SUSTAINABLE PLANET

By David Kish | Sustainable Business #Sustainability, #ClimateChange & the #CircularEconomy

Towards the circular economy - Reports - World Economic Forum

A circular economy is an industrial system that is restorative or regenerative by intention and design. It replaces the end-of-life concept with …

Sustainability

A Dutch 'boy genius' said he could get the ocean to clean itself. Turns out, he's right.

<b>In 2012 — when he was just 18 — Dutch inventor and entrepreneur Boyan Slat gave his first TEDx Talk about cleaning up the ocean .</b><p>In his talk, he laid …

Pollution

Humanity could be waste-free if we lived in a Circular Economy — here's how it would work

Read the full transcript below:<p><b>Teresa Domenech:</b> Wouldn't it be great if we didn't have to really own a car, own a house, or own a phone. What if we just use what we need in the way we need it and then when we no longer need it or when we need something else we just change it easily.<p>Hello, my name …

Sustainability

This Food Giant Is Now The Largest B Corp In The World

Yogurt giant Danone North America has passed B Labs rigorous assessment that measures a company’s sustainability and how it treats its employees.<p>One year ago, the yogurt giant Danone merged with the organic and plant-based food giant WhiteWave, the company behind brands like Silk, Horizon Organic, …

Sustainability

This Toilet Vaporizes Poop To Solve Sanitation Problems

Designed for places that don’t have indoor plumbing, the change:WATER toilet sucks the water out of waste so it’s more compact, more sanitary, and easier to dispose of.<p>As the classic tech lore goes, some of the industry’s best inventions started out in a garage. Diana Yousef’s currently sits in a …

Inventions

Educating as if Survival Matters | BioScience

Over the past 40 years, environmental educators through­out the world have been aiming to motivate and empower students to work toward a sustainable …

Oxford University

Incredible Sahara Forest Project to generate fresh water, solar power and crops in African desert

Can you imagine being able to produce enough water in the Sahara to grow crops there? Can you imagine harnessing sufficient quantities of solar power …

Renewable Energy

Plastic eating microbes to the rescue: evolution may be finding a solution to the problem of plastic waste

Last week Sami covered news that microplastics are found in 93% of bottled water and the highest microplastic contamination levels ever were found in …

Biology

Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People?

Humanity has 30 years to find out.<p>All parents remember the moment when they first held their children—the tiny crumpled face, an entire new person, emerging from the hospital blanket. I extended my hands and took my daughter in my arms. I was so overwhelmed that I could hardly think.<p>Afterward I …

Farming

We’re about to kill a massive, accidental experiment in reducing global warming - MIT Technology Review

Studies have found that ships have a net cooling effect on the planet, despite belching out nearly a billion tons of carbon dioxide each year. That’s …

Climate Change

Living in an Eco-Friendly Yurt

Powered by Nature<p>After a year and a half of living in a Brooklyn apartment, Casey Brown and Danfung Dennis started hatching an escape plan. So in …

Living Rooms

Solar-powered forever home is a modern take on the rustic farmhouse

‘Waste not want not’ seems to be a motto of Horseshoe Residence, a modern solar-powered farmhouse built with reclaimed materials in North Carolina. …

Humanity’s fight against climate change is failing. One technology can change that.

Iceland is cold. But it sits atop one of the world’s hottest underground regions, giving the country the ability to tap into a massive store of geothermal energy held by live volcanoes beneath Icelanders’ feet. Drill down only a few hundred meters, and trapped water will come gushing out as …

Fossil Fuels

Exxon Quietly Researching Hundreds of Green Projects

One of the world’s biggest oil companies is working on hundreds of low-carbon energy projects, from algae engineered to bloom into biofuels and cells …

Biofuel

It’s up to the world of science to provide everyone with clean, affordable water

Thom Mason, Senior Vice President for Laboratory Operation, Battelle Memorial Institute, USA<p>One of the most fundamental measures of quality of life …

Britain's soil to become infertile within 40 years due to intensive farming, warns Gove

The UK has only 40 years of fertile crop growing left because intensive farming is “cutting the ground from beneath" our feet, Michael Gove has warned.<p>The Environment Secretary said heavy farm machinery and overuse of chemicals was boosting short-term productivity but would render large tracts of …

Transformable solar building changes shape to teach people how to live sustainably

How do you persuade people to adopt sustainable lifestyles? A team of Swiss architecture students believes in the power of demonstration—and they’ve …

Water

This Fungus Discovered In A Pakistani Landfill Likes To Eat Plastic

Polyester polyurethane makes a delicious meal for the Aspergillus tubingensis fungus, offering a potential solution to some of our insane plastic problem.<p>Out of all the plastic ever made–an estimated 8.3 billion metric tons–most of it still exists as waste in some form, whether that’s in a landfill …

Pollution

Richard Branson: In the near future, we'll think it's "archaic" to kill animals for food

Investing in Cruelty-Free Food<p>In August, Richard Branson wrote a post on the Virgin website about his investment in Memphis Meats, which expressed …

Peer-to-peer renewable energy markets are the future — if governments get on board

Anybody with a modicum of rationality knows that we, as a species, need to make a shift towards renewable energy — or face dire consequences. But the problem with renewable energy is its inconsistency, which makes it harder to implement on a larger scale.<p>A number of startups and companies are …

The carbon-positive home that costs $2.35 a year to power

"The 10 Star Home is Victoria's first home to have a 10 star energy rating," Nat Woods from the Sociable Weaver tells New Atlas. "We believe it also …

Green Design

Clever backyard water tank looks like a giant raindrop

Home rain catching is a pretty slick affair these days, no longer relegated to the realms of industrial water towers.<p>This new Dutch design is the …

Introducing Futteralhaus: 205-Square-Feet of Flexible, Mobile and Sustainable Living

His <i>Futteralhäuser</i> ("case houses") offer people the possibility of flexible, movable and sustainable living: After building his first prototype, …

A lesson from Hurricane Irma: capitalism can’t save the planet - it can only destroy it

The perpetual quest for growth drives our economics. That’s why our environment and financial system lurch from crisis to crisis<p>There was “a flaw” in the theory: this is the famous admission by Alan Greenspan, the former chair of the Federal Reserve, to a congressional inquiry into the 2008 …

Sea Level

How a Free Grocery Store Is Cutting Food Waste—and Hunger

By Rina Diane<p>On a windy late afternoon, dozens of people have lined up in front of a 20-foot-long repurposed shipping container situated on a church …

Sustainability

Third of Earth's soil is acutely degraded due to agriculture

Fertile soil is being lost at rate of 24bn tonnes a year through intensive farming as demand for food increases, says UN-backed study<p>A third of the planet’s land is severely degraded and fertile soil is being lost at the rate of 24bn tonnes a year, according to a new United Nations-backed study …

Farming

Japan's new mushroom solar farms produce sustainable energy and food

Japan’s agricultural sector could find a much-needed boost with an innovative approach to growing that combines solar power generation and mushroom …

The Climate Engineers Sucking CO₂ From the Atmosphere—and Making Money Doing It

More than a decade into their friendship, Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher can’t decide which of them is the thinker and which is the doer. They …

Money