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P a g e | 2 1: H O U S E S M A D E O F H E M P C O U L D H E L P C O M B A T C L I M A T E C H A N G E This article discusses the impact of the construction industry on the UK’s eco- footprint. Currently, according to the article, the construction industry is a significant contributor to pollution of the environment. The article states, “… buildings and other build infrastructure [contributes] to around 19% of the UK’s eco-footprint.” This article goes further to explain that researchers, such as those at the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials, are researching various methods and materials that can be taken advantage of as alternatives to the materials currently being used by the construction industry. Although the title only mentions the usage of hemp as an alternative construction material, the article explains that researchers are developing new ways to use crop-based materials such
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Unformatted text preview: as natural fiber composites and straw bales in addition to hemp. This news is applicable to our studies in Environmental Science because it relates to the worlds carbon footprint. It is important to constantly be researching new ways to reduce consumption and carbon emissions. Professor Peter Walker, Director of the Centre, is quoted in the article stating, it is estimated that worldwide the manufacture of cement contributes up to 10% of all industrial carbon dioxide emissions. Using alternative resources and methods to reduce carbon dioxide emissions can help reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses in the air and overall help slow the effects of climate change. This is valuable to me as a student because it puts into perspective the effects on climate change caused by an industry such as the construction industry....
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