Heatwaves projected to double by 2020, study says

Published : 12:00 am  August 20, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  692 views  |  

 New computer models project rapid increase in heatwaves Findings go further than UN climate change panel report Exceptional number of heatwaves in past decade BERLIN (Reuters): The areas of the world hit by heatwaves are set to double in size by 2020 and continue to grow in coming decades, as heat-trapping greenhouse gases warm the global climate, scientists in Germany and Spain said last week. The projections, based on new computer models and reviewing what the scientists said was an ‘exceptional number of extreme heatwaves’ in the past decade, are more alarming than the conclusions of the UN panel of climate scientists last year. That report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate... 


Florida Keys considering drones to fight mosquitoes

Published : 12:00 am  August 20, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  666 views  |  

Reuters: The Florida Keys agency charged with keeping the island chain’s mosquito swarms at bay might become the nation’s first to use drones to spot remote breeding grounds as part of efforts to eradicate the insect. “If you try to get across the small islands it’s back country, it’s jungle,” said Florida Keys Mosquito Control District executive director Michael Doyle who added the drones wouldn’t replace boots on the ground, but would help turn eradication efforts into smart bombing’. On 26 August the head of North Carolina-based Condor Aerial will demonstrate the Maveric drone on a test flight for officials in hopes of selling the US$ 65,000 aircraft to one of the Sunshine... 


Cutting soot and methane may not give hoped-for climate help

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Temperature benefit of anti-pollution policy modest, study finds US-led coalition sees big gains from cutting soot and methane Differences over whether growth always brings cleaner energy     OSLO (Reuters): A US-led drive to reduce soot and other heat-trapping air pollutants worldwide is less promising than hoped as a new front in the fight against climate change, according to a study published last week. Frustrated by failure to agree a broad international deal to limit global warming, about 30 nations have joined the US initiative to limit short-lived air pollutants as a new way to curb temperature rises, protect health and aid crop growth. But the report said that extra measures... 


Experts surer of manmade global warming but local predictions elusive

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At least 95% likely man causing warming – draft study Harder than expected to predict near-term local impacts Temperatures risk breaching UN ceiling, despite slowdown OSLO(Reuters): Climate scientists are surer than ever that human activity is causing global warming, according to leaked drafts of a major UN report, but they are finding it harder than expected to predict the impact in specific regions in coming decades. The uncertainty is frustrating for government planners: the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the main guide for states weighing multi-billion-dollar shifts to renewable energy from fossil fuels, for coastal regions considering extra sea defences... 


UTE backs Sri Lanka’s largest construction exhibition for fifth consecutive year

Published : 7:01 am  August 16, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,111 views  |  

United Tractor and Equipment (UTE) once again stepped forward as the main sponsor of Sri Lanka’s largest construction exhibition for the fifth consecutive year. Construct 2013 was held on 9, 10 and 11 August 2013 at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre.  Wimal Weerawansa, Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities, was the Chief Guest at the event, which provided a platform for the biggest names in the construction industry to display their latest innovations. Organised by the National Construction Association of Sri Lanka, Construct is a key event in the regional industry calendar. Now in its 13th consecutive year, Construct drew participants... 


Logiventures unveils newest green solution Convertainers Villa

Published : 7:01 am  August 16, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  853 views  |  

Responding to the wave of enthusiasm among eco-minded architects and builders, Logiventures, the market leader and innovator of container cabins in Sri Lanka, launched its Convertainers Villa named ‘#01 The Green’ at the recently concluded Construct 2013 exhibition. Offering a cost effective way to bring sustainable features to the masses, Convertainers were the centre of attraction at the exhibition. Designed and built from a 20 foot shipping container, the Convertainers Villa features a fully furnished bedroom, living room and toilet, with a custom fabricated re-purposed wooden breezeway patio. Being fully lockable, secure, weather-proof and vermin-proof, the containers come with a remarkable... 


Air-purifying paints from Nippon

Published : 7:00 am  August 16, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  2,185 views  |  

After air conditioners, it’s now a wall paint that promises to improve air quality indoors. Nippon Paint India (Pvt) Ltd., owned by the Nippon Paint group of Japan, has announced the launch of its next-generation paint, ‘Odour-less AirCare’. The product uses active carbon technology which cleanses the air by continuously absorbing the indoor air pollutant called formaldehyde, and converting it into water vapour, according to a company statement. Formaldehyde is a common indoor air pollutant found in virtually all homes and buildings. It is emitted into the air from sources such as furniture, carpeting, flooring, cabinets and wallpaper. Some people are very sensitive to formaldehyde. Children... 


Browns at Construct 2013

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Brown & Company PLC showcased an array of products at Sri Lanka’s leading and compressive construction industry related exhibition “Construct” organised by the National Construction Association of Sri Lanka (NCASL) on the 9, 10 and 11 August 2013 at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Center (SBMEC) Colombo. Leading brands in the company’s power and generation and consumer portfolios including Makita, Maktec, Eclipse and Tailin for Industrial and DIY power tools and accessories, FG Wilson and Firman for industrial and domestic power generators, Radco Industrial and Automotive radiators / coolants and the company’s own ‘BG’ products and the Sharp range of air conditioners... 


Centrepoint Interiors becomes Konsept Centro

Published : 6:59 am  August 16, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  943 views  |  

Well-respected home furniture veteran Naresh Butani has announced that his popular home and hospitality furnishings consultancy, formerly known as Centrepoint Interiors, will now be re-branded as Konsept Centro. The new identity is also in keeping with the consultancy’s soon-to-be unveiled ultra-chic, multi-storey showroom at No. 141, Vijaya Kumaratunga Mawatha, Polhengoda, Colombo 5. Over the past five years, Centrepoint Interiors has worked with homeowners at many of Sri Lanka’s top condominium projects, such as the recently completed Emperor luxury apartment building, in furnishing customer’s apartments to suit their lifestyles. A newly minted joint venture with the Mirama group, which... 


Sand-free construction products to hit Indian market

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AHMEDABAD: The days of sand mafia in India appear numbered if the sand-free construction products launched by an Ahmedabad-based company on Tuesday take wings in the country’s infrastructure sector. Perlcon Premix (Pvt) Ltd., which launched a range of 12 self-curing products for the first time in India, said its sand-free solutions are eco-friendly, light weight and long-lasting. It has set up a manufacturing facility with a capacity of 100,000 tons per annum at Kadi, 45 km from Ahmedabad, with an investment of Rs. 20 crore. “The continued nefarious activities of sand mafia in different parts of India prompted us to look for alternatives to sand. After some three years’ research and development,... 


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