The Sustainability Sessions are a series of talks that explore aspects of sustainability in the built environment. The first series will celebrate retrofit projects that aim to reduce carbon emissions while giving existing buildings new life. The third project of the series is the Moonshine retrofit. The project is presented by Piers Taylor, founder of Invisible Studio. The event will be chaired by Vanessa Norwood, creative director of the Building Centre.
Regulated medical device reprocessing is an important tool in improving environmental and public health outcomes, according to a new analysis published in Health Affairs. The paper indicates that health care systems generate significant amounts of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, the…
The need for reliable renewable energy is growing fast, as countries around the world—including Switzerland—step up their efforts to fight climate change, find alternatives to fossil fuels and reach the energy-transition targets set by their governments. But renewable energy can’t be incorporated into power grids efficiently until there is a way to store it on a large scale. “Most forms of renewable energy are dependent on weather conditions, which results in large fluctuations in the power they supply,” says Danick Reynard, a Ph.D. student at EPFL’s Laboratory of Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry (LEPA). “But power grids aren’t designed to manage these kinds of fluctuations.” Hydrogen, because it can supply energy consistently regardless of the weather, is now attracting growing attention.
Over 2.8 billion people globally still don’t have access to safe drinking water. Saba Mebrahtu Habte, Yvanah Hernandez, Wang Zhao and Xiwang Zhang discuss promising developments in water desalination and purification schemes that offer promise in improving access.
| Published on Forbes, this series covers climate change, reusing materials, biodiversity and sustainability in Provence.