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  • How Tire Shredding Protects Wildlife

    One of the most revolutionary inventions in the history of mankind was the wheel, and the best upgrade to that invention was the rubber tire, which overcame the limitations of wooden or metal wheels and made it possible to have smooth rides at fast speeds. However, there is a significant drawback to using rubber tires: eventually, they get too worn out to be useful as tires anymore and have to ...


    By ECO Green Equipment

  • Opinion: Sustaining a Living Wales

    On 30 January 2012, the Welsh Government Environment Minister John Griffiths launched his Green Paper, Sustaining a Living Wales. The overall aim is to embed the ecosystem approach into the management of natural resources in Wales and make sure that 'Wales has increasingly resilient and diverse ecosystems that deliver environmental, economic and social benefits now and in the future'.1 It is ...


  • Living with the floods, not against them

    “Yes, we are illiterate sir, but we are engineers as far as our experience with water and rivers is concerned”, says Phushi Mahato, a villager in the Gosi Kandak floodplains in North-Bihar in India. As an outcome of water resource management that failed to understand the role of fluvial regimes in delta, Phushi and his fellow village members have now become vulnerable to floods ...


    By Wetlands International

  • How can we live sustainably?

    My working life began as an underground coal mining engineer in the UK-Yorkshire coalfields; my profession was lost to Margaret Thatcher’s policy of shutting down my mine (1991) because of the environmental effects of burning fossil fuels and its impact on acid rain in Scandinavia forests. Our jobs were lost overnight, we had to adapt to a new era of post-mining environmental rehabilitation. So ...

  • Green Green Grass

    A few years ago the North Sea managed a twelve month period without any major shipping disasters. Good news for the environment you’d have thought. However, in the same period up to one hundred thousand tonnes of oil were estimated to have been released into the sea. Some of this can be put down to natural occurrence, but by far the major part is dispersed from aircraft and shipping fleets ...


  • Ecological design for climate mitigation in contemporary urban living

    Evaporation is the most important hydrological function on Earth because it provides rain. As deforestation and urbanisation reduce plant cover and evapotranspiration, ever more short-wave solar radiation is converted to long-wave thermal emissions and sensible heat. Higher surface temperatures set up heat island effects, contributing to local, and ultimately, global climate change. Rainwater ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • TOR1 and TOR2 have distinct locations in live cells

    TOR is a structurally and functionally conserved Ser/Thr kinase found in two multiprotein complexes that regulate many cellular processes to control cell growth. Although extensively studied, the localization of TOR is still ambiguous, possibly because endogenous TOR in live cells has not been examined. Here, we examined the localization of green fluorescent protein (GFP) tagged, endogenous TOR1 ...

  • From trash to triage: Surplus saves lives

    The sheer volume of medical surplus that can collect in a healthcare facility’s basement or storage space can be jaw-dropping. Storage space in most healthcare facilities is very limited. In these premium spaces, the accumulation of surplus medical supplies can easily grow out-of-hand. Thousands of useless IV poles, rendered obsolete by a new pump design, can choke walkways. Storage spaces can ...

  • Emerging Technologies – How will they change our lives?

    Forward planning by governmental agencies is often criticized for being too focused on short term political mandate priorities.  A recent report by Policy Horizons Canada, a federal government agency, on emerging technologies is a refreshing change from that norm.  The report explored how emerging technologies will shape the economy and our society, and what challenges (and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Living within Earth`s “Planetary Boundaries”

    Borneo’s lowland rainforests are one of the most biodiverse regions on earth, home to unique habitats, thousands of species of plants, and animals like Proboscis monkeys, Sumatran rhinoceroses, and orangutans. Yet more than 75 percent of its forests have been destroyed in recent decades. “Now it looks like something out of Lord of the Rings, due to hardwood harvesting and huge palm ...

  • EEA Signals 2015 - Living in a changing climate

    Our climate is changing. Scientific evidence shows that the global average temperature is rising, and rainfall patterns are shifting. It also shows that glaciers, Arctic sea ice and the Greenland ice sheet are melting. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change′s Fifth Assessment Report shows that the warming since the mid-20th century is predominantly due to an increase in ...

  • Low carbon finance scheme from the Carbon Trust goes live

    A share of a £550m fund is now available for businesses to help finance energy efficiency projects. Businesses can now apply for a share of a £550m fund created by the Carbon Trust and Siemens to help companies install energy efficient and low carbon technologies. The low carbon finance scheme was made public last month, but it opens for applications from organisations today, ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • Green Gadgets for a 4x4 Summer

    It’s 4x4 season! As the building industry closes for the holidays, working bakkies are transformed into adventure bakkies. Being off the beaten track is wonderful; however, sitting around the campfire with a guitar isn’t what it used to be as technology and gadgets have crept into our lives making us dependant on their services. Therefore, ...


    By Sustainable.co.za

  • Are Multinational Companies Green Enough?

    In the last few decades, the world has witnessed that 'going green' is not just a push coming from politicians and environmentalists. It is a change of attitude which does not only honour the commitment of environmental protection, but also saves a good deal of money, in most cases. This is why, many big multi-national giants have devised the company policies leading them towards sustainable and ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Why Embrace Green Energy?

    Living in this dynasty is not as easy as to what we see and not that simply as what it seems to be. Aside from seeing beautiful and great things, we didn’t know that behind all of this is the beast that haunts our future. It is because plainly ignoring the things which I know that in the first place it is the things that we need to consider first. For instance, things that we just take for ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Power Africa—A Green Partnership

    Cape Town. June 2013: President Obama declared undertaking the project Power Africa—promising to reach power to double the number of people in sub-Saharan Africa. At least 70% of these people lack access to power. 600 million people in Africa live without electricity, using unhealthy forms of energy such as diesel and wood to run livelihood and small factories. This is frustrating because ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • The pros and cons of a green business

    If you haven't heard the saying, "there is an elephant in the room", it refers to a blatantly evident concern that people choose to ignore, while busying themselves with smaller, often less important issues. In this case, the room represents many global mindsets that have chosen not to acknowledge the green elephant that sits in our conscience, and the elephant represents the rapidly growing ...


    By green24

  • Is Green a Color or an Objective?

    “Environmentally friendly” is a term that is applied with a spatula in today’s products’ labels in ever increasing numbers.   What does it mean?  Does it mean it’s better for nature, people, pets, or for the profit line of the company offering it?    In the industry and elsewhere, we see a marked ...

  • Clean goes green

    Her daughter's eyes were pink and puffy. The child's nose was scratchy and runny. Nancy Figueroa of Jamaica Plain did everything she could to make her daughter well: She bought one medicine after another; did more wash than a 24-hour laundromat; gave to charity her daughter's stuffed animals that might be carrying dust, including the little monkey that young Katherine clung to for comfort. Still ...

  • Reality check: Is green arrogant?

    During a recent interview, a utility executive used the phrase “the arrogance of renewable energy.” He was talking about the need to keep costs in check and implying that green energy businesses do not.The executive asked that I not attach his name to the phrase. He was afraid he would anger those in the renewable energy world with whom he does business. Not so long ago, utilities publicly ...

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