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Category: Technology: Environmental Tech

MIT: New Method Removes Micropollutants from Water

A team of MIT researchers has developed a new way to clear pollutants from water, even when present in extremely low concentrations. The system uses a novel method, relying on an electrochemical process to selectively remove organic contaminants such as pesticides, chemical waste products, and pharmaceuticals, even when these are present in small yet dangerous …

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PNNLgov: Carbon Dioxide Tucked into Basalt Converts to Rock

Researchers at The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have successfully tested a new way to store carbon dioxide. They pumped 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide down into volcanic rock in the state of Washington. Now two years later, the drilling samples show that the carbon dioxide has turned into solid stone. Check out this article Carbon …

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General Assembly Panel Discussion: Food and Tech

San Francisco is variously described as a foodie city and a techie stronghold. Is it any surprise then that there are a slew of new companies and businesses that are focusing on how technology can impact on food production, distribution and consumption?  

TED: Eben Bayer: Are mushrooms the new plastic?

Product designer Eben Bayer reveals his recipe for a new, fungus-based packaging material that protects fragile stuff like furniture, plasma screens — and the environment. This talk was held in 2010, since then, and the successful launch of its MycoFoam packaging solution, Ecovative, a New York-based biomaterials company, has successfully brought mycelium-based biomaterials to the …

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TEDx: Reframing the Sustainability Paradigm | Morgan Brawner

Morgan Brawner delivers a masterful synthesis of emerging technologies, day-to-day sustainability, and global participation, with a highly-unique, creative flare. His less-is-definitely-more mindset peeks its head at calculated points in the talk, giving the viewers a fresh, relieving perspective on our environmental responsibility.  

New Inventions: Zero electricity air cooler made from plastic bottles

The Zero Electricity Air Cooler – made from plastic bottles and not use electricity. – Eco Cooler Most homes in Rural Bangladesh are made out of tin huts that go over 45° celsius during the summer. Our employees volunteered and teamed up with Grey Dhaka to address this issue. Re-purposing used soft drink and water …

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LIVIN Studio: These Mushroom Mycelium ‘Eat’ Plastics

Fungi Mutarium is a prototype that grows edible fungal biomass as a novel food product. Fungi is cultivated on specifically designed agar shapes that the designers called “FU”. Agar is a seaweed based gelatin substitute and acts, mixed with starch and sugar, as a nutrient base for the fungi. The “FUs” are filled with plastics. …

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Vice: Mushroom Plastics

When we talk about mushrooms, we typically muse on any combination of three sub-strains: recreational foraging, adventures in a psychedelic Legoland, and underrated pizza toppings. But not Eben Bayer. As the toe-shoe wearing cofounder and CEO of Ecovative Design, he talks about mushrooms as if they’re the precise opposite of delicate, spore-bearing fungi that duly …

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University of California, Berkeley: SF Cleantech Pitchfest | Ideas Transforming Your World

Berkeley Lab’s popular Science at the Theater traveled across the Bay to San Francisco’s Marines’ Memorial Theatre on June 1st, 2016, to present the Lab’s first Cleantech Pitchfest. Which of 6 big new ideas designed to help transform our carbon-drenched, overheating world should get the first shot? Six Berkeley Lab scientists had 8 minutes each …

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Seeker Stories: This Farm of the Future Uses No Soil and 95% Less Water

As urban populations continue to rise, innovators are looking beyond traditional farming as a way to feed everyone while having less impact on our land and water resources. Vertical farming is one solution that’s been implemented around the world. Vertical farms produce crops in stacked layers, often in controlled environments such as those built by …

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Stanford University: A novel technique to study environmental toxins

Using SLAC’s Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, scientists can visualize the exact way that atoms bond to a solid surface. Knowing how charged particles interact with solid surfaces is crucial for understanding how toxic metals such as lead, arsenic, and mercury or radioactive elements release from particles in soils and sediments and into groundwater.  

Big Think: Bill Nye | Can We Desalinate Water for Human Consumption on a Massive Scale?

The ability to desalinate water on an industrial scale would change the world, says Bill Nye the Science Guy, bringing fresh water to populations all over the globe that currently going without.  

TED: Two young scientists break down plastics with bacteria

Once it’s created, plastic (almost) never dies. While in 12th grade Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao went in search of a new bacteria to biodegrade plastic — specifically by breaking down phthalates, a harmful plasticizer. They found an answer surprisingly close to home. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances …

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CarbonEngineering: Industrial-scale capture of CO2 from ambient air

This video explains the rationale and motivation behind direct capture of CO2 from the atmosphere (air capture), the air capture process itself, and what Carbon Engineering is doing to commercialize air capture in today’s economy.    

XPRIZE: $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE XPRIZE

A $20 Million global competition to develop breakthrough technologies that will convert CO₂ emissions from power plants and industrial facilities into valuable products like building materials, alternative fuels and other items that we use every day.  

Robert Muggah: How to protect fast-growing cities from failing

Worldwide, violence is on the decline, but in the crowded cities of the global south — cities like Aleppo, Bamako and Caracas — violence is actually accelerating, fueled by the drug trade, mass unemployment and civil unrest. Security researcher Robert Muggah turns our attention toward these “fragile cities,” super-fast-growing places where infrastructure is weak and …

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NOAA: Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite

The Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite mission, better known as DSCOVR, will monitor the constant stream of charged particles from the sun, also called “Solar Winds.” These observations are the backbone of NOAA space weather alerts and forecasts. The DSCOVR is on track for launch in early 2015.  

Moshe Safdie: How to reinvent the apartment building

In 1967, Moshe Safdie reimagined the monolithic apartment building, creating “Habitat ’67,” which gave each unit an unprecedented sense of openness. Nearly 50 years later, he believes the need for this type of building is greater than ever. In this short talk, Safdie surveys a range of projects that do away with the high-rise and …

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MIT: Recycling old batteries into solar cells

A system proposed by researchers at MIT would recycle materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power. Features image credit: Georg Slickers.  

University of Colorado Boulder: Recycle CO2 into a Fuel using Sunlight

Design organic photocatalyst to chemically recycle carbon dioxide (CO2) into a liquid fuel (methanol) using sunlight to power our future!  

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