Londres ganhará o maior jardim vertical da Europa






A capital inglesa ficará um pouco mais verde. Londres ganhará o maior jardim vertical da Europa. A fachada do Citicape House será preenchida com 400 mil plantas que absorverão, por ano, oito toneladas de carbono, além de produzir seis toneladas de oxigênio. Segundo Sheppard Robson, o escritório de arquitetura responsável pelo projeto, a estrutura verde de mais de 3.700 mil m² diminuirá a temperatura da região em três a cinco graus Celsius.

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Buying less is better than buying ‘green’ — for the planet and your happiness

Humans’ overconsumption of resources — from the food and clothes we buy to the methods of transportation we choose — is a leading contributor to global climate change, says University of Arizona researcher Sabrina Helm. Therefore, it’s increasingly important to understand the choices consumers make and how those decisions affect the health of a planet with limited resources.

In a new study, published in the journal Young Consumers, Helm and her collaborators explore how culturally entrenched materialistic values influence pro-environmental behaviors in millennials, who are now the nation’s most influential group of consumers.

The researchers focused on two main categories of pro-environmental behaviors: 1) reduced consumption, which includes actions like repairing instead of replacing older items, avoiding impulse purchases and not buying unnecessary items; and 2) “green buying,” or purchasing products designed to limit environmental impacts, such as goods made from recycled materials.

The researchers also looked at how engaging in pro-environmental behaviors affects consumer well-being.

More materialistic participants, the researchers found, were unlikely to engage in reduced consumption. However, materialism did not seem to have an effect on their likelihood of practicing “green buying.” That’s probably because “green buying,” unlike reduced consumption, still offers a way for materialists to fulfill their desire to accumulate new items, Helm said.

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