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26 September 2016
Society
Bioeconomy innovations: tough starting upBioeconomy innovations: tough starting up

A German blog on innovations management estimates that between 175 and 3,000 ideas are needed to bring just one product or service to the market. Venture capitalists assume that only one out of ten investments pays, says expert Heinrich Cuypers. It seems that the benchmarks for creating a business are extremely tough. But they are not insurmountable.

22 September 2016
Society
Cities: surviving floods and significant whims of the weatherCities: surviving floods and significant whims of the weather

The frequency and severity of the latest extreme weather events in Europe has sent out a strong alarm signal, urging both local authorities and scientists to act.

21 September 2016
Energy
Italian cities: not only beautiful, now they want to be smartItalian cities: not only beautiful, now they want to be smart

From North to South, different cities of the same country look for a sustainable and replicable model for energy efficiency. Udine and Salerno are among the forerunners of Italy’s smart revolution

19 September 2016
Energy
New superconductive material for long-distance energy transmissionNew superconductive material for long-distance energy transmission

A new and cheaper superconductive wire could make long-distance energy transmission affordable

15 September 2016
Environment
High-tech and low-cost solutions to handle urban wasteHigh-tech and low-cost solutions to handle urban waste

Innovations in waste management systems need new regulations for the management of sustainable landfills

14 September 2016
Energy
Brexit: a chance for European countries to deepen cooperation on renewables?Brexit: a chance for European countries to deepen cooperation on renewables?

Many Europeans think that Brexit is a regrettable choice. Others consider the pro-leave vote a chance both for the EU and the UK

05 September 2016
Energy
Smart cities vs “locked-in” citiesSmart cities vs “locked-in” cities

One of the key issues facing modern cities today is to avoid municipalities being locked in to technology from a single provider, and to ensure they are free to transition to the most convenient products and services for citizens offered by competitors

01 September 2016
Energy
Turkey: Izmir drives smart city development in the countryTurkey: Izmir drives smart city development in the country

With centralised municipal management of utilities such as transport, water or waste services, Izmir is a pioneer of urban development in Turkey. The country’s third biggest city is fast developing and is fully leveraging IT to improve citizens’ lives

29 August 2016
Energy
Going sustainable to rejuvenate the suburbsGoing sustainable to rejuvenate the suburbs

Peripheral areas often face poverty, crime, waste, pollution and decay. A new trend, however, considers suburbs the best places to develop green initiatives and energy efficiency interventions. Now a social housing building in Zaragoza, Spain, is piloting the regeneration of a suburb

25 August 2016
Bioeconomy
Satellites and high-tech solutions help African farmers face historic droughtSatellites and high-tech solutions help African farmers face historic drought

African and European researchers are employing high-tech water management research methods to help low-tech South African smallholders improve food security. Additionally, extremely high levels of Microcystin toxicity and uranium contamination in important river systems spark calls for extra research on bioaccumulation through the human food chain