What is Ecodesign?

Ecodesign or environmentally friendly design is the consideration of environmental aspects in product design. The aim is to improve the environmental compatibility of a product throughout its entire life cycle. Decisions made in the design phase have a significant impact…

Ground-level ozone and photochemical smog

There is only one ozone, but it can have two different effects on humans and the environment. The ozone in the ozone layer protects life on earth from UV radiation from the sun. Ground-level ozone, on the other hand, damages…

Methane is becoming a global threat

According to projections, almost 600 million tons of methane (CH4) entered the earth’s atmosphere in 2017, more than half of it through human activities. The greenhouse effect of the gas is enormous. Throughout 100 years methane has a greenhouse effect…

The importance of green ammonia production

Ammonia is often overlooked when it comes to climate protection, although it does contribute significantly to global warming. Its production is responsible for around three percent of global CO2 emissions. It is mainly used as a raw material for fertilizers…

Sewage sludge: The perfect phosphorus source?

Sewage sludge contains many nutrients. We can use them as fertilizer in agriculture instead of simply throwing them away. That’s the good side. However, many of the chemicals that we use also end up in sewage sludge. It can contain…

The importance of aerodynamics in cars

Design is not just a question of aesthetics, but also efficiency. About half of the fuel consumption is due to air resistance, but hardly anyone who buys a car considers or ignores aerodynamics per se. From a speed of 60…

Car tires: a major source of microplastics!

Car tire wear is the greatest source of microplastic pollution in most areas of the world. Wind and water spread it all over the globe. This is a serious issue, because the pollutants come back to us humans, whether through…

Fukushima: How dangerous is the cooling water?

Around ten years after the reactor disaster, Japan plans to drain cooling water from Fukushima into the sea. One million tons of radioactive cooling water would be released. The project should start in two years and last for decades. How…