Jessi Gowan

Planning For The “Longpath,” According To Ari Wallach

Planning For The “Longpath,” According To Ari Wallach feat

With our attention spans getting shorter and our global, civilization-scale problems growing larger, it’s time we started thinking about the future. In a TED Talk from October 2016, strategic consultant Ari Wallach offered three ways people can develop long-term plans – thinking ten or 20 years out, instead of just six months or only a few weeks. “Short-termism, for many reasons, has pervaded every nook and cranny of our reality,” […]

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How Weed Barriers can Improve the Quality of Your Garden

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While permaculturists strive to live sustainably and limit their impact on the environment, it can be a challenge to manage garden pests without the use of harmful chemical sprays. Weeds dig their roots into your soil and steal nutrients, water, and sunlight from other plants – while expanding its own system to disperse offspring throughout your garden. Using a weed barrier can help you fend off these frustrating intruders without […]

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Pollution-Eating Robots Could Help Protect the Planet

Pollution-Eating Robots Could Help Protect the Planet

Researchers at the University of Bristol may have engineered a new way to clean up our planet’s waterways – with a swimming machine called “Row-bot,” which digests pollution and turns it into electricity for fuel. “Sometimes, tankers flush their oil tanks into the sea, so oil is released into the sea that way,” said roboticist Jonathan Rossiter, host of a TED Talk that discussed the potential these robots may have. […]

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Perovskite: The Future of the Solar Industry

macro shooting of natural rock - little cryslals of Perovskite mineral stone (calcium titanium oxide mineral composed of calcium titanate) isolated on white background

The ability to generate solar power from a diverse range of surfaces is a possibility in the near future, thanks to a material known as perovskite. According to many scientists, the power of liquid solar cells has the potential to revolutionize the $55 billion solar energy industry. “Solar cells are no longer limited to rigid structures such as panels,” said Dr. Anita Ho-Baillie, manager with the Australian Centre for Advanced […]

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Climate Change Has Already Had a Negative Impact on Animals on Every Continent

Climate Change Has Already Had a Negative Impact on Animals on Every Continent feat

A new study has revealed that we have underestimated the impact climate change has had on endangered species around the world. These effects have been particularly traumatic for mammals and birds on the endangered species list – even species included on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s “red list.” According to the study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, global warming has already impacted approximately 700 species […]

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Aggressive Fungus Found Growing in Outer Space

Aggressive fungus found growing in outer space feat

Scientists are considering the implications of an “aggressive space fungus” identified on the outside of the Russian space station Mir. Patches of the green and black fungus have been discovered behind control panels, in the ship’s air conditioner, communications unit, and on many other surfaces. Not only was the fungus growing everywhere, the patches proved difficult to eradicate. According to Russian microbiologist Natalia Novikova, there is the potential that in […]

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Cool Streets Helps Save The Environment – And Electricity Consumption

Tree lined street in the North End, Boston, Massachusetts.

Urban homeowners can do their part to fight the effects of climate change by planting more trees – and even lower their own monthly electricity bill while helping to protect the environment from global warming. Even just planting a small tree in your yard can make a difference on your monthly costs, and by letting the tree mature, you can save as much as $400 each year – according to […]

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Is Climate Change the Shock We Need to Make the Switch to Urban Farming?

Is Climate Change the Shock We Need to Make the Switch to Urban Farming? feat

The rising demand for food around the globe is prompting the need for both scientists and farmers to deal with failing crop yields as a result of global warming. Steady increases in both wealth and population are leading to projections that by 2050, demand for food will be up 70 percent – but around the world, the staple crops of wheat, soybean, sorghum, barley, rice, and maize, are providing lower […]

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Denmark’s Sustainable Energy Programs Inspiring Transitions Around the World

Denmark’s sustainable energy programs inspiring transitions around the world feat

Denmark’s transition to renewable energy is an inspiration to countries around the world, looking to implement their own sustainable programs to decrease reliance on fossil fuels. With more than 45 per cent of Denmark’s total electricity powered by wind in 2016, and an entirely self-sustainable island off the country’s coast, the stage is set for Denmark to continue on its path to eliminate the need for other sources of energy. […]

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Proposal from Tesla Encourages Discussion About Renewable Energy in Australia

Proposal from Tesla Encourages Discussion About Renewable Energy in Australia feat

Finally, the Australian government is considering the potential benefits of addressing the country’s energy crisis with solar batteries – thanks to a $33 million bet with billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk. In the past, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbill said a “rush” to increase Australia’s generation of renewable energy would result in more expensive, less reliable power. Following a proposal from Tesla’s Elon Musk, Turnbill is changing his tune, even tweeting […]

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Understanding Commonly-Used Produce Labels

Understanding Commonly Used Produce Labels Feat.

Nutrition labels are posted to packaged and processed foods to help consumers make informed choices about the foods they choose to purchase at eat – but the words used on these labels are often confusing and difficult for the average shopper to decipher. As more and more people are starting to pay attention to these labels in an effort to eat better, some clarification is needed to help consumers know […]

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Australia’s Energy Crisis Could Force Changes To Urban Planning

Melbourne, Australia

The increasing threat of blackouts in Australia is becoming more than just an inconvenience – these power outages have the potential to impact property prices for apartments, which are hit especially hard when the electricity goes out. Many high-rise buildings aren’t equipped with back-up generators, so power outages can leave residents without air condition and without access to lifts – or even stuck inside them. This could be especially concerning […]

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