Air Quality Case Study Collection 2020 - read digital edition
See the stories from those tackling the air quality health and environmental problem.
Either click on the following link or front cover image to access the publication https://flickread.com/edition/html/5e787d30aafab#1
Trade Shows & Conferences
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
Noel Morrin, Executive Vice President for Sustainability at Stora Enso writes: "Here's a bold statement but, we think, a true one: anything made from fossil-fuel materials today, can be made from a tree tomorrow. That means a future where there are sustainable alternatives to plastics, created from the fibres from the forest.
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has awarded £6 million to investigate the effects that potentially hazardous chemicals used by humans are having on UK habitats and wildlife.
The Canary Wharf Group feel they can prove plastic pollution-free living is possible for other urban centres with their pledge to become the world's first Plastic Free Commercial Centre - joining forces with the Surfers Against Sewage campaign.
Magnomatics, the Sheffield-based magnetic gear technology firm, is taking part in a pioneering marine turbine project to harness the power of sea currents as an alternative energy source.
The average fine per prosecution brought by the Environment Agency against companies has increased six-fold in the last five years, according to research from global law firm Clyde & Co, but the amount of prosecutions has decreased in the same period.
Researchers in Indonesia have documented the first-ever sighting of twin Tapanuli Orangutan infants. The sighting is significant as Tapanuli Orangutans, a species that was only discovered in 2017, are the rarest ape in the world and face extinction. The immediate threat to the species comes from a Chinese-funded hydroelectric project which will further fragment the forest where the last remaining Tapanuli Orangutans live.
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.
Massive scale mining the deep sea for metals used in smartphones and green technologies such as copper, cobalt, nickel, manganese and silver may move a step closer this year as the countries that are members of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) continue to draft regulations to allow commercial deep-sea mining. As envisaged, such mining would be on a scale that will dwarf any mining undertaken on land.
eVolt UK has installed the latest versions of its rapid charging units, being deployed into the first and largest purpose-built charging hub in the UK that includes both solar power and energy storage.
Efforts to monitor and manage the impacts of the tropical forestry sector are being hindered, due to many companies failing to accurately disclose where they operate – leaving biodiverse forests at risk of unsustainable exploitation. This is just one finding of an in-depth evaluation of forestry companies, published by ZSL - the Zoological Society of London.