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Renewable energy
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Renewable energy

The deep sea could hold the key to the future

To kick our fossil fuel habits, we’re going to need a lot more wind turbines, solar panels, and batteries. Building all that infrastructure will require billions of tons of metals and minerals which can be found in abundance at the bottom of the sea. But what about the costs?

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Source: Grist
Battling marine plastics
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Battling marine plastics

Remote sensing gives new possibilities

More than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste enter the oceans each year. A new study illustrates how optical satellite imagery from the European Space Agency can help identify aggregates of floating plastic, such as bottles, bags and fishing nets, in coastal waters.

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Source: VITO
Nature-based solutions
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Nature-based solutions

First-ever global standard developed

With growing concerns over biodiversity and climate change, nature-based solutions get increasing recognition as a necessity for achieving the SDGs. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will launch the first-ever global standard in June.

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Source: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Reducing CO2 intensity
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Reducing CO2 intensity

International shipping could raise ambition

CO2 intensity of international shipping has already been reduced by 30% from 2008 levels in 2018, nearly reaching the 40% reduction target set for 2030. The sector could therefore further scale up goals for decarbonisation in the coming years.

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Source: Climate Home News
Solar water farm
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Solar water farm

Drinking water supply for 35,000 people daily

Due to a drought, residents of the coastal village of Kiunga in Kenya were forced to drink water from saltwater wells, a practice that may result in kidney failure. Powerwall batteries and solar panels are now being used to make saltwater suitable for drinking.

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Source: Tesmanian
Harnessing the sun
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Harnessing the sun

Bringing fresh water to remote communities

Researchers at the University of Bath developed a desalination process using a 3D-printed system. As the process can be operated in mobile solar-powered units, it has the potential to supply communities in remote and disaster-struck areas with fresh water.

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Source: University of Bath