The "Technosphere," though not yet a widely acknowledge word, is a term to represent all the human-made machinery, devices, and marvels in the world. For many scientists, the continuous increase in the development of technology, modernization, and urbanization has made the technosphere at a worrying weight.
Year after year, people wait for Starbucks' holiday drinks with essences of peppermint, gingerbread, almond, and all those flavors that remind everyone that it's Christmas. It also an annual event for a lot of environmentalists to oppose the Starbucks' red cup promotional tactic.
With recycling actively happening and not happening around, there are certain trends that we need to be aware of. Let's have a look.
It sounds a little improbable -- old bottles, paper and clothing turned into gift-ready bouquets. And yet, like the smooth-looking recycled-plastic walkways at many playgrounds, a Utah-based company called Eco Flower is pressing those materials into attractive service, and saving many items from the landfill. They're one of several companies re-using in various ways, such as those that make urban bags out of old seatbelts and tires. But this one's for Valentine's Day.
Nationwide, various agencies and organizations collect used Christmas trees after the holiday and make use of them in ways that include grinding them for garden mulch or building up sand dunes to prevent erosion. In West Virginia, the Department of Environmental Protection will be collecting Christmas trees to make up fish habitat in local lakes. If you live near there, the trees can be turned in Jan. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Capitol Market in Charleston.
If the European Union lifted its ban on feeding pigs food waste, roughly 1.8 million hectares of threatened Brazilian forest and savannah could be saved from excess agricultural development.
The recovery and conversion of urban waste could become a valuable source of electricity that benefits millions of Africans, say energy and sustainability experts.
Open University researchers have been working to create a new type of biodegradable single-use plastic carrier bag compossed of cornstarch that aims to reduce the amount of gardbage filling landfills each year.
Stanford researchers recently discovered that mealworms happily munch on and then convert Styrofoam waste into a usable soil, with no associated health risks. The study has the potential to help reduce the significant amounts of plastic that are annually discarded.
Aquaponic garden systems use fish feces as natural fertilizers. In return, the plants grow faster and naturally filter the water before returning it to the fish. This system ensures environmental sustainability.
New eco-friendly construction materials called BioSIPs were developed by a University of Colorado Denver professor and former graduate student. The two were recently awarded a patent for their design.
Rice University researchers recently developed solar water-splitting technology that produces a clean, renewable energy source, through processes of splitting water.
University of Adelaide researchers found that by recycling grape waste produced from wine making, they could create an efficient biofuel. This saves wine-makers the cost of disposal and positively impacts the environment, which otherwise receives roughly 13 million tons of grape waste annually.