In the news: 13th February 2014

Another look at what’s in the news this week, compiled by Nia.

Sustainability

Can you design a phone that’ll be used longer? A refrigerator that discourages food waste? Play the sustainability card game

Leyla Acaroglu tackles “environmental folklore”, aiming to make people think about how the choices they make on a daily basis affect the environment.

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New Spider-Man 2 the most eco-friendly film produced by Sony Pictures

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How sustainable has this year’s Olympic Games been?

See how Dow Chemical has helped increase the sustainability of the events in London and Sochi

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Valentine’s Day ethics: how green is your red rose?

Those romantic gifts of chocolates and roses may not be as sustainable or ethical as you may think.

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Energy and Technology

Scotland welcomes plan to expand Cruachan hydro power plant

Scottish Power to examine options to boost capacity of plant to 1,040MW

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Sustainable nuclear fusion breakthrough raises hopes for ultimate green energy

Advances in nuclear fusion energy technology by US researchers have taken us a step closer to a sustainable clean energy source. They were able to produce more energy from fusion reactions than was put into the nuclear fuel. They did this by using “lasers to crush a minuscule amount of fuel so hard and fast that it becomes hotter than the sun”.

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Plastic shopping bags make a fine diesel fuel

Researchers have found that plastic bags can be converted into diesel, natural gas and other useful petroleum products, in a reaction that produces significantly more energy than it uses up.

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DECC announces £8m boost for energy storage technology

Innovative energy storage technology that promises help to balance supply and demand on the national grid has received a major boost.

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