Our Top 5 Energy Stories – 12th February 2014

In our regular round-up of energy efficiency news we have flood warnings, Pharrell Williams’ new fashion brand, green skyscrapers, eco-friendly bikes and climate change on Google Earth!

Flood warning codes explained

Flood warning symbols

The Environment Agency has published this handy list of flood warning symbols and what they mean — definitely worth a look if you live near one of the areas of the UK that have been affected lately.

More on the Environment Agency website

Pharrell Williams wants to reduce ocean pollution

Pharrell Williams

Singer Pharrell Williams has partnered with clothing brand G-Star Raw to produce a fashion range made using recycled plastic PET, some of which has been recovered from the ocean. They have created a new eco-friendly fabric known as Bionic Yarn.

Read more on Treehugger

Australian skyscraper earns the highest possible green rating

ANZ Tower in Sydney

Who says a huge office building can’t be energy efficient? The ANZ Tower in Sydney has recently received a 6 Star Office Design v2 rating, the highest rating a building can receive in Australia.

Read more on the ABB website

3D-printed titanium bicycle frame could mean cheaper, lighter bikes

3D-printed bike

Good news for cyclists — a pair of British companies have created the world’s first 3D-printed titanium bike frame. Titanium has an excellent strength-to-weight ration but is usually too expensive to use for building bikes. The designers are hoping that their new state-of-the-art bike bike can change all that.

More info on Gizmag

Climate change data now available on Google Earth

Google Earth displaying climate change data

Scientists have been collecting data on climate change for decades, but until now that data has been inaccessible to most people. That’s why a team from the University of East Anglia (UEA) decided to modify the popular Google Earth application to illustrate global temperature change throughout recent history.

Find out more on Nature World News

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