7 Examples of sustainability of Sweden

Posted on Friday, May 26th, 2017

#1 District heating in Gothenburg Sweden’s shift from oil to district heating in the early 1990’s is perhaps the single most important factor in explaining the country’s reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, both in the housing and service sector. Today, district heating accounts for more than 80 per cent of the heat and hot water […]

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China’s green urban planning can draw lessons from Portland and Stockholm

Posted on Friday, May 26th, 2017

Out of industrial dust and ashes, the lakeside Hammarby Sjöstad district of Stockholm arose in 1999. Meanwhile, 5,000 miles to the west, the historical Pearl District of Portland, Oregon reawakened. Drawing on detailed case studies on Hammarby and the Pearl District completed under the aegis of China Development Bank Capital’s Green and Smart Guidelines, […]

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Waste-to-energy machine reveals power of trash

Posted on Friday, May 26th, 2017

FORT BENNING, Ga. — Fort Benning is helping the Army test a new product that could one day change not only how forward operating bases get rid of their waste, but also how they make use of it. The Battalion-scale Waste to Energy Conversion Green Energy Machine came to Fort Benning as the result of […]

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Plasma arc recycling

Posted on Friday, May 26th, 2017

Humans are machines for turning the world into waste—at least that’s how it seems. On average, every single person in the United States produces about 2kg (5lb) of trash per day, which adds to up three quarters of a ton, per person, each year! What are we to do with all this junk? Recycling is […]

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How does public transportation help the environment?

Posted on Thursday, May 25th, 2017

In January 2004, the citizens of Milan, Italy, were preparing for a strike that would shut down all public transportation. Since an estimated 28 percent of greater Milan’s 3 million populace relied heavily on public transit, the strike meant gridlock and frustration for most of the city. For a team of researchers from the […]

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How radical ideas turned Curitiba into Brazil’s ‘green capital’

Posted on Thursday, May 25th, 2017

In the late 1960s, Brasília cast a long shadow across Brazil. Built from scratch in just four years, the city was a symbol of modern, rational, functional planning. “President Kubitschek wanted to build a new capital,” architect Oscar Niemeyer said in a BBC interview. “He wanted a city that would represent Brazil. So I dedicated […]

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Green beans – why pulses are the eco-friendly option for feeding and saving the world

Posted on Thursday, May 25th, 2017

We all know the score: current trends predict there will be 9.7 billion mouths to feed by 2050. Producing enough food without using more land, exacerbating climate change or putting more pressure on water, soil and energy reserves will be challenging. In the past, food security researchers have focused on production with less […]

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Are hedges better at fighting urban air pollution than trees?

Posted on Thursday, May 25th, 2017

The British countryside is famed for its hedgerows. According to scientists, cities need more dense lines of shrubs in order to effectively combat automobile-borne air pollution. (Photo: Jenny Brown/flickr) Make no mistake: the temperature-lowering, mood-improving, habitat-providing, air-scrubbing power of urban trees cannot be underestimated. But as far as that last bit — the removal of […]

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100+ Ways to conserve water

Posted on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

INDOOR TIPS KITCHEN #1There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you. #2When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water. #3Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save […]

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How to Attract Bees and Other Native Pollinators With a Foraging Habitat

Posted on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Pollinators like bees, wasps, butterflies, and moths are a key part of our ecosystem — pollinating 70 percent of flowering plants — but they face many threats to their health and habitat. In Attracting Native Pollinators (Storey Publishing, 2011), The Xerces Society takes a proactive, practical, and straight-forward approach to dealing with this dilemma. […]

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