Massachusetts Masterplan Requires All Cars Sold Be Electric By 2035

On December 31, the Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker released an ambitious masterplan for the state that requires all cars manufactured and sold to be electric by 2035. The plan – called ‘Massachusetts 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap‘ – focuses on various factors contributing to carbon pollution. State administrators stress that cars are a significant contributor to […]

Wood Waste Adds Flexibility And Strength To Recycled Concrete

Concrete is made by combining a chemically inert mineral aggregate (gravel or crushed stone) with water and cement. Once the mixture has dried, the material hardens and bonds with the aggregate to form a solid cement block. However, the production process of the cement used in concrete is a significant contributor to CO2 emissions. To […]

One LastSwab Replaces 1000 Single-Use Cotton Swabs

Every day 1.5 billion cotton swabs are produced, causing it to become one of the largest marine pollution sources. In the UK, there are nine discarded swabs per 100 feet of beach. On top of that, the CO2 emissions from the production and transportation of the single-use item is a severe climate change hazard. All […]

Over 50% of Britain’s Electricity Generated By Wind For First The Time

On December 26, 2020, energy giant Drax proudly announced that wind power in Britain’s daily generated energy mix hit a record 50.67% amid Storm Bella, beating the previous record of 50% in August. Drax Group tweeted: For the first time ever, amid #StormBella, more than half of Great Britain’s electricity was generated by the wind. […]

Danish Scientist Turn Pigs Blood Into Flavorless Protein Powder

Denmark is among the world’s largest pork exporters. Up to 60K tons of blood is leftover from Danish pork production every year – most of it is sold on the international market for animal feed. University of Copenhagen (UCPH) scientists have figured out a way to turn that blood into a potent, neutral-tasting protein powder […]

MacKenzie Scott Donates $4BN To COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Over the past four months, Jeff Bezos’s ex-wife MacKenzie Scott has donated over $4BN to hundreds of aid organizations and charities, including food banks fighting the pandemic’s impact. Scott has a personal net worth of more than $60BN, making her the 18th richest person globally. Last year, she vowed to give away much of her […]

This Device Generates Electricity From Vapor In The Air

Scientists at UMass Amherst have figured out how to generate electricity from nothing but the air around us. Electrical engineer Jun Yao and Derek Lovley developed a device, called ‘Air-gen’ or air-powered generator, that uses a natural protein to produce energy from humidity and moisture in the air. The new technology could revolutionize renewable energy […]

Nano-Diamond Battery Made From Nuclear Waste Could Last 28K Years

Imagine if you only had to charge your phone battery or tablet once every nine years, wouldn’t that be nice? Well, that’s becoming a reality, thanks to US-based startup NDB, which is developing a nano-diamond battery made of nuclear waste that could last up to 28,000 years. Nano-diamond technology could significantly reduce the environmental consequences […]

Phase Changing Material Smart Curtains Keep Room At 25°C

Two students at Berlin’s University of the Arts, Esmeé Willemsen and Anna Koppmann, have designed an intelligent temperature regulating curtain to be used in the office or home. One of Anna and Esmeé’s school projects was to find innovative ways of using everyday items to solve some of today’s challenges. Since both were very concerned […]

Eco-School Designed To Remove Air Pollution Via Vertical Farming

Architecture studio Nudes, who specializes in combining cultural, social, and environmental features in buildings, has designed a five-story ‘Forest School.’ The design was the winning entry for a competition held to create a new educational facility in Pune, in western India. Over the last ten years, Pune’s urban population has increased, and its air quality […]