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Corrupt building practices cause earthquake deaths

Corrupt building practices cause earthquake deaths

Posted Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:15:01 GMT by Michael Evans

Corruption and lack of building control has led to enormous numbers of deaths due to building collapse in earthquake areas. Earthquakes can be very frightening, especially since they almost always come without any prior warning. It is estimated that several million earthquakes occur throughout the world each year, but most go undetected either because they are very small in magnitude, or because they occur in very remote areas.

Corrupt building practices cause earthquake deaths

Aircraft engine wash system reduces carbon dioxide emissions

Aircraft engine wash system reduces carbon dioxide emissions

Posted Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:40:00 GMT by John Dean

Air India has announced significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions after using engine washing technology developed by an American company. The airline says that it has performed 124 washes using Pratt & Whitney's EcoPower technology, saving more than 540,000 gallons of fuel worth $1.9 million and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 5,300 metric tons.

Aircraft engine wash system reduces carbon dioxide emissions

Trash gets trendy

Trash gets trendy

Posted Wed, 26 Jan 2011 09:31:00 GMT by Rachel England

Rubbish is being used for fashionable handbags in Africa. In 2007, entrepreneur Stuart Gold started the company Trashy Bags, which specialises in turning waste collected in Ghana into trendy handbags (as well as a range of other products including hats, wallets, laptop cases and water bottle holders). Each bag is made from 70 drinking water sachets, and some models have the ability to carry as much as 20kg.

Trash gets trendy

Toyota plans new electric motor amid Asian trade uncertainties

Toyota plans new electric motor amid Asian trade uncertainties

Posted Wed, 26 Jan 2011 08:50:00 GMT by Rachel England

Toyota plans new electric motor and lessens reliance on China's exports. Makers of the popular Prius hybrid car, Toyota Motor Corp., is developing a new kind of electric motor in an effort to reduce its dependence on rare earth metals from China. China produces 97 per cent of the global output of rare earth metals which are needed for a wide range of advanced technology products, including highly praised hybrid gasoline-electric 'eco-cars'.

Toyota plans new electric motor amid Asian trade uncertainties

Men arrested on suspicion of illegally exporting tyres

Men arrested on suspicion of illegally exporting tyres

Posted Wed, 26 Jan 2011 08:32:00 GMT by Rachel England

Environment Agency makes arrests in illegal tyre exportation network. The men - from Essex, Lincolnshire and Kent - were arrested following an eight month investigation by the Environment Agency, which gathered intelligence from a range of sources. It is alleged that the men were charging tyre fitters to recycle old tyres in the UK, before exporting them to Vietnam and Hong Kong in order to avoid recycling costs.

Men arrested on suspicion of illegally exporting tyres

Bioplastics holds key to future of our environmental packaging needs

Bioplastics holds key to future of our environmental packaging needs

Posted Fri, 21 Jan 2011 11:12:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

A new study predicts the demand for bioplastic packaging material around the world is likely to grow by 25% in the next 10 years. The more traditional technologies used for creating bioplastic packaging, which are based on polyester, cellulose and starch, are forecast to decline over the period to year 2020. One of the big changes is expected to be with the introduction non-biodegradable, bio-derived polyethylene.

Bioplastics holds key to future of our environmental packaging needs

New generation engine goes marine

New generation engine goes marine

Posted Thu, 20 Jan 2011 08:19:00 GMT by John Dean

GE Aviation says that the GE38 is the most technologically-advanced turboshaft engine in its class, and has been selected to power the Sikorsky(r) CH-53K helicopter which is in development for the U.S. Marine Corps. According to GE, the engine provides 57% more power, 18% better fuel consumption and has 63% few parts than its predecessor.

New generation engine goes marine

System improves US airline's flight performance

System improves US airline's flight performance

Posted Tue, 18 Jan 2011 15:29:02 GMT by John Dean

American company GE Aviation has announced that it has struck a deal with Southwest Airlines for use of a flight management system which reduces the environmental impact of aircraft. GE Aviation's system TrueCourse, which provides technology for Southwest Airlines' pilots at 11 airports, is standard on Boeing 737 aircraft and allows planes to meet Required Navigation Performance (RNP).

System improves US airline's flight performance

Plastic bag bans still face some opposition

Plastic bag bans still face some opposition

Posted Fri, 14 Jan 2011 07:02:00 GMT by Rachel England

Overview of plastic bag bans worldwide, to date. Despite criticism from Italian plastic trade groups, Italy was the first EU country to ban plastic bags (implemented at the beginning of this year), and now countries around the world are giving consideration to similar legislation.

Plastic bag bans still face some opposition

Coca-Cola's vending machines save the environment and the thirsty

Coca-Cola's vending machines save the environment and the thirsty

Posted Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:25:00 GMT by Rachel England

Coca-Cola's new moss-driven eco-friendly vending machines. Coca-Cola Japan Co. announced the launch of its new eco-friendly 'green roof' vending machines towards the end of 2010.

Coca-Cola's vending machines save the environment and the thirsty

Banning plastic bags Italian style!

Banning plastic bags Italian style!

Posted Wed, 05 Jan 2011 12:13:01 GMT by Paromita Pain

Italy celebrates New Year by banning single use plastic bags. Four years after it was originally proposed, Italy has enforced the ban thus becoming the first country in the European Union to ban plastic bags.

Banning plastic bags Italian style!

Old carpet provides a new source of oil

Old carpet provides a new source of oil

Posted Tue, 04 Jan 2011 16:05:30 GMT by Rachel England

Startup company, Modular Carpet Recycling (MCR), from Delaware, United States, says it has developed a process that can recycle nylon fibres from old carpet, which could save millions of barrels of oil in exports every year.

Old carpet provides a new source of oil

Work on Learjet 85 targets environmental performance

Work on Learjet 85 targets environmental performance

Posted Tue, 04 Jan 2011 13:40:37 GMT by John Dean

Bombardier Aerospace is pressing ahead with development work to improve the environmental performance of its Learjet 85 aircraft. The Canadian company has been working on composite wings that make a plane lighter and, therefore, more fuel efficient.

Work on Learjet 85 targets environmental performance

Unsanitary conditions harming India's growth says World Bank report

Unsanitary conditions harming India's growth says World Bank report

Posted Mon, 03 Jan 2011 10:01:23 GMT by Paromita Pain

A World Bank study released on December 31 has rated that poor sanitation pulls India's GDP down by 6.4% and has said that the economic loss thanks to a the lack of toilets and sanitation facilities in the country can be quantified at $54 billion. This has a severe impact on the country's economy and natural resources.

Unsanitary conditions harming India's growth says World Bank report

US electric vehicle firm looks to China

US electric vehicle firm looks to China

Posted Wed, 15 Dec 2010 14:51:00 GMT by John Dean

Fisker, the California manufacturer of electric vehicles with extended range, says it has partnered with the China Grand Automotive Group (CGA), the car trader based in China. The deal would allow Fisker to have its vehicles distributed, marketed and serviced in China; CGA has a network of more than 200 retail stores with a strong emphasis on the luxury vehicle market.

US electric vehicle firm looks to China

Order placed for 'green' aero engine

Order placed for 'green' aero engine

Posted Wed, 15 Dec 2010 14:00:00 GMT by John Dean

Airline Deutsche Lufthansa has placed a $300 million order with a US-European manufacturer for an aero engine that reduces carbon emissions. The German airline has chosen the CFM56-5B to power 21 Airbus A320 and two Airbus A321 aircraft, attracted by improvements in the engine's operating performances.

Order placed for 'green' aero engine

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Sustaining us to the Summit!

Posted Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Sustainability: adapt or die summit.

Posted Sun, 13 Mar 2016 12:55:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Sustainability in Central Asia

Posted Wed, 02 Mar 2016 13:10:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Sustainable cotton: a need for investment

Posted Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Pig farming improves its image (worldwide)

Posted Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:21:14 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Latest solar advances very attractive for businesses.

Posted Fri, 07 Nov 2014 22:11:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Transformers, but with your house!

Posted Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:34:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Cotton growers need help

Posted Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:58:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Future Transport: roads, rail, air and sea problems

Posted Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:34:00 GMT by JW Dowey

A fly in your ear!

Posted Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:32:00 GMT by JW Dowey

US airport signs solar power deal

Posted Wed, 08 Dec 2010 15:10:09 GMT by John Dean

Italian airline Alitalia signs green deal with US firm

Posted Thu, 10 Feb 2011 14:22:12 GMT by John Dean

Aircraft engine wash system reduces carbon dioxide emissions

Posted Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:40:00 GMT by John Dean

Sustainability Project Launched for Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent & Stella McCartney Lines

Posted Wed, 30 Mar 2011 03:05:02 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

Massey Mines Cited by Feds for Violations

Posted Tue, 29 Mar 2011 06:01:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

Clothing companies concerned about water risk

Posted Sat, 05 Nov 2011 18:30:00 GMT by Michael Clark

Metal recycling needs boosting says UNEP report

Posted Thu, 26 May 2011 12:30:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Challenge to electric car industry

Posted Thu, 31 Mar 2011 18:33:00 GMT by John Dean

WattStation could open consumer charge to electric vehicles

Posted Wed, 08 Jun 2011 16:09:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Is the green revolution stalling?

Posted Wed, 11 May 2011 15:34:01 GMT by Laura Brown