Sustainable Development News

Storing Energy By Heating Stones To 600 Degrees — Could Power Denmark For Hours:

Clean Technica | By: Jesper Berggreen | March 19, 2019: On Monday, the Danish minister of education and research, Tommy Ahlers, attended the official inauguration of a giant pilot facility that will use 600 degree hot stones to store energy ...
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In Kenya’s Rural Health Clinics, Business Performance And Renewables Go Hand-in-Hand:

World Resources Institute | By: Chen Chen, Rita Mwachandi and Sanjoy Sanyal | March 13, 2019: Joyce Onyino runs a six-room private health clinic in western Kenya’s Vihiga county, mainly providing medical services to women and children. Her clinic is ...
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Plastic Odyssey ~ A Clean Vessel For A Clean Ocean:

Plastic Odyssey | March 13, 2019: The first round-the-world expedition on a boat powered solely by plastic waste. Departure in 2020 for a 3-year expedition. The Vessel: Plastic Odyssey is a unique vessel that transforms plastic waste into fuel thanks ...
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Wastewater Treatment System Mimics Ecosystem:

Sustainability Matters | By: John Todd Ecological Design | March 05, 2019: A wastewater treatment system developed by John Todd Ecological Design (JTED) mimics the processes of a natural ecosystem via a self-contained network of natural ecological systems that support ...
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Cultivating Community:

Green Infrastructure | Deeproot | By: Leah Mitchell | March 04, 2019: Over 20 years ago, the City of Del Mar along the southern California coastline began a citywide process to improve streetscapes with the intention to preserve and enhance ...
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Belgian Scientists Announce New Solar Panel That Makes Hydrogen:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | March 03, 2019: Heating homes and buildings with oil, propane, or natural gas costs a lot of money and pumps a lot of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. How great would it be ...
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L.A.’s Ambitious Goal ~ Recycle All Of The City’s Sewage Into Drinkable Water:

Los Angeles Times | By: Bettina Boxall | February 22, 2019: Los Angeles has a new water project in mind that could cost $8 billion, take 16 years to complete and provide as much as one-third of the city’s supply ...
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Algae Cleans Up Wastewater In Rural Communities:

Sustainability Matters | By: Flinders University | February 20, 2019: Flinders University researchers have confirmed that an improved wastewater system, using algae to accelerate the breakdown of effluent, presents Australian rural communities with a more environmentally and economically efficient solution ...
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Just Ask Alaska ~ Yes, Diesel-Killing Solar Panels Work In The Cold:

Clean Technica | By: Tina Casey | February 24, 2019: File this one under W for When You’ve Lost Alaska, You’ve Lost. The great oil-producing state of Alaska is beginning to deploy solar panels to reduce the use of diesel ...
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Humans Have Made The Planet Greener, And Why That Could Be A Mixed Blessing:

Circle Of Blue | By: Eileen Wray-McCann | February 21, 2019: “Humans are officially greening the earth,” says the headline about a study by Boston University environmental researchers. It then asks, “Is that a good thing?” NASA satellites show the ...
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Got Solutions? National Geographic & Sky Ocean Ventures Launch Competition For Alternatives To Single-Use Plastics:

Clean Technica | By: Erika Clugston | February 20, 2019: A global search for the best solutions to today’s single-use plastic crisis is underway, launched by National Geographic and Sky, a leading media and entertainment company in Europe. The one-year ...
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The Case For Green Buildings In Health Care:

Sustainability Matters | January 31, 2019: The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) have released a paper titled ‘The case for sustainable healthcare’, revealing the triple bottom line benefits of green-certified health facilities ...
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Corporate Insistence On Single-Use Plastics & Protecting The Environment:

Clean Technica | By: Carolyn Fortuna | January 31, 2019: Corporations all over the world need to make a choice — are they going to commit to a future in which reliance on fossil fuel-based plastics is only a memory? ...
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Solar-Plus-Storage Beats Combined-Cycle Gas In Jordan And Morocco:

GTM | By: Jason Deign | January 21, 2019: Even the world’s most efficient gas technology is falling behind PV combined with batteries. Solar-plus-storage is already competitive with the world’s most efficient form of gas generation in Morocco and Jordan, ...
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Desalination: Worth its Salt?

Foresternetwork | By: Laura Sanchez | January 16, 2019: A new study evaluates the impact of brine on the environment. Desalination plants provide fresh water to thirsty populations around the world. And in the face of global water scarcity, this ...
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Recycling Cooking Oil To Grow More Food:

Sustainability Matters | By: Flinders University | January 21, 2019: Circular Economy: A new type of slow-release fertiliser that results in better plant health and less wasted nutrients has been invented at Flinders University by Dr Justin Chalker and his ...
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What Changed In The Solar & Energy Storage Industries In 2018?

Clean Technica | By: Zachary Shahan | January 19, 2019: I started covering the solar energy industry seriously in 2009. It seemed like a hopping, exciting time in the industry — growth was exploding. I remember one early story in ...
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Too Much Salt ~ Water Desalination Plants Harm Environment ~ U.N:

United Nations | Reuters | By: Alister Doyle | January 14, 2019: Almost 16,000 desalination plants worldwide produce bigger-than-expected flows of highly salty waste water and toxic chemicals that are damaging the environment, a U.N.-backed study said on Monday. Desalination ...
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Zero Mass Water’s Hydropanels Pull Water From Thin Air At #CES2019:

Clean Technica | By: Kyle Field | January 11, 2019: “Where does your water come from?” Friesen hit me with the question almost before I had time to sit down. I stuttered. Uh…well…heading into an interview where I thought I ...
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Drones, Automation, & Reforestation ~ How DroneSeed Is Keeping Forests Healthy Post-Wildfire:

Clean Technica | By: Erika Clugston | January 07, 2019: DroneSeed, Seattle-based startup, uses drones in post-fire environments to combat the spread of wildfires and keep affected areas healthy. Using automation, founder and CEO Grant Canary has figured out a ...
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Solar Water Pumps ~ Morocco, First In Africa In 2017:

Le Matin | By: Abdelhafid Marzak | January 03 2019: Morocco is Africa’s leading market for solar water pumps. In 2017, it generated the largest turnover of the continent, ahead of Ethiopia. According to an Irish research and markets firm, ...
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The US Department Of Energy Roots For Floating Solar Panels. Do You?

Clean Technica | By: Tina Casey | December 30, 2018: The idea of floating solar panels out on water seems to make sense, right? Well, maybe. Waterborne PV adds another wrinkle to the task of maintaining and repairing solar panels ...
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Bioplastic Breakthrough Promises Polymers Without Using Precious Land Or Water Resources:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | December 28, 2018: As much as we bemoan how plastics have taken over our lives, the truth is that modern societies depend on them for much of their commercial output. Plastics can do ...
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BETO Surfs The New Wave Of Bio-Based Plastic From Algae:

Clean Technica | By: Tina Casey | December 27, 2018: BETO is the US Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office. Earlier this year BETO dropped a cool $2 million in funding for a cutting edge algae plastic research project aimed at ...
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10 EV Charging Tips For Cities ~ A CleanTechnica Presentation:

Clean Technica | By: Cyntia Shahan | December 23, 2018: CleanTechnica and EV charging leader GreenWay last year led a working group of EV charging leaders — EVBox, Fortum, the Norwegian EV Association, and approximately a dozen others — to ...
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Full Steam Ahead For First Ever Diesel-Killing, High Speed Hydrogen Fuel Cell Ferry:

Clean Technica | By: Tina Casey | December 23, 2018: Things certainly are moving along quickly in the hydrogen fuel cell field. Just last summer Clean Technica took note of plans for a futuristic new fuel cell ferry boat slated ...
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President’s Council Urges Solar & Microgrid Use For Energy Security:

Clean Technica | By: Charles W. Thurston | December 18, 2018: Rooftop solar communities may soon become the latest line of cybersecurity defense for America’s vulnerable electric utility industry, providing emergency power for local consumers while supporting the grid in ...
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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch:

The Ocean Cleanup | By: Boyen Slat et al | December 19, 2018: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world and is located between Hawaii and California. Scientists of The Ocean Cleanup ...
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Report: Waste Incineration – A Dirty Secret In How States Define Renewable Energy:

Clean Technica | By: John Farrell | December 17, 2018: Report: Waste Incineration: A Dirty Secret In How States Define Renewable Energy Executive Summary: Burning garbage to generate power is neither clean nor renewable. Yet, aging, costly, and polluting solid ...
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Protecting The Rainforest – Powering The People:

Clean Technica | By: The Beam | December 13, 2018: For thousands of years, indigenous communities have inhabited the Amazon rainforest living in an intimate connection with the natural world. “Life in the jungle was like living in paradise,” a ...
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Minigrids In The Money:

Rocky Mountain Institute | By Kelly Carlin & Kendall Ernst | December 13, 2018: Six Ways to Reduce Minigrid Costs by 60% In sub-Saharan Africa, hundreds of millions of people (about 65 percent of the population) live in communities that ...
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RMI Playbook Provides Roadmap To A Cleaner, More Cost-Effective Grid:

Rocky Mountain Institute | By: Jeff Waller | December 12, 2018: Utilities Embracing Emerging Technologies Can Reduce Customer Costs and Support a Cleaner, More Flexible Grid, New Report Says US utilities continue to spend tens of billions of dollars annually ...
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Sewage Treatment Plant That Looks Like A Botanical Garden:

Sustainability Matters | By: Hydroflux Epco Pty Ltd | GPE – May 22, 2018: Abstract: Integrated Fixed Film Activated Sludge Plants (IFAS) rely on the use of a media on which a biofilm is grown, which results in a compact ...
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Improving Wastewater Treatment Performance To Create New Business Opportunities:

Sustainability Matters | By: Michael Romer | May 21, 2018: Traditional wastewater treatment plants can suffer from a range of maintenance and operational issues arising from the corrosive and potentially septic nature of the materials being processed. However, there are ...
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Smart Watering Reduces Heat At Adelaide Airport:

Sustainability Matters | By: SA Water | GPE – May 22, 2018: A trial conducted by SA Water and Adelaide Airport has found the smart use of water to maintain soil moisture and cultivate green space can reduce average ambient ...
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Climate Change Impacts Fragile River Ecosystems:

Science Daily | By: Geological Society Of America | May 16, 2018: Summary: Research undertaken in South Africa’s Kruger National Park (KNP) has shown that some of the world’s most sensitive and valuable riverine habitats are being destroyed due to ...
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The Fog Catchers Conjuring Water Out Of Moroccan Mist:

Reuters | By: Valeria Cardi | May 17, 2018: Growing up on Mount Boutmezguida in southwest Morocco on the edge of the Sahara desert, Khadija Ghouate never imagined that the fog enveloping the nearby peaks would change her life. For ...
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25% Of Dubai’s Buildings Will Be 3D Printed By 2025:

World Economic Forum | By: Adam Jezard | May 18, 2018: From printing replacement human body parts to assisting with running repairs on voyages to Mars, many predictions are being made for how 3D printing may soon improve the lot ...
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Nasa Reveals Dozens Of Areas In Danger Of Running Out Of Water:

The Financial Times | GPE – May 17, 2018: Human impact on supplies far greater than researchers anticipated. New satellite data on freshwater reserves from Nasa have revealed that dozens of regions across the globe are in danger of becoming ...
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The New Picture Of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (2018):

The Ocean Cleanup | By: Boyan Slat | GPE – May 17, 2018: 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing 80,000 metric tons are currently afloat in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – and it is rapidly ...
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