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Countries Carbon Footprint

Countries Carbon Footprint

Poorer countries overtake rich world’s consumption carbon footprint The financial crisis of 2009 saw the developing world’s carbon emissions from consumption shoot past the developed world’s years earlier than expected, new research shows The carbon footprint from consumption in the developing world has overtaken that of the developed world, according to research published on...

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Capturing CO2 Too Costly?

Capturing CO2 Too Costly?

Capturing CO2 Too Costly to Combat Climate Change? Since a buildup of humanmade carbon dioxide is causing the planet to warm, why not just suck this greenhouse gas straight out of the atmosphere? That’s one strategy scientists have proposed to combat climate change. But a new analysis suggests that the approach may be neither economical nor practical. Before widespread industrial activity...

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Unprecedented Arctic ozone loss in 2011

Chemical ozone destruction occurs over both polar regions in local winter–spring. In the Antarctic, essentially complete removal of lower-stratospheric ozone currently results in an ozone hole every year, whereas in the Arctic, ozone loss is highly variable and has until now been much more limited. Here we demonstrate that chemical ozone destruction over the Arctic in early 2011 was – for...

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Italian manufacturers and sustainability

Italian manufacturers and sustainability

Italy is having a massive presence at the ITMA 2011 trade show, with 320 companies from the textile machinery sector exhibiting in Spain. The overall exhibition space occupied by Italian machinery manufacturers exceeds 20,000 sq m, roughly one third of the total available surface area. “The massive presence of Italian companies here in Barcelona bears witness to the vitality of our sector...

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Leader Flainox will be at ITMA

Founded in 1968, Flainox has been operating in the dyeing/finishing plant and machinery construction sector. Flainox will be presents at ITMA, Barcelona from Sept. 22 to 29, 2011 – Hall 4 stand H 4 B-132. NRG: Rotary machine at three compartments for dyeing and high speed centrifuging of garments, socks, hosiery and seamless. Since January 2010 “NRG” has been obtained the certification...

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If Life in the Ocean Perishes…

If Life in the Ocean Perishes…

Recently, I’ve become obsessed with our planet’s five mass extinctions, those rare events when three-quarters of the planet’s species vanish in a geological heartbeat. The one that comes most readily to mind is the most recent, the Cretaceous, which ended 65 million years ago and took out the dinosaurs. But there were four before that–the Ordovician, Devonian, Permian, and Triassic–that...

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Earth losing its climate change defenses

Like your body, the planet can heal itself a little bit. Some places, like forests and oceans, are carbon sinks — they absorb carbon from the atmosphere, slowing down the rate at which everything goes to hell. But climate change is no papercut, and as it gets worse, it’s actually breaking the planet’s immune system. Two new studies in Nature argue that two types of carbon sinks —...

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Threats to Oceans and Reefs

Threats to Oceans and Reefs

A new report on the state of the world’s oceans is gaining considerable attention this week. The report by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature warns that combined threats to oceans are creating conditions where there is “a high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human...

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EUR 500 million loan for Climate Change

China: EUR 500 million loan for Climate Change mitigation projects The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a EUR 500 million loan to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for projects supporting climate change mitigation. The Climate Change Framework Loan II (CCFLII) was signed by Mrs. Magdalena Álvarez Arza, Vice-President of the EIB and by Vice-Minister of Finance Li Yong, in Beijing...

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Carbon market pilots

Carbon market pilots

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will sign agreements with two regions of Mexico and Brazil on Tuesday to incorporate pilot projects that safeguard tropical forests into the U.S. state’s carbon market, the state’s Secretary for Environmental Protection said. “Our announcement tomorrow will be an agreement between those three governors — Schwarzenegger, the...

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Maldives Stock Exchange

Maldives Stock Exchange

The Maldives has today announced another milestone on its high profile journey towards becoming a low carbon economy, declaring that it is now home to the world’s first “carbon neutral” stock exchange. The Maldives Stock Exchange (MSE) announced that it had teamed up with UK-based CarbonNeutral Company to measure and offset its carbon emissions. The company said that it had...

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Carbon Footprint

Carbon Footprint

Known as ‘the elephant in the room‘ the textile industry has a heavy impact on the environment. As current practices are unsustainable, companies, environmentalists, and consumers are looking at strategies for reducing the textile carbon footprint. According to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, industrial manufacturing accounted for 18.5 percent of carbon dioxide...

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Code for sustainable business

Major EU retailers, including Tesco, Ikea, C&A, Marks and Spencer and Carrefour, have signed up to a voluntary code of conduct seeking to reduce their environmental footprint on issues ranging from energy use to sustainable sourcing of raw materials. With the launch yesterday (24th June) of the ‘code for environmentally sustainable business‘, leading retailers have committed to a set...

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Fossil Fuel CO2 and Volcanic CO2

Fossil Fuel CO2 and Volcanic CO2

We have all seen lots of pictures of the Eyjafjallajokull eruption now, with steam and ash billowing up in the air. The eruption started one month ago, and as the Guardian reports, The eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano is unlikely to have any significant impact on climate but has caused a small fall in carbon emissions, experts say. The Guardian editors seem to have forgotten that the...

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The Sustainability Learning Curve

A recent American Apparel Producers Network (AAPN) meeting in Miami Beach drew strong attendance and even stronger interaction. Why? Well, this group has never had a problem getting people talking, but with sustainability in the apparel supply chain as the main topic, they weren’t just talking. There was a real effort among fiber producers, spinners, knitters, weavers, dyers,...

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Henri Lloyd eyes global eco network

Marine apparel brand Henri-Lloyd has unveiled a new company environmental policy which it hopes to extend to cover its entire global network of suppliers and...

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Water and Climate Change

Water and Climate Change

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6 billion Others Climate voices

A film based on “an alarm call” by those who are undergoing the consequences caused by the climate change. Climate’s specialists are involved in this collaboration. We filmed 600 new interviews in 17 countries. A movie supported by The French Ministry of Ecology and ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency), and also supported by the UNITED NATIONS (UNEP, WMO, IPCC, ISDR and...

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Year of Natural Fibres

Year of Natural Fibres

Since the 1960s, the use of synthetic fibers has increased dramatically,  causing the natural fiber industry to lose much of its market share. In December 2006, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2009 the International Year of Natural Fibres (IYNF); a year-long initiative focused on raising global awareness about natural fibers with specific focus on increasing market demand to help...

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California establishes new eco-textile certifier

California’s crackdown on harmful materials in textiles and other consumer products has been boosted with the creation of a new institute, backed by Cradle to Cradle certification, to help manufacturers develop greener...

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