TAG: Environmental issues

The World’s Greenest Skyscraper

One World Trade Centre

From the ashes of the World Trade Center rises the world’s greenest skyscraper – One World Trade Center. The tragedy of the famed Twin Towers buildings will pave the way for another feat of engineering in the building set to replace them. The architects of the new WTC are shooting to win a number of eco-friendly awards, including a LEED certification (a step below Platinum status), Net Zero CO2 footprint, and more. Some of the aspects of the building’s design include what’s known as Daylighting. This is where the lighting from the windows is equivalent to the lighting provided by… read more

Far Out Fashions Offer Environmental Statements

Far Out Fashions Offer Environmental Statements

  Eco focused Elena Gregusova has mixed fashion design with textile art, and the outcome has produced some interesting, and somewhat unusual, pieces. Her artwork signifies environmental issues and has a multicultural facet. Using recycled content she creatively forms clothing sculptures that are presented as statement pieces. Using mediums like newspapers, tossed out textiles and other discarded materials she turns them into one of a kind wearable displays. One take on an organically produced fabric structure is her Global Wearing gown. Made from 100% recycled products like old clothing and umbrellas it shows a glacial, imaginative design. Her Wear The… read more

Traditional Laws – Are They Still Relevant?

Traditional Laws

Legal pluralism is not uncommon in many countries which were once colonies of western powers. In an era where colonisation was the norm, colonial masters introduced new cultures, lifestyle, and laws to the lands in which they sought to have influence. Swaziland is no different from the many African countries with legal pluralism. There are so- called “western courts” where common law and statutory law is administered by state appointed judicial officers. Then there are traditional structures where Swazi customary law is administered by chiefs appointed by a complex Royal order which is beyond the scope of this article to… read more

Lake Malawi Threatened

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Lake Malawi is home to a myriad of endemic fish species. It is a world renowned tourist destination largely due to its aquatic life which makes it a popular snorkelling and scuba diving site. So important is Lake Malawi to biodiversity conservation, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation declared it a world heritage site. The status of the lake as a heritage site and the biodiversity that it accommodates may be under threat. A long simmering dispute between Malawi and Tanzania over the sovereign claim over the lake is the source of the threat. The political intricacies of… read more

Corporations and Climate Change

Corporations and Climate Change

The environment appears to have found an ally from an unlikely source. Due to the inaction and delays in Congress pertaining to environmental policy, and the lack of attention paid to the environment in the current presidential campaign, corporations have taken action to combat climate change and aid the environment. The interesting part is the clear, identified and admitted ulterior motives corporations have for implementing responsible energy policies. It is a wise fiscal decision to commit to a large initial expenditure with the guarantee of not only a return, but also a profit, whether it is selling energy back to… read more

Energy Efficiency Dropped

Energy POlicy Dropped

In a disturbing yet unsurprising turn of events, the Republican Party national platform for 2012 contains no mention of energy efficiency. The omission has turned heads, given the previous positions of Mitt Romney on energy efficiency during his tenure as Massachusetts governor, and the 2004 and 2008 Republican Party platforms including energy efficiency. Even Former President George W. Bush, with all of his ties to the oil industry, had nearly 50 recommendations addressing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy conservation during his 2004 term. In the past, energy efficiency and conservation has been a fairly bipartisan issue, especially in Congress,… read more

Future For The Great Lakes

Future For The Great Lakes

Last week, the United States and Canada agreed upon and signed the newly amended Great Lakes Agreement, which was last amended in 1987. The goal of the Great Lakes Agreement is to “restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the waters,” with new provisions aiming to make it easier for the United States and Canada to take direct action on threats to Great Lake water quality, and to anticipate and prevent ecological harm. Interestingly enough, the governments consulted stockholders and independent groups which have vested interests in the Great Lakes regarding the amendments, which has resulted in… read more