Our Thursday green news brings you the latest on green architecture, climate change, energy and communities:
- Nine technologies promising to clean up our environment: Today, we are facing numerous environmental challenges; many are a byproduct of other human actions, and it appears as if we are always looking for the next big thing to solve them. So how successful is really our green revolution? Technologist Ramez Naam argues in his book The Infinite Resource that the green revolution has been beneficial even though it created problems that still plague us today. There are many already existing technologies that could help solve several environmental issues, if developed on a larger scale. Among them are: organic batteries, commercialized carbon, nuclear innovations, tree root protection, solution-focused GPS, flyover country, better maps, nature’s tech, crowdsourcing. Learn more how each of there technologies can truly help.
- The new countertop food composter takes care of any food waste: Food waste is a serious global problem, with estimated quantity of about 1.3 billion tons every year. In an average western household about 25% of the food ends up in the trash, which is a big financial burden but even bigger environmental issue. The carbon footprint from food waste is actually bigger than the pollution from driving the typical car. This new kitchen device called the Food Cycler Home offers an opportunity for households to compost their scraps, even in cities that don’t offer composting services. In about three hours, this food composter can sterilize and deodorize anything and everything from lemon peels to meat and convert it to a soil amendment that can be safely sprinkled on plants. The byproduct is organic and looks like coffee grinds. As Brad Crepeau from the manufacturer Food Cycle Science explains: “The final byproduct will vary slightly depending on what you choose to process, but what is great is that anything you could eat, it could eat–including chicken and fish bones.”
- Cities and wildlife: According to a new study recently published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, certain birds and plants can actually thrive in cities while urbanization is hurting the overall biodiversity. The results of this study suggest that if we can design and develop our urban areas more sensitively to nature, we could encourage a more symbiotic relationship between humans and the flora and fauna. As the head researcher and a professor of fisheries and wildlife at the University of Missouri Charles Nilon explained: “City plants often fare better than animals. One-fourth of plants in the larger region are found in urban areas. In fact, cities can be more biodiverse as people bring non-native plants into their gardens and backyards.”