Posted by Rod Janssen

“Climate change is not the only reason to ditch fossil fuels”

“Climate change is not the only reason to ditch fossil fuels”

Three academics –  Noel Healy, Associate Professor of Geography at Salem State University; Jennie C. Stephens, Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy, Director, School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs, Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University; and Stephanie Malin, Associate Professor of Sociology, at Colorado State University – discuss in an article on The Conversation … Continue reading

European Commission starts legal steps against several EU member states for failing to comply with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

European Commission starts legal steps against several EU member states for failing to comply with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

At a time when we have to pull out all the stops to achieve our long-term low-carbon energy and climate objectives, it is discouraging to see that the European Commission is having to take legal steps against some of the EU’s member states in order to ensure that the Energy Performance of Buildings directive is … Continue reading

Innovative new approach to wave power

Innovative new approach to wave power

Zamira Rahim writes on The Independent website about a new wave power device that could power 100 homes, according to researchers at the University of Edinburgh.   Wave power device could reduce energy bills, scientists say New technology which uses ocean waves to generate electricity could help power thousands of homes and businesses for a … Continue reading

Novel wind and solar energy-harvesting flags

Novel wind and solar energy-harvesting flags

The University of Manchester has announced on the eurekalert website about newly developed energy harvesting flags that are capable of powering remote sensors and small-scale portable electronics which can be used for environmental sensing such as to monitor pollution, sound levels and heat for example. The aim of the study is to allow cheap and … Continue reading

New waste-plastic enhanced bitumen is also cheaper, stronger, longer lasting and more flexible than standard bitumen to resurface roads and fill potholes

New waste-plastic enhanced bitumen is also cheaper, stronger, longer lasting and more flexible than standard bitumen to resurface roads and fill potholes

We have a waste plastic problem but EiD was not expecting to see it used for resurfacing roads.  Tom Bawden writes on The i newsletter about latest developments.   Why plastic roads could be the future Carrier bags, bottles and nappies will be used to resurface roads and fill potholes across Cumbria – leading a … Continue reading

Seeking sustainable urban living

Seeking sustainable urban living

Geert Groot Koerkamp provides a good article on the Deutsche Welle website about the rapid construction underway in Moscow to accommodate the burgeoning population, putting a strain on the environment and rural communities. As we are urbanising globally, it is important to step back and look at the impacts.   High-rise mania overshadows Moscow’s suburban … Continue reading