Biobanking Necessities

Biobanking combatting biodiversity

Biodiversity loss is a problem plaguing many lands in and around the globe, it threatens the survival of land and animal species, painting a bleak future for generations to come. The escalation of biodiversity has necessitated the formulation of new strategies with which to address the problem. Biodiversity banking colloquially known as biobanking, is one such strategy. Biobanking is a system used to combat biodiversity loss which is caused by habitat degradation occasioned by drought, soil degradation, and corruption of the environment, amongst other things. The purpose of even engaging in biobanking is to address the threat of biodiversity loss… read more

100 Things Challenge

Declutter your life

Many people are reacting to the negative psychological, social, and environmental impacts of rampant consumerism with a strong desire to declutter and simplify their lives. Some have taken this to the extreme, attempting to reduce their worldly belongings to just 100 things. The 100 things grass roots movement, started by entrepreneur Dave Bruno, has been gaining ground in recent years (you can read about Bruno’s challenge on his blog: guynameddave.com. The enthusiasm with which the 100 things challenge has been embraced is unsurprising given how many people feel overwhelmed, weighed down, and oppressed by the sheer volume of stuff they… read more

Benefits of Carbon Taxing

Hydrogen_fueling_nozzle

In the past, the thought of carbon taxing prompted within many Americans an internal groan at the thought of paying more money for our gas use. But a recent survey from December shows that most Americans would support the proposal of carbon taxing, with 70 percent in favor. Especially as taxing big corporations for their use of fuel could inspire the application of cleaner strategies, while the money made from taxing could go towards funding environmental solution programs and the creation of green jobs. Not only would carbon taxes help curb the escalating release of carbon emissions, but could also reduce… read more

Genetically Modified Food

Corn

Genetically modified (GM) foods are produced by plants that have been adapted using cutting edge molecular biology techniques with the goal of creating desirable traits such as pest and disease resistance, herbicide tolerance, faster growth, ability to withstand cold or drought, and improved nutritional content. In the past, such traits were achieved more slowly via selective breeding. GM foods have been promoted as a means of feeding a rapidly expanding world population. Most GM crops are grown by farmers in the U.S., though Canada, China, Argentina, Australia, France, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Uruguay, South Africa, Mexico, and Romania also grow GM… read more

Green Efforts: Berlin

Potsdamer_Platz

In part three of Green Efforts, we take a brief tour of Berlin. A city who, like the previous two destinations, has seen its fair share of hardships, if not more. But the once divided city is now a leading innovator for technology and design, especially in architectural design and transport. As a world class city, Berlin has a smorgasbord of  amenities to offer and its leading efforts in efficient living are no exception. That said, we will highlight some of Berlin’s greatest green assets, both intentional and accidental. Bike Friendly Bike riding is a common practice is Berlin and… read more

Green Efforts: Helsinki

Helsinki_Cathedral

Finland is a densely wooded land nourished by numerous lakes, with a sparse population that is short of five and half million. Nestled in the southeastern tip of Finland you’ll find Helsinki, the country’s capital and largest city. It is a city once shaped by Russian and Swedish influence, but has a distinctive culture imbued with the Finnish spirit and retains a high quality of life. As a part of Green Efforts, we will delve into some of the practices, both old and advanced, that reveal the city’s environmental awareness. Green Agenda Helsinki’s strength lies in the city’s sheer determination… read more

Green Efforts: St. Louis

Arch_St_Louis

In the previous “Green Efforts: Intro” article, we let off at Greensburg, Kansas. We now pick up a couple ball tosses over to St. Louis, Missouri. St. Louis is a city varied by culture and historical influence. Its lush fabric contains rich architectual heritage merged with a progressive downtown that illustrates the skyline. The city is punctuated by the Gateway Arch, which can be seen as an exclamation of the city’s revival. Despite its size, St. Louis has a low cost of living and in addition offers many free activities and attractions that can educate visitors just as well as they can entertain them. These are… read more

The Scoop on Weeds

The problem with weeds

Whilst some ecologists may argue the details, we can think of weeds as invasive species that pose serious threats to both the natural environment and primary production industries. Whether in Australia or elsewhere in the world, weeds are widely recognized as having major economic, environmental and social impacts. They cause damage to wild landscapes, agricultural lands, waterways and coastal areas. Terrestrial weeds are a problem to the land (and those who rely on it, human and non-human alike), while aquatic weeds can pose major challenges to the health of water systems – from mangroves to mountain streams. According to the… read more

Green Efforts: Intro

Green cities and communities

In the next few articles, I will attempt to address the efforts being made by various cities, towns, and maybe even villages, in the quest to ‘go green’. With these articles I hope to show what is currently being done worldwide to create a positive impact on the environment as well as discuss areas that need improvement in the green spectrum. Not all of these cities would make the top ten “Green Cities List”, nor can all of their Eco-friendly actions be considered intentional. Instead, these cities display varied levels of environmental awareness, and will contrast in size and location. By showing a wider… read more

After The Storm

After The Storm

Summer is a bitter sweet season in much of Southern Africa in that it brings with it much needed summer rains and a variety of fruits, but it also brings with it erratic weather patterns. Storms are a common occurrence here, and they usually result in such serious harm to property that many locations are declared disaster areas. Natural phenomena such as storms and resultant floods can result in environmental damage. Such damage emanates from ignorance as to how to manage a natural disaster. Some of these disasters occur in remote areas where assistance from the government may take days… read more