green living Articles

  • On the right track

    High-speed train manufacturer, CAF, rely on world-class beamforming technology to reduce the noise generated by their trains – helping to make high-speed trains a more viable option for travellers and operators alike. Because of its relatively low levels of CO2 emissions, train travel is considered one of the ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Urban green compensation

    Green compensation is an alternative approach towards urban–green–planning. Green–compensation is defined as replacing or relocating 'green space values' in an urban area, an action to ensure quality enhancement and protection of urban green spaces. Due to increasing pressures of urbanisation and population growth, the concept of green–compensation is gaining importance in planning approaches. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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

  • Where is the green brand vision?

    Big brands have the power to shift culture and influence behavior. But will big brands step up and show consumers the way to a better future? Or will they be left in the dust by grassroots brands? As the Chinese curse goes, we live in interesting times. Climate change is disrupting our core belief in progress and unending bounty. It suddenly seems every purchase comes with guilt as an added ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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

  • A Green Cloud is a Transparent Cloud

    Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets At Connectivity Week in Santa Clara, recently, I took part in a series of panel discussions on data center energy efficiency. The discussions covered a wide range of issues from the practicalities of infrastructure optimization to the possible role of data centers in demand response schemes. There was a particular focus on the importance, and also the ...

  • “Green” innovations: fashion or necessity?

    Why alternative “green” energy is crucial today? Public awareness of the global energy challenge is at a very high level, at least in the U.S., where I live, even though we do not have an energy crisis of the type that we saw in the 1970’s. Energy prices, e.g. for gasoline and electricity, are reasonably stable, and there are no supply shortages like the ones that led to ...


  • Green roofs for life

    The planning system, at both local and national levels, is now being used to expand use of green roofs in towns and cities. This policy recognises important benefits including biodiversity, pollution and CO2 removal, thermal insulation and mass, protection of the roof covering and making our cities more attractive places. Measures are also in place requiring sustainable drainage systems (SUDS), ...


    By Latchways PLC

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