/Tag: environment

The Rise of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Water, food, and energy are the most basic human needs and share a strong connection. Water is used to grow crops, drive hydropower generation, cool down thermoelectric power plants (generally fueled by coal, natural gas, or nuclear fission), and extract fossil fuels (e.g. through hydrofracking). Energy is required to extract groundwater, transport water resources where

2018-12-07T07:09:20+00:00Tags: |

Can US cities help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?

Despite a crisis of confidence at the national level, a significant majority of Americans still believe in the ability of their local governments to deliver. This is good news, because U.S. cities are increasingly responsible for taking on local challenges with global implications, such as pollution, violence, climate change, and economic opportunity and security. Local

2018-12-06T18:11:13+00:00Tags: |

Machine learning helps predict worldwide plant-conservation priorities

There are many organizations monitoring endangered species such as elephants and tigers, but what about the millions of other species on the planet -- ones that most people have never heard of or don't think about? How do scientists assess the threat level of, say, the plicate rocksnail, Caribbean spiny lobster or Torrey pine tree?

2018-12-04T14:59:50+00:00Tags: |

Fuelwood Cookstoves As Tonic For Sustainable Environment

A quarter of humanity today lives without access to any electricity and almost one-half still depends on solid fuels such as unprocessed biomass, firewood coal, or charcoal for its thermal needs. These people depend heavily on firewood for their cooking, heating, and basic home appliances, an approach that comes with multitude of impact detrimental to

2018-11-13T10:37:10+00:00Tags: |

Rainforest destruction from gold mining hits all-time high in Peru

Small-scale gold mining has destroyed more than 170,000 acres of primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon in the past five years, according to a new analysis by scientists at Wake Forest University's Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation (CINCIA). That's an area larger than San Francisco and 30 percent more than previously reported. "The scale of

2018-11-12T08:23:39+00:00Tags: |

Largest Seafood Companies Assessed Against Sustainable Development

The World Benchmarking Alliance plans to assess the 30 largest seafood companies globally against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. A public evaluation of their draft methodology takes place now through December. Aviva, Index Initiative, and the United Nations Foundation launched the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) of business, nonprofit, and government organizations in late September

2018-11-06T14:09:36+00:00Tags: |

Ozone layer finally healing after damage caused by aerosols, UN says

The ozone layer is showing signs of continuing recovery from man-made damage and is likely to heal fully by 2060, new evidence shows. The measures taken to repair the damage will also have an important beneficial effect on climate change, as some of the gases that caused the ozone layer to thin and in places

This Spanish startup developed sustainable ‘seed’ paper that grows into trees when planted

With all its team members below the age of 25, some might say Sheedo has done impressively to persuade the likes of Telefónica and Coca-Cola to get on board with their product, a "seed paper" that can be planted in order to put an end to single-use paper. "We want to give disposable paper a

2018-11-02T08:41:46+00:00Tags: |

Sustainability, something farmers can promote

Sustainability, a decade or so back, put farmers in a watchful mood, wondering what new regulation was about to create more paperwork, more stress and less efficiency for their operations. The irony in that skepticism was and remains that farmers already employed most of the practices necessary to satisfy reasonable conservation initiatives. They also understood,

2018-11-01T10:04:50+00:00Tags: |

For a lower climate footprint, vegetarian diet beats local

A new study provides a more comprehensive accounting of the greenhouse gas emissions from EU diets. It shows that meat and dairy products are responsible for the lion's share of greenhouse emissions from the EU diet. The average EU citizen has a food footprint of 1070 kg of CO2 equivalent per year when emissions from

2018-10-24T08:02:23+00:00Tags: |

Northwestern Engineering Students Return to Germany for Lessons on Sustainability

Story by Jillian Melero, a graduate student at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and embedded reporter on the Global Engineering Trek in Sustainability. Standing in train stations or riding the train, sitting circled on a city sidewalk, or conferenced around the breakfast table at the hostel, the 11 Northwestern students on

2018-10-16T08:08:55+00:00Tags: |

A new bioeconomy strategy for a sustainable Europe

As announced by President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans in their letter of intent accompanying President Juncker's 2018 State of the Union Address, the new bioeconomy strategy is part of the Commission's drive to boost jobs, growth and investment in the EU. It aims to improve and scale up the sustainable use of renewable resources

2018-10-15T08:03:04+00:00Tags: |

Keeping food out of landfills

You probably throw out more food than you realize. Food waste makes up 21.6 percent of municipal waste, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. “This is not a good use of landfill space,” said Michael Chajes, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and co-chair of the University of Delaware’s Sustainability Task Force. “There are

2018-10-10T08:16:42+00:00Tags: |

Nobel Prize in Economics 2018 Integrating innovation and climate with economic growth

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2018 to William D. Nordhaus, Yale University, New Haven, USA "for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis" and Paul M. Romer, NYU Stern School of Business, New York, USA "for integrating technological

2018-10-09T08:07:33+00:00Tags: |

Turning Green Into Green: How Sustainability Benefits Your Bottom Line

The ever-increasing awareness of how manufacturing, consumption and commerce affect the environment continues to offer exciting new opportunities in the business world. Companies that have environmentally focused strategies are making genuine connections with customers, which translates into success with traditional business measures. But it's not easy. In theory, every company has the ability to prioritize sustainability and make more

2018-10-08T07:41:20+00:00Tags: |

Liquid metal discovery to make toxic water safe and drinkable

UNSW and RMIT researchers have discovered a revolutionary and cheap way to make filters that can turn water contaminated with heavy metals into safe drinking water in a matter of minutes. Recent UNSW SHARP hire Professor Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh and his former colleagues at RMIT showed that nano-filters made of aluminium oxide could be cheaply produced

2018-10-05T05:24:34+00:00Tags: |

The 10 worst sustainable business practices

I recently teamed up on a panel with Kim Stackhouse-Lawson (director, sustainability, JBS USA; and chair of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef) and Carlos Saviani (VP, markets and food, World Wildlife Fund) to assist in establishing a sustainability initiative in the food supply chain facilitated by the Context Network. We were asked to feature

2018-10-01T08:04:01+00:00Tags: |