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Oasis dreaming: regreening the Djiboutian Desert

Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Ali Omar remembers a time when the practically bare patch of desert in northern Djibouti he calls home was a bustling seaside resort and the waters around it were teeming with fish. “Lots of people lived here and […]

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Guatemala joins the Clean Seas campaign and steps up efforts to beat plastic pollution

Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Guatemala joined the Clean Seas campaign – led by UN Environment – to reduce plastic pollution in the oceans, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Guatemala, Alfonso Alonzo announced today. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the XXI Meeting of the Forum of Ministers […]

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20 Most Sustainable and Green Building Examples From Across the Globe

Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Buildings across the globe are adopting sustainable operational and constructional strategies. The increase in the number of initiatives doesn’t just accrue from increased awareness about climate change but green buildings actually offer significant cost savings. It’s not just the new establishments are integrating it into their building design blueprints but even existing structures are being […]

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Leeds uses bubble-bins in city centre recycling push

Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2018

Image captionBubble-blowing bins are part of a range of measures designed to encourage recycling Bins that blow bubbles and machines that offer rewards for recycling are being trialled in Leeds in a scheme launched on Tuesday. The #LeedsByExample project is claimed to be the UK’s biggest push to improve recycling outside of people’s homes. […]

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New materials are powering the battery revolution

Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2018

Shutterstockarnyfgx Lithium ion batteries, such as the ones pictured here, are currently the most common type of battery in electronics. There are more mobile phones in the world than there are people. Nearly all of them are powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, the single most important component enabling the portable electronics revolution of the […]

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How a unique industry collaboration is bottling a new future for U.S. glass recycling

Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2018

New Belgium Brewing’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions is the same every year. It’s not the ingredients it uses to make its beer or the trucks that distribute its product. It’s the glass bottles. Katie Wallace, director of social and environmental responsibility for New Belgium Brewing, wanted to reduce her company’s emissions from […]

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This New Coating Could Help Keep Buildings Cool

Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2018

As temperatures soar worldwide, how do we keep our homes and other buildings cool? The wealthier among us blast our air conditioning, which is effective, but only further harms the environment, thanks to higher energy usage. The less fortunate simply […]

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How much energy is used to heat, cool, and light our homes in different U.S. climate regions?

Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Public Domain NASA/ USA lit up at night The energy used to heat interior spaces accounts for the largest share of residential energy consumption throughout most of the United States. The exceptions are parts of the south where air conditioning dominates and parts of the southwest where, surprisingly, water heating dominates. In the […]

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Restored church building has a growing congregation – of bees

Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2018

© ZGF ZGF builds interesting hives on the roof of a fascinating building. The Sanctuary is a historic church building in Seattle, formerly the First United Methodist Church, that has been turned into an entertainment venue. As congregations shrink, many churches are lost to demolition, particularly in growing cities like Seattle. This one is particularly […]

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12 ways to get clean air without chemicals

Posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

We spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, the Environmental Protection Agency says. Here’s how to make sure you and your family are breathing the cleanest indoor air possible. (Photo: sukiyaki/Shutterstock) Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, the quality of the air you breathe can have a big impact on your health. Studies have tied […]

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