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As global leaders gather in Dubai for the world’s UN climate conference, the COP28 climate summit, 2023 will reach global warming of about 1.4 degrees Celsius (2.5 Fahrenheit) over preindustrial levels, says the World Meteorological Organization. The WMO’s provisional report confirms that this year will be the warmest on record by a large margin.

The environment may be in peril from humanity, but innovation still tries to save it. Even as researchers have now found that the ocean is emitting millions of kilos of plastic into the atmosphere, according to research, green technological innovation and environmental regulation are the most effective pathways toward achieving the net-zero emissions goal.

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Also, Green Technological Innovation (GTI) and Environmental Regulation (ERI) mediate the relationship between the expansion of fossil fuel energy, GDP per capita, and renewable energy consumption.

Here’s some innovative solutions from all over the globe that are trying to reverse the harm.

AI innovations are helping the power grid market. With millions of solar panels generating variable electricity as well as increasingly unpredictable weather, to manage demand with supply, grid operators are turning to artificial intelligence. According to the MIT Tech Review, AI can really help in keeping the grid stable

In a paper recently published in the journal Angewandte Chemie, a research team introduced a new sinter-free method to create lithium ceramic, which can lead to more efficient lithium-ion batteries. This breakthrough method offers a sustainable and economical approach to battery design that can eradicate reliance on elements like cobalt.

Windpark Fryslân, the world’s largest freshwater wind farm located in the Netherlands, powers 500,000 houses, contributing 1.2% to the country’s national electricity consumption. In spite of challenges in construction, the project has delivered ecological benefits.

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Scientists at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Washington State University have developed a catalyst with help of single palladium atoms that can remove 90% of unburned methane from natural gas engine exhaust at low temperatures. This offers the potential to substantially lower methane emissions. Further research is underway to advance this promising technology toward commercialization. Currently, catalysts for removing unburnt methane from natural gas engine exhaust are inefficient at low start-up temperatures or break down at higher operating temperatures.

Recently, the MIT research team rolled out an open-source version of a low-cost, mobile pollution detector that can help people track air quality better. The detector, called Flatburn, can be created by 3D printing or by ordering inexpensive parts.

Global warming and its consequences are closer than ever. Can technology and innovation reverse the harm?


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