These Emerging Green Technologies are the Future of our Planet

Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reported that the past six years have been the warmest in recorded history. From 2014 to 2016, this rise in global temperatures has been consistent throughout. The rate at which our earth is warming up is endangering human lives at an unprecedented scale. The greenhouse gases emitting from the burning of fossil fuels are engulfing the globe triggering the devastating effects of climate change. Many are turning towards green technology in this moment of crisis. The hope is that the evolving technology combined with green, eco-friendly ideas will help us carve a new path forward and save humankind from the worst perils of climate change.  

 We are discussing some of the most prominent and fascinating green technologies here. 

Bioplastics

As the name suggests, these plastics are formulated from biological materials such as starch, vegetable fats, and oils, etc. Also called ‘green plastics’, these exist in a variety of combinations. These are included in the category of green technologies primarily because of their reduced dependence on fossil fuels. Also, they effectively curtail hazardous wastes. The potential of bioplastics as the eco-friendly substitute for plastics is still under-explored. It can be an option that allows us to retain our lifestyles but still reducing its impact on the environmentA wonderful example would be compostable bags made out of microbial fermentation of potato or corn starch. Such biologically sourced plastics are renewable and therefore can help reduce the carbon footprint. However, the important thing to keep in mind is that bioplastics are not necessarily biodegradable in all cases. This can be misrepresented to consumers to lure them into choosing these alternatives, which should not happen. People should be made aware of the benefits without misguiding them about the nature of bioplastics.

Hyperloop

The co-founder of the electric car pioneering company Tesla Inc., Elon Musk, has put forth the idea of Hyperloop. The proposal is to design a transportation system that would cover the distance from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about 35 minutes. The concept of hyperloop works by placing an electric compressor fan in front of every passenger pod to encircle it with a cushion of air and reduce friction. Then with the help of magnetization, the capsules will gain momentum and travel within a low-pressure tube. 

 The hyperloop has been proposed as an entirely self-sustaining model as it will fulfill its energy needs through the solar panels. It is projected to be a very economically priced investment which will make transportation more efficient. While it will simultaneously reduce air pollution from vehicles such as cars to commercial airliners. 

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Plastic eating bacteria

The plastic bottles are one of the major reasons behind the increasing plastic waste dump flooding our seas and oceans. The influx of this waste is hazardous for marine life and the ecosystem. This why the discovery of this particular strain of bacteria is remarkable. It has demonstrated the ability to actually, eat and digest bottles made up of plastic in testsThe effects are not that impressive, but it’s a small step towards solving a monumental problem. Of course, there is a long road ahead of us before we reach anywhere near a lasting solution to the problem of tackling the massive plastic dump in our oceans. Japanese scientists have made progress in the field by culturing these bacteria, improving their capacity to a considerable extent. These results have encouraged the possibility of a more efficient enzyme, that could be used on a much larger scale for bio-recycling.  

 The hyperloop has been proposed as an entirely self-sustaining model as it will fulfill its energy needs through the solar panels. It is projected to be a very economically priced investment which will make transportation more efficient. While it will simultaneously reduce air pollution from vehicles such as cars to commercial airliners. 

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Solar roof tiles

Electric cars are not the only gift by the technology entrepreneur genius Elon Musk. He has recently launched some impressively efficient solar roof tiles. Contrary to the solar technology currently being used, these glass tiles, look exactly similar to the traditional tiles we all use in our homes. Not only do these tiles generate electricity, but they have also improved insulationAvailable in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, these tiles are easy to install. Moreover, the cost-effectiveness of this new technology increases the probability of its widespread adoption into private and public housing in the future. 

Biofuels

Transportation, a key pillar of modern economic growth, is highly reliant on fossil fuel. However, it should be noted that this essential part of our lives is also responsible for the large-scale induction of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Biofuels are an exceptional answer to this problem. Formulated from freshly harvested plants, biofuels are capable of replacing gasoline, coal and diesel fuel. Despite its immense potential, the application of biofuels in modern transportation remains largely under-explored. Now we are at a stage where more research is being done to expand its utilization in fueling vehicles by turning it into combustible natural gas. Alternate fuel sources will help reduce the levels of air pollution caused due to burning of fossil fuels 

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There are many similar optimistic green technologies all around us, waiting to be found. Growing research on these types of projects has attracted the attention of the world towards these eco-friendly solutions. There are more eyeballs in green technology than ever before. Let us take this opportunity to further investigate the possibilities and potential!

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