Call for Projects: Concrete and innovative solutions for a better organization of our world

The Paris Peace Forum calls on all organizations to bring concrete and innovative solutions that tackle global challenges and to present them at the second edition of its annual event.
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Call for Proposals: System able to measure the salinity and pollution level

The challenge is aimed at finding/developing a system able to measure the salinity and pollution level. In particular, the system shall provide information to improve cleaning activities in terms of a better planning and workforce management. The “desiderata” is an equipment or sensor which can alarm when the salinity or pollution levels exceeds the standard threshold.
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Stevia Dessert Industry 2019 Market Size, Growth, Share, Trends, Global Statistics and Forecast Analysis 2025

Stevia Dessert Market 2019 Global Industry Report delivers the Stevia Dessert business profiles, participants, news, developing activities and policies, consumer volume and creating strategies. Stevia Dessert industry also report delivers analysis on a region, products, sales, revenue. Stevia Dessert market report emphases on overall development patterns, focused on key industry players, size, consumption volume, Forecast 2019 to 2025.
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Call for Proposals: Environment, Energy & Health Challenge

DLR is looking for innovative ideas that use Earth observation data to drive the sustainable management of our limited natural resources and foster human well-being. In addition to using Copernicus data and other Earth observation satellite data, participants are encouraged to supplement their ideas with other sources of data, such as information generated by crowd-sourcing, social media or in-situ measurements. Ideas should support professionals working in these areas, inform the public, or empower public authorities to take action and solve issues on a local, national, or global scale.
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Truffle Oil Market 2019 Industry Trends, Share, Growth, Size, Segments, Demand, Overview and Forecast to 2025

Truffle Oil Market Report cover detailed competitive outlook including the Truffle Oil Industry share and company profiles of the key participants operating in the global market. The Truffle Oil market report provides an in-depth overview of Product Specification, technology, product type and production analysis considering major factors such as Revenue, Cost, Gross and Gross Margin.

Marine Litter Prevention with Autonomous Water Drones

If we continue to pollute the planet at current rates, the effects on marine ecosystems, potable water and ultimately human living standards will be stark. WasteShark (Marine Litter Prevention with Autonomous Water Drones) introduces a data-driven, complete waste capture and delivery solution, based on advanced robotics.

Call for Applications: Grants to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation is currently accepting applications to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
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Call for Nominations: 2019 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

Nominations are open for 2019 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards that recognize fundamental contributions in a broad array of areas of scientific knowledge, technology, humanities and artistic creation.
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Deploying Acoustic Detection Algorithms on Low-Cost, Open-Source Acoustic Sensors for Environmental Monitoring

This paper describes the development and deployment of three acoustic detection algorithms that reduce the power and storage requirements of acoustic monitoring on affordable, open-source hardware. The algorithms aim to detect bat echolocation, to search for evidence of an endangered cicada species, and also to collect evidence of poaching in a protected nature reserve.

Call for Proposals: NGO marine conservation projects in Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines and Vietnam

The present call for proposals is part of a continuing series of such calls by Blue Action Fund, providing individual grants to selected NGO marine conservation projects in developing countries. To better support regional ocean governance structures and foster co-operation between NGOs, the call focuses on a limited number of countries.
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PRIMA Call for Proposals: Bridging the gap between potential and actual irrigation performance in the Mediterranean

In the Mediterranean basin, water balances and water used for irrigation including irrigation performance is often lower than potential at the farm and at the water users association level. This gap is evident for average performance, but it is particularly important when the dispersion among farmers and their associations is considered. Attaining Sustainable Mediterranean irrigation requires to assess the real water balances in the area of irrigation, amount of water available for irrigation ensuring that water levels are environmentally safe for ecosystems and other needs. Furthermore, optimising irrigation performance requires to combine technological, managerial and governance innovations taking into account the availability, safety and quality of water resources, existing institutional arrangements, as well as crop agronomy planning.
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EU's Call for Proposals: Building a water-smart economy and society

There is a growing demand for water from various economic activities and increasing stress on natural water sources. To secure water for our society, there is therefore a need to make available alternative water resources of various qualities and which are appropriate for different functions and multiple users, and to better exploit water resources and all the valuable substances that could be obtained through the wastewater treatment and reuse process. However, innovations in this domain remain fragmented and/or only experimented at small scales; testing and deployment in operational environments and at scales suitable for encouraging wider uptake is still missing.
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PRIMA Call for Proposals: Management of Water 2019

In order to ensure sustainable use and protection of Mediterranean groundwater aquifers in the frame of climate change, water over-abstraction in the region, all water balance components and water quality and quantity risks related to the intensive agricultural activities need to be comprehensively assessed and analysed.
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Call for Nominations: AIDF Africa Innovator Of The Year Award

The aim is to recognise individuals for their inspiring leadership, forward-thinking, creative problem-solving and implementation of innovative programmes that have helped drive African progress towards Sustainable Development Goals.
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Agroforestry Standards for Regenerative Agriculture

Agroforestry is increasingly being recognized as a holistic food production system that can have numerous significant environmental, economic, and social benefits. This growing recognition is paralleled in the USA by the budding interest in regenerative agriculture and motivation to certify regenerative practices.

Call for applications: Encouraging Sustainable Solutions around the World

Applicants are invited to apply for SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund to work with purpose and passion on behalf of wildlife and habitats worldwide, encouraging sustainable solutions through support of species research, animal rescue and rehabilitation and conservation education.
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Call for Proposals: Boosting Collective Action for Improved Water Quality in Sub-Saharan Africa

The main objective of the projects should be to improve the overall health and environment of the target populations through sustainable management and monitoring of water-related pollution by industrial activities.
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Norway's forestry wastes could meet 20 per cent of its aviation fuel needs while protecting the environment

For all these reasons and more, the Norwegian government has set a goal that 30 per cent of all jet fuel used in Norway by 2030 will be sustainably produced biofuels. To help jump start this transition, the government announced in October that airlines operating in Norwegian airspace will have to use 0.5 per cent biofuels in their jet fuel by 2020.

Call for Proposals to support the exploration of how AI can help us understand, engage, and protect the planet

The National Geographic Society (NGS) and Microsoft’s AI for Earth program are seeking proposals to support the exploration of how AI can help us understand, engage, and protect the planet.
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Using Augmented Reality to inform consumer choice and lower carbon footprints

Using an AR smartphone app that combines comparative and detailed product information into personalized data and recommendations, a 23% reduction in carbon footprint was found for bottled water, and non-significant reductions for breakfast cereal.

Call for Applications: The Global Cooling Prize, an international competition to find a residential cooling technology

A winning technology could prevent up to 100 gigatons of carbon emissions by 2050, and put the world on a pathway to mitigate up to 0.5˚C of global warming by 2100.
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Call for Applications: Young Social Entrepreneurs

The Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) programme seeks to inspire, equip and enable youth of different nationalities to embark on social enterprises (SEs) in Singapore and beyond. If you have a social enterprise idea, we want to help you make it happen! Participants will learn from leading social entrepreneurs, business professionals and other youth who are keen on social innovation, while expanding their networks for potential collaborations for good.
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Call for Proposals: Improve the production and distribution of food in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East

The foundation supports projects that demonstrate local leadership and promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem or question in the field.
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Call for Applications: SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund

The Fund has 4 areas of focus: 1. Species Research 2. Habitat Protection 3. Conservation Education 4. Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation
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Environment and Big Data: Role in Smart Cities of India

This study identifies six environmental factors, which should be integrated in the development of smart cities. These environmental factors include indicators of landscape and geography, climate, atmospheric pollution, water resources, energy resources, and urban green space as a major component of the environment.

EU's Call for Proposals: Sustainable solutions for bio-based plastics on land and sea

Activities shall focus on sustainability strategies and solutions for bio-based productsand support the Plastics Strategy. They shall include innovative product design and business models facilitating efficient reuse and recycling strategies and solutions, including ensuring the safety of recycled materials when used for toys or packaging food stuffs.
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Design, Development and Implementation of a Weather Station Prototype for Renewable Energy Systems

A new weather station based on an Arduino platform has been developed to collect and store ambient temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed and air quality data, comparing the obtained data to those obtained using a validation station containing commercial sensors.

Call for Applications: Total Startupper Challenge

This year, a Top Female Entrepreneur category has been introduced. During the first Challenge, women accounted for almost 25% of the winners, even though they only made up 13% of the applicants. With this special award this year, we hope to give the women entrepreneurs an extra push to take part. It is also aligned with other Total initiatives for women.
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A Glimpse of What Lies Ahead for the Biodegradable Plastic Market

The Global Biodegradable Plastics market was $17 billion in 2017 and is estimated grow with CAGR of 21% till 2022 to reach $44 billion. Biodegradable plastic being an alternative to conventional plastics offers advantages over conventional plastics such as a reduced carbon footprint and also additional waste management options such as composting. The current market for biodegradable plastics is characterized by a vibrant growth rate and a strong diversification. What is Biodegradable Plastics? Biopolymers are polymers that are biodegradable and are apparently safe for the environment. The input materials for the production of these polymers may be either renewable, which are based on agricultural plant or animal products, or can be synthetic. Biobased goods are composed of natural materials and are biodegradable which makes them much better for the environment than the traditional throw-away plastic. Packaging is the major application served by bio plastics. Rigid plastic packaging find its use in products such as bottles and jars made from PET, which is the most extensively used resin.

Call for Proposals: Science-Driven E-Infrastructures Innovation (SEI)

This SEI call targets initiatives that are well-positioned to bring together environmental, social and economic scientists with data scientists, computational scientists, and e-infrastructure and cyber-infrastructure developers and providers to solve one or more of the methodological, technological and/or procedural challenges currently facing inter-disciplinary and transdisciplinary environmental change research that involves working with large, diverse and multi-source transnational data.
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10 months ago

Call for projects : 2019 St Andrews prize for Environment

The Prize aims to find innovative solutions to environmental challenges across the world. The solutions should be practical, scalable and able to be replicated in other places, combining good science, economic reality and political acceptability.
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10 months ago

Call for Applications: Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2018

The Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards support and celebrate inspirational young people from all over the world who have existing initiatives, products or services tackling some of the planet’s biggest sustainability challenges.
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10 months ago

Call for Applications: Urban Water Scarcity Innovation Challenge Opens to Startups

The Challenge aligns with U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 6, or SDG6, which calls for universal access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030.
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a year ago

FAO calls for global coordination for a bioeconomy that leaves no one behind

If done right, in particular with and for family farmers, bioeconomy can help efforts to tackle pressing global problems such as hunger, poverty and climate change.
a year ago

Novel NUS technique strengthens building structures by mixing biochar from saw dust with cement

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have found an innovative and environmental-friendly technique to enhance building structures. The new method, which incorporates biochar recycled from saw dust into cement, improves the strength and water tightness of mortar and concrete, and offers an alternative use to the large volume of wood waste produced in Singapore.
a year ago

Algae-forestry, bioenergy mix could help make CO2 vanish from thin air

An unconventional mélange of algae, eucalyptus and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage appears to be a quirky ecological recipe. But, scientists from Cornell University, Duke University, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo have an idea that could use that recipe to help power and provide food protein to large regions of the world - and simultaneously remove carbon dioxide from Earth's atmosphere.
a year ago

National Geographic Society's Call for Proposals: Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution Program

Develop innovative solutions to help stop plastic from reaching waterways through improved recycling, waste management, or other means.
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a year ago

Call for Applications: GovHack on Environment & Wellbeing for the cities of Tokyo and Santiago

This challenge calls for startup utilizing the concepts of circular economy to create new products and services that help the environment and impact in(directly) the healthcare of its citizens.
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a year ago

Call for Applications: Movin'On Global Startup Challenge

The competing startups must demonstrate that they are true game changers, impacting any one of the following six industry's hot topics: Decarbonization and air quality, The new multimodal society, Technologies to accelerate implementation, Working together, Circular economy and Moonshots in mobility
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a year ago

FFAR Call for Proposals: Healthy Soils

This Challenge Area targets innovative research that includes, but is not limited to, promoting robust soil microbial communities, improving cover crop cultivars, developing improved agronomic practices, characterizing soil health-related ecosystem services, increasing social and economic tractability of soil health promoting practices, and enhancing the efficacy of Extension services.
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a year ago

Call for Proposals: Conservation Technologies Programme

National Geographic Society is seeking proposals for its Conservation Technologies Programme to advance breakthrough technologies that can scale National Geographic’s efforts to explore, visualize, understand, and ultimately protect the planet.
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a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: New biotechnologies for environmental remediation

Proposals should include research and innovation for efficient and low cost remediation strategies using microorganisms by means of (bio-)electrochemical systems, or alternate systems that require minimum or zero external energy or chemicals. The work should ensure that an acceptable performance for field applications can be attained. Remediation should cover hydrocarbons and their derivatives, metals, nutrients, antibiotics or micropollutants.
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a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: Added-value manfacturing: a cross-cutting challenge

Rather than competing primarily on cost, added value manufacturers deliver value by delivering product/service innovation, establishing process excellence, achieving high brand recognition and/or contributing to a sustainable society.
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a year ago

Eco-Industrial Parks Emerge as an Effective Approach to Sustainable Growth

There are about 250 self-styled eco-industrial parks operating or under development worldwide today, while just as recently as 2000, there were fewer than 50. Eco-industrial parks (EIP) offer the business advantages of traditional industrial parks while also using resources more efficiently, improving productivity, supporting the achievement of firms’ social responsibility goals, and lowering exposure to climate change risks.
a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: Sustainable Blue Economy

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has launched a new call to foster Sustainable Blue Economy. The call with a total budget of €14.5 million focuses on four areas: Demonstration & market, fighting marine litter, blue networks and restoring ecosystems.
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a year ago

Canada Call for Applications: 2018 GLOBE Climate Leadership Awards

Small/Medium Business Innovator: This award will be presented to a small Canadian business (registered as a Canadian corporation and with less than 500 employees) that has demonstrated innovation and leadership and made an impact in combating climate change.
Applications are closed
a year ago

CES® 2018 Innovation Award: Bosch smart city solution Climo helps to manage air quality

The Climo system enables the rapid and accurate measurement of air-quality parameters. It combines sensors and software to deliver a range of air-quality data, covering key air pollutants including: particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and ozone. It also provides data from environmental parameters such as temperature, relative humidity, light, sound, pressure – and even pollen.
a year ago

For-profit Business Models are an effective path to Sustainable Development, meeting hears

SafeMotos equips motorcycle drivers with smartphones that track their driving, when they speed up, and how often they brake. The data is then fed into an algorithm developed by insurance companies to identify risky driving behavior.
a year ago

Launch of Africa NDC Hub, African Platform to help 54 African countries on Climate-related Projects

This platform should be a catalyst for concessional funding for climate-related projects in Africa which will, in turn, help raise private finance. This is a most timely initiative, bearing in mind that, US$ 4 billion will be required to implement the NDCs, according to recent studies.
a year ago

Young British inventor wins top UN Environmental award

Dixon’s Phytoponics technology enables food crops to grow in water encased in a 100 percent recyclable polymer film, improving irrigation efficiency and reducing the amount of land use needed for horticulture.
a year ago

FAMAE launches Innovation Challenge To Identify Innovative Solutions to Reduce or Recycle Waste

FAMAE will officially launch its 1st Innovation Challenge seeking pragmatic, efficient, durable, universal and money-saving solutions to reduce or recycle the yearly waste generated by an urban family (using if necessary existing solutions).
Applications are closed
a year ago

UN Environment launches Online Course on Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace

The course covers a range of natural resources, from extractives to land and water, as well as a range of tools and approaches from conflict and gender sensitivity to assessments, meditation and spatial planning. All UN staff members working on peace and security or on natural resources and the environment are encouraged to enroll.
a year ago

From Cellulose to 3D Objects: 3D printing with a Biobased Polymer for CO2-neutral Manufacturing

Researchers working with Valentine P. Ananikov at the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) have now solved these problems while also developing a sustainable process: 3D printing with polyethylene-2,5-furandicarboxylate (PEF), a polymer they make from cellulose.
a year ago

Plant Protection in Ecological Agriculture

Different ways to increase plant protection and agricultural production without application of synthetic plant protection means and fertilizers are studied such as: the agro-technical method, the mechanical method, the biological plant protection method, use of ionizing radiation and plant extracts as well as the breeding method.
a year ago

New Studies Confirm: Biodegradable Plastics Boost Organic Recycling and Improve Mechanical Recycling

Biodegradable plastics facilitate separate collection of bio-waste and help to divert organic waste from other recycling streams. Yet, the contamination of organic waste streams by misthrows of non-compostable plastics is high and constitutes a real problem for composting facilities.
a year ago

Green Commuter, First “Open” All-Electric Car-Sharing Service, Deploys in Los Angeles, USA

Green Commuter deployed Los Angeles’s first open all-electric car-sharing service this week. The vehicles are available to the public through the Green Commuter app. Once registered, members can locate and rent Green Commuter Tesla Model X vehicles by the hour or weekend.
a year ago

Canada launched Forest Bioeconomy Framework to enhance the Sustainability of the Forest Sector

The Forest Bioeconomy Framework establishes a path that will result in a forest bioeconomy that identifies sustainable bio-based materials from healthy forests available for high added-value manufacturing. The framework highlights innovation, collaboration, and investment and opens the door to further enhancing the sustainability of the forest sector through research, innovation and strong public policy.
2 years ago

Green Technology Choices: The Environmental and Resource Implications of Low-Carbon Technologies

Research confirms that demand-side technologies reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as many other environmental impacts. However, the magnitude of those improvements varies widely among technologies and regions. In some cases, demand-side technologies may increase resource consumption and even greenhouse gas emissions.
2 years ago

Natural and effective ways of Purifying Lake Water

The various water resources that are present on the earth’s surface are in the form of oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, ponds, waterfalls etc. Among these water resources Lakes and reservoirs are vital for people’s life, industrial activities and many other day to day activities. These water resources help in obtaining water for drinking after being treated.
2 years ago

Swimming microbots can remove pathogenic bacteria from water

Treating water with a combination of disinfectants or increasing their concentrations can help. But they remain in the water, and their byproducts can be harmful to human health. In recent years, researchers have been exploring the use of self-propelled micromotors to degrade and capture pollutants in water.
2 years ago

Precision Agriculture Technologies Positively Contributing to GHG Emissions Mitigation, Farm Productivity and Economics

In this work, precision agriculture technologies that have the potential to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions are presented providing a short description of the technology and the impacts that have been reported in literature on greenhouse gases reduction and the associated impacts on farm productivity and economics. The technologies presented span all agricultural practices, including variable rate sowing/planting, fertilizing, spraying, weeding and irrigation.
2 years ago

Costa Rica Achieves Two New Records in Sustainability Effort

In the last 30 years, renewable sources such as wind, geothermal, solar and hydroelectric have been responsible for production of nearly 93 percent of Costa Rica's energy, but this July they broke their own record.
2 years ago

IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge to Help Five Cities Improve Services to Their Residents

Smarter Cities Challenge engagements have helped cities around the world to significantly improve the quality of life for their residents. Projects informed by IBM advice have helped to upgrade skills of city staff, enabled cities to win prestigious awards, and made them more competitive.
2 years ago

Fifteen Eco-friendly African Start-ups receive prestigious SWITCH Africa Green-SEED Awards

The SEED awards are part of a global programme that recognizes innovative, environmentally friendly start-ups in developing countries, and helps them grow their businesses and lead by example.
2 years ago

Global Action Platform announces 25-year Agreement for Integrated Economic, Social, and Environmental Development in the Philippines

Global Action Platform, Global Partnership for Sustainable Solutions (GPSS) and the Indigenous People’s Economic Union (IPEU) announced recently the launch of an unprecedented development project for 1.2 million acres in one of the richest and most biologically diverse undeveloped tropical regions remaining in the world.
3 years ago

Alternative Fuels : Carrefour and ENGIE are joining forces to develop Biomethane in France

The choice of biomethane is part of Carrefour’s ambitious transport policy which aims by 2025 to achieve a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per pallet carried compared to 2010. The trucks using this biofuel have shown an excellent environmental performance with a 75% reduction in CO2 emissions, no fine particle pollution and a 50% reduction in noise pollution.
2 years ago

Singapore NUS Department of Social Work launches new Award to recognise and support Social Innovations that benefit ASEAN communities

Known as the ASEAN Social Impact Award, this initiative is a partnership with the Ee Peng Liang Memorial Fund, Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC) and Ashoka Innovators for the Public. The long-term goal of this award is to build communities of social innovators who work together to transform society and design new ways for communities to be more entrepreneurial, productive and connected.
2 years ago

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Based Wireless Sensor Network for Marine-Coastal Environment Monitoring

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) are another alternative for remote environmental monitoring which provide new types of data and ease of use. These aircraft are mainly used in video capture related applications, in its various light spectrums, and do not provide the same data as sensing buoys, nor can they be used for such extended periods of time. The aim of this research is to provide a flexible, easy to deploy and cost-effective Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) for monitoring marine environments.
2 years ago

Reducing Pesticide use in Agriculture Without Lowering Productivity

Pesticide use can be significantly reduced without lowering yields or economic performances at farm level if substantial changes in farming practices are adopted. However, implementing new practices is not necessarily easy and farmers need guidance in doing so.
2 years ago

Planting Corn the Earth-Friendly Way: Use of BioFertilizers and Plant-Based Insecticides in Cultivating Green Corn at Laguna, Philippines

This study sought to find an “earth-friendly” way of cultivating green corn by using bio-fertilizers and plant-based insecticides. A 2x4x6 factorial experiment, following a split-split plot design with three replications, was conducted.
2 years ago

Municipal Compost as a Nutrient Source for Organic Crop Production in New Zealand

About 1% of New Zealand farmland is managed organically. Nitrogen is the nutrient most likely to limit organic crop production. A potential solution is incorporation of compost to supply N. About 726,000 t of municipal garden and kitchen wastes are sent to landfills annually. Composting offers a means of reducing the impact of landfill wastes on the wider environment.
3 years ago

Stanford researchers create a better way to Predict the Environmental impacts of Agricultural Production

Many companies want to know how the creation of their products affects the environment. Scientists at Stanford, the University of Minnesota and Unilever have found a way to better predict and quantify environmental impacts.
2 years ago

Initiatives towards Carbon Neutrality in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area

We employed a backcasting scenario method to explore the various carbon reduction measures in the Helsinki metropolitan area. About 96% of the emissions produced in the Helsinki metropolitan area are energy-based. District heating represents the primary source of emissions, followed by transportation and electricity consumption, respectively.
3 years ago

Climate-Smart Livestock Systems: An Assessment of Carbon Stocks and GHG Emissions in Nicaragua

Livestock systems in the tropics can contribute to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increasing carbon accumulation. We quantified C stocks and GHG emissions of 30 dual-purpose cattle farms in Nicaragua using farm inventories and lifecycle analysis.
2 years ago

The Political Ecology of Chinese Large Dams in Cambodia: Implications, Challenges and Lessons Learnt from the Kamchay Dam

Based on the results of the analysis this paper makes recommendations on how to improve the planning, implementation and governance of future large dams in Cambodia.
2 years ago

African Governments commit to Investing in Green Innovation to boost Continent's Development

African ministers agreed to promote circular economy, green economy, blue economy and industrial symbiosis strategies in their countries, and to upscale and replicate the circular economy and green business development policies and programmes to enable the growth of sustainable entrepreneurship as a key driver of Africa’s economic transformation agenda.
2 years ago

Biochar Based Microbial Fuel Cell for Enhanced Wastewater Treatment and Nutrient Recovery

Waste-wood derived biochar was evaluated for the first time as both an anode and cathode material, simultaneously, in an overflow style microbial fuel cell (MFC) using actual industrial wastewater. Results show that the average chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal was 95% with a reduction rate of 0.53 kg·COD·m−1·d−1 in closed operation mode.
3 years ago

Trading Off Global Fuel Supply, CO2 Emissions and Sustainable Development

Our findings place global economists and environmentalists on the same side as they indicate that the scale up of CO2 neutral renewable energy systems is not only important to protect against climate change, but to enhance global energy security by reducing our dependence of fossil fuels and to provide a sustainable basis for economic development and poverty alleviation.
3 years ago

Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture: Good Practice Examples

Wastewater reuse is an excellent example that naturally explains the importance of integrated management of water, soil and waste, which we define as the Nexus approach. The process begins in the waste sector, but the selection of the correct management model can make it relevant and important to the water and soil as well.
4 months ago

Convergence of Biotechnology with the Global Water and Wastewater Industry Leads to Minimal Waste and Emissions

The newest breakthrough innovation for the water and wastewater industry is the convergence of biotechnology with wastewater management. Biotechnology is the incorporation of living organisms to develop or modify products by applying scientific and engineering principles with the aid of biological agents.
3 years ago

Compostable and Biodegradable waste (bio waste) around us

Bio waste recovery has undeniable advantages. By reincorporating them into their natural cycle, these elements can be used to enrich soil, or produce electricity and heat. Use of bio waste also reduces the need for chemical fertilisers. Since 1 January 2012, food distribution, non-domestic catering and the agro-food industry in France are obligated to sort and recycle their waste.
2 years ago

The Future of Trucks - Implications for Energy and the Environment

This report outlines the ways in which vehicle efficiency technologies, systemic improvements in logistics and supply chain operations, and alternative fuels can ensure that road freight transport will continue to support economic growth while meeting key energy and environmental policy objectives.
2 years ago

Dew PureWater16 chosen as Internet of Things machine Finalist in Samsung’s Makers Against Drought Challenge

Products like Dew’s PureWater machine that can generate 16 liters of water every 24 hours is a classic example of Silicon Valley know-how, exceptional engineering, and makers problem solving.
3 years ago

Integrating Technologies for Scalable Ecology and Conservation

Remote sensing, ground-based, and data fusion technologies are broadly discussed in the context of ecological research and conservation efforts. Examples of technology integration across all of these domains are provided for large-scale protected area management and investigation of ecological dynamics.
3 years ago

Optimization of Extraction parameters on the Antioxidant properties of Banana Waste

Banana is grown worldwide and consumed as ripe fruit or used for culinary purposes. Peels form about 18–33% of the whole fruit and are discarded as a waste product. With a view to exploiting banana peel as a source of valuable compounds, this study was undertaken to evaluate the effect of different extrac- tion parameters on the antioxidant activities of the industrial by-product of banana waste (peel).
3 years ago

Intelligent Decision Support System for Real-Time Water Demand Management

This paper shows how modern Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques can be applied on this issue from a holistic perspective. More specifically, the multi-agent methodology has been used in order to design an Intelligent Decision Support System (IDSS) for real-time WDM. It determines the optimal pumping quantity from the storage reservoirs to the points-of-consumption in an hourly basis.
2 years ago

Study Citing Natural Infrastructure as Effective for Climate-related Flooding Wins American Council of Engineering New York Diamond Award

In conjunction with sea walls and flood gates, natural infrastructure such as wetlands, marshes, mussel beds, dunes and native vegetation were found to be cost-effective in reducing the ingress of flood waters and minimizing erosion.
3 years ago

India's new Plastic Waste Management Rules to promote use of Plastic Waste for Road Construction and Bioenergy

Government of India has notified the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, in suppression of the earlier Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011. The Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar, said today that the minimum thickness of plastic carry bags has been increased from 40 microns to 50 microns. He stated that 15, 000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated every day, out of which 9, 000 tonnes is collected and processed, but 6, 000 tonnes of plastic waste is not being collected.
3 years ago

Industry 4.0 and Environmental Accounting: a New Revolution?

The paper seeks to examine how, through environmental accounting, the broader context of corporate sustainability could be incorporated into the developing vision for Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution. An argument is developed that through engagement of the profession environmental accounting could be enhanced and could piggy-back at little extra cost on large actual and potential investments being made in Industry 4.0 infrastructure designed for digitisation of business.
2 years ago

Preparation of Activated Carbon from Green Coconut Shell and its Characterization

In this work activated carbon was prepared from green coconut shells by chemical activation method. It was then characterized by XRD, SEM, FT-IR and TGA. Different physical properties such as bulk density, moisture content, volatile matter content, ash content, and surface area and porosity were also determined.
3 years ago

Small Scale Co-Composting Process and Efficient Methods

Besides the organic waste, composting can also be applied as secondary treatment for faeces and excreta collected in urine diversion and composting toilets. Degradation of is a natural process, but Composting allows us to control and accelerate this process by optimizing the environment for microbial activity in the waste.
2 years ago

Global Innovation Challenge Opens for Students to Fight Marine Plastic

Each year, 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans: the equivalent of a full garbage truck every minute. This pollution threatens the survival of fish and other sea creatures, destroys marine and coastal ecosystems that support over three billion people worldwide, and endangers human health by entering the food chain. If no action is taken, by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans.
2 years ago

Economic and Technological aspects of using IoT for Sustainable Environment Management. The case of IoT Wildfire Detection Systems

The paper has as main goal to evaluate the feasibility of a Next Generation Wireless Sensor Network System for Forest Fire Protection as an Internet of Things (IoT) Application. This new solution for forest fire monitoring and protection could be targeted at both state and private organizations, which are located in regions where fires represent a threat.
2 years ago

The European Commission invests over €220 million in green and low-carbon projects in Member States

The European Commission has approved an investment package of €222.7 million from the EU budget to support Europe's transition to a more sustainable and low-carbon future. The EU funding will spur additional investments leading to a total of €398.6 million to be invested into 144 new projects in 23 Member States.
2 years ago

NTU partners Danish consortium to Develop Technologies to improve the Sustainability and Liveability of Cities

NTU and the consortium will form a gateway that allows local SMEs to tap into a global network of living labs where they can test their ideas, products and innovations overseas. This will allow them to customise their products and services to meet the needs of a specific market.
2 years ago

Assessment of Forest Structure Using Two UAV Techniques: A Comparison of Airborne Laser Scanning and Structure from Motion (SfM) Point Clouds

This study investigates the potential of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to measure and monitor structural properties of forests. Two remote sensing techniques, airborne laser scanning (ALS) and structure from motion (SfM) were tested to capture three-dimensional structural information from a small multi-rotor UAV platform.
3 years ago

Advanced Treatment of Wastewater Using Symbiotic Co-culture of Microalgae and Bacteria

During wastewater treatment, the microalgae produces molecular oxygen through photosynthesis, which can be used as an electron acceptor by aerobic bacteria to degrade organic pollutants. The released during the bacterial mineralization can then be consumed by microalgae as a carbon source in photosynthesis.
2 years ago

A Modified Bio-Ecological Process for Rural Wastewater Treatment

Limited water resources and ensuring access to clean water are critical environmental challenges, especially for the developing world. In particular, rural domestic wastewater has become a significant source for the pollution of freshwater bodies.
2 years ago

Building Energy Metering and Environmental Monitoring - A state-of-the-art review and directions for future research

The paper provides a comprehensive understanding of available technologies for energy metering and environmental monitoring; their drivers, advantages and limitations; factors affecting their selection and future directions of research and development – for use a reference, as well as for generating further interest in this expanding research area.
2 years ago

Wastewater cleaned thanks to a new Adsorbent material made from Fruit Peels

Researchers from the University of Granada and Mexico have used orange and grapefruit peels, residues which pose a problem for the food industry, given that they take up a great volume and aren't very useful nowadays.
2 years ago

VineSens: An Eco-Smart Decision-Support Viticulture System

This article presents VineSens, a hardware and software platform for supporting the decision-making of the vine grower. VineSens is based on a wireless sensor network system composed by autonomous and self-powered nodes that are deployed throughout a vineyard. Such nodes include sensors that allow us to obtain detailed knowledge on different viticulture processes.
2 years ago

Autonomous Domicile

“AUTONOMOUS DOMICILE” stands for self-reliant structure or net zero energy building. An autonomous domicile can be defined as a building in which renewable energy is created on the structure itself and same is used for the meeting energy requirements of the structure.
2 years ago

The possibility of disposing of spent coffee ground with Energy Recycling

This paper checks the possibility of using spent coffee ground (SCG) in energy recycling using a combustion process. This particular biomass type up to now has not been widely examined, which inclines to consider its usage as a potential additive to alternative fuels. In the study, we examined the quality of fuel, which was in a form of briquette, made of beech shavings with 10 and 25% of post-exploitation waste obtained during the process of coffee infusion.
3 years ago

Enviroserve UAE to set up world’s largest integrated electronics, waste recycling plant at Dubai Industrial Park

The first plant-of-its-kind facility will recycle the entire range of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment ranging from consumer and industrial to commercial and military appliances, including air conditioners, batteries, IT equipment, household appliances, military avionics and mobile phones. In addition, it will recycle specialised waste material such as aerosol cans and lightbulbs, and become the only dedicated refrigerant reclaim facility in the UAE.
2 years ago

Biochar Production and Uses

The main solid product Biochar has tremendous porous and surface structure which provides great habitant for microorganisms, increases bioavailability, and great reservoir for water nutrients and pollutants which are expected to take hundreds of years to biodegrade.
2 years ago

Environment Technologies that Help Extract Optimum Value from Wastewater Prove Hugely Successful

Futuristic farm management technologies like micro and drip irrigation systems will greatly bolster the agriculture industry in developing countries. The implementation of the cash-and-carry model will allow companies to participate all along the agricultural value chain, so they can provide inputs to farmers on micro irrigation solutions, seeds, saplings and skillset development.
2 years ago

Corn And Soybean Crops Have The Highest Potential To Mitigate/Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The carbon-smart practices mentioned, coupled with innovations like biotechnology and advanced breeding, are vital tools that can help farmers adapt to and mitigate climate change.
3 years ago

Big data breakthrough brings deforestation-free supply chains one step closer

Trase’s powerful new approach draws on vast sets of largely untapped production, trade and customs data, for the first time laying bare the flows of globally traded commodities - such as palm oil, soya, beef and timber that are driving deforestation and other impacts worldwide.
2 years ago

Greenhouses for Food Production and the Environment

Several techniques have been proposed for the storage of the solar energy received by the greenhouse during the day and its use to heat the structure at night. Reviews of such techniques are presented in this chapter. Air or water can be used for heat transport.
3 years ago

The Role of Precision Irrigation in Environmentally Sensitive Areas

High value crops are usually highly dependent on irrigation in Southern Europe areas because the climate in the region is predominantly Mediterranean, with rainfall concentrated mainly in autumn and spring, and dry spells in summer. However, good irrigation practices are particularly important in high environmentally sensitive areas where poor irrigation management may have a large impact on water resource availability and pollution.
2 years ago

Making Rice Production More Environmentally-Friendly

Here we discuss how irrigated rice production can be made more eco-friendly for the benefit of farmers, consumers and the environment. This is achieved by introducing practices that improve the growth and functioning of rice plants’ root systems and enhance the abundance, diversity and activity of beneficial soil organisms that live around plant roots and within the plants themselves as symbiotic endophytes.
3 years ago

Smart City Market to reach USD 1.45 trillion by 2020, Barcelona among the best Smart Cities Worldwide

As the global population expands, demand for clean water becomes a concern and can affect natural water resources. Cities are adopting smart water management systems, based on ICT, to save water resources for the future. Technology can help supply systems to provide purified water in a cost-efficient manner. Siemens and Schneider Electric are providing smart water network systems to streamline water network operations.
2 years ago

Low-power and Ultra-compact Nanosensors for Air Quality Monitoring have been developed by using Localized and Selective Synthesis of Nanomaterials

This method is based on the generation of local hotspots in the electronic circuit by Joule heating, which generates the convective mass transfer of precursor molecules towards hot spots and localized endothermal chemical reactions at the local hot spot. This approach allows the selective and direct integration of one-dimensional nanomaterials.
2 years ago

Corn Board Manufacturing uses a patented technology to turn Corn Stover Biomass into Eco-Friendly Pressed Wood Alternatives

Harvesting corn stover and turning it into CornBoard can help save millions of trees. Recently, Corn Board Manufacturing signed a letter of intent with a furniture company to provide CornBoard desk tops, launched Stalk It - a line of sport action boards to promote CornBoard, and launched an outdoor furniture line called Zea Home.
3 years ago

Scientists discover a way to Harvest Fresh Water from Air, including in Arid Regions

The new method is the first that has potential for widespread use in virtually any location, regardless of humidity levels, the researchers say. They have developed a completely passive system that is based on a foam-like material that draws moisture into its pores and is powered entirely by solar heat.
2 years ago

UN Environment launches Global Competition for Environmental Solutions from Young People

Young Champions of the Earth is a global stage for young people to showcase technological inventions and innovative business models that improve our planet's health. The initiative aims to counter the negative discourse on the environment and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders.
2 years ago

New analysis by PwC identifies the top ten most influential Breakthrough Technology Solutions for Climate Change

Innovation for the Earth demonstrates how ten technological innovations including artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, robots, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud technology and advanced materials could come together to provide innovative and commercial viable climate solutions.
2 years ago

Machine Learning Algorithms for the Forecasting of Wastewater Quality Indicators

The aim of this study is to provide an indirect methodology for the estimation of the main wastewater quality indicators, based on some characteristics of the drainage basin. The catchment is seen as a black box: the physical processes of accumulation, washing, and transport of pollutants are not mathematically described.
2 years ago

Floating Building Opportunities for Future Sustainable Development and Energy Efficiency Gains

This paper presents guidelines for developing sustainability strategies or decision-making frameworks for offshore renewable energy facilities. It will analyze example projects built on the seas in relation to offshore wind energy, wave energy and photovoltaic cells.
3 years ago

River Debris Management System using Off-Grid Photovoltaic Module

An off-grid stand-alone photovoltaic solar panel is used as renewable energy source connected to water pump and Arduino Uno microcontroller. The water pump rotates a water wheel and at the same time moves a conveyor belt; which is connected to the water wheel by a gear for debris collection.
2 years ago

Ecosystem Management: ECO-Engineering Project in Rice Plot in Sungai Besar, Selangor, Malaysia

Ecosystem Management is a process that aims to conserve major ecological services and restore natural resources while meeting the socioeconomic, political and cultural needs of current and future generations. This is important to ensure that every country continues to maintain its vital biodiversity for future sustainable development. In the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) article 2, biodiversity refers essentially to the diversity of living organisms, the genes they contain and the communities to which they contribute.
2 years ago

The Most Sustainable Office in the World Based in the Netherlands received a 99,94% score in the BREEAM certification system

Where possible, the building materials are "Cradle to Cradle" certified, which means that they do no harm to the environment and that they can be re-used at the end of their lifetime. The building is constructed out of wood which is considered to have the lowest CO2 footprint of any construction material.
3 years ago

Rising Versatility of Modern Biotechnology Leads to Minimal Waste Water and Emissions

The newest breakthrough innovation for the water and wastewater industry is the convergence of biotechnology with wastewater management. Biotechnology is the incorporation of living organisms to develop or modify products by applying scientific and engineering principles with the aid of biological agents. Anaerobic digestion, one of the processes in the stabilization of sludge, is used to remove pathogens, odor, putrescibility, and other offensive characteristics from raw sludge.
3 years ago

Cocoa Cultivation under Diverse Shade Tree Cover Allows High Carbon Storage and Sequestration without Yield Losses

If planned properly, cacao plantations under a shade tree cover allow combining high yield with benefits for carbon sequestration and storage, production system stability under stress, and higher levels of animal and plant diversity.
3 years ago

SFU's Researchers are developing a Sustainable solution to the global Water Shortage by more efficiently generating Drinkable Water from the Atmosphere

Their result is the patent-pending Hybrid Atmospheric Water Generator (HAWgen), which generates clean drinking water from the atmosphere through the integration of sorption, refrigeration and water filtration systems.
3 years ago

Planted Forests in Emerging Economies: Best practices for Sustainable and Responsible Investments

The present study therefore identifies, describes and analyzes SRI tools for planted forests and suggests a framework for the evaluation of their capacity to address environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.
3 years ago

Smart Waste Management using Internet of Things Architecture

This paper showcases a potential design for an Internet of Things gateway that can be used to provide a framework for a Smart Waste Management System. The advantage that this solution gives to the problem of collecting data, processing it and outputting the result action is provided by the protocols used, adapted from technology that has proven itself mature.
3 years ago

Vermicomposting as an Alternative way of Biodegradable Waste Management for Small Municipalities

The aim of the study was to assess the usefulness of vermicomposting as a method of bioconversion of organic wastes, inter alia sewage sludge, biodegradable fraction of municipal solid wastes and green wastes. Vermicomposting is a biological process in which earthworms are employed to cooperate with microorganisms in order to convert organic wastes into a valuable product.
3 years ago

Urban sprawl and Sustainable City Development in Nigeria

The cultural factors seems to be more pronounced in the Nigerian context because most of the identified urban environmental issues are so much associated with the way of life of the people, either as reactions to urbanization or their spatial heritage. Their effects are far reaching on efforts to attain sustainable development in the country.
3 years ago

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