Each year, at least 8 million tons of plastics leak into the ocean — which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute.
Today New Zealand has joined the United Nations-led CleanSeas campaign to rid our oceans of plastic. Minister Sage signed a pledge showing New Zealand’s commitment to the global CleanSeas campaign at the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Auckland. More than 40 other countries have already signed up.
“Turtles and other wildlife are being killed by litter in our oceans. Also the issue of microplastic in our oceans and its effect on the food chain is a concern for all species and is a potential risk to human health. New Zealand is proud to be joining this campaign to stop this from happening,” Ms Sage said.
Visualization of the proposed SPARC tokamak experiment. Using high-field magnets built with newly available high-temperature superconductors, this experiment would be the first controlled fusion plasma to produce net energy output. Visualization by Ken Filar, PSFC research affiliate
Within 15 years, MIT expects to produce energy from fusion. MIT and Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) collaborate in a new US initiative and decided to take a radically different approach to other efforts to transform fusion fram an exensive science experiment into a viable commercial energy source.
The team intend to use a new class of high-temperature superconductors they predict will allow them to create the world’s first fusion reactor that produces more energy than needs to be put in to get the fusion reaction going. Read More
Pakistani practice a pilot field with Salt Farm Texel
Salt Farm Texel (Netherlands) introduces ‘zero water’ vegetables in drought stricken South Africa.
The Texel initiative, known as S/Zout, features food products that emerge from a collaboration between Studio H and Salt Farm Texel, a Netherlands-based enterprise that grows salt-tolerant potatoes, carrots, onions, lettuce, cabbage and barley. Read More
Greater Shanghai could in theory contain more than 170 million inhabitants by 2020.
The urbanization is going on. By 2030, two-third of the population will live in megacities or even gigacities.
Most of these urban areas will be located in the developed countries of Northern America (82 % of total population), Latin America and the Caribbean (80 %) as well as Europe (73 %). While vast parts of Africa and Asia are still mostly rural, their cities are among the fastest growing in the world. Read More
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In recent times household energy costs have increased which has contributed to the recent strong interest in battery storage solutions. With several brands offering solar energy solutions, one of the most important questions is what product is best for you?
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A consortium of six Dutch organizations parties is developing an unique project: the world’s first floating solar park at sea. The ‘solar ísland’ should be a solution for locations where land surface is scarce, such as islands.
Utrecht University will investigate the energy production of the floating solar park. The park is located about 15 kilometers off the coast of The Hague on the North Sea.
A Polysilicon shortage probably is causing problems for the solar panel industry. Producers of solar panels expect high costs and lower margins due to an unexpected shortage of raw materials.
Last months, the price of pure metallurgical silicon, the most important raw material for solar cells, rose by 35%. According to news agency Bloomberg, the price rose after officials in China closed several factories. Read More
Samuel quickly recognized the overwhelming litter problem in Kenya. Everywhere you look in areas where people live, there is rubbish by the sides of the street, around people’s homes, in school playgrounds, in bushes and trees, in rivers, in the sea and on the beaches.
He and his people gather up and recycle the ubiquitous plastic pollution into construction materials.
“Basically we are substituting plastic for cement,” explained Ngaruiya in an interview with Reuters. The US-trained engineer went on to explain that when the melted plastic cools, it absorbs and “squeezes” the sand, creating a compact and rather strong building material.
The idea is simple: pay locals to gather up plastic debris and pollution, and then repurpose it into useful construction materials (fence poles, roof tiles, road signs, flooring, containers, etc.).
India is trending, boosting Electric Vehicles, the Lithium-ion battery industry, Solar Power and even assigned 100 smart cities
India is changing fast. Since a few years, the country invests huge amounts of money in solar PV projects to supply metro, train and urban areas with green electric energy (goal: 100GW of solar power by 2022).
The latest news is that India intents to boost the development of lithium ion batteries and Tata announced its plans launching an electric version of the Nano car for exclusive use as a fleet car. Read More