When two friends started sailing in the Mediterranean in 2012, they were convinced the catamaran they were using could be converted to 100% solar (and of course wind) power. The end result has become a thriving operation offering totally carbon neutral sustainable holidays and yachts.
The water hyacinth has been clogging waterways and causing havoc and destruction of ecosystems since the 1900s. But researchers are discovering that it can play a role in reducing carbon emissions – as well as providing raw materials for production.
News from the aviation world has not been encouraging of late. Increased overall emissions, worries about safety and peripheral noise – but some airlines are making sustainable, safe operation part of their marketing pitches.
Effective climate action by multiple non-state actors, be they businesses, cities or regions, could make significant contributions to narrowing the global emissions gap, adapting to climate change, and demonstrating to governments that higher ambition is desirable and doable. Going beyond words, this 5-part series titled Beyond words: Climate Actions for a Green Economy show that these actors are hard at work and delivering.
TNB was found liable for negligence in causing the 2013 environmental disaster involving torrential water flow from the Sultan Abu Bakar Hydroelectric Dam causing fatalities, severe flooding and property damage in Cameron Highlands. Lawyer M.Manogaran also calls for a new legislation - a Dam Safety Act - to protect the interest of the public.
Despite the majority of climate change mitigation efforts currently coming from consumers, some governments are waking up to the merits of encouraging sustainable policies. China, Singapore and the state of Victoria, Australia are all pushing back against carbon heavy traditions.
Most computing users have always-on data updating social media, emails, video and news feeds. But although many think these services are free, they are not. And the cost to unsustainable resources is getting larger and larger.
A US-based organisation, LAGI, is offering US$21,000 to designers and artists who can create the best and most workable sustainable energy generators – that are also great to look at. By James Teo.
here has been plenty of controversy about the production of biofuels from plant sources, and the impact it has on food production and the environment. And recently, the blockage of sewage systems by waste fats has also been in the news. One smart Finnish company is applying its technology to both problems and making biofuels from food processing waste.