global power capacity now comes from renewable energy

After years of hard work and dedication, a third of the global power capacity is now linked to renewable energy. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) just released new data that shows impressive growth in both wind and solar energy, which has contributed to the changes in energy sources around the globe. Locations differed in the […]
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Tech accelerators help nonprofits fast-track technology aimed at solving environmental challenges

Innovative partnerships provide the coaching, capital and connections needed to turn bright ideas into sustainable solutions. Zero Mass Water, a US-based start-up that uses solar panels to pull drinkable water directly from the air, receives funding and coaching from a tech accelerator programme. It is currently being assisted for a project in Australia which aims to […]
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More than a nature series, Netflix’s Our Planet is a call to action

Narrated by renowned environmentalist David Attenborough, Netflix’s latest documentary series is a stunning insight into the world of animals and an urgent plea to protect their fast disappearing habitats. The world’s vast and rich ecosystems are in peril, and by ignoring our complicity in their decline, humans are in danger too. This is the message Our Planet, a […]
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Caffeine gives solar cells an energy boost

Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Solargiga Energy in China have discovered that caffeine can help make a promising alternative to traditional solar cells more efficient at converting light to electricity. Their research, published April 25 in the journal Joule, may enable this cost-effective renewable energy technology to compete on the market […]
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Bank of America commits $300bn to sustainable finance

Bank of America has issued its third commitment to sustainable finance, pledging to mobilise an additional $300bn (£230bn) in capital by 2030, with a previous commitment set to be achieved six years ahead of schedule. In 2018, Bank of America deployed more than $50bn on projects that impacted areas outlined by the SDGs. Image: Bank […]
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The Cool Coalition: Business giants unite in drive for low-emission cooling

A coalition of more than 20 businesses, NGOs, local authorities, policymakers and higher education establishments have forged a new joint initiative aimed at spurring the global transition to low-emission cooling. According to the UN, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from cooling are currently on track to increase by 90% by 2050 Dubbed the “Cool Coalition” and […]
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Eco-friendly search engine helps to plant over 50 million trees

Students are helping to turn clicks into trees through the use of an eco-friendly search engine Ecosia funding helped to plant trees in Senegal (Credit: Ecosia) Students from the University of Sussex have helped contribute to the planting of over 54 million trees across Africa, South America and Indonesia by switching to an eco-friendly search […]
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Grocery giant ALDI announces 100% sustainable packaging by 2025

This week, supermarket chain ALDI pledged to offer 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging on all of their products by 2025. In a press statement released early this month, the company outlined their specific goals to reduce plastic packaging throughout their stores over the next five years. ALDI is a major grocery chain with 1,800 stores across 35 states. […]
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“Cityproof” wind turbines

Traditional wind turbines can only capture wind travelling in one direction unless they are steered, and are notoriously inefficient in cities where wind routinely gets trapped between buildings. Fortunately, a solution capable of harnessing wind power in urban regions has been developed by Turkish cleantech startup Deveci Tech. Called Enil, the vertical axis turbines turn when […]
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