Climate Action

Sustainable Development Goal
Researchers from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) have created a new type of generator that uses rain to create electricity, and it works. The generator produces a high voltage from a single drop of rain: more than 140 volts even when falling from 15 cm or higher. This is what it takes to light up 100...
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You may have cheered some of the many GNN reports of critically-endangered species rebounding after human intervention—like, declining numbers of humpback whales, green sea turtles, and bald eagles entirely reversed by conservation heroes. Another area of environmental degradation that is now turning around in the right direction is the surprising recovery of fish stocks. In the most comprehensive review...
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When roads are bad and extension agents few, technology can help get farmers the information they need to deal with climate shifts and other threats, backers say. Deep in rural western Zimbabwe, where tarred roads are nonexistent, Japhet Ngwenya used to spend every season worrying that the people who advise him on how to protect...
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Economics is a strict mistress. As China and the US wrestle over which country will dominate the world, Vietnam is the beneficiary. Chinese workers have rising expectations which lead to higher wages. Manufacturers are anxious to insulate their supply chains from the effects of trade and tariff wars. Vietnam can often offer lower wages than...
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ScottishPower has launched Zero Carbon Communities (ZCC) in Glasgow – the first detailed roadmap setting out the scale of the challenge for local communities in reaching the city’s net zero targets. The roadmap is based on forecasts commissioned by ScottishPower from research firm Capital Economics. The roadmap reveals for the first time Glasgow’s transport and home heating requirements to...
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New scientific findings reveal that Cuba’s rivers are in better health than the Mississippi River. The research was a joint effort between Cuba and the United States, marking the two countries’ first collaboration in more than 60 years. The work was part of a study on Cuba’s hydrology, focusing on the water quality of the island’s rivers. Despite centuries...
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A University of California (UC), Davis engineering professor is developing prototypes of an “anti-solar” cell that would work in the opposite way from a typical solar panel. Instead of being cooler than the air and absorbing sunlight, it would be warmer than the air and give off infrared light. “A regular solar cell generates power...
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Costa Rica renewable energy
Costa Rica is blessed with an abundance of free-flowing water which it uses to generate more than 78% of the electricity it needs. But it is committed to getting to 100% renewables as soon as the end of this year. Is that possible? Look at it this way. In 2019, 99.62% of the country’s electricity came from...
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On a hot summer’s day in southern Uruguay, Graciela Martinez weighs her plastic waste before dropping it in a designated container by the beach. In return, she’ll receive some virtual money on her phone that she can use for discounts on purchases at restaurants or partnered shops. It’s part of a pilot environmental project called...
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The Guardian will no longer accept advertising from oil and gas companies, becoming the first major global news organisation to institute an outright ban on taking money from companies that extract fossil fuels. The move, which follows efforts to reduce the company’s carbon footprint and increase reporting on the climate emergency, was announced on Wednesday and...
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