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Orangeries vs. conservatories: which is best for your eco home project?

Orangeries were first introduced during the Italian Renaissance: citrus trees and fragile plants were put under arcades closed off with glass windows to protect them from colder temperatures. Roof height was originally considerably high as orangeries were intended to provide shelter for very large trees.

The best eco-friendly smartphones

We live in a much more environmentally conscious age and it’s crucial for everyone to try and do their bit to ensure the longevity of this planet.

Turning ideas into sustainable businesses in developing regions

Rolf Huber, md, the Siemens Foundation, explains how the solutions submitted to the Siemens Foundation’s 'empowering people. Award 2015’ are becoming sustainable businesses in developing regions.

Green Investment Bank links up with offshore wind catapult

The Green Investment Bank and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult have today announced a three year agreement to work together to drive investment into offshore renewable energy through greater understanding and management of the associated risks, reducing the cost of energy from offshore renewables.

Scotland could lead the world in smart integrated energy systems

Vision, innovation and investment into a new, better integrated energy system will help Scotland meet carbon targets, create jobs and secure an international leadership position says a new report from the Carbon Trust.

Solar healthcare scheme wins $1m UN sustainable development award

We Care Solar, which provides renewable energy at low cost with a medical device that prevents maternal and child complications during labour in areas without electricity, was announced yesterday as the winner of a $1 million grant by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

Cuts to solar will damage public revenues and hinder green innovation

The Renewable Energy Association has released data showing that cutting the Feed-in Tariff for the UK’s renewables industry could result in a net loss to the Treasury, and to the UK taxpayer equal to the entire proposed budget for supporting the scheme in the next three years.

Innovative 'hybrid flywheel' promises renewable energy storage revolution

Foundations for an energy storage plant in Ireland that could "revolutionise" the integration of renewable power into electricity supplies will be laid within weeks.

Sir James Dyson donates £12m to train UK's future design engineers

A £12 million donation by Sir James Dyson to Imperial College London has been announced for the launch of a new Dyson school for engineering, which will open its doors later this year.

Good Energy backs trial of first renewable energy online marketplace

The UK’s first renewable electricity peer-to-peer online marketplace will be trialled later this year following a deal between green energy supplier Good Energy and tech start-up Open Utility.

Green technology must play key role in fight against climate change, says Sir David King

Green technology should be as much a focus of tackling climate change as the United Nations negotiations leading up to a crunch conference in Paris this December, the UK’s top foreign office adviser on climate said on Tuesday.

EC launches €200m innovation fund to tackle "valley of death"

A €200 million pilot funding stream has been launched by the European Commission for projects that are in the late stages of development and close to being launched on the market.

Mayor of London’s Office launches ‘smart cities’ competition

The Mayor of London’s Office is today calling on entrepreneurs and innovative businesses to enter a 'smart cities’ competition that could see their ideas adopted by major regeneration projects across the capital.

RBS search for energy saving solutions leads to trial of simple radiator heating controller

An eight-month search by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to find and showcase innovative energy saving solutions invented by UK and international small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has led the bank to trial a simple, radiator heating control device in its buildings.

From lab to lunch: overcoming public anxiety about factory-grown meat

For Modern Meadow, a food start-up making synthetic meat, the biggest challenge may be convincing consumers that great meat can come from a laboratory.

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