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Can the world afford salvation by technology?

9 Sep 19 - A common belief is that we can save modern civilisation if we shift to new technologies. But “technology” is not a magic wand.

Engineers taking up the climate mantle

23 Aug 19 - In the wake of entire countries and professional bodies such as the Institute of Architects declaring a climate emergency, engineers are considering the same move.

CUTTING EDGE: Meet the mean, green (electric) mower

28 Sep 17 - Carbon South director BRUCE SCOTT featured in yesterday’s Carbon News calling for carbon credits to be issued for projects that cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions. He’s got other ideas, too, about ways to cut emissions, including mowing public parks with electric mowers.

Tesla begins production of solar roof tiles

6 Sep 17 - Tesla has launched large-scale production of its glass solar roof tiles at its Buffalo plant.

Time to start thinking about our digital carbon footprint

22 Aug 17 - The media plays a big part in generating awareness over environmental issues. but what is often missing from the discussion is the environmental costs of producing media in the first place.

Buying green doesn’t necessarily make you green

22 Feb 17 - Company bosses need to walk-the-walk when it comes to greening their business with technology, with new research finding that just buying green IT, doesn’t make you green.

The trouble with concrete ...

24 Jun 16 - By itself, concrete is a very durable construction material. The magnificent Pantheon in Rome, the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome, is in excellent condition after nearly 1900 years.


Spy keeps an eye on our air

17 Jun 16 - Environmental monitoring website Land, Air, Water Aotearoa is expanding to show air quality information as well as data about water quality.

Where's my solar-powered phone?

27 May 16 - There are solar-powered streetlights and parking meters, but no smart phones yet. Scientific American investigates why.

CONFIRMED: Over 90% of climate scientists are believers

19 Apr 16 - When the University of Queensland published a paper in 2013 finding 97 per cent scientific consensus on human-caused global warming, what was surpising was how surprised everyone was.

Airport recycles waste from aircraft

24 Mar 16 - More than half the waste coming off aeroplanes at Auckland airport is now being recycled.

New map will help you navigate the ETS world

7 Mar 16 - The long and sometimes rocky road to the development of an emissions trading market has been mapped.

New sea-level tool will help you make up your mind

4 Mar 16 - Waikato Regional Council has launched am online tool showing the likely impact of sea-level rise and bigger storms on the region’s coastal areas.

Power of alcohol might be the answer

21 Sep 15 - Powering your laptop computer or cell phone with alcohol might not be so far-fetched, as a number of organisations are already actively developing methanol-powered fuel cells for electronic devices,...

The green-tech future is a flawed vision of sustainability

31 Aug 15 - What does your vision of a sustainable future look like? Some people imagine a scenario whereby technology solves the world’s most pressing environmental problems.

Barriers, canals and fake islands ... how we can save cities from rising sea levels

Tidal barriers on the Thames, London.

20 Jul 15 - Extreme storms and rising sea levels will threaten the existence of coastal cities worldwide, unless preventative action is undertaken.

How people and planet benefit from green buildings

The headquarters of the US Green Building Council in Washington.

20 Jul 15 - Research worldwide shows that environmentally-friendly buildings are much better for the health of the people who live and work in them, as well as for the Earth.

Solar tiles aim to replace panels

20 Jul 15 - Monier has launched a new roof tile that doubles as a solar panel.

In search of a circular office

29 Jun 15 - Wanted: a company to be the world’s first official circular-economy-model office.


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