By Miguel Pickard The historical moment gives reasons for pessimism, discouragement, hopelessness and demobilization, as we begin to weigh the possibilities of slowing down, diverting, smoothing down the rough edges, derailing the prevailing economic system. However, there are some glimpses on the horizon that hint at sober optimism.
As we seek to stop using fossil fuels, we will need to find alternative ways to boost our economies and lifestyles. Nuclear power, wind power, solar power, and hydroelectricity help us to do so in increasing degrees. However, there are still untapped sources of potential energy.
Contrary to what we might think, animals have conversations that are sometimes more polite than human beings, as one study reveals. Maybe, as human beings, we create the panacea of evolution; And while the complexity of abstract thought and human language endows us with a uniqueness, animals also communicate with each other.
There is nothing like the warmth of the sun on your face, hearing the wind whisper through the trees or the gurgling of the water. In fact, you can't help but feel a little more relaxed. Walking barefoot on the slightly damp grass and taking a deep breath of fresh air makes you feel in the moment.
The soil is the living layer that covers the Planet Earth and on which a diversity of interactions develop on which life itself depends.More formally, the soil can be defined as a natural system, developed from a mixture of minerals and organic remains, under the action of the climate and the biological environment capable of supporting plant life.
Almost 50 million tons of e-waste were generated in the world in 2018, according to estimates by the World Economic Fund. The future is more daunting: in 2050 we will reach 120 million tons. In Europe alone, each inhabitant produces 17.7 kg per year. We talk about all those cell phones, computers, televisions, refrigerators and cars that we no longer want.
Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Ecuador, Haiti, Lebanon, Iraq and now Chile. All over the world, people are rising up against austerity policies and corruption, challenging the police forces sent to suppress them. Many of these mass movements share a fierce criticism of capitalism.
Zeppelins, the most famous rigid aircraft personified by the Hindenburg, now look somewhat retro, rather than the image of the future that they represented in the 1930s. But they could be about to make a big comeback: courtesy of a new aircraft with aluminum and solar powered housing being built by British company Varialift Airships.
Earthworm activity in the soil is critical to agriculture, but it is being affected by climate change. Precipitation and temperatures are the factors that affect earthworms the most, as reported by a team of more than 140 coordinated scientists by the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv).
High-concentration arsenic could have detrimental effects on children's brain development. Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF), a nonprofit association that aims to reduce babies' exposure to toxic chemicals, analyzed about 170 baby food in order to find heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury.
Are electric vehicles better for the climate and air quality than diesel or gasoline vehicles? We chatted with Andreas Unterstaller, the transport and environment expert at the European Environment Agency (EEA), about the advantages and disadvantages of electric vehicles, the subject of a new EEA report.
A Green New Deal requires nothing less than bringing the globalized financial system under the authority of nation states. Climatologists have warned us that humanity has a "carbon budget" of approximately 3.2 billion tonnes of carbon emissions. CO2, counted since 1870, to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate collapse and global warming.
In the last 20 years, the amount of pesticides dumped in the most populated part of Argentina has increased by more than 1000, now easily passing 500 million liters per year. Weed resistance increases, floods become cyclical, and climate change makes itself felt. Deforestation and loss of biodiversity are incessant.
There is probably great intention behind the decision to reuse disposable water bottles, but based on recent research, this is a bad idea. This is because the water we drink is full of plastic microparticles, much of which is released only in the process of opening and closing the bottles.
They say that patience is the mother of science and, in terms of climate change, the saying seems to be true. Dozens of researches ratified over and over again warn that we are already in the injury time to stop the consequences of global warming. According to the latest UN calculations, we have a decade left.
They are an endangered species and yet they continue to be caught, sun dried and grated. We are talking about seahorses, one of the most fascinating animals in the world, which is killed and used as supposed medicine. Seahorses are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in China, but the stores are full of jars that hold them as if they were normal products.
There is no one "behind me": The young climate activist Greta Thunberg answers her detractors. The school strike of the young Swede Greta Thunberg has an international reputation and receives some criticism. In this rostrum he defends the honesty of his commitment. The video of his recent speech at the United Nations Climate Change Summit has been around the world.
We are 7.5 billion people on Earth, and the number continues to grow, the figure is expected to increase by 2000 million people by 2050. The production of waste is directly related to our consumption. In developed countries, an average person produces 1 kilogram of garbage per day while in developing countries it is produced between 400 and 700 grams.
Connecting wildlife habitats has often been perceived as a way to enhance biodiversity. A new paper backs up previous evidence with large-scale findings. Article published in the journal Science provides new evidence on links between wildlife corridors and higher levels of biodiversity.
The construction industry is responsible for the consumption of approximately 75 of the planet's natural resources. Stones, sand, iron and many other finite resources are removed in large quantities to supply markets.In addition to exploitation, the large amount of waste generated at construction sites is worrying, both on site and in demolitions and remodeling .
This house is totally electric. Lark Rise is perhaps the most advanced and highest performing passive house in the UK. It has been designed to produce two and a half times more energy than it consumes. Crucially, because it is a passive house, even its winter energy demand is small.