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Tasmanian devil

Endangered species list

Friday, 10 October 2008

Many different animal species are threatened with extinction. But how do scientists decide which species are more at risk - a frog in America or a shark off the coast of Australia?


Emissions Impossible?

Friday, 3 October 2008

Emissions trading schemes (ETS) create a new (and artificial) economic market to put a price on carbon dioxide (CO2), one of the most important gases behind global warming.

Organic Labelling

Organic Labelling

Monday, 15 September 2008

Sometimes it's easy to spot exaggerated claims but then there are hundreds of credible-looking labels that, on closer examination, could just as easily have been issued by an unscrupulous manufacturer, as by a genuine environmental assessor.

Photovoltaic cells

Solar energy

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

In just one hour the sun beams down more energy than the world uses in a whole year. So how do we harness the rays to create renewable energy?

Greenhouse effect

Greenhouse effect

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Melting icecaps, stranded polar bears and sinking pacific islands – blame it on the greenhouse effect causing global warming. How does it work and what does it have to do with greenhouses?

Carbon neutral

Carbon offsets

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Ever since 2006 when it was labelled word of the year by the New Oxford American Dictionary, "carbon neutral" has been the word on everyone’s lips . But what does carbon neutral actually mean?

St Vinnies

St Vinnies

Friday, 11 July 2008

First, not all the familiar large clothing bins are associated with charities. Steve Gillespie, metropolitan retail manager for the St Vincent de Paul Society says that bins linked to a charity will be clearly labelled charity, as opposed to those marked commercial, in much smaller lettering.

School of fish

How to count the fish in the sea

Friday, 15 February 2008

There are two ways to estimate the number of fish in the sea: direct observations and indirect methods. Direct observation, as the name suggests, means scientists go out to sea and use special equipment to count the number of fish in each school.

Water Labelling

Friday, 9 November 2007

The Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) has, since July 2006, controlled how many stars we see on new washing machines, toilets, dishwashers, taps and showerheads.

Not tested on animals

Animals and product labelling

Friday, 9 November 2007

Of course, our consumption habits have an impact on many animals. The label 'not tested on animals' is most commonly found on cosmetics and household products but there are moves in the UK to extend this to pharmaceuticals.

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