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Innovation: How do you measure up?May 29, 2019

In a fast-moving and globalised economy, innovation is no longer optional but essential in order to achieve success, writes Joe McDonald, who clarifies what is meant by ‘innovation’ and considers the characteristics of those organisations that embed it apparently so seamlessly into their day-to-day operations

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Counter-intuitive climate change solutionMay 29, 2019

A seemingly counterintuitive approach - converting one greenhouse gas into another - holds promise for returning the atmosphere to pre-industrial concentrations of methane, a powerful driver of global warming

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Factors affecting fire safety in heritage buildings: An analysisMay 20, 2019

The recent fire at Notre Dame in Paris has, once again, turned the spotlight on how susceptible heritage buildings are to fire and recent analysis has indicated that most of the devastating fires that have occurred in historical buildings occurred during restoration works, through faulty electrical systems or through adverse weather events, writes Pat Hunt
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Notre Dame: Medieval stonemasons built vaulted ceilings to protect against firesMay 20, 2019

The challenge of restoring Notre Dame after the fire in April presents an opportunity to unravel the techniques of the time, says Professor David Wendland, chair of construction history at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg in Germany, who recently deduced how intricate, late Gothic vaults were constructed
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What Cape Town’s drought can teach other cities about climate adaptationApril 9, 2019

Cities need to build their capacity to adapt to this range of impacts, and one of the best ways to do this is to learn from other cities’ experiences. One very recent case that cities are watching is Cape Town’s severe drought and the threat of 'Day Zero' – when the city’s taps were due to run dry