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How to Green Your Car

Cars are one of the great mixed bags of our time. They are at once wonders of engineering and a threat to life on Earth. They create convenience and comfort and also snarled traffic and sprawling suburbs. In the U.S., about 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions come from cars and light trucks like SUVs, […]

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What is a carbon footprint?

A carbon footprint is “the total set of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions caused by an organization, event or product”. For simplicity of reporting, it is often expressed in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent of other GHGs, emitted.

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Cancun climate talks get under way, WWF says catch-up plan needed

The yearly global climate change negotiations kicked off on Monday in Cancun, Mexico, with fewer political leaders present, and lower expectations of forging a legally binding inclusive deal on climate change, than was the case at last year’s conference in Copenhagen. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) executive secretary Christina Figueres welcomed the […]

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Articifical vs. Real: Which Christmas Tree is More Eco-Friendly?

Which type of Christmas tree – real or artificial – is more eco-friendly has long been a heated ecological debate. Both have environmental quandaries and knowing which one is best for your family can be surprisingly confusing. Here we break down the pros and cons of each so you can make a healthy and informed […]

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‘Greener’ construction needed to support emerging market needs

Building materials company Lafarge said on Thursday that a strong focus was needed on sustainable construction to supply the additional two-billion people that would be in need of housing and infrastructure by 2025.

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Green Your Home For The Holidays

It’s mid-November and the thought of guests descending on your home for the holidays may have you in an all out redecorating rush. Do Your Part this holiday season and go green while you paint, clean, and even accessorize. We all know that paint can completely and inexpensively change the look of any space. But did […]

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Dubai has most damaging eco footprint on Earth, WWF report

Humanity’s demands on natural resources are sky-rocketing to 50 per cent more than the earth can sustain, reveals the 2010 edition of WWF’s Living Planet Report – the leading survey of the planet’s health. The biennial report, produced in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London and the Global Footprint Network, uses the global Living […]

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Green Ideas: Tips For Eco-Friendly Travel

Book Direct Flights, Skip Travel-Size Products, Discover Green Resorts and Give Back Assuming your vacation is more than just a hike, you’re going to be making a carbon footprint. That doesn’t mean you should skip your next trip though. In fact, most environmentalists agree that traveling helps raise crucial awareness and appreciation of the earth.  […]

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Standard Bank head office gets R2,3m solar hybrid water-heating system

Banking group Standard Bank has invested R2,3-million in a hybrid solar water heating and heat pump system at the company’s head office in Johannesburg, as it moves to increase energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint. The new R2,3-million system, installed by Kayema Energy Solutions, was expected to save nearly R1-million a year in energy […]

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