Costs continue to act as drag on use of renewable energy – The Mainichi
High energy costs continue to plague the Japanese renewables market. While some companies have taken steps to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, it seems the country's dependence on coal will continue for some time to come. Yet as the Co-op in Sapporo, Hokkaido demonstrates, there are opportunities for local businesses to take positive action to reduce their environmental impact.
A new ‘chemical nose’ sniffs out pollutants in the environment — University of Jyväskylä
A research project under the auspices of the EU's INITIO is aiming to create a more effective way of detecting airborne pollution. Using engineered molecules, the eventual outcome should be cheaper and more accurate sensors.
designboom readers envision the future of environmental architecture – DesignBoom
Although they may look like flights of fantasy, there are some sound principles behind some of these ideas.
World’s Largest Solar + Storage Microgrid To Power Gold Mine in Australia – Renewable Energy World
The Granny Smith mine should reduce fuel consumption by 10-15 per cent based on the new power generation mix being proposed. Natural gas will be the main source of energy, supported by a solar microgrid. Hybrid models seem to be a compromised solution high energy use industries are willing to accept to claim "green" credentials.
Is AOC’s “Green New Deal” the start of an environmental fight back?
The "New Green Deal" proposed by the US Democratic party might not make it to legislation, but is that a bad thing? It's opened up a debate on climate change that has pushed the deniers onto the back foot.
Environmental officials say 9/11 survivor tree can potentially harm soil and natural waters – FORT WAYNES NBC
A bit of a sad story about unintended consequences - Allen County wanted to honour the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, so they planted a tree. Unfortunately the species they chose is a non-native, invasive species that can harm water tables. Environmental officials and local communities are now working on a way to honour the dead and protect the environment.
‘Environmental vandalism’: The households who fly-tip – Irish Times
The Republic of Ireland has a household waste problem: about 5 per cent of households engage in some form of illegal dumping. This could be about to come to an end as local councils are fighting back with intelligence gathering, local community support and a willingness to prosecute.
Renewables account for 22% of India’s installed power in 2018 – Renewables Now
While coal still dominates India's power generation, Renewable sources have been steadily increasing their contribution.
EU needs ambitious Cohesion policy to achieve SDGs, socialists argue – EURACTIV.com
As the EU's "Cohesion Policy" comes up for discussion and renewal, the Socialist Group inside the EU Parliament is demanding change. They want the policy and its associated funds to be directed towards the sustainable development goals agreed by the Bloc. Could it be the start of an EU version of the Green New Deal?
Students taught sustainable living to revive the Ramnadi – Pune Mirror
The Ramnadi River is one of many in India that's polluted almost beyond recovery. A project in Pune, Maharashtra, aims to teach young people how to change their lifestyles to help protect it and bring it back to life. And with many turning their back on agriculture for city life, it's also hoping to encourage more to remain in farming and protect India's food security.
Drip Irrigation Promises Massive Potential To Save Water – UrduPoint
Saving water is high on many country's agendas, particularly when 70% or more of supplies is used to feed crops. In Pakistan, the dominant method is "flood irrigation", which wastes at least half of the water used. To counter this, Nestle has introduced a "drip irrigation" system that focuses the precious resource to where it is needed, which could reduce water use by millions of litres annually.
Zoo campaign edging closer to making Chester world’s first sustainable Palm Oil City – Cheshire Live
Deforestation to feed the world's palm oil habit has been blamed in part for the decline of the Orang-utan. While there are sustainable programmes in place and coming into force on the supply side, the demand side of the equation still hasn't caught up. Chester Zoo, a significant contributor to efforts to save the Great Ape, has been working on both a global and local scale - and is having some success.
Climate change: UK carbon capture project begins – BBC News
A pilot project at the Drax power station in Selby, Yorkshire, aims to capture CO2 before it can escape into the atmosphere. Could this help improve the green credentials of Biomass?