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DIRTY 30: The top super-polluters who fill our air with deadly toxins

A quarter of the UK’s poisonous nitrogen oxides emissions are pumped out of only thirty industrial sources, new research has found – many of which are consolidated around low-income areas in the north and southwest of England. As the government faces extreme pressure to rewrite clean air policies and reduce levels of harmful gas emissions on our roads, new analysis has revealed that a staggering proportion of the UK’s pollution comes from a comparatively tiny number of industrial sites. A quantitate study of DEFRA’s census of industrial sites has shown…

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Israel’s grip on Palestinian water isn’t just crippling – it’s incredibly lucrative

Israel has successfully made a demon out of Palestine. It’s turned the occupied people from a victim into a scapegoat – a colony, a prisoner, and now – a customer. Nick Charity investigates how Netanyahu’s government has turned a monopoly over water into an economic choke chain. 25 per cent of Palestinians don’t have appropriate access to drinking water (WHO) 180 million m3 – Palestine’s annual water consumption 25 billion m3 – what Israel drains from the shared aquifers. The Oslo Agreement signed in 1995 codified how Israel and Palestine…

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BUILT ENVIRONMENT: How ‘nanotowers’ will turn our cities into vertical gardens

As the Solar Decathlon 2012 revs up for a September start, hosted again at Madrid’s Villa Solar, Euroasia Industry takes a close look at one of the 20 entrants, which promises something a cut above the competition. ‘Canopea’, a Nanotower design from Team Rhône-Alpes, addresses the issues of providing low-energy, comfortable housing in a dense urban environment. Nick Charity learns more. Originally started by the US Department of Energy, with its debut in Washington DC in 2002, the Solar Decathlon is a competition between universities from all over the world, to…

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