Scientists are making their first forays into the mysterious world of biology miles up in the air. Their startling conclusion: That ecosystem in the sky might influence tomorrow’s weather and next year’s harvest.
Imagine discovering a product that you’ve been using is causing serious damage to your health and the environment. But instead of safely disposing of that toxic product, you decide to go next door and sell it to your neighbor. Hard to imagine, right? This scenario isn’t entirely unimaginable. In the United States, once a pesticide is pulled off the market because it is shown have dangerous effects on peoples’ health and the environment, we allow corporations to continue manufacturing and exporting that pesticide to other countries–even just a few feet across our borders.
Bjarke Ingels’ architecture is luxurious, sustainable and community-driven. At TEDxEast he shows us his playful designs, from a factory chimney that blows smoke rings to a ski slope built atop a waste processing plant.
FarmHack offers farmers new opportunities to work together on tools and innovations that will make our farms more sustainable and efficient. We also seek to collaborate with engineers, designers, architects and other non-farmer allies who want to help strengthen sustainable agriculture. Mainstream agricultural research and development tries to solve farmers’ problems with top-down, chemical and energy-intensive inventions. FarmHack seeks to solve problems by helping our community of farmers to be better inventors, developing tools that fit the scale and their ethics of our sustainable family farms.
Mosstika Urban Greenery is a NYC based collective of eco-minded street artists, using gorilla tactics to evoke the call of man back to nature. We believe that if everyone had a garden of their own to cultivate, we would have a much more balanced relation to our territories. It is with this notion in mind, that we at Mosstika, aim to collide the worlds of art and nature, creating havens of unexpected greenery, within the colder harsher environment. Together we aim to give green guerrilla tactics a new twist by creating works meant to be touched, in turn aiming to touch the souls of all that pass by. We strive to call back to mind a more playful existence, returning man to nature, even among the barren patches of urban existence.
This is a hot topic with a lot of opinions and sides accusing others of being wrong. I suggest we step back and look at the science, the biology. From there, I invite your critical thinking to make your own decision. So what can we do as consumers? There is a natural flow of energy up the food chain and wild salmon will do their best to survive and often in great numbers. This allows us to take a certain amount of wild salmon out of the system each year. So eat wild salmon, but maybe eat it less often and when you do, enjoy it for the very special treat it is. We can focus on eating closer to the bottom of the food chain. Discover the Anchovy and other smaller fish like Herring. They actually have less heavy metals and are better for you! Finally, eat vegetables! They are good for you, tasty, and about as close to the bottom of a food chain as one can get. The more vegetables we eat, the more other people will have a chance to eat.
As climate change and the needs of 7 billion humans increase demands on the global water supply, the pressure is on to come up with ways to squeeze water from a stone—or at least from the air. The Airdrop is a new gadget that steps up to the challenge by helping farmers in severely dry regions source water for irrigation systems by harvesting moisture that’s evaporated into the ether. Edward Linnacre, the engineering student behind the project, won this year’s James Dyson Award for creativity in engineering design for his low-tech solution to a grave problem.
This chart shows the rapid decline of vegetable varieties from 1903 to 1983 when the study was conducted. The study found that 93% of the 66 crops which had been surveyed had gone extinct
His [Martin Azua] Bios Urn is a biodegradable urn made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose and inside it contains the seed of a tree. Once your remains have been placed into the urn, it can be planted and then the seed germinates and begins to grow. You even have the choice to pick the type of plant you would like to become, depending on what kind of planting space you prefer.