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Determine the Average Water Usage of a Home Before You Buy

One of the things you want to know before purchasing a house is how much water you’ll use to keep everything up and running. There are several determining factors that affect the number that can fluctuate with the seasons or occupant behavior, but there are a few ways to get a ballpark figure you can […]

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The Ideal Sustainable Home?

Sustainable housing is not a new idea, but there are many different ideas surrounding the term sustainable building, some of them always changing. People have varied sustainable plans when designing a house, but in reality you can narrow sustainability down to some basic ideas. The best sustainable housing is… Sustainable at each level. From choosing […]

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Greener Golf Greens

With more than 32 000 golf courses globally, and counting, it is imperative that we find ways to make golf courses more sustainable! Love them or hate them, the fact of the matter is that golf courses are incredibly popular the world over. Unfortunately, golf courses come with a whole host of environmental and social […]

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Earth’s Water Cycle Has Accelerated

Evidence that the world’s water cycle has already intensified is contained in research published in the American Journal of Climate.  The change in the water cycle means arid regions have become drier and high rainfall regions wetter as atmospheric temperature increases.  The study shows the surface ocean beneath rainfall-dominated regions has freshened, whereas ocean regions […]

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Green Travel Tips

It’s estimated that there are close to a billion tourists traveling across the globe each year. That’s a heck of a lot of sightseeing!  Unless we plan carefully, and think before we travel, we run the risk of allowing our travel plans to take a harsh toll on the planet’s natural resources. Of course, nobody’s […]

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Which will be first, Peak Oil or Peak Water?

A lot of experienced people are predicting water shortages. Investment professionals are advising clients to finds ways to invest in the ability to supply fresh water. Fresh water is becoming a valuable resource that is getting scarcer and going up in cost. Even the latest James Bond movie tapped into this theme. If you saw […]

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A Busy Week for Water in South Africa!

22 March 2011 was World Water Day 2011, one day into South Africa’s National Water Week (21-27 March 2011)… a busy week for water coservation! “South Africa needs to be more sensible about the use and management of land and water resources. The more we reduce the ecosystems’ ability to deliver clean fresh water, the […]

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How Close Are We to Peak Water?

As we all know, our planet is mostly water. So the idea of us ever running out of it, especially considering that most of what we use is naturally recycled, seems absurd. Just for reference, the planet contains roughly 1.4 billion cubic kilometers of water. About 97.5% of that is contained in the oceans or […]

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12 (eco) Questions to Ask A Hotel Before You Book

The series Places & Spaces could inspire even the most dedicated couch potato to pack a bag and hop a plane. The destinations featured are sustainable, but what about your average hotel claiming green sensitivity? The term is increasingly overused, so it’s important to ask questions. A well-informed traveler is a more conscious one, so […]

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