Mitigating bio-energy-food nexus pressures
Jan27

Mitigating bio-energy-food nexus pressures

Countries around the world are beginning to transition away from fossil fuel-based economies towards bio-economies that use biological sources, materials and processes to achieve sustainable economic, social and environmental development. One of the main activities in a bio-economy is the production of bio-energy, which is energy produced from organic matter or biomass. The most common form of bio-energy is bio-fuels (combustible...

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Melbourne’s urban forest of the future
Jan21

Melbourne’s urban forest of the future

The City of Melbourne’s urban forests are facing multiple challenges to their survival from climate change, population growth and urban heating. Over the next 20 years the city will experience a changing climate with higher average temperatures and more frequent and intense droughts and storm events. Already the city’s urban forest is under stress from droughts and long periods of water restrictions triggering irreversible decline:...

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Demand management reducing energy-water nexus pressures
Jan13

Demand management reducing energy-water nexus pressures

Nearly half of all water withdrawn in the U.S. is used to cool thermoelectric power plants, ensuring they operate safely and efficiently: On average a kilowatt-hour of electricity requires 25 gallons of water to be withdrawn from rivers and lakes. However, changes in precipitation, increased risk of drought, reduced snowpack and changes in the timing of snowmelt will impact the availability of water for electricity production. Reduced...

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The Nordic Eco-label successful 25 years on
Jan06

The Nordic Eco-label successful 25 years on

The Nordic Eco-label is over 27 years old, making it one of the world’s oldest eco-labels. Shaped like a swan the Nordic Ecolabel is found on products throughout the Nordic region: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The purpose of the label is to help customers choose the right products from an environmental point of view. Life-cycle-based labeling The labeling process is thorough with each product or service’s life-cycle...

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