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Solar power stations in space as energy source

Solar power stations in space as energy source

Solar farms only provide energy when the sun is shining. Solar power stations in space could orbit and face the sun 24 hours a day. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency researched how they could send electricity from the solar cells in space to an antenna on Earth using electromagnetic fields.

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Source: The Conversation
Protecting biodiversity

Collecting data to monitor climate change impact

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) collects data to monitor the climate and investigate how climate change impacts various sectors, including biodiversity. Based on these data, an online platform will be developed to address the needs of biodiversity and ecosystem experts.

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Source: VITO
Climate change data

Adapting to diseases carried by mosquitos

As Europe warms up, it becomes a more suitable home for the Asian tiger mosquito. To help authorities understand related health risks, VITO used data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service to create a tool that shows how conditions help this virus spreader prosper.

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Source: Copernicus Climate Change Service
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