Green cement a step closer to being a game-changer for construction emissions

Yixia (Sarah) Zhang, Western Sydney University; Khin Soe, Western Sydney University, and Yingying Guo, UNSW Concrete is the most widely used man-made material, commonly used in buildings, roads, bridges and industrial plants. But producing the Portland cement needed to make Continue reading Green cement a step closer to being a game-changer for construction emissions

Eco-cement, the cheapest carbon sequestration on the planet

John Mathews, Macquarie Graduate School of Management Cement production is one of the dirtiest industrial processes on the planet. It produces nearly 9% of global carbon emissions. This increases every year with the extraordinary demands for building materials in China Continue reading Eco-cement, the cheapest carbon sequestration on the planet

Greening the concrete jungle: how to make environmentally friendly cement

Rackel San Nicolas, University of Melbourne Cement is the world’s most widely used material apart from water, largely because it is the key ingredient in concrete, the world’s favourite building material. But with cement’s success comes a huge amount of Continue reading Greening the concrete jungle: how to make environmentally friendly cement

Straw homes are a cheap and green fix for the housing crisis

Pete Walker, University of Bath Straw is cheap, good for the environment and an excellent insulator. So why don’t we see more straw houses? Unless we suddenly stop eating bread or cereal it’ll keep being produced anyway, and the excess Continue reading Straw homes are a cheap and green fix for the housing crisis

‘Supermud’ bricks could help tackle the world’s housing crisis and cut carbon emissions that cause climate change

Alastair Marsh, University of Bath and Venkatarama Reddy, Indian Institute of Science The world is about to experience one of the biggest housing booms in history over the coming decades. In the UK, the housing crisis is a recurring news Continue reading ‘Supermud’ bricks could help tackle the world’s housing crisis and cut carbon emissions that cause climate change

The cities of the future could be built by microbes

Martyn Dade-Robertson, Newcastle University You might be disappointed to hear that some intriguing underwater structures recently discovered off the Greek island of Zakynthos are not part of the lost city of Atlantis. But the structures, which resemble colonnades of cobble Continue reading The cities of the future could be built by microbes

Sustainable cement: the simple switch that could massively cut global carbon emissions

Brant Walkley, University of Sheffield August 22 is Earth Overshoot Day, which marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. This results from massive consumption of ecological Continue reading Sustainable cement: the simple switch that could massively cut global carbon emissions

Calling recent human history ‘Anthropocene’ won’t help us solve the problems we face

Tony Brown, University of Southampton Just over ten years ago the Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric scientist Paul Crutzen coined the term “Anthropocene” for a globe totally transformed and dominated by humans, a state he suggested we were in now. Although this Continue reading Calling recent human history ‘Anthropocene’ won’t help us solve the problems we face

How climate change caused the world’s first ever empire to collapse

Vasile Ersek, Northumbria University, Newcastle Gol-e-Zard Cave lies in the shadow of Mount Damavand, which at more than 5,000 metres dominates the landscape of northern Iran. In this cave, stalagmites and stalactites are growing slowly over millennia and preserve in Continue reading How climate change caused the world’s first ever empire to collapse

Humans have a long history of coming together to solve a climate crisis

Ian Hall, Cardiff University Responding to a crisis often brings out the best in people. Certainly it has in the past, when sudden changes in climate during the Middle Stone Age sparked off surges of cultural evolution and innovation in Continue reading Humans have a long history of coming together to solve a climate crisis