Posts Tagged ‘recycle’

Environmental News! USA ruining everything : 19th July 2012

USA – One of the least environmentally sustainable countries, in the world.

The following is from the introduction of the National Geographic Greendex 2012 article, “consumers in the large developing economies of Brazil, India and China have scored highest, while Canadians and Americans, with their relatively massive environmental footprints as individuals, have scored lowest.”
This greendex survey ranks countries around the world in terms of how environmentally sustainable they are. One thing you can be sure of is how the USA will still be delighted that they are more sustainable than Canada, “USA! USA! USA!”.
Not only that, but further studies from National Geographic have shown that the USA don’t even care about this, “only germans feel less guilty about their environmental inaction”. 

54% of USA is in drought. $50 billion to fix it. 

North America is currently experiencing the worst drought since the 1950’s. For the second month in a row, temperatures have reached record highs. This drought is not only causing death among humans (48 dead in 7 days in Washington DC) but is also causing problems for agriculture. Corn output had dropped rapidly, 7% in the last week. Recent wildfires in states such as Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming have displaced thousands of cows from federal rangelands which may not be fit for grazing for years.
With the price in food sure to rise over the next year Michael Swanson, agricultural economist at the largest commercial agriculture lender said, “It might be a $50 billion event for the economy as it blends into everything over the next four quarters.”

Thousands of baby leatherback turtles die in Trinidad.

leatherback-turtle-massacre

Heavy machinery have crushed thousands of baby turtles along the most dense nesting area for the leatherback turtle. Government work crews with bulldozers were redirecting the Grand Riviere, a river that was threatening a hotel where tourists from around the globe watch the huge endangered turtles lay their eggs. Conservationists who track the turtles said that the workers dug a large portion of the sand that did not effect the river.
Sherwin Reyz, a member of the Grand Riviere Environmental Organisation, estimated that as many as 20,000 eggs were crushed or consumed by the scores of vultures that descended upon the food that was now open to them.
“They had a very good meal. I was near tears,” said Reyz, who helped save hundreds of uninjured hatchlings dredged up by the heavy machinery. “It was a disgusting mess.”

Video game ‘Xeko’ raises awareness of endangered species.

Digital Game Xeko Raises Endangered Species Awareness Online

Winner of Creative Toy Game of the Year, Xeko is a collectable card game available on phones and social gaming consoles.
Donors, known as Xeko Backer Agents, can contribute the campaign in amounts that represent the need for action and awareness: $30 symbolizes that 30% of amphibian species are threatened, pledging $1300 denotes that less than 1,300 Bengal Tigers are known to exist.
To donate, click here.
Instead of imaginary creatures, Xeko cards feature real-world endangered animals from different conservation hotspots. This creates awareness and appreciation for these creatures and their homes.

Exchange trash for food. 

Residents of Mexico City are embracing a creative recycling program that is turning trash into food.

It could be the best deal, ever. A growing number of cities in Central and South America are offering ‘delicious recycling’.  Jundiai is a city in Brazil that has been offering this for 10 years. When residents bring in recyclables, they get vegetables from a local, public garden.
Mexico City have also adopted this idea by handing out fresh lettuce, pears, flowers, plants, tomatoes and cucumbers to people who hand in their recycling. In March of this year, the city handed out 3 tonnes of food.
This is genius way to motivate those people that need motivation to look after the planet. Whilst it’s a shame that people expect something in return, it seems like this idea can work.

I leave you with,
9 reasons to plant a tree
Incredible photos of the underground storm water system in Japan

Environmental News! 6th July 2012 – China leading the way.

Beijing gives Subway credits for recycled bottles

More than 100 ‘recycle-to-ride’ containers will be installed in Beijing to conquer the inefficient waste of plastic bottles. They will be places along every stop of one subway line before being established all over the city. “They will be as easy to use as ATM’s” said a member involved with their production. Currently, the company collects 50,000 bottles a year. With this number sure to sky rocket, the company plan to approach Coca-Cola and other beverage companies to supply them with bottles. Asia associates projects like this with economical benefit – as shown by the money that will be made from Coca-Cola. Projects like this already exist in the west, simply for environmental reasons. If bottle donors are not paid, the project fails in Beijing.
Finally then! It pays to be green! Do you think it is a good idea to reward people financially for being green? Or should we be green by principle?

China’s Three Gorges Dam completed

China's Three Gorges dam

The $38 billion Three Gorges Dam has finally been connected to the power grid. 1.3 millions people were displaced from it’s production.
Is it worth it? 
The total capacity is 22.5 gigawatts. This accounts for 11% of the country’s total hydroelectric capacity. Britain’s largest power station, Drax, produces 4GW.
Yes.
“The complete operation of all the generators makes the Three Gorges dam the world’s largest hydropower project, and the largest base for clean energy” said Zhang Cheng, general manager of the TGM. The dam has already saved 200 billion tonnes of coal from being burnt. Beijing is now committed to bringing another 140GW of hydropower capacity on line between 2011 and 2015 to meet its renewable energy targets.
So do you think it was worth it? How many of the 1.3 million people do you think cared about the environment, 20%? Whilst I understand how horrible it must be to move your life somewhere else, I’d rather that than drown from rising sea levels.

Plastic bag use up for 2nd year running in UK

UK supermarkets handed out 8 billion single-use plastic bags last year, up 5.4% on 2010. Retailers have blamed the recession, claiming that shoppers now to more smaller shops each month. The story is not the same all over the UK. In Wales, the usage rate fell by 22% thanks to the 5p charge for plastic bags. Surely then this problem can be solved by slapping a charge on plastic bags everywhere? Give people an economic reason to use life-long bags. Take a hint from what China are doing.
Not convinced? What if I told you that in the last 5 seconds, America has consumed 60,000 plastic bags…….now 70,000.
Find out more and what you can do to help here.


I leave you with
A modern day Noah’s ark. How to live in a post-apocolytic world.
5 eco-friendly apps that could change city living.
– Think you’re eco friendly? Stop drinking with straws…that are wrapped in plastic….and then thrown away.