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2014 UNESCO Conference closed with the unanimous adoption of The Aichi-Nagoya Declaration

November 19, 2014


The World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan, closed November 12, 2014 with a declaration for including ESD in the post-2015 development agenda.

New type of plastic discovered that degrades fast

November 25, 2014


Researchers at North Dakota State University, Fargo, have discovered a new type of plastic that can be broken down when exposed to ultraviolet light and is reduced back to molecules. The team focused on creating plastic from polymers that is sourced from biomass, using oilseed from agricultural crops, cellulose, lignin and sucrose to generate building blocks of molecules that are made into polymers to create plastics. This has the scope of reducing the plastic from landfill which takes hundreds of years to decay leading to solid waste problems.


Sewage sludge used to fertilise bioenergy crops

November 18, 2014


Research by the Agroenergy Group from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH) of Elche has shown that fertilizing with sewage sludge compost increased the productivity of a bioenergy crop i.e. cynara. Sewage sludge is a product rich in nutrients, which is increasingly generated as a consequence of wastewater treatment.

Game changer? VW says electric car range will be between 310-370 miles by 2020

November 20, 2014


The most frustrating thing to electric car enthusiasts is how slowly battery technology is improving. Being able to drive an EV (Electric Vehicle) for more than the usual 80 – 100 miles without having to recharge will make it easier for mass adoption of EVs. But the good news is that Volkswagen's head of powertrain development, believes that that as early as 2020, these could have between 310 and 370 miles of range (500-600 kilometers). Who would want to get a petrol guzzling vehicle when you can get an electric vehicle that is quieter, cleaner, and cheaper to own?

Smart light bulb designed by ex-Tesla engineer adjusts itself

November 24, 2014


Among the plethora of light bulbs comes one made by an ex-Tesla engineer that adjusts itself based on the surrounding conditions Not only is the LED light very efficient and wirelessly connected, but it adjusts itself, much like the backlight of the computer screen. The Alba bulb is equipped with sensors that monitor the amount of sunlight in the room and depending on the brightness from the sun, the lights brighten, dim or shut off completely. Additional sensors pick up movement in the room and turn the bulbs off if a room is empty or on if someone walks in.


Water Development Report Released

May 5, 2014


Water and energy are inextricably linked. While water is essential for energy production, energy is crucial for the extraction, delivery and safety of drinking water. The World Water Development Report provides a comprehensive overview of  emerging trends from around the world, and seeks to inform decision makers about the inter-linkages, potential synergies and trade-offs.


Agua Caliente Solar Project Completed

May 5, 2014


The 290 megawatt Agua Caliente Solar Photovoltaic Facility in Arizona, considered to be one of the world’s largest photovoltaic plants, is now complete. The clean solar power will avoid annual emissions of approximately 324,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Toilet flushes can help power our homes

May 5, 2014


Could composting toilets help us generate electricity for our homes? A company in Korea has developed the technology that is capable of generating electricity from the water that flows through a toilet, making flushes a source of electricity.

International Mother Earth Day 2014

April, 2014


The year 1970 saw the birth of Earth Day, which is celebrated on the 22nd of April every year, when people rallied together for protection of the environment. In the year 1962, Ms Rachael Carson published the book “Silent Spring”, which was one of the most important turning points for the environmental movement across the globe. The bestseller, which sold over 500,000 copies across 24 countries, stirred the global conscience towards caring for a depleting eco-system.

International Mother Earth Day 2014, like any other earth days, will focus on green cities, mobilizing millions of people to create a sustainable, healthy environment by greening communities worldwide. To the regular mantras of “Reduce”, “Reuse”, “Recycle”, “Replenish” and “Restore”, let us add another important one – “Respect”.

Suzhou wins the 2014 Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize

April, 2014


The city of Suzhou in China clinches the biennial Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize for balancing sustainable economic development with cultural conservation, showing cities in China and other developing countries that urban challenges can be addressed responsibly.

The UN's New Focus: Surviving, Not Stopping, Climate Change

April, 2014


The united Nations' latest report on climate change focuses on the need to adapt to a warming planet-to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits associated with increasing temperatures-rather than solely curbing warming in the first place. And it's businesses and local goverments, rather than the international community that cam lead the way.

Nice shades: 7 Fast qrowing shades trees to slash your electric bill

April 2, 2014


One of the simplest ways of keeping direct sunlight out of homes is planting "shade trees". A tree planted on the west side of house can reduce net carbon emissions from summertime electricity use by 30 percent over a 100-year period. Here are 7 such trees that help you cut down on your power bills...

2014 Celebrates the Biggest Earth Hour in Hist

April 2, 2014


The year 2014 witnessed the biggest Earth Hour as the phenomenon swept across the planet in ear, mobilising millions of people. It was observed in over 162 countries and territories and over 7000 cities and towns. The symbolic hour has grown into the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment, with beyond the hour activities and initiatives happening throughout the year.

Is the rechargeable LED bottle light the new romantic centrepiece?

February 11, 2014


Can the new eco awareness make candlelight dinners a thing of the past? Have a look at the new rechargeable LED light that can be new candlelight on dinner tables…

India wants to build a solar project so large, it would dwarf all others!

February 3, 2014


Can India get over its high degree of dependence on coal for its electricity production and move to solar power? Plans are afoot to build such a project with a capacity of 4,000 megawatts…

"Peecycling" the Next Wave in Sustainable Living

February 2, 2014


Can the human waste running through most sewage lines across the world be converted into valuable fertilizer? If human beings can get over the “yuck” factor, it can be…

Plastic waste discovered in the Thames River

January 9, 2014


During a three-month period, more than 8,000 pieces of plastic waste were found submerged along the river bed of the upper Thames Estuary by scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Natural History Museum. The waste, including large numbers of cigarette packaging, food wrappers and cups, and sanitary products poses a serious threat to aquatic wildlife in the North Sea also, to which the Thames flows. 


The plastic was collected with nets originally designed to trap fish and crabs moving along the river bed.  According to researchers, plastic waste when broken down into smaller fragments can be eaten by even the smallest animals, which are in turn eaten by larger fish and birds. Once digested, plastic can release toxic chemicals which are then passed through the food chain. These toxic chemicals, in high doses, could harm the health of wildlife.

Singapore gives "sewage" a makeover

January 9, 2014


The small but highly urbanized country of Singapore is giving a new meaning to the word “sewage” by effective recycling of water in addition to promote water conservation to meet its needs.

Solar wagon delivers a self-contained portable water purification system

October 18, 2013


In a scenario where potable water is not freely available, think of how useful a self-contained portable water purification system would be? This "turn-key" mobile unit integrates a solar panel and battery storage with a filtration and purification system into a utility wagon that can be easily transported to the water source, supplying up to 4320 gallons of safe drinking water per day.


How renewables can keep the lights on when the sun doesn't shine

October 18, 2013


The arguments that renewable energy is not “consistent” and “highly dependent on the weather” can be kept at bay by following these easy-to-implement tips.

Six Stealthy Energy Hogs: Are They Lurking in Your Home?

September 5, 2013


Do we have devices in our homes that consume more energy than we think they do? Here is a list of six devices that are hog energy in every household: set-top boxes, battery chargers, microwave ovens, game consoles, pool pumps and furnace fans.


New technology said to neutralize carbon fuel pollution emissions

September 5, 2013

  Swedish company, HydroInfra Technologies claim to have come out with a new green technology, Hydro Nano Gas, that will instantly neutralize carbon pollution emissions. The company has pioneered an energy-efficient and low-cost method of extracting hydrogen from water, allowing the cleaning up of burning of fossil fuels. 


Rejoice! Finally, New Efficiency Rules for Deli Cases, Walk-In Freezers

September 5, 2013


The Federal Standards for energy efficiency regarding commercial refrigeration equipment, such as deli cases and walk-in freezers and coolers are proposed to be updating. If the proposed standards are adopted as-is, the rule is expected to cut energy bills by up to $28 billion over 30 years.  California's energy efficiency standard for walk-ins, reduce energy use by more than 40 percent compared to standard products, according to the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP).


Everest Ice Shrinking Fast, Scientists and Climbers Say

August 5, 2013

  New analyses show Mount Everest has lost significant snow and ice cover over the past half century. In nearby Sagarmatha National Park, glaciers have shrunk by 13 percent since the 1960s. Weather data reveal the larger Everest region has experienced warmer temperatures and less snowfall since the early 1990s.


IEA forecasts Four Energy Policies that can keep the 2oC Climate Goal Alive

July 1, 2013

  New estimates for global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2012 reveal a 1.4% increase, reaching a record high of 31.6 gigatonnes (Gt). The International Energy Agency urged governments to swiftly enact four energy policies that would keep climate goals alive without harming economic growth. They are:
  • Targeted energy efficiency measures in building, industry and transport.
  • Limiting the construction and use of the least-efficient coal-fired power plants that deliver more than 20% of the emissions reduction and help curb local air pollution.
  • Actions to have expected methane (a potent greenhouse gas) released into the atmosphere from the upstream oil and gas industry.
  • Implement a partial phase-out of fossil fuel consumption subsidies.

Antarctic's Ice Shelves Melting From the Bottom Up

July 1, 2013

  The ice shelves of Antarctica are melting from the bottom-up in addition to their regular iceberg shedding. The results have implications for how Antarctica changes due to global warming, which has already had a hand in melting in some parts of the continent.

Think.Eat.Save theme for World Environment Day on 5 June

June 1, 2013

Think.Eat.Save is the theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations on 5 June. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your food print. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. While the planet is struggling to provide us with enough resources to sustain its 7 billion people (growing to 9 billion by 2050), FAO estimates that a third of global food production is either wasted or lost.

If food is wasted, it means that all the resources and inputs used in the production of all the food are also lost. For example, it takes about 1,000 litres of water to produce 1 litre of milk and about 16,000 litres goes into a cow’s food to make a hamburger. The resulting greenhouse gas emissions from the cows themselves, and throughout the food supply chain, all end up in vain when we waste food. Making informed decision therefore means, for example, that you purposefully select foods that have less of an environmental impact, such as organic foods that do not use chemicals in the production process. Choosing to buy locally can also mean that foods are not flown halfway across the world and therefore limit emissions. 

North America’s largest living Biowall at Drexel University purifies indoor air
May 1, 2013

The 22-foot-wide, 80-foot-tall biowall at Drexel University is not only beautiful but also purifies indoor air. Considered as North America’s largest living biofilter, it consists of over 12 different varieties of tropical plants that grow in the absence of soil. The plant roots are embedded between two layers of woven, porous material. Water is recirculated down the wall between these layers providing plant roots with nutrients and hydration. Bacteria and fungi found on the plants’ roots utilise harmful airborne pollutants as food, breaking down volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like benzene, toluene, methyl-ethyl ketone and formaldehyde into carbon dioxide and water. It has been estimated that such a biowall is capable of removing 60-90% of pollutants with a single pass while reducing overall airborne pollutant concentrations by more than 25%.