CUBED GOES GREEN...
Climate change looks likely to make the weather more difficult to predict but, with the rising interest in the environmental impact of human activity, what we can predict is that green technologies will become increasingly important. This month cubed goes green and takes a look at some innovative eco-friendly technologies that could help in the fight against climate change.
Motor racing isn’t a sport known for its green credentials but cubed discovers an environmentally friendly racing car that doesn’t compromise on performance. The Eco One car developed at the University of Warwick has a top speed of 140mph but if the science is right the car will eventually be 95 per cent biodegradable or recyclable!
The science behind the High Power laser Energy Research (HiPER) project aims to create clean energy by replicating the nuclear reactions in the Sun. Fuelled by seawater and powered by lasers, the process being developed by the scientists working on HiPER could eventually make enough energy from one cubic kilometre of seawater to equal the entire world's oil reserves!
For a greener world to take shape, the development of new green technologies must include those in developing countries. The final story in this month’s cubed explores the SCORE project (Stove for Cooking, Refrigeration and Electricity supply), a versatile eco-stove for rural communities in Africa and Asia that could reduce emissions of pollutants and improve community health at the same time. The powerful vision of the scientists working on the SCORE project raises hopes that green thinking and science may help to make life truly sustainable for everyone.
Visit the green edition of cubed to discover the racing car with an environmental conscience. Find out how laser power could generate clean energy. Or explore how an environmentally friendly stove could provide sustainable solutions in developing countries.
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