The Sustainability Workshop

The Sustainability Workshop

Chloe Meineck, an innovative designer and researcher, has her hands in many projects. Her scientifically based designs have received much attention, and her Music Memory Box has recently won the Most Innovative Product Award from Brighton Enterprise. Another project that she put into action last year called the Sustainability Workshop is intended for use as a resource for teaching students about carbon emissions. Designed for children ages 2 through 6, it features hands on activities that provide children visual experiences to go along with the lessons so that they can grasp the concept. The workshop, which is aimed at school audiences, includes different facets… read more

Video: The Obscene Amount Of Pollution In China

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Russia, Asia, and South America rank the highest on the world’s scale of most-polluted areas, although China still takes the cake year after year. Vice magazine sent a camera crew to document the ridiculous amount of pollution that Chinese citizens breath in every day, and they created a 2-part series on Youtube. We’ve linked both parts below, and highly recommend you watch them. We won’t blame you if you feel like taking a shower afterwards. PART ONE: Still have the stomach to continue? PART TWO:

A Moldy Home Could Be A Good Thing

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Traditionally, it is considered dirty and unwanted to have mold on your home. We create paints and varnishes that repel moisture and seedlings from plants, vines, and other naturally growing “things”. However, researchers at Barcelona Tech (UPC) decided that mold should be a featured piece on homes and buildings. They created a wall that promotes the growth of fungi and lichens. It begins with a structured layer of cement protected by waterproof materials. The biological layer comes next, which allows water to accumulate inside of it for colonisation. Instead of repelling moss and lichens, it helps with the development of… read more

Motor Oil Moving On

Motor Oil Moving On

In Swaziland, as in many countries in Africa, it is not unusual for car owners to service their own cars. However, many people still dispose of used motor oil in an environmentally irresponsible manner. In Swaziland we do not have waste facilities for hazardous products, nor do we have used-oil collectors such as in neighbouring South Africa. The result is that used oil is dumped, into landfill, or onto open ground. Oil is known to have numerous adverse effects when dumped in water or land. Some other uninformed methods of disposal of motor oil is rubbing it on timber as a repellent for… read more

Findings On Fire Island

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Fire Island is the large center island of the outer barrier islands adjacent to the south shore of Long Island, New York. Fire Island is 31 miles (50 kilometers) long but ranges between only 520 and 1,300 feet (160 and 400 m) wide. During powerful storms like Hurricane Sandy, waves punch a hole the dune, bringing sand inland. On Fire Island, elevations on the beach dropped by as much as 10 feet (3.5 m), while inland areas gained about 3 feet (1 m) in height in places, said Hilary Stockdon, a United States Geological Survey (USGS) research oceanographer. The entire… read more

Marine Litter Extractor Could Clean Ocean in 5 Year’s Time

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Lead by 19-year-old Boyan Slat, the Ocean Cleanup Array is a project designed to tackle oceanic waste by capturing plastic from marine garbage patches, known as gyres. About 1/3 of all ocean surface is covered in plastic waste. Boyan Slat, a student, photographer, and diver, proposed the Ocean Cleanup Array as a means in which this pollution could be extracted, with the possibility of recycling the collected materials for future use in the creation of high-quality items. This could potentially cover the costs of the array’s implementation. A proper cleansing of the ocean in its entirety is currently unattainable, however,… read more

World Food Day – Celebrating Sustainable Foods

Celebrating Sustainable Foods

Food is center-stage in festivals around the world. It is often a staple in celebrations to gather around, from small parties to community events. Leaning about events that are held in honor of food and its essential role in nourishing the world helps to foster an appreciation for those who grow and catch our foods. Food festivals with sustainably and ethically grown edibles as the emphasis occur throughout the globe. The following are a few annual eco-centric food assemblies that are for great causes. Every March 22nd is International World Water Day. This event began in 1993 and seeks to increase awareness… read more

Is It Utopia Or A Mirage?

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Imagine a future in which people and their communities live together peacefully. Imagine a world where every bustling metropolis is now a place of serenity, undisturbed by road rage, traffic noise and stinking fumes. Cars and buses and rail are whisper quiet. The only emissions from moving vehicles are harmless vapours of H2O. Parklands and green spaces have replaced the tangled knots of urban motorways. Oil is barely $5 a barrel but is rarely purchased; producers and consumers have now discovered cheaper, cleaner and more efficient ways to meet their needs in a post-petroleum world. Imagine a world in which… read more

Are We About To Experience Another Ice Age?

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The sun has been unusually quiet recently, and nobody really knows why. Could this possibly be the beginnings of a mini-ice age? The scientific term for the cooling phenomenon is a “Maunder minimum”. Here’s the definition as stated by the Encyclopedia Britannica: Maunder Minimum, an unexplained period of drastically reduced sunspot activity that occurred between 1645 and 1715. When solar activity slows down for lengthy periods of time, our planet’s temperature cools, as the sun is our sole provider of heat. English astronomer Edward Walter Maunder first noticed in 1894 that we’d observed very few sunspots in between 1645 and… read more

Golf – Not Green At All!

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Golf was once thought to be a sport for snobs, but not anymore! It is a popular recreational and professional sport in many parts of the world, even in developing countries. What price do we pay for golf courses though? Golf courses are known for their aesthetic appeal, the span of land that remains green year round is breathtaking and simply wonderful to the eye. Golf courses however have a negative effect on the environment from when they are constructed. Before a course can be set up, a lot of clearing is required, thereby destroying habitats and causing erosion. A… read more