Energy resources exist in different forms - some exist as stocks and are exhaustible, others exist as flows and are inexhaustible. The effects of climate change, and the impact that greenhouse gas emissions have on the atmosphere, are ushering in a reassessment of where our energy supply comes from and, more importantly, how sustainable it is.
Every single search, every streamed video and every email sent, billions of times over all around the world, it's all part of our daily life by now. But it all adds up to an ever-increasing global demand for electricity, and a large digital carbon footprint too. What can we do to reduce the impact our energy-hungry online lives are having on the planet?
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Littering our parks, bus stops and beaches, plastic waste, one of the most serious environmental problems of our times, is quite literally everywhere. Could bioplastics provide a solution? And are they really as sustainable as we might think?
Artificial intelligence has long since solved complex tasks and made our everyday lives easier. But do intelligent computer programmes also provide new solutions for environmental and climate protection?
By utilising Google's powerful Earth Engine, a Brazilian project is efficiently generating the data needed for policymakers to make better decisions about the environment.
Within the SustAIn project, criteria are being developed to assess the sustainability of AI-based systems. We spoke with Friederike Rohde, who coordinates the sub-project at the German Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW).
How do Amazon, Google, Facebook and Co. influence public discourse? And what possibilities are there for regulation? We talked about this with Vérane Meyer and Torben Klausa, authors of a recently published study by the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
Recycling e-waste still presents us with major challenges, partly because the individual components are difficult to separate from one another. However, researchers are developing a new method - with the help of bacteria.