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Palm Oil plantation

Palm oil

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Used in everything from cosmetics to snack foods, most of us are eating and using palm oil without even knowing it. But this ever-present vegetable oil is wreaking havoc with rainforests and the critters that call them home.

Companion planting

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Companion planting involves planting two or more crops or other plants together in the hopes that they will help each other grow and thrive.

Geothermal energy

Saturday, 27 December 2008

The word 'geothermal' refers to heat underground. This type of heat can be harnessed as a renewable way to generate electricity.

Water droplet splash

Desalination

Friday, 19 December 2008

Desalination is a method of turning salty, brackish, or recycled water into drinkable fresh water. It is a common practice in very dry countries, where for many communities it may provide the only reliable source of potable water.

E-Waste

Friday, 12 December 2008

Have you ever given thought to the last time you upgraded your old mobile phone, printer, television or computer? Did you consider what would happen to those items after they were thrown out?

solar cells

Photovoltaic cells

Monday, 1 December 2008

Photovoltaics is the technology for building solar cells and making solar energy. In fact a photovoltaic cell (PV cell) and a solar cell are the same thing

Fairtrade Certified quinoa producers in Ecuador

Fair Trade

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Fair trade is about ensuring fair prices, fair terms of trade and decent working conditions so that farmers and workers can achieve sustainable livelihoods.

wind turbines on a hill

Wind power

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Basically, wind power is a form of renewable energy, a way of generating electricity without burning fossil fuels but using the flow of air instead.

oil drill

What is Peak oil?

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Peak Oil gives an indication of how the world's oil stocks are going. It is not about how much oil is left, but how easy it is to get at that oil.

power button

Standby power

Friday, 31 October 2008

Also known as 'phantom power' or 'idle current', standby power refers to the "invisible" energy used by an electronic appliance while plugged in but not in operation.

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