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7th August 2019

Ice-making submarine could help restore Arctic

A recent design competition hosted in Thailand included a geoengineering proposal to help re-freeze the Arctic using fleets of ice-making submarines.

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6th August 2019

In the future, this electricity-free tech could help cool buildings

A new device can help to cool parts of buildings by up to 11°C (20°F), without using electricity.

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5th August 2019

Nikolai Kardashev, 1932-2019

Nikolai Kardashev, an inspiration to many in the futurist community, has died aged 87.

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31st July 2019

Energy storage market to exceed 1,000GW globally by 2040

Bloomberg New Energy Finance is predicting a 122-fold increase in global energy storage capacity in the next 20 years.

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23rd July 2019

Iceland: A letter to the future

Iceland's first glacier lost to climate change will be remembered with a monument at its former site, intended to deliver a message to future generations.

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6th July 2019

Reforestation could capture two-thirds of carbon emissions

A new assessment of global tree cover has found 0.9 billion hectares of land available for planting forests. This could store more than 200 gigatonnes of carbon.

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28th June 2019

Nokia reveals next-generation battery with 2.5 times longer life

A new, innovative formula for battery composition makes batteries far more powerful, packing 2.5 times the life of anything currently on the market.

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21st June 2019

New computer memory device uses 100 times less energy than DRAM

Researchers have described a new electronic memory device able to record or delete data using 100 times less energy than DRAM and 1,000 times less than Flash.

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10th June 2019

Ocado to invest £17m in vertical farming

One of the world's largest online-only food retailers today announced a venture to develop new vertical farming systems for clients around the world.

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7th June 2019

Beyond Carbon – an effort to close all remaining coal plants in the U.S. by 2030

Michael Bloomberg today launched "Beyond Carbon" – the largest coordinated campaign and the largest philanthropic effort to address climate change ever undertaken in the United States.

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3rd June 2019

Desalination with zero emissions

Solar Water Solutions, a Finnish water technology company, has developed a new desalination system that is 100% solar powered.

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27th May 2019

Body mass of mammals will decline by 25% over the next century

Researchers predict that the average (median) body mass of mammals will shrink by 25% by 2100, due to the impact of human activity.

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18th May 2019

Nearly a quarter of West Antarctic is now unstable

A study reveals that nearly a quarter of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is now unstable, with melt rates up to five times faster than 25 years previously.

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17th May 2019

Bacteria that produce 10% of world's oxygen are threatened by plastic pollution

Researchers at Macquarie University report that plastic pollution is harming the growth, photosynthesis and oxygen production of Prochlorococcus, the ocean's most abundant photosynthetic bacteria, responsible for 10% of oxygen breathed by humans.

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16th May 2019

Homai Sapiens: Facing Up to Our Extinction

A guest piece by author Marcus van der Erve, PhD.

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9th May 2019

Radical new desalination technique may disrupt the water industry

Researchers at Columbia University report a new desalination method for hypersaline brines, known as "temperature swing solvent extraction (TSSE)", which is low-cost and efficient.

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7th May 2019

Rare chemical element could power spacecraft for up to 400 years

UK scientists have reported the first generation of usable electricity from americium, which could lead to the development of "space batteries" that power missions for up to 400 years.

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24th April 2019

Mining for clean tech will place huge strain on environment

A report by nonprofit organisation Earthworks highlights the impact of a clean technology boom on mineral demand.

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23rd April 2019

Arctic emissions of N2O may be 12 times higher than thought

Warming Arctic permafrost may be releasing far more nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, than previously thought.

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13th April 2019

Floating city concept presented at UN

Architects working alongside a company called Oceanix have presented a concept for floating cities, which could allow people to live sustainably while surviving the effects of climate change.

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2nd April 2019

Food giant aims to regenerate one million acres of farmland by 2030

One of the world's largest food companies has announced a long-term sustainability plan to address soil health, biodiversity, farmer economic resilience and climate change.

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23rd March 2019

Oslo's taxis will be completely emission-free by 2023

Wireless fast-charging infrastructure based on induction technology is being planned for taxis in the Norwegian capital.

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28th February 2019

Scientists turn carbon dioxide back into coal

Researchers have demonstrated a liquid metal catalyst able to turn carbon dioxide gas back into coal. This method could potentially offer a new way to store carbon in solid form.

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27th February 2019

Climate policies are effective at reducing emissions

Policies aimed at cutting CO2 emissions in developed economies are beginning to pay off, according to new research.

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12th February 2019

Australia on track to reach climate targets by 2025

Australia is now installing more renewable power per person each year than any other country – putting it on course to meet its entire Paris Agreement emissions reduction targets five years early.

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9th February 2019

Negative CO2 emissions project gets underway

The first carbon dioxide has been captured using C-Capture technology at Drax Power Station in the UK. This pilot project could lead to a fully operational plant by the mid-2020s, helping to reverse the emissions responsible for climate change.

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5th February 2019

Himalayas will lose at least one-third of glaciers by 2100

A new study concludes that 36% of glaciers along the Hindu Kush and Himalaya range will disappear by 2100, even with rapid cuts in carbon emissions. Without emission reductions, the loss could reach two-thirds.

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23rd January 2019

Electric vehicle sales to increase ten-fold by 2030

More than 20 million electric vehicles will be sold annually by the end of the next decade, according to a new analysis.

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23rd January 2019

Greenland ice sheet melting faster than previously thought

Scientists report that the Greenland ice sheet is melting four times faster than in 2003.

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18th January 2019

Florida utility plans to install 30 million solar panels by 2030

Florida Power & Light Company has announced a "30-by-30" plan to install over 30 million solar panels by 2030 and make the state of Florida a world leader in the production of solar energy.

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15th January 2019

Six-fold increase in Antarctic ice loss since 1979

A new study in the journal PNAS finds that Antarctica experienced a six-fold increase in yearly ice mass loss between 1979 and 2017.

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12th January 2019

Bioengineering of rice could boost grain yield by 27%

A new bioengineering approach for boosting photosynthesis in rice plants could increase grain yield by up to 27%, according to a study published in the journal Molecular Plant.

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8th January 2019

Genetic "shortcut" boosts plant growth by 40%

Scientists report the engineering of crops with a photorespiratory "shortcut" to boost plant growth by 40% in real-world agronomic conditions.

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6th December 2018

World's largest container shipping group pledges to go carbon neutral by 2050

Danish conglomerate Maersk, the world's largest container ship and supply vessel operator, has announced a plan to cut its carbon emissions to zero by 2050.

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1st December 2018

UK to begin carbon capture and storage in 2020s

The UK government has announced plans for the country's first carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) project. Thousands of such facilities will be needed worldwide by 2060.

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28th November 2018

Fusion experiment in China exceeds 100 million °C

China has confirmed that plasma in the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) exceeded 100 million degrees Celsius.

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