green living Articles

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Benefits of Green Cleaning

    Did you know that over 100 trillion bacterial cells consider your body their home? It’s true, and they outnumber your regular cells 10 to 1. These tiny guests live in your mouth, nose, and gut and they make up what is known as your microbiome – your highly personalized mini-ecosystem of both good and bad bacteria. The Antibacterial Craze We’ve ...


    By Better Air LLC

  • When green is blue

    My colleagues and I have just worked out how much carbon there is in the world’s mangrove forests, give or take a bit. And we mapped it. And here’s why these findings are tremendously important. They quantify what some of us in marine conservation have been saying for a decade or more: ...


    By Wetlands International

  • 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 ...

  • Green Roofs are Growing

    Standards from ASTM International Committee E60 on Sustainability guide work on vegetative green roofs. Walking south along Michigan Ave. from the Chicago River, a first-time visitor might take in the green vistas of Millenium Park sprawling eastward toward the great lake with no hint that the park itself is a green roof. It covers ...


    By ASTM International

  • 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 ...

  • Greening the Built Environment

    ASTM Standards and Products Form the Foundation of Sustainable Construction Efforts Today, a major focal point for the worldwide building industry is the growing demand for sustainable construction. Sustainable, or “green,” construction is focused on the more effective use of resources and ultimately the creation of healthier, energy efficient, more environmentally ...


    By ASTM International

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 SERIES

  • 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

  • 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

  • Power Of Partnerships In Sports Greening

    Professional and collegiate sports teams, and their leagues, develop vital partnerships to green their venues, operations and supply chain, while engaging fans to adopt sustainable behaviors. An overarching theme of the 2016 Green Sports Alliance Summit, June 28-30 in Houston, Texas, is The Power of Partnerships. “Throughout the program speakers will share how unique partnerships are ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Green Buildings: Economics and Policies

    Introduction Green building has received increased attention over the past decade from both environmental economists and policymakers. While there is no single definition of “green buildings” or its related policy, researchers and organizations tend to emphasize resource efficiency in building and reducing the impacts of buildings on human health and the environment. ...


    By Oxford Journals

  • Analysis of the exergy balance of green leaves

    In this paper we analyse the exergy balance of green leaves. The exergy source comes from the direct and diffuse solar radiation absorbed in the leaves, while exergy destruction occurs as the consequence of evapotranspiration, of internal flows and of leaf metabolism. Exergy storage occurs namely in the form of glucose which is a result of photosynthesis and oxygen release into the environment. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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