positive.news The coronavirus pandemic has seen an unprecedented slump in demand for fossil fuels, but not renewable energy The fall in demand for energy due to coronavirus will dwarf the impact of the 2008 financial crisis and result in a record annual decline in carbon emissions of almost 8 per...
PositiveDubbed ClearSpace-1, the expedition is planned for 2025 and aims to collect a single piece of space rubbish, called the Vespa, which was left in orbit in 2013. It is hoped that this mission could pave the way for space clean-ups on a larger scale. “The space debris issue is...
PositiveOff the coast of Papua New Guinea can be found a natural lab to test coral’s resilience to ocean acidification The waters around the volcanic Ambitle Island in Papua New Guinea have become a natural laboratory for scientists to study the impact of climate change on coral reefs. Pictured above, bubbling...
www.positive.news Second person to be declared free of the virus that causes Aids goes public, as preventative treatment becomes fully available in England The so-called London patient, who was declared free of HIV last year, has revealed his identity and said he wishes to offer hope to other people facing...
PositiveThe UK-based Covid Symptom Tracker app aims to help researchers track the spread of coronavirus, and understand who is most at risk An app that is designed to track the spread of coronavirus has been launched in the UK. Available to anyone with a smartphone, the Covid Symptom Tracker app,...
www.positive.news Makers of electronic devices such as phones, tablets and laptops will be required to make their products easier to repair and reuse, under European commission plans to extend the “right to repair” legislation. The aim is to boost levels of...
PositiveA prototype of the design by Italian architect Carlo Ratti is currently under construction in Milan. Plans will be released online on an open source basis and the multi-disciplinary teams hope they will be taken up around the world As quick to construct as a hospital tent, yet as safe...
PositiveThe initiative will put more money in the pockets of farmers and help reduce the country’s agricultural emissions Solar power in India has just had a major boost. The country’s government has announced funding that will enable 2 million farmers to invest in irrigation pumps powered by solar photovoltaic arrays. These...
positive.news The lockdown has significantly reduced human activity, which is good news for the seismologists studying our planet The sudden reduction in human activity, including transport, construction works and industrial machinery, due to Covid-19 lockdowns has caused a significant drop in what geoscientists call ‘background seismic noise’ – the vibrations...
On a stark summit in Chile’s Andean foothills, an unprecedented science project is in the works: A 3,200-megapixel camera will capture 37 billion stars and galaxies nightly for a decade. Starting in late 2022, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will produce the deepest, widest images ever made of the...