3 reasons why bamboo plywood is better than hardwood | Architecture And Design

From www.architectureanddesign.com.au | December 8, 2015 Hardwood has been relied upon by designers and builders for centuries as a proven and flexible building material across architecture, furniture and interior design projects. However, the increasing international demand for tropical hardwood has led to the destruction of rainforests in countries such as Brazil and Indonesia, contributing to climate change. Contractors, architects and builders today have access to timber products from …

Should the UK be subsidising the world’s first tidal lagoons? | Environment | The Guardian

… criticised for its exorbitant electricity costs, estimated to be £168/MWh. When the project begins generation in 2018, onshore wind will be producing electricity for less than half of this price. But Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP), the company behind the projects, says the Swansea development is simply a proof of concept and tidal power at scale will produce affordable power. On Monday the company announced the beginning of the approval process for a second site near Cardiff where construction could …

Dark Horse May Outdo Lithium-Ion Battery Storage

… Imergy’s ESP 250s are capable of delivering 250 kilowatts of electrical power for four or more hours. That’s at least 1 million kilowatt-hours of electrical energy housed in two 40-foot shipping containers. It’s an amount that – when considered alongside other salient attributes – makes ESP 250s ideal for utilities, large commercial, industrial and government end-users, and developers of renewable energy projects, Imergy states in a news release. Its ESP 250s, Imergy says, are ideal …

Santos LNG expansion: Independent Expert Scientific Committee report sounds warning over Queensland coal seam gas plans – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

… covers 10,676 square kilometres and has the potential to include more than 6,000 gas wells across central Queensland. “The scale, the early stage and the geographic extent of the proposed project development, together with other significant coal seam gas projects in the region, creates considerable scientific uncertainty about impacts on surface water and groundwater and associated ecosystems,” the IESC report said. via Santos LNG expansion: Independent Expert Scientific Committee …

‘Cap and Trade’ Could Bring Millions for Environmental Projects – Times of San Diego

With the busy City College trolley station as a backdrop, local government leaders on Tuesday called attention to $2 billion in new funding for environmental projects under California’s innovative “cap and trade” law. Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas, San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez and San Diego Unified Board Member Richard Barrera gathered in support of Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which will provide $2 billion in funding for transit, …

Call for “equal rights” for landholders dealing with miners | Fraser Coast Chronicle

A MAJOR property rights group is calling on Queensland political parties to ensure rural land owners are “not disadvantaged” due to the resource industry or resource infrastructure. Property Rights Australia has called on politicians to commit the simple, straight forward principle. PRA chairman Dale Stiller said landowners should not be subsidising mining, coal seam gas projects and associated infrastructure. “This is exactly what is happening when negative impacts on …