Atlanta joins 26 other US cities, commits to run entirely on renewable energy by 2035
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One by one major US cities are committing themselves to a green future and every one of them wants to run 100 percent on renewable energy by 2035   Earlier this month Atlanta lawmakers approved a resolution that puts the city on track to run entirely... Read more
Swiss scientists are growing glaciers to turn back the effects of global warming
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A crazy plan to re-freeze the arctic isn’t as crazy as it sounds, and now Swiss scientists are trying it out to regrow their glaciers   Earlier in the year a team of scientists announced their outlandish plans to re-freeze the Arctic by installing... Read more
Japanese scientists want to be the first to drill into the Earth’s mantle
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to drill through the the Earth’s mantle will not only help us predict earthquakes better, but it will also give us a complete record of the formation of Earth   Last week a team of Japanese scientists, backed by the Japanese government,... Read more
Harvard gets ready to geoengineer the Earth’s atmosphere
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Climate change still looks like it’s a runaway train, albeit that optimists think that hope is on the horizon, but there are still many people in the scientific community that think we need Plan B in case Plan A fails   In a first... Read more
Australia is building the world’s biggest solar farm
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With solar technology improving in efficiency, and reducing in cost countries now seem to be racing to embrace it and the projects are getting bigger and bigger   The record for the largest solar power plant keeps changing hands,. One minute it’s Africa, the next... Read more
Fast, deadly laser wielding underwater robots revolutionise fish farming
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Inventors have found a novel way to combine new technologies together to help fish farmers reduce pollution, reduce costs and improve the yield, and health, of their farm reared Salmon   When you think about laser-wielding robots that are equipped with the latest machine... Read more
A river in New Zealand was just granted human rights to protect it from pollution
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an age where environmental destruction is still commonplace a river in New Zealand is about to reap the benefits of being given the same rights as a human being   In a world first, and in an age where we are beginning to... Read more
Scientists set new solar panel efficiency record
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Solar power is now coming of age and every innovation, and every breakthrough only helps to accelerate its adoption   Turning sunlight, which is basically photons, into electricity, electrons, is a surprisingly tricky thing. While there have been experiments that have created solar arrays that can... Read more
Google Project Sunroof shows off solars huge potential in the US
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over eighty percent of homes in the US could run solar panels and if you want to wean yourself off of fossil fuels then that could be great news   It sounds like an obvious thing, but if you’re a company who’s selling solar... Read more
Smog and waste push China to cancel the roll out of 103 coal fired power stations
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Coal fired power stations are regarded as the most polluting form of energy production, this latest roll back of investment in coal could be good news for the environment   At the same time that China’s government is talking about creating new global energy... Read more
India brings the world’s largest solar power plant online
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Solar power is now the cheapest form of electricity in 58 countries, with more capacity coming online that number’s only going to get bigger   China might be largest producer of solar energy in the world, but neighbouring India is equally ambitious. In the... Read more
New solar panels generate electricity from rain
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new range of all weather solar panels could help further reduce the world’s reliance on fossil fuels and make renewable energy an even more attractive proposition   Solar panel technology has changed the way many people bring energy into their homes, but it’s always... Read more
Syria returns 50,000 seeds to the Global Seed Bank
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The global seed bank at Svalbard in the depths of the Arctic Circle is humanity’s last line of defence that prevents crucial crops being lost forever   Today, the seeds of over 50,000 different varieties of crops, including cabbages, wheat, lettuce, sweet peas, and many... Read more
Conservationists are saving coral reefs, one 3D printed coral at a time
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With more coral bleaching events becoming more common, and increasingly severe, conservations are struggling to preserve some of the world’s finest reefs   A lot has changed since Fabien Cousteau’s grandfather Jacques started teaching about marine conservation in the 1950s, for a start we’re... Read more
China’s new climate control program is a monster
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A large part of China is arid, with serious implications on the people’s livelihoods and health, the new climate control program will improve their living conditions   China, the world’s second largest economy, announced on Wednesday that it’s going to spend $168 million on... Read more
Scientists have a plan to re-freeze the Arctic
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Arctic is melting at its fastest rate ever, and with temperatures 20C above normal scientists want us to take drastic action   Physicist Steven Desch has come up with a novel solution to the problems that now beset the Arctic. He and a... Read more
An extinction gene and glowing mice help scientists eradicate invasive species
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The question of whether or not to use gene drives, an extinction technology, to eradicate pests and invasive species is divisive but it looks set to get the go ahead   Scientists working with US conservation group Island Conservation say they’ve managed to establish... Read more
It’s a monster, world’s largest wind turbine means business
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The cost of renewable energy is beginning to fall as the technologies mature, now the world’s largest wind turbine wants to step out from solar power’s shadow   Wind energy is one of the most promising renewable energy resources in the world, right after... Read more
Genetically modified super cows are resistant to tuberculosis
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every year in the UK over 36,000 cattle that contract TB are culled, but now that might end up being a thing of the past   Tuna and pigs recently got their own slice of emerging technology action by getting their own blockchains, but... Read more
Scientists propose using sound to stop killer tsunamis at sea
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over the years tsunami’s have killed hundreds of thousands of people, now scientists think they have a way to stop them in their tracks before they reach shore   Most people know that if you want to cancel a wave out – whether it’s... Read more
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