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Geoffrey Gooch: culturally correct sustainable initiatives
Geoffrey Gooch: culturally correct sustainable initiatives
We are used to the idea of vulnerable environments and species. We are also familiar with cultural vulnerability. For example when traditional peoples meet seductive modern ways of life.
Turning tyres into gas for energy and new, valuable materials
Turning tyres into gas for energy and new, valuable materials
Europe's tyre waste production is 3 million tonnes per year. Currently 65% to 70% of used tyres end up in landfills. Not only are they causing environmental damage, but a loss of added value in the form of new products that recycling can generate .
A balancing act for carbon stock preservation
A balancing act for carbon stock preservation
Forests and land ecosystems are the earth’s carbon reservoirs. They are key to limit the impact of greenhouse gases, as they fix those gases down.
Chemicals pollutants threaten health in the Arctic
Chemicals pollutants threaten health in the Arctic
People living in Arctic areas can be more sensitive to pollutants due to their genetics , says researcher Arja Rautio at the Centre for Arctic Medicine in the University of Oulu , Finland.
Ari Asmi: Air pollution, another factor in global warming
Ari Asmi: Air pollution, another factor in global warming
Ari Asmi talks to youris.com about the link between aerosols and global warming. His expertise stems from his previous role as coordinator in an EU funded project called EUCAARI .
Cleaning oil spills with paper mill sludge
Cleaning oil spills with paper mill sludge
Eco-innovation is at its best when the waste of one industry becomes the raw material of another. This is precisely what the EU funded research project CAPS, is attempting to do with waste sludge from the paper industry .
Keeping soil pollution under watch
Keeping soil pollution under watch
Large amounts of industrial contaminants, such as mineral oil, chlorinated hydrocarbons and heavy metals, are hidden in the soil and ground water across Europe.
Bacteria to spot pollution
Bacteria to spot pollution
Natural sensory system such as bacteria engineered to detect pollution and placed in a self-contained portable box could be the most effective way to track pollutants .
Gasping for oxygen
Gasping for oxygen
In 2010, nearly two tons of fish was found dead due to lack of oxygen on the coastal line of the Romanian Black Sea.  Oxygen depletion , or hypoxia , occurring in the water is thought to be responsible.
Mitigating our carbon footprint
Mitigating our carbon footprint
Scientists keep producing increasingly complex modelling tools to evaluate urgently needed mitigating strategies of our carbon footprint .  However, it is policy makers who have to decide on measures to curb our CO2 emissions.
Realising the scale of chronic disease
Realising the scale of chronic disease
Medical experts pointed to non-infectious diseases—diabetes, cancer and heart disease— as a ticking time bomb at a recent meeting of health experts at the European Health Forum in Gastein, Austria.
Mopping up oil spills
Mopping up oil spills
Eco-symbiosis is en vogue. Indeed, this approach consists in using waste from one industry as raw material for another. It appears like an ideal solution for one of the most challenging type of pollution: oil spills .
Art gets its digital passport
Art gets its digital passport
Imagine that a hundred years ago it was possible to take the ‘digital fingerprint’ of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and store it in an international database.
Rust never sleeps: fighting corrosion with high-tech sensors
Rust never sleeps: fighting corrosion with high-tech sensors
Temperature and humidity—two factors that influence corrosion— are routinely monitored in museums to protect the artifacts from the ravages of time.
Juggling with air pollutant data
Juggling with air pollutant data
New air pollutant emission targets have just been introduced in the EU. Chance of meeting these new targets has recently been tremendously improved by considerable progress on how emissions from different sources are measured and estimated.
Prof. Jordy Sunyer "The role of environmental pollutants in our daily life is something completely new"
Prof. Jordy Sunyer "The role of environmental pollutants in our daily life is something completely new"
From 13th to 16th September 13 to 16 Barcelona hosted the 2011 ISEE (International Society for Environmental Epidemiology) congress.
Petrol Stations Pollute Their Immediate Surroundings
Researchers from the University of Murcia (UM) have studied the effects of contamination at petrol stations that is potentially harmful to health, which can be noted in buildings less than 100 metres from the service stations.
How are we reducing greenhouse gas emissions from urban mobility?
How are we reducing greenhouse gas emissions from urban mobility?
Within a project called Ticket to Kyoto five European public transport companies try to drastically reduce their CO2 emissions. These companies are Dutch RET, British GMPTE, German moBiel, French RATP and Belgian STIB.
Small, Green and Safe
Small, Green and Safe
CyberCar, who's going to drive? It travels at around 30 km/h. No driver. No fuel. You might call it a ‘CyberCar’ - an automated vehicle, guided by three computers installed in the chassis.
Managing 'Kyoto Forests'
Managing 'Kyoto Forests'
In the attempt to reduce pollution, the representatives of the most industrialised countries in Europe have agreed upon the Kyoto Protocol, which establishes quotas on gas release and supports the plantation as well as the preservation of forests.
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