Eating The Wrapper Too?

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The environmental conscious would be happy if they could prevent packaging waste from ending up in a landfills across the globe, but would they be prepared to eat it? In December 2009 Harvard professor David Edwards had an idea. Biological cells package water, and many other things. Like a grape, you cannot empty a biological cell of its contents and make much sense of what’s left of its packaging. It provides protection and so much more. Dr Edwards and the Wyss Institute collaborated with French designer François Azambourg on this cultural experiment and an exhibition at Le Laboratoire of followed. Using the soft skins that protect… read more

Bee Population Reaches A Record Loss

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Over the duration of the 20th century, 50 percent of wild bee species were lost in the U.S. Just this last winter, honey-beekeepers reported an average bee die-off of 50 percent, which is the highest the die-off rate has been in the last forty years. Of all the foods we eat, at least 75 percent rely on the pollination of bees, including blueberries, almonds, and coffee (which is already under ecological strain). This furthermore threatens the existence of  animal species whose diets are comprised solely on berries, nuts, and other pollination dependent fruit and seeds. According to the USDA ,… read more

The Lungs Of A City

The Lungs Of A City

Great pillars of the Earth, running in thickets along riverbanks and spotting the backs of mountains, trees offer sylvan beauty and life – in the form of the oxygen they provide, as well as the creatures that flock to them for protection. Of course, they can also be found in cities amassed with concrete where pavement makes way for them to take root. And in this setting they provide more than friendly tree-lined streets. Trees have many qualities whose value is unique to urban and suburban environments. Areas with concentrated population density produce a heat-island effect, which accounts for higher temperatures, more greenhouse emissions, and… read more

The Link Between Education and Biodiversity

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The BBC TV series, Planet Earth, explores the plight of diverse endangered species around the globe. From the Amazon river dolphins and Ethiopia’s Walia ibex, to the much-loved polar bear and assorted amphibians of Central America – one thing consistently endangers these and other species, not to mention the habitats these creatures call home. What is the uniting threat? Alas, it is human beings and the way we choose to behave in relationship with (or some world argue, disconnection from) the natural world. When communicating the threats to and impacts of biodiversity loss (the extinction of life-forms on Earth, whether… read more

Community Capital Helping to Achieve Sustainability

Community Capital

When we hear the word “capital”, it’s not uncommon for people’s thinking to default to money and economics. But capital – particularly human, social, or community capital – is so much more than dollars and cents and physical property. It is also key to achieving widespread social change for sustainability. Whilst it can be difficult to clarify, social (or community) capital is generally understood as the “capacity of individuals to secure benefits by virtue of their membership in social structures” (Portes, 1998, p.6). Founded in human activity, community capital is produced through social organization and the sense of cohesion this… read more

Water: It Should Be for Everyone

Selling It

If you have the luxury of having a running faucet, it may be easy to overlook the fact that many parts of the world don’t have access to a steady source of water. Actually, at least 1/3 of the world has a water supply that is either scarce or unsafe. This year the United Nations is calling for global collaboration in regard to water, naming 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation. Incorporating what efficiently works and sharing water provision success stories to facilitate a safe, steady global water supply sounds like an ideal that works for everyone, until… read more

Which Are The Most Climate Progressive Nations?

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While the list of countries embracing green reformation and eco-conscious living is growing each year, only a select few hold the title of “World’s Most Climate Progressive Countries”. Several of them may surprise you, and a few are obvious additions to the list. Wales — With its massive offshore wind farms, experiments with tidal wave energy, and housing Europe’s leading eco-center, Wales has made a name for itself among eco-friendly nations. Gas-guzzling countries, take note; this is how change is supposed to look. Iceland — Well-known for getting most of its energy from renewable sources, Iceland is near the tip-top… read more

EPA Could Save Arctic

EPA Could Save Arctic

As the threat of climate change becomes an actuality and the polar ice caps begin to melt, the search for a viable solution to curb and combat global warming has intensified. The biggest obstacle, and there are many, to discerning legitimate strategies has been the national government of the particular area that is under scrutiny. In the United States, the federal government, specifically Congress, has been a thorn in the side of environmental advocacy groups. As expected, the inaction on domestic efforts to combat climate change has continued toward foreign efforts, especially in the Arctic Circle, which has been the subject… read more

Landscaping Sustainably and Naturally

Landscaping Naturally

There are ways to cultivate your outdoor space without destroying the land’s natural aesthetic or overusing chemicals. Outside areas that are lackluster or have issues that need addressed can be renovated into a fresher space just by adding compatible foliage to the landscaping. To start a planting project off right, buy plants that are sustainably collected. Plant nurseries or legitimate suppliers should be able to tell you the origin of what you are buying. Eco-friendly nurseries are becoming more available that only purchase fairly gathered selections. Also, maintaining outdoor areas with non-toxic products and fertilizers allows them to develop safely… read more

Climate Change is on the Agenda

Climate Change Discussions

Climate change issues are definitely on the agenda, both the personal and political. The U.S. Government Accountability Office who studies payments made by congress has even recently included in a report that climate change is a concrete risk. The report asserted that increasing extreme weather events carry high threats to our entire ecological infrastructure, affecting the environment as well as posing a financial hazard to the federal government. The United States Global Change Research Program detects that severe weather is on the increase and will have lasting effects, such as those from rising sea levels caused by climate change. Additionally,… read more