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This week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories — 4 January

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How can real estate developers stay ahead of climate change? How might aviation look in the coming years? And, how much money can company car drivers save by going electric?

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

1.

‘It’s shocking, it’s horrendous’: Ellen MacArthur’s fight against plastic

She broke the solo record for sailing round the world, but now she is dedicating her life to an even greater challenge—saving it from the destructive tide of plastic pollution

Read more on The Guardian.

2.

Three ways real estate developers can stay ahead of climate change

Residential real estate markets are increasingly vulnerable to climate change. People are beginning to recognize this new reality—and markets are starting to reflect the change.

Read more on Green Biz.

3.

Electric passenger jet revolution looms as E-Fan X project takes off

Battery-powered air taxis and bigger hybrid planes poised to change aviation.

Read more on The Guardian.

4.

Ice will return but extinctions can’t be reversed. We must act now

We have to develop digital forecasts of species’ responses to climate change, design robust strategies to protect as many as possible, and help nature to adapt.

Read more on The Guardian.

5.

Like two lost souls, hydrogen and concentrating solar power find each other

It looks like hydrogen and concentrating solar power are destined to play their parts in the sparkling green future. In a twist of fate—or science—they could also help each other ramp the low carbon economy up to the next level.

Read more on Clean Technica.

6.

These bicycle brakes add battery-free lighting

The latest iteration of a compact contactless bicycle dynamo lighting solution is smaller, lighter, and smarter than ever.

Read more on Tree Hugger.

7.

Company car drivers save thousands of euros by going electric

Go Ultra Low points out that company car drivers could save around €4,460 in Benefit in Kind rates and €3,818 in fuel savings over three years with a 100 per cent electric car.

Read more on Clean Technica.

8.

Sweden’s myFC accelerating developing of hydrogen fuel cell range extender for EVs

A Sweden-based firm by the name of myFC is now accelerating its development of a hydrogen fuel cell range extender intended for use in plug-in electric vehicles.

Read more on Clean Technica.

9.

A floating house to resist the floods of climate change

Amphibiation may be an unconventional strategy, but it reflects a growing consensus that, at a time of climatic volatility, people can’t simply fight against water; they have to learn to live with it.

Read more on The New Yorker.

10.

New double-pane quantum dot solar windows generate power with better efficiency

Researchers have now employed quantum dots for double-pane solar windows that offer shading, insulation, and, of course, generate energy—with greater efficiency.

Read more on Inhabitat.

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