Sustainability is key to space exploration and life on Mars

SpaceX has argued that reusability is the key to making human life inter-planetary (1). Having rockets that are fully and rapidly reusable will not only save costs in terms of space exploration, but it will make the endeavour all the more sustainable. On 21 December 2015, SpaceX achieved the biggest cost reduction in space flight history (2).[…]

Indonesia increases its efforts to push for sustainable palm oil

On 11 April, Indonesia held the first international conference on the country’s sustainable palm oil (ISPO) scheme (1). Indonesia really needs to push for the scheme’s implementation. The EU wants to phase out the use of biofuels based on vegetable oils by 2020 (2). This is because the large majority of palm oil production is highly unsustainable.[…]

If you care about your body, then eating sustainably is the way forward

When it comes to diet, if you follow recommendations on eating sustainably, then you will also be benefiting your health. This is because sustainable diets involve eating less meat and more plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits and whole-grains (1). If you want to greatly diminish your environmental impact through diet, you’ll also get to enjoy[…]

Extreme weather should make us pay attention to sustainable nutrition

The alarming problems created by global warming are numerous. One of them is an increase in extreme weather events (1). Mocoa, a town in south-western Colombia, was recently devastated by a landslide, killing at least 290 people, and leaving 300 missing (2). There have been criticisms that the government didn’t act quickly enough. This may be true,[…]

A UK company is using hydroponics to revolutionise farming

H20 Farm is a company in the UK that is using hydroponics for their fodder production. This company, as well as others (such as US companiy FodderTech), could very well revolutionise farming as we know it. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil, using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent to feed[…]

The ethics of using smart drugs to boost performance

Using smart drugs to boost performance is not without its ethical issues. While some may claim that it’s cheating to take a substance to outcompete others, others will say that there’s actually a moral imperative to do so in some professions; say, in biomedical research or space exploration, where peak performance can benefit humanity in[…]

Saving money by going veggie

If you have financial worries, then there are many steps you can take to cut back on costs. It’s important to examine your lifestyle and see if anything you consume or do can be reduced or eliminated completely. You may realise that you can save a tonne of money by quitting smoking (1). Or by cutting[…]

A community in Portugal teaches us about the huge potential of permaculture

Permaculture involves using innovative methods to create sustainable ways of living. Its aim is to develop ecologically harmonious, efficient and productive systems that can be used by anyone, anywhere. The potential of permaculture lies in how resources – water, food, energy and shelter – are carefully used. It is possible to achieve a lot by[…]

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