TAG: Environment

Effect Change Today – World Environment Day

World Environment Day poster

World Environment Day 2013 is here today! Get ready to green up Portland, Oregon, the chosen North American host city, with Mongolia receiving the global host distinguishment. How does W.E.D. differ from Earth Day, or all the other “green” holidays? It’s simple: Earth Day is celebrated worldwide by people of all faiths, races, political backgrounds, etc. It’s a day for humanity to take the time to recognize the fragility of our planet, and create personal vows to make better eco-choices. On the other hand, World Environment Day is a time to be specific about the things we’d like to change. Each… read more

What is World Environment Day?

Eyes on Mongolia

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. It was the first occasion in which the political, social and economic problems of the global environment were discussed at an intergovernmental forum with a view to actually taking corrective action. It is celebrated on the 5th of June each year and is hosted by a different city with a different theme and is commemorated with an international exposition in the week of 5 June. The aim of World Environment Day is to promote activity at community levels that will foster changes in our behaviour to improve… read more

“Sensor on a Chip” Could Enable Inexpensive Environmental Monitoring

"Sensor on a Chip" Could Enable Inexpensive Environmental Monitoring

Researchers are working on tiny sensors that could eventually enable inexpensive real-time monitoring of water and air for pollutants. The researchers, at University of Delaware’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, are developing highly sensitive devices capable of detecting chemical molecules in the environment, even at low levels. These sensors could replace current molecular detectors, which are both unwieldy and costly, and be used in the field to detect environmental contamination. “In the end, the device will be very sensitive compared to current technology. We expect around two to four orders of magnitude improvement. It will also be small and… read more

The Depave Movement Battles Concrete Landscapes

Depave is a movement with a mission. The drive to replace excess concrete to green up city spaces has inspired and fueled their crusade. Located in Portland, Oregon, the nonprofit organization attempts to enrich existing dull pavement plots and to promote more aesthetically pleasing spaces. Their idea is that living in the city does not have to mean giving up green areas. It is against human nature to be constantly disconnected with outdoor surroundings, and bringing life back into urban spaces that are overabundant with concrete backdrops is a valuable way to put unused, stark sections of land to work. With… read more

Ninja, Guru or Rockstar? [Infographic]

Ninja Guru Rockstar Infographic

These days, a ninja isn’t necessarily trained in martial arts. According to indeed.com, job postings with the term ‘ninja’ included in the title have grown over 4000% in the last four years. ‘Rockstars’ and ‘gurus’ are also in demand across a range of industries, but don’t be fooled. These archetypes aren’t just one and the same; they each have their own personality traits, both positive and negative. The same applies in the environmental field. Is Al Gore a ‘green guru’ or ‘green rockstar’? What about you? Maybe you go about your business quietly and efficiently like a ninja. Or do… read more

Health Needs in the Future

Climate Change

When climate change is discussed, no matter at what level, the primary concern is rising temperatures and the impact that will have on the environment. This is justified as rising temperatures are by far the most pertinent aspect of climate change which must be addressed. However, climate change is not exempt from the “focus problem”, wherein the smaller facets of an issue are ignored, usually unintentionally, due to the stronger focus on a large aspect of the issue. People frequently respond to a large scale issue with more determination, which is why it makes sense to present an argument in that… read more

Could This Be The Answer to a Paperless Society?

A paperless society?

Paper use on a global scale is enormous. We have no one to blame but ourselves as many daily transactions still require paperwork despite technological advances towards a paperless society. In an effort to preserve forests and the environment, Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) have unveiled a promising and cutting edge “rewritable electronic paper”. The interesting part about this e-paper is that it can retain information written upon it without using electricity and it is designed to replace paper products that only have a limited lifespan such as tickets or daily office papers, thus saving on waste and energy. This phenomenal project… read more

Let’s Change Our Thinking For Good

Change Our Thinking For Good

For years, people have talked about “Subverting the Dominant Paradigm”. For years, it seems people have instinctively understood these words and what the alternative paradigm looked like. Like “sustainability” talk, it was a trendy expression that steadily gained traction within the non-mainstream quarters of the “developed” world. Great – except that nobody could really agree on what it was, let alone how to get to the other side. Subvert the dominant paradigm?  What on earth does this mean? We can hazard a guess that the dominant paradigm pre-dates the Industrial Revolution. Chances are a “genius” called Descartes had something to… read more

Reading for The Future

Reading for the Future

Nothing can replace the smell and feel of an old fashioned book. However, embracing the digital page has its benefits, especially for tech-savvy children. While it is important that they know how to navigate an index or read a table of contents and locate a real page, an enormous amount of knowledge can be gained via online media. In a world where disposable is more often the norm, it’s reassuring to know that the advantage of acquiring knowledge, whether it be on page or on screen, is something that can’t be thrown away. Children who read are introduced to other cultures,… read more

The Bioneers

The Bioneers

Hatched in 1990, the idea of the Bioneers, a word that was introduced by Kenny Ausubel, began to spring into action. Bioneers as defined, seek to uphold biological and cultural diversity, and take a more natural approach to the scientific and medicinal fields. Also biomimicry, or going back to nature as the model for problem solving, is the school of thought. Bioneers include a group of earth aware, educated individuals demanding change and examining new and justifiable ways of arriving at solutions. Initially, Bioneer efforts were interested in native cultural and bio-diversification, sustainable farming and conservation. Bioremediation, or naturally dealing with… read more