February 2018 was the wettest February on record, 2017 saw the wettest day on record in parts of New Zealand and also the wettest year on record in the Milford Sound. Now, two years later, Auckland is calling its residents to save water – in the middle of winter where we supposedly should have plenty…
Formula 1 technology is being adapted to deliver efficiency improvements in refrigeration. Wirth Research has used its expertise gained in F1 aerodynamics to develop the Ecoblade. The twin bladed system can be fitted to the front of supermarket shelves to guide cold air more efficiently. The system is being fitted across 353 Waitrose stores in…
While I stand in Sea World, watching the pelicans with their broken or missing wings caused by boat hits and the like, I get sidetracked by the jetski show as the smell and white clouds of fuel gets into my nose. I suddenly notice the noise of the idling helicopter in the background that is waiting to take off again to take the next load of tourists for a spin. It’s running continuously and never stops during opening times.
I recall the talk of the dolphin trainers about the environmental awareness that the park is trying to teach its visitors and that all depends on our choices that we are doing on a daily basis. This starts to sound very shallow when looking at all the energy and the fuel burnt on a daily basis in this park. I would love to see some action to the words and the environmental awareness.
The KiwiBuild idea, Fletchers and the capacity issue, yet alone any sustainability.
As part of the process of writing my latest board report for carboNZero, I researched latest development at government level regarding climate change action in New Zealand. I had some high hopes into the government after all those years of national at the reigns and no action in that regard whatsoever.
Lloyd Alter has written a nice article about the Stadthaus (another German name), a nine storey timber building in London, made from Austrian CLT.
The article also has a few nice picture how the interior looks like in rough state and in finished state plus a nine week time lapse – quite impressive. It should also be noted that this article was actually written in 2010 after the building was constructed in 2008 – 8 years ago and nothing much of such construction has really arrived in New Zealand yet.
Most portable or mobile devices need power and that is provided by batteries in some form – either rechargeable or non-rechargeable, built-in or replaceable.
All of those batteries have their advantages and disadvantages, some last longer than others, some are cheaper in the long-run, some need more attention than others i.e. charging or replacing.
Whatever the battery, it will need to be replaced at some stage
With a growing number of lakes and rivers unsafe for swimming eco-warrior Dr Mike Joy is determined to get people to think about cleaning up our waterways. The Massey University freshwater ecologist has spent many years trying to raise public awareness of the state of our water environments. Now the senior lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Science has become the first recipient of an award recognising the role of “critic and conscience” in society.
Recently, the IBN (the Institute for Building Biology and Sustainability) built a new building to host themselves. There’s lots of interesting things on their website, too many to translate and post about. I just stumbled across this short but sweet one on acoustic office screens, so decided to pass it on and translate it. In…
Emmanuel Macron has signalled readiness to push French leadership on climate even more aggressively to protect the agreement that bears the name of the French capital. He appointed the celebrity environmentalist Nicolas Hulot as his number three.