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Ecomondo 2011

Ecomondo 2011

9-12 November 2011 Rimini Fiera – Italy 15th International Trade Fair of Material & Energy Recovery and Sustainable Devolopment. Flainox was there! Ecomondo is the biggest expo of green technologies and new lifestyles, a special forum where businesses in the environmental and sustainability sectors can meet institutional stakeholders, trade associations, local/central governments, NGOs...

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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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Emissions trading

Preparations for the transition to the single registry of the EU Emissions Trading System have reached their final stages. Software testing is in progress and trial runs of essential aspects of the migration to the Union registry have started. The Commission is working closely with the Member States and is committed to a smooth transition for registry account holders. More information and the...

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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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Using suppliers pouring toxic chemicals

Some of the world’s most famous clothing brands, including Nike, Adidas Puma, and H&M are using suppliers that pour toxic chemicals into China’s rivers, the environmental pressure group Greenpeace has claimed. In a year-long investigation, undercover activists collected water samples from discharge pipes at factories belonging to two of China’s largest textile manufacturers...

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Textile Exchange adds ‘Detox’ workshop

Barcelona – Textile Exchange has added an additional workshop session to this year’s Sustainable Textiles Conference, which takes place in Barcelona, Spain, immediately prior to the ITMA exhibition. Ecotextile News Source:...

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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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Italian Textile Machinery

Italian Textile Machinery

Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers warming for ITMA 2011 The world’s premiere textile machinery trade fair, to be held in Barcelona from the 22nd to 29th of September 2011, will include some 300 Italian exhibitors, making the Italian presence the most numerous among exhibiting countries in Spain. ITMA, the textile machinery industry’s most important global exhibition, is in fact just a...

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Blue Carbon Certification

Blue Carbon Certification

Flainox s.r.l. has completed the environmental certification on the emission of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases. The study commissioned to REXIZON was conducted in January 2011. It has been calculated the carbon foot print (total absolute emissions) of CO ₂ and GHG produced by the company in 2008, 2009 and 2010 according to ISO 14064-1 and 2 / 2006 and (PAS) 2050:2008. They were...

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Africa’s cotton and textile

Africa’s cotton and textile

The outlook is bright for Africa’s cotton, textile and apparel sector. The industry is undergoing a renaissance fueled by a global demand for cotton, diversification of sourcing and manufacturing locations around the world and an African middle class that is stimulating demand for African-made apparel. To capitalize on these trends, USAID East Africa’s Competitiveness and Trade Expansion...

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Increase Global Market Share

The outlook is bright for Africa’s cotton, textile and apparel sector. The industry is undergoing a renaissance fueled by a global demand for cotton, diversification of sourcing and manufacturing locations around the world and an African middle class that is stimulating demand for African-made apparel. To capitalize on these trends, USAID East Africa’s Competitiveness and Trade Expansion...

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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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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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Polartec and Repreve put bottles to use

Polartec, a leading manufacturer of technical, high-performance fabrics, is partnering with Unifi to introduce fabrics made with Repreve 100 — a recycled fiber made with 100% clear plastic water bottles. When you look at post-consumer waste, the numbers are staggering. More than 21 billion plastic bottles enter landfills every year. Happily, Polartec and Repreve 100 can now help consumers...

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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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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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