Sorina Buzatu
Sorina Buzatu
Sorina Buzatu It was by chance that I became a science journalist. I was covering the field of education at the national Romanian news agency Agerpres. It was my first job after graduating from journalism school.
Smart cities and innovative financing schemes
Smart cities and innovative financing schemes The pioneering city of Stuttgart, Germany, was one the first to apply an innovative financing scheme back in 1995 and since then it has been bearing its fruit: energy-efficiency funding has reduced the city’s CO 2 emissions by tens of thousands of tonnes.
Energy back in local hands
Energy back in local hands Across Europe, town and city councils are becoming increasingly interested in energy decentralisation , i.e. in producing power closer to where it is consumed.
Cities: surviving floods and significant whims of the weather
Cities: surviving floods and significant whims of the weather Part of the solution to counter the devastating effects of floods on human communities could be long-term climate forecasting, backed by assessments on the vulnerability of towns and cities As centres of innovation and growth, European cities are home to around 75% of the continent’s population and use about 80% of the energy it produces.
Turkey: Izmir drives smart city development in the country
Turkey: Izmir drives smart city development in the country It is one of the oldest port cities in history. Located on a large bay along the Aegean Sea, Izmir has enjoyed being a gateway to the world, thanks to its favourable position, at the crossroads of western and eastern civilizations.
A low-energy formula for safeguarding food
A low-energy formula for safeguarding food Over recent decades, research on innovative food processing technologies has been carried out to identify ways to combat pathogens while reducing the need for chemical preservatives and improving the nutritional properties of the food at the same time.
Turkey's solar market has started 'teething'
Turkey's solar market has started 'teething' Turkey has started considering its own sources to generate electricity as a way to make it less  dependent on fossil fuels, which account for 90% of the country’s current energy supply.
Dressing the power lines to bring more renewables to the cities
Dressing the power lines to bring more renewables to the cities To date, European consumers pay more for energy from renewables than for energy from conventional resources. One of the reasons is still the immaturity of the technology used for harnessing and distributing renewable energy.
A hundred percent greener outlook for cities in Turkey
A hundred percent greener outlook for cities in Turkey Turkey’s energy production for urban areas could be 100% based on renewables within 30 years if appropriate public policy is implemented.
Clean energies in need of a long term vision
Clean energies in need of a long term vision The European grid already faces transmission challenges, as the alternative current (AC) infrastructure has almost reached its transport capacity.
Buildings producing their own energy prepared for tomorrow’s cities
Buildings producing their own energy prepared for tomorrow’s cities The worldwide energy consumption of buildings is expected to grow by 45% from 2002 to 2025, according to the SMART 2020 study carried out by the international NGO The Climate Group.
Turkish hospital retrofitting makes sustainable energy use case study
Turkish hospital retrofitting makes sustainable energy use case study Three public non-residential buildings will be revamped during the next four years in three countries with different climates; namely in Turkey, Belgium and Spain.
Anne Raben – Diet and exercise combinations to counter type-2 diabetes
Anne Raben – Diet and exercise combinations to counter type-2 diabetes Type-2 diabetes, which has dramatically spread in the last decade, is most often associated with being overweight and suffering from obesity.
Janusz Hołyst - How technology can influence people’s emotions
Janusz Hołyst - How technology can influence people’s emotions Sharing emotions is a central part of human communication. Moreover, the internet is becoming an important medium to share them. And this has given rise to collective emotions in online groups.
Adele Jones - children whose parents are in jail have rights too
Adele Jones - children whose parents are in jail have rights too The children of prisoners are one of the largest vulnerable groups of children in Europe. They carry the stigma of their parents’ deeds. And some of them are exposed to social exclusion.
How can we better care for the children of offenders?
How can we better care for the children of offenders? It is estimated that 800,000 children throughout the European Union have an imprisoned parent. The real number is not known, because in no country do prisons systematically record data about the children of offenders.
Organic by-product derived biochar, a greener option
Organic by-product derived biochar, a greener option Biochar and compost are of interest to agriculture. Particularly, when it comes to meet the goal of reducing mineral fertilisers and chemicals use.
Nicolas Mouz - progressing towards an efficient HIV vaccine
Nicolas Mouz - progressing towards an efficient HIV vaccine European researchers have designed two new vaccine candidates to fight the HIV virus. These have been developed within the EU-funded project EURONEUT 41 .
A HIV vaccine preventing healthy cells’ infection
A HIV vaccine preventing healthy cells’ infection AIDS research has attempted many strategies to tackle the HIV virus infection. Now, a new type of vaccine developed within an EU-funded project, called EuroNeut-41 , is based on one of the envelope proteins of the HIV virus , called the gp41 protein.
Edward Soméus – when animal waste provides greener fertilisers
Edward Soméus – when animal waste provides greener fertilisers The Swedish environmental engineer Edward Soméus invented in the early ’80s a CO 2 free technology, abiding by the 3R principles: Recycle-Reduce-Reuse, to manufacture a natural fertiliser called biochar .
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