Digital technologies like SHARECITY can reduce food waste

Food waste has reached colossal proportions and the magnitude of the problem requires equally massive resources with the potential to supply sustainable answers. What better than the dynamic digital databases and advanced analytics we literally have access to “at our fingertips”. By Susan Langthorp

Perućica, one of the last remaining primeval forests in Europe

Located in Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Perućica is one of the last two saved primeval forests in Europe (the other being the Białowieża Forest). Perućica has many trees that are 300 years old, and its age is stated to be 20,000 years (it existed even before the last Ice Age which concluded about 11,550 …

The Environmental Impact of Electric Cars

As more companies develop electric vehicles (EVs), controversy has grown over whether they are better for the environment than gas-run vehicles. Although some experts disagree, most have concluded that electric cars are better for the environment. Here’s the nitty-gritty of how electric cars really impact the environment.

Sustainability: Business and Community Efforts

In the wake of continued climate change and the lingering effects of the global pandemic, sustainability has become much more than just a catchy buzzword. In increasing frequency, people are becoming more mindful of how their actions and behaviors can harm the environment. According to a recent Forbes poll, 32% of U.S. consumers actively seek …

Designing for Water Conservation in Arid Climates

Climate changes are making pre-existing water shortages in dry climates even more severe. Drought conditions make life challenging for all beings, but as humans, we can take action to ensure the homes and buildings we construct are designed to conserve water for all plants, animals, and people that need it. Of course, massive action is …

We Need to Reduce the Risk of Waste in the Food Industry

2020 was not friendly to food sustainability. Restaurants struggled to meet conventional production rates during the pandemic. A decreased demand for food increased waste, generating sustainability challenges. In the Midwestern United States, potato farmers were forced to dump billions of pounds of potatoes in landfills when supply chain issues made it impossible to find a …

Why don’t we shoot garbage into the Sun?

The Earth is getting full of waste, pollution, and garbage. Yes, the world should focus on recycling and reducing waste, but, the truth is that it’s just not that easy, and in fact, we’re not doing well so far. So, why not shoot the Earth’s garbage into space, or even better, into the Sun?

How Businesses Are Reducing Their Reliance on Plastics

Over the past 75 odd years, plastics have become an integral part of our lives. Nearly every single thing we interact with has some plastic component to it. From children’s toys to packaging to disposable dishware to the little stickers on our bananas – all of these things create plastic waste, much of it after …

Monitoring Atmospheric Pollution with Laser Imaging

Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) is a laser-based remote sensing tool that can measure the concentration of small particles, called aerosols, in the atmosphere. Monitoring aerosols is crucial for climate modeling, air quality measurements, and understanding the health impacts of atmospheric pollution. However, existing lidar systems require sophisticated and expensive equipment and are usually deployed …

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Home’s Energy Use with Technology

Many of us want energy efficiency at home not just to reduce energy bills and save money but for another reason – to help our environment. Today, most of our electricity is generated through the combustion of fossil fuels. Unfortunately, this process contributes to about 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions, leading to a lot …