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22nd November 2019

Solar breakthrough creates 1,000°C for industrial processes

Heliogen – a secretive energy company backed by Bill Gates – this week emerged from stealth mode, to reveal a major new breakthrough in concentrated solar.

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10th November 2019

Zero carbon "mini digital city" to begin construction

Bleutech Park, a new mixed-use development within Las Vegas, will feature a range of futuristic and sustainable technologies.

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3rd November 2019

Nanotech solar cells boost efficiency by 10%

Researchers have developed a new film that is applied to solar cells, which combines nanocrystals and microlenses to capture infrared light. This can increase the solar energy conversion efficiency by 10% or more.

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2nd November 2019

New system captures CO2 at any concentration

A new carbon capture system has been demonstrated by MIT, which can work on the gas at almost any concentration using electrodes combined with carbon nanotubes.

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1st November 2019

New study triples estimate of people affected by future sea levels

A study published in Nature concludes that rising sea levels will threaten 300 million people by 2050, more than triple previous estimates.

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27th October 2019

Offshore wind to become a $1 trillion industry by 2040

Offshore wind power will grow exponentially over the next two decades – boosting efforts to decarbonise energy systems and cut air pollution – according to a report published this week.

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18th October 2019

Autonomous ship to cross the Atlantic next year

Marine researchers are building an unmanned, fully-autonomous ship that will cross the Atlantic in 2020, on the 400th anniversary of the original Mayflower voyage.

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17th October 2019

India-Pakistan nuclear war could kill millions and threaten global starvation

A nuclear war between India and Pakistan could, over the span of less than a week, kill 50-125 million people – more than the death toll during all six years of World War II, according to new research.

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27th September 2019

Future sea level predictions revised upwards

The latest IPCC report includes a revised projection for sea level rise, upwards by 10 cm to 1.1 metres by 2100.

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25th September 2019

New climate-monitoring satellite planned for 2026

A new European mission – the Far-infrared Outgoing Radiation Understanding and Monitoring mission ("FORUM") – will add a crucial measurement to help understand Earth's changing climate.

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21st September 2019

Bioreactor stores carbon 400 times more effectively than trees

A new algae-based device – condensed into a block of just 3'x3'x7' volume – can sequester as much carbon as an entire acre of trees. Could this be the solution to climate change?

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18th September 2019

Robotic farming company raises $14.5m in funding

FarmWise, a robotic farming company, is developing AI software and high-precision automation to cleanly pick weeds from fields and eliminate the need for harmful chemical inputs.

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