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‘Green electricity roof’ could provide power, water storage & insulation

A significant part of the electricity needed for buildings could be generated using plant-covered roofs within a few years, thanks to research carried out at Wageningen University of the Netherlands. Similarly, fields of crops such as rice could help produce electricity without the requirement to choose between using land for growing food or biofuels. The […]

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The Waterport – Integrated Rainwater Harvesting & Purification

According to recent statistics there are still more than a billion people across the globe lacking access to clean drinking water. While researchers and non-government organizations are trying to come up with easy to use water filtration systems, most of them cannot be afforded by people living in such areas.

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“World’s Greenest Office Building”

Seattle’s Bullitt Center is being heralded as the greenest, most energy-efficient commercial office building in the world. It’s not that the six-story, 50,000-square-foot building is utilizing never-before-seen technology. But it’s combining a lot of different existing technologies and methods to create a structure that’s a showpiece for green design–and a model for others to follow.

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America’s “greenest street” a blueprint for sustainable urban development

A streetscape that includes natural landscaping, bicycle lanes, wind powered lighting, storm water diversion for irrigation, drought-resistant native plants and innovative “smog-eating” concrete has earned Cermak road in Chicago the title of “greenest Street in America” according to the Chicago Department of Transport (CDOT). Opened in October 2012, the first phase two mile stretch is […]

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Innovations That Could Change The Way We Use Water

From pulling water from fog to saving fuel used to boil water, these three companies are the finalists of a contest to change the way we use our most precious resource. It’s impossible to overstate the value of water. Without it, we’d be dead.

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Innovative schemes to work with water rather than against it (UK)

FLOODING has inundated 7,320 properties around the country this year, including nearly 1,900 in recent weeks. Models predict that the climate will get wetter, with more intense downpours in winter, putting more houses and businesses at risk. The damage is estimated at some £1.1 billion ($1.8 billion) a year. As floods grow more frequent, and […]

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Water project in Kenya praised at Dohar climate talks

An innovative project expected to provide safe drinking water annually to 4.5 million people in western Kenya has been feted at the ongoing climate change talks in Doha, Qatar. The LifeStraw Carbon for Water in Kenya, undertaken by Vestergaard Frandsen, was showcased and honoured at an event attended by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon […]

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Australia: School eco-awareness program highly successful

Developing a sense of responsibility in schoolchildren to care for our environment has an important role in securing their future.

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Namib Desert beetle inspiration for self-filling water bottle

A US start-up has turned to nature to help bring water to arid areas by drawing moisture from the air. NBD Nano aims to mimic the way a beetle survives in an African desert to create a self-filling water bottle capable of storing up to three litres every hour.

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