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How Technological Innovations are Combating Climate Change

Combating climate change and ensuring the future of Planet Earth is on the to-do list for many people and companies.

Combating climate change and ensuring the future of Planet Earth is on the to-do list for many people and companies.

As a result of their tenacity to make a better world for all of us many great strides have been made in various areas of technology.

From solar panels and wind turbines that produce energy to electric vehicles, technological advancements to fight climate change continue to evolve and are ever-changing.

For instance, did you know concentrations of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere have increased by 48 percent since the beginning of what is known as the Industrial Revolution?

But this is changing and in a good way.

Better Air

Thanks to the introduction of Direct Air Capture also known as DAC technology these giant vacuum cleaners can “remove CO2 from the atmosphere, sequestering it underground, and, sometimes, return it to specific industries.”

Some companies are already utilizing DAC to remove large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere yearly, according to a recent blog.

Save the Bees

Another technological advance the blog lists to help fight climate change deals with honeybees, those black and yellow creatures that are possibly at risk of becoming extinct.

The World Bee Project, Oracle, and the Hive Network are utilizing cloud technology, and artificial intelligence or AI along with smart sensors to gather information about honey bee decline.

The blog says, “The Hive Network lets researchers ‘listen’ in on honey bee enclosures, analyzing data like wing movement, temperature, and honey yield.”

Through monitoring said bee colonies with these technologies it is possible to learn about their patterns and behaviors. This research provides important information on bees and may help to keep them alive longer.

Food and Tech

Don’t forget about technology and food innovations that seem to occur almost daily.

Companies such as Impossible Foods have created meat made in labs from plants instead of animals.

One company, Impossible Foods learned animals and plants have a common protein called heme and by growing it in a lab, “a product can be colored, shaped, and prepared just like meat” because of the shared heme properties.”

Another food company, Solar Foods is said to be turning regular water into various foods by removing bacteria from soil and “multiplying it using hydrogen extracted from water and creating flour.”

As of this writing, this new form of flour isn’t available to the masses quite yet but has been used to create an “edible pancake,” according to the blog.

At some point, the flour will be able to replace fillers in the number of food products across the board.

The flour can be used to resemble milk and eggs, as well as produce lab-grown fish known for its omega-3 acids.

Efficient Cooling

Imagine 24/7 electricity-free cooling to keep your home or office chilly in warmer months without racking up the electric bill.

SkyCool Systems, a clean energy company specializing in energy-efficient solutions and new methods for cooling has developed what it calls “efficient cooling,” it reports.

On its website, SkyCool Systems states this, “patented technology turns the sky into a renewable resource for cooling by rejecting heat into the cold universe.”

This is an important technological innovation as air conditioning and refrigeration systems consume close to 25% of electricity generated worldwide and are responsible for 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to SkyCool Systems.

The innovation will indeed improve the efficiency of all cooling systems “by harnessing an untapped renewable resource: the sky.”

This is described as a “radiative cooling material combined with a panel system to improve the efficiency of any vapor-compression-based cooling system.”

The company reports the technology can save a customer money and keep the emissions of CO2 and other harmful greenhouse gases at bay.

Road Ahead

As more people and companies delve into technological innovations and advancements to help curb climate change, Planet Earth may just be around for billions of more years.

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