Climate change is a huge global problem. We’re trying to do our part by changing the way houses are built to make them far more efficient and sustainable. But we’re not going to solve it alone, far from it.

Too often with climate change the enormity of the problem makes us feel powerless. This leaves people feeling crestfallen rather than energised to tackle the problem. The news is full of scary headlines, and it’s true that climate change is a big danger. But together, we can solve it

To do so, we’re going to have to use everything we can get. This isn’t about solar Vs wind, biomass Vs hydrogen or electric cars Vs cycling. It’s about getting the most out of every possible innovation that can help tackle climate change. 

To keep you up to date with all the fantastic innovations from around the world that will help tackle climate change, we’ve created Accelerate. Our weekly roundup of the best new technologies for tackling climate change, and successful efforts by communities the world over helping do their bit to reduce their carbon footprints. 

Here’s this week’s round-up:

Fighting Climate Change with Seaweed

A study by the University of the South Pacific found if seaweed farms covered 9% of the ocean’s surface, the seaweed would capture 19 gigatones of CO2 and create enough bio methane to replace all of today's fossil fuel energy needs. 

And in further seaweed news, researchers find adding just a small amount of seaweed to the diet of cattle can cut bovine emissions of methane by up to 99%.

New shower design cleans & recycles water saving energy and water – By using filters to clean water this design saves 90% of the water and energy usually required for a shower. Heating water accounts for a significant chunk of our household energy usage. This new technology could help cut that energy usage considerably, whilst also saving water.

France to ban all fossil fuel production by 2040. France is aiming to be completely carbon neutral by 2050, and as part of that goal, it is going to ban all fossil fuel production in its territories by 2040. It’s a bold move which we applaud, although it’d be great if they moved that date forward a few years!

How Dutch farmers have managed to cut their usage of water by 90%, eliminated the use of chemical pesticides and cut their use of antibiotics for livestock by 60%.

Renewables are reaching the ‘inflection point’ and will be the cheapest form of new power generation in as little as 3 years.

And the best headlines of them all, Mars to save earth.

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