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Food Footsteps from a Rooftop Greenhouse

Written by , on April 17, 2013

Green walls and roof gardens have become extremely fashionable. One New York supermarket is taking the idea two steps further. Rather than just plant any greenery on the roof, Whole Foods is partnering with Gotham Greens to construct an 1,860 square metre greenhouse on its roof. As well as the usual benefits of a green […]  Read more »

Study: Livestock Could Account for Half Greenhouse Gas

Written by , on October 22, 2009

It is generally argued that livestock are the cause of about 18% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. The figure comes from a 2006 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation report titled “Livestock’s Long Shadow”. A new study by Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, published in Worldwatch magazine, argues that this greatly understimates the impact of […]  Read more »

Scotland Sets High Target

Written by , on June 26, 2009

The Scottish parliament has committed to a binding goal to cut greenhouse gases by 42 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels. In April, Britain formally adopted a legally-binding target of reducing greenhouse gases by 34 percent. Scotland, whicch has some local autonomy has gone further – surpassing the German target of 40 percent, which was […]  Read more »

Cement Industry Agrees to Cut Greenhouse Gases

Written by , on May 25, 2009

The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), whose 18 members produce about 30 percent of the world’s cement, has unveiled its vision of a "sectoral approach" to tackling carbon dioxide. The cement industry contributes about 5 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions and is expected to double its capacity by 2030 because of the rapid urbanization in […]  Read more »

Saving the World from Cows

Written by , on January 29, 2008

Japanese researchers believe that they have found a way to neutralise the methane in the belches of the world’s 1.5 billion cows which is thought to account for five per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. Cows produce astonishing quantities of methane gas as the bacteria in their stomachs breaks down plant fibres. Their near-constant cud-chewing […]  Read more »