Posts Tagged: sustainability

Harnessing Sea Power as an Alternate Energy Source

We live in a world where the term "global warming" is often thrown around, but it could be a real threat to our way of life. According to the National Resources Defence Council, freak weather occurrences that were a result of climate change caused $53 billion in damage during 2011 alone. Not to mention that, in the same year, 206 people died from conditions caused by extreme heat. We are not as invincible as we feel, and someone needs to take ... Read more

Africa’s Entrance into the Sustainability Arena

The energy requirements of the African continent once provided by huge hydro electric power stations have slowly reverted back to those methods used during pre-colonial days; the wood fire and paraffin lamps. Soon after colonialism exited the Dark Continent, tribalism trumpeted its return. It was welcomed as men and women rejoiced in their cultural heritage and began to banish all things ‘colonial’ from their countries. Rather like the Dark Ages after the fall of Rome this distaste for things perceived as tools ... Read more

Five Tips for Sourcing Eco-Friendly Furniture

American spend tens of billions of dollars each year on furniture. Many of them will visit a high street store to browse and purchase and get to pay a hefty premium, particularly if the item is a designer brand. When the item becomes worn out (usually fairly quickly) or the fashion changes (even more quickly) the old furniture is often thrown out and the whole process starts again. Since each item of furniture needs resources (wood, metal, plastic, rubber, etc.) and energy for ... Read more

How Technology Will Help Feed an Increasingly Crowded Planet

Over 30 years ago there was a massive worldwide movement to raise funds to help feed. increasingly crowded planet. The 1985 Live Aid benefit  at Wembley Stadium in London raised a then-unprecedented $127m for famine relief in Africa.  At that time, the world population was just over 4.8 billion.  Today, we have nearly 7 billion people on the planet, and that number is expected to reach 9 billion in another 20 years.  How can we continue to feed this many people ... Read more

Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Infrastructure

The global population, according to the Pew Research Center, is projected to grow by 38% from 2010 to 2050. This increase means an additional 2.7 billion people in the world, many of whom will be living in Africa and other developing countries. Additionally, India will soon surpass China as the most populous. It is also projected that by the year 2050, 70% of the population will reside in urban communities. This population growth presents an interesting and unique problem for urban planners. ... Read more

Biodegradable Stuff That Will Blow Your Mind

It’s natural to think of bioremediation now, especially after the high-profile Exxon-Valdez and BP Deepwater Horizon spills of recent years. Bioremediation refers to the process by which natural organisms, either native to an oil spill or introduced to the site, breakdown and consume petroleum and other hazardous liquids. Prior to the Exxon Valdez spill, bioremediation was largely untested. But as studies into the environmental impacts of the spill progressed, the EPA and other governmental organizations began to test bioremediation to see ... Read more