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September 21, 2011

Public and private sector partnership can improve aid and relief work

Join the discussion on Guardian.

? Andrew Mitchell, secretary of state for International Development, says that the public and private sectors must work together to respond to humanitarian emergencies

? Tell us your thoughts on collaboration between the two sectors and what you think private enterprises can do to improve the skills and efficiency of aid organisations

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September 14, 2011

In City of Cyclists, Pedestrians Feel the Squeeze

Fully 55 percent of residents travel to work or school on bikes. Some roads, including bridges, are just for them. In a nation dedicated to bicycling, however, Mr. le Dous has been fighting an uphill battle. The association now has only about 160 members, with a meager annual budget of a little over $2,000. But the focus of their annoyance is clear.

Read the article on The New York Times.

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September 14, 2011

How much energy could be saved if we didn't iron our clothes?

Social norms persuade us to press clothes and linen, but ironing consumes both time and energy.

Any chance of an investigation on ironing and energy use? If we didn't iron for a month, how much power would it save?

This US Department of Energy webpage has a handy formula for estimating the energy use of various household appliances, including the iron.

(Wattage × Hours Used Per Day) ÷ 1000 = Daily Kilowatt-hour (kWh) consumption

NB: 1 kilowatt (kW) = 1,000 Watts

Multiply this by the number of days you use the appliance during the year for the annual consumption. You can then calculate the annual cost to run an appliance by multiplying the kWh per year by your local utility's rate per kWh consumed.

Read more in The Guardian UK article.

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September 6, 2011

Mourning incandescent lightbulbs is a waste of time

Instead of reminiscing about old bulbs, our time would be better served isolating the best replacements on the market. What are your suggestions?

There seems to be much mournful romanticism in the air at the moment about the good old incandescent lightbulb. From Thursday, a ban comes into force across the European Union on the manufacturing and distribution of 60 watt incandescent clear lightbulbs.

Read the opinion on The Guardian and join the discussion.

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September 6, 2011

Don't invest in wind farms unless it makes sense for your business locally

A company must realise that the business' true, long-term worth is determined by the investment it makes in its employees, in the communities where it operates and in the environment, as well as its financial performance.

Read the article on The Guardian.

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