The Danish capital of Copenhagen is planting edible plants and fruit-bearing bushes for its residents to savor for free. The city’s council hopes that by introducing city-wide apple trees and blackberry bushes, urban-dwellers will be more immersed in nature, children will learn about the growing process, and its local Nordic cuisine will be even more delicious.
Carbon Engineering, a Canadian-based clean energy company, has developed Direct Air Capture technology. It uses carbon-capture plants to remove carbon dioxide (CO2)- the primary greenhouse gas responsible for climate change, directly out of the air. Unlike industrial flue stacks, after capturing CO2 from the atmosphere, it delivers it as a purified, compressed gas, but using only air, water, and energy as inputs.
This is the 4Ocean Mobile Skimmer, a robust trash-collecting vessel that skims the waterways to gather and removes plastic and other debris. This super-effective skimmer measures slightly over 22 feet long and is built with huge retractable arms that give the vessel a wingspan of almost 13 feet.
Several McDonald’s franchises in Sweden have received a lot of buzz worldwide by creating beehives on their rooftops to promote biodiversity and to tackle the fact that “30% of Sweden’s wild bees are threatened.” Now, they’re taking the initiative a step further by converting their billboards into “bee hotels.”
The Dutch city of Utrecht has been getting a lot of buzz lately for planting sedum flowers and other plants on top of 316 bus stops to create “bee buzz stops” that boost urban biodiversity. These green roofs will not only help endangered bees, but they will also absorb rainwater, capture dust or pollutants from the air, and regulate temperatures.
Ethiopia is on a mission is to build “a green and climate-resilient economy” and reverse decades of disforestation through its Green Legacy Project. In doing so, it has announced its lofty plan to plant 5 billion seedlings. As if that wasn’t ambitious enough, the dedicated country hopes this will be the first installment of a larger goal to plant 20 billion trees.
This is the 3D printed Ashen Cabin made out of dying ash trees damaged by a beetle infestation called the “emerald ash borer infestation.” The cabin’s wood was sourced from Cornell University’s 4,000-acre research forest in Van Etten, New York and it was designed and fabricated by assistant professors of architecture, Leslie Lok and Sasa Zivkovic.
A Tanzanian recycling plant that processes waste paper was hit hard by COVID-19, but it made a comeback by shifting gears towards plastic bottles to make coronavirus-preventing face shields, according to Reuters. Based in Tanzania’s port city of Dar es Salaam, it has since made 6,000 face shields for about $2 apiece to be used as PPE for hospitals and health centers nationwide.
When COVID-19 hit and there was a shortage of face masks worldwide, researchers at the BioProducts Institute at the University of British Columbia took the initiative to design their own N95 mask. Not only can it be entirely sourced in Canada and made from Canadian trees, but it could potentially be “the world’s first fully compostable and biodegradable medical mask.”
Coronavirus has impacted not only humanity and the economy, but Mother Nature as well. During the peak of COVID-19 and lockdowns worldwide, carbon dioxide emissions fell to their lowest level since 2006, according to a new study. This change occurred at the beginning of April when regions responsible for 89% of global emissions were under some form of a lockdown or restrictive measures.