In Better News… – 16.02.17

Hier sind wieder Schlagzeilen und Artikel von der positiven Seite.

Globalization failed too many people. Here’s the technology that could help it work for everyone

The decentralized blockchain empower individuals and local communities, creates opportunities and enables connection across borders without requiring users to sacrifice individual autonomy or privacy. Individuals can own their own identities and personal data, do transactions, and create and exchange value peer-to-peer.

Erneuerbare Energien: China produziert weltweit am meisten Solarstrom

In China laufen zahllose Projekte für erneuerbare Energien, mit dem Resultat, dass China nun von der Kapazität her der größte Produzent von Solarenergie ist. Allein im letzten Jahr kamen 34,54 Gigawatt Kapazität hinzu, was die Gesamtkapazität auf 77,42 Gigawatt brachte.

In 2018, regenerative villages that produce their own food and energy will help save the environment

California-based developer, ReGen Villages, is a startup real estate company that is working towards creating regenerative communities that produce both their own food and their own power.

Reasons to be cheerful: a full switch to low-carbon energy is in sight

At first it seemed that renewable electricity would always be more expensive and solar power would languish unless it was heavily subsidised. Using alternative energy sources seemed difficult, expensive and inconvenient. I now think I was completely wrong.

Almost 90% of new power in Europe from renewable sources in 2016

For the first time windfarms accounted for more than half of the capacity installed, the data from trade body WindEurope showed. Wind power overtook coal to become the EU’s second largest form of power capacity after gas, though due to the technology’s intermittent nature, coal still meets more of the bloc’s electricity demand.

Panasonic’s first indoor farm grows over 80 tons of greens per year — take a look inside

Panasonic’s greens are all grown indoors year-round, with LEDs replacing sunlight. The growing beds are stacked to the ceiling in order to achieve a higher yield in the limited space.

1-cent „lab on a chip“ could save lives

„Enabling early detection of diseases is one of the greatest opportunities we have for developing effective treatments,“ said Rahim Esfandyarpour, PhD, an engineering researcher at Stanford’s Genome Center. „Maybe $1 in the US doesn’t count that much, but somewhere in the developing world, it’s a lot of money.“

English Doctors Say There’s No Sign Of Cancer In A Man Who Had Been Given Only 18 Months To Live

An experimental drug has reportedly left a man with metastatic lung cancer who was only given 12 to 18 months to live completely free of the disease.

In Better News… – 09.02.17

Auch diese Woche wieder ein paar handverlesene Schlagzeilen zu hoffnungsfroh stimmenden Entwicklungen, u.a. zum Fortschritt alternativer Energiequellen und zur Stärkung von LGBTQ-Rechten.

Sweden pledges to cut all greenhouse gas emissions by 2045

In one of the most ambitious emissions plans published by a developed nation, the Swedish government has reaffirmed the urgency of tackling climate change, ignoring uncertainties about global policies under Donald Trump’s administration.

This Farm of the Future Uses No Soil and 95% Less Water

Once completed, it’s expected to grow 2 million pounds of greens per year, making it the largest indoor vertical farm in the world.

Produce your own water from thin air with SunGlacier’s solar-powered DC03

The device comes without a battery, without fans or an inverter, and without any moving parts that could easily degrade.

Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass

Three massive battery storage plants—built by Tesla, AES Corp., and Altagas Ltd.—are all officially going live in southern California at about the same time. Any one of these projects would have been the largest battery storage facility ever built. Combined, they amount to 15 percent of the battery storage installed planet-wide last year.

Australian scientists use soybean oil to create graphene

Graphene is hoped to have numerous applications including in electronics, biomedical devices and water filtration.

Norwegens Kirche traut ab sofort auch Lesben und Schwule

Schwule und Lesben können zwar in der Kirche ihrer Wahl heiraten, einzelne Pfarrer dürfen die Zeremonie jedoch aus Gewissensgründen verweigern. Mit diesem „Kompromiss“ wollte die Kirche vermeiden, dass sich konservative Christen abspalten.

Boy Scouts Of America Will FINALLY Admit Trans Kids

Reuters reports that this change marks the end of the Scouts‘ „century-old practice of using the gender stated on a birth certificate to determine eligibility.“