Well done animation by This Is Studio.
So, let's recap what's happening here: The reason why the weather goes berserk lately is because of the human's greenhouse gas emissions. And it will go much more crazy in the future, resulting in food and water shortages, as well as natural disasters. All this will cause social tensions.
About 80% of the harm is directly or indirectly produced by burning things (oil, coal, gas, trees) emitting CO2. Next to reducing our general consumption this problem could be solved by projects like Desertec.
The other 20% come surprisingly from cooling chemicals – from fridges and air conditions. These cooling chemicals, called Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), are super dangerous... they are 3,830 times more harmful than CO2.
But, there are alternatives. For example refrigerators using (ironically) CO2 to cool. Unfortunately there aren't really any CO2 fridges available on the market. So, if you own or know a company which would like to do look into something like this please get in touch, we are looking for investment possibilities.
Since many years I annoy my friends and relatives with my enthusiasm for the Desertec concept. Now it takes shape, by 2016 we should have clean energy from the desert of Tunesia. A reason more to annoy my surroundings, wonderful!
It's time to move on.
Okay, this video might be a bit less sexy than the others on this blog, but it's therefore even more important to watch. Having studied many different models of solving the energy crisis, this method seems to be by far the best – and it already works. Check Desertec for further information.
In it's core a good theory. Question is, who controls this system? Google?
This is a two hour documentary about Monsanto, producer of herbicides, pesticides and crop seeds.
Spontaneous City is a project by London Fieldworks.
Spontaneous City by London Fieldworks comprises two sculptural installations specially designed for the Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus Altissima) an unusual tree of Chinese origin which grows in Cremorne Gardens, Kensington and Chelsea, and Duncan Terrace Gardens, Islington. The two sister sculptures are made from a collection of over 250 bespoke, wooden bird and bug boxes that create a sculptural ‘habitat’ for the birds, insects and invertebrates that occupy the gardens, providing spaces for shelter, nesting or feeding. The design of the boxes in Duncan Terrace reflects the Georgian terraces and 1960s flats that surround the park, and in Cremorne Gardens, the structure is inspired by the architecture of the nearby Worlds End housing estate.
Very beautifully shot documentary, it's 1:30 hours long, but worth it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxENMKaeCU
Beneath the boreal forests in northern Canada lies the world's second largest oil reserve. Shot primarily from a helicopter, filmmaker Peter Mettler's Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands offers an unparalleled view of the world's largest industrial, capital and energy project.
Lovely short movie by Ramin Bahrani about the long journey of a plastic bag... And don't be surprised if the voice of the bag sounds familiar: it's the voice of nobody less than Werner Herzog. See the short movie here: www.futurestates.tv/episodes/plastic-bag
We have just received an e-mail from Michael Straub with wonderful news. The Desertec project – aiming to feed a power grid over Europe and North Africa with sustainable energies – has gained the support of the French government. But it still needs your support. Please visit therefore www.desertec.org
This is a very simple and effective solution to clean drinking water: Contaminated water is filled into transparent plastic bottles and exposed to full sunlight for six hours.
Sunlight is treating the contaminated water through two synergetic mechanisms: Radiation in the spectrum of UV-A (wavelength 320-400nm) and increased water temperature. If the water temperatures raises above 50°C, the disinfection process is three times faster. More information here: www.sodis.ch
This project was presented on the EU-Africa Summit in Lisbon last December and is already in work. Still, it reminds widely unknown, but deserves attention:
Senegal started now to plant a "Great Green Wall" of trees stretching for nearly 7 000 km, all the way from Dakar to Djibouti, to stop the relentless advance of the Sahara desert.
"Instead of waiting for the desert to come to us, we need to attack it," Fada Diagne, Environment Minister, told Reuters in an interview. Also, he says, in Senegal the desert is advancing at a speed of 50 000 hectares every year.
The idea, first mooted by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, is to plant a 5 km wide band of trees crossing the world's poorest continent from east to west to stop the desert swallowing precious arable land.
More information: www.biopact.com/2007/12/eu-and-africa-to-build-green-wall.html
The left square would be enough to supply the whole world with energy.
The technical progress allows humanity to consume more than it would naturally be capable. This development is connected to the fast growing population and responsible for our future key issues: climate change, shorting of resources - which are resulting into conflicts over territory, food and water - increases the gap between rich and poor. Our hope is, that this technical progress will arrive at a stage, where it starts to be efficient enough to balance things out. So far this was not the case, but a new project captured our attention and therefore support.
The idea is to create a huge farm of mirrors in North Africa. These mirrors bundle the sun light and so generate a very high temperature. This heat will boil water and create steam. The steam powers a turbine which creates electricity. Sounds very simple. It is - and also is highly efficient.
The project was presented in Brussels by the global think tank Club of Rome last November. The concept is based on studies by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) about solar thermal power generation as a safe, clean and cheap power supply for Europe and the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). The key technologies for the concept are solar thermal power plants with thermal storage for day/night operation and low-loss high-voltage direct current transmission to transport the clean energy from the MENA region to Europe.
Due to the higher solar radiation in North Africa, a solar thermal power plant located there can generate three times the energy that would be possible in Germany, for the same investment. Using the right cables, transport losses between North Africa and central Europe can be kept very low (approximately 10 %). If the concept is implemented, it could be possible to cover 10-25 % of the European energy demand using solar thermal power plants in the MENA region by 2050.
The project could gain support (like Prince Hassan bin Talal), but its realisation has still not started. The reasons, says Gerhard Knies, the thinker behind the initiative, are the fears Europe's to involve countries like Algeria or Morocco into such an important area like energy production. But honestly, rather North Africa than countries like Iran, Russia, ...
Please support this project: www.desertec.org
United Nations Environment Program (Unep) released their new report about our world’s health. It’s 540 pages, researched by 390 science experts.
Population is growing and therefore the demand for natural resources. At the same time fertile parts of are earth are diminishing. Deserts are growing. Water need is predicted to rise for 50% in developing areas by 2050.
Nairobi based Unep, established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system.