The consequences of invasive species:

What are invasive species?
Invasive species are any organisms that have been imported into different locations around the globe. These are sometimes referred to as non-indigenous, alien, exotic and/or immigrant species. The consequence of introducing invasive organisms into foreign land has huge environmental, economic and social damage. Today, there are around 17,000 classified invasive species around the world with each ‘alien’ doing far greater harm than good.

Why the term ‘net-zero’ is nothing to get excited about:

What does ‘net-zero’ mean?
Net-zero refers to eliminating all greenhouse gas emission production or funding activities that offset however many emissions are produced e.g. tree planting or carbon capture. Doing the above would greatly lower the overall consequences of global warming, helping maintain the fragile ecosystem and human health. Many experts today believe the globe must reach net-zero by 2050 to avoid any catastrophic threats from global warming. However, experts believe such an accomplishment would require a triple in yearly clean energy investments by 2030 to around $5.63 trillion AUD ($4 trillion USD).

The magnificence of fungi:

What are fungi?
Fungi is a part of the eukaryotic organisms class and can range from microorganisms like mould and yeast to more commonly known varieties like mushrooms. In 2017, there were between 2.2 million and 3.8 million different species within the fungi kingdom. Fungi inhabit almost every location on planet earth, yet mostly unnoticeable with the vast majority of this unique species living beneath the surface.

How could GMOs be used to benefit the planet and people? – part two.

What are GMOs?
Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs are animals, plants, microorganisms, etc that have had a portion of their genetic material artificially altered using genetic engineering techniques. This cannot occur naturally through two organisms mating and only via human technology. GMOs are usually made to benefit humans help solve food, environmental and/or health-related issues.

How could GMOs be used to benefit the planet and people? – part one.

What are GMOs?
Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs are animals, plants, microorganisms, etc that have had a portion of their genetic material artificially altered using genetic engineering techniques. This cannot occur naturally through two organisms mating and only via human technology. GMOs are usually made to benefit humans help solve food, environmental and/or health-related issues.

How to have a sustainable Christmas in 2021 and years to come:

Why is Christmas unsustainable?
Christmas is the season of celebration where families connect and mass amounts of food are devoured until we feel unwell. However, due to the immense consumption of food, gifts and bright lights, Christmas is often a secret villain making the season of celebration, a season of destruction on the environment. However, there is a greener way to spend Christmas. A way that provides the joy and convenience of traditional Christmases while looking after the health of planet earth.

Why we need to rethink what bees we are saving:

Why are bees so important?
As many know, bees pollinate plants which is vital to the survival of the ecosystem, including us. Over the day, a bee will visit hundreds of different flowers to gather pollen. After collection, the bee will drop a small portion of that natural goodness into the female section of another flower. This process helps pollinate flowers which in turn, results in producing additional seeds for flowers to grow in the future. Without bees, this process could never be done and ultimately leave detrimental impacts on the food supply for all organisms that roam the earth.

Are waste-to-energy plants the green solution to traditional landfills?

What is waste-to-energy?
Waste-to-energy is a reasonably new idea. In simple terms, it burns common trash at incredibly high temperatures to produce steam which moves a turbine, resulting in electricity that can then be used to power homes, factories, etc. By burning the trash, the overall volume of the matter drastically declines which then results in less space needed for dumping it. If waste-to-energy plants are done correctly, this could be a game-changer in removing all visible waste and ending traditional landfills.

Is aquaponics a sneak peek into the future of sustainable agriculture?

What is aquaponics?
Aquaponics is one of many ways to source organic food. The method combines aquaculture which is basically fish farming and hydroponics which means growing plants without soil. Together, you get ‘aquaponics’. This method of growing food is far more environmentally friendly compared to the modern model of growing food on large plots of land, using tremendous amounts of water and pesticides. Aquaponics requires little land, water, energy and absolutely zero pesticides. So, is this model potentially the future of sustainable agriculture?

The true impact your cotton clothes are having on the planet:

What are the most common clothing materials?
Currently, the main clothing materials used are synthetic (polyester, nylon and elastane), cotton, wool and silk. These materials can be used in many clothing products and even outside of the clothing industry. However, in this blog, we are going to look at specifically cotton clothing and how much of an impact this industry really has on the planet. While a single piece of cotton clothing may seem fairly innocent, the impacts are huge providing grim statistics on how concerning the cotton clothing industry really is.

Could algae become the plastic of the future?

What are algae?
Algae is a simple organism that is mostly aquatic, nucleus-bearing or photosynthetic. It is a dark green plant that contains no roots, stems, vascular tissues or leaves. This organism can be found in multiple different structures like single-celled phytoplankton that sit on the top of water or even in seaweed structures often called macroalgae. Algae can be found anywhere where there is water. Lakes, ponds, oceans, rivers and sometimes snow.

New technology and clever proposals that could help greatly lower emissions from cattle:

What ideas could help cut down emissions from cows?
In this blog, there are three proposed ideas to help reduce cows’ emissions globally. Some of which are already being trialled in certain countries and others are simply ideas that may have only recently begun testing. The ideas are genetically modifying cows, replacing a small portion of their diet with seaweed and/or toilet-training them just like humans. If successful, the emissions from cows could drastically decline to the point where they have almost no effect on the planet. While these ideas could certainly help us in combating climate change and global warming, the proposals could also benefit the animals themselves which will be touched on throughout this text.

Bitcoins quiet e-waste problem causing a loud and clear impact on the planet:

What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is one of the many new decentralised digital currencies founded back in 2009. Decentralised digital currencies are bank-free methods of transferring a certain amount of money to other people without the need for a third group/party e.g. bank. The currency can be passed from one user online to another on the Bitcoin network or other platforms. Bitcoin has made an incredible amount of money with all transactions ever made set to be worth around $653 billion and rising. In the middle of 2021, Bitcoin made up around 1.7% of all money in the world. For simplicity, Bitcoin is commonly known as a cryptocurrency.

Simple things to buy/do to create a more sustainable lifestyle for yourself:

Bamboo toothbrushes:
Switching out the conventional plastic toothbrush in your bathroom for a bamboo model is one of the simplest things the public can do to help reduce their ecological impact. Currently, bamboo toothbrushes can be found in almost any supermarket, pharmacy, etc and would make a real difference in an individual’s negative impact in the personal hygiene sector.

Could carbon-free steel play a vital role in helping us reach carbon neutrality?

What is carbon-free steel?
Carbon-free steel is steel manufactured without carbon and coke which are the main ingredients used in the traditional manufacturing process. Carbon and coke are two critical contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the production of steel. Sweden has recently produced the world’s first shipment of carbon-free steel. Its characteristics are just like traditional steel but without the use of fossil fuels meaning it is far better for the planet.

How Masdar City is a great role model for future green development:

What is Masdar City?
Masdar City is a new city operating off 100% renewable energy and has been designed to create the most sustainable lifestyle possible, located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The streets and buildings are strategically placed close to one another to provide additional shelter from the scorching temperatures in the Middle East. The purpose of Masdar City is to provide a lifestyle for those who wish to live sustainably (no cars, 100% renewable energy, lower water and energy consumption, etc) and to provide a sneak peek into what the future of green development could and should look like. The size of the city in 2016 was 6 km².