Ubuntu | Thoughts | Ubuntu Studio’s positive news round-up | Friday 9th September 2022

Ubuntu Studio’s positive news round-up – Friday 9th September 2022

Friday 9th September //
Positive news round-up

Ubuntu Thoughts  /   5 Min read
September 9, 2022
Ubuntu | Thoughts | Ubuntu Studio’s positive news round-up | Friday 9th September 2022
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It's been a busy news week on the sustainability front: From a new PM here in the UK offering few environmental policies, to yet more wildfires spreading across the world including China.

But there have also been some positive stories—many of which have gone unreported. Here are our top three to kick-start your weekend.
Ubuntu | Thoughts | Ubuntu Studio’s positive news round-up | Friday 9th September 2022

Orca-strating a new home

One of the oldest Orcas in the world could soon be released from captivity back into the wild to be reunited with her family.

Tokitae (also known as Lolita), has spent 52 years in a pool at Miami Seaquarium. However activists and campaigners have spent years campaigning for her release: “We owe all these captive animals an opportunity to live in an environment as close to their natural environment as we can possibly provide,” said Charles Vinick of the Whale Sanctuary Project, a project set up to help free captive whales around the world.

Tokitae’s mother is believed to still be alive despite being over 90 years old, and numerous sightings of her leading a pod of killer whales in the Salish Sea have resulted in calls for Tokitae to be introduced into the group.

There have been questions raised about how well Tokitae would fare in the wild after so many years of captivity. However recent orcas releases have shown positive results, so expectations are high for Tokitae.
Ubuntu | Thoughts | Ubuntu Studio’s positive news round-up | Friday 9th September 2022

Car-bon killer

A Dutch team of students under TU/ecomotive has developed a sustainable electric passenger car that captures more carbon dioxide than it emits. The prototype, called Zem, purifies the air through a special filter and subsequently stores the captured CO₂.

Once the CO₂ filter is full (after about 320 kilometres of driving), it can be removed and cleaned at special charging stations. In the future, the aim is for the captured CO₂ to be recycled into alternative forms of electricity. The students are now looking into how they can produce a standalone filter that can be used in existing vehicles.

The team has set a goal to install CO₂-capture filters in every car as a basic part of everyday transportation.
Ubuntu | Thoughts | Ubuntu Studio’s positive news round-up | Friday 9th September 2022

Germany goes green

Berlin’s disused Tegel airport will soon become an environmentally-friendly residential community and research hub.

The five-million square metre ‘Tegel Projekt’ renovation will include a 5,000-apartment community to house around 10,000 people. The city is designed to prioritise pedestrians, with cyclable and walkable pathways, with electric buses and a tramway slated as future developments.

Early renders show depictions of vertical gardens on the apartment blocks designed to keep buildings cool without resorting to energy-guzzling air conditioning, as well as grassy parklands.

Each rooftop will be fitted with solar panels for domestic electricity, while ‘sponge city’ technology like permeable pavements and rain gardens will help the city soak up as much water as possible. Nearly half of the airport space will be set aside as a nature reserve.

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