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This week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories — 26 October

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Which technologies are driving the circular economy? Which country just announced it will phase out coal by 2025? And, how might homes the width of parking lots address urban density challenges?

This, and more, in the week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories.

1.

Swedish startup tilts into power with wooden windmills

A Swedish startup says its modular windmills can cut costs and help solve the logistical challenge of transporting giant masts to wind farms.

Read more on Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

2.

Five disruptive technologies driving the circular economy

As we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, new technologies carry immense opportunities to transform the way we do business. These technologies are driving new ways of creating value in a circular economy, for both emerging and established businesses alike.

Read more on Green Biz.

3.

Popular zoos, aquariums take up sustainable palm oil cause

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to promote the importance of more sustainable approaches to palm oil production.

Read more on Green Biz.

4.

Electrifying Ukraine’s transport system—progress and challenges

This interview with Lena Artemenko, CEO of Tesla Club Ukraine, explores what’s needed for stimulating EV adoption, and much more.

Read more on Clean Technica.

5.

Natural light floods this solar-powered business school in Frankfurt

Danish practice Henning Larsen Architects designed the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management—a light-filled academic building. Powered by solar and wind energy, this sustainability-minded business school takes cues from its urban surroundings while setting “new standards for transparent and open learning in the world of business and finance.”

Read more on Inhabitat.

6.

France’s first Vertical Forest will add a “hectare of forest” to Paris’ skyline

Stefano Boeri Architetti’s Vertical Forests continue to take root around the world, with the latest project planned for Paris. Designed for Villiers sur Marne in east Paris, Forêt Blanche will be a 54-meter-tall tower built predominately of timber. Two thousand trees, shrubs, and plants will cover the wooden facade—a green surface equivalent to a hectare of forest.

7.

Italy eyes a coal-free future with new energy strategy

Italy plans to phase out coal power plants by 2025, the country’s industry minister said during a presentation of a new energy strategy on Tuesday, joining a growing trend of moving away from coal in the EU.

Read more on Euractiv.

8.

Herzog & de Meuron are upcycling a historic gasometer into a stunning residential tower

Several old gasometers in Stockholm are being repurposed into a vibrant new residential area called Gasklockan at the hands of several talented designers. For one tower, Swiss architects, Herzog & de Meuron will convert the old brick building into a soaring residential tower, while Piet Oudolf and LOLA Architects will create a lush green space that snakes through the development.

Read more on Inhabitat.

9.

London introduces vehicle pollution levy in new blow to diesel

London brought in a new levy on the oldest and most polluting cars entering the city center from Monday, almost doubling how much motorists have to pay in the latest blow to diesel.

Read more on Reuters.

10.

This three-story tiny house fits in the footprint of a parking space

With a floor for working, another for sleeping, and a greenhouse on the top, the Tikku house is designed to replace a city’s parking spots with living space.

Read more on Fast Company.

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