Govend Zebari

Cooling and heating window film using solar energy

Solar window film on a buildning

Researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology have developed a window film that captures the energy from sunrays, utilizes the heat and distributes it evenly throughout a longer period of time. During hot summer days, the energy is saved only to be gradually released at sunset, creating a pleasant indoor climate even when the sun is at its hottest. "Why not make the most of the energy that we get free of charge instead of trying to fight it,” says chemist Kasper Moth-Poulsen, who is leading the research.

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Huawei optimistic about its sustainable development

Huawein logo over building in China, Shenzhen.

Despite obstacles and challenges the tech giant Huawei is facing, the company's chairman Liang Hua is optimistic about its sustainable development. "Huawei will definitely survive and it will get better and better", Liang said at Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen. On July 12th, Huawei released a report on sustainable development, emphasizing the company's hard work to broaden its technology to customers around the globe. "Huawei's sustainable development is critical to ensuring the technological development of the global network and IT industry, as well as the stability of the network", Liang added. The tech giant operates in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over 3 billion people worldwide.

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Azerbaijan to present report on SDG at the UN conference in New York

City of Baku, Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan will report its achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals at the UN conference in New York on July 15. This will be the second voluntary report submitted by Azerbaijan´s Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Chairman - Executive Secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Pary, Ali Ahmadov as he leaves for a working visit to the US. The country presented its 1st voluntary report to the UN in July 2017.

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Trump suggests countries pay up if they want US protection in strait of Hormuz

The president of the United States

In a recent tweet, the president of the US suggested that countries should start to pay up for the protection of their oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. "So why are we protecting the shipping lanes for other countries (many years) for zero compensation?", he asks on a post on his Twitter account. These safety concerns come as a result of the explosions of the Japanese and the Norwegian tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier this month, followed by the US drone that was shot down last week.

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Europe publishes green investment guidelines to stop global warming

European Union flags waving outside parliament in Brussels

To increase environmentally friendly investments, the EU issued the European Commission guidelines in a step towards battling climate change. The European Union has already agreed on reducing carbon emissions by 2030 with the goal of cutting them to zero by 2050. In order to reach the 2030 goal, economical sectors in Europe need additional investments of 180 billion euros. These new guidelines will hopefully streamline the process of deciding whether or not an investment is green.

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In the midst of the Syrian war, a groundbreaking ecological movement is growing in the Kurdish region of Rojava

Green field and a small water irrigation system

Following the principles of the Mesopotamian Ecology Movement (MEM), local groups of Rojava are mobilizing an ecological resistance towards the exploitation of water and nature. Starting with teaching ecology at schools and creating school gardens, the predominantly Kurdish region in northeastern Syria is determined to establish what MEM describes as “a radical democratic, communal, ecological, women-liberated society.”

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