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Filtered by tag: Forestry

THERE'S A NEW FOREST IN TOWN

Published on: 3 January 2019 1 Comment

Printed bio solar cells are greening the city

Dateline: 3 January 2028

We've had vertical gardens and basement farms for some time now, in our cities, but now landscaping has taken on a whole new dimension. With 3D printers and bio-engineered shrubs and trees, terraced gardens and leafy lanes can be laid out by the robots, straight from the architect's designs. What's more, genetically altered algae are used to construct bio solar cells that form part of the leaf structure, harvesting solar power from panels that look and act like, well, leaves - nature's very own ...

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE DESERTS GONE?

Published on: 23 March 2017 1 Comment

Climate change is making the world greener

Dateline: 11 August 2028

Climate change is a reality that we've all come to accept, even though the debate surrounding the root cause of climate change rages on. Whether it's warming caused by carbon emissions, natural release of methane gasses, dimming caused by polluting aerosols, or just the cosmic cycle of the solar system, the fact is the climate has changed. The change has been quite dramatic in some regions, while barely noticeable in others; but the climate continues to change, despite the best efforts of activists ...

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CHINA BUYS ALL OF INGUSHETIA FROM RUSSIA FOR FARMING

Published on: 17 October 2013

China's drive to acquire more farmland has resulted in their boldest deal yet

Dateline: 10 October 2017

Faced with ever increasing demand for more 'meat and potatoes' food stocks, China has been aggressively acquiring arable land in Africa, Argentina and the Ukraine. Now Russia has sold the entire Republic of Ingushetia to China for an undisclosed sum. China has made substantial agricultural investments elsewhere, buying up 250,000 hectares to grow soya bean and corn in Argentina, soya bean plantations in Brazil, and purchasing 3 million hectares of farmland in Ukraine for wheat and pigs. Ingushetia ...

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TAKE A DEEP BREATH, YOU'LL SOON BE PAYING FOR AIR

Published on: 30 May 2013 5 Comments

European agency for air quality seeks to introduce oxygen tax

Dateline: 28 April 2023

The EU Climate Control Agency (CCA), known colloquially as the 'carbon police', has introduced proposals to tax the very air we breathe. Two decades of lower than expected global warming has been a brief respite, but carbon concentrations have continued to rise alarmingly. "It's clear that carbon taxes and emissions trading have not worked," says Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade. "The time has come for real action, touching every human in Europe, so that every breath we take is meaningful." It ...

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WELCOME TO EARTH 2.0

Published on: 15 October 2009 5 Comments

Geo-engineering creates a new environment for a smart planet

Dateline: 21 September 2027

Our planet couldn't cope with all the demands our modern civilization placed on it. So we built a new one. Welcome to Earth 2.0. A new planet for a new, sustainable future. Facing the 21st century's greatest threat, we have risen to the challenge, and made our world more habitable for generations to come. But not by destroying natural structures and building artificial surroundings. The very opposite is true. Smart meets green in the New Earth philosophy. Richard Branson started it all with his ...

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VISIT THE SAHARA NOW - WHILE IT'S STILL THERE

Published on: 19 July 2007 5 Comments

Hydroscopic fungus turns deserts into bushland and forests

Dateline: 14 March 2017

The simple application of a fungal cocktail to arid soils in Southern Africa has enabled small shrubs and trees to take root where no plants have grown for over 50 years. The fungi live in a symbiotic relationship with plant roots and attract the necessary nutrients and moisture towards the roots. As the detritus from these scrubby plants decays and adds to the organic content of the surrounding ground, it further fertilizes the soil, enabling the growth of larger shrubs and trees, which in turn ...

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GREENBUCKS FOR GREEN TECH

Published on: 20 July 2006 17 Comments

Sweden leads the race to go green as consumers shun 'dirty' products

Dateline: 8 June 2012

Carbon credits are dead - long live greenbucks! It finally dawned on eco-conscious consumers in the West that their old habit of outsourcing polluting production processes to the East was backfiring on their ideals. At the same time the EU dropped the unworkable carbon tax - carbon credit scheme in favor of direct support for green industries. The shift has caught some manufacturers by surprise - those that were blithely working on the old 'lowest cost rules' paradigm. Now countries that have long ...

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WATCH YOUR HOME BUILD ITSELF

Published on: 17 June 2004 1 Comment

Housing shortage set to be eradicated by 'treehouses'

Dateline: 14 June 2019

Using new technology developed by DuPont scientists you can now grow your own home in three weeks. The starter pack comes complete with a DNA blueprint for the house design, and is activated by modest amounts of electricity and plenty of water. The fully grown 'treehouse' has solid walls, transparent windows, as well as plumbing and electrical wiring made from cellulose. Essentially organic in nature, the treehouse is self-maintaining, so don't worry about that roof leak after a storm, it will fix ...

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IS THIS A FOREST OR A FACTORY?

Published on: 4 December 2003

Anglo's Mondi Ventures launches new BioPharming strategy to turn forests & fields into biological factories

Dateline: 2 August 2008

Anglo American, the tenth largest company on the FTSE100, announced a major medical breakthrough and a new strategy at its investors' briefing in London yesterday. A new cure for malaria was first on the agenda, as the Anglo Research Division confirmed its organic plant derivative had proved successful in clinical trials. The Anglo subsidiary Mondi Ventures becomes one of the first major resource conglo-merates to diversify into BioPharming, turning some of its land previously reserved for forests ...

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