Tonga is one of the best places on Earth to swim with humpback whales, but balancing tourism and the well-being of wildlife is not easily done.
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Herriot-Watt University has announced the launch of a research project aiming to create new materials from residual waste leftover from recycling. The project involves a £250,000 Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funded by Innovate UK and the Scottish Funding Council. Herriot-Watt will partner with Brewster Bros, a Livingston-based recycling business, with an aim of further developing Scotland’s approach to a circular economy. Part of the project will look at recycled clay which can account for up to 25 per cent of the output produced when excavation waste is recycled via a washing process. This by-product commonly ends up in landfill. Herriot-Watt confirmed that the project will also include the creation of a hazardous soil treatment centre, the first of its kind in Scotland.
Technology that sucks carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere will be essential to prevent climate change, a UN report concludes today. Even a wholesale switch to renewable energy and everyone giving up driving and flying may no longer be enough to avoid a crisis. Global warming is already 1.1C above pre-industrial levels and scientists warn of irreversible harm if this exceeds 1.5C. The report, by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says an urgent shift from fossil fuels is needed for any chance of keeping warming below this level.
The introduction of congestion charges in cities can act as encouragement for motorists to opt for smaller, more efficient cars, a study has concluded.
Experts from Washington State University found that drivers who often encounter traffic jams are drawn to larger cars, which they see as safer and more comfortable.
However, modelling suggests that congestion charges can reverse this effect — freeing up drivers to feel comfortable buying more fuel efficient vehicles.