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Friday Updates February 19th

Our Friday Updates are here and we have some amazing cutting edge inventions as well as inspiring and challenging happenings from around the world. Take a look at our fantastic booklet with stories and insights on how to become more environmentally friendly. Check out all the amazing volunteering opportunities you can join to spread peace and good energy around the world. You can find out a lot more information at sci.ngo Jump in, get inspired and happy reading!

Living microalgae lamp absorbs CO2 from the air
Polluted air causes 5.5 million deaths a year new research says
Activists blockade mine site over threat to pristine fjord
Could our chemical usage be killing off the bee population
Solar road in France to provide power for 5 million people

Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air

French biochemist Pierre Calleja has designed a fascinating eco-friendly lamp that could light up streets and parking garages while cutting CO2 emissions. It runs completely free of electricity, powered solely by a tube filled with glowing green algae. The lamp uses the energy created by the algae’s own photosynthesis process to power the light within while the algae itself lives on CO2 in the air outside.Read more here

Polluted air causes 5.5 million deaths a year new research says

According to the study, air pollution causes more deaths than other risk factors like malnutrition, obesity, alcohol and drug abuse, and unsafe sex. The Global Burden of Disease project puts it as the fourth greatest risk behind high blood pressure, dietary risks and smoking.Read more here

Activists blockade mine site over threat to pristine fjord

For ten days, locals and young activists, led by Young Friends of the Earth Norway, have been peacefully occupying machinery to prevent test drilling at a mining site near Førde fjord, west Norway. In April last year, the Norwegian government doomed another of its world famous fjords, Førde fjord, by granting permission to Nordic Mining to mine Engebø mountain for rutile ore, and for the waste to be dumped into the nearby pristine fjord. Read more here

Could our chemical usage be killing off the bee population

SAN ANTONIO DE LOS BANOS, Cuba, Feb 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Long known for its cigars and rum, Cuba has added organic honey to its list of key agricultural exports, creating a buzz among farmers as pesticide use has been linked to declining bee populations elsewhere. Organic honey has become Cuba's fourth most valuable agricultural export behind fish products, tobacco and drinks, but ahead of the Caribbean island's more famous sugar and coffee, said Theodor Friedrich, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) representative for Cuba.Read more here

Solar road in France to provide power for 5 million people

France’s Agency of Environment and Energy Management said that 4 meters (14 feet) of solarized road would be enough to supply the electrical needs of one household, excluding heat. One kilometer (0.62 miles) will supply enough electricity for 5,000 residents. The project is the result of five years of research between French road construction company Colas and the French National Institute of Solar Energy. The project, “Wattway,” was introduced last October. The technology consists of extremely thin (7 millimeters) yet durable panels of polycrystalline silicon that can transform solar energy into electricity. The panels are also said to be 15 centimeters wide and heavy-duty skid resistant to reduce auto accidents.Read more here

 

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