Entries by Blue Economy

Multiferroics: a discovery worth €750,000

The Körber Prize is awarded annually by the Körber Foundation in Hamburg. This €750,000 prize honours exceptional and innovative research projects that have great application potential. This year it was awarded to the British chemist and materials scientist Nicola Spaldin, also Professor for Material Theory at ETH Zurich. Professor Spaldin was recognised after creating a […]

Bats can be worth almost a billion dollars

Ecologists Josiah Maine and Justin Boyles of the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale reported on September 14th in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science that bats play a fundamental role in fighting crop pests, saving up to $1 billion a year in crop damages. In their article, “Bats initiate vital interactions in corn”, […]

Green Economy moves forward in Haiti

Last September Haiti´s Ministries of Environment and Agriculture and the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) held a workshop in Port-au-Prince to certify the discoveries of an exploratory study on the green economy potential of the agricultural sector in the South Department of Haiti. Through a green economy approach, the main value chains (mango, honey, cashew, […]

CO2 Eating Organisms In the Antarctic

When we hear about climate change, it’s usually about humans destroying the basis of our own livelihoods – with ecosystems as the victim. However, researcher David Barnes of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) just published some new findings that could prove this perspective wrong. After 20 years of collecting data, Mr. Barnes found out that […]

Microplastics: Beat the Microbead

Microplastic are small plastic pieces or fibers measuring less than 5mm. In personal care products they are almost always smaller than 1mm. They can also come from other, indirect sources: plastic waste into the ocean, due to the effects of weathering, sunlight and wave action, reduces to smaller particles and does not biodegrade. But why […]

Slander, or when the end justifies the means

Sadly, these news are dedicated to a very unpleasant topic: ZERAP Germany e.V., the association running this website, was subject to repeat acts of libel during the past weeks. Numerous people received letters with unspeakable slander, however the alleged author in whose name the letters were sent was completely oblivious as to the whole matter. […]

Ecosia, the Tree-saving Web Search Engine

Born in 2009 from an idea of Christian Kroll, Ecosia is a CO2-neutral web search engine based in Berlin, Germany, which donates 80% of its surplus income to a tree planting program in Brazil. Ecosia is also raising funds for forestation in Burkina Faso, as part of the Great Green Wali project backed by the […]