Follow this diet for both personal and planetary health

January 21, 2019 by  
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If you have been looking for the ideal diet for your own personal health that also benefits the planet, a scientific research team from the University of London may have the perfect answer — the “Planetary Health” diet. According to the London scientists, the ideal diet includes doubling your consumption of plant-based foods like nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes, while cutting your meat and sugar intake in half. The researchers said that if everyone followed this diet , it could prevent more than 11 million premature deaths each year, reduce greenhouse gases and preserve land, water and biodiversity. “The food we eat and how we produce it determines the health of people and the planet, and we are currently getting this seriously wrong,” said Tim Lang, a professor at the University of London who co-led the research. Related: Vegan diets deliver more environmental benefits than sustainable dairy or meat Lang added that “we need a significant overhaul” of the global food system if we want to be able to feed our growing population, which could hit 10 billion by 2050, with a healthy and sustainable diet. This means completely transforming eating habits, but it will also require better food production and a reduction of food waste . After a three-year project commissioned by The Lancet health journal, the researchers are proposing a planetary diet that is a combination of different food groups. They recommend a balance of macronutrients and a limit of 2,500 calories each day. Related: Is a flexitarian diet right for you? In general, they recommend doubling plant-based food intake and cutting meat and sugar in half. But for some regions, it could mean even more dramatic change. For example, North Americans eat 6.5 times more than the recommended amount of red meat in the planetary diet, and people in South Asia eat about half the recommended amount. Residents of sub-Saharan Africa eat 7.5 times the suggested amount of starchy vegetables. The researchers admitted that hoping everyone switches to a planetary health diet is ambitious. However, Walter Willett of Harvard University said, “If we can’t quite make it, it’s better to try and get as close as we can.” + Eat Forum Via Reuters Image via  Martina Aubrechtová  

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Floating private resort in the Maldives is 100% powered by the sun

January 21, 2019 by  
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Basking in the beauty of the Maldives is a luxury that can now be enjoyed in an all-inclusive eco resort powered entirely by solar energy. Opened at the end of 2018, the Kudadoo Maldives Private Resort was designed by New York-based architectural firm Yuji Yamasaki Architecture (YAA) to create a luxury experience guided by eco-conscious principles. The crowning jewel of the resort is The Retreat, a two-story dining and leisure hub topped with a folded roof clad in solar photovoltaic panels. Set on a private island on an aquamarine lagoon, the Kudadoo Maldives Private Resort offers 15 spacious residences ranging from one to two bedrooms. Each residence is over 300 square meters in size and opens up to a 44-square-meter infinity plunge pool and unobstructed ocean views. Guests also enjoy access to a private butler, tasteful handmade furnishings and modern fixtures including a television and surround sound system. Sustainability drove the architects’ design decisions, which minimized environmental impact wherever possible. The resort is mainly built of eco-conscious materials, such as timber from sustainably certified forests in Canada, New Zealand and Indonesia. Energy usage is reduced thanks to energy-efficient cooling systems, fully automated lights and passive design features that promote cross ventilation. Related: How floating solar panels are helping the Maldives ditch diesel fuel “Traditionally, solar panels are hidden in discreet areas in the Maldives and it does not have any other function, but in Kudadoo, [the] photovoltaic roof is decidedly visible and becomes the icon of the place,” the resort said in a statement. “Solar concept should be as informative and persuasive as it is productive. At a glance, visitors can assess the size of solar roof, and then comprehend the relationship to the scale of the resort served by it. As you get closer, the design of the building reveals geometry that not only maximizes production of electricity by its angle, but also minimizes consumption of electricity by allowing sunlight to come through the gaps between panels, minimizing the use of artificial light during the day.” + Kudadoo Maldives Private Resort Via New Atlas Images via Kudadoo

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INFOGRAPHIC: Top 10 mobile apps for the building and construction industry

May 5, 2015 by  
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Whether you work in the building industry or are a backyard hobbyist, chances are that you’d rather spend more time building and less time on calculations and estimates. Luckily, many mobile apps are now available to do those tasks for you. Window and Door Guys compiled a list of the top 10 apps for the building and construction industry that can do everything from completing layouts to calculating conduit bends and fills. Click through to see all the recommended apps. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Top 10 mobile apps for the building and construction industry Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: building industry apps , construction apps , construction industry , infographic , mobile apps , reader submitted content , Window and Door Guys

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