Haze — The Constant Struggle with Invisible Pollution

SHANGHAI, March 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — During the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a self-financed documentary film made by Ms Chai Jing, former anchor of China Central Television about China’s haze unexpectedly drew the attention of the media. Within 24 hours, it boasted over 6 million hits and over 60 thousand “likes”.

What is Haze? Where does it come from? What can we do about it? To try to answer these questions, the film inevitably mentions the fact that in January 2013, 25 provinces which account for half of Chinese population were trapped in a severe haze. Though things improved in 2014, many big cities still have serious haze. In 2014, 175 days of Beijing, 197 days of Tianjin, 152 days of Shen Yang, 125 days of Chengdu, 112 days of Lanzhou and even 264 days of Shi Jia Zhuang were severely polluted by haze.

What is Haze? What harm does it do to human bodies? Haze contains sulphate, nitrate, ammonium salt, organic substances, minerals,etc. which collide, set off chemical reactions and harm the respiratory system, cardiovascular system and even cause early deaths.

In areas where haze is severe, many non-smokers suffer from lung cancer. Even newborn babies have gotten pneumonia of an unknown origin. In the past 30 years, lung cancer mortality has soared 465%. Mr. Chen Zhu Lan, former Minister of Health pointed out that every year that about 500,000 people die earlier because of haze.

Where does Haze come from? Burning of coal, oil, biomasses, industrial production, cultivation, etc. cause haze. And, 60% of all the burning has to do with production and daily habits.

What can we do about haze? We should clean the coal beforehand, control emissions, reduce pollution, use public transportation, save on energy, etc. According to Mr. Lu, Yao Ru, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, plants and water can treat it.

The International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA) has committed itself to the study of how to help purify the atmosphere by introducing roof and wall greening in most Chinese cities.

IRLA will cooperate with the organizer of the 17th Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai, Asian Largest trade show in floricultural, horticultural and garden industry to present a special forum about it during April 22-24, 2015 at Shanghai New International Exhibition Center (INTEX Shanghai., Ltd.).

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Mohawk Industries Highlights ‘Good Choices’ In Fifth Annual Sustainability Report

CALHOUN, Ga., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Sustainable practices are ultimately good choices. In its fifth annual sustainability report, Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring manufacturer, highlights the good choices the Company makes each day for customers, employees, shareholders, communities and the environment.

“Mohawk’s success is attributable to the good choices made in the past and will be sustained by making good choices in the future,” said Dave Patton, Mohawk Industries’ chief sustainability officer. “As our business continues to grow and expand into new geographies, we remain committed to making responsible choices that create the greatest value for our stakeholders, our customers and the men and women who make up our Company.”

Mohawk’s sustainability report underscores the Company’s commitment to good choices while maintaining consistency, transparency and accuracy in reporting. The 2013 sustainability report includes Mohawk’s three recent acquisitions, which ensures a comprehensive report that truly covers the entire enterprise.

“Last year, Mohawk’s global footprint expanded significantly, and our three major recent acquisitions are reflected in our sustainability report,” said Jenny Cross, vice president of corporate sustainability at Mohawk Industries. “Companies usually require years to fold acquisitions into their sustainability reporting, but our 2013 report includes complete and accurate performance metrics from our entire enterprise.” 

Mohawk’s interactive report, available exclusively online at www.mohawksustainability.com, highlights the Company’s good choices in 2013 and reaffirms its commitment to global stakeholders.

Highlights from Mohawk’s 2013 Sustainability Report include:

  • Continuation of the Company’s legacy of sustainable product innovation with Continuum™ clean recycled polyester fiber processing and Easy Airtight™ energy efficient roofing insulation panels
  • Extension of “Zero Manufacturing Waste to Landfill” program with twelve new sites earning the designation
  • Expansion of ability to meet local market needs into new geographies for laminate and ceramic products
  • Employment of 28% more individuals than in 2012
  • OHSAS 18001 health and safety certification at two North American Ceramic facilities
  • Completion of EPDs for all ceramic products manufactured in North America
  • Partnership between commercial carpet business and the International Living Future Institute and addition of Declare™ labels to products within the commercial carpet portfolio
  • FloorScore® certification for all solid wood, engineered wood and laminate floors manufactured in the U.S.

During 2013, Mohawk continued to make positive progress toward all of its 2020 environmental goals, which are key components of the Company’s sustainability platform. Using 2010 levels as baselines, Mohawk has committed to 25% intensity reductions for energy, greenhouse gases (GHG), water and waste to landfill by 2020.

“We remain committed to using resources more efficiently, reducing our emissions and up-cycling our waste stream into first quality products,” said Cross. “These practices are consistent with the values of millions of people, and we encourage that community to enter into dialogue with us through our social media platforms. We welcome feedback and good ideas that can help us further improve our sustainability practices.”

Individuals can post comments on Mohawk’s LinkedIn platform or follow the company’s Twitter feed (@mhkgreenworks). The Company also has a dedicated e-mail account to respond to sustainability inquiries: mohawkgreenworks@mohawkind.com.

To access Mohawk’s fifth annual Sustainability Report, please visit: www.mohawksustainability.com.

Simplify Your Comfort — Ambi Climate Accepting Pre-orders on 22nd July

HONG KONG, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Ambi Climate, the delightfully simple add-on upgrade that simplifies your comfort and optimises your home’s air conditioning (“AC”), will be accepting pre-orders from 9am on 22nd July, as one of the inaugural projects on a new Asia focused crowdfunding platform launching that day.

Ambi Climate. Simplify your comfort.
Ambi Climate. Simplify your comfort.

Ambi Climate solves a problem that is familiar in many Asian households over 90% of households in the leading cities in Asia use ACs, yet many users find that their ACs do not adequately maintain their comfort. “Our online survey of 6 major Asian markets last year showed that over 70% of respondents identified with at least one comfort complaint caused by their AC, with the most common complaints being temperature related, such as finding the room too hot or too cold; or humidity related, such as condensation problems or finding things too humid,” explains Ambi Labs founder and CEO Julian Lee. These comfort challenges require effort on the user to solve, with some research participants remarking “[I am] looking forward to not having to touch the remote 5 times an hour” and “Crazy unpredictable weather. [It is] hard to really control [my] aircon based on my needs.”

“One goal of this crowdfunding campaign is to recruit more beta testers,” said Julian. “We already have over 100 beta testers signed up, mainly in Singapore and Hong Kong, and we wish to recruit users from other Asian countries to ensure our product meets the needs of consumers across the region. Our beta units are already in production and will ship in September. To make this reward especially attractive, we have priced these units at US$89, over 40% off our expected retail price of US$149 despite higher manufacturing costs for these early units. Backers who wish to support us, but who would prefer to wait for a more mature version, are encouraged to back our production reward tiers, which will ship in April 2015 and start at US$69 for the early bird promotion.”

For more details of our upcoming campaign, and to sign up for news of upcoming promotions and discounts ahead of the launch, visit: http://www.ambiclimate.com/campaign

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Strong Demand for Ambi Climate Beta Units

HONG KONG, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Ambi Climate – the delightful add-on upgrade that simplifies your comfort and optimises your home’s air conditioning (“AC”) – has officially accepted its first beta testers. Ambi Labs CEO Julian Lee announced the upcoming beta during Echelon 2014, Asia’s Largest Tech Conference, which was recently held in Singapore. Response from the audience was extremely enthusiastic, with the beta test units set aside for this occasion snapped up in less than 2 hours.

Ambi Climate simplifies your AC comfort
Ambi Climate simplifies your AC comfort

“We thank the organisers, e27, for the opportunity to present at Echelon 2014. It was the perfect platform for us to recruit beta testers from across Asia,” stated Julian. “We are also heartened by the fact that our message resonated so strongly with the audience!”

Attendees at e27 were active not just in signing up as beta testers, but they also voted overwhelmingly for Ambi Climate in the People’s Choice Award — one of only 3 prizes awarded to the 10 finalists, who were in turn handpicked out of over 400 startups that applied to Echelon 2014. “We are humbled and grateful to the Echelon attendees for their support. This validates our research into a common pain point amongst consumers in Asia,” said Julian after the event.

Echelon 2014 attendees who registered for the beta trial were also encouraged to state how Ambi Climate would help them, with the largest category of responses related to comfort. “I’m sick of adjusting my AC temperature every 30 mins!” read one, and “I hate waking up [at] night to [turn] off my aircon” stated another. Some saw an opportunity to care for their loved ones: “So that my wife can stop switching the AC on and off throughout the night.” Others wanted Ambi Climate to help with their AC’s energy consumption: “[I am a] big believer in reducing energy waste at home, especially during the night when AC might not be always required. Plus it would save loads on energy bills!”

Ambi Climate harnesses machine learning and big data techniques to solve these problems. It is the world’s first system that learns not just your preferences, but also predicts how conditions in your home will change. Ambi Climate’s patent pending algorithms build up a holistic picture of your home, and are able to adjust your AC settings to ensure your comfort, no matter the time of the day, or outdoor weather patterns. Ambi Climate also provides deep, data-driven insights into the conditions in the user’s home, and the impact of their usage behaviour. This knowledge helps users to take control of their AC usage, allowing them to understand the tradeoffs between comfort and energy consumption.

Want to sign up as a beta tester? Ambi Climate beta devices will soon be available to a wider audience via a crowdfunding campaign. Sign up for the mailing list at http://bit.ly/ambiclimatesubscribe and be notified as soon as they launch their campaign.

Ambi Labs is also announcing an “Ambi-A-Day” video contest. From 16 July to 22 July, contest entrants who submit a video to the Ambi Climate Facebook page detailing why they want an Ambi Climate in 15 seconds or less will have a chance to win a free device. The video with the most votes each day wins a production Ambi Climate device. For further details and Terms and Conditions, visit the official contest page:http://bit.ly/ambi-a-day.

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