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The Health of the Planet

The Health of the Planet

As one of the longest running measures of trends in the state of global biodiversity, the Living Planet Index (LPI) calls attention to the importance of protecting biodiversity and livelihoods across the globe. The LPI is a lens through which we can examine the health of the planet’s ecosystems and the overall state of global biodiversity. Biodiversity continues to show a downward trend,...

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Using CO2 to Make Fuel

Using CO2 to Make Fuel

Using CO2 to Make Fuel: A Long Shot for Green Energy What if the ever-increasing amounts of carbon dioxide that are heating up the atmosphere could be used to produce an abundant supply of liquid fuels? The U.S. government and private labs are pursuing that Holy Grail of renewable energy — but for now the cost of large-scale production is prohibitive. A novel experiment is taking place in the...

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Clothing the body electric

Clothing the body electric

Over the years, the telephone has gone mobile, from the house to the car to the pocket. The University of South Carolina’s Xiaodong Li envisions even further integration of the cell phone – and just about every electronic gadget, for that matter – into our lives. He sees a future where electronics are part of our wardrobe. “We wear fabric every day,” said Li, a professor of...

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ITMA 2015

ITMA 2015

MILAN – The ITMA textile and garment machinery exhibition will put the spotlight on innovations that promote sustainability for its 17th presentation in Milan, Italy, in 2015. A trendsetting showcase of exciting innovations since 1951, the theme chosen for the 2015 edition is ‘Master the Art of Sustainable Innovation’. Mr Stephen R Combes, President of CEMATEX, which owns the show, said:...

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Customized ergonomic glove

Customized ergonomic glove

Hohenstein scientists to create customized ergonomic glove Gloves are an essential element of protective clothing in many different work areas. So that in the future gloves have a perfect fit and also provide the highest possible level of safety at work, scientists from the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim are currently creating a database with actual hand measurements. Using state-of-the-art...

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Cities Go Climate Positive

With the worlds population on the rise and more people moving to cities, President Clinton describes a bold new project that will set the global standard for communities striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to below zero.

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Climate Program

Climate Program

The Climate Positive Development Program (CPDP) was created to meet the pressing dual challenges of rapid urbanization and climate change. CPDP aims to create a model for large-scale urban communities that reduce greenhouse gasses and serve as urban laboratories for cities seeking to grow in ways that are environmentally sustainable and economically viable. CPDP is an initiative of the C40 Cities...

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Time history of atmospheric CO2

Time history of atmospheric carbon dioxide from 800,000 years before present until January, 2009.

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Clean Water in Africa

Clean Water in Africa

Smart hand pumps promise cleaner water in Africa Rural communities across Africa may soon benefit from improved water supplies thanks to mobile phone technology. UK researchers have developed data transmitters that fit inside hand pumps and send text messages if the devices break down. The “smart” hand pumps will be trialled shortly in 70 villages in Kenya. Details of the new approach...

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Options for Low-Carbon

Options for Low-Carbon

Changes in climate during this century will have broad impacts on human activities and ecosystems. The likely consequences are of such magnitude that the simultaneous need to adapt to the new climate conditions and to reduce the carbon footprint to prevent further damage will likely become one of the main driving forces for the global community. Specifically, a rise of 2o C over the preindustrial...

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Carbon dioxide levels

Carbon dioxide levels

NOAA: Carbon dioxide levels reach milestone at Arctic sites NOAA cooperative measurements in remote, northern sites hit greenhouse gas milestone in April The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of Barrow, Alaska, reached 400 parts per million (ppm) this spring, according to NOAA measurements, the first time a monthly average measurement for the greenhouse gas attained the 400 ppm...

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Biomedical textiles effects

Biomedical textiles effects

Biomedical textiles with therapeutic effects: development of berberine containing chitosan microcapsules Biomedical textile is one of the potential aspects that many researchers are concentrating on. Applying the biomedical agents into textile materials is suggested to provide the therapeutic effects to heal the human aliments and promote the well-beings. The use of polymeric microcapsules to...

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Energy Revolution 2012

Energy Revolution 2012

Energy [R]evolution 2012 provides a consistent fundamental pathway for how to protect our climate: getting the world from where we are now to where we need to be by phasing out fossil fuels and cutting CO2 emissions while ensuring energy security. The Energy [R]evolution Scenario has became a well known and well respected energy analysis since it was first published for Europe in 2005. This is...

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INSU-SHELL awarded

INSU-SHELL awarded

Six phases of development of textile reinforced façade elements were needed jointly by German ITA Institute of Textile Technology of RWTH Aachen-University, IMB Institute of Concrete Structures (member of the faculty Civil Engineering; there are around 70 emplyees, thereof 18 research engineers, 17 industrial collaborators, 11 trainees and 25 student researchers) of the same university and by...

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CO2 and Global Warming

CO2 and Global Warming

SCIENTISTS DEVELOP WAY TO ENFORCE FUTURE GREENHOUSE GAS TREATY May 14, 2012 – If the world’s nations ever sign a treaty to limit emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide gas, there may be a way to help verify compliance: a new method developed by scientists from the University of Utah and Harvard. Using measurements from only three carbon-dioxide (CO2) monitoring stations in the Salt Lake...

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ITMA Asia 2012

ITMA Asia 2012

Flainox s.r.l. Dyeing and finishing machinery at ITMA Asia 2012 | 12-16 June 2012, Shanghai, China We are very glad to invite You in our booth at ITMA Asia 2012, where we will show you our rotary dye-extractor for garments, socks, seamless and hosiery “NRG”.

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Electricity from Viruses

Electricity from Viruses

Berkeley Lab Scientists Generate Electricity From Viruses New approach is a promising first step toward the development of tiny devices that harvest electrical energy from everyday tasks Imagine charging your phone as you walk, thanks to a paper-thin generator embedded in the sole of your shoe. This futuristic scenario is now a little closer to reality. Scientists from the U.S. Department of...

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Virus-based energy

Virus-based energy

Piezoelectric materials can convert mechanical energy into electrical energy and piezoelectric devices made of a variety of inorganic materials and organic polymers have been demonstrated. However, synthesizing such materials often requires toxic starting compounds, harsh conditions and/or complex procedures. Previously, it was shown that hierarchically organized natural materials such as...

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Save Trees: use laser!

Save Trees: use laser!

Laser un-printers that can remove toner from scrap paper so that it can be used again may be coming to an office near you in the future, results from a new Cambridge study show. “What we need to do now is find someone to build a prototype. Thanks to low-energy laser scanners and laser-jet printers, the feasibility for reusing paper in the office is there.” —Dr Julian Allwood Dr...

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Future Earth

Future Earth

Future Earth: New global platform for sustainability research presented at Planet Under Pressure The new 10-year initiative unifying and scaling up existing ICSU-sponsored global environmental change activities, will deliver solution oriented research in partnership with society. An alliance of international partners from global science, research funding and UN bodies, announced a bold new...

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