Green building is fine, but sustainable building is better. That's the consensus of some who saw how poorly many buildings fared in recent natural disasters. "The new green is about protection from the dangers around us -- and ahead of us," writes Chris Sullivan. "The underlying message offers freedom from the blunders of big utilities, government agencies and corporate builders, whose time horiz ... read more >>
The World Bank warned Sunday that if climate change isn't stopped or slowed down, the global economy will suffer greatly.
The report, titled "Turn Down the Heat," envisions a world that is warmer by an average of 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit). According to Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, the report is meant to "shock [the world] into action."
"A 4 degree Celsius worl ... read more >>
Much ado has been made about the loss of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean by the Gang Green, those global warming hysterics who want us to fundamentally reorganize human civilization based on a statistically marginal temperature rise planetwide in the 20th century. But the Antarctic proved a tougher nut to crack, as Antarctica is a continent surrounded by sea and that continent has been gaining ice. W ... read more >>
The UK's biggest water company has blamed the unpaid bills of customers hit by the recession for the company's fall in half-year profits. Thames Water said debts were expected to reach £70m by the end of the year. ... read more >>
One World Trade Center in New York City will include a range of sustainable features to help minimize the building's environmental impact. Low VOC paint, a wind farm over an observation deck, and glass that lets in daylight but keeps out heat will all be used. There's also a system to collect and reuse rainwater for cooling and irrigation ... read more >>
An underground network of pipes lies around the area where Turkish state energy company TPAO was drilling, leading to villagers’ fears that chemicals from the drilling process or construction may have leached into their watersupply.
Two dignitaries from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) visited the area several days ago and took water samples for testing at a laboratory in Turkey ... read more >>
Scientists think they have identified one key reason why ground-level ozone remains stubbornly high in Europe.
They say it is the unfortunate but unintended consequence of what have otherwise been very successful efforts to improve air quality.
It turns out the filters put on vehicle exhausts to remove fine particulate material have also unbalanced the chemistry behind ozone formation.
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World GDP, oil consumption, and energy consumption tend to move in tandem (Slide 2). While the figures shown above are for the world, the same situation tends to exist for smaller groupings as well. Countries with rapid economic growth tend to use a growing amount of energy, especially oil. This is logical, because making goods and services tends to use energy. For example, growing food and trans ... read more >>
A new survey of the likely effects of climate change on India's water resources released today identifies huge challenges to maintaining adequate supplies in the coming decades. The report titled "Water and Climate Change:an integrated approach to adaptation of challenges", is based on research carried out as part of the "Climawater project", funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs th ... read more >>
Today, 85 percent Turkmen and four percent Russians live in this republic, of which 80 percent are covered by the Karakum (Black Sand) Desert. It is bordered by Afghanistan in the southeast, Iran in the south, the Caspian Sea in the west, Kazakhstan in the north and Uzbekistan in the northeast. ... read more >>