Sustainability
Scientists Develop Wearable Electric Generators, Harness the Power of the Human Body

Scientists Develop Wearable Electric Generators, Harness the Power of the Human Body

The world is becoming more and more like The Matrix every day, at least in one particular way: scientists have figured out how to use the human body as a battery. No, your body can’t produce enough energy to create a global simulation, but it can produce enough heat to charge wearable devices like smartwatches and implants like pacemakers. 

Why This Matters: Battery production and disposal have been problematic for decades. Mining for rare earth metals like such as cadmium, mercury, lead, and lithium threatens environments and communities across the globe.

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We Can’t “Build Back Better” Without Addressing Plastic Pollution

We Can’t “Build Back Better” Without Addressing Plastic Pollution

by Erin Simon, Head of Plastic Waste and Business, World Wildlife Fund   After a year of unprecedented devastation and loss, the arrival of 2021 has shown us at least a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Our top priority remains the immediate health and safety of our fellow citizens, but we […]

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One Cool Thing: Using AI to Count Fish click button

One Cool Thing: Using AI to Count Fish

Fish are so darned hard to count — they live under the surface of the water and they are constantly moving! One of the most important things to know when trying to determine the health of fish stocks is how many have been caught by fishers — particularly the 13.2 million recreational anglers in the […]

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Biden Administration Flips Switch on Trump’s Inefficient Energy Policies

Biden Administration Flips Switch on Trump’s Inefficient Energy Policies

The Biden administration announced it is reviewing the Trump administration’s energy and water efficiency rules, potentially reversing policies that loosened standards for lightbulbs, showerheads, dishwashers, and other devices. 

Why this Matters: Many of former President Trump’s energy and water policies were not only bad for the environment but also cost-inefficient and burdensome for American consumers, so reversing or amending these rules could benefit customers as well as decrease emissions and water use.

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Protecting Nature Through “Personhood”

Protecting Nature Through “Personhood”

Clean water is a human right, and some cities are ensuring it by giving their waters legal personhood. Legal rights for nature are a growing movement in environmental law, putting the natural world on more equal footing in court. 

Why this Matters: The natural world is essential for us humans to survive. From oil spills to toxic PFAS chemicals to leaking landfills, there are plenty of threats from human activity. Protecting the environment is beneficial to our own health in the short term

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Smart Street Lights Could Save Money and Energy, and Cut Crime

Smart Street Lights Could Save Money and Energy, and Cut Crime

ities will spend $8.2 billion dollars on “smart street lights” in the next decade according to a new report. These lights are much more efficient than the lights currently in use across and have a variety of functions, including traffic data collection to save time and weather monitoring to improve forecasts. 

Why This Matters: “Street lighting can be up to 40% of a city’s energy bills, so you see huge cost savings across the board,” Benjamin Gardner, president of the Northeast Group, a smart cities marketing firm, told Axios.

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