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Natural winner

Documenting fish stocks makes commercial fishing more sustainable. But certain organisms such as fast-growing algae create havoc for aquatic ecosystems. They deprive fish of their basis for life. Water fleas feed on algae, however, and thus have a positive impact on the natural order of things. Selecting four different genotypes of water flea, a female student from Canada examined...

Self-sufficient removal

Self-driving electric haulers could soon be hitting railway tracks. Meanwhile, an American startup has developed a system which removes CO2 from the atmosphere during rail traffic. Air flows in through an aperture on top of a container car stationed in between track vehicles. The CO2 is extracted and stored within a chamber, with clean air flowing out through the...

Combined impact

A breakfast omelette made from sweet lupins? That’s possible. Now, a German research team is upping the ante with a sustainable palm oil substitute, which could also be used to produce vegan cheese. The main ingredient is corn stove, mixed with a single-celled fungal strain. Fermenting the combination produces an oil which is almost identical in composition to palm...

Clean addition

Gin leftovers and sawdust can be used to make furniture. Should it, or other flammable liquids or gases catch fire, a new patented, certified and sustainable solution from a Canadian startup is on hand to douse the flames. Instead of foams made from polymer or PFAS containing respiratory irritants or cancerous substances (tip: the film Dark Waters) the fire...

Clear intentions

Plastic for building blocks, coffee grounds for football strips, and chopsticks for furniture. Now a New Orleans startup is recycling glass and converting it to shingles and sand. Glass bottles are dropped off by volunteers or collected by the team against a fee, before being broken up and ground. Perfect for new glass products such as tiles or jewellery....

Attractive solution

Poisonous substances can be removed from the soil, while magnetic solutions free water from uranium and microplastics. Now, a research team from Washington State’s Energy Ministry has succeeded in extracting lithium from water used in industrial processes. The smallest minerals are attracted to reusable nanoparticles, because they are encased in a magnetic shell. The loaded particles are then extracted...

Sustainable distance

Drones equipped with defibrillators can help save lives. Innovative air travel solutions are needed to revitalise our environment. A startup from Holland is aiming to create the first all-electric commuter aircraft by 2030. Their 44-seater plane is powered by 8 propeller engines, takes off thanks to an output of 8700 kW and has a range of 550km. Rapid recharging...

Driving for change

A few clicks can change our mood, even our carbon footprint. Now, thanks to a Munich-based startup’s new app, companies and their volunteer teams have a chance to get active in the local community. There are currently more than 1,000 opportunities - from environmental projects to helping the homeless and supporting refugees. It’s also possible to make a donation...

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