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Felly Foxx

United Kingdom

Member since October 15, 2012


  • The Climate Group - Publication

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    IPCC-SPECIAL INSIGHT BRIEFING | CLIMATE SCIENCE FIVE-PART SERIES

    The Climate Group has written a five part briefing series covering the basics of climate science, ahead of our live broadcast with authors of the anticipated IPCC report, which will be launched immediately before the invite-only transmission on Friday September 27, at Climate Week NYC 2013.

    AMERICAN CLEAN REVOLUTION: FROM DIALOGUE TO ACTION

    What actions can be taken in the coming years in order to set the US on the path towards a truly low carbon, resilient society? This briefing explores this critical question, which will be the basis of the discussion among business and government leaders at this year’s Climate Week NYC 2013.

    INSIGHT BRIEFING | CARBON PRICING

    In light of the recent focus on the EU ETS, this briefing provides an overview of the state of carbon pricing policies around the world - including Australia, China, Europe, India, and the United States. It concludes that, while the EU ETS is in need of reforms, investors and policymakers should not give up on carbon pricing.

    INSIGHT BRIEFING | UNCONVENTIONAL GAS

    This briefing reviews the pros and cons of the exploitation of unconventional gas resources, in particular from the perspective of addressing global climate change. It highlights the economic benefits as well as the environmental challenges associated with extraction and use. It then looks at regional responses around the world and concludes with an analysis of the role of unconventional...

  • Can Shale Gas Be Safe for Us and the Environment?

    Environment, Environmental Design

    Environmentalists, local communities, and civil actors maintain that hydrofracking in its current unregulated form is intolerable for our environment and public health. The process is familiar and infamous. After extractors drill a well, they pump millions of gallons of water, sand, and various chemicals into it to fracture the shale the gas is stored in and allow the gas to flow freely out of the well. The Sierra Club estimates that 80-300 tons of chemicals may be used in hydrofracking, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene. While shale gas can serve as a stepping-stone towards renewables, its production could leave our aquifers decimated with chemicals that pose significant health risks. Benzene in particular is known to cause cancer, neurological harm, and adverse developmental effects in pregnant women.

    Such potential health risks, coupled with the environmental impact of the physical aspect of drilling, have compelled the widespread anti-fracking movement among environmentalists and local communities alike. Not all of the popular dissent calls for an absolute ban on hydrofracking, however. Civil society would not be so opposed to fracking if gas companies would disclose details of the extraction process and attempt to mitigate the harmful effects. Prominent environmental groups, such as the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), would simply prefer if gas companies put such effective safeguards in place. The NRD...

  • Kn6-1303wmw_177_

    Again and again we hear the message that resources are scarce, and that we have to ensure that they are not lost in our waste. Explanations as to which resources we are talking about and how we avoid wasting them, however, are in short supply. Waste may contain many different resources depending on origin and prior use. The resources of waste may be considered a material resource, an energy resource or a nutrient resource, and typically a waste fraction will comprise a mixture of these in varying quantities. When evaluated from a materials and nutrients point of view, however, many waste fractions do not contain any significant recyclable resources without them first being subjected to thorough sorting and cleaning processes – processes which both economically and in terms of energy are very costly. At modern waste to energy facilities with combined heat and power production a highly efficient recovery of the most important resource of these waste fractions - energy - can be ensured. When material resources are recycled, an actual environmental benefit only occurs if it results in savings of virgin materials. Similarly, for it to be an environmental benefit, the recovery of energy has to supplant other energy production whereby the consumption of fuels and/or materials is spared. Despite global efforts to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels by developing alternative renewable energy production, the production of both power and district heating, will in the coming 20 years con...

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design