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A new wool and rice straw blended upholstery fabric, which has been developed by a Wellington company, goes into commercial production next year with the potential to create significant demand for New Zealand crossbred wool, while helping solve a massive air pollution problem in China. The Formary is a Wellington ... keep reading
Last month we reported that Ethiopia had just opened the largest wind farm in Africa. A third of Ethiopia, the continent's second most populous nation, conducts their day to day without any access to electricity. The new wind farm has the potential to change the lives of millions. Ethiopia ... keep reading
Recently there have been many reports about the negative sides of ploughing. The productivity of our soils has constantly increased thanks to the invention of the plough millennia ago, but now ploughing could be a cause for the decline in soil productivity. Dr John Baker, an international soil scientist who ... keep reading
One of the famous red double decker buses in London on route 185 to Lewisham Station, London, UK Transport for London (TfL) has agreed on a new energy efficient lighting programme to help reduce the cost of lighting the TfL Road Network (TLRN). It is one of the largest 'invest ... keep reading
How much influence do aerosols such as this smog have on climate? Flickr/freddie boyNew research published this week in Nature gives us a better idea of how much aerosols produced by people are influencing climate change. Aerosols — tiny particles produced naturally and by burning fossil fuels — work against ... keep reading
RenewableUK has welcomed new official Government statistics published this week by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) showing that the amount of electricity generated from renewable energy sources reached a new record high of 15.5% of total electricity generation in the second quarter of this year. This ... keep reading
The global energy industry must play a greater role in the transition to sustainable energy systems if United Nations development goals are to be met, warns a report launched today by the World Energy Council (WEC). The potential for billions of people benefiting from sustainable energy systems in future decades ... keep reading
As forests begin to thin and countries continue to pour emissions into their atmosphere, the delicate natural cycle that allows trees to soak in atmospheric CO2 is continually disrupted. The natural worlds inability to return to a balanced state in the carbon cycle can partially be attributed to the natural ... keep reading
A recently published study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas’ Barnett Shale. While the findings are far from conclusive, the study provides further evidence tying fracking to arsenic contamination ... keep reading
The country stands at a critical crossroads. Many aging, water-intensive power plants are nearing the end of their lives. The choices we make to replace them will determine the water and climate implications of our electricity system for decades to come. Today’s electricity system cannot meet our needs in ... keep reading
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