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Where's my solar-powered phone?

Friday - There are solar-powered streetlights and parking meters, but no smart phones yet. Scientific American investigates why.

CONFIRMED: Over 90% of climate scientists are believers

19 Apr 16 - When the University of Queensland published a paper in 2013 finding 97 per cent scientific consensus on human-caused global warming, what was surpising was how surprised everyone was.

Airport recycles waste from aircraft

24 Mar 16 - More than half the waste coming off aeroplanes at Auckland airport is now being recycled.

New map will help you navigate the ETS world

7 Mar 16 - The long and sometimes rocky road to the development of an emissions trading market has been mapped.

New sea-level tool will help you make up your mind

4 Mar 16 - Waikato Regional Council has launched am online tool showing the likely impact of sea-level rise and bigger storms on the region’s coastal areas.

Power of alcohol might be the answer

21 Sep 15 - Powering your laptop computer or cell phone with alcohol might not be so far-fetched, as a number of organisations are already actively developing methanol-powered fuel cells for electronic devices, according to a new paper.

The green-tech future is a flawed vision of sustainability

31 Aug 15 - What does your vision of a sustainable future look like? Some people imagine a scenario whereby technology solves the world’s most pressing environmental problems.


Barriers, canals and fake islands ... how we can save cities from rising sea levels

Tidal barriers on the Thames, London.

20 Jul 15 - Extreme storms and rising sea levels will threaten the existence of coastal cities worldwide, unless preventative action is undertaken.

How people and planet benefit from green buildings

The headquarters of the US Green Building Council in Washington.

20 Jul 15 - Research worldwide shows that environmentally-friendly buildings are much better for the health of the people who live and work in them, as well as for the Earth.

Solar tiles aim to replace panels

20 Jul 15 - Monier has launched a new roof tile that doubles as a solar panel.

In search of a circular office

29 Jun 15 - Wanted: a company to be the world’s first official circular-economy-model office.

The skyscrapers of the future will be made of wood

Photo Credit: The 34-storey timber tower planned for Stockholm.

25 May 15 - By PETER WILSON.- Vancouver architect Michael Green was unequivocal at a conference at which I heard him speak a while ago: “We grow trees in British Columbia that are 35 storeys tall, so why do our...

Skincare firm calls for ban on microbeads

28 Apr 15 - A multimillion dollar Kiwi supplement and skincare company is calling on the New Zealand Government to prohibit the use of plastic microbeads in all personal care and consumer products.

Lots of hot air about heat, but why is no one talking about sustainable cooling?

23 Mar 15 - Without cooling, the supply of food, medicine and data would simply break down.

New brainstorming centre will tackle the 'weird stuff'

16 Feb 15 - A new centre of research excellence in Auckland will help New Zealand business to develop the “weird stuff” that could transform the economy, its director says.

Why playing around with the climate could make things a whole lot worse

1 Dec 14 - Geoengineering – which sometimes seems to be the despairing climate scientist’s Plan B – simply won’t work.

Wastewater system earns environment award

4 Aug 14 - Watercare’s Kawakawa Bay wastewater system has received one of three Environment and Sustainability Awards for large projects presented by IPENZ, Auckland Branch at the prestigious Arthur Mead Awards...

American students claim to clean the air with roof tiles

6 Jun 14 - California science students say they have created a roof tile coating that when applied to an average-sized residential roof breaks down the same amount of smog-causing nitrogen oxides per year as a...

By hook or by crook, science is finding new routes to energy

24 Apr 14 - While politicians posture, and climate scientists sigh sadly, researchers in laboratories continue to devise ingenious new ways to save energy, increase efficiency, and make the most of solar power.


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