Adaptation Ideas

Copenhagen Unveils First Climate-change Adapted Neighborhood

Jan 26th, 2015 | By
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Come hell or high water, the residents of St. Kjeld, a Copenhagen neighborhood, will be ready. Actually, skip the hell part. But when the next megastorm hits the Danish capital, St. Kjeld’s residents will be safe and dry. That’s because as of December, they live in the world’s first climate-change-adapted neighborhood. “St. Kjeld’s transformation shows

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Smart Cities: What India Needs to Learn From Berlin

Jan 7th, 2015 | By
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As its population surges, India proposes to build a hundred “smart cities”, where all sections of society get access to basic amenities and can aspire to a better life. The promise would need to be grounded in reality. The challenging process will have to be both equitable and environmentally sustainable. The planet, as the latest

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Cities Could be the Secret to Fighting Climate Change

Dec 11th, 2014 | By
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The world’s population could reach almost 10 billion by 2050. Most people will live in cities. To accommodate an additional 3 billion people, we’ll need to build the equivalent of one new city, that can support one million people, every five days between now and 2050. Currently cities consume 78% of the world’s energy and

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12 Ways Communities Will Have to Adapt to Handle Climate Change

Oct 30th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Climate change is making both droughts and flood more frequent and severe. Whether your area is suffering from too much water or too little, here are things you can do to adapt. Drought In the face of relentless droughts such as the historic one underway in California, we all want to help conserve.

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Energy Efficient, Climate Friendly Refrigerants for Hot and Humid India: Moving into the Future

Oct 10th, 2014 | By




At the recently concluded bilateral India-US summit, Prime Minister Modi of India and US President Obama agreed to take a significant step to tackle the dangers of climate change. The two leaders agreed to address phasing down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – global warming gases with environmental impact thousands of times greater than carbon dioxide –

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How to Reduce Global Warming for Fun and Profit

Oct 8th, 2014 | By
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National Geographic: It’s easy to get depressed about climate change. We’ve made so little progress in reducing carbon-dioxide emissions that our previous goal – to limit the rise in global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius – is almost laughable. (See: “UN Climate Report Questions Global Willpower”) But what if companies could make money from carbon

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Political Will is Only Barrier to 100% Renewables

Sep 21st, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: A new handbook shows how forward-looking communities around the world are already moving away from reliance on fossil fuels and generating their own power with 100% renewables − while also becoming more prosperous and creating jobs. The report, How to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy, is being released today, ahead of the UN Climate

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Tackling Climate Change and Promoting Development: A “Win-Win”

Sep 17th, 2014 | By
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A widespread perception exists that developing countries must make a choice between tackling climate change and fighting poverty. This assumption is incorrect, according to the authors of a new report on green growth. The New Climate Economy (NCE) report was launched on Tuesday at the United Nations by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, which

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Climate Adaptation: The Concrete Example of Floating Homes

Sep 10th, 2014 | By




Efforts to adapt to climate change provide business opportunity and therefore opportunity for lawyers. That apolitical message has been a recurring theme of these columns. Just recently, the press has reported on two examples of floating home projects motivated, at least in part, by demonstrating adaptation to sea-level rise. That provides us with an opportunity

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Infosys Green Building Experiment Reduces Energy Bills by 38%

Sep 4th, 2014 | By
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The company’s office in Hyderabad (pictured right), south India is split into two halves, which are identical except for their energy systems. Rohan Parikh, head of infrastructure and green initiatives at Infosys, led the way One half of the building uses a green radiant cooling system and the other half uses conventional air conditioning. With

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Learning From Communities: Natural Resource Management and Climate Change Adaptation Best Practices

Aug 28th, 2014 | By
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Climate change impacts are likely to hit Africa, especially the vulnerable population, hard. In arid and semi-arid regions in East and Southern Africa, it is projected to produce a rise in crop failures, stress on livestock and inland fisheries, pest and disease outbreaks and the degradation of land and water resources. The climatic context for

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Meeting Water and Energy Challenges in Agri-food Sector With Technology

Aug 13th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Worldwide, the overall growth in demand for agricultural products will require a 140% increase (pdf) in the supply of water over the next 20 years compared to the past 20 years. While the bulk of this demand will be from irrigation, food processing plants can also be water intensive. So, any technological innovations in the

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Smarter Urban Water: How Spain’s Zaragoza Learned to Use Less

Jul 30th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The drought, when it came two decades ago, was severe. As reservoirs across Spain dried up in the early 1990s, the number of forest fires soared, crops whittled and more than 11 million Spaniards faced water shortages. Scientists would go on to note that the five-year drought – the worst on record in the

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Win-win Way to Aid Food Security and Climate

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Imagine being able to contain greenhouse gas emissions, make fertilizer use more efficient, keep water waste to a minimum, and put food on the table for the 10 billion people crowded into the planet’s cities, towns and villages by the end of the century. An impossible dream? Not according to Paul West, co-director

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10 things You Need to Know About Sustainable Agriculture

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: In a recent live chat, a panel of experts joined readers online to discuss the future of sustainable agriculture in the face of changing weather driven by climate change and increasing competition for food. Here are 10 things we learned: 1. We shouldn’t just “accept” climate change Just because climate change is happening and its

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Climate Change Prompts Creative Uses of Solar Power

Jun 22nd, 2014 | By
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With the climate change threatening the integrity of Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and terrain, innovators have been prompted to find creative uses for solar power today. Terrestrial sources of energy, such as fossil fuels, struggle to meet the demands of economy with a very finite supply. In addition, such traditional sources of power come with the

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Keep the Climate, Change the Economy

Jun 20th, 2014 | By




The Guardian: This month, the Obama administration announced new rules aimed at cutting carbon pollution from power stations by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. Never before has a US president attempted to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power stations and the move has been hailed by scientists and policymakers as an important step towards a global economy

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San Francisco Closer to Turning Zero-waste Ambition Into Reality

Jun 17th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The trucks start rolling in before sunrise. Dozens of them, each tipping out tonnes of food waste, grass cuttings and foliage. A month from now this organic waste will leave here in the form of rich compost, as fine as sand. Here, in Vacaville, an hour by road north of San Francisco, is an essential

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Convert Waste CO2 and Chicken Feathers Into Fertiliser

Jun 5th, 2014 | By




Talk about killing two birds with one stone. Every year we ditch millions of tonnes of chicken feathers, and pump climate-altering carbon dioxide into the air. But combine the two in the right way and you can make an otherwise-scarce fertiliser. More than 5 million tonnes of chicken feathers are produced globally every year. Most

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UMF Students Present Climate Adaptive Plan to Town

May 28th, 2014 | By




The impacts of climate change on the town was the focus of a recent presentation by University of Maine at Farmington students to the Board of Selectmen. After studying the potential for impacts in areas such as agriculture, wildlife, tourism, health and the economy, students from the UMF Climate Change and Society class made suggestions

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How Green Spaces Could Stop Cities From Overheating

May 22nd, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Most city-dwellers are big fans of green spaces, with the benefits to health and community well-being evident in the data. There’s more to it though – adding more commons, parks and greens could also shelter British cities from the full effect of global warming. Since the beginning of the 20th century global temperature has increased by

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Be a Demitarian and Cool the Climate

Apr 27th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: We are what we eat? Probably – and what’s true for us is, for better or worse, true for the atmosphere too. New evidence suggests that halving the amount of animal products people eat in Europe would not only make them much healthier: it would also cut climate emissions by at least a

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Wooden Skyscrapers Help Cool Climate

Apr 4th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: US scientists have a new green solution to urban construction: chop down trees and use the wood for buildings. Good strong timber buildings – and there are plans for 30-storey skyscrapers built of wood – would save on concrete and steel, save on carbon dioxide emissions and cut the use of fossil fuel.

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Should the World Flirt With a Biomass Solution?

Mar 27th, 2014 | By




Reuters: A little-known technology that may be able to take the equivalent of China’s greenhouse gas emissions out of the carbon cycle could be the radical policy shift needed to slow climate change this century, a draft UN report shows. Using the technology, power plants would burn biomass – wood, wood pellets, or plant waste

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The Awesome Things These 6 Cities Are Doing for Wildlife

Mar 4th, 2014 | By
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When conservationists worry about the prospect of a world without wildlife, they often focus on two related developments: the sprawling growth of crowded cities and suburbs and the push to farm more land, and farm it more intensively, to feed those cities. Together, these two forces have worn the natural world down to tattered remnants.

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Indoor Mini-farms to Beat Climate Change

Feb 28th, 2014 | By
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Industrial engineer Ancel Bhagwandeen thinks that growing your food indoors is a great way to protect crops from the stresses of climate change. So he developed a hydroponic system that “leverages the nanoclimates in houses so that the house effectively protects the produce the same way it protects us,” he says. Bhagwandeen told IPS that

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Influencing Change: What Matters for Farmers’ Ability to Adapt to Climate Change?

Feb 26th, 2014 | By
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Down to Earth: Farmers all over the world need to adopt improved agricultural practices if they are to adapt to our changing climate. So what are the factors influencing this behaviour change? Does access to weather information matter? Or the asset base of the household? And does participation in groups help? With the ambition to better

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Green Roofs And Cool Roofs Can Combat Climate Change But It’s All About ‘Location, Location, Location’

Feb 12th, 2014 | By
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International Business Times: Urban adaptation strategies, such as “green roofs” or “cool roofs,” are being tried as ways to cope with climate change, be it from greenhouse gas emissions or city expansion, but their effectiveness varies based on location. A new study finds that these measures are effective in offsetting or counteracting the effects of

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We’ll Have to Change Way we Live Due to Shift in Climate

Feb 6th, 2014 | By
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Major changes in how we live our lives are needed to cope with the worst effects of global warming and avoid widespread contamination of groundwater, damage to property and loss of our native species. A report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns that thousands of homes are at risk in coastal communities from winter

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How to Keep Your House Cool in a Heatwave

Jan 14th, 2014 | By
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Should you open or close your house to keep cool in a heatwave? Many people believe it makes sense to throw open doors and windows to the breeze; others try to shut out the heat. Listen to talk radio during a hot spell and you are likely to hear both views. In a modern house the best

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Water Storage is More Than a Farming Tool

Jan 6th, 2014 | By
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With Dr Jim Salinger reinforcing what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported last year, Federated Farmers believes the logic for water storage is now irrefutable. “Water storage is more than a farming tool it is a legitimate climate adaptation tool as well,” says Dr William Rolleston, Federated Farmers spokesperson on climate change. “Whatever ones’ views may

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Food for Thought on Waste over Festive Season

Dec 24th, 2013 | By
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UNEP News Center: Christmas for many around the world is a time of plenty: stomachs full to bursting and gifts spilling out from beneath the tree as we indulge those we love. But in the days that follow, who hasn’t felt a slight twinge of guilt at the food we scrape into the bin or

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Colombian Sisal Growers Weave a More Climate-Resilient Future

Dec 16th, 2013 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation: The house in Piedra Gorda is like Arachne’s workshop, straight from the Greek myth. Each family member is engaged in some part of the weaving process: combing out tangles from the fresh fibres, spinning the string, winding the shuttles, or manning the giant loom itself. The operator’s feet pump up and down as

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Boost Grain Preservation Before Production

Nov 24th, 2013 | By




Better grain storage would save money and feed over a billion, says Digvir S. Jayas. It deserves more attention. Annually over 2.6 billion tonnes of grains — cereals, oilseeds and pulses — are grown and then stored along the chain from producers to consumers. Most countries do not systematically report how much grain becomes unfit

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Water Storage Key to Climate Change Adaptation

Nov 16th, 2013 | By
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Communities across the globe can build resilience to climate change by re-inventing old water storage strategies and investing in new ones, according to a new book by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a member of the CGIAR global partnership, which unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. Combining water storage and savings

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General Adaptations For Farmers And Growers

Oct 8th, 2013 | By
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The climate is changing and reacting to these changes is crucial for the future of farming. Farmers can take advantage of the opportunities offered by climate change  by being ahead of the game and taking early action to adapt their businesses to the changes ahead. Collect rainwater for use in dry periods for crop irrigation and drinking

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Beaufitul Vertical Garden Ideas

May 13th, 2013 | By
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Good Home Designs: Their fashion begun a few years ago, but not very many people have heard of them before. The number of apartment owners who appeal to architects and landscapers to put in house vertical garden grows every month. It is clear that the trend of 2013 is the kind of pictures that can

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Innovator: Martin Riddiford’s Gravity-Powered Lamp

Apr 29th, 2013 | By
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Business week: Hazardous kerosene lamps, still used in many developing countries, are a major expense for many of the world’s estimated 1.5 billion families without electricity. Poor households typically spend at least 10 percent of their income on kerosene, as much as $36 billion a year worldwide, according to the World Bank. So far, efforts to use solar

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How to Create a Miniature Garden

Apr 14th, 2013 | By
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‘Adaptation Ideas’ is a new series of Climate Himalaya. Here we will be showcasing a number of simple, practical and innovative ideas those could be adopted by individuals, communities and organizations for various environment friendly adaptive practices at home, offices and in public places. The purpose of this ongoing series is to disseminate and communicate

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Green Walls To Cut Pollution In Cities

Apr 4th, 2013 | By
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‘Adaptation Ideas’ is a new series of Climate Himalaya. Here we will be showcasing a number of simple, practical and innovative ideas those could be adopted by individuals, communities and organizations for various environment friendly adaptive practices at home, offices and in public places. The purpose of this ongoing series is to disseminate and communicate

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Hillside Landscaping Ideas

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
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‘Adaptation Ideas’ is a new series of Climate Himalaya. Here we will be showcasing a number of simple, practical and innovative ideas those could be adopted by individuals, communities and organizations for various environment friendly adaptive practices at home, offices and in public places. The purpose of this ongoing series is to disseminate and communicate

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Create Tiny Terrace For Upper Floor Apartments

Apr 2nd, 2013 | By
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Barreau & Charbonnet came up with a framework that has three pivoted container holders positioned within. Into these are placed plastic window boxes, each containing a layer of clay balls and another of loam, and then topped by mesh that the plants will grow through for harvesting. Barreau & Charbonnet told that “gravity and the

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How to Make Low Cost Terrace Garden Sprinkling System

Mar 29th, 2013 | By
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‘Adaptation Ideas’ is a new series of Climate Himalaya. Here we will be showcasing a number of simple, practical and innovative ideas those could be adopted by individuals, communities and organizations for various environment friendly adaptive practices at home, offices and in public places.  The purpose of this ongoing series is to disseminate and communicate

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Innovative Furnishing Concept for Small Balconies

Mar 28th, 2013 | By
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‘Adaptation Ideas’ is a new series of Climate Himalaya. Here we will be showcasing a number of simple, practical and innovative ideas those could be adopted by individuals, communities and organizations for various environment friendly adaptive practices at home, offices and in public places.  The purpose of this ongoing series is to disseminate and communicate

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Fence Covered With Suspended Flowerpots

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
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‘Adaptation Ideas’ is a new series of Climate Himalaya. Here we will be showcasing a number of simple, practical and innovative ideas those could be adopted by individuals, communities and organizations for various environment friendly adaptive practices at home, offices and in public places.  The purpose of this ongoing series is to disseminate and communicate

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How To Make A Hanging Gutter Garden

Mar 21st, 2013 | By
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‘Adaptation Ideas’ is a new series of Climate Himalaya. Here we will be showcasing a number of simple, practical and innovative ideas those could be adopted by individuals, communities and organizations for various environment friendly adaptive practices at home, offices and in public places.  The purpose of this ongoing series is to disseminate and communicate

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Solar Powered Concept Tent

Mar 20th, 2013 | By
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‘Adaptation Ideas’ is a new series of Climate Himalaya. Here we will be showcasing a number of simple, practical and innovative ideas those could be adopted by individuals, communities and organizations for various environment friendly adaptive practices at home, offices and in public places.  The purpose of this ongoing series is to disseminate and communicate

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How to Make a Decorative Pond From Old Tires

Mar 19th, 2013 | By
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‘Adaptation Ideas’ is a new series of Climate Himalaya. Here we will be showcasing a number of simple, practical and innovative ideas those could be adopted by individuals, communities and organizations for various environment friendly adaptive practices at home, offices and in public places.  The purpose of this ongoing series is to disseminate and communicate

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Thinkdifferent Ideas For Offices

Mar 13th, 2013 | By
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Thinkdifferent: We have uploaded a number of photos (ideas) from Think Different facebook page.    They could be used in our offices towards  ‘carbon neutral’ and ‘eco-friendly’ working to reduce our carbon foot prints. We strongly feel that these ideas will help in reducing the ongoing impact of climate change due to various human induced

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Bionatural Ideas For Offices

Mar 12th, 2013 | By
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Bionatural: This page contains the eco-ideas from bionatural facebook page. The bionatural team says “the world is our home: take care of it, protect and regenerate” . There are ideas those could be easily implemented in our offices and they help us in becoming carbon neutral or reducing our day to day carbon footprints. For

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Ecoinventos Ideas For Offices

Mar 12th, 2013 | By
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Ecoinventos: Here we have uploaded a number of ideas taken from Econinventos those could be used in our offices towards ‘carbon neutral’ living and reducing our carbon foot prints. These ideas will help in reducing the impact of climate change and also the global warming phenomena that we now days hear from our climate scientists.

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Ecoinventos Ideas At Home

Mar 12th, 2013 | By
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Ecoinventos: Here we have compiled a set of ideas those could be implemented towards a carbon neutral society and as Eco-friendly ways of living on this planet earth. EcoInventos is a blog, which has been founded as the result of collaboration between several people who have an open mind to ecology and sustainable living. Concerned

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