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Missing the Millennium Development Goal targets for water and sanitation in urban areas

by IWA Publishing  (Apr. 11, 2016)

"This paper reviews progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for water and sanitation in urban areas. Drawing on UN data, it shows the disastrous performance of many low- and middle-income nations in relation to the goal of halving the proportion without drinking water sources piped on premises and improved sanitation between 1990 ...

Twelve principles for introducing sustainable energy storage to the electrical grid

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Apr. 22, 2016)

Researchers have provided a set of guidelines to help policymakers, designers and operators develop sustainable solutions for energy-storage systems for electricity grids. The guidelines cover a range of energy-storage technologies and grid-integration options. As societies move towards decarbonising the world’s energy supply and reducing ...

Models of sustainability and sustainable development

by Inderscience Publishers  (Feb. 3, 2004)

This paper proposes a general model of sustainability, which offers a comprehensive theoretical framework integrating ecological, economic and social aspects of sustainability. The model exhibits the underlying ethical principles, broad goals and measurable objectives. It contains as special cases the more limited models of the "Natural ...

Japan - Floating to a Clean Energy Future

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Apr. 6, 2016)

A country struck by disaster harnesses the power of ocean winds to set sail for a brighter, greener future Nearly 16,000 people were killed when a 9.0 earthquake triggered a tsunami that crashed into the east coast of Japan five years ago. The 30 foot wall of cold, black water wiped out entire towns and villages and triggered one of the world's ...

How can we reduce concrete’s hefty carbon footprint?

by GLOBE Foundation  (Apr. 13, 2016)

A roomful of materials scientists, gathered at UCLA for a recent conference on “grand challenges in construction materials,” slowly passed a brick-size white block around the room. They held in their hands, briefly, part of the solution to one of those grand challenges. The white block, rock solid and surprisingly lightweight, was a ...

Electricity: are we at the tipping point?

by Energy Institute (EI)  (Apr. 7, 2016)

On Wednesday 9 March, Durham Alumni and former Energy Institute (EI) President, Ian Marchant delivered a thoroughly engaging speech on the future of electricity. Co-hosted by Durham Energy Institute (DEI) and the EI, the event was very well attended and attracted a range of students, graduates, professionals and retired engineers. Ian’s ...

The best alternative to the protection of the UF membranes - Case Study

by Sistema Azud, S.A.  (Apr. 5, 2016)

Advance solutions to the recirculation of water in swimming pools. Problem The public swimming pools are continuously used during all the week for many people for making sport, amusement or relax. In these installations, the visual aspect and the sanitary conditions must be guaranteed all the time. In indoor public pools, even with the mandatory ...

Shredding of end-of-life tyres (ELTs): a ´black gold mine´ ready for being exploited

by SatrindTech Srl  (Apr. 15, 2016)

“Problems can't be solved by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them" (Albert Einstein). The 2014 report by the ETRMA (European Tyre and Rubber Manufactures’ Association Sustainable Development Foundation) shows that only considering consumer, light truck, truck, motorcycle and agriculture tyres, in 2012 Germany, ...

Case study - Doe Run Peru – Improving productivity with environmental responsibility

by Beltran Technologies, Inc.  (Apr. 11, 2016)

Doe Run Peru aims to become a preferred global provider of premium metals and services, while at the same time working to operate in a socially and environmentally responsible way. The mining and metals company employs roughly 4,000 people at its operations in Peru’s central Andes. The company has run the La Oroya metallurgical complex since ...

The Beltran biomass cogeneration system

by Beltran Technologies, Inc.  (Apr. 11, 2016)

An effective, economical solution for harvesting safe, renewable domestic energy, mitigating wastes and achieving environmental goals. Background The Beltran Biomass Cogeneration System (BBCS) is an integrated, three-stage process that uses proprietary gasification technology to convert biomass and other organic wastes into versatile, ...

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