A Solar Lamp For Refugees

Fast Company reports on a solar powered lamp developed to help refugees and those in developing nations reliant on kerosene lamps. From the article:

The SolarPuff is a two-ounce, flat-pack solar lamp which quickly expands into a 4.5-inch cube. The lantern can last eight hours and easily recharges with clear sunlight. It provides enough light for refugees or people in impoverished areas to perform tasks at night, without instigating any dangerous fires or needing batteries.

Source: https://www.fastcompany.com/40439433/how-a-small-solar-light-is-saving-refugees-lives

Four Capital Cities Ban Diesel Cars From 2025

MIT Technology Review reports on the announcement that four global capital cities will be banning diesel cars from 2025 – Athens, Madrid, Mexico City and Paris – in order to improve air quality and drive adoption of electric vehicles.


Could A Giant Vacuum Cleaner Tackle Pollution?

FastCoExist highlights a device that sucks fine particulate matter from the air, that if deployed in sufficient numbers would clean the air in cities and other polluted areas.

The Dutch inventors claim the huge ‘vacuum cleaners’ can filter most of the fine particles emitted from vehicles / power plants and through industrial pollution – that have both health and climate impacts.
Source: https://www.fastcoexist.com/3065052/change-generation/this-giant-dutch-vacuum-cleaner-sucks-pollution-out-of-the-sky

Royal Caribbean to use LNG and fuel cells on ships to reduce emissions

Luxury cruises are increasingly popular but can come with huge environmental costs around ports and whilst at sea, due to sulfur and other harmful particulates from the heavy fuel oil burnt by most ships. Royal Caribbean is aiming to reduce such emissions from future cruise liners through a combination of liquefied natural gas and fuel cells from the early 2020’s.


Image credit: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Source: http://www.rclcorporate.com/rcl-steps-to-the-fore-with-plans-for-fuel-cell-technology/

Via: Engadget

Norway commits to zero deforestation

Inhabitat reports that the Norwegian government has become the first to commit to zero-deforestation through procurement, supply chain or investment.

Source: http://inhabitat.com/norway-becomes-the-first-country-in-world-to-commit-to-a-zero-deforestation-supply-chain/

“Smart” Inhalers For Asthmatics In Louisville, Kentucky

FastCoExist covers a project in Louisville, Kentucky where Asthmatics have been given smart inhalers that collectively help to track air pollution and low air quality. The use of the inhalers is tracked along with data from air quality sensors across the area. The hope is that combining the air quality measurements with use of medication, researchers will gain a better understanding of how the connections between air quality, environment and weather conditions combine to trigger asthma attacks.


Source: FastCoExist

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