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The built environment industry can influence the resilience, sustainability and quality of homes, buildings and elements of infrastructure and cities. Registration has opened for Futurebuild 2020 with a call to industry to act now if we are to successfully tackle the challenges facing us all. By joining the event from 03 to 05 March at ExCeL London, visitors will be able to unite with industry innovators to tackle climate change and become the catalyst for change that's so greatly needed.
Sustainable Building & Living
UK's largest housebuilder announces new science-based carbon reduction targets
The country's largest housebuilder, Barratt Developments, says it has become the first housebuilder to announce new science-based targets for reducing carbon emissions. It claims the targets are in line with efforts to limit global warming to 1.5oC, needed to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change.
- Fabriq Air Quality
- Tinytag Data Loggers Laboratory, Monitoring, Process & Analytical
British consumers swapping red meat for chicken and other poultry may be contributing unwittingly to the destruction of South American forests because of a total failure by high street brands to monitor where animal feed comes from, a new Greenpeace report warns.
A new 'how-to' guide on the benefits of becoming an insect farmer has been published by Zero Waste Scotland. The environment resources organisation claims you won't need acres of land, there'll be no need to brave the elements, and you can feed your flies or crickets on the vast mountain of food waste from supermarkets and other businesses – all of which means you'll be helping to combat the climate crisis and providing alternatives to livestock feeds of soya or wild fishmeal.
Water purification from crustacean shells and new fibres from apple cores – sustainable technology firm Pennotec is stopping what was once industrial food waste being sent to landfill.
Food waste reduction is key to saving money, improving food production efficiency, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, reducing packaging waste and protecting the environment. Dr Abdel Ezbiri from the technology company Cerulean discusses the waste that results from the temperature testing of fresh and chilled foods, and outline the success that some food processors have achieved in adopting non-destructive testing (NDT) technology.
Academics have patented a new concept that would see food production taken underground. The revolutionary ideas are being promoted by University of Nottingham academics Professor Saffa Riffat, Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and President of the World Society of Sustainable Technologies, and Professor Yijun Yuan, Marie Curie Research Fellow.
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew announces the recipient of this year's Kew International Medal is Mary Robinson, a world-leading advocate for environmental and human rights, and the first female President of Ireland. The Medal is awarded to individuals for distinguished, internationally-recognised work aligned with RBG Kew's mission.
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board is reminding farmers and growers to review their water usage and is advising of steps to build resilience into their long-term supply, as UK temperatures are confirmed as hitting record highs.
A new report from WRAP showing a significant upsurge in the amount of surplus food handled by UK charitable and commercial redistribution organisations has been published as eight charities and not-for-profit groups will receive grants from the Government's £500,000 Food Waste Reduction Fund, administered by WRAP, to provide resources needed to expand their work.
London's Borough Market is joining together with six of the world's best food markets to form the 'Magnificent Seven' (M7) alliance to have a stronger voice on the world stage - going global to promote the idea of staying local in terms of food production, sustainability and the supply chain.
UK soil is being destroyed at 10 times the rate it is being created, costing £1.2 billion annually in England and Wales - but only a fraction of the cost, £10 million pounds a year in England, is needed to ensure the agricultural sector is still productive at the end of the century, and this would reverse the declining health of our rivers, claim a coalition of interest groups.