Financing Change

Financing Change

Financial markets have a reputation for being the playground of the greedy and self-serving. However, this attitude towards financial markets is slowly changing as this sector seeks to become a stakeholder in the fight against global warming. In what may be said to be the development of conscious capitalism. International instruments such as the Kyoto protocol have developed a framework for financial services providers to assume a role in the fight against climate change by facilitating carbon trading, and financing climate adaptation. Furthermore, the financial sector seems to be enthusiastically involved in the fight against global warming. The involvement of… read more

Giving It The Green Light

Greener lighting at home

These days when we go shopping for a new laptop or television we are looking for the thinnest and lightest product available. Researchers have come up with graphene based electrode technology which make affordable and energy efficient display technology that could be a good alternative to light bulbs. Interestingly it is so sleek that it could even be used as wallpaper or applied to ceilings. Almost all modern devices use organic light emitting diodes (OLED) for display which are energy efficient but also have some drawbacks. The slimness comes with a cost making it very expensive compared to CRT or LCD type displays. OLED… read more

Keeping Up Standards

Keeping Up Standards

Standards are an important quality protection and monitoring tool for consumer goods, amongst other things. They are there to help government ensure that consumers are assured that products sold have been tested and approved for safe and durable usage, and the products in question will bear a seal of approval if they meet set standards. Standards can be quite useful in the fight against pollution and general environmental damage, in particular standards relating to electronic goods. Many of the electronic products imported by African countries are manufactured overseas, more often than not, the importing states are not privy to durability… read more

Bottled Fun

Bottled Fun

Kids are notorious for playing with packaging, so saving up plastic bottles and jugs for crafting makes perfect sense. With an inventive attitude and a few supplies, fun in a bottle is a sure cure for boredom. Milk jugs can be turned into game equipment like carton catchers. With some careful cutting, sturdily affixed end tubes and a bit of ornamentation a game of catch is invented. Just add a ball and toss back and forth for an energetic, recycling inspired activity that the whole family can participate in. Condiment bottles can be repurposed and used for restocking craft materials. Once… read more

Polluting The Seas

biofouling-on-boat-hull

If you have ever walked by a sea harbour, you may have noticed a few organisms attached to a docked large ship by the waterline. These attachments may be telling of a worse situation that lies beneath the water than the naked eye can sea. These attachments consist of micro-organism, plants, algae, molluscs and other marine organisms, and such attachment is known as biofouling. Biofouling is not a new phenomenon, it can occur on all marine vessels if appropriate anti- fouling measures are not taken. Environmental scientists have long stated that biofouling provides transportation of non-indigenous species of aquatic plant… read more

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

Environmental law

In most civilised legal systems specialised courts are established for special crimes. Examples include tax courts, labour courts, and white collar crimes courts. The importance of having specialised courts is that crimes and civil suits of a technical nature are dealt with without the delay they would suffer if put to traditional court structures. As the need to protect environmental media continues to escalate in importance, and climate change law continues to develop, environmental courts are going to be needed to deal specifically with criminal and civil matters pertaining to the environment and climate change. What must always be borne… read more

The Impact on Humans if Bees Become Extinct

Endangered Bees

Many bee species have been dying out in recent years, with honeybees suffering the most dramatic decline. The loss of bees has been attributed to pesticides and other toxic chemicals, mite infestations, infections, and possibly even cell phone radiation. Monoculture (growing single crops) is also a problem because bees are less healthy when they consume only one type of food. Bees are critical to the sustainability of our food supply. Loss of the pollination services that bees provide would wipe out around 80% of our food plants. If we lost the bees completely, we’d lose the majority of our fruits,… read more

Beautiful Sustenance

Beautiful Sustenance

Seeds are one of nature’s many miracles that may often go unnoticed, though their importance is paramount in sustaining human life. One look into some of the issues surrounding the seed industry is called Open Sesame The Story of Seeds. This film discusses a growing seed movement, but also brings focus to the significance of food supply preservation. To start your own seed supply or to enhance a home garden, check out seed conservation tips from Native Seeds, a nonprofit organization. From pollination to storage, their instructional page will provide an idea of some of the basics of caring for seeds. Try… read more

Producing Power From Food Waste

Food waste to energy

In countries like the US, food wastage has become as serious a problem as pollution. In 2010 more than 35 million tons of food was wasted in the U.S making up 14% of total municipal solid waste. More than 30 million tons of items that are not recyclable are thrown away creating landfill. Both the economy and the environment are affected by food wastage. Households spend a geat deal of their budget on food, and any wastage is a cost to the budget. Efficient food purchasing, optimal storage, and careful preparation can save you money. Not only on a household level,… read more

Environment Not For Sale

Environmental law in Africa

Foreign investment can play a critical role in improving the economic conditions in developing countries. As a result, many African countries are keen to have foreign based companies invest and set up shop within their borders. Foreign investment is hardly free, in most cases foreign companies benefit in some or other way from operating in a foreign jurisdiction. They may benefit from a number of advantages including the natural resources such country has to offer, corporate tax rates, and from lax environmental laws. Where environmental laws are concerned, it may be that in the company’s country of origin there are… read more