The British Medical Association Has Chosen To Divest From Fossil Fuels

Originally published on Cleantechnica By Nicholas Brown. The British Medical Association (BMA), the trade union and professional association of British doctors has decided to end their investment in fossil fuels. One of the reasons stated was the irony of medical organizations investing in the fossil fuel industry which damages public health, and the medical industry’s…

San Diego Airport Receives The First LEED Platinum Certification

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. NORESCO’s Sustainability Services group guided a Green Build terminal expansion at SDIA (San Diego International Airport), earning it a LEED (Leadership In Energy And Environmental Design) Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC®), which is the highest LEED certification there is. That means that relatively…

How Ventilation Works To Keep You Cool

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. There is a common concern about ventilation bringing warm air into rooms. While this is true, it still helps to keep you cool by blowing out the even warmer air inside your home, and by helping to reduce humidity which makes you feel warmer. In many…

President Obama Speaks About Climate Change At UC-Irvine Graduation

Originally published on Cleantechnica By Nicholas Brown. President Barack Obama recently attended a commencement ceremony for the University of California, Irvine at the Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California. With the students, he mentioned the cold, hard reality that there are many politicians that deny climate change’s existence altogether. This compromises climate change mitigation efforts (which is most…

Ford Saves Enough Water For 1 Billion Showers

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. As water scarcity is reported around the world, some large organizations have tried to reduce their environmental footprint by conserving water. In some regions wasting water means someone else will have to do without. To address this growing problem and save some money to boot, Ford Motor…

Is The Pacific Hurricane Season Starting Already?

The Pacific Hurricane Season is supposed to start on May 15. However, a tropical disturbance has already been detected 240 miles southwest of Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Could this signal a hurricane rebound? Last year, there were no major hurricanes. This could be the earliest formation in the eastern Pacific basin since 1949. This tropical disturbance may not…

GE Unveils Ecomagination R&D Centre In Masdar City

General Electric (GE) has revealed its Ecomagination research and development centre in the Incubator Building of Masdar City. It was inaugurated by His Excellency Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE minister of state and CEO of Masdar. The Incubator Building is for housing small startup companies, small-and-medium-sized enterprises, and regional offices for multinational companies. Apart from GE,…

A Greener Insulation Has Been Developed Using Wood

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research has developed a non-toxic insulation using wood, which is renewable, instead of petrochemicals. They claimed that it insulates as well as traditional polymer-based foams.   “Our wood foam can be used in exactly the same way as conventional plastic spray foams, but is an entirely natural product made from sustainable…

A New Superabsorbing Design May Reduce The Cost Of Thin-Film Solar

Originally published on Cleantechnica. By James Ayre. Thin-film solar cells may soon possess the ability to absorb a notably larger portion of the light that strikes them, thanks to the recent development of a “superabsorbing” design by researchers at North Carolina State University. As well as improving the light absorption efficiency of thin-film solar cells,…