The Future is Green

Because stuff about the environment doesn't have to suck.

Belieze bans bottom trawling

The ban is effective as of Dec 31 of this year. Great news, now let’s see other countries follow this example.

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For those of you who enjoyed “Who Killed the Electric Car” you can look forward to the sequel, “Revenge of the Electric Car.” Yum.

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Check out Food Tubes, a carbon-free way to transport food. While we can certainly produce lots of our food, especially produce, locally (through urban farming, for example), there are undoubtedly foods that we won’t be able to find within the immediate vicinity, and will likely still enjoy consuming and will need in the future. Food tubes is out-of-the-box thinking for how we might actually transport such food. The video above isn’t very flashy, but it gets its point across, so watch it! I want to note that comments such as “how much carbon would it take to construct” are not so helpful, but solutions to those obstacles are! Food tubes and ideas like them are just that - ideas; so let them act as the inspiration we need!

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Bacteria that can use arsenic instead of phosphorus in DNA

Not directly environmental, but so incredibly awesome and important in the world of biology that I had to post. Check it out via the link above.

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Way to go Stanford students. This is exactly the kind of design we need! It’s a beautiful demonstration, and it’s obvious that laptop manufacturers can adopt some ideas from this design to make recycling much easier. As consumers that’s definitely something to demand from them! This kind of thinking saves on resources, saves on time and labour, and makes it easier to upgrade or replace a part, so the entire laptop doesn’t become obsolete if one part breaks. Imagine how much faster the repair process would be too, if you took your laptop to get fixed, if it takes two minutes, rather than 45, to disassemble it. Come on Apple, I’d switch to a Mac if you had a feature like this.

I’ve read a few comments online, especially below the video on YouTube that says companies would never go for something like this because it’s more profitable for them to sell whole new laptops than to encourage old ones to be fixed or upgraded, as this model might allow more easily. But companies should also be interested in the environmental factor as a selling feature too, which they will if we demand it of them. They could take back the laptops, refurbish the shells if necessary, and use them to make new computers. They’d save money and resources by reusing these parts, allowing them to lower their costs while still making profit. If companies are also made responsible for taking their electronics back after the customer is done with them (which can be spun as the consumer’s right - why should I have to deal with an outdated product when it’s the company who created it, they should offer that service to me!), they’d JUMP on the chance to make the recovery and recycling process easier on themselves. Plus you could create safe, high-tech jobs this way and help eliminate some of the dangerous e-waste piles and junkyards you see reported in places like China and India.

These are just a few possibilities, casually thought up in a few minutes, so don’t resign yourself to an attitude of “that’s just the way the system is,” get a better system! That’s what these students at Stanford did, and with such an attitude we’d move towards sustainability a whole lot faster and probably enjoy doing it too!  

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LA county nixes plastic bags

Expected to be the biggest ban in the US, this law will take effect next year, requiring stores to stop giving out free disposable bags. We don’t need disposable bags, we have reusable ones!

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A great rally in London opposite the Japanese embassy. Lots of people showed up and there was great support from passers-by and drivers. Hope protests in other regions of the world went well too!

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Anti Whaling Day Begins!

Today is World Wide Anti-Whaling Day!!! Protests in over 60 cities worldwide, above is a video from the first protests taking place in New Zealand. Hopefully photos from the London protest to follow soon…

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Prop 23 defeated - YAY

Thank you Californians!

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UNEP has released a new project called 30 ways in 30 days. For the next 30 days, a new case study and success story in combating climate change will be posted on their website. This is in the run-up to COP-16, which starts at the very end of November, reminding us all that there most definitely are solutions at our fingertips, ones that have been implemented and proven to not only reduce emissions but improve quality of life. Check it out over the next month and be inspired.

UNEP has released a new project called 30 ways in 30 days. For the next 30 days, a new case study and success story in combating climate change will be posted on their website. This is in the run-up to COP-16, which starts at the very end of November, reminding us all that there most definitely are solutions at our fingertips, ones that have been implemented and proven to not only reduce emissions but improve quality of life. Check it out over the next month and be inspired.

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