Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Beijing Olympics - Not green enough - Greenpeace

A report released this week by Greenpeace China details the strengths and shortfalls of China's attempts to "green" the games as well as some partial success stories on the part of Greenpeace to pressure corporate participants like Coca-Cola, McDonalds and Panasonic to green up their act.

China after the Olympics: Lessons from Beijing

China has launched impressive green policies in the run up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics but has also missed crucial opportunities to kick start ambitious environmental initiatives across the city, says Greenpeace China in its new report ‘China after the Olympics: Lessons from Beijing’ published today (July 28 - ed).
To read the entire report, click here.


China's National Aquatic Centre
The Centre is made out of Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene], a transparent plastic material related to Teflon. It is being heralded as THE building material of the future. Why use it instead of glass [or another polymer]? Well apparently ETFE is…

- 1% the weight of glass
- transmits more light than glass
- is a better insulator than glass
- costs 24% to 70% less to install than glass
- able to bear 400 times its own weight
- 50-year life-span
- self-cleaning [nonstick surface - related to Teflon, remember?]
- AND lastly, its recyclable

Source - Architecture MNP

1 comment:

Don said...

Hello,

May I suggest a link related to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games?

Our site:

URL: http://www.2008chinaolympics.com
Title: Beijing Olympics

Please let me know if you want a link back.
Many thanks for your reply.

Best Regards,

Don
chinaolympics8@gmail.com

 
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