The Finnish group Nokia has partnered with Chinese designer Zheng Daizie to work on a phone laptop totally green. By replacing the batteries by Coca-Cola, the group wants to end a la pollution (more…)
Under a project funded by the Federal Office for the Environment (UBA), toxicologists of the Goethe University in Frankfurt have analyzed the hormone content of twenty mineral water. The results were published in the renowned specialist journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research.
Prof.. JÃƒÂ¶rg Oehlmann, project manager, explains: “We knew that the food may be contaminated with certain hormones. The bisphenol A chemical compound similar to estrogen , is one of the best known examples. This is one of the chemical bottles polycarbonate (PC), it spreads throughout the food contained in these bottles.
To be closer to the reality that a large number of hormones are present and interact, the researchers have chosen to measure the overall hormonal activity of mineral water, rather than their content in a particular hormone. The PhD student Martin Wagner states: “The estrogenic activity of water was tested with a strain of genetically modified yeast. [...] We measured the amount of bonds on the human estrogen receptors and have been able to conclude on hormonal load of mineral water. ” In 12 of 20 analyzed mineral waters, scientists have measured a high hormonal activity, which they did not expect in a food product subjected to strict controls. They found that this mineral water, from a hormone, a quality equivalent to that of the wastewater treatment plant. (more…)
VITO studying the environmental impact of biofuels for transport and public service vehicles in Flanders
At the request of the Department of the Environment, Nature and Energy of the Flemish authorities, the VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research) analyzed the consumption and emission of three types of service vehicles using the pure vegetable oil (HVP) compared with vehicles running on B5 biodiesel and diesel.
For both vehicles, the alternative of HPV is more respectful to the environment. The HVP generates less CO2 and its use leads to a reduction in the emission of particles. However, the emission of nitrogen oxides (NOx) remains high. The rate of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons is variable, but is well below the current European standards. The 3rd type of 4×4 vehicle using a biofuel presents a rather negative environment, which is probably due to the fuel injection system. For the three vehicles, VITO measured a high level (up to 15%) of biofuels compared to diesel. (more…)
The project “Development and comparison of optimized crops for agricultural production of energy crops under the different conditions of locations in Germany” (EVA) starts its second phase. The Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) is developing the EVA project, started in 2005 until 2012, which will be coordinated by the project manager, l Agency of renewable raw materials (FNR) . The heart of the project is the protection and optimization of the results of the first phase, to test a system of rotation of crops in different agricultural regions in Germany. (more…)
As in previous years, gave the Design Center Stuttgart in 2008 again the International Design Award Baden-Wuerttemberg. This year it was under the slogan “Focus Green” environmentally advanced innovations from various sectors and to present their sustainability and to reward outstanding achievements.
To this silver award winners include 2008 the newly developed shock-proof blood pressure meter of the Fraunhofer Technology Development Group TEG, in cooperation with Dipl.-Ing-Des. Mark Ital RED Research of Engineering Design (www.redproducts.de) on the project has worked.Ã‚Â (more…)
Tim McGurrin is a pattern in gold. “When he hired me, he replaced the rug in my office by ceramics and ensured that my colleagues understand that I require a fragrance-free,” says Barbara Leimsner. Editor speeches at the head office of Canada Post in Ottawa, Ms. Leimser is reached sensitivities past ten years, as a result of overexposure to chemicals during renovations carried out simultaneously at home and office.
Hypersensitivity is a group of chronic conditions often complex and poorly understood “that has been recognized by a policy adopted by the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC). “People have hypersensitive reactions to environmental agents common in the built environment, including electromagnetic fields and chemicals that are found in building materials, furniture, cleaning products and copying, perfumes and pesticides, “says a report on the legal sensitivities published by the Commission.
Madam Leimsner experiences including extreme fatigue, headaches, ringing in the ears and other neurological problems when exposed to certain pollutants.Ã‚Â (more…)