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This week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories — 10 August

Moules Frites. Image via Flickr: elproximoviaje

Could a Belgian dish help save beaches from climate extremes? Could artificial reefs unlock the ‘final frontier’ of renewable energy? And, how have Dutch students grown a biodegradable car?

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

When oceans give you jellyfish blooms, turn them into tasty chips

Scientists think human pressures on oceans could cause more jellyfish blooms. What to do? Eat them, says a Danish gastrophysicist who has cracked the science of making them palatable.

Read more on NPR Environment


This new tyre has no air and is 3D-printed from biodegradable materials

The new Michelin VISION concept is a 3D-printed, airless, wheel-tyre combination composed of organic, biodegradable materials, including orange zest, bamboo, molasses, wood, and natural rubber. Instead of a runner inner tube that maintains its structure with regular injections of air, the VISION is more solid, sponge-like structure–picture a 3D spiderweb, molded into the shape of a wheel.

Read more on Fast Company

Finalists announced for the Innovative Climate Finance Tool Competition

Climate Action, a UK based organisation that works in partnership with the UN Environment Programme has announced six finalists in their Innovative Climate Finance Tool Competition.

Read more on Climate Action Programme

Dutch students grow their own biodegradable car

What’s made of sugar, can carry four people and travel at 80 km per hour? A biodegradable car, whose inventors say could be the next step in environmentally friendly motoring.

Read more on Reuters

CPI unveils investment system to unlock financing for renewables

Climate Policy Initiative claims its Clean Energy Investment Trust concept could unlock up to €3.4 trillion of investment in renewables assets. Policy analysts CPI Energy Finance unveiled the design for a new type of long-term investment option, which it claims could help attract cheaper long-term capital for solar and wind projects.

Read more on Business Green

Green pyjamas: Primark debuts first products made through its Sustainable Cotton Programme

UK fashion giant Primark says new range of women’s pyjamas have been made using cotton sourced from an initiative that helps female farmers embrace environmental best practices, with cotton sourced through its Sustainable Cotton Programme.

Read more on Business Green

Could artificial reefs unlock the ‘final frontier’ of renewable energy?

The world is sitting on an untapped clean energy resource that could deliver double current global electricity demand each and every year. No, this is not science fiction – but for some clean tech specialists it might be close.

Read more on Business Green

Catalonia passes climate change law to reduce emissions by 100 per cent by 2050

The autonomous community of Spain, which serves as co-chair for The Climate Group’s States & Regions Alliance and is part of the Under2 Coalition, has an ambitious plan to reduce its emissions by 40 per cent by 2030, based on 2005 levels.

Read more on The Climate Group

Device could make washing machines lighter and greener

Most washing machines come with 25kg of concrete but researchers claim there’s a simple alternative — water.

Read more on BBC News

Moules frites with a difference: Belgium cooks up reefs scheme to save beaches

With increasing concern that climate change poses a risk to the Belgian coastline, mussels are among materials being tested in a pilot project to see if small artificial reefs can protect beaches from North Sea storms.

Read more on the Guardian