Day: 11 October 2002
Letter from the Editor: inspirational design
Companies can be at one with the natural world and at the same time increase their profits, says a truly inspiring architect who not only preaches the zero waste philosophy, but also makes it happen. Many of the world’s largest corporations have already saved millions of dollars through his designs.
Scientists explore uncharted Chinese lakes for new biotechnology
UK scientists will be among the first European researchers to explore remote areas of China in the quest to find new forms of microbial life. The team hopes to develop new biocatalysts from the enzymes of microbes living in harsh environments unencountered in the Western world.
High levels of carbon dioxide cut nutritional value of crops
Although higher levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide have been heralded as a boon for higher crop yields, the news may not be all good, as higher yields are accompanied by lower nutritional value, research has revealed. The same study has also found that higher carbon dioxide levels could change the composition of wild plant communities.
Swapping ideas on clean fuels – but the technology must be harmonised
A forum to promote sustainable urban transport has been launched by the European Commission. Cities will use the CIVITAS forum to exchange ideas and experiences on clean vehicles, alternative fuels and policy measures. Meanwhile, a working group on hydrogen and fuel cells will steer the market’s shift to cleaner technology.
‘Triple bottom line’ and ‘sustainable development’ obsolete
Forget the triple bottom line and sustainable development – they merely make companies less bad. It’s the ‘triple top line’ that companies should be striving for, especially as it’s more profitable, says a leading US architect. Car manufacturer Ford, for instance, is US$35 million richer because of its triple top line design of one of its facilities.
News Release: CBI announces a feasibility study to streamline EHS reporting and supply chain evaluation processes
The CBI working in partnership with White Young Green Environmental (incorporating 14000 & One Solutions) has secured funding to assess the feasibility of streamlining a number of processes.
News Release: Casella Cel launch new range of personal air sampling pumps
The Apex, a news series of personal air sampling pumps, has been launched by Casella Cel for use by occupational and industrial hygienists, health, safety and environmental monitoring consultants and other professionals seeking to monitor personal and background environments for compliance legislation.
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