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Solar-Powered Mobile Desalination on the Horizon – Water

"I drink because I'm thirsty," says this boy who lives in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. March 20, 2016 (Photo by Nithi Anand) Creative Commons license via Flickr

Harnessing the sun to bring mobile desalination units that make fresh drinking water to remote and disaster-struck communities will be possible within five years, say researchers at the University of Bath. They have developed a revolutionary desalination process that can be operated in mobile, solar-powered units.

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New Multi-Layer Solar Cell Sets World Record

Scientists John Geisz, left, and Ryan France at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory have created a solar cell that is nearly 50 percent efficient.
2020 (Photo by Dennis Schroeder courtesy NREL) Posted for media use

A new kind of solar cell has captured the world record for the highest solar conversion efficiency at 47.1 percent efficiency in the lab and nearly 40 percent in the field, making new kinds of environmental solutions possible. The new solar cell outperformed typical solar panels by combining six kinds of collectors into one micro-thin surface.

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Turning Waste Into High Value Products

Bioplastic bottles can be transformed into the environmentally-friendly solvent methyl lactate. (Photo courtesy The Dieline) Posted for media use

New technologies are breaking through the barriers to a circular economy that would consign enormous landfills and incinerators to the dustbin of history. Waste has become a resource for the production of new materials, and entrepreneurs who ignore these facts will be left behind.

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Online Learning Backstops Education’s Virus Backslide

A woman works on her notebook, February 3, 2019 Cologne, Germany (Photo by Marco Verch) Creative Commons license via Flickr

School closures to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have left roughly 60 percent of the world’s children without an education. In fact, global human development could backslide this year for the first time since the concept was introduced in 1990, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is warning in a new report.

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