From the Amazon in South America to Daintree in Australia and Africa’s Congo Rainforest, there are hundreds of fascinating creatures and trees to be found in these rainforests, even though deforestation continues to put many species at risk of extinction.
There is a growing demand for renewable energy sources as results of global warming become more evident year on year. While you would struggle to fit a wind farm or tidal hydroelectrical system on your property – rooftop solar energy is available, affordable and on the rise.
The global community is taking steps to ramp up renewable energy programmes. Solar energy is one of the most widely discussed due to its simple implementation. The ready availability and frequent technological advances make it one of the most viable options.
Roof Stores has created this infographic to highlight the emerging trends in rooftop solar energy. Read on to find out how attitudes are changing, and which countries are leading the way.
Sick building syndrome, also known as building-related illness, is a controversial subject shrouded in mystery, hearsay, and conflicting arguments. The fact that there are no diagnostic tests and specific treatments for it stirs even more confusion.
What is clear, though, is that many people seem to succumb to illnesses as the result of exposure to a host of biological, physical, and chemical agents present in residential and commercial buildings. Therefore, sick building syndrome can be considered an umbrella term for multifarious risk factors and symptoms that occur in indoor environments.
And no matter how we choose to call them, rest assured that they are real.
by Todd Smith, Managing Director of Jarrimber.com.au
“Australia has a deep rooted history in forestry. Early British settlers found great difficulty with Australian forests as the hardwood eucalyptus species was quite difficult to chop with an axe. The softwood Norfolk Pine, that the British hoped to convert into masts for their ships, had rotten interior and was too difficult to transport over long distances, leaving early settlers frustrated with Australia’s forests. While they may have caused difficulties for early settlers, they now play a vital role in the country’s economy. They are also home to many of our beautiful wildlife, and some are national treasures.
Throughout the 19th century, there was a sharp increase in global demand for fast growing trees. Australian species such as Acacia and Eucalyptus grew quickly and produced hard timber when grown under the correct conditions. Countries throughout the world began to plant these types of trees. However, it wasn’t until the 20th century that Australia began to capitalise on this, by planting native hardwoods predominantly. The forestry industry now contributes an estimated $22 billion to economic turnover each year, employing over 60,000 people.
Incredibly, over 40% of tropical and sub-tropical plantations in the world today consist of Australian trees. This shows the value of the trees of Australia on a global scale. The purpose of this infographic is to inform on some of the interesting facts surrounding the trees of Australia, their history, and their importance to our wildlife and culture.”
– Todd Smith, Managing Director of Jarrimber
“26 January 1788 marked the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia (then known as New Holland). Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later, records of celebrations on 26 January date back to 1808, with the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales held in 1818. On New Years Day 1901, the British colonies of Australia formed a Federation, marking the birth of modern Australia.”