Wildlife poaching is the fourth largest illegal trade after drugs, firearms and human trafficking. Rhinos are one of the most frequently poached animals on the African continent, and they are killed for a single part of their body: their horns. In some Asian cultures, it is believed that the components of rhino horns can help cure different types of …
At the end of last year, on a leased property two hours southeast of Regina, Saskatchewan, a local company, Deep Earth Energy Corp., began preparations for Canada’s first geothermal power plant. Unlike other renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, geothermal energy runs 24/7, and isn’t subject to seasonal variations as with hydroelectric. According to CanGEA, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association, Canada has enough geothermal potential to supply at least 5% of its electricity via geothermal. So why is this only Canada’s first plant?
Can trends towards water scarcity, soil erosion and food insecurity be reversed? According to the non-profit Roots Up, this can be achieved with simple, available and sustainable solutions. Their dew collector greenhouse provides an ideal environment for growing crops and harvests clean water for irrigation and drinking in North Gondar, Ethiopia.
Costa Rica has set an amazing record. For the first 75 days of 2015, the Central American nation powered the entire country with renewable energy. Now they’re looking to geothermal power solutions to meet their 2021 goal of being completely carbon neutral.
Are floating cities a near and realistic possibility? Can water be an asset instead of a threat? Is this a possibility not only for the rich, but also for the most vulnerable populations? Floating City Apps is an opportunity to upgrade life of the poorest living in slums through floating functions.
Over 634 million people live less than 30 feet above sea level, and coastal cities and even entire islands risk being swallowed by the oceans by the end of the century. “We can try to build walls to keep the water out, but… it’s better not to fight nature, but to work with nature, and amphibious architecture is one answer.”
“The world sends us garbage, we send back music.” The Landfill Harmonic takes trash from the local dump in Paraguay and turns it into instruments for local children — and they’ve been met with global success.