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This week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories — 9 November


In the future, will we be eating edible goo grown in our kitchens? What’s a ‘plantscraper’ and how can it help the global food crisis? And, what can we learn from spider webs and succulents about water collection?

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


Colorful People’s Pavilion in Eindhoven is made from 100 per cent borrowed materials

Bureau SLA and Overtreders W built the People’s Pavilion—a centerpiece of the Dutch Design Week (DDW) taking place in Eindhoven—using materials from suppliers and Eindhoven residents. The only exception is the faceted upper façade, which is made of plastic household waste materials collected by Eindhoven residents.

Read more on Inhabitat.


In the future, you could eat this edible goo you grow in your kitchen

Along with other researchers at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, researcher Lauri Reuter is developing a prototype of a countertop vessel that could eventually grow edible plant cells in someone’s kitchen. To Reuter, it’s an example of the type of system that’s important to develop as traditional agriculture is increasingly strained by climate change.

Read more on Fast Company.


Plantagon’s crowdfunded ‘plantscraper’ aims to produce 500 metric tonnes of food a year

Swedish company Plantagon believes that ‘plantscrapers’ are the way of the future—and part of the solution to the global food crisis. Part urban farm, part skyscraper, these vertical greenhouses could provide large-scale organic food production in cities, with a much smaller energy and carbon footprint than industrial agriculture.

Read more on Inhabitat.


Michael Bloomberg’s ‘war on coal’ goes global with €43m fund

Billionaire’s campaign has seen half of US coal plants close in six years. Now he is targeting Europe and beyond to fight climate change and air pollution.

Read more on The Guardian.


EU plans credits, fines to boost low-emission car production

The European Union proposed tougher car emissions targets on Wednesday including a credit system for carmakers to encourage the rollout of electric vehicles and fines for exceeding carbon dioxide limits.

Read more on Reuters.


Spider webs and succulents inspire this water-collection startup

AquaWeb mimics the way that natural systems capture, store and distribute water—not just rainwater, but ambient moisture such as fog. The invention’s parent company, NexLoop, believes that the approach initially will be useful in helping container farms or indoor vertical farms to become more self-sufficient.


Artist turns recyclable cardboard into strikingly lifelike human sculptures

UK sculptor, James Lake, has been working with cardboard for 20 years, manipulating the medium into human sculptures and other objects full of expression and detail. “I wanted a medium that can be used to sculpt beyond traditional material and without the need of an arts studio, says Lake. “The end result was the fine crafting of an inexpensive common place and recyclable material.”

Read more on Inhabitat.


Market for digitalisation in energy sector to grow to €55bn by 2025

New energy innovations will be centered on digital technologies and the strategic use of data, according to new research published today. A shift is coming in the energy industry from a focus on hardware to the increased importance of software in order to make systems more efficient, resilient, and digital.

Read more on Bloomberg New Energy Finance.


The electric Vespa scooter of your dreams is coming in 2018

Vespa’s first electric scooter will hit the market next year, and it will have a range of about 62 miles. The good news was announced at the Milan Motorcycle Show by parent company Piaggio.

Read more on Inhabitat.


Bio-solar wallpaper made with cyanobacteria can be printed with an inkjet

When printed in a precise pattern onto carbon nanotubes on paper, these photosynthetic bacteria can produce electricity from sunlight, which could power biodegradable environmental and medical sensors.

Read more on Tree Hugger.

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