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  • Jute is a fast growing crop with a much higher carbon dioxide assimilation rate than trees. One hectare of Jute plants consume over 15 tonnes of CO2, several times higher than trees.
  • The Jute industry finanially supports an estimated 5 million people in the poorest regions on Earth.
  • Jute is abundantly availabile. It is a renewable and sustainable resource.
  • It is a durable material and has the life span of over a thousand plastic carrier bags.
  • Jute is a natural bast fibre, a vegetable fibre composed of cellulose which is the main building material of all plants and like all natural fibres, is totally bio-degradeable. This means that when discarded, jute totally decomposes, putting valuable nutrients back into the soil. More...
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Common cold

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The common cold is a form of viral infection associated with runny nose, scratchy throat and a general feeling of being unwell. It is called "common" as it is the most frequently occurring illness in the world. It is also the leading cause of doctor visits and missed days from school and work. More...

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A number of geoengineering proposals do the rounds in mainstream media. Examples range from using orbital mirrors to bounce sunlight back into space, fertilising the world's oceans with iron to increase their absorption of carbon and painting the roofs of buildings white to increase solar reflection (similar to polar ice caps). Fertilizing the world's oceans involves stimulating algae production to scrub carbon dioxide from the air. Some of the schemes which have been proposed by geoengineers are quite radical, and they would require global discussion and cooperation before implementation. More...