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.

Sea Power – Solutions from our Oceans and Rivers

Our seas and oceans are an impressive force of nature, but they also hold the potential for innovative new environmental solutions.

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Recycleye: Robotics and Image Recognition Team Up for Automated Trash Sorting

For many people, tossing garbage into the bin marks the end of their relationship with it. It has now become someone else's responsibility and - if it has not been disposed of properly - someone else’s problem.

Introducing the Climate Solutions Inspired by Nature

From sensors inspired by dandelion seeds, to sensors installed on the heads of seals. Sometimes nature itself provides the inspiration for modern environmental technology.

Lab-On-a-Fish: The New Biosensor Being Described as ‘Fitness Tech for Fish’

Humans have put a lot of obstacles in the way of fish wishing to migrate and spawn. A new 'Fitbit for Fish' will test just how stressful their journeys are.

Ecoworks: Making Old Buildings Carbon Negative with a Second Skin

Converting older buildings with energy saving insulation is often costly and time consuming. A German startup wants to make the process more efficient and convenient.

Renewable Energy – Environmentally Friendly and Low Cost Energy from Inexhaustible Sources

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.

How to Reduce Your Digital Carbon Footprint

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?

Can Artificial Whale Excrement Restore the Natural Balance of the Ocean?

Whale faeces is the starting point of many food chains in the ocean. Researchers are now trying to use excrement from the lab as fertiliser to boost the CO2 storage of the oceans.

Okular: Free Image Viewer Becomes the World’s First Eco-Certified Software

Energy use and digital technology isn't just all about hardware. Software can also have a huge impact on the energy requirements of our technology.