background preloader

Sustainable development

Facebook Twitter

Why prairies matter and lawns don’t. Prairies – those critically endangered and complex ecosystems understood by few and misunderstood and destroyed by millions of people.

Why prairies matter and lawns don’t

Lawns – those myopically obsessive (and evil) urban, suburban, and increasingly rural monoculture eyesores that displace native ecosystems at a rate between 5,000 and 385,000 acres per day* in favor of sterile, chemically-filled, artificial environments bloated with a tremendous European influence that provide no benefits over the long term; no food, no clean water, no wildlife habitat, and no foundation for preserving our once rich natural heritage.

Cheap Drinking Water From The Sun, Aided By A Pop Of Pencil Shavings : Goats and Soda. Solar sponge: The top layer of graphite soaks up the sun's energy in tiny holes.

Cheap Drinking Water From The Sun, Aided By A Pop Of Pencil Shavings : Goats and Soda

When drops of liquid fill the holes, the water quickly evaporates. Building resilience within economies: new report by SABMiller and WWF. Decisions made early on about infrastructure and institutions which govern industry have implications for ensuring resilience later on.

Building resilience within economies: new report by SABMiller and WWF

Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/REUTERS Whether you're a farmer in Tanzania, a government minister in Uttar Pradesh or a captain of industry in the UK, good stewardship of water, food and energy resources underpins development. Today, as the assembled leaders of governments, NGOs and business in Davos focus on the future of the global economy, we provide new insights that can help them to plan for development which is resilient to the great global changes of the 21st Century. Companies proclaim water the next oil in a rush to turn resources into profit. “Is now the time to buy water?”

Companies proclaim water the next oil in a rush to turn resources into profit

Enquired the email that showed up in my inbox earlier this week. Its authors weren’t worrying about my dehydration levels. Rather, they were urging me to think of water in quite a new way: as a commodity to invest in. Fly farm aims to create buzz. The 8500m² undercover facility, which is being built by Gibraltar-based AgriProtein, will be completed next year and aims to produce 23.5 metric tons of insect-based protein meal and oils and 50 tons of fertiliser a day.

Fly farm aims to create buzz

Fish and chicken farmers have already signed contracts to buy the feed, an alternative to soy and fishmeal, according to Jason Drew, the company's co-founder. Aspire - Amathole Beyond Limits. Grey Water Information Central. What is grey water?

Grey Water Information Central

Any washwater that has been used in the home, except water from toilets, is called grey water. Dish, shower, sink, and laundry water comprise 50-80% of residential "waste" water. This may be reused for other purposes, especially landscape irrigation. (This is the definition common in Europe and Australia. Www.rhdhv.co.za/media/201210/NSGC/Appendix G - Nkandla Feasibility Report - Executive Summary and Supporti~1.pdf.

Vast freshwater reserves found beneath the oceans. Dec. 8, 2013 — Scientists have discovered huge reserves of freshwater beneath the oceans kilometres out to sea, providing new opportunities to stave off a looming global water crisis.

Vast freshwater reserves found beneath the oceans

A new study, published December 5 in the international scientific journal Nature, reveals that an estimated half a million cubic kilometres of low-salinity water are buried beneath the seabed on continental shelves around the world. The water, which could perhaps be used to eke out supplies to the world's burgeoning coastal cities, has been located off Australia, China, North America and South Africa. Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First. Image via Shutterstock A new pilot plant recently launched in Australia aims to combat global warming by converting carbon dioxide into bricks.

Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First

The culmination of over six years’ effort by The University of Newcastle, the chemical company Orica, and GreenMag Group, the groundbreaking new facility could close carbon loops and divert the greenhouse gas from the atmosphere. When it comes to global warming, human beings are stuck between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, greenhouse gasses are inevitably pumped into the atmosphere through industry, power generation, and natural processes.

On the other, emissions that contribute to climate change destabilize the systems on which people rely to survive. Www.eugcc-cleanergy.net/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=pNru9_ouRzQ=&tabid=296&mid=1026. Myths and Mining: The reality of resource governance in Africa. There are two economic realities on the African continent today.

Myths and Mining: The reality of resource governance in Africa

You will find the first one in World Bank, IMF and Africa Development Bank reports – and in articles across the globe about ‘Africa Rising’. This reality depicts Africa as a continent that is forging ahead – onwards and upwards. The Age of Sustainable Development. Www.dst.gov.za/images/ska/Bioeconomy Strategy.pdf. Plastic Bank: Harvesting Waste Plastic to Reduce Poverty Through 3D Re-purpose Center for Social Plastic & Ocean Bound Plastic. Waste seashells can solve waste water problem. Shells offer a cheaper and more environmentally friendly way of ‘polishing’ waste water.

Waste seashells can solve waste water problem

En/PublicationsLibrary/ditcted2012d3_en. The Sinister Monsanto Group: ‘Agent Orange’ to Genetically Modified Corn. The Americans do not only spy on governments, authorities and private individuals across the world with the help of their secret services; they also understand how to push forward the global interests of their companies with full force. An impressive example of this is the agriculture giant Monsanto, the leading manufacturer of genetically modified seeds in the world. The future of farming: GM crops on organic farms fertilised by human excrement - News releases - News. Society will have to rethink its attitudes to GM technology and accept an inevitable role for human excrement in the food chain, according to scientists at the University of Sheffield.

The challenges of modern day agriculture are numerous: climate change, soil degradation, water shortages and growing demand. A team led by Dr Duncan Cameron and Jurriaan Ton, from the University's Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, believes that UK farming’s inevitable future will be a combination of genetically modified crops on organic farms fertilised by human waste. The careful cross breeding of plants' characteristics during the green revolution resulted in highly productive crops. This has resulted in plants today being strongly reliant on fertilisers and many have lost the important natural traits that allow them to interact with beneficial bacteria and fungi in the soil.

Wheat crops. Humanure Handbook: Contents. A Guide to Composting Human Manure Second Edition Front Cover - Back Cover Table Of Contents: ( Show Chapters Only ) ) ) Awards. Existing cropland could feed 4 billion more. In many areas (lighter areas), crops used for non-food uses (biofuels, other) were not delivered to the food system. Credit: Emily S Cassidy et al. /Environmental Research Letters Reallocating croplands away from fuels and animal feed could boost food available for people by 70 percent without clearing more land, new research from the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota research shows The world’s croplands could feed 4 billion more people than they do now just by shifting from producing animal feed and biofuels to producing exclusively food for human consumption, according to the research.

Even a smaller, partial shift from crop-intensive livestock such as feedlot beef to food animals such as chicken or pork could increase agricultural efficiency and provide food for millions, the study says. Wave goodbye to global warming, GM and pesticides. Updated 25 August 2013 09:56 AM The technology – radio wave energised water – massively increases the output of vegetables and fruits by up to 30 per cent. Not only are the plants much bigger but they are largely disease-resistant, meaning huge savings in expensive fertilisers and harmful pesticides. Project X. Plants slow climate change by forming cloud sunshade: study. Global warming caused by CFCs, not carbon dioxide, study says. Public release date: 30-May-2013 [ Print | E-mail | Share ] [ Close Window ] Energy: Choices made in government's IRP2010 need to be revisited. The recent difference of opinion between the national planning commission (NPC) and the department of energy raises some interesting points for discussion with regards to the energy sector in South Africa.

While the department's energy policy and planning head Ompi Aphane may feel that the NPC researchers do not have the full view of what is happening in government, they certainly do have a much broader, intersectoral approach to energy provision and management than we have seen in department of energy sponsored plans like the integrated resource plan of 2010. Carbon tax to earn R8-billion a year. South Africa committed in 2009 to reduce its carbon emissions by 34% by 2020. Every government department was then told to do its part, and treasury chose a carbon tax. Www.inbar.int/2012/11/bamboo-a-new-approach-to-carbon-credits/ The Limits of the Earth — Part 1: Problems.

(Credit: NASA) The Limits of the Earth — Part 2: Expanding the Limits. The Ocean Cleanup - Boyan Slat. How the oceans can clean themselves: Boyan Slat at TEDxDelft. Study: Drought may be the ‘new normal’ Signs of global warming are increasing around the globe, according to Oregon State University researchers . Portable Solar Desalination 'Plant' That May Aid In Third World Water Woes.

By Meera Dolasia on September 14, 2012. Nano-scientists develop new kind of portable water purification system. Seawater Greenhouse. Vi~aqua - Water Energising Technology. Urban Resilience. A Once-Polluted Chinese City Is Turning from Gray to Green by Christina Larson. 17 Oct 2011: Report. Urban Vegetation Cleans Air Better Than Previously Thought.

About Livingroofs.org & Living Roofs. Waste water harnessed to make electricity and plastics - tech - 03 September 2012. Is the end of cheap food just an agricultural problem. Supreme Court To Hear Monsanto Seed Dispute. Stimulating the rural economy. Transfer tribal land to individuals: Agri SA. African farmers must do more to beat climate change: study. Farmers could become extinct: Agri SA. Barefoot College. The Barefoot_Approach.pdf. Www.grida.no/files/activities/greeneconomy/case-studies-da-india.pdf. Asia Now Blog » Barefoot College. Marcin Jakubowski: Open-Sourced Blueprints For Civilization. Open Source Ecology.

Aluminum Extraction From Clays. Aluminum from clay: two processes developed by the bureau of standards - Journal of Chemical Education (ACS Publications and Division of Chemical Education) Www.kau.edu.sa/Files/320/Researches/54693_25008.pdf. INTRODUCING A NEW INDUSTRY. - SCIENTIST'S INVENTION FOR EXTRACTING ALUMINIUM FROM CLAY. - View Article. Open Source Aluminum from Clay. Seed Factories. When Low-Tech Goes IKEA. Online marketplace set to launch local food vendors into the mainstream.

Zero Emissions Research Initiatives. Gunter Pauli - Blue economy. …7 POINTS AGENDA ON GREEN ECONOMY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. Shaw.asp. Global change: Delivering on Earth's promise. Bianca Jagger: 'The Future We Want' Bianca Jagger: COP18 Failed to Turn Down the Heat. Carbon debate heats up. China takes a huge step in reducing carbon emissions. Cost of combating climate change surges as world delays: study. Green economy: Humanity's long, slow suicide.

Global carbon trading system has 'essentially collapsed' Carbon tax will motivate change. Carbon tax shoots itself in the foot. Desert 'carbon farming' to curb CO2. Bamboo: A new approach to carbon credits. EU parliament support grows for carbon market rescue: climate boss. SA infrastructure going green.