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Media ‘balance’ and the climate change bias
The views of a minority of sceptics?
06 July 2010 11:22
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpics2010/IIED.pngEven as the climate change remains the ‘hottest’ topic of media interest, the fact that all the coverage has not been of any serious consequence in instilling any productive change has put the mass media under much criticism.
Watford launches its first ‘Green Gym’
The natural way to keep fit
06 July 2010 11:17
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpics2010/Green_gym_1.jpgThe Harlequin and Watford Borough Council have jointly co-funded with BTCV to launch the first ever Green Gym in Watford.
Level Four sustainable home makes the top six
Raising the bar with commercially viable building
06 July 2010 11:05
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpics2010/Didsbury.jpgEco home Laburnum was completed in Didsbury, Manchester at the beginning of this year, by small, privately owned Manchester based property company Shape Developments.
Ozone hole is healing
But more problems could be on the way!
06 July 2010 10:55
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpics2010/Ozone.jpgWhile the hole in the Earth's protective ozone layer is slowly healing, its recovery might have a downside, scientists say.
Britain is well behind in race against climate change
Study finds UK is not keeping up with European neighbours
06 July 2010 10:42
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpics2010/EDF.jpgA Europe-wide study has found the UK ranks just sixth amongst its continental neighbours in the race to become a truly sustainable nation.
Swindon is first to turn waste into energy
Advanced treatment plant will power thousands of homes
06 July 2010 10:37
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpics2010/Countryside.jpgForward thinking Swindon Borough Council will abandon using landfill to dispose of its non-recyclable waste in favour of an advanced thermal treatment plant which will provide enough electricity to power thousands of homes.
Water heater can save 30% on fuel bills
Continuous flow appliance is good for eco-homes
06 July 2010 10:28
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpics2010/Continuous_flow.jpgRinnai, maker of 12m gas appliances worldwide, says its 16i and 16e continuous flow water heaters that are good for new eco-dwellings. They claim to save as much as 30% on hot water bills for the consumer.
Turning the school yard into a classroom
Modern and environmentally sustainable agriculture
05 July 2010 15:55
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpics2010/Rawanda.jpgIn Rwanda, more than 85% of the population’s livelihood depends on small-scale agriculture, writes Danielle Nierenberg, co-project director of Nourishing the Planet.
Record growth in photovoltaic capacity
Momentum builds for concentrating solar power
05 July 2010 15:49
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpics2010/Solar_energy.jpgAccording to James Russell of Worldwatch Vital Signs an estimated 7,300 megawatts (MW) of new solar photovoltaic (PV) power capacity was installed in 2009—20% more than was added in 2008.
A litre a day helps keep drought at bay
Water company offers saving devices
05 July 2010 15:44
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpics2010/Veolia.jpgVeolia Water has invited its 3.2m customers to do their bit for the environment and save money into the bargain, by saving a litre of water a day. To make the task a little easier, the Herts-based company is offering a range of fr
Getting water to the crops
Treadle pump is affordable technology in Lusaka
05 July 2010 15:38
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpics2010/Treddle_pump.jpgIn 1999, when he purchased his first treadle pump, Robert Mwanza, a farmer in Lusaka, Zambia, was struggling to make ends meet and without reliable access to water.
Electric car myths dispelled
An attractive low carbon alternative
05 July 2010 15:32
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpics2010/Mitsubishi-i-miev.jpgCABLED is the largest participant in the Technology Strategy Board’s £25 million Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator trial and the data – analysed by Aston University – within this report was collected during the first quarter of a ye
Entrepreneurs reaping the green pastures
There’s money to be made from global warming
05 July 2010 14:30
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpics2010/Ecotricity.jpg" width="66" height="66"There is money to be made on the green roads, prove entrepreneurs who topped the green rich list compiled by the Sunday Times.
Global warming and the world’s religions
Spiritual responsibility comes before sectoral differences
02 June 2010 16:54
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/Pilgrimage_to_Mecca.jpgAs within the scientific community, global warming and climate change remains a debated issue amongst the sects of various religions. But, despite all the differences the major religions invariably see it as a spiritual responsibi
New superferries are eco-friendly vessels
Hull design adds to fuel efficiency
02 June 2010 16:37
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/Stena_Hollandica_1.jpgThe two largest Superferries in the world will sail the North Sea between Harwich and Hook of Holland this year, following their launch by Stena Line this spring and autumn.
Peepoo disposable bag nourishes the land
2.6bn people on earth have poor sanitation
02 June 2010 16:24
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/Danielle.jpgIt’s hard to believe, writes Danielle Nierenberg Nourishing the Planet co-project director, but an estimated 2.6bn people in the developing world - nearly a third of the global population - still lack access to basic sanitation se
Low vehicle emissions fuel London changes
Carmaker welcomes Mayor’s Congestion Charge
02 June 2010 16:04
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/Boris.jpgAs the instigator of the Emission Equality Congestion Charge campaign, Volvo Car UK has welcomed the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson's, decision to launch a consultation on the existing Congestion Charge exemption for hybrid and al
New website encourages sustainable journeys
Overland travel information maintained by the public
01 June 2010 08:32
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/Grounded_Travel.jpg" width="66" height="66"Grounded Travel, a website dedicated to overland, flightless travel information has been re-launched. The site contains detailed information, regularly updated by the Grounded Travel community, on overland routes and journeys thro
Britain’s householders throw millions of pounds out the window!
Heat loss through windows is single biggest energy waster
01 June 2010 08:25
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/Britons_throw_1.pngBritish households are spending nearly £500 pounds extra on energy costs per year because their windows are not energy efficient.
Global fish production continues to rise
Aquaculture provides nearly half of the catch
01 June 2010 08:19
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/Fish_production.jpgTotal global fish production, including wild capture and aquaculture, rose to approximately 159m tons in 2008, the most recent year with data, writes Stephanie Pappas of Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs. This is a 1.27% increase
Lake District in danger of being all washed up!
Build up of phosphates causing unsightly blooms
01 June 2010 08:10
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/Nuture_Lakeland_1.jpgThe bewitching beauty of the Lake District makes the area a magical place to live and visit, but did you know this outstanding area is being damaged by the washing products we choose to use? Phosphates not only help to clean our c
Public sector can even if you can’t!
Out of home recycling takes on a perspective
01 June 2010 08:03
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/Office_recycling.jpgEvery Can Counts has been working with the Welsh Assembly Government and Envirowise, the Government-funded programme dedicated to putting the sustainable use of resources at the heart of UK business practice, to implement drinks c
Are you harbouring Britain’s oldest gas boiler?
If you are npower says you could win a brand new one!
01 June 2010 07:57
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/npower_hometeam.jpgEnergy supplier, npower hometeam is on a nationwide hunt to find Britain's oldest gas boiler.
Best way forward for efficient improvements
Get a survey to help reduce home energy costs
01 June 2010 07:47
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/Chiltern_PSC_1.jpgAs a nation of homeowners we’ve been pretty good at installing new kitchens and bathrooms but when it comes to actual home maintenance we’ve been notoriously bad!...
Stormwater drainage is crucial to extreme rainfall
Flood management technology is brought into focus by new Bill
01 June 2010 07:37
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/Flooding_1.jpgAlthough at the present time some parts of the UK are bereft of rain in any reasonable quantities there have been years when too much has spelt disaster for some areas in terms of severe flooding.
Key scientist non-believers of global warming
Facts and data are being dismissed
21 May 2010 08:53
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/Dr_Antonio_Zichichi.jpgDr Antonio Zichichi
More allotments on private land
Proposals embrace brownfield sites
21 May 2010 08:41
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/Allotments.jpgThe New Local Government Network (NLGN) proposals to build more allotments on private land will be of huge benefit to the environment according to Ratedpeople.com, the UK’s largest matchmaking service for home improvers and recomm
Reducing waste water contamination
Conservation is a solution in Africa
21 May 2010 08:21
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/Accra.jpgIn Accra, Ghana, most homes do not have indoor plumbing or sewage systems, writes Danielle Nierenberg of Woldwatch Institute.
Neighbourhood growing initiatives
Is your street top of the crops?
21 May 2010 08:08
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/Twickenham_2.jpgPlantforLife has launched a new Neighbourhood Crop Swap initiative targeting the 67% of the nation which would like to do more gardening but don’t know where to begin. The new initiative aims to get streets in Britain growing, and
Bathroom manufacturers on a water-saving wave
Product labelling scheme supports Water Saving Week
21 May 2010 07:57
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/Water_Saving_Week_Logo.jpgWater is one of the most undervalued natural commodities in the country. The Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) is leading an initiative to raise awareness of those water efficient bathroom products which are the very best i
Seeing the planet as others see us!
Climate change and the changing face of Gaia
21 May 2010 07:46
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/James_Lovelock.jpgDr James Lovelock
The ‘noughties’ was the warmest period on record?
Data substantiated by paleoclimatic records, tree rings and ice cores
11 May 2010 10:28
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/WMOLogo.gif160 years of instrumental records show the ‘noughties’ (2000-2009) to be the warmest period ever in recorded history.
Save your pennies and stay in the UK
There’s a lot on offer in our green and pleasant land
11 May 2010 10:15
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/Wastwater.jpgVisitEngland is the official tourist board for England, its mission is to grow the value of tourism throughout the English regions, throughout the year.
Technology, not imagination, is shaping tomorrow’s world
‘Visual synthesis’ shows vision of future society!
11 May 2010 09:50
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/Arup 1.jpgLeading lights from the academic, industrial and economic worlds contributed to a unique ‘Vision of the Future’ exercise hosted by Arup at the UK’s largest environmental technology event, SustainabilityLive!
Environmentally-friendly satellite dish
Camouflage helps it blend into background
11 May 2010 09:18
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/sqishoflage.jpgA discreet alternative to a satellite dish is the Sqish. Its compatible with Sky & Freesat HD and Multiroom installations.
Natural gas could ease the path to a low-carbon future
Reducing coal dependence over the next ten years
11 May 2010 09:12
http://www.4ecotips.com/eco/smallpic2010/Natural gas.jpgGrowing estimates of natural gas resources suggest that supplies of this least carbon-intensive fossil fuel may be as abundant as coal, while containing only half as much carbon, according to a new paper released today by the Worl
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