Tag Archives: Florest

Valuing abundance – breaking the tyranny of resource scarcity

Joss Tantram
The Guardian – Every day we hear more and more about scarcity. We hear how the expected demands of an increasing global population will increase conflict over scarce resources. We hear that delivering against the growth plans of global companies and the expectations of a growing middle class will put pressure on supplies of food, water and the rare metals present in the goods we have grown to depend upon.

We are fixated on the scarcity of valuable resources. In the coming decades, we are told, we will need to compete ever harder for smaller and smaller quantities of materials that we once treated as effectively limitless …. >>continue<<

Source and Photo: The Guardian, August 17th, 2012
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Recycled wood: the truly green key to a sustainable built environment

By Leon Kaye
The Guardian – Home building has long been one of the most important industries in the US, with economists viewing statistics concerning new homes as a barometer for the country’s economic performance.

Americans’ affinity for newer and bigger homes, however, comes with a huge environmental cost. The recent foreclosure crisis is just a reminder of all the resources waste on millions of homes that have been abandoned and, yet again, remodelled. One precious resource used for these buildings that often goes unnoticed and is then lost forever is wood…. >>continue<<

Source and Photo: The Guardian, July 24th, 2012
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Making textiles sustainable isn’t as easy as it seems

By Pamela Ravasio
The Gardin – In sustainability, things are not always as they appear. In particular, thinking on sustainability and textiles is ripe with misconceptions, let’s start by busting a few of the most common myths:

• Across the full life cycle (growing, manufacturing and specifically usage) natural fibres are not necessarily more sustainable than synthetic fibres

• Natural dyes are not necessarily better than chemical ones

• Organic cotton currently only amounts to around 1% of the world harvest and production cannot be scaled sufficiently quickly to cater to the mainstream just yet

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Source and Photo: The Guardian, July 3rd, 2102
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Semi-Dwarf’ Trees May Enable a Green Revolution for Some Forest Crops

Science Daily – The same “green revolution” concepts that have revolutionized crop agriculture and helped to feed billions of people around the world may now offer similar potential in forestry, scientists say, with benefits for wood, biomass production, drought stress and even greenhouse gas mitigation.

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Source and Photo: Science Daily, September 27th, 2012
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Labex Korea Colletion

By Gilberto Silber Schmidt
Labex Korea – The new format of Labex Korea Collection provide our readers more facilities to identify and read the titles of interest without having to go through the entire page. The PDF document includes the TOP10′s for each month. This version includes the articles published in January, February, March and April. Enjoy

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