What are the climate breakthroughs in 2020?

"Science will solve this" is one of the key mantras of the Australian Academy of Science, the ISC's Global Science TV partner. As part of our series Towards 2021: A year of transformation, this month's episode of Global Science TV focuses on the Falling Walls theme of Climate Science Innovations.

This article is part of the ISC’s Transform21 series, which features resources from our network of scientists and change-makers to help inform the urgent transformations needed to achieve climate and biodiversity goals.

Global Science TV teamed up with Falling Walls and Berlin Science Week to feature some of the standout science breakthroughs pitched at the World Science Summit, which brings together Falling Walls and the Berlin Science Week.

Nuala Hafner, Global Science TV’s anchor, takes us on a tour from Madagascar to Germany, Australia to the United States, sharing innovations that include using bacteria and human saliva embedded into bioplastics which transforms them into bio waste, to the importance of mangroves and seagrass in sequestering blue carbon in the oceans.

Andrea Ling, one of Falling Walls’ innovation winners in the Science In The Arts category, through her work “Design by Decay, Decay by Design”, aims to have zero waste for her products. The question for Ling and her work is – can the unpredictable pattern of decay be used in designing products that need standardization?

I combine enzymes derived from fungus, bacteria and human saliva into the bioplastics, using the enzymes to transform the material rather than simply destroy it.

Andrea Ling

As the ISC is commemorating five years since the Paris Agreement was signed, it’s a good time to revisit previous Global Science TV episodes on climate change:

Photo by Maxwell Ridgeway on Unsplash

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