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Cleantech ticker: 5 June 2009

 alt=Cleantech news as it happaens — check back for regular updates:

  • The market for solar thermal systems (STS) in Europe has witnessed significant developments at all levels in the last four years, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan. Policy makers, market participants and end users have shown a keen interest in STS, ensuring a high growth potential. Due to its tremendous long-term growth prospects, this market has attracted several new participants that are playing a central role in promoting the industry.
  • The Climate Savers Computing Initiative, a global programme driven by major IT companies including CSC, Dell, Google, HP, Intel, Lenovo and Microsoft, has launched its India chapter;
  • When students attempting to solve a mathematical problem, were informed by the computer that their answer was incorrect, they often focussed on trying to find the reasons for this in the functions of the educational software itself, according to a study from the University of Gothenburg;
  • Not a plant to be seen, the desert ground is too dry. But the air contains water, and research scientists have found a way of obtaining drinking water from air humidity. The system is based completely on renewable energy and is therefore autonomous;
  • European researchers in robotics, psychology and cognitive sciences have developed a robot that can predict the intentions of its human partner. This ability to anticipate (or question) actions could make human-robot interactions more natural;
  • Today Arup, the C40 and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), a project of the William J. Clinton Foundation, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that will see Arup support the two organisations in helping the world’s largest cities continue to tackle climate change;
  • DHL Express has launched ‘My Green Day,’ an initiative designed to raise environmental awareness among employees. DHL, along with its parent company, Deutsche Post DHL, is also the first company in the logistics sector to set specific and quantifiable CO2 targets and will apply this by taking a focussed approach across four key functions — air, road, real estate and products and services.

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