Fast Food Cleans Up:The global fast-food chain McDonald´s wants to change its image. Tired of being constantly criticised, Mcdonald´s has begun to take environmental issues to heart. The chain has announced plants to turn its used cooking oil into biodiesel, a clean fuel produced from renewable resources, such as soya beans. Biodiesel is better for environment than petrol because it creates fewer greenhouse gases. In addition, McDonald´s has decided that in the future It is buying its soya products only from Brazilin companies that do not destroy the rainforest. Many people have welcomed McDonald´s new attitude. More cynical customers claim that it is just a gimmick to increase sales.
The Freedom Ship: A Floating City: Experts predict that will force Earth´s inhabitants to search for new lifestyles. Living in outer space is one option; living on a ship is another.
Plans for the construction of the first oceanic community- a floating city of up to 40,000 people- are already underway. Called the Freedom Ship, it is going to be 1,347 metres long, 221 metres wide and weight 2.4 million tonnes. Norman Nixon, who developed the idea, says that within three years shipbuilders will have completed the ship. During this time, they will be adding schools, shops, banks, restaurants, a hospital and a library to the ship. Acconding to Nixon, the Freedom Ship is going to be an environmentally-friendly community, with compulsory recycling of glass, paper and metal. Are you interested? Flats will cost from…
**Grow a Home: Architecs Mitchell Joachim and Javier Arbona are busy developing a house they soy will grow from a few seeds into a two-storey, water-recycling energy-saving home. Called the Fab Tree Hab, it is a mixture if ancient and ultra-modern techonology.
The architecs´plan is to create the walls of the Fab Tree Hab from the roots of a tree. They will be packing the walls with clay and then plastering them to keep out the rain. If the plan works, the water supply will come from rainwater collected on the roof.
The architecs predict that each house will take five years to grow. Once grown, customers can replant their house wherever they like. However, there are still a few problems to be worked out. For example, how are the neighbours going to feel about a house that keeps growing?