Breakthrough in new material to harness solar power

Physicists are pushing the performance of solar cells to levels never before reached. The ultra-high efficiency material called a tandem perovskite solar cell is being developed to help solve the world energy crisis.

World’s first ‘BioSolar Leaf’ to tackle air pollution in London, UK

The technology, which is the first of its kind in the world, purifies the air through the photosynthesis of microscopic plants, removing greenhouse gases from the environment whilst generating breathable oxygen.

New York, U.S. bans plastic bags on Earth Day

Come March of next year, all New Yorkers will be required to bring their own reusable containers to the grocery store after a bill banning single-use plastic bags was signed into law on Monday.

New York, U.S. passes sweeping measure to reduce CO2

Big glass-clad buildings, must stop their polluting ways, New York City lawmakers say. The laws apply to nearly all large buildings, but they will have an outsized impact on commercial construction because they have the highest emissions.

Running shoes that never have to be thrown away

Adidas Futurecraft Loop performance running shoes can be returned to Adidas, where they will be ground up to make more shoes, again and again. The company is aiming to be using only recycled polyester in all of their products by 2024.

Floating city designed to withstand Category 5 hurricanes

Architecture firm has designed a concept for a floating city of 10,000 people that could help populations threatened by extreme weather events and rising sea levels.

Plastic bag ban to be enforced in New York state, U.S.

Commencing on 1 March 2020, cities will have the choice to opt in to a five cents fee for a paper bag, two cents of which will go into local schemes that buy reusable bags for low-income consumers.

Renewable energy reached 1/3 of global power capacity

According to statistics, hydropower accounts for the largest share with an installed capacity of 1,172 GW, wind and solar energy account for most of the remainder with capacities of 564 GW and 480 GW respectively.

EU Parliament backs ban on single-use plastic products

The ban would be implemented from 2021 and would affect a range of plastic products that have reasonable alternatives, such as plastic cutlery, foam takeout food containers, straws and drink stirrers.

Five EU countries call for 100% renewable energy by 2050

Luxembourg, Austria, Ireland, Lithuanian, Spain and Finland have joined in a call to a 100% renewable energy system, which includes heating, cooling, transport and other drains on power.

Imagining the Smart Cities of 2050

Bringing together mega-economies, green city infrastructure, and e-services that decimate inefficiency, future transportation and web-based urban services will shape how and where we live, on unthinkable dimensions.

These are the 20 happiest countries

The World Happiness Report 2019, which ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be, has just been released at the United Nations. Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Netherlands are the top 5.

China Plans a Space-Based Solar Power

China will test the idea of a space-based solar power station that would capture the sun’s energy that never makes it to the planet and use laser beams to send the energy back to Earth. NASA has abandoned this idea decades ago.

The top 10 countries in the world by wind energy capacity

China, US, Germany, India, Spain, UK, France, Brazil, Canada and Italy currently have the highest capacity of wind energy.

Jet fuels made from plants could be competitive with fossil fuels

It's challenging to electrify aviation using batteries or fuel cells in part because of the weight restrictions on aircraft, so liquid biofuels have the potential to play a big role in greenhouse gas emissions reductions.