War and the Environment

The effect of war on the environment

Human beings and infrastructure are often the focus of discussion when the destructive consequences of armed conflict are under consideration. The natural environment in which we live is often forgotten, yet it may well be the one of the most affected casualties of war. Warfare takes place on all three forms of environmental media ie. water, air and land. This very fact renders the environment vulnerable to abuse and misuse when two or more combatants are at war, especially because destroying the environment requires little effort, whereas defending the environment is not an easy feat, even for the most militarily… read more

Support Local Business

Supporting Local Business

There is a novelty to visiting a local shop. When you enter one of these shops you’re taking part in someone’s dream and making it reality tangible. We shouldn’t view local businesses in nostalgic regards. By shopping locally, you invest in your city and strengthen the fabric of its culture. One of the best places to do so is ‘downtown’. Downtowns were once the pulse of every large city or town and have sadly been in a state of decline. Still, there are few other places where you can grab a coffee, trade books, buy unique apparel, laze under the… read more

Carbon Tax and its Role

The role of Carbon Tax

The importance of Tax reforms to government fiscal policy cannot be understated, especially given the unfavourable economic climate faced by the global community. One particular area of taxation that requires attention is carbon taxation, and its role in mitigating the impact of greenhouse gases and carbon emissions on our natural environment.  It is a trite fact that carbon emissions emanating from human activity contribute significantly to the rising global temperatures. Formulating a fiscally sound carbon tax could prove invaluable in making inroads geared at addressing the on-going problem that is global warming. Governments have the duty to educate taxpayers on the rationale behind carbon taxation, more… read more

Food Waste to Good Use

Feeding the homeless our food waste

We live such a disposable lifestyle and it can be easily forgotten that there are many people who struggle in life. Many disadvantaged people do not know where their next meal is coming from and it is due to some wonderful companies throughout the world that these sufferers can find relief. OzHarvest, is just one charity that rescues excess food which would otherwise be discarded. They gather food from restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, caterers, function centres, hotels, delis and food wholesalers and distribute it to charities and those in need. It is a marvellous concept that serves many purposes. Most importantly,… read more

Wasteful Over-Packaging

Unnecessary extra packaging

Surely everyone has experienced the bafflement of packaging. Why companies continue to over-wrap, over-cover, over-layer, their products is beyond me. Below are some culprits that should perhaps be avoided or found alternatives too. You could always write in to the brands and voice your concerns. Tea Bags – If you buy in bulk, tea-bags are a lot more environmentally friendly. This way you get more tea bag and less packaging. I find the smaller the package the more layers they tend to use. Outrageous! I bought a pack of 10 bags the other day and not only did it have… read more

Recycling E-Waste

Recycling household items

How many technological devices in the past year have you thrown out or replaced? I personally have counted three so far. So times that by the number of people in the world and you come up with a large pile of “E-Crap”. Sitting there as landfill and not going anywhere soon. Luckily, there are a number of companies around the world that have jumped on the band-wagon of recycling and who see these now useless products as an opportunity. An opportunity to turn them into something else useful, giving the products another life and another use. Yes, even a lifeless… read more

Green Building For Profit

Building better and more efficiently

Triple Bottom Line (TBL) is a cyclic thought and action process: engage stakeholders, understand the problem, find solutions, repeat and repeat again. One result of TBL in the design and construction industry is that we are finally moving past the egocentric view that we can design whatever we like and then engineer the systems to make the building comfortable for others to live and work in. We can save money and energy as well as improve our health if we incorporate location-based diversity into how we design and build and renovate buildings. We also see that construction work is the… read more

Green servers

Green servers

Intel launches its latest power-smart servers, and challenger AMD buys low-power server startup SeaMicro. Intel has launched its latest iteration of green servers, the Xeon processor E5-2600 product family. The new processors are 50 percent more efficient than the previous Xeon line, and connect to Intel’s Data Center Manager, which links its real-time power and thermal data to existing system management consoles. This follows the news last week that Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) was buying SeaMicro, maker of a new class of power-sipping server chips. Intel forecasts that there will be 15 billion connected devices and over 3 billion connected… read more

Low income solar

Solar Panel

Silicon Valley based SunPower, has announced a partnership with GRID Alternatives to provide solar panels for low-income housing. GRID Alternatives is a non-profit solar installer that trains and leads teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar power for low-income families throughout California. SunPower will provide GRID Alternatives with solar panels through a combination of donations and fair market value sales. The two companies have worked with each other the past six years, assisting hundreds of families in need and providing more than 1,000 employee volunteer hours, philanthropic gifts, equipment donations and sales. The partnership is expected to generate… read more

Zipcar for scooters

Scoot Networks

A startup called Scoot Networks has launched a Zipcar-style sharing network for electric scooters. The company is a graduate of the Greenstart accelerator program which is focused on incubating startups in the intersection of green and IT. Scoot Networks is building a fleet of smart-phone-enabled, 30 MPH (50 km/h), electric, Vespa-style scooters offered in a convenient, bicycle sharing-type system. They will be available on-demand throughout major cities and priced competitively with taxis and public transit. Shared electric motor-scooters have the optimal combination of speed, cost, convenience, and sustainability for the BILLIONS of intra-urban trips that take place every day in… read more