25% emissions from coal

25% global emissions from coal

Burning coal is the most polluting form of energy production: 25% of all greenhouse gases is from coal. Within the built environment a large share of emissions is because of coal combustion.

Coal is the main cause of global greenhouse gas emissions. A quarter of the emissions is because of the worldwide coal combustion.

World Resources Institute concluded this out of their latest calculation. Read More

Drones to plant billion trees

planting trees, using drones

Drones plant thousands of times more seeds and only needs one worker to pilot multiple drones

Drones to plant a billion trees?

According tot Lauren Fletcher, former engineer at NASA and CEO of BioCarbon Engineering, this is possible.

Flatcher has developed drones that will carry pre-germinated seeds, dropping them in pods from 3 meters above the ground. With drones, he claims to be able to replant 36,000 trees a day.

That’s about one billion trees per year at 15% of the costs of hand plantation. Read More

McDonald’s eliminates deforestation

McDonalds, deforestation, palm oil, Amazon, CO2, Climate Change

Before: Of the ten companies, only four had palm oil commitments, and of those only two, McDonald’s and Subway, had strong enough policies to receive scores.

About 223,000 involved people have protested against the deforestation strategy of MacDonald’s.

And it worked! They have seen the light.

McDonald’s just released a new commitment to eliminate deforestation from its global supply chains. 

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Wood pellet-fired cooking

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Remanufactured pressing machines make wood pellets from residual materials like sawdust, bamboo and wood residues.

Dutch Milling Technology remanufactures wood pressing machines in order to give them a second life.

These very affordable machines make wood pellets from residual materials like sawdust and wood residues.

Their partner in Vietnam produces 4,000 kg wood pellets in one hour. Ten hours means 40,000 kg pellets a day! 

Because wood pellets are a highly efficient, energy source, Dutch Milling Technology developed – together with their Vietnamese partner – a wood pellet-fired cooking stove for all the people who want to cook clean and safe.  Read More

Zero deforestation by 2020

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Deforestation with total loss of the Amazon – 2012

The Amazon is at great risk due to climate change and human-driven industrial development, including dams, mining, agribusiness and fossil fuel extraction.

The results of a 30-year study show that it is actually losing its capacity to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. Read More

Restoring Desert Grasslands USA

Desert, green, restoring, USA, Texas, grassland, perma culture, eco system, water, CO2Look at the amazing results Restoring Desert Grasslands in Texas. 

The key to this form of permaculture is: cooperating with each other and with nature for abundant living. Read More

Rainy Carnival in Rio and Sao Paulo

Deforestation, Brazil, rainforest, Amazon

Deforestation with total loss of the Amazon – 2012

The weather system that scorched São Paulo has dissipated. Rain fell there and in Rio during the recent Carnival celebrations, and more is likely in weeks ahead.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the rainy season usually ends in April, so many more dry months lie ahead that will shrink the water supplies even more. Read More

The Guarani Aquifer important source of fresh water for Brazil

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The Guarani Aquifer, located beneath the surface of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, is one of the world’s largest aquifer systems of the world

The Guarani Aquifer, located beneath the surface of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, is one of the world’s largest aquifer systems. Of course this enormous reservoir is an important source of fresh water for the regio. The countries over the aquifer are also the original four ‘Mercosur countries’. Since 2010 they work together in managing the Guarani Aquifer System. 

The Guarani Aquifer is named after the Guarani people, it covers 460,000 square miles.

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Deforestation Of Amazon Rainforest Increased By 28% in 2012

Deforestation, climate change

South America is running out of water and one of the main issues is deforestation of the Amazon: the hart and lungs of the world

The devastation to the Amazon jungle increased by almost one-third in 2012, according to studies made by the Brazilian government. This development represents a dramatic reversal of what was formerly seen as solid progress made over the prior decade in the fight against deforestation of the largest tropical rainforest in the world: The hart and lungs of the world.

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Brazil gets dehydrated because we are losing the Amazon Rainforest

Climate change, Antonio Nobre, Amazon

Deforesting is a big issue for the world. Our ecological footprint causes lack of drinking water, climate desasters like hurricanes and an increasing desert area in South America

The Amazon River is like a heart, pumping water from the seas through it, and up into the atmosphere through 600 billion trees, which act like lungs. Clouds form, rain falls and the forest thrives. Antonio Donato Nobre explains the magic of the Amazon. it’s ‘The Garden of Eden’, and we are destroying it. Read More

Ecological footprint: Since 1970 we lost 50% of our wild animals

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SInce 1970 we lost 50% of our wildlife in the world

Since 1970, the number of wild animals halved worldwide according to the Living Planet Report 2014 by the World Wildlife Fund. Especially freshwater animals are in big trouble. The main causes of the decline are habitat destruction, hunting, poaching and overfishing. Especially in Latin America and South East Asia, the biodiversity is bad.

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