A growing number of environmentally minded people are putting their money where their mouths are and directly investing in projects such as solar and wind farms, thanks to a rise in community-based financing schemes such as crowdfunding and renewable energy cooperatives.
Vegetables rejected by European shops for the way they look are being used as dinner ingredients in Kenya while researchers are following Scandinavian shoppers around supermarkets, all in a bid to cut down on one of the most extravagant wastes of our time – unwanted food.
An experimental project connecting renewable energy researchers in the EU with colleagues in Morocco and Tunisia could help pave the way for a market in renewable energy and energy efficiency that spans the Mediterranean, according to Claude Ayache, senior advisor for European affairs at the EU’s public-private green energy partnership, InnoEnergy.
Europe’s streets full of grand old buildings bring tourists from around the globe, yet it isn’t the ornate 19th-century brick buildings that are the least energy efficient, but rather the reinforced concrete structures which gained popularity after World War II.
Technology alone is not enough to reduce air pollution in Europe, we all have to change our habits and behaviour if we are to improve air quality and reduce health problems, say scientists who are looking at how to encourage people to act.
Europe needs a climate research plan as focused as the US Apollo space programme that took astronauts to the moon, according to Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, who in 1995 first proposed that we should limit the increase in the earth's temperature to 2 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
High-tech algorithms alert crews to potential hijackers.
An experimental project could lead to a renewable energy market connecting the EU and North Africa.