Innovation. Taiwan’s New Solar Panel ‘Sun Rock’ Will Deliver 1 Million kWh Per Year. A high-profile Dutch firm has launched an urban sustainability project of epic proportions. It’ll even pump excess power into the grid.It’s a big project that could foreshadow a deepening of urban design as the stakes of climate change continue to rise. And it’s due to be finished in 2024. Wednesday 19 January

A computer-generated image of the ‘Sun Rock’.

A Dutch firm is building a colossal ‘Sun Rock’ building in Taiwan that’s smothered in solar panels. More than self-sustaining, it could also help power the city

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Save the Planet! Inside the 10-year race to save the planet. World Environment Day (5 June 2021) marked the official start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a global push to revive the natural world.“ A decade may seem a long time, but we are really in a sprint to save the planet as we know it,” added Christophersen. “Generation Restoration’ has taken off and needs strong and consistent support in order to reach our shared goal: a planet where humanity has made peace with nature.” Wednesday 19 January 2022

“A decade may seem a long time, but we are really in a sprint to save the planet as we know it,” added Christophersen. “Generation Restoration’ has taken off and needs strong and consistent support in order to reach our shared goal: a planet where humanity has made peace with nature.”

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Ancient Worlds. New fossils capture million-year timeline of life after the dinosaurs died. Wednesday 19 January 2022

Mammal skulls collected from Corral Bluffs show a rapid increase in size in the first million years after an asteroid cleared the landscape of non-avian dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous Period. Image Credit: HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/fossils-million-years-after-dinosaurs-died/

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Universities, by their nature, are global institutions. Typically, they are home to communities of students and scholars from all over the world and they tackle some of the globe’s most pressing problems through research. Some are lucky enough to have global reputations. Explore the most international universities in the world using data from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Wednesday 19 January 2022

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UK Wind Power. Ireland has the wind and seas to become an offshore superpower. The Irish government signed up to the recent Glasgow Climate Pact and used the summit to announce a raft of ambitious goals, including the development of 5 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy up to 2030. That would more than double the country’s current onshore and offshore wind power capacity. This year will reveal if the Irish government is indeed serious about offshore wind energy by delivering the necessary legislation, and hopefully avoiding another debacle like the Equinor departure. Wednesday 19 January 2022

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Ireland is surrounded by some of Europe’s best wind resources. (Map shows mean wind power density. Purple = strong and consistent winds) Global Wind Atlas / DTU, CC BY-SA

Ireland has the wind and seas to become an offshore superpower

https://www.equinor.com/

But also:

Renewables are cheaper than ever – so why are household energy bills only going up?

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Spotlights on Helen Randell MEng CEng MICE. Wednesday 19 January 2022

Helen Randell MEng CEng MICE
Job title:
Assistant Head Infrastructure Optimisation
Employer:

UK Strategic Command

https://www.engc.org.uk/news/case-studies/chartered-engineer-ceng/helen-randell-meng-ceng-mice/

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Innovation in the Civil Engineering World, ‘Civil engineering is constantly evolving, and so must our institution’. There is an opportunity to future-proof the Institution of Civil Engineers, which we should not miss, says UK ICE Fellow and trustee, Andy Alder. As we look ahead to another year of uncertainty and opportunity, we can be certain of one thing: issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss and infrastructure resilience will still be amongst the biggest challenges facing society, and our industry needs to redouble its efforts to tackle them. In his famous quote of 1828, civil engineering was defined by Thomas Tredgold as “the art of directing the great sources of power in nature for the use and convenience of man.”But engineers 200 years ago would not have foreseen the detrimental effect that the industrial scale development which started with the Industrial Revolution would have on our planet. And in 2022, I’m sure that Tredgold would have approved of the ICE’s purpose of ensuring the world has the engineering capacity and infrastructure systems it needs to allow our planet and those who live on it, to thrive so we must innovate! Wednesday 19 January 2022

https://www.ice.org.uk/news-and-insight/ice-community-blog/january-2022/civil-engineering-evolving-so-must-institution

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Digital intelligence: how can we educate people for the world of the future? Digital intelligence is essential in a world that is riding on the back of digitalisation. This is why developing skills and competencies related to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), which goes far beyond knowing how to use a smartphone or a tablet, must be one of the priorities for society in general and for the education sector in particular. Today’s world is not the same as it was 20 years ago, and tomorrow’s world will not look like today’s either. Digitalisation has transformed our way of thinking, feeling and living and its evolution is so dizzying that change, which was once the exception, has become the norm. So, change management has emerged as a basic skill for people in the 21st century. But far more important than this is digital intelligence, which, to be developed, necessarily requires disruptive education.

https://www.iberdrola.com/talent/digital-intelligence

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Science. Tackling Global Warming. Dimming Sun’s rays should be off-limits, say experts. Dimming the Sun Could Spell Doom for Humanity, Experts Warn. Policy experts and scientists are coming together to stop such experimentation. Planetary-scale engineering schemes designed to cool Earth’s surface and lessen the impact of global heating are potentially dangerous and should be blocked by governments, more than 60 policy experts and scientists said on Monday. Tuesday 18 January 2022

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Scientists have long known that injecting a large quantity of reflective particles into the upper atmosphere could cool the planet.

according to Phys.org.

https://interestingengineering.com/bill-gates-dim-sun-harvard

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The”Great equalizer”. Billionaires added $5 trillion to their fortunes during the pandemic. Billionaires added $5 trillion to their fortunes during the pandemic, according to Oxfam, exacerbating economic inequality as the pandemic pushed millions of people around the world into poverty. The pandemic has not been the “great equalizer” some predicted. Tuesday 18 January 2022

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Left to right, from top: Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Steve Ballmer, Larry Ellison, Bernard Arnault, Sergey Brin, Larry Page.

Billionaires added $5 trillion to their fortunes during the pandemic (CNN)

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