International business news in short

This week edie’s new international business news in brief includes a solar project in the Amazon rainforest, a technology for removing radioactive isotopes from wastewater, and the environmental benefits of working from home.

Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) has teamed up with the sustainable development organisation Amazon Association to bring solar power and broadband wireless internet access to the isolated Xixuaú-Xipariná Ecological Reserve in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. A new set of solar panels will also provide electricity for refrigerators for vaccines and snakebite anti-venom, a medical diagnostic device, new computers and lights at a new school.

Meanwhile, Nuclear Solutions Inc, an Idaho, US, -based company that disposes of nuclear waste without the need for transportation or storage, has announced that it has obtained the exclusive worldwide rights to a technology for the removal of radioactive isotopes from contaminated wastewater. The technology, referred to as GHR, was obtained from the Institute for Industrial Mathematics, of Beer-Sheva, Israel.

According to the US communications company, AT&T, working at home instead of the office – whether it’s once a month, once a week, or even more often – produces real benefits for companies, the community and the environment. AT&T’s own telework programme has meant that, since 1992, employees have avoided driving 10 million miles to their offices, saving 500,000 gallons of fuel, and keeping 4,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide out of Atlanta’s air.

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