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Concrete is one of the most abundant products on earth after water. The problem is, it uses cement which accounts for about 10% of the global CO2 emissions. Cabricrete, a Montreal-based company, aims to change that. The key to their transformation, carbonation activation. Learn more! Image Source: Cabricrete website.
Project Vesta mimics the Earth’s natural carbon cycle, but accelerates the steps using one of nature’s fastest weathering rock: Olivine. The result, green (literally) beaches that absorb CO2 at an unprecedented rate. Learn More. Source Image: Project Vesta website.
An innovative technology brings together Inuit knowledge, sensors and smart technology to create the world’s first climate change adaptation tool that integrates traditional knowledge of sea ice with advanced data acquisition and remote monitoring technology. Learn how this amazing technology is improving safe ice travel and increasing our understanding of climate change impacts in the […]
An Israeli company has developed a paint that uses sunlight to actively cool infrastructure. The brighter the sun, the better the air conditioning. Learn More Image source: SolCold
General Motors EV Hummer made its debut in the Superbowl ads. Now we can have electric gas guzzlers.Learn more! Image Source: GMC
Who would have thought waste heat from restaurants was a big deal? Turns out it is and Enjay plans to stop it. By filtering exhaust air and using it to heat the interior of the building they claim they can preserve hundreds of thousands of kWh per year per building. Learn More. [Image Source: Enjay]
Ekorent is combining two great climate fighting techniques by providing on-demand electric cars to the public. Unfortunately, their operations are currently only in Finland. Learn More. [Image Source: Ekorent]
A new procedure has been developed which artificially increases water retention in desert areas to fight desertification and produce growable land. Learn More or watch their promotional video here. [Image source: Desert Control]
Using AI in the fight against climate change might be one of the most potent methods we have. Learn more Here and Here.
Several companies are preparing for the future by investing in electric charging infrastructure. Learn More Here, Here, and Here
Image Source: The Guardian Newspaper. After a massive drought in the region, Victoria Falls has run completely dry. This Zimbabwean waterfall is almost the size of Niagra Falls, yet stands bone dry. A grave warning for the climate. Learn More
Image Credit: Harbour Air Harbour Air recently promised to build an all electric seaplane fleet in partnership with magniX and they just recently launched their first plane. Learn More
New Legislature requires solar panels on all new homes in California. Learn More
British Columbia’s Translink public transport service has pledged to upgrade and expand its fleet to all-electric buses including some long-range battery-based buses. Learn More
Image Source: Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions. A great data visualization that some might find useful. Learn More.
Team Trees have reached a remarkable 15 million trees from crowd sourced donations, in under a month, and the massive popularity it has gained has attracted big-name celebrities to donate as well. Elon Musk, Susan Wojcicki, and some YouTubers all have their names on the top donations list. Learn More.
Image source: Flaticon. Despite nearly 81% of our electrical power coming from non-carbon emitting sources, Canada has the highest annual per-person emission count (at 22 tonnes of CO2) of all G20 nations, nearly three times the 8 tonnes per person average globally. It is up to us. Learn More: Here and Here.
A good news story from what some consider to be an armchair activist generation. Learn More.
Image Source: Reuters: Benoit Tessier. A highway in China is made up of solar panels, optimizing space. Is it practical? Probably not, but it is cool. Learn More.
Image Source: Digital Trends. A new technique for artificial meat improves taste and texture and was inspired by cotton candy. Learn More. Learn the Science.
An interesting forum is occurring today around potential policies in the fight against climate change. On October 23, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) will co-convene a forum to explore economic policy innovations to combat climate change. Learn More.
Image Source: Image: REUTERS/Stringer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. How will the rise of tech and the Internet of Things (IoT) change the way our factories work? How will that affect our greenhouse emissions? Learn More.
Image Credit: Mark Golden. Aisulu Aitbekova, left, and Matteo Cargnello in front of the reactor where Aitbekova performed much of the experiments for this project. To deal with the max influx of carbon sure to come from carbon capture, Stanford researchers have devised a more efficient way to convert it into fuel. Learn More.
Image Source: Cupffee website. Finally, an accompaniment to paper straws. While the elimination of plastic straws was a first step towards single use plastic reduction in the beverage industry, now an edible coffee cup shows promise of significantly reducing the overall plastic footprint of our coffee-loving culture. Learn More.
Image Source: CNBC With large portions of the population facing water shortages, many are turning to desalination as an answer. Is it worth it? While the energy requirements are immense there are almost 48 billion gallons of water for each person on earth. Even at the fifty percent efficiency rates that Reverse Osmosis boasts, that […]
Image Source: CNBC Robots are cleaning up our trash. A new program in the US is using robotics and neural networks to sort recycling with high efficiency and accuracy. Learn More.
The world’s largest consumer goods companies are creating plastic waste that piles up in landfills and oceans. And their logo is everywhere. While they have been working hard to improve their corproate image, Tom Szaky has a different strategy for them, that seems to be taking off. He is the founder and CEO of TerraCycle, […]
Image Source: Full Grown A UK Company – Full Grown – is planting, pruning and growing its furniture line-up of chairs, tables and lamps. Orders are being accepted for furniture that will be ready in 2030! While it might be a slow way to furnish your home, and the cost is prohibitive for most, there […]
Image Source: NASA NASA’s X-plane, also known as X-57 Maxwell Mod II — or simply X-57 Mod II, is ready to begin testing. It is NASA’s first all-electric experimental aircraft, and if successful, will provide a replacement for combustion engines on some plane models. While a number of testing stages must be passed, the invention is […]
Photo Source: NASA NASA has selected a space-based instrument under its Earth Venture Instrument (EVI) portfolio that will make observations of coastal waters to help protect ecosystem sustainability, improve resource management, and enhance economic activity. The selected Geosynchronous Littoral Imaging and Monitoring Radiometer (GLIMR) instrument, led by principal investigator Joseph Salisbury at the University of New […]
Whenever we think of the textile industry and colour dyeing, we groan with worry about the toxic impacts on our environment. Now, a new Dutch company, DyeCOO, has developed a way to use CO2, NO water, and NO other chemicals to permanently dye clothing. And the best part, the CO2 is recaptured and used to […]
Image Source: Alternative Fuels Data Center. Canadian company, Epic Car Conversions, is converting existing gas guzzling cars into 100% electric rides, with huge savings for the environment in terms of reduced CO2 production and reduced waste ending up in land fills. Learn More. If you want to see the construction of different types of alternative […]
Sometimes this statement is true. The world’s largest wind farm is set to use GE’s largest turbines, cutting costs and increasing energy production. Learn More.
Image: iStock What do cities like Madrid, Denmark, Mexico City, Paris and the Netherlands share? A new strategy to limit cars in their cities. While some cities are moving towards autonomous, electric and car-share transportation models, others such as those mentioned are cutting out cars all together. Learn More.
A report presented at the World Economic Forum in May 2018 by Owen Gaffney and Johan Falk identifies 12 ways in which Big Tech can help make a difference in climate change. From AI oil recovery to Ant Forest platform to green commercial behavior, the approaches could dramatically change daily life. Learn More.
Image: A rice field in Indonesia. Photo by Joel Vodell on Unsplash. A new study from the UN and World Bank highlights 10 technologies that will be important to boost crop yields and reduce agricultural emissions as the population and demand for food soars over the next decade. Learn More!
Image: Avalon Studio: Stock A new McGill study finds billions of microplastics being consumed in every cup of tea. Learn More.
Want to help remove 40 billion plastic utensils from reaching the landfill each year? Why not demand that your favourite Take-Out restaurant use only edible cutlery. Now available from Bakeys Foods, Bakey’s cutlery, made from sorghum flour blended with rice and wheat, provides an alternative that is healthy both for humans and the environment. They […]
Photo: Professor Tilak Dias of NTU’s School of Art & Design. Credit: Nottingham Trent University While not quite powerful enough to charge your lap top, miniature solar cells woven into your favorite T-shirt, could just power your phone or at least count your steps on your smart watch. Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have developed […]
If we could fully maximize the sun hitting the earth’s surface (more than 2 trillion MWh per day) we could solve many of our existing energy problems. But problems of storage and cell design continue to plague the industry. Physicist Sam Strank though may be on to something revolutionary. Watch his Ted Talk to learn […]
What do SAI, MCB, CCT mean? What do they have in common? They are just a few of the cool geoengineering solutions being imagined to combat climate change. Learn what they are, where they are feasible, and if they are even safe, in a great article by DE ZEEN. Learn More.
Iceland company Carbon Recycling International produces renewable methanol from carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and electricity. The resultant fuel increases efficiency and creates fuel to produce greener chemicals and products. Learn more.
Image: Researchers are developing lower-emissions rice varieties, feed additives and other technological innovations to create a more sustainable food system. Photo by Kate Holt/AusAID The World Resources Institute has published a great article highlight cool technologies that can help feed the world rather than destroying it. We are becoming increasingly familiar with Beyond Meat but […]
Image Source: REUTERS/Amit Dave How do you increase agricultural production by 20% and reduce GHG emissions by up to 78%? Indian scientists have created the Happy Seeder to do just that for wheat and rice fields in India. Learn More.
Carbon Engineering Ltd., a Canadian company, has hit its benchmark for capturing CO2 from the air for under $100 / tonne. Its success has led to funding, including some from the Bill Gates Foundation, for the company to build its first commercial scale negative emissions facility. Learn More.
Nuclear fusion has great potential to produce enormous energy without the long term radioactivity produced with nuclear fission. While it may still be seen as a hypothetical future alternative source of energy, one company, Tokamak Energy, is making huge progress; creating a device that has managed to heat hydrogen to a whopping 15 million degrees! […]
Greta Thunberg is enroute to speak at the United Nations. Learn how the ship she is sailing on has been outfitted to help her achieve her goal of reducing her carbon footprint. Learn more.
Image: All3DP Olli, a 3D printed, driverless and electric vehicle created by General Motors is being tested at the University of Buffalo. Learn More!
Working together Full Cycle Bioplastics, Elk Packaging, and Associated Labels and Packaging have developed a compostable high-performance material from renewable materials, agricultural by-products and food waste that may soon package everything from chips to laundry detergent. Learn more about this New Plastics Economy Circular Materials Innovation Winner.
Image: WITT (Whatever Input to Torsion Transfer) converts motional energy into electricity.WITT ENERGY Witt Energy, a U.K.-based startup, have invented a new energy technology that may prove to be both completely scalable and affordable. Best yet, it may even be portable on a backpack to allow for local and mobile energy production. Just imagine the potential impact […]
Guoxiu Wang of the University of Technology Sydney and colleagues have created an ultrathin a 2-D sheet of graphitic carbon nitride, that releases electrons when illuminated to create destructive oxygen-based chemicals that destroy microbes. In lab tests it has proven to kill nearly 100% of bacteria found in water. Learn More.
Image: Reuters / Danish Ismail Kerala Fisherman are turning the plastic they catch into a product that is transforming roads across India. Learn more about the “Suchitwa Sagaram” (Clean Sea) program and the incredible involvement of fisherman and community women to clean the sea and transform India’s roads. Learn More!
Image Source: Carbicrete website Canadian innovators in Montreal, Canada aim to substantially transform the environmental impact of the construction industry. Cement, one of the key ingredients in making concrete, is responsible for 10% of global CO2 emissions annually. So what if you replace the cement? Carbicrete offers a game changing technology that not only replaces […]
Image Source: Pearl Homes Learn how smart design, solar energy, and Google Home join together to create a new zero emission neighborhood at Hunters Point in Florida that will also protect residents from the increasing hurricane activity caused by Climate Change. Learn more!
Image: Christine H. Ye MIT engineers have built and flows the world’s first plane with no moving parts. This could be the future of silent drones or even passenger air travel. Using “ionic wind”, the near silent plane produces no combustion engine emission. Learn More!
Nominated as a finalist in the XPrize CO2 contest, a joint Canadian and Chinese research team (C4X) has developed a new carbon capture technology capable of producing plastics and other useful materials using CO2 found in the atmosphere. Their innovative technology is boats a 90% conversion efficiency rate. Learn More!
Developed while working on her PhD at Cambridge University, Enass Abo-Hamed’s has invented a patent-pending “sponge” (a porous nanoparticle-based smart material) that produces, stores and releases hydrogen. The stored hydrogen can be released using heat. Now she and her colleagues at H2GO Power, are on track to develop energy stores big enough to power a hospital, a school […]
Adidas and Parley for the Oceans have joined together to create a line of running shoes and footwear made from ocean plastic. Learn More about the Shoes! Learn More about Parley for the Oceans!
A socially and environmentally responsible start up in Indonesia, called EVOWARE, has created a new patented edible seaweed packaging product that not only eliminates plastic packaging waste but also provides a significant potential to uplift impoverished Indonesian seaweed farmers. Learn More!
Image: Reuters / David Gray Scientists from Britain’s University of Portsmouth and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have discovered a new enzyme that can digest polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, a plastic that is used in millions of tonnes of plastic bottles. Learn More!
Winner of the 2018 Climate Change and Clean Air Award, SIMGas has developed a biodigester that uses cow manure from small farms as a cooking fuel; thus reducing air pollution from coal and wood burning stoves. Learn more.
Dgrade, a company based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has developed an innovative process of turning plastic bottles into fibres which they then transform into yarn, their products can be used to make clothing, toys, and all sorts of other commercial products. Committed to the highest levels of social and ethical standards, their products are […]
Soochow University researchers in China have invented a transparent polymer layer to cover solar panels that enables the solar panels to pick up electric static charges from the friction of raindrops, thus enabling them to generate energy even on the rainiest of days. A perfect solution for Vancouver! Learn More. Photo: Getty Images
A new innovation by BioCarbon Engineering aims to plant 1 billion new trees per year! Through drone based terrain analysis and seedling planting, mass reforestation can occur effectively and efficiently with increased success over traditional manual planting techniques. Learn More.
A new start up is changing the way we get energy and water. Applying thermodynamics, materials science, and controls technology, SOURCE needs only sunlight and air to make drinking water. Founded by Cody Friesen, a materials scientist, the startup (Zero Mass Water) relies on an ultra-absorbent material that collects water at 20,000 times the concentration of […]
A “regenerative highway ecosystem” called The Ray will cover nearly 30km of road with solar panels that feed power into roadside EV charging stations. The holistic highway model will weave through a pollinator garden and small, sustainable farms filled with crops that mitigate the effects of global warming and will serve as a testbed for new technologies such as […]
SmartICE is the world’s first climate change adaptation tool to integrate traditional knowledge of sea ice with advanced data acquisition and remote monitoring technology. The unique, award-winning system combines these approaches to provide invaluable, data-driven insights into sea-ice thickness and local ice conditions, in near real-time. Learn More.
The company sponsoring the global XPRIZE has led by example, creating a new shoe made from CO2. Learn More.
A robotic fish, designed by professor Huosheng Hu and his team at the University of Essex, U.K, is detecting water pollution in real time. Equipped with tiny sensors, the fish which have been have been deployed in the port of Gijón, Spain, detect and transmit data about chemical spills, fertilizer runoff and other toxicants. Learn […]
BioCarbon Engineering (BCE), a U.K.-based start-up, has developed a new approach to tree planting. Their innovative Drone method could help plant one billion trees per year. Learn More
An international team of researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Ruhr University Bochum have devised a “proof-of-principle” method to split water molecules into their constituent parts, hydrogen and oxygen, using sunlight. This is a milestone in the field of semi-artificial photosynthesis and could one day lead to this approach being used for hydrogen […]
The world’s first floating park constructed entirely of recycled plastic waste was unveiled on 4 July 2018 in the city of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. The park is made entirely from plastic debris collected from waterways and rivers. Learn more on Impakter.
Winner of 2017 ICEF Innovations award (ICEF = Innovations for Cool Earth Forum), Suntory, is striving to produce 100% bio-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) to be used in beverage bottles. They are using an innovative thermal catalytic biomass conversion technology to produce 100% biomass-based PET. A demonstration plant has been built in Texas to complete technology […]
JetSuite has acquired a new fleet of hybrid commuter planes to begin flying in 2022. Designed and manufactured by Zunum Aero, the new hybrid 12-passenger planes are transforming air travel. Read more.
Four Canadian Teams are Finalists in XPRIZE. They are innovating to turn waste (CO2 emissions) into a wide variety of valuable products, such as enhanced concrete, liquid fuels, plastics and carbon fibre. In the future, our inventiveness could turn carbon from a liability into an asset. Learn More!
From spy planes to roads in Los Angeles, a new product called CoolSeal is being applied to lower reflective temperatures off asphalt by as much as 5.5 degrees celsius. Learn More !
A robotic fish, designed by professor Huosheng Hu and his team at the University of Essex, U.K, is detecting water pollution in real time. Equipped with tiny sensors the fish which have been deployed in the port of Gijón, Spain, detect and transmit data about chemical spills, fertilizer runoff and other toxicants. Learn more.
A Swiss firm – Climeworks – has unveiled one of the world’s first carbon capture plants. The carbon captured is converted and sold to customers in the food and beverage industries (think carbonated drinks), commercial agriculture and other sectors. Learn More !
Aerochromics has developed a line of t-shirts that literally show you how polluted the air is as you move around your city. The unique reactive t-shirts have pattern-changing images that transform as increased levels of harmful particulates are detected in the air. Learn More !
Graviky Labs has developed a pioneering patent-pending air pollution particulate system that captures vehicle and chimney emissions. The captured particulate is then translated into ink, ready to create beautiful drawings, writings, and art. Learn More!
A dutch architect has designed a “Smog free tower” that can clean a stadium sized area of smog in 1.5 days. The collected smog particles are put under high pressure for 1 hour, producing diamonds! Air in the vicinity of the towers in Rotterdam have resulted in 70-75% cleaner air. The tower has also now […]
Following the lead of test roads in France and Holland over the past two years, China joined the ranks of other countries, opening its first solar road in Jinan, the capital of the northeastern Shandong province. While other efforts have seen solar roads placed in more rural locations, the Jinan road is major expressway, making […]
NASA is using laser technology developed for space to clean our atmosphere of harmful gasses. This technology could potentially eliminate greenhouse gasses in low earth atmosphere. Learn More !
A new solar powered cart is designed to change African water delivery in remote areas. Designed by Jose Paris, the cart has a bike motor powered by solar energy and can carry 12, 20 litre bottles. While the trek to get water is no shorter, the cart will allow women to collaborate in daily chores […]
A start-up company in Toulouse France is developing a giant sail that will use wind power to reduce the amount of fuel consumption used by cargo ships as a part of a strategy to reduce global transportation fuel consumption. Learn More !
Researchers from the University of Toronto, University of California, Berkley and Canadian Light Source (CLS) have discovered how to convert carbon dioxide into plastic through a catalytic process to produce ethylene. Learn More !
Chilean based company, Bureo, combats oceanic plastic pollution by turning old fishing nets into super cool skate boards. Learn More!
Israeli company, G.A.L. Water Technologies, has developed a mobile jeep-like water purification system that can produce potable water from any water source including sea water, brackish water, or high turbidity water sources. The unique mobile desalinator and water purifier can produce 23 m3 / day of drinking water from sea water. Learn More!
A team at the University of Michigan has developed a new form of solar cell that is up to 40% more efficient based on ancient Japanese art of paper cutting (Kirigami). Learn More!
Capetown, South Africa may be the first major city in the world to run out of water. Learn what happens April 21 (Day Zero). Learn More.
A researcher at the University of Leeds in England (Dr. John Forth) has developed a new technology to make building blocks from 100% waste material such as incinerator ash, sewage sludge, recycled glass, pulverized fuel ash from power stations, and by-products of metal purification. Learn More !
Mobisol is providing clean solar power for thousands of households in Tanzania and Rwanda; bringing mobile technology and solar panels into an integrated approach to electrify rural communities. Learn More!
Grandfos smart water management brings together innovative water treatment technologies together with reliable water quality data and local service professionals to ensure more reliable, better quality, and accountable financing for water. Learn More !
This revolutionary pay-as-you-go solar energy system brings power to off-grid communities changing the lives of individuals and remote entrepreneurs. Learn More.
Approximately 75% of the world’s crops depend on pollination, but nearly 40% of invertebrate pollinators (like bees and butterflies) face extinction. Researchers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan have created the world’s first robotic pollinator. Learn More !
NewLight Technologies have developed a new carbon capture technology that combines air with methane based greenhouse gas emissions to produce a new type of high-performance thermoplastic (called AirCarbon). Learn More !
CarbonCure has invented a new process for capturing carbon dioxide and turning it into stronger, greener concrete! Learn More !
Researchers at the University of Ulm and the German Aerospace Center (DLR’s) Institute of Engineering and Thermodynamics, have designed and flown a new aircraft that runs on fuel cells and emits nothing more than water. Learn More !
Researchers at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom have developed a new sieve made from graphene that can desalinate water. Learn More !
Researchers at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom have developed a battery substitute that is proven to be 1,000 to 10,000 times more powerful than existing batteries, effectively serving as a super capacitor. Learn More !
NASA scientists are mixing jet fuel with biofuel to reduce emissions created by airliners. The mix can reduce soot levels in the exhaust from between 50 to 70 percent. Learn More !
More than 30% of global emissions come from manufacturing. But what if we could take CO2 out of the air. Carbon Engineering, a Canadian start-up company is building new technologies that capture CO2 from air and convert it into alternative fuels. Learn More!
Breaking News! 15,000 Scientists release “Letter to Humanity” calling for urgent action to save our planet. Learn more.
Researchers at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have invented new “energy harvesting trees.” Their 3-D Printed trees can generate and store solar energy sufficient to power small appliances, mobile devices, and other applications. Learn More.
The Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) is working to transmit power from space. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. successfully demonstrated wireless power transmission in March 2017, confirming success of the concept for wireless electricity transmission. Learn More.
A series of natural microbes are eating away at the Deep Horizons oil spill, naturally degrading the lighter hydrocarbons. Although the microbes have made good progress, they are relatively slow and it will take some time for them to complete their task. Learn More.
The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, with more than 1,300 inhabitants per square mile. It’s bereft of almost every resource long thought to be necessary for large-scale agriculture. Yet it’s the globe’s number two exporter of food as measured by value, second only to the United States, which has 270 times its landmass. […]
Research suggests that trees don’t just compete for survival, but also cooperate and share resources using underground fungi networks. Researchers noted shaded fir trees receive carbon from sun brushed birch trees, while in autumn the opposite happens — birch trees receive carbon from fir trees as they start to lose their leaves. This exchange takes […]
Almost all Costa Rica’s electricity was produced by renewable energy in 2016, continuing its reputation as a “verdant gem” among a pile of “black coal rocks”. The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) said that around 98.1 per cent of the country’s electricity came from green sources. These included large hydropower facilities, fed by a myriad of rivers and […]
Adidas has began selling three new editions of its popular UltraBoost shoe, all made from plastic debris found in the ocean. On average, the shoes reuse 11 plastic bottles per pair and feature laces, heel lining and sock liner covers that are made from recycled materials. The shoes will help Adidas reach its goal of creating 1 […]
Sitting on top of a waste incineration facility near Zurich, a new carbon capture plant is now sucking CO2 out of the air to sell to its first customer. The plant, which opened on May 31, is the first commercial enterprise of its kind. By midcentury, the startup behind it–Climeworks–believes we will need hundreds of […]