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Making the most of rooftop real estate

A Japanese city has started using its land in the most efficient way possible by maximising rooftop productivity. Ashikaga city is promoting a scheme to lease the roof-tops of public facilities for the installation of solar panels so private energy … Continue reading

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Earths tipping point? Shift change!

According to a number of respected biologists the earth is rapidly approaching a critical threshold that will lead to a new and highly uncertain future. It is well established that global biological systems undergo rapid wholesale shifts and these shifts … Continue reading

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Water grabs

Land grabbing is a well-known problem. According to the World Bank, about ten million hectares were acquired from governments or local authorities between 2004 and 2009 in five African countries alone. At the genesis of this are a number of … Continue reading

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New soil-free farms reduce land and water pressure

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The Waseda University in Japan has developed an alternative technology which allows farmers to grow crops without soil. Not only does this offer the potential to reduce land use pressure (by negating the need for nutrient-rich soil), it also offers … Continue reading

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Mutant biofuel offers more power

Much of today’s biofuel is generated using cellulose; a membrane complex that surrounds plant cell walls. Enzymes target the cellulose and convert it into sugars which can then be used for fuel production. However, as cellulose has a very stable, … Continue reading

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