Are we responsible for the climate change?

Are we responsible for the climate change?

Are we responsible for the climate change?

Are we surely responsible for the climate change? Why is the increase of carbon dioxide really the main problem?

Hard evidence, including studies that use radioactivity to distinguish industrial emissions from natural emissions, shows that the extra gas is coming from human activity.

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Bacteria from Siberian soda lake makes gas without CO2

Bacteria from Siberian soda lake makes gas without CO2

Sorokin at work in Siberia. ‘The white stuff is not snow – it is called trona, a mineral consisting from two forms of soda – NaHCO3 and Na2CO3.

Researchers from Delft and Moscow have discovered a new class of micro organisms in Siberian soda. These organisms grow in saturated soda and convert organic materials into methane gas.

Together with colleagues from US, UK, Germany and Spain, they have published their findings in Nature Microbiology. Read More

Buildings, biggest opportunity reducing carbon

Low CO2 opportunities for Buildings (2)

CO2 emissions savings as high as 5.8 billion tonnes by 2050 WorldWide

Buildings are the biggest opportunity to reduce carbon for cities. A study by the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows that, if implemented globally, energy efficiency measures in the building sector could deliver CO2 emissions savings as high as 5.8 billion tonnes (Gt) by 2050, lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 83 percent below the business-as-usual scenario. 

Most of these technologies are commercially available today and many of them deliver positive financial returns within relatively short payback periods. Read More

German roadmap green transport

German roadmap green transportTransport is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) and thus the biggest contributor to climate change. Light battery electric vehicles are widely seen as the fastest and most cost effective route towards decarbonisation.

For heavy duty vehicle it seems to be less easy.

Transport & Environment Germany has been working on a roadmap how Europe could achieve zero GHG road freight and buses by 2050. Let’s have a look at the German recommendations: Read More

Perovskite Solar Cell Record 23.9% Efficiency

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Perovskite breakthrough may fast-track new solar PV technology

The Belgium IMEC research center developed a new Perovskite solar cell with a conversion efficiency of 23.9%.

According to IMEC this is even more than the conventional silicon solar cells.

This new step is promissing. Even without Perovskites, the cost of solar power is already competitive with fossil fuels in some markets.

If and when this new innovation breaks through commercially, costs will drop even further.

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Promising step in nuclear fusion research

Promising step in nuclear fusion research

The new wall of liquid metal appeared to remain cooler and is capable of repairing itself constantly

A layer of liquid metal may be the anwer to the temperature problem of nuclear fusion. An important obstacle which had to be solved is that the reactor wall is resistant to extremely high temperatures released during power generation.
In Nature Communications, Dutch scientists published a breakthrough for this problem. They discovered that the wall of a reactor can be protected with a thin layer of liquid metal.
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South Asia population in danger because of heat waves

South Asia population in danger because of heat waves

In 2015, a heat wave killed thousands of people in Pakistan

If the global warming continues, heat waves will make parts of South Asia in a hell by the end of this century.

A combination of extreme heat and high humidity will take dangerous forms for residents in dense populations in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

This is predicted by American scientists in the scientific magazine Science Advances. Read More

Green Cement is a growing Market

Green Cement is a growing Market

Green Cement is a growing Market

The global market for Green Cement is expected to more than double between 2016 and 2024 as sustainability becomes a priority for the construction industry. 

The global market is estimated to grow at a substantial pace in the next few years, thanks to the rising encouragement from governments across the world. Read More

Research Report Smart Cities

Delft - Research Report Smart Cities 2015 - 2050

Smart urban design requires an integrated look at the city as a complex of material flows and living environment, which exposes the connections between sources, functions, infrastructure and users.

This Research Report ‘Smart Cities’ has been published by the University Delft. The researchers consider Smart Cities as a way of working on a future-proof city, cleverly making use of people, resources and systems.

In this Delft Smart City research project, students examined the possible impact of recent developments under the heading ‘Smart City’ for Delft.

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Research and innovation to accelerate Europe’s energy transformation

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The SET-plan is about maximizing the potential of the innovations that already are happening by better linking it together. More cross-border, cross-sector integration.

Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete told the audience in his speech last week that Europe needs a more targeted,integrated, and transparent approach to solve the Energy demands of the future. 

Cañete: A rapidly changing energy and climate landscape requires realignment in the way we work.

His SET-Plan is based on three principles: Read More

Research: 30 times more Plastic in Oceans by 2025

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Seals struggle with all the waste that pollutes their environment

For the first time, it’s calculated how much plastic ends in the oceans: at least 5 billion tons a year.

Nineteen times more than thought.

Without measures, the plastic soup will increased thirty times in 2025! For certain marine animal populations, almost every animal has plastic in its stomach.

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