By 2050, we will need to house 2 billion more people. Building the way we do now will emit so much CO2 that it will blow our carbon budget in materials alone. This calls for new building materials to enter the market immediately. Thankfully, some radical new options are already on their way.
Our air is getting increasingly harder to breathe because of air pollution. You're probably already aware that air pollution comes from chemicals or particles in the atmosphere which can be harmful to the health of all life forms on earth. What you may not know is all of the different ways we pollute the air.
Water pollution is any contamination of water by chemicals or other substances which are harmful to human, plant, or animal wellbeing. Almost 2 billion people worldwide consume polluted water that is detrimental to their health.
Hyperaccumulators are plants that absorb and store extremely high concentrations of metals from soil and are capable of growing in soils too toxic for other plants. This makes hyperaccumulators a perfect option for cleaning contaminated soils through a process called phytoremediation