Skyscrapers Are Killing up to 1bn Birds a Year in US, Scientists Estimate

Scientists estimate that at least 100 million and maybe as many as a billion birds die each year in the US when they collide with buildings, especially glass-covered or illuminated skyscrapers. And, in a new report, conservationists now have a better idea which American cities are the deadliest for those …

Australia Takes Stand on Single-Use Plastic Bags

Single-use plastic bags are going out of style in Australia, but shoppers aren’t thrilled by the reduction. Two major retailers, Big W and Coles, have officially ended the use of plastic shopping bags from their stores. The move effectively outlaws their use in nearly every Australian state. After Tasmania and …

Chicago Fires Up $160m LED Street-Lighting Plan

Chicago is set to become one of the largest cities in the world to switch its street lighting infrastructure to LEDs, after officials confirmed plans to replace 85 per cent of its street lights with energy-saving alternatives over the next four years. The plan will see 270,000 high pressure sodium …

International Conference on Graphene and Semiconductors

Graphene and semiconductor is designed in such a way to provide diverse and current research that will provide an in-depth analysis in that field. The International Conference on Graphene and semiconductor is organized with a theme of “The Rising Era of Graphene” with an objective to encourage young minds to …

Chicago Receives 130 Complaints about Buildings without Recycling Options

Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) has received 130 complaints so far about residential and commercial high-rise buildings not complying with a new city recycling requirement since it took effect on Jan. 1, as reported by the Chicago Sun Times. City inspectors will now visit each site to verify …

Solar-Powered Floating Bike Trail Could Light Up Chicago River

Chicago—the most bike-friendly city in the U.S.—might be building a floating, solar-powered bike path atop its eponymous river to help bicyclists navigate the waterway 24/7. DNAinfo Chicago reported that the “RiverRide” project was recently presented by entrepreneur James Chuck of the company Second Shore at a 33rd Ward Transportation Action …

Scientists Turn CO2 Into Fuel With Solar Power

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago believe that they’ve perfected the art of photosynthetic solar cells. It’s a technology that mimics a plant’s ability to inhale carbon dioxide and, with water, convert it into glucose and oxygen. This system is capable of drawing in carbon dioxide and processing …