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Water

Water woes in India

See this BBC page. Are we doing all we can to save water?  Rainwater should be captured in butts and tanks for garden use.  

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The fate of the Ganga

India’s dying mother The BBC investigates the pollution of the River Ganga (Ganges) and how to clean it up. cp. Amma donates 100 Crore for ‘Namami Gange’ cleaning Ganga project (providing toilets for villages surrounding the River Ganga)

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Green Gold – regreening the desert

“It’s possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems.” Environmental film maker John D. Liu documents large-scale ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America and the Middle East, highlighting the enormous benefits for people and planet of undertaking these efforts globally.

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Heating a million homes

A million properties across England could in future be heated by water from rivers, canals and the sea, the government says.The Department for Energy calculates this is the potential of a technology known as the water source heat pump.This relies on a heat exchanger, which uses a system akin to refrigeration to amplify warmth from … Continue reading »

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Powering the Future – Energy at National Trust properties

The Autumn 2014 National Trust Magazine gives details of ways in which their properties are starting to use less energy: with hydro electricity in Northumberland, wind turbines in Cumbria, electric Land Rovers in Snowdonia, biomass in Herefordshire, sea power at Plas Newydd (with the UK’s biggest marine-source heat pump) and a giant waterwheel (the largest in … Continue reading »

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Microbial Fuel Cell generating electricity from wastewater

27 Sep 2014, Amritapuri Amritavarsham – Amma’s 61st Birthday Celebrations The Amrita Center of Biotechnology introduced a Microbial Fuel Cell, which utilizes energy from bacterial growth in wastewater to generate electricity while simultaneously bringing about purification of the wastewater – an important step in addressing the sanitation and energy problems that are very relevant in … Continue reading »

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Heating houses from the sea

In Duindorp, in the Netherlands, they are using the heat from seawater to heat 800 new homes that meet modern standards for affordable housing in the Netherlands.  District heating using seawater turns out to be the most affordable solution, ensuring that no resident has to pay more than the national average of €70 a month … Continue reading »

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Emergency appeal for Zimbabwe

Practical Action write:- “Broken pipes in Zimbabwe irrigation systems mean that farmers are unable to grow crops to feed and support their families. Farmers like Reginald Tawanda, he’s farmed in Manicaland, Zimbabwe for over 50 years. He has always supported his family but since 2000 the erratic rainfall coupled with the broken pipes means he … Continue reading »

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Droughts and floods are our future

The Environment Agency has said that Britain must adapt to weather extremes, on the basis of the data for 2012, when within a four-month period rivers such as the Tyne, Ouse and Tone fell to their lowest and rose to their highest flows since records began. This makes water conservation in gardens even more important.

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Washing the car

According to Green Living Tips, it is better to take your car to a car wash than to wash it by hand.  But surely this depends on how you wash. I use a set of three microfibre cloths.  The first is like a glove and gets the main dirt off with water.  The second is … Continue reading »

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