What Humans are Really Doing to our Planet, in 19 Jaw-Dropping Images

Zak Noyle/Foundation for Deep Ecology – Surfing through trash in Java, Indonesia. It’s hard to deny that we’ve got an environmental crisis on our hands. For a long time, it’s been a talking point, though the moniker has changed a bit. At one time it was called “global warming”, but when the mercury plummeted in certain …

Designer Works to Erect First Modern Village to Generate its Own Electricity–and Food–in 100% Sustainable Loop

An American architect has put his own money and years of struggle on the line to begin building a modern neighborhood that would generate its own power using a closed loop system that would also recycle all the waste and generate all the food. Officials in the Netherlands have given James Ehrlich an initial green …

Global waste production is predicted to rise by 70 per cent by 2050

The biggest waste producers worldwide: Sensonseo Global Waste Index 2019 In September 2018, the World Bankannounced that our global waste production is predicted to rise by 70 per cent by 2050unless we take urgent action. Humankind currently produces two billion tonnes of waste per year between 7.6 billion people.Population increase may be part of the problem, but it’s …

What If We’re Thinking About Agriculture All Wrong?

Two pioneers believe we can feed the world with trees Most of the world’s 7.7 billion people rely on annual plants for food. By definition, these crops perform their entire life cycle in a single growing season. In under 12 months, they sprout, flower, go to seed, and die. Currently, just three annual plants—rice, wheat, …

CARBONCURE INJECTS CO2 INTO CONCRETE TO SEQUESTER IT FOREVER

Canadian start-up CarbonCure developed a system that injects CO2 into the concrete when it’s being mixed, sequestering it when it hardens while also reducing the need for cement. Concrete is the most abundant artificial material on earth, but the production of its main ingredient, cement, has a huge carbon footprint. Cement functions as a glue to hold the …

Everyone around the world that has retirement savings is interested in how their money is invested

In July, a landmark trial will take place in a Sydney courtroom that could potentially change the way superannuation funds invest Australians' almost $3 trillion in retirement savings. Key points: The McVeigh v REST case could set a precedent for the way global pension funds manage climate changeExperts warn litigation against listed companies relating to …

UN calls for 30 per cent of oceans and land to be protected by 2030

The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity has published a draft proposal for its post-2020 biodiversity framework, setting out a commitment for 30 per cent of the world’s oceans and land to be granted protected status by 2030. Imogen BensonWed 15 Jan 2020 Ahead of October’s biodiversity summit in Kunming, China, the ‘zero draft’ proposal …

We Need an Ecological Civilization Before It’s Too Late

In the face of climate breakdown and ecological overshoot, alluring promises of “green growth” are no more than magical thinking. We need to restructure the fundamentals of our global cultural/economic system to cultivate an “ecological civilization”: one that prioritizes the health of living systems over short-term wealth production.  We’ve now been warned by the world’s …