NASA taps Kyoto startup to make maps of the wind for drones

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is turning to a Japanese startup for help in creating maps of the wind that will make it safer for drones and air taxis to take to the skies around the world. MetroWeather Co. makes compact, low-cost lidar sensors that can be used to detect hazards like wind shear, allowing unmanned aerial vehicles to operate in urban environments, Chief Executive Officer Junichi Furumoto said in an interview. The Kyoto-based company will work with TruWeather Solutions Inc. in the U.S. as part of NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research grant program. Autonomous drones and flying cars, long a science fiction staple, are slowly edging toward reality. The four-rotor machines known as quadcopters are already being used for photography, inspections and mapping. Amazon.com Inc., Alphabet Inc. and United Parcel Service Inc. are exploring their use for deliveries, while a number of startups and aerospace incumbents are working on electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicles that can carry people.

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Cut sustainability reporting prep from 3 weeks to 3 hours

Every year, as a part of Stena AB annual report, Stena Bulk assembles an expansive Sustainability Report that tracks emissions and vessel efficiency across its entire fleet. It goes out not only to company management, but also regulators and international agencies. You and your teams may have just finished assembling a similar one. If so, then you’ll know that each report depends on thousands of points of individual data, with almost every one found in a separate document or format. It means endless hours and weeks of late nights  combing through PDFs, Excel sheets, and emails. For years, this process has been a fixture of life in the office, but thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way. With Orbit’s machine learning and reporting capabilities, it’s possible to reduce the time you and your teams spend assembling reports to a fraction of what it is now. In fact, using Orbit Stena Bulk significantly decreased the time they spent generating Sustainability Reports.

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Top 10 E-Waste Management Companies in the World| Straits Research

The IT & electronics industry is the world’s largest and fastest-growing industry. Being increasingly inclined towards technology has resulted in the generation of large quantities of electronic waste (e-waste), and there is a crucial need for an effective management solution for handling this kind of waste. Every day, new and better electronic devices are launched and released, thus leaving the old devices outdated, outmoded, and obsolete. In search of getting the most updated versions of devices, individuals dispose of the old equipment with no hesitation. If the problem of ocean plastic pollution finally grabbed the world’s attention in 2018, the ebb and flow of public opinion could and should turn to the heightening issue of electronic waste — which is becoming a global crisis.

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UK to launch consultation on single-use plastics ban this autumn

The UK Government has planned to launch a public consultation on the proposed ban on a range of single-use plastic items this autumn. The proposal is part of the government’s broader commitment to stop plastic waste by the end of 2042. The ban could be applicable on the supply of single-use plastic plates and cutlery, and polystyrene cups in England. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has estimated that each person in England uses 18 single-use plastic plates and 37 single-use plastic items of cutlery annually. In addition to the ban, the government will impose a plastic packaging tax from April 2022.

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Opinion: Policies for tackling climate change must work in rural areas too | Envirotec

The UK has made a legal commitment to reach net zero for greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050. Some notable progress has been made, most obviously with power generation, but a greater push is needed soon in other spheres, such as home heating and transport. Indeed, pressure for more action is building ahead of this November’s UN climate change conference – or COP26 summit – which the UK Government will be hosting. If net zero policies are to achieve their goals, they must work effectively in rural, as well as urban, locations. All too often Government policies are designed around urban living, without proper thought given to the one in six of us living in rural settlements. Yet policy makers cannot take for granted that what works in an urban centre will also work in a rural location.

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Celine Sissler-Bienvenu, a Devoted Woman in Conservation

When bandits slaughtered 650 elephants in just weeks, in one of the most remote national parks in West Africa, it was an atrocity that shook the conservation world. Celine Sissler-Bienvenu, IFAW Country Director France and Francophone Africa was one of the few people with the contacts and the capabilities to expose the outrage. Celine is perhaps unique in modern conservation. The first European student and woman to graduate from the Wildlife Specialists School of Garoua (L’Ecole pour la Formation des Spécialistes de la Faune à Garoua) in Cameroon, her training in a mostly male paramilitary environment gathering 15 African cultures gives her a highly influential network of connections across French-speaking Africa.

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Karo Sambhav’s e-waste mobile van collection drive a success

The mobile van e-waste collection was organized on August 28 by PRO (Producer Responsibility Organisation) Karo Sambhav along with the German Agency for Cooperation (GIZ) for the residents of Moira, Aldona, Bastora,  Nachinola, and Ucassaim wherein door-to-door pick up was also done. With a good response from the citizens, e-waste of 430 kg has been collected.  A small token of remuneration was also paid to the citizens for dropping off their e-waste at the mobile van. The e-waste collected from the mobile van collection will be sent to the authorized recyclers and disposed of as per the e-waste disposal norms. Karo Sambhav aims to cover all the cities and talukas in Goa and also in other states to encourage the citizens to dispose of the e-waste through only the authorized e-waste collector and not give it to the informal sector. Steve Souza is the project manager of this initiative. He can be contacted at No 8698916279.

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Embracing sustainability to address climate change | Leony Garcia

Now, more than ever, there is a need to embrace sustainability to address the challenges that Mother Earth faces. The future generation will run out of fossil fuels. Thousands if not millions of animal species will become extinct. We will run out of lumber. We will fill the bodies of water with waste. We will damage the atmosphere beyond repair. All these and more are possible if we don’t change and practice sustainable living.
Commissioner Crispian Lao, speaking before the BM Coffee Club online forum titled “Best Practices in Sustainability”, on August 26, 2021, said sustainability is looking towards the future, looking towards our grandchildren and the grandchildren of our grandchildren.

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What Are The Benefits Of Electronic Waste Recycling?

It’s undeniably true that human needs are limitless, and the assets available to us are very restricted. Because of this explanation, reusing has turned into the need of great importance. There are many types of reusing, one of which is electronic waste reusing. There are various advantages that one can escape electronic waste reusing.
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A portion of the ecological advantages that you will escape reusing electronic waste are talked about.  To save our normal assets – We realize that regular asset are very restricted and are incredibly valuable. We likewise realize that without these assets, individuals can’t endure. Electronic waste usually contains metals like copper, platinum, silver, and so forth In this manner, it is strongly suggested that we go for the choice of reusing electronic waste. This is on the grounds that such metal arrive in a great deal of utilization and by reusing the e-squander, we will actually want to utilize these metals in a more coordinated way. 

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Year one of protein crop trial heavily subscribed in Northern Ireland

The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) has confirmed that 80 farmers successfully applied for the first year of Northern Ireland’s Protein Crop Payment Pilot Scheme. The support measure will continue into 2022. According to CAFRE’s head of dairy, pigs, poultry and crops, Don Morrow, a total of 679.92ha have been accepted for the scheme this year. It provides support at a level of £330/ha, bringing the total payments to farmers up to £224,578. The eligible crop breakdown for 2021 is as follows: spring beans- 593.17ha; spring peas – 47.233ha; winter beans – 23.17ha; spring sweet lupins – 15.7ha.

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Coming soon an IIT-M powered online marketplace for e-waste management

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) is developing an innovative model to tackle electronic waste (e-waste) by linking stakeholders in the formal and informal economy. ‘e-Source’ will be an exchange platform which will serve as an online marketplace for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and facilitate a supply chain between buyers and sellers.

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Former golf course site could provide Michigan with 30 MW solar energy

Consumers Energy announced a 20-year agreement to purchase 30 megawatts of solar energy from a proposed project located on the site of a former golf course in Michigan. Prism Power Partners is developing and building the Heathlands Solar project, which is expected to begin operation by the end of 2022. The project is being built on the former Heathlands Golf Course site in Manistee County, Michigan. “We are all in on solar energy and proud to team with a fellow Michigan company to create a cleaner, more sustainable energy future for our state by reusing valuable land and protecting the planet for future generations,” said Tim Sparks, vice president of electric grid integration at Consumers Energy. “We are leading the state’s clean energy transformation as we provide the affordable, reliable electricity our homes and businesses need for decades to come.”

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ONGC eyes offshore wind energy projects

India’s largest oil and gas producer ONGC is eyeing generating electricity from wind at its vast offshore acreage as it looks to augment its renewable energy portfolio, its chairman Subhash Kumar said. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has oil and gas fields both in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. That experience of operating in shallow and deep-sea is now being tapped to set up wind turbines to generate electricity that could be wired to land. ”A study for a pilot project in Offshore Wind has already been commissioned for assessing the opportunities in this niche segment,” Kumar said in the company’s latest annual report.

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Think long-term: Frontliners demand better policies to overcome health, climate crises

How can policy-makers provide support for our medical frontliners and environmental defenders? Think long-term solutions. This call was made by representatives from health and environmental organizations during the third episode of #CourageON: Tumindig, makialam, kumilos on Saturday, August 28.  “What needs to be happening is more support from the national government in creating a really coherent climate strategy that has both the adaptation- pagiging resilient sa climate crisis, tsaka mitigation- yung ‘pag reduce din natin ng greenhouse gas emissions.” Greenpeace Philippines IPCC expert Lea Guerrero said. 

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Solar + storage provider unveils new financing structure for C&I, community solar projects

Solar PV module manufacturer and energy storage provider Q Cells has unveiled a new financing structure to boost value in C&I and community solar projects. The company announced an investment into a solar + storage portfolio developed by Amped Solutions through its new ‘Grid Equity’ financing structure. Under the framework, Q Cells will provide capital investment in exchange for the rights to future grid services revenue expected to be generated by the portfolio in California. “As part of our growing suite of complete energy solutions, we’re excited to offer our customers and partners investment capital under a new Grid Equity structure,” said Shane Kim, president of Q Cells North America. “We believe it can be a valuable co-development tool to help them boost the economics and bankability of their solar-plus-storage projects.” 

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Aryballe Unveils Digital Nose to Detect Odors in Near Real-Time

French startup Aryballe has rolled out NeOse Advance, a digital olfaction solution that can detect, embed, and recognize various odors. The device can find its application in automotive and consumer industries like food and beverage, appliances, and personal care. The startup has also launched a cloud-enabled software Aryballe Suite that collects data from the device and allows customers to access and customize analysis of odors based on their needs.

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Virgin Orbit planned satellite launch clears environmental review –

Virgin Orbit is one step closer to getting approval to launch satellites from Guam, a US island territory in the Western Pacific.
The Federal Aviation Administration on August 27 released its final environmental assessment that found “no significant impact” for Virgin Orbit to conduct launches using its Boeing 747-400 carrier aircraft and LauncherOne rocket from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.
William Pomerantz, Vice President of special projects at Virgin Orbit, was quoted saying that the favorable environmental review marks a “significant step towards achieving our launch license for orbital spaceflight from Guam. We’re very grateful to the team at the FAA for the constant dialogue as we have moved through the process.”

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Royal Mail commences emissions-cutting tyres trial with electric vans | Envirotec

Royal Mail has embarked on a six to nine-month trial of new tyres on a number of electric vehicles (EVs). The tyres are specially designed to help reduce particulate matter emissions and improve the range, efficiency and longevity of vehicles. Announced on 19 August, the trial is a joint venture between Royal Mail, Transport for London (TfL) and ENSO, as part of the London FreightLab innovation challenge. This challenge aims to tackle pollution, congestion and road danger in London. The tyres, from manufacturer ENSO, are claimed to produce fewer microparticles in comparison to normal tyres, and increase vehicle range. Tests carried out by ENSO have seemingly shown that its tyres can also increase EV range by up to 11%, compared to standard tyres. Fifteen electric vans at the West London Delivery Office, near Wembley, will be fitted with the new tyres during the trial.

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Converge introduces industry-pioneering ICT solutions to Business Enterprises in Cebu

After the successful launch of its high-speed fiber broadband service in Cebu last June, Converge ICT Solutions Inc., introduces its innovative solutions to empower and support small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, and large enterprises, spanning multiple industries. The B2B arm of the country’s leading fiber internet service provider is hosting a Cebu Roadshow — a month-long series of online events to introduce the brand and showcase its line-up of products and services to different business communities and industry associations such as the Philippine Association of Building Administrators, Inc. (PABA-Cebu), Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations Inc. (CREBA – Cebu Chapter), and Cebu Hotels Information Technology Association (CHITA), to name a few. The Cebu Roadshow will help educate business enterprises with the right tools to empower digital transformation, provide solutions for work efficiencies, and enable business sustainability, especially during this pandemic.

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Using microorganisms to appraise water quality within minutes | Envirotec

Researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) say they have demonstrated a technology that rapidly detects pollutants in water by measuring their impacts on swimming microorganisms. Their proof-of-concept, published in Scientific Reports, does not require any chemicals, reagents or laboratory equipment. Instead, it leverages the regular camera of a smartphone as well as microorganisms called Paramecia that are ubiquitous in water bodies–making it especially suitable for assessing water drinkability in underdeveloped regions.

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