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Addressing the UK’s housing crisis

“Through Permitted Development Rights legislation, we are able to maximize the socio-economic value potential that is derived from converting surplus commercial space into high in-demand residential property.” In the UK, along with many other places throughout the world, an increase in scarcity of available residential properties and spiraling costs are fueling a major housing crisis. The crisis is that we currently have a major shortage of housing – residential property is currently extremely high in demand and the market is…

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Thailand is the number one place for visa investment for Chinese market

The Investment Visa offers the opportunity to live in Thailand for anyone willing to invest 10 million baht into the country and allocating it into property, government bonds or an account in a Thai bank. The investment visa is valid for only 90 days and must be used within 3 months after the receipt. It should, however, be noted that holders are prohibited from earning a wage in Thailand, but should get an unlimited right to stay here – as…

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Positive news for the environment: Tesla’s market cap is now bigger than Ford’s was at its peak

Tesla Inc. is as big as peak Ford Motor Co., with the Silicon Valley electric-car maker stock poised to hit another record on Tuesday. Tesla shares traded as high as $462.06, up more than 1% from Monday’s record close, the latest in a series of ever-climbing notches that stretch back to mid-December. Tesla’s market capitalization has zoomed above $82 billion, beating Ford’s at its valuation peak — a market cap of $80.8 billion in 1999, the same year Tesla’s Chief Executive…

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Urban Mining: A hidden treasure

People throughout the world are becoming increasingly aware of the need to recycle household waste and in many cases, are getting used to the practice of recycling household waste such as plastics, cardboard, paper, tin cans, glass and food. However, much less attention is being paid to the ever-growing prevalence of e-waste, such as mobile phones, computers, laptops, televisions, cameras, electric toothbrushes – the list goes on. The reality is that e-waste is the fastest-growing form of waste and every…

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Why Walmart and Other Companies Are Sticking With the Paris Climate Deal

The Trump administration’s announcement this week that it would follow through with its plan to officially withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement is deeply unfortunate. Leaving the accord will hamper America’s economic competitiveness and put Americans and people around the world at greater risk for climate-related disasters. That’s why Walmart is one of over 3,800 American businesses, states, cities and other entities that have joined together in the coalition We Are Still In to continue our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet…

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UK renewable energy sector historically outstrips fossil fuels for electricity generation

Today is an historical and monumental landmark for current and future generations. For the first quarter ever, the third quarter of 2019 has seen the UK renewable energy sector generate more electricity than fossil fuels. This means that the UK’s solar panels, windfarms, hydro plants and biomass has created more electricity than all power plants that are powered by oil, gas and coal combined. Analysis released from Carbon Brief display that during the three months of July, August and September,…

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China Is Investing $13 Trillion in Construction. How Can We Help To Pursue Zero Carbon Buildings?

China is in the midst of a construction mega-boom. The country has the largest buildings market in the world, making up 20% of all construction investment globally. And it’s only set to grow: China is expected to spend nearly $13 trillion on buildings by 2030. This unprecedented level of construction has tremendous implications — not just for the Chinese, but for everyone. Building operations are responsible for 28% of global energy-related carbon emissions. How China constructs its buildings will either fuel dangerous climate change or help create…

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It’s International Orangutan Day!

Today is International Orangutan Day! Orangutans are fascinating creatures and due to the ongoing destruction of rainforests, their key habitat, they are in need of our help. Otherwise, these amazing animals are in danger of extinction. Here are some interesting facts on Orangutans and with our help, we can give them the better life they deserve. Orangutan facts 1) Orangutans are red-haired apes that live in the tropical rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo in southeast Asia. 2) These magnificent mammals measure 1.2m to 1.5m tall and weigh up to 100kg.  And they have…

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Prince Charles officially opens Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm

Prince Charles has officially opened Scotland’s largest ever wind farm, which will become the nation’s largest source of clean and renewable energy. The Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm, located about eight miles (13km) off the coast of Wick in the far north, can generate enough energy to power 450,000 homes. The £2.65bn project, which involves 84 huge turbines, came fully online in May and achieved 588MW of electricity. The construction of the project has been a major success. It’s construction commenced in…

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Boris Johnson has been elected to become UK’s next Prime Minister

As has been widely expected, Boris Johnson has been elected within the Conservative Party to become Britain’s next prime minister, after winning a pretty hands-down victory over Jeremy Hunt in the party’s leadership race for number ten. The former mayor of London, who has long cherished an ambition to lead his country, won 66% of the votes – 92,153, to Hunt’s 46,656. Turnout was 87.4% among 159,320 party members. In a characteristically lighthearted acceptance speech, Johnson conceded that even some…

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