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Greener Washing Machines: Look for Energy- & Water Efficiency

The next time your washing machine or tumble dryer gives up the ghost and you go on search for a replacement, why not find a machine that will help you reduce your utility bills and conserve water and natural resources at the same time?  Here’s what you should know to get started with finding a […]

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Low-Impact Self-Built Living in a Communal Woodland (Video)

Based in Dartmoor National Park in South West England, the Steward Community Woodland was conceived as an experimental living project that aims to show that conservation woodland management, food production, and low impact living are not mutually exclusive—but rather best pursued as an integrated whole. Consisting of 10-11 adults, and nine children, the community grows […]

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Will solar energy development survive in North Africa and Middle East?

In recent weeks the world has seen a dramatic change in the political structure in North Africa and Middle East. With all eyes of the world on the region the question remains what does the future economy hold and what does this mean for investment and the development of solar projects. On first impression you […]

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Eight Myths and Challenges of Renewable Energy

Growing concerns over the threat of climate change, energy security, and rising oil prices have all stirred interest in the development of alternative energy and the race for clean green energy is on. But before we get caught up in the emotional and political hype, let’s take a hard look at some common myths and […]

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Build Your Own Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine On The Cheap

The Zoetrope is a vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT) made from materials commonly found at your local hardware store and a few easily purchased online, and Applied Sciences has made the decision to “open source” the turbine for everyone who wants to try their hand at making one. With videos and a downloadable PDF construction guide, […]

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How To Survive Without Electricity

Situations Where There May Be No Electricity It’s interesting to read that electricity has only been a common household item in the last 50 or so years. Before that, people have survived for ages – so a lack of electricity for any duration of time is something that can be overcome. As human beings, we […]

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Banana Peels as Water Purifiers?

Banana peels show promise as superior water purification materials. To the surprisingly inventive uses for banana peels, which include polishing silverware, leather shoes, and the leaves of house plants , scientists have added purification of drinking water contaminated with potentially toxic metals. Their report, which concludes that minced banana peel performs better than an array […]

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Bee deaths may signal wider pollination threat

Mass deaths of bee colonies in many parts of the world may be part of a wider, hidden threat to wild insect pollinators vital to human food supplies, a U.N. study indicated on Thursday. Declines in flowering plants, a spread of parasites, use of pesticides or air pollution were among more than a dozen factors […]

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South African professor slams climate change as ‘world’s biggest distraction’

Climate change is probably the world’s biggest distraction and not its biggest and most immediate challenge, which belongs to clean water, says Professor Grant Cawthorn. Cawthorn, Wits University’s School of Geosciences Platinum Industry Igneous Petrology professor, contends that the lack of fresh water will have a much greater global impact than a “one or two […]

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