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16th January 2018

Iceland to go plastic-free by 2023

British supermarket chain, Iceland, is to become the first major retailer globally to eliminate plastic packaging from all of its own brand products.

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11th January 2018

Record year for climate and weather-related disasters in the U.S.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that 2017 was the costliest year on record for climate and weather-related disasters in the United States.

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28th December 2017

FCC approves wireless charging at a distance

A new wireless, power-at-a-distance charging technology has been approved in the United States for the first time.

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23rd December 2017

First plasma achieved by General Fusion

A Canadian company, General Fusion, reports achieving the first plasma on its newest plasma injector named PI3, the world's largest.

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13th December 2017

New battery technology could triple range of electric vehicles

A new technology innovation could allow car batteries to hold dramatically more energy, thus leading to an extended travel range per charge in electric vehicles.

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8th December 2017

ITER fusion reactor is 50% complete

Construction of the ITER fusion reactor – described as the most complex machine in human history – has reached the halfway point.

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1st December 2017

Global warming could increase volcanic eruptions

A study by the University of Leeds finds that shrinking glacier cover across Iceland could lead to increased volcanism in the region, by reducing pressure on the Earth's surface.

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16th November 2017

New helium-resistant materials could make fusion energy a reality

Nanocomposite solids could protect the materials in fusion reactors from degradation.

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13th November 2017

Global CO2 emissions hit record high

After a three-year plateau, global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) have risen again, dashing hopes that a peak might soon be reached.

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2nd November 2017

CO2 levels now highest in 3 million years

The World Meteorological Organisation has announced that concentrations of CO2 in Earth's atmosphere reached a record high of 403.3 parts per million (ppm) during 2016.

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1st November 2017

New efficiency record for quantum dot solar cells

Researchers in the U.S. have set a new world efficiency record for quantum dot solar cells, at 13.4 percent.

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26th October 2017

Transparent solar tech represents 'wave of the future'

See-through solar materials that can be applied to windows represent a massive source of untapped energy and could harvest as much power as bigger, bulkier rooftop solar units, scientists report.

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23rd October 2017

75% decline in flying insect biomass since 1989

Researchers in Germany have found a reduction in flying insect biomass of over 75% in the last three decades, suggesting the possibility of large-scale ecological collapse.

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12th October 2017

Scientists find way to genetically boost nutritional value of corn

Scientists have enhanced the nutritional value of corn, the largest commodity crop grown on Earth, by inserting a bacterial gene from E. coli.

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10th October 2017

Vast energy potential of ocean-based wind farms

A new study finds that wind farms in the North Atlantic could, in theory, provide sufficient energy to meet all of humanity's current needs during wintertime.

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9th October 2017

Batteries that charge up to 20 times faster

A touch of asphalt may be the secret to high-capacity lithium metal batteries that charge up to 20 times faster than commercial lithium-ion batteries, according to scientists.

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4th October 2017

Sydney and Melbourne could experience 50°C days within a few decades

Australia's two biggest cities could swelter through 50°C days by the 2040s, a new study concludes.

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21st September 2017

Electric bus goes 1,100 miles on a single charge

Proterra, a leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, has announced a new world record for the longest distance ever travelled by an electric vehicle on a single charge.

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29th August 2017

A path to 100% clean energy by 2050

Engineers at Stanford University have published a detailed plan showing how 139 of the world's countries could be converted to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050.

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12th August 2017

U.S. Army lab discovers new energy source

Scientists and engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Maryland have demonstrated a new nanomaterial powder that creates large amounts of energy by simply mixing it with water.

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11th August 2017

Smart windows could save 20% in energy costs

Researchers have created "smart windows" that rapidly change opacity, depending on how sunny it is. This new technology could cut utility costs.

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1st August 2017

New efficiency record for perovskite solar cells

Researchers in South Korea have announced a new world record efficiency of 22.1% for perovskite solar cells.

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26th July 2017

The last surviving species on Earth may be tardigrades

Tardigrade micro-animals may be one of the most resilient lifeforms on Earth, able to withstand global mass extinctions due to astrophysical events, such as supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, large asteroid impacts, and passing-by stars.

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24th July 2017

Carbon sequestration made 500 times faster

Researchers in California report how carbon sequestration in the ocean can be made 500 times faster, by simply adding a common enzyme to the process.

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9th July 2017

China to build first "forest city" in 2020

The masterplan for an eco-friendly "forest city" in China has been revealed.

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6th July 2017

Volvo Cars to go all-electric

Volvo Cars has announced that every car it launches from 2019 will be electric or hybrid, marking the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine and placing electrification at the core of its future business.

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5th July 2017

Future pavements could generate electricity from footsteps

Imagine a city where simply walking on pavements and other flat surfaces can make usable power. One company has demonstrated just such a concept in London's West End.

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1st July 2017

Climate change will increase inequality in the USA

Unmitigated climate change will exacerbate inequality in the USA, with southern states losing up to 20 percent of their income by century's end.

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