Sustainability

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Earthrise – Environmental solutions

Earthrise explores solutions to today’s environmental challenges, taking an upbeat look at ecological, scientific, technological and design projects the world over. The reporters meet inspiring individuals and communities leading the way in a field no one can afford to ignore.

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Episode 1
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Litre of light – Improving quality of life

I think this is brilliant. Just goes to show that the best solutions are often the simplest

In the slums of Manila, an innovative project is shedding light on the city’s dim and dreary shanties. Plastic bottles jut from the roofs, bringing light to the dark dwellings below. The technology is as simple as it could be. Each bottle contains water and bleach. When placed snugly into a purpose-built hole in the roof, the home-made bulb refracts and spreads sunlight, illuminating the room beneath. Eco-entrepreneur Illac Diaz is behind the project. 


Also featured on BBC Newsround. watch here

Wind Farm expansion plans

Europe’s largest onshore wind farm is to be expanded further, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.

Mr Salmond was speaking as he officially switched on the 140-turbine Whitelee wind farm on Eaglesham Moor in East Renfrewshire.

He said developers ScottishPower Renewables had been given permission to add a further 36 turbines to the site. That will allow the £300m wind farm to power 250,000 homes and could create up to 300 jobs, Mr Salmond said.

The first minister officially connected the wind farm, which covers an area about the size of Glasgow city centre, to the National Grid in a ceremony alongside Ignacio Galan, chairman and chief executive of Iberdrola, the Spanish owners of ScottishPower.

Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/8057198.stm