Leaders from around the world have gathered in New York this month for the annual UN General Assembly. As well as universal topical debates, such as the continuing rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters and the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, climate change is another matter that has come to the fore. Ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November, our very own Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has spoken up and declared that it is time that we all “grow up” and tackle climate change. At the summit, the PM asked countries “to commit to substantial emission reductions” and – in Johnson’s typical jovial fashion – light-heartedly likened the ability of being green with a Muppet melody, saying: “When Kermit, the Frog, sang ‘It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green’, I want you to know he was wrong.”
In this month’s edition, we look at some of the social media activity that’s been occurring during this year’s UN General Assembly from official bodies. Turn to page 07 to read some of the updates.
As we all know, being ‘green’ means making changes. In the construction industry, there are many procedures that need to adapt. From how building materials are specified and the logistics to manufacturing building materials themselves and onsite construction, countless processes need overhauling. In our October issue, we make a step forward by looking at a greener method of climate control – radiant cooling. In this article, Greg Cooper, Managing Director at Radiana, discusses the benefits of radiant ceiling systems. Turn to page 22 to read the full article.
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