10 Great Ideas That Could Make the World a Better Place


Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailAh, doom and gloom, it’s everywhere when it comes to talking about our environment and climate change. Yes we need to act now to save ourselves from the worst of global warming but it’s not all bad. A lot of smart people, companies and even governments are launching sustainable initiatives that could really help us battle this scourge. Here are 10 posts over the past week that just might make a difference. These ideas and projects — from solar light bulbs for developing countries to Volvo’s idea to infuse car panels with batteries — should get you to thinking: there is hope. Enjoy.


Waste Paper Converted into Green Building Insulation

Waste Paper Converted into Green Building Insulation

Researchers in the EU have developed low-cost pre-insulated green building panels using waste paper.


Turning Floodwaters Into Liquid Assets

Turning Floodwaters Into Liquid Assets

Major storm events lead to flooding and damage in which water is often disposed of as quickly as possible. There is a better way to manage this stormwater as an amenity to be harvested and utilized.


Renewable Energy Now Cheaper Than Fossil Fuel

Renewable Energy Now Cheaper Than Fossil Fuel

Renewable energy is now cheaper per watt than coal and gas methods, and they are better for the environment. Isn’t it an obvious next step?


Wireless Electric Buses Developed In Utah

Wireless Electric Buses Developed In Utah

It’s easy to understand why some people hate public transportation. Most city buses use large diesel engines that are are loud and smelly, but pure-electric buses are too expensive for most cash-strapped cities to afford. Utah-based electric bus company WAVE might have a solution for electric buses, using a clever wireless-charging system that drastically reduces battery size and cost.


 Is the Dubai desert about to go green?

Is the Dubai desert about to go green?

Change is afoot in Dubai, as the government plans a culture shift from energy recklessness towards sustainability


8 US States Target 3.3 Million Electric Vehicles On The Road By 2025

8 US States Target 3.3 Million Electric Vehicles On The Road By 2025

Eight US states have signed an agreement to put 3.3 million zero-emission electric vehicles on the road by 2020.


Volvo develops battery-infused carbon fiber body panels

Volvo develops battery-infused carbon fiber body panels

Volvo is working to replace the bulky batteries in EVs with structural panels composed of carbon fiber that hold a …


Nokero launches $6 solar bulb for off-grid users

Nokero launches $6 solar bulb for off-grid users

The N180-Start is designed to replace kerosene as a light source. The high-end N222 solar bulb, meanwhile, can also charge your phone. Read this article by Tim Hornyak on CNET.


Why “sustainability” should be more than a meaningless buzzword

Why “sustainability” should be more than a meaningless buzzword

The term “sustainability” crept into the business lexicon slowly, by way of the environmental movement. It no longer means covering operating costs with profits, the definition I learned at Harvard Business School six years ago. Instead, it’s morphed into a blurry term that fits into whatever suitcase you want it to — a catchall for everything “socially good,” whatever that means.


Investment giant bans two palm oil companies for ‘unsustainable’ deforestation

Investment giant bans two palm oil companies for ‘unsustainable’ deforestation

The world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund has permanently banned investment in two palm oil companies for alleged unethical practices, after dropping  23 palm oil firms from its portfolio for the same reason in March.

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