BetterWorldConstructions Green Architecture and Urban Development
BetterWorldConstructions aims to close the loop of low carbon construction chains. Therefore we organize a workshop named ‘The Future of Building Circular’ in the Netherlands, April 20, 2017.
We invited the networks of clients, architects and suppliers in the bio-composite materials construction chain, circular construction and low-carbon concrete industries in the Netherlands and in Belgium. Read More
Renewable energy now accounts for 24% of global power generation and 16% of primary energy supply. To achieve decarbonisation, the report states that, by 2050, renewables should be 80% of power generation and 65% of total primary energy supply.
Irena (International Renewable Energy Agency) concluded in a new study that is possible to produce CO2-free global energy in 2060. According to Irena, by 2050 it would by possible to decrease emissions by 70%.
From a press release by IRENA
‘(…) Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can be reduced by 70% by 2050 and completely phased-out by 2060 with a net positive economic outlook, according to new findings released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Perspectives for the Energy Transition: Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy Transition, launched on the occasion of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, presents the case that increased deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency in G20 countries and globally can achieve the emissions reductions needed to keep global temperature rise to no more than two-degrees Celsius, avoiding the most severe impacts of climate change.
During three years of research involving thousands of experiments, the CUNY chemical engineers achieved both goals by intercalating (inserting) copper into a kind of manganese dioxide known as birnessite that had been modified with the metal bismuth.
Cuny researchers developed a new battery which is able to charge thousands of times and will save a lot of energy at low costs.
The researchers were able to achieve both goals in a single battery.
They reached the “magic number” of $ 100 per kilowatt hour for energy, according to Bright.
In the transition period, storage and transportation of fossil fuels such as gasoline, diesel and kerosene will grow. International cargo flows remain important als long as societies still can not fully rely on green alternatives.
According to climate researchers, more rain than snow will fall in the Arctic. Moreover, oceans are getting hotter, and they’re also losing oxygen
According to climate researchers in the Netherlands, at the end of this century more rain than snow will fall in the Arctic. It was already known that, due to global warming, up to 60% more precipitation would fall in the Arctic.
The researchers now argue that it mainly involves rain, while scientists always presuppose the precipitation would be snow. Read More
In response to worsening air pollution problems in many of Europe’s largest cities, Barcelona (Spain) and Munich (Germany) have been moved to action. In Barcelona’s case, voluntarily, and in Munich’s case, as the result of a court order.
From 2018 there will be bans on diesel cars in Munich.
The court order in Munich follows legal action taken by Transport and Environment’s German member DUH to force action on Bavaria’s breaching of EU air pollution limits in some locations.
At its core, blockchain technology is a way to transfer any kind of data or information in a fast, tracked, and secure way without the need for an intermediary institution. Initially developed to allow peers to directly exchange digital currency faster and at lower cost, blockchain is now yielding a variety of promising new solutions beyond financial services.
The blockchain technology has attracted public interest as it provides an effective instrument to satisfy the needs of people to cooperate horizontally with each other in economic and social spheres like energy microgrids.
Blockchain technology is an innovative method of storing and validating data that permits direct transactions between energy producers and consumers.
By modifying the structures of molecules used in the positive and negative electrolyte solutions, and making them water soluble, the Harvard team was able to engineer a battery that loses only one percent of its capacity per 1000 cycles.
Harvard scientists have developed a new flow battery which stores energy in liquid, works 10 years without energy loss and is much safer than lithium-ion batteries.
After a few years of heavy use, most lithium-ion batteries suddenly loose a lot of storage capacity. You surely recognize this from your smartphone, but that’s also a problem for energy storage which should last a very long time to store solar energy. Scientists at Harvard University have found a possible solution.
The new technology promises a battery definitely lasting ten years without losing much capacity. The solution is applied to a so-called flow-battery. The flow battery stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. This new chemistry allows for a non-toxic, non-corrosive battery with an exceptionally long lifetime and offers the potential to significantly decrease the costs of production.
In 1989, the organization changed the design of a drilling platform in order to take account of extreme weather and rising sea levels.
Shell produced a report on global warming called ‘Climate of Concern’ in 1986. In 1991 they made the video documentary for the public. It warned that trends in global temperatures raised serious risks of famines, floods and climate refugees.
But in the quarter century since, Shell has continued to invest heavily in fossil fuels.
Already in the eighties, Shell understood that climate change would affect its own operations. In 1989, the organization changed the design of a drilling platform in order to take account of extreme weather and rising sea levels.
Festivals encourage the donation of urine. It could be also used for batteries according to Standford University
Researchers at Stanford University have developed an inexpensive battery for renewable energy. This is done by making use of urea, a substance which is to be found in fertilizers and urine. Isn’t this great news?
If you can prove something like a hydrogen society can work in a city like Tokyo, then it’s a matter of how do they scale it, how do the Japanese ensure that all the ancillary consequences have been addressed, and you only really do this by testing it out.
Japan is moving faster than expected toward an hydrogen energy future. Prime Minister Abe has become a vocal advocate for hydrogen – both to stimulate developments in technology and to help the resource-poor nation lower greenhouse gases. With Japan relying more on fossil fuels since the shuttering of most of its nuclear reactors after the Fukushima disaster almost six years ago, it’s a push that’s gained more urgency.
Toyota is at the forefront of Japan’s efforts to use hydrogen and fuel cells to power cars, heat homes and keep factories running. Other companies pursuing the technology include Panasonic Corp, Toshiba Corp and JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. Read More
Between the years 1986 and 2006, Toronto experienced not one but eight storms of the magnitude that had been predicted to occur no more than once in a quarter-century. The Finch Avenue Washout was the capper, a one-in-100-years storm for which the city’s infrastructure was woefully under-designed.
The Netherlands is to host a new Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaption (GCEA), set up by the Dutch and Japanese governments in collaboration with the UN environment programme (UNEP).
The centre will advise countries, businesses and organizations on how to adapt their practices to comply with the Paris climate change agreement, which comprises measures designed to keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees.
Eco cities have a huge opportunity to impact the magnitude of climate exchange: after all, larger cities are consuming two thirds of the world’s energy and responsible for emitting over 70% of global CO2 emissions.
We analyzed the key objectives of the top 10 eco cities that were ranked highest in terms of environmental sustainability. Read More