Using drones to replant after devastating wildfires via CNN
Why it matters: Specialized swarms of drones from DroneSeed can reseed up to 50 acres of burned forest every day. For comparison, a single human with a shovel might cover 2 acres a day. And there’s a lot of ground to cover, given that more than 8 million acres of land succumbed to wildfires in 2020. Bonus: The seed packets DroneSeed disperses are designed to root effectively without being buried, and also claim to be squirrel-proof.
4 guiding principles to foster environmental innovation
Why it matters: Cultivating internal entrepreneurship is a powerful way for organizations to unlock creative solutions to the climate crisis. EDF’s own experience has been positive: In the first month after we launched an internal Innovation Fund program, staffers proposed 43 novel environmental solutions. Along the way we focused on four guiding principles that any business can use to help draw out the best ideas from their own employees.
LISTEN: Crabs feast, coral thrives via NPR
Why it matters: Natural innovation at work. The Caribbean king crab eats reef-destroying algae and seaweeds other reef dwellers won’t. A study published in in the journal Current Biology found that after crabs were deployed in a test program, more than half of the seaweed was gone — and four times as many baby corals were growing compared to reefs without crabs.
AI to help keep traffic moving via New York Times
Why it matters: More efficient traffic light systems mean less time wasted behind the wheel, which means less transportation pollution. This New York Times article tracks the increasingly advanced technology behind systems throughout recent history, from SCATS (Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System) to SCOOTS (Split Cycle Offset Optimization Technique) and beyond.
WATCH: How we build on Mars could improve how we build on Earth via Mashable
Why it matters: Construction technology designed for deployment in the harsh Martian environment could help develop sustainable (and recyclable) homes on Earth. AI Space Factory, winner of NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, explains how in this video.