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24 fewer days of winter ice
February 4, 2014 09:09 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
The winter ice season is now 24 days shorter than it was in 1950 as Arctic lakes are freezing up later in the year and thawing earlier, according to a new study. The University of Waterloo research, sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA), also reveals that climate change has dramatically affected the thickness of lake ice at the coldest point in the season. In 2011, Arctic lake ice was up to 38 centimeters thinner than it was in 1950.
February 3, 2014 12:38 PM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
In a world which faces increasing pressure to reduce carbon emissions, the construction industry must confront demand to adopt modern methods of building which causes less damage to the environment. As a result, there are increasing numbers of alternative materials and methods available, a selection of which are included in this post. While these methods are by no means the only ones available within the industry, the selected materials and methods include: -Metallic paint -Chemical containment -Spray-on insulation -Concrete alternatives -Green roofs Each method boasts the more efficient properties in terms of reducing environmental damage, with the least change to standard methods.
Record year for offshore wind energy hides slowdown in new projects
January 29, 2014 11:14 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
A record number of offshore wind turbines were connected to the grid in Europe last year — and nearly 50% of the projects were installed in UK waters, according to a new report released today. However, the pipeline of new wind energy projects is running worryingly low, according to the new industry briefing.
Scientists transform old plastic shopping bags into vehicle fuel
January 28, 2014 08:21 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
Researchers have discovered a method to re-use discarded shopping bags by transforming them into a fuel that can power car engines. Scientists in India say they have developed a relatively low-temperature process to convert certain kinds of plastic waste into liquid fuel as a way to re-use discarded plastic bags and other products. Many pundits describe the present time as the "plastic age" for good reason and as such we generate a lot plastic waste. Among that waste is the common polymer, low-density polyethylene (LDPE), which is used to make many types of container, medical and laboratory equipment, computer components and carrier bags.
Sin Fosfatos Para Todos
January 28, 2014 07:44 AM - Click Green Staff, ClickGreen
Procter & Gamble ha anunciado la eliminación de fosfatos de todos sus detergentes de ropa en todo el mundo, en un plazo de dos años.
"Phosphate free for all" from P & G
January 27, 2014 09:26 AM - Click Green Staff, ClickGreen
Consumer product giant Procter & Gamble has announced that it will eliminate phosphates from all of its laundry detergents worldwide within the next two years. The change applies to brands including Tide, Ariel, Ace and Bonux, and will maximize the conservation of precious resources and reduce the threat of water pollution.
Natural sugar batteries could be running world's gadgets within 3 years
January 21, 2014 10:33 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
Scientists have developed a high-energy battery that runs on sugar and could be powering the world's gadgets within just three years. Researchers believe the new cheaper, refillable and biodegradable battery could soon replace conventional batteries.
Scotland's tidal energy potential is greater than a nuclear power plant
January 20, 2014 09:09 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
Renewable tidal energy harnessed from a single stretch of water off the northern tip of Scotland could produce enough energy to power half of the nation, engineers say.
Record Winds Cause Energy Prices to Fall in Europe
January 8, 2014 08:58 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
Electricity prices across Europe dropped last month as mild temperatures, strong winds and stormy weather produced wind power records in Germany, France and the UK, according to data released by Platts. The Platts Continental Power Index (CONTI) fell 0.4% in December 2013 to €46.80 per Megawatt hour (/MWh) compared to the November 2013 rate of €47.00/MWh, when calmer winds and colder temperatures suppressed wind power and boosted electricity prices. Year-over-year the index was up 8.8%.
Scientists uncover hidden river of rubbish flowing through London
January 2, 2014 12:17 PM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
A team of scientists has discovered a hidden torrent of rubbish flowing through London after collecting thousands of pieces of plastic submerged along the river bed of the upper Thames Estuary. The sheer amount of plastic recovered shows there is an unseen stream of trash flowing through the capital which could be a serious threat to aquatic wildlife.