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September 19, 2019 by  
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As the climate crisis worsens by the minute, it is more important now than ever to report on the issues that both plague and benefit our world. Inhabitat has long been a steward in reporting the latest environmental happenings, but we need your help in order to further strengthen our reporting and keep readers informed with the latest news. Whether you are an environmental non-profit organization, a company trying to do its part for the planet, a citizen concerned about the Earth’s future, a scientist, a conservationist or anything in between, we strongly encourage you to reach out to us with the latest information related to the environment, sustainability, green technology, etc.  To help us post the most relevant, accurate news, please include any fact sheets, published research, accompanying images and/or contacts for interviews as well as any other related sources and documents for us to review in your tip email. Please note that we will thoroughly review and fact-check each news tip and reach out for more information if we decide to publish a tip. It is important to Inhabitat to fairly and accurately report the news and inform audiences of what is helping and hurting our planet. We are working to report original, exclusive content as much as possible, and your help is extremely valuable. We appreciate every news tip, and we look forward to hearing from you. Please submit tips and relevant, related material for review to tips@inhabitat.com Image via geralt

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New sensor precisely measures air pollution

June 21, 2019 by  
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Scientists agree that air pollution shortens the lives of many Europeans every year, but they have a hard time accurately measuring it. Now, thanks to new sensor technology developed at Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology , pinpointing air pollution and calculating its effects may become much easier. This new optical nano-sensor detects nitrogen dioxide concentrations down to the parts-per-billion level. The underlying concept is an optimal phenomenon called a plasmon, which has to do with plasma oscillation in physics. Scientists use the sensors to detect illuminated metal nanoparticles absorbing certain wavelengths of light— by which they can measure pollution. Related: Earliest human air pollution detected in glaciers The World Health Organization estimates that air pollution causes 550,000 premature deaths in Europe annually and 7 million worldwide. “Air pollution is a global health problem,” says Chalmers researcher Irem Tanyeli, who helped develop the sensors. “To be able to contribute to increased knowledge and a better environment feels great. With the help of these small, portable sensors, it can become both simpler and cheaper to measure dangerous emissions extremely accurately.” The university research team worked with the Gothenburg-based company Insplorion— co-founded by Christoph Langhammer, a Chalmers physics professor— to bring the sensors out of the lab and onto the streets of Gothenburg. “This is a great example of how a university and a company can collaborate. Both parties contribute with their expertise to create a new product, contributing to a more sustainable society,” said Langhammer. Sensors are already installed on the roof of a huge Gothenburg shopping mall and will soon be placed along a local railway tunnel construction project. The sensors can also be calibrated to measure other gases. “Nitrogen dioxide is just one of the many substances which can be detected with the help of optical nanosensors. There are great opportunities for this type of technology ,” said Langhammer. Companies and universities inside and outside Sweden have already been in contact to see if the nano-sensors could help their aims. Via mynewsdesk Images via Chalmers University of Technology

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Costco, Whole Foods fight slavery in food production

February 6, 2018 by  
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To fight slavery within supply chains, companies of all sizes have to do their part by finding ways to engage with suppliers with the help of advocates.

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Continental presents concept tire that adjusts to road conditions

September 13, 2017 by  
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When was the last time you checked the air pressure in your car tires ? Most of us don’t pay as much attention to our tires as we should, but Continental recently unveiled two technologies that could pay attention for us. One technology alerts drivers should a tire become damaged, and another could actually change the rim width and tire pressure for better driving on slippery or uneven roads. Continental is showing off their tire technologies, ContiSense and ContiAdapt, at the Frankfurt Motor Show . With the help of sensors embedded in the tire, ContiSense measures temperature and tread depth and then sends that data to a driver over Bluetooth to a smartphone or to a car receiver, with the help of electrically-conductive rubber . If a nail or something else punctures the tire, ContiSense is able to alert the driver far faster than other systems. Related: Continental Tire looks to dandelions for a more sustainable tire ContiAdapt takes a more active role in tire functionality. Micro-compressors in the wheel can adjust the tire pressure on their own, and the system can modify how large the contact patch is to optimize the tire for varying street conditions. There are four combinations so a tire can cruise easily in wet, slippery, uneven, or normal conditions. Continental says the system also allows for very low tire pressure when, for example, a car is navigating deep snow or black ice. Continental also has a concept tire featuring both technologies. This tire design boasts three different tread zones ideal for driving on surfaces that are wet, slippery, or dry. The tread zones are activated depending on the rim width and tire pressure chosen by ContiAdapt. New Atlas said the two technologies will soon be added to Continental’s portfolio, which includes ContiSeal, allowing for automatic sealing of holes, and ContiSilent, which reduces tire and road noise. Via New Atlas and Continental Images via Continental

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Climate Change Nonprofits Worth Donating To

November 28, 2016 by  
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Instead of dropping cash on Cyber Monday, consider making a donation to a worthy organization instead. While there are no shortage of important causes out there, climate change is one that needs your help more than ever before. Why? Two words:…

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Why PepsiCo aims to repair watersheds in Latin American cities

November 15, 2016 by  
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The beverage and food giant aims to restore 600,000 cubic meters of aquifer lands with the help of the Nature Conservancy.

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Methane, clean water and GMOs bills need a business voice

September 30, 2015 by  
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The American Sustainable Business Council needs your help on these environmental bills before Congress.

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Interpol Wants Your Help Catching the Worst Environmental Criminals

November 18, 2014 by  
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Interpol is launching the first-ever Most Wanted-style list for environmental criminals. Consisting of nine individuals suspected of all kind of eco-crimes, the list is meant to raise awareness and help capture the worst environmental criminals out there. All told, these crimes have cost hundreds of millions of dollars for crimes such as  poaching , ivory trafficking and illegal logging. Read the rest of Interpol Wants Your Help Catching the Worst Environmental Criminals Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-crime , environmental crime , environmental criminals , environmental criminals most wanted , illegal fishing ivory trade , illegal logging , interpol , Interpol Environmental criminals , Interpol Most Wanted , Interpol poachers , poaching

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How Sprint collects and resells millions of cell phones

August 12, 2013 by  
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The wireless company buys back millions of phones a year with the help of up-to-the-minute values from eRecyclingCorps.

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The wireless company buys back millions of phones a year with the help of up-to-the-minute values from eRecyclingCorps.

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