Today’s Solutions: May 17, 2022

Sustainable Urban Development

With cities expected to host about 70 percent of the world's population, sustainable urban development is key to making communities worldwide more resilient against the growing threat of climate change. Find out about the latest urban practices from across the world aiming to make our cities more sustainable and inclusive in these good-news stories from The Optimist Daily.

Algae computers

Algae powered a basic computer for over six months

Sometimes it can be pretty difficult to imagine our highly technological society coexisting with the natural world. A lot of the time, we seem to live our lives entirely online, in this realm not only completely separated from nature, but also from physical space itself. However, scientists from Read More...

man installing solar rooftop panels against bright blue sky

Europe may launch plan requiring solar panels on all public buildings by 2025

Countries are speeding up efforts to transition to 100 percent renewable energy sources, not just for the sake of the climate, but also to build independence from Russian petroleum. Germany accelerated its own schedule to become 100 percent renewable, seeing the danger to its energy sector that Read More...

Community Reinvestment Act

Regulators propose long-overdue changes to Community Reinvestment Act

Technology and commerce, unfortunately, always seem to move too fast for the law to keep up. Social media had already become a staple of modern culture before its functions and money-making operations could be evaluated by elected representatives.  The same thing happened with the Community Read More...

Cynthia Rosenzweig, named the 2022 World Food Prize Laureate for her work modeling the impact of climate change on worldwide food production, poses for a portrait on Columbia University’s campus in New York, NY.

World Food Prize goes to scientist tacking climate change head on

The World Food Prize is a coveted award recognizing people who have increased the quantity, quality, and availability of food for the world. This year's winner is a scientist and former farmer Cynthia Rosenzweig, who plans to donate all her $250,000 winnings to research on climate change and Read More...

NYC E-Bike

How e-bikes are transforming New York City

New transportation technologies literally transform cities. Beyond the obvious construction of subways, the innovation of the automobile gave rise to the prevalence of suburbs, industrial areas outside of cities, and the remodeling of American streets.  We might soon see a similar change in Read More...

Standford University against dramatic sky

Stanford’s first new school in decades is dedicated to the climate crisis

For the first time in 70 years, Stanford University is opening a new school—The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, a school dedicated solely to studying the climate crisis. The doors of Stanford’s school of sustainability will open this fall, an event made possible by generous Read More...

Internet Speed

A microwave network could make the internet faster and more climate resilient

For many of us, our homes have become our offices, our entertainment centers, and they were even where we socialized during the Pandemic. All of this is possible to do from the comfort of our homes because of the internet, and when doing so much online, speed matters.  On paper, the internet Read More...

solar panels in desert environment

For the first time ever, California runs on 100 percent clean energy

On April 30th, just over a week ago, California—the world’s fifth-largest economy, hit an incredible milestone—On that historic Saturday, the entire state was powered by 100 percent clean energy for approximately 15 minutes, with solar power leading the charge. As reported by Electrek, the Read More...

German neighborhood

Germany makes renewable energy cheaper for households and businesses

Good news for German consumers shifting to renewable energy—they will no longer have to pay the renewables surcharge on their power bills as of July 1st, 2022.  The renewables surcharge was a necessary action that helped fund the country’s shift to renewable power over the past two decades. Read More...

Traffic

New computing method faster predicts traffic

Besides its adding to our road rage and shouting at our steering wheels, sitting in traffic can negatively affect one’s health. Studies have found that unpredictable traffic compromises psychological wellbeing as well as respiratory problems from being exposed to car exhaust. Not only that, but Read More...