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January 2019

Hedges for urban planning

January 2019: Planting dense hedges as street level air filters cuts back black carbon, decreases heavy metals originating from traffic, and reduces the level of ultrafine and sub-micron particles in the air. Urban planners that include a combination of trees and hedges might have better results in improving health and well-being for urban residents.

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Bee vaccine

January 2019: Scientists developed a vaccine for honeybees and other pollinators. This study is proof of concept that insects can be vaccinated against microbes. The vaccine could support the increase of bee resilience and could protect honeybees from diseases that are currently decimating bee populations.

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Sustainability of organic food production

January 2019: A study using the carbon opportunity cost metric shows that organic agriculture has a higher climate footprint than conventional farming methods. The study looks at direct and indirect land-use impacts and recommends not to look at farming methods alone, but at policy changes that favour structural reforms and a holistic approach to farming.

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New wave of nuclear business

January 2019: Rising pressure to reach climate goals incentivises governments to turn towards nuclear energy. In light of storage problems and grid congestions for renewable energies, advanced nuclear technologies are becoming promising alternatives for a decarbonised economy.

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Economy of environmental clean-ups

January 2019: A retrospective study analyses the Boston Harbour clean-up and shows that environmental clean-ups are economically viable. It gives insights into the profitability of a completed environmental restoration project and concludes that clean-ups can lead to significant increases of private investment and economic growth in coastal areas or along urban waterfronts.

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Efficiency of workplace resilience programmes

January 2019: While job markets expect investments into workplace resilience programmes, the majority of the programmes remain ineffective. The study recommends that employers shift away from resilience programmes towards leadership development and cohesion building amongst the workforce.

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Sustainable steel manufacturing

January 2019: Achieving climate change goals will require decarbonising the steel industry, since it is one of the largest CO2 emitters. A shift towards greener but still experimental technologies such as the use of hydrogen as a reductant agent could fully decarbonise the steel industry. However, concerns remain over the economic feasibility of new steel making technologies.

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