Environment

 

Climate change, environmental destruction, biodiversity loss – the challenges we face are huge. But despair isn’t a great source of motivation. Here we flip the narrative of typical climate change reporting to look at innovative solutions to today’s environmental challenges.

Will a New Algorithm Rating the Sustainability of Our Food Change Consumer and Producer Behaviour?

When it comes to your weekly shopping, which products are the most sustainable? A new project ranks 57,000 popular food items.

EIBA

EIBA: Using AI to Support the Circular Economy

The EIBA project is developing an AI that identifies end-of-life parts to help reuse products instead of merely recycling them.

New Mineralisation Process Claims to Make Cement Cleaner and More Profitable at the Same Time

Cement is often the lifeblood or urbanisation, but it comes at a huge environmental cost. New research hopes to incentivise cleaner technologies by making cement more profitable.

Interview: Climate Neutrality in Industry 4.0 – How Do We Get There?

In Germany, industry is responsible for around a quarter of all CO2 emissions. We talked to Grischa Beier (IASS Potsdam) about how industry can reduce its massive CO2 emissions with the help of digitalisation.

Can Synthetic Trees Help Solve Global Water Scarcity?

Many innovative designs have experimented with producing clean water from contaminated or salt water. A new approach takes inspiration from mangrove trees.

The Smartphone App Letting You Scan for Dangerous Chemicals as You Shop

What dangerous chemicals are in your shopping bag? AskREACH's app will let you know from your smartphone.

Bits&Bäume

Interview: “Digitisation urgently needs to be used for justice and environmental protection – the Bits and Bäume Conference is more important than ever.”

From 30 September to 2 October 2022, the second Bits and Bäume (Bits & Trees) Conference will take place at Technische Universität Berlin. We talked to Friederike Hildebrandt about the role of digitalisation at German environmental NGO BUND, as well as the importance of the conference.

Sustainable Software: How Free Licences Help Conserve Resources

Software has become a key resource in our digital society. Free licences guarantee its long-term availability. Furthermore, the use of free software can also directly and indirectly conserve natural resources.