From Biofuels to 3-D Printing, Aviation Is Going Green

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The aviation industry is rapidly expanding, particularly within the Middle East and Asia Pacific. In fact, China alone is projected to overtake the U.S. as the world’s leading aerospace market by 2024. In addition, the rise of low-cost airline fares and budget flyers mean that air travel will soon be accessible to much of the world’s population, with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicting that all air travel will double over the next 20 years.

These growing markets are already set to cause issues for the industry, primarily in the form of a wide-scale maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) personnel shortage (although the inclusion of new technologies would address this). It is no surprise then that airlines, aircraft manufacturers and those within the supply chain are seeking ways to offset the environmental impact of these rapid flight increases.

World Water Week: 2 Key Takeaways

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What happens when more than 3,500 of the world’s foremost experts on water – representing government, industry and NGOs – converge on Stockholm for World Water Week?  They dissect the world’s biggest water challenges, explore solutions and begin innovative collaborations.

Two key takeaways relevant to the private sector emerged:

Cities need sustainable goods delivery plans

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Many cities have developed strategies to move people more efficiently and safely within the urban environment. Much less attention has been paid to the importance of delivering goods to people at work and home. While conducting a recent research project, the GreenBiz Research team learned that city leaders need to broaden their perspective to understand the tradeoffs involved in moving people, as well as the goods and services they require, when planning for a healthy, safe and equitable urban environment.

Non-toxic flame retardant enters market, study suggests

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Chemists have developed and patented an environmentally friendly way to produce flame retardants for foams that can be used in mattresses and upholstery. Unlike previous flame retardants made of chemicals containing chlorine, the new material is non-toxic and effective, researchers say.

Irrigating crops with untreated wastewater exposes huge numbers to health risk

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Nearly 30 million hectares of cropland worldwide is likely to be irrigated with untreated wastewater – 50% more than previously estimated, a study reveals. As a result, some 885 million people are exposed to serious health risks.

El-egg-tronics: how egg white could help us make transparent, flexible devices

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Researchers from Southwest University in China, led by Qunliang Song, showed that when egg white is mixed with hydrogen peroxide, a series of chemical reactions occur that allow the material to be turned into a film that can be used to make transparent, flexible resistive memory.