We might think that most of the carbon emission come from the industrial sector and livestock, but a new study suggests that the real environmental problem is represented by the things we buy. In order to understand what is really driving the impact on our planet we have to look past the obvious primary factors and realize whose needs those things are servicing. Keeping this in mind, researchers arrived to the conclusion that household consumers are (by far) the biggest accountable for this crisis.
Secondary tropical forests are able to regenerate after cutting, and this process can often be quite fast. This news comes from Panama, home to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, where a group of scientists recently released results of a study aimed to investigate the forestry regeneration capacity of earlier surfaces almost completely deforested for agricultural purposes.
Lately Japan is facing an energy and space crisis. It’s been several years since the disaster of Fukushima and looks like Japanese people are still undecided on where to draw the energy they need. Despite the tragedy the government did not retreat from the nuclear path, but on the other hand investments in clean technologies are growing. An example is the new ambitious project of the floating photovoltaic system of Kyocera Solar TC Yakamura that will lie on the waters of a dam, representing the largest solar establishment in the world.
According to a new study, humankind is now entering the “Age of Plastic”. The research investigates the evidence that we are living in the Anthropocene, a time in which humanity is the main geological force. Jan Zalasiewicz, Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Leicester, explained: “Plastics were more or less unknown to our grandparents, when they were children. But now, they are indispensible to our lives”.
In this robotic century what we should ask ourselves: What happens to robots that are no longer needed? A group of researchers from the IIT (Italian Institute of Technology) is thinking about this issue and is researching different options. They are developing materials based on nanotechnology to allow these machines to decompose at the end of their life.
The concept of using our rooftops to produce green, renewable energy for our houses is already very common if we look at solar panels. Now an international team of scientists is researching into the idea of carpeting roofs with plastic grass-like material instead. The plastic blades would be used as miniature wind turbines able to generate wind power for the home.