Air Quality Case Study Collection 2020 - read digital edition
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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.
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A natural "leaky dams" flood management scheme, which was only installed in Tudeley Woods near Tunbridge Wells, Southern England in January this year, has functioned effectively during extreme weather conditions in Kent caused by Storms Ciara and Dennis which swept across the UK in February, according to the South East Rivers Trust (SERT). In partnership with local landowner The Hadlow Estate, the scheme has been introduced to protect properties in Five Oak Green, downstream of the Alder Stream catchment, from future flooding.
A vulnerable Cheshire stream polluted with toxic metals carried in runoff from the M56 motorway is the first to be protected by an innovative sustainable drainage material that could now be used to clean up hundreds of similar outfalls across the UK.
Best known for its work excavating the famous London Whitechapel fatberg, drainage firm Lanes Group plc has teamed up with a charity to help to raise funds and spread awareness of the correct way to dispose of sanitary products, an issue that's creating a huge problem in the nation's sewer system and waterways.
Fatbergs have inspired a pupil to write an unusual and heroic tale winning bronze in a national contest run by BBC Radio 2, and the formation of a new association to tackle fatberg via the correct use of kitchen grease traps.
SPIE UK has devised a river filtration engineering solution within Shell's below ground areas by the River Thames, helping lower the building's carbon footprint, whilst avoiding damaging protected river species such as endangered eels.
Putting leftover fat down the plughole could be a disastrous Christmas present for our seas, says marine charity the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) - as millions of households, restaurants and eateries prepare to serve up a festive roast on Christmas Day, the UK marine charity is warning people not to pour leftover cooking fats and oils down the sink, or flush wet wipes down the toilet.
Jo Bradley, Market Development Manager, SDS Limited, takes a look at a neglected issue..... Rainwater that runs off impervious surfaces such as roads, roofs and car parks can carry with it hazardous pollutants. Heavy storms pose not only a risk of flooding but the danger of delivering poisonous metals and hydrocarbons to sensitive rivers, streams and groundwaters.
A 'fit and forget' golf ball sized water monitoring device lets you know when 45 litres have been used so those who take long showers can realise the error of their ways!
90 per cent of England's flood plains no longer exist with the natural vegetation that slows floodwaters from entering villages and towns, a Co-op Insurance commissioned report by Salford University experts reveals.
A chance find of a type of bacteria accidentally discovered during research could have big implications for water treatment's costs and carbon footprint, and could fundamentally re-shape efforts to cut the huge amount of electricity consumed during the wastewater clean-up of nitrogen.