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Snow Luxury - winter glamping.

on Monday, 01 December 2014. Posted in News

An igloo with a view in the Alps at 1400m. 

Read more care of the Mail Online (opens in a new tab/window).

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Big Green Living

on Thursday, 27 November 2014. Posted in News

A massive green urban development planned for Cairo next year comprising 4.8 million square feet of offices, apartments and shopping using all the latest energy saving building ideas.

At a cost of £3.9 billion a standard two bed apartment of 700ft2 will cost nearly £570,000 to build so they won't be cheap!

Visit the MailOnline for more information (opens in new tab).

 

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Human Equivalent of a Snail - take your house with you!

on Monday, 18 August 2014. Posted in News

What a great idea, a portable house you can tow with your bicycle - and it's for sale here:

Micro Gypsy Bicycle Caravan for Sale

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Electric Bikes made simple - the Copenhagen Wheel?

on Saturday, 02 August 2014. Posted in News

Apparently 32 million electric bikes were sold in China in 2013!

Buy one of these and help do the same in Europe!

The Copenhagen Wheel (a link to an article by CITYLAB online)

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Waste House

on Thursday, 10 July 2014. Posted in News

An interesting way to use your waste.

Daily Mail On-Line - House Made of Waste

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Cycle Safety - some facts and figures.

on Friday, 22 November 2013. Posted in News

Here are a couple of interesting sources which clearly demonstrate that increased cycle usage will result in a safer environment for riders.

Some facts and figures click on the Safety Subtitle (courtesy European Cyclists' Federation)

Safety in Numbers (courtesy CTC)

 

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Baking Soda - the answer to Global Warming?

on Monday, 04 November 2013. Posted in News

As the UK prepares for a new age of Nuclear Power we must remember other technologies with the potential of reducing carbon emissions including Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

The UK has promised to cut its greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050 and hopes to make electricity generation carbon-free by 2030 (currently electricity comprises about 13% of the total UK energy requirement).  This is a tall order, especially when you bear in mind that the UK's emissions rose in 2012 despite all the green initiatives.

Nuclear power does offer "clean" energy (provided we don't suffer a Fukushima Up) but even if the government's proposed station building programme goes ahead in full it will only supply a small proportion of the total UK energy needs.

With the potential of Shale Gas and the proven technology surrounding coal and gas power stations it is vital that these forms of energy production are given a smaller carbon footprint.  One solution is CCS, expensive at the moment and has significant drawbacks, particularly the storage of CO2, but things might be changing!  Here is a link to a very interesting article that might just be the solution we are all looking for:

Can Baking Soda save the environment? (opens in a new browser window)

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ROK Expresso Kit - back in stock!

on Monday, 04 November 2013. Posted in News

The beautifuly crafted ROK Expresso Kit is back in stock.  Find it under Nice & Eco in our Buy-Online page.

 

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Fracking - what is it exactly?

on Monday, 30 September 2013. Posted in News

Fracking is in the news all the time at the moment but what exactly is it? It's associated with recovering shale gas which could make a real difference to UK PLC but is it a gift-horse or will it damage the environment?

Personally, I believe we need to explore this energy option with vigour, not a free-for-all but a serious study with plenty of working wells on which to draw conclusions as soon as possible.  As a nation we can't keep avoiding making decisions, there is widespread objection to Nuclear Power, Coal is under-utilised and oil and gas are running out.  Wind, wave and hydro-electrics will never be able to deliver all our needs.  

Here are some useful links which explain the process of Fracking and give some opinions on the merits (or dangers) of shale gas recovery.

What is fracking and why is it controversial? (thanks to the BBC website).

What is fracking? (a video from National Geographic about well in North Dakota).

The dangers of fracking.  (an anti-fracking website, you will need to scroll down the screen).

Fracking's risks and benefits. (a more balanced view from the BBC again).

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Is this Paradise in Leeds?

on Thursday, 26 September 2013. Posted in News

Click the link below to read more about the Lilac (Low Impact Living Affordable Accommodation) development in Leeds.  The first of its kind in the UK!

Lilac Grove, Bramley, Leeds

 

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Urban Farming

on Wednesday, 25 September 2013. Posted in News

An really interesting video interview with Jeanne Nolan of Edible Gardens, Lincoln Park, Chicago.

All about a joint venture with the Green City Market attracting over 25,000 visitors a year with the aim of showing the residents of Chicago where their food comes from.

Click here for the link to 

Things Growing In The City ...

 

 

 

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