1) Jadav Payeng: The Man Who Planted an Entire Forest by Himself
Science shows that deforestation is the second leading cause of carbon emissions on our planet. Anything we can do to reduce this number will have significant positive effects. Jadav Payeng is not a scientist, he is a man who comes from limited means – the son of a poor trader and yet he did not let his lack of resources stop him from making a big change.
Mr Payeng started planting a tree every day on an island in a river 30 years ago when he was 16. He had seen animals die as a result of extreme summer heat and no shade and decided to do something about it. Now at age 46 he has left a lasting legacy. The resulting forest he planted is now a nature preserve and has dozens of animals including migratory elephants, tigers and rhinoceros and many species of birds. His story has been made into several documentaries, a children’s book and is now part of the local high school curriculum.
2) A low-tech method for combating climate change
Most experts agree that the only way to limit the warming climate caused by human carbon emissions is to capture carbon rather than simply reduce the amount of carbon we emit. While there have been some very promising technology solutions, the cost and energy required to scale these up to the required levels makes them cost prohibitive.
Enter agroforests. Agroforests not only capture carbon but also provide food and profit for people, as well as habitats for wildlife. One type of agroforest commonly found in the tropics is the “food forest,” essentially a planted garden full of fruit-bearing trees. The agroforest also provides the required shade from increasingly hot summers to allow ground crops to thrive. The resulting food yeild may be consumed locally or sold at market providing food and money for local economies.
Best of all, it is easy to implement and costs a fraction of new technology solutions with the only inputs being seeds and education of local farmers.
3) The New Tesla Semi Electric Truck: A Pre-Production Review
According to Tesla, their new battery electric Class 8 transport truck will have a range of 500 miles per charge and save over $200,000 in fuel and maintenance, reducing payback to only 2 years. This was the stuff of dreams only a few years ago and soon will be reality. Other manufacturers are also building EV trucks: BYD is providing Seattle with electric garbage trucks and UPS is developing and testing their next generation of custom fully electric delivery vehicles and there are many others. With battery prices getting lower, fuel costs rising and renewable energy sources coming on line, the future of delivery vehicles appears to be electric. Interestingly, the best efficiency comes from vehicles with urban delivery routes requiring many stops. The vehicles regenerate electricity while braking therefore increasing run time and distance per charge. The ironic thing is that these routes also have the least efficiency for diesel trucks with the starting and stopping reducing their range greatly. So it seems apparent that sheer economics will dictate that we will be seeing many new EV commercial vehicles in the near future, especially in cities.
4) Clean energy can provide 100% of electricity
2018 might become known as the year that climate change became real. Increased intensity of droughts, wildfire, flooding and hurricanes has hit the reality home for millions. A recent report from UK researchers all the world’s energy needs can be supplied by renewable sources. No longer is the idea of renewable energy generation a “what if” or a “wouldn’t it be nice”, it is now a reality and is getting cheaper by the day. This report shows that not only is the idea viable, it will actually be cost effective for industry and cities. Now that renewable energy is cheaper than burning fossil fuels this can only help speed up the inevitable transition to a cleaner future.
5) A complete guide to buying ethical clothes on a budget
Enjoying fashionable clothes that were ethically made should not be only for the rich. More and more ethical clothing brands are sourcing organic or sustainable fabric and materials and are employing workers that they can ensure are being treated fairly. Garments are made to a higher quality standard to last longer and wear better. Instead of following weekly/monthly trends, designs are of more classic styling, thus ensuring a look that will last as long as the garment.
When you buy fewer, higher quality clothes you can justify to spend a little more money, but as these small businesses flourish and increase market share they will also benefit from economies of scale and prices will get lower. The links in this article will provide consumers with many good options for ethical clothing brands.