A new material for separating CO2 from industrial waste gases, natural gas, or biogas

Chemists at the University of Bayreuth have developed a material that could well make an important contribution to climate protection and sustainable industrial production. With this material, the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) can be specifically separated from industrial waste gases, natural gas, or biogas, and thereby made available for recycling. The separation process is […]

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Gorongosa National Park is being reforested via coffee and agroforestry

Gorongosa National Park is reforesting itself with the help of shade-grown coffee and other agroforestry crops. Marketed internationally, Gorongosa Coffee and other related ventures employ many local and indigenous people via this regenerative form of agriculture. The park’s plantings are beneficial to wildlife, too: in addition to birds that frequently visit the agroforests, these plots […]

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Biodegradable, Carbon-Negative Straws and Cutlery Could Help Stop Plastic Pollution

Newlight Technologies, a California biotech company, has set its sights on curbing greenhouse gas emissions and marine plastic pollution simultaneously. The startup uses ocean bacteria to create a new material that is made of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and that can replace many single-use plastics and leathers. Newlight has been exploring ways to make use of greenhouse […]

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What’s the most sustainable toothbrush? Study finds a surprising answer

You probably don’t think much about your toothbrush, but the one you choose actually makes a big difference to the environment. A group of researchers carried out the first lifecycle assessment of toothbrushes to measure their environmental footprint, with electric ones not doing too well. Healthcare is a major emitter of environmental pollutants that adversely […]

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Beyond tourism: A call for business ideas that protect African wildlife, ecosystems

The African Leadership University has launched an innovation challenge to develop new commercial ideas for rural livelihoods that protect biodiversity. Wildlife tourism is the best-known “conservation business,” but it’s unclear how much it directly contributes to funding conservation, even if it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants to the innovation challenge will develop non-tourism business […]

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