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By using a greenhouse gas as the basis for a new material, Mango Materials wants to create a new model of garment production that cleans up the atmosphere as it makes us new clothes.

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Its a start lets hope other airlines follow suit.

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In a global first for the airline industry, and a defining moment for the sustainability of the planet, Portuguese carrier Hi Fly took to the skies with the first ever jet-age passenger flight with not a single-use plastic item on board.

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Skopje: Macedonians took a day off work on Friday to plant seven million trees as part of a project started in 2008 to revive fire-ravaged forests in the landlocked Balkan country.

“The main goal of the ‘Plant together for all of us’ initiative is to protect the environment and increase ecological awareness among citizens, especially to bring together children and parents to plant the trees together,” said organiser, opera singer Boris Trajanov.

About seven million nursery plants — mostly cypresses and pine trees — were planted at around 80 sites throughout the country, he said.

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Steel giant POSCO and Samsung Electronics ranked 30th and 73rd, respectively, on the latest Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list. Canadian magazine “Corporate Knights” announced the results at the Davos Forum in Switzerland on Thursday.

POSCO was the only steel maker in the world to appear in the top 100. Samsung Electronics ranked 91st in 2010, when it debuted on the list, and 93rd last year, but has now moved higher up the list.

The No. 1 spot went to Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, while in Asia, Toyota Motor ranked highest at No. 21, and Hitachi Chemical came in at No. 28.

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Scientists at the University of Birmingham have secured £3 million to study the effects of nanoparticles on the environment for research that could have a positive impact on our environment.

The project will focus on silver nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes that are used in a wide range of consumer products such as clothing, cosmetics and tennis racquets.

They are pollutants of current concern, as they may contaminate the natural environment and water treatment systems. Their environmental pathways – the way they are transported to the sewerage treatment system, into soil, surface waters and sediments  -will be investigated, as will their toxicity and absorption into a range of organisms such as bacteria, algae, invertebrates and fish.

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Lovely article here about Community owned farm written by Elizabeth Winkler on the blog Ecohustler.

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With the cooperation of politicians and grassroots organizations, Bolivia is set to pass the Law of Mother Earth which will grant nature the same rights and protections as humans. The piece of legislation, called la Ley de Derechos de la Madre Tierra, is intended to encourage a radical shift in conservation attitudes and actions, to enforce new control measures on industry, and to reduce environmental destruction.

The law redefines natural resources as blessings and confers the same rights to nature as to human beings, including: the right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered. Perhaps the most controversial point is the right “to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities”.

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When you think about how much sense it makes to build structures out of bamboo – especially in places where the flexible, rapidly renewable plant thrives – we wonder why it isn’t used more often. In fact, as surprising as it is, this school in Camarines Sur is the first in the Philippines made almost fully of the flexible material. The innovative building was designed by architect Eleena Jamil of Malaysia and was the winning entry in the Millennium Schools competition organized by Illac Diaz’s MyShelter Foundation.

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(NEW YORK) — Ahh, smell that New York City air. No, seriously, go ahead.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday said the city’s air quality has hit its highest levels in 50 years, a development officials say has led to fewer deaths and hospitalizations.

“New York has the cleanest air now of any major American city,” Bloomberg said at a news conference as part of a week of climate-related events.

Bloomberg said the level of sulfur dioxide in the air has gone down by 69 percent since 2008. The level of soot pollution has gone down by 23 percent since 2007. The data comes from the city’s Community Air Survey, which measured street level air pollution at 150 locations from 2008 to 2010 and at 100 sites from 2010 to 2013.

Officials estimate the decrease in pollution has annually prevented 800 deaths and 2,000 emergency room visits and hospitalizations in the city of 8 million people. Sulfur dioxide exacerbates asthma, and soot pollution impacts on heart disease and lung disease.

Aside from smoking bans, “this better air quality prevents more deaths than any other change that’s happened in New York City in the last decade,” said Dr. Thomas Farley, the city’s health commissioner.

Officials said the drops in pollution came from a combination of factors, including buildings burning lower-pollution heating oils or switching over to cleaner burning natural gas. Bloomberg said more of the city’s pollution came from buildings and their fuel use, as opposed to vehicular pollution.

New York’s pollution levels coming down “is extremely critical for public health,” said Judith Zelikoff, professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine at New York University School of Medicine.

“We know that air pollution can have many adverse health outcomes,” she said, not only leading to chronic illness and death but reducing the overall quality of life for people who become limited in their time outside because of the impact on their breathing.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said, during the last three years of his presidency, he would dedicate himself to efforts to preserve the country’s forests.

“For my part, I will continue my work and dedicate myself during the last three years as president to the achievement of things that will preserve and sustain the environment and forests of Indonesia,” the head of state said in his speech before participants of Forests Indonesia Conference here on Tuesday.

He emphasized the importance of conserving the forests and reducing emissions from land use, land use changes and forest exploitation which account for up to 85 percent of Indonesia’s entire greenhouse gas emissions.

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NUSA PENIDA, Indonesia — Indonesia on Sunday declared the coral-rich waters around Bali — a popular scuba diving spot which is home to the giant Mola-Mola ocean sunfish — a protected zone.

The 20,000-hectare (49,500 acre) area around Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan islands will be protected from destructive fishing, waste dumping and coral mining, project leader Marthen Welly told AFP.

“Destructive fishing is carried out by fishermen using cyanide and explosives,” Welly of the conservation group The Nature Conservancy (TNC) said.

“Many ships also throw anchors on the coral reefs and hotels and households dump wastes causing water pollution. Now they on line casino can”t do these anymore,” he said.

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·  The programme, running from July to December 2013, functions as an integrated platform for convenient recycling of home appliances and electronic waste, with the South East District as its launch pad

·  Panasonic collaborated with young local artist, KC Gan, to turn e-waste into art

·  Panasonic will donate 5,000 energy-efficient light bulbs to less privileged families in Marine Parade and Mountbatten

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