TAG: Environment

Where Do You Stand?

Human impact and the environment

How deeply have you considered your views of the environment and humanity’s contribution to what many describe as our current ecological crisis? The answer might seem simple: “Sure, I know where I stand”. But do you know where your views are located on the sustainability continuum? Consider, for example, whether you agree or disagree with the following sets of statements (adapted from the work of Environmental Education academic, Vicki Keliher 2012). As you consider these statements, ask yourself “why” you believe what you do, and (importantly) “how” your position affects the way you live and work: People are essentially different… read more

Coffee Powered Car

The Coffee Powered Car

Coffee is everyone’s morning friend. Every morning is boosted by sipping a cup of coffee and using it as our fuel for the day. Researchers say three cups of coffee a day can even prevent cancer although they admit that coffees magic is still a mystery. As well, a Guinness World Record was made by a car that was “a vehicle run on gas from organic waste,” and this car interestingly runs with coffee as fuel. Coffee’s magic runs a car too! The Coffee Car team from England have entirely remodelled a Rover SD1 to run with the gas produced by… read more

A Bug-Free Home

Keeping your home bug free

Although some bugs can be helpful – and harmless left to their own devices – you still don’t want them running amuck in your home. Certain bugs, such as spiders, whose venom can act as pesticide alternative, are beneficial to humans. However, other bugs like ticks and mosquitoes, cause diseases. Some bugs may be difficult to spot. This is why it’s best to keep bugs from entering your house altogether. To prevent ants from entering your house, sprinkle some cinnamon in a line along your doorway. You can be more generous in the amount of cinnamon you use.  You may… read more

Live Sustainably. It’s Hard

Are you really living sustainably?

If you think you live sustainably, you don’t

The Revival of Sisal

Naturally sustainable sisal

There is a revival of the use of sisal. Sisal is extracted from the fleshy leaves of the Agave Cactus plant and has a wide variety of uses these days. It yields a stiff, durable fibre used for a range of products, most notably rope and industrial fibres. Back in the 1970s, global production was booming with Kenya and Tanzania accounting for over 30 percent of the total produce and China, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Mozambique also taking part in its production. In 2006, however, production decreased  dramatically. This was due to the the fact that sisal initially caused… read more

Meat vs Plant Diets

Animal based diet vs plant based diet

Increasing amounts of meat are consumed annually across the globe. The consumption of meat is associated with higher obesity rates, bad cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease. Animal protein is one of the main risk factors for cancer and 23 percent of global water usage is used to raise livestock.  This includes 80 percent of freshwater in the U.S. These numbers can be overwhelming and you may wonder where you fit within all these statistics, but there is great deal that can be achieved by one person. It can start with a change in diet. First we must realize that vegan and… read more

The Billion Dollar Islands

The Seasteading Institute's island dream

In the waters off the San Franciscan coast in the U.S., a chain of artificial islands are quietly being designed, with plans for their construction occurring sometime in the near future. These elaborate sanctuaries are the brainchild of Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel (famous for his early funding of Facebook), and have received monetary support from like-minded individuals such as Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, and other notable and affluent figures worldwide. A company called The Seasteading Institute has backed the construction of these islands. The idea was first presented to Peter Thiel by former Google engineer Patri Friedman, a leader… read more

Why Move to Electric?

Electric cars - the future

Are electric cars the future? If you are a person that likes to save money or the environment, gas powered vehicles are not for you.  Only the electric alternative will save you money on a regular basis and help protect our environment. One advantage of an electric car is the complete nonexistent emissions.  A full electric vehicle will not have an exhaust system, fuel tank or muffler.  Another great thing about electric vehicles is how they use absolutely no fossil fuels under the hood.  The rechargeable battery is just an added benefit to owning an electric car.  As is the… read more

Alien Plants

Water hyacinth a major environmental problem

Travelling to different parts of the globe can be an exhilarating experience, so much that when our travels near an end we wish we could take every beautiful thing we have seen back home with us. People with an affinity to plants and vegetation may encounter a new species of plant they reckon would look good in their farm or garden and they obtain seeds of such plant not knowing that they may have sentenced their environment to a fierce attack. The invasion of an alien plant. Alien plants are plants that have found a way into an environment in… read more

Prompt Action Required

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Environmental policy, like many other areas of legislation, is not exempt from the slow-moving nature of the American government. As a result, it is difficult to convey the need for prompt action, especially in the case of progressive environmental legislation. However, America is in a situation which demands immediate action. Former Governor Mitt Romney presented his energy plan last week in Hobbs, New Mexico, and called for a boost in oil exploration along the East coast. In addition, he would reverse the suspension of oil drilling off of the coast of Virginia, which was handed down by President Obama following… read more