With all the tumult going on in the U.S. and world right now, what we we can't lose sight of is the reality that what we all want, what truly unites us, is a world in which we all can thrive.
This is a world in which we can respect our differences and understand our common bonds. This is also a world in which we all work together, to help everyone do well.
In that regard, I will be going to the [Read more...]
Al Gore, the former Vice-President of the U.S., and the almost President, has earned an Academy Award for the film "An Inconvenient Truth," and also a Nobel Peace Prize - both for his efforts towards addressing the issue and spreading the word regarding climate change.
His message in "An Inconvenient Truth" was dire, in that he unequivocally stated that we have to address the issue of climate change, and soon, or the warming of … [Read more...]
Audi opened the e-gas plant in Werlte yesterday, making it the first automobile manufacturer to develop a chain of sustainable energy carriers. It begins with green electricity, water and carbon dioxide. The end products are hydrogen and the synthetic methane: Audi e-gas. Audi says it's the first automaker to "develop a chain of sustainable energy carriers." "The power-to-gas facility we built in Werlte can become a beacon project for the entire … [Read more...]
Japanese students at Waseda University have designed and built an innovative straw house that produces its own heat through agricultural fermentation. During the cold months, dried straw is composted in acrylic cases within the house using the low-odor Japanese “bokashi” method. The fermentation naturally heats up the house by generating 30° celsius heat for up to four weeks. The project, called “A Recipe To Live,” stands in the coastal town of … [Read more...]
Humans have been composting for thousands of years to improve the health of our soil, food, and planet. Composting is basically nature’s own waste management process, in which nutrients are recycled back into an ecosystem. When organic materials (such as leaves, logs, fruits, and dead animals — basically, anything that was once living) are combined and left to sit for a while, they decompose into rich, fertile soil (aka “compost”). When we want … [Read more...]
When looking into the big, docile eyes of the domestic cow, it is hard to imagine that something sinister lurks beneath the surface. That is, until they burp. Cows are prolific producers of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at the same volume. In an effort to help curb global warming, a team of researchers at the University of Aberdeen in the UK, is looking to see whether changing the diet or genetic … [Read more...]
The Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) is the world’s tallest example of living architecture, with two towers lifting hundreds of trees above Milan’s streets. One of the architects Stefano Boeri describes the two buildings, due to be opened this year, as a ‘model of vertical densification of nature within the city’. Measuring at 110 and 76 meters high respectively, the two structures will hold 900 trees between them. That is equivalent to 10,000 … [Read more...]
New operational, financial and regulatory risks, partnered with rising energy costs and increased customer demand, mean that environmental sustainability and carbon management are moving away from the corporate social responsibility (CSR) realm and into the sphere of business and finance. Contrary to traditionally-held beliefs amongst many finance professionals, strategic carbon management can in fact have a substantial positive impact on the … [Read more...]
Going green this summer is a great way of exercising creativity and preserving the environment. Remember, living green provides parents with the opportunity of handing down responsibilities to the coming generation. Children will be more aware earlier in their lives. This ensures the future of the planet is in safe hands. What measures could you introduce to your family to save energy? … [Read more...]