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Chilean villagers claim British appetite for avocados is draining region dry

UK demand for fruit increased by 27% last year alone, prompting accusations that growers are illegally diverting rivers and leaving locals without water British supermarkets are selling thousands of tonnes of avocados produced in a Chilean region where villagers claim vast amounts of water are being diverted, resulting in a drought. Major UK supermarkets including Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Aldi and Lidl source avocados from Chiles largest avocado-producing province, Petorca, where water rights have been violated. In Petorca, many avocado plantations install illegal pipes and wells in order to divert water…

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How Bill Gates aims to clean up the planet

Its a simple idea: strip CO2 from the air and use it to produce carbon-neutral fuel. But can it work on an industrial scale? Carbon capture and storage (CCS) The Observer Sun 4 Feb 2018 04.00EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Carbon Engineerings direct air capture plant in Squamish, British Columbia, one of the few such facilities in the world. Photograph: pembina.org Its nothing much to look at, but the tangle of pipes, pumps, tanks, reactors, chimneys and ducts on a messy industrial estate outside the…

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Origami-inspired clothing range that grows with your child wins Dyson award

London-based designer Ryan Yasin used his background in aeronautical engineering to develop sustainable clothing to fit babies through to toddlers An James Dyson award. Ryan Yasin recent survey by Aviva) parents spend an average of 2,000 on clothing before their child reaches the age of three. As well as the high cost and limited lifespan, mass production of garments places huge pressure on the environment through technology with textiles in order to fashion durable and practical garments for youngsters to take them through their initial growth spurt. The babygrow, trousers…

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