One ingenious remedy to solve ten problems. A small water plant called Azolla will play a key role in a park project that received a grant of 6.5 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund.
Alstom Renewable Power announced on 6 February 2013 the signature of a memorandum of understanding with Renova Energia, leader in wind power generation in Brazil, to supply, operate and maintain in Brazil around 440 onshore wind turbines for a total amount exceeding EUR 1 billion.
Chemists have manufactured a sheet that changes colour in the presence of water contaminated with mercury. The results can be seen with the naked eye but when photographing the membrane with a mobile phone the concentration of this extremely toxic metal can be quantified.
A new form of clean coal technology reached an important milestone recently, with the successful operation of a research-scale combustion system at Ohio State University. The technology is now ready for testing at a larger scale.
Monthly temperature extremes have become much more frequent, as measurements from around the world indicate. On average, there are now five times as many record-breaking hot months worldwide than could be expected without long-term global warming, shows a study now published in Climatic Change.
In the absence of policy action, China would account for 41% of global emissions in 2030 and developing countries 70%. Whatever weight were given to the requirements of historical responsibility and justice, effective global mitigation would require major and early reductions from business as usual emissions in China and other developing countries.