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One-in-five products not complying with energy saving claims
February 18, 2014 08:08 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
One in five energy-using products across Europe do not match their energy efficiency claims, according to the Energy Saving Trust. This follows findings from European Commission-funded research which revealed that up to 20 per cent are non-compliant with energy efficiency standards, such as energy labeling. According to estimates, this is leading to around ten per cent of the potential energy savings stated being lost by millions of products across Europe, including ovens, fridges, washing machines, dishwashers, televisions and computers.
Breakthrough reported in search for the "holy grail" of fusion energy
February 13, 2014 04:50 PM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
Scientists are reporting a world-first landmark discovery in the quest to unlock the secrets of triggering and harnessing the energy from fusion science. Ignition - the process of releasing fusion energy equal to or greater than the amount of energy used to confine the fuel - has long been considered the "holy grail" of inertial confinement fusion science.
Urban Bees Start Using Plastic Waste to Build Hives
February 12, 2014 08:05 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
Urban bees have started using bits of discarded plastic bags and plastic building materials to construct their nests, according to a new study of their behavior. It's an important discovery because it shows bees' resourcefulness and flexibility in adapting to a human-dominated world, says lead author Scott MacIvor of the University of Guelph. "Plastic waste pervades the global landscape," said MacIvor. "Although researchers have shown adverse impacts of the material on species and the ecosystem, few scientists have observed insects adapting to a plastic-rich environment."
Global temperatures now available on Google Earth
February 7, 2014 08:04 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
Climate researchers at the University of East Anglia have for the first time made the world's temperature records available on the Google Earth platform. The Climatic Research Unit Temperature Version 4 (CRUTEM4) land-surface air temperature dataset is one of the most widely used records of the climate system. The new Google Earth format allows users to scroll around the world, zoom in on 6,000 weather stations, and view monthly, seasonal and annual temperature data more easily than ever before.
"24 días Menos de Hielo Invernal"
February 4, 2014 11:11 AM - Click Green Staff, , ClickGreen
Un estudio de la Universidad de Waterloo, Canadá, indica que la temporada de hielo en invierno es 24 días más corta ahora que en 1950.
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.