Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Water conservation

According to a study sponsored by the EU, it is possible to reduce water consumption by 40% through a combination of technology and changes in human behaviour. Legislative measures were included in the Commission's 2007 Communication on Water Scarcity and Droughts, which considered a series of e measures such as the inclusion of water efficiency criteria in performance standards for buildings. The potential for water savings in the EU is estimated at 40%. Binding rules could be envisaged to promote water savings in public and private buildings," states the EU executive in its work programme for 2010.

Credits Thanks are due to Helsinki51 for the picture of the watertap.

Friday, 9 April 2010

The Influence of Black Carbon on the Himalayas

Black carbon seems to be responsible for about 16% of climate change globally. Most people encounter balck carbon as soot. According to Surabi Menon, a scientist from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory airborne black carbon aerosols, or soot, from India is a major contributor to the decline in snow and ice cover on the glaciers. For more information please follow this link.