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User awareness key to effective energy monitoring
User awareness key to effective energy monitoring
Energy efficiency has become a key objective in the current context of increasing energy demand, decreasing resources and global warming. Key to efficient energy savings, however, are users' awareness and behaviour.
Reliable packaging for chemical-free food
Reliable packaging for chemical-free food
It is not obvious when examining a wrapped lettuce or a microwavable bowl of Chinese soup. But plastic food packaging is made of multiple layers designed to act as a barrier for oxygen or bacteria .
When energy-saving becomes a game
When energy-saving becomes a game
Householders do not always know how much energy they consume. To help improve their awareness, the EnergyLife app was developed through BeAware , a EU funded project, led by the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT), in Finland.
Daniel Ribera: turning food-soiled packaging into safe compost
Daniel Ribera: turning food-soiled packaging into safe compost
Designing environment-friendly compostable food packaging is the challenge that Daniel Ribera, the coordinator of the EC-funded Ecopack , tells youris.com about.
Dragonflies, as climate change indicators
Dragonflies, as climate change indicators
With climate change, flora and fauna shift their seasonal inner clock.  For example, fruit tree blossom earlier than previous years.
From the horse's mouth: experts views from across Europe
From the horse's mouth: experts views from across Europe
It all started when the  Irish Food Standard Authority  realised, mid-January, that some of the burgers sold in the country (and in the UK) contained about 29% of equine DNA, upon testing.
Philippe Baralon – Anti-fraud systems could still be improved
Philippe Baralon – Anti-fraud systems could still be improved
A French veterinary surgeon and former researcher at the Toulouse National Veterinary School , Philippe Baralon is the founder of Phylum , a consultancy specialised in food safety working for the food industry.
Ragnar Löfstedt – To restore trust, food risk needs to be clear like water
Ragnar Löfstedt – To restore trust, food risk needs to be clear like water
Ragnar Löfstedt is an expert on risk management at King’s College London , UK, and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Risk Research . He spoke to youris.
Aquaculture: helping blue turn green
Aquaculture: helping blue turn green
Sea bass or sea bream, by far the most consumed fish species around the Mediterranean area, increasingly originate from aquaculture.
Bacteria to spot pollution
Bacteria to spot pollution
Natural sensory system such as bacteria engineered to detect pollution and placed in a self-contained portable box could be the most effective way to track pollutants .
Gasping for oxygen
Gasping for oxygen
In 2010, nearly two tons of fish was found dead due to lack of oxygen on the coastal line of the Romanian Black Sea.  Oxygen depletion , or hypoxia , occurring in the water is thought to be responsible.
Heat trading warms up
Heat trading warms up
Liberalising the heat market is, in theory, possible. It would operate in the same way that enables owners of domestic-scale wind turbines, or any other electricity producer, to sell surplus into the grid and draw power from the network.
Ridding our diet of noxious substances
Ridding our diet of noxious substances
British porridge, Dutch pea soup snert, Italian risotto or Spanish paella are only a small sample of the diversity of diets across Europe .
Genetic testing in the steak-house
Genetic testing in the steak-house
Using state-of-the art genomics to predict whether a piece of beef will be tender enough may sound excessive.
Rust never sleeps: fighting corrosion with high-tech sensors
Rust never sleeps: fighting corrosion with high-tech sensors
Temperature and humidity—two factors that influence corrosion— are routinely monitored in museums to protect the artifacts from the ravages of time.
Curbing mercury pollution in nature
Curbing mercury pollution in nature
Since the amalgam used in dental work is now the second-highest source of mercury within the EU, reducing dentists’ use is crucial, according to a new EU environmental report including extensive data on mercury use and pollution dental and button battery sources.
François Plais: “A spongy nanomaterial may change the way to monitor water quality” - part 1
François Plais: “A spongy nanomaterial may change the way to monitor water quality” - part 1
Heavy metals coming from industrial waste, such as mercury, lead, cadmium, nickel, and zinc are some of the most dreaded pollutants in water, and EU laws strictly limit their concentration in the water we drink.
Bram van der Gaag: "A spongy nanomaterial may change the way to monitor water quality" - part 2
Bram van der Gaag: "A spongy nanomaterial may change the way to monitor water quality" - part 2
When a group of researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique (EP) in Palaiseau , near Paris, created a new nanomaterial-based sensor for monitoring heavy metals in drinking water, they had to address a ...
Self-Cleaning Buildings
Self-Cleaning Buildings
The phenomenon of soiled and stained facades is probably as old as the cities themselves. Industrial pollution then has increased these problems.
Jean-Pierre Gattuso : “To face the negative effects of ocean acidification a large-scale solution is inevitable”
Jean-Pierre Gattuso : “To face the negative effects of ocean acidification a large-scale solution is inevitable”
By 2100 oceans, which are the largest store of carbon dioxide on the planet, are likely to be more acidic than at any time during the last 20 million years.
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