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The 3 step plastic challenge

from GreenFriends North America Our Beloved Amma has requested that her children take up the challenge of Source Reduction – preventing waste and pollution before it actually happens – to live a more sustainable life on our precious Mother Earth. To honour Amma’s request, we are launching a Plastic Challenge that asks all devotees to … Continue reading »

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All aboard the solar train?

10:10 Climate Action have published a report on how solar PV can be connected to trains running DC traction using a third rail, as in London, Merseyrail and elsewhere. Grid capacity constraints mean new renewable generating capacity can no longer connect affordably across whole regions of the UK. Withdrawal of subsidies for solar PV means … Continue reading »

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Sustainable Business Awards 2015

Highlights from the Guardian awards:- Cafeology, farming coffee in Guatemala in a way that protects the rainforest, encourages migrating birds and improves the growers’ livelihood. Ikea (yes, that Ikea) investing €1.5 billion in renewable energy equipment, and buying cotton from sustainable sources Divine Chocolate making a profit but still giving cocoa producers a livelihood Interface, a … Continue reading »

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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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Starch and cellulose wrapping

A number of magazines, for instance from Garden Organic or Permaculture, now come in wrappers made of cellulose (from wood) or potato starch.  The wrappers are biodegradable and compostable. So why do we need plastic wrappers any longer?

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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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My microalgae lamp absorbs CO2!

“Shamengo pioneer Pierre Calleja has invented something truly remarkable – an algae lamp that absorbs CO2 in the air–at the rate of 1 ton PER YEAR, or what a tree absorbs over its entire lifetime!  While development is still needed to make a cost-effective product, the microalgae streetlamp has the potential to provide significantly cleaner … Continue reading »

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Solar powered transport

See The Guardian online “A new generation of solar-powered vehicles is making extraordinary journeys around the world and pushing the boundaries of technical knowledge Tom Cheshire, The Observer, Sunday 25 August 2013 The Solar Impulse glides over the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco during a test flight in April. The wings of the experimental … Continue reading »

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Zero Carbon Britain

The latest Zero Carbon Britain report has just been published, showing how we can achieve zero carbon emission as soon as possible. Continue reading »

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Putting the P in Power

 All these BBC pages are about one thing: the potential uses of urine. “A research team at Heriot-Watt University is investigating whether urine could be used as a source of renewable energy.  The scientists have developed a system to test whether it can be used in fuel cells as an alternative to flammable hydrogen or … Continue reading »

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