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Ecobob Weekly Top 10 (8th Edition)

Get your weekly eco-fix with the Ecobob Top 10.

Every week we bring you snippets of info and links to interesting eco stories on the web.

This weeks Top 10:

1. The Yike Bike
2. Don't Panic just Go Organic
3. Certificate in Eco building and Design
4. State of the ocean
5. Offshore Wind Farm Goes Online
6. NZ Clean green image?
7. Electric cars - pressure on the grid
8. Dazzling future for solar power?
9. EPA: Stubborn Environment
10. BPs underwater dome

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The Good Life - Newly Released Book

In the newly released book 'The Good Life' journalist and TV presenter Francesca Price presents an upbeat/positive guide to living more sustainably in New Zealand. Topics covered include the ethical issues in a wide range of everyday subjects such as parenting, shopping, food, building and renovating, holidays and community life. Chapters include interviews with well-known Kiwis who are looking for the greener options in life such David Trubridge talking about his approach to furniture design, Kay Baxter sharing wisdom on gardening and self-sufficient living, Laurie Foon telling of her determination to make fashion more sustainable.

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Ecoexpo Christchurch

Ecoexpo New Zealand is an opportunity to learn about realistic and achievable changes you can make to your everyday life. We understand that change isn't easy, and that we all have different reasons for doing so; for our children, for the future, to save money, to save the environment... whatever your reason, we want to help you to make a difference.

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Urban Forests

Forests provide invaluable ecosystem services. These include sequestering carbon, filtering pollution from air, limiting extremes in temperature, reducing stormwater runoff and increasing precipitation, to name a few.

In urban settings these kinds of services are especially important in counteracting the detrimental effects of city living to both health and psychological well-being. Trees can also be of economic benefit to a city by providing shade to the north and west of buildings during hot summers thereby reducing the amount of energy used for cooling, and raising the value of properties.

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Too much building waste

Construction, maintenance and renovation of buildings account for around 40 per cent of the world's material flows, so it's always sad to see an old building reduced to a pile of rubble...

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Connected communities

Over the past century, unprecedented technological breakthroughs have advanced the development of cities and promoted a move away from agricultural lifestyles. In urban areas, people have become increasingly dissociated from the source of their food and completely dependent on monetary systems as their primary resource.

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Disastrous consequences?

For more than ten thousand years the earth has been in a relatively stable state - a unique period called the Holocene, which has allowed civilization to evolve into what it is today. This desirable state is now under pressure from what scientists say is largely human driven change. The question is: how far can we go before our actions cause disastrous consequences, or is it already too late?

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How Food Shapes Our Cities

Every day, in a city the size of London, 30 million meals are served. But where does all the food come from? Architect Carolyn Steel discusses the daily miracle of feeding a city, and shows how ancient food routes shaped the modern world.

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Seed store to save the world

Genetic diversity is the stuff that evolution is made of. It allows a species to survive by adapting to a constantly changing environment. When a species population size decreases, some of the building blocks of that species are lost, and hence some of its ability to adapt to change is lost. This diversity within crops is the biological foundati...

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'Green roofs' - An eco friendly covering

What if a city could support natural ecosystems? What if it could blend into the rural surrounds, manage some of its own byproducts, clean its own air and even produce its own food? Such a city would use green roofs.

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Rubbish good for building your house

People have been building dwellings for over 14,000 years, largely using materials accessible in their immediate environments. Whether that be wood, stone, clay, reeds, or ice, the practice has always been to use what's available and abundant. It's only since the advent of modern industry and mass production that we have been using products that are mass produced, and then transported over often vast distances to reach our doorsteps.

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Welligton Car Pooling Web Site

Welligton Car Pooling Web Site Here, we do all the work for you. All you need to do is register, follow a few quick steps and we’ll find carpooling matches for you. We make it easy for you to say goodbye to those long solo drives to and from work, and hello to more money in your pocket with lower fuel costs each week. And that's just one of the many reasons to carpool.
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Couple builds an off grid sustainable earth house

Couple builds an off grid sustainable earth house They decided to design and build a home that was eco-friendly and could generate its own electricity. They used rammed earth for the walls, mixed with concrete – it is 450mm thick. 16 solar panels sit on the roof, generating electricity and another eight solar panels heat the hot water. The eco house is very well insulated with double glazed window...
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Attracting Bees to your Garden

Attracting Bees to your Garden Creating a Bee Friendly Garden Nothing evokes the sense of an organic garden like the hum of honeybees toiling among sun-warmed summer flowers. Honey bees are important for pollination of all our fruits and berries and many of our vegetables crops. They don’t need us but we certainly need them. World wide their numbers are on the decline and exp...
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Greywater expert backs Council approval

Greywater expert backs Council approval The Kapiti Coast District Council’s decision to approve Plan Change 75 and make the fitting of a greywater system and/or rain tank compulsory in all new dwellings has been applauded by an expert in greywater irrigation. Steven Roberts, Managing Director of Kapiti firm Watersmart, says legislating for the re-use of water from washing machines and...
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Smart choices indoors will help the great outdoors

Smart choices indoors will help the great outdoors While we can't all afford to build our dream "green" home, we are able to retrofit and apply practical eco-logic, making our homes more eco-friendly, with a smaller environmental footprint. Some houses tend to be easier to retrofit than others, and others are inherently greener and healthier, despite not being "consciously" b...
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Gardens for Kids

Gardens for Kids In today’s world any way to prise children out from in front of the TV or Xbox can be a real challenge for parents. One way to get kids outside can be to involve them in gardening. By designing the garden with the kids in mind it is possible to develop an exciting adventure playground and fantasy world within your own property boundary. A child’s...
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EcoDay 2010

EcoDay 2010 EcoDay is a free, community event and is Auckland’s premier environmental festival.
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The New Zealand Sustainable Building Conference – (SB10 NZ)

The New Zealand Sustainable Building Conference – (SB10 NZ) The New Zealand Sustainable Building Conference – (SB10 NZ) will bring together a wide range of industry stake holders to focus on the issue of sustainable building in the New Zealand environment. Following on from the successful SB07 held in Auckland 2007, the conference will bring together local and international speakers to share their knowledge...
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Eco Rating System for homes

Eco Rating System for homes The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) and Beacon Pathway are currently working to develop a system for assessing the performance of New Zealand residential homes. The rating system is set to be available from mid-2010, when homeowners will be able to access a free assessment online to obtain a rating of up to four stars. In order to ...
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