World population to hit 9.8 billion by 2050, despite nearly universal lower fertility rates
2017-06-23 10:10:15

World population to hit 9.8 billion by 2050, despite nearly universal lower fertility rates

The world population is now nearly 7.6 billion, up from 7.4 billion in 2015, spurred by the relatively high levels of fertility in developing countries – despite an overall drop in the number of children


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'Radical' investments needed to meet global water and sanitation targets – UN report
2017-04-19 12:05:04

'Radical' investments needed to meet global water and sanitation targets – UN report

Against the backdrop of almost two billion people around the world relying on sources of drinking-water contaminated with faeces, the United Nations has called on countries to “radically” increase investments in water and sanitation infrastructure not only to protect their populations

Solar will drop below two cents in 2017: GTM
2017-04-19 10:30:34

Solar will drop below two cents in 2017: GTM

As part of its 2017 market forecast, the company suggested that an impending tender round in Saudi Arabia was the most likely contender following on from a 2.3 cents tender for the Sweihan project under similar conditions in Abu Dhabi

Galaxy Quest: Assessing Space Commercialization
2017-04-18 10:10:16

Galaxy Quest: Assessing Space Commercialization

As reported by the Washington Post, seventh-graders at St. Thomas More Cathedral School in Texas are the first grade school students to send a satellite into orbit. The CubeSat – built by the children – was launched into space

France enshrines decision to close oldest nuclear plant
2017-04-13 13:00:08

France enshrines decision to close oldest nuclear plant

The French government on Sunday published a decree for closing the country's oldest nuclear plant, fulfilling a campaign-trail pledge made by President Francois Hollande who is now in the final weeks of office

Cost of renewables fell in 2016, lowering global investment in clean energy – UN
2017-04-12 13:15:41

Cost of renewables fell in 2016, lowering global investment in clean energy – UN

The world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016, even as investment in clean energy fell, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today reported

The flying taxi is just about to be launched onto the market - the Volocopter series model 2X
2017-04-12 10:30:12

The flying taxi is just about to be launched onto the market - the Volocopter series model 2X

The Volocopter 2X is a series model of a passenger multicopter, a vertical take-off and landing aircraft powered purely by electricity and capable of carrying 2 passengers. In addition to the failure tolerance due to the Volocopter’s redundancy concept and its ability to fly emission-free