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Living Green

Eco-friendly painting tips for businesses

Conscientious businesses are always looking for ways to show their customers and employees that they care about the environment. With growing concerns about the potential health effects of the chemicals we encounter in our day-to-day lives, using eco-friendly paint for the office is something that can create a sense of well-being among those who work there, and it demonstrates a company's sense of environmental...

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5 things you’ll save by car sharing

The planet. On average, standard cars release 149 g/km (grams per kilometre) of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Let’s say for example, that you drive 50 miles a day, this converts to around 80km which is nearly 12kg of carbon dioxide released every day, or 60kg a week- about 2880kg a year. When car sharing, you’re likely to halve these figures, if not more. With so many cars needlessly on the road and...

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Harvest Rain to Reduce Your Dependence on Public Water

It is summer, and it's hot. But this means more than soaring temperatures and simple discomfort to many across the country. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, 45 percent of the contiguous United States was experiencing "moderate to exceptional drought" by the end of June. This story gets worse, though, with the organization predicting that these...

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Cloud Computing: Information technology's answer to sustainability?

Cloud computing has revolutionized the IT industry for the past decade and is still developing creative ways to solve current problems. Innovations such as cloud storage and non-native applications are unimaginable 10 years ago but a reality nowadays. Companies and research institutes are slowly moving to the cloud to address their computing needs. Services and applications are also common in the cloud right now...

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How to make your kitchen green

You might have seen that oft-repeated episode of Absolutely Fabulous when the character of Edina Monsoon (who works in PR, but kind of diverges into other roles as the storyline requires) is assisting a friend in redesigning her London flat. The friend has asked for “third world chic” and Edina reminds her dim-witted assistant Bubble (who would actually call their child Bubble?) that when the wood arrives for the...

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The Bushcraft Movement: what is it and why should you care?

Ever since the likes of Ray Mears and Bear Grylls burst onto our screens, bushcraft has firmly established itself in the public zeitgeist. As a holistic movement influenced by environmentalism, bushcraft courses are popping up all over the UK, teaching attendees’ to survive and thrive in a natural environment by making the most of primitive technologies. Now, you might wonder why - in an age when most people...

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Rising levels of ozone, particulate matter resulting in two million deaths a year

Air pollution is causing over two million deaths a year – mostly from increased levels of ozone and particulate matter brought on by human activities. A study published in the Institute of Physics journal “Environmental Research Letters” placed the number of deaths a year due to increases in ozone at around 470,000 a year. An additional 2.1 million deaths are said to be caused by increases in particulate...

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Hydroponic Systems: are they good or bad for your health?

For the uninitiated, hydroponics is simply the soilless growing of plants. The plant is cultivated with its roots in a mineral nutrient solution or in an inert (stuff that are almost non-reactive) medium, like coconut husk and gravel. Many people are of the opinion that unlike the other ways we have messed around with the natural order, we should leave the way we grow food as is: with good ol’ reliable dirt...

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Air pollution affecting life spans in China – M.I.T.

Not only is limiting carbon emissions globally needed to slow climate, but it’s important for human health as well, finds researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. M.I.T. researchers have released a study in which they saw a direct correlation between rising levels of particulate matter in China and the health of the population. Using a generalized metric which states that...

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Temperatures rise as cities spread outwards

The sprawl of the concrete jungle has brought higher temperatures to the urban area. A study from the University of New South Wales found that the expansion of concrete and asphalt on the fringes of cities could raise temperatures by as much as 3.7 degrees by the year 2050. The temperature rise is due to the urban heat island effect, where heat is stored and accumulated by urban structures. Urban structures...

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