News

© Litterbase

Litterbase: The Ultimate Map of Ocean Waste and the Damage It Causes to Marine Life

A group of scientists from Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute have compiled the world’s first ever comprehensive database containing information on the location and environmental effects of litter in our oceans. Their findings are published on Litterbase, available in both German and English, and complete with easily comprehensible maps, charts and infographics.  Read on

© The Nubian Vault Association (NVA)

Ancient Earth Roofing Technique Provides Sustainable Housing in Sub-Saharan Regions

An ancient construction method is providing affordable and sustainable housing to people in sub-Saharan regions. Its resurgence has the potential to not just help those lacking resources to build themselves a decent and affordable home, but thanks to new skills and training, it's also giving them a path out of poverty. Read on

© The Land Matrix Global Observatory [Stand 20.03.2017]

Land Matrix Initiative: Making International Land Sales More Transparent

Countless indigenous groups have lost their livelihoods when their land and property has been sold off, with negotiations often happening behind closed doors. The Land Matrix Initiative takes a closer look at the business of land acquisition throughout the world and puts the facts and figures out in the open. Read on

©

Can we Store Energy in the Sea?

Giant concrete spheres at the bottom of the ocean could be the batteries of the future. At least that is what experts from Fraunhofer Institute believe after conducting some successful tests in the lake of Constance. Read on