Fisheries On Demand: The Future of Aquaculture

Last year the United States of America consumed 4.8 billion pounds of seafood, 50% of which is supported by fish farms. A method of fishing consisting of isolating a ‘pen’ of water to securely harvest fish from. What’s the problem with this? In addition to the societal overconsumption of fish, fish farms are stationary. This means that the pens are trapped within the produced waste of millions of fish. This often leads to disease, and the complete desertification and destruction of nearby ecosystems from increased toxicity.

Cue an innovative solution: InnovaSea is attempting to create free-floating domes which will seemingly solve the problem. What’s more? Not only will these pods ensure that the produced waste is distributed across the ocean safely and effectively, but these pods will actually utilize ocean currents to DELIVER matured fish to shipping ports across the world.

To see the effects of a collaboration between innovation, business and nature the following video goes into amazing details about the Aquapod A3600.  And as always, feel free to read more at this link. 

 

How Can Algae Replace Water Bottles

Did you know that traditional plastic water bottles can take from 450 – 1000 years to fully decompose. Icelandic inventor, Ari Jónsson developed a creative solution to our problem of plastic overconsumption: biodegradable algae-based water bottles. He is part of a growing group of product developers who look to nature to solve for inspiration. Who knows, in future years we may be seeing a growth of algae-based plastics in the consumer market?

Project Mose -Venice’s Creative Solution to Holding Back the Tide

MOSE Barrier, overview and details

In Venice, Italy- a tourist destination known for their intricate and iconic canal systems, they are already experiencing the worst effects of our rising sea levels. When the tide is in, water from the ocean floods into the lowest parts of their city – affecting people’s homes and their livelihood.  Click here to learn about the gargantuan, world-defining solution that engineers and businessmen from around the world are contributing to. You can also click here to see Project Mose’s first successful test of their flood gates.

 

 

Uber Drivers In London Make the Switch to Electric Cars

 

As local and global communities around the world begin to acknowledge both the necessity and merit of electric vehicles, we can expect to see policy changes reflecting this shift. Just recently, Uber chose to make a bold stance on this topic through their London, UK, headquarters. They committed themselves to ensuring that all ride-sharing and ride-hailing vehicles in their fleet  are run by electric motors by as early as 2020. Read more here to keep up to date on the impactful social and business decision made by Uber.

Introducing the New Executive Blog

Climate action discussions often make us feel hopeless and disinterested – it’s even more difficult to understand the actions we can take as students. Contrary to popular belief, the notion that to have a sustainable future, we must make massive sacrifices is false. It’s time to shift the general mindset, and get excited about the opportunities to improve ourselves and our planet. CEEC has decided to start highlighting the ways we think and act as environmental ambassadors through a series of blog posts written by our very own exec. We hope that you will feel inspired by deep diving into the challenges we face, the insights we discover and the ideas we create, and leave with tangible tools you can use to bring environmentally responsible efforts into your own life. Buckle up, and get ready for our new executive member blog! We look forward to sharing our adventures with you.

Andrei Flueraru & Rachel Vander Veen

CEEC Co-Chairs 2018

How Does Your Diet Impact Our Planet?

Happy Earth Day everyone! People are always cautious about how the food they eat will affect their body, but have you ever wondered how the food you eat affects the planet? Check out this article from NPR which touches on similar themes that CEEC 2017 speaker, Kip Anderson, spoke of to our incredible delegates. It just goes to show how incredibly connected everything, and the importance of being sustainable in every aspect of our lives!

Dutch Artist Daan Roosegaarde Is Turning Beijing’s Smog into Jewelry

At the helm of Studio Roosegaarde, a team of over 20 engineers, designers, and other creatives based in a Rotterdam studio he calls the Dream Factory, Daan Roosegaarde is working to create environmentally pure and aesthetically pleasing everyday solutions to the problems arising from climate change.

You may have heard of the studio’s internationally acclaimed Smog Free project, for which they’ve created the world’s largest vacuum tower to convert smog into clear air in Beijing. What’s more, they’re using the carbon-rich smog to make jewelry.

“We live in a world where we’re feeding our dreams and hopes into a virtual cloud—be it WeChat, Weibo, Twitter, Facebook—but the physical world is sort of crashing around us, and almost nobody cares about it,” says Roosegaarde. To counter, the 37-year-old multihyphenate—his many hats include artist, designer, architect, inventor, and entrepreneur—has found a new niche, or “a new playground,” at the intersection of environmental concerns and creativity.

Africa’s New Biofuel Literally Grows on Trees!

The Croton megalocarpus tree is common throughout much of East and Central Africa, and until now it has been used for little more than firewood.

The nuts of the tree have been shown to contain high concentrations of oil and protein, and they are now being used to produce a fuel that could serve as a clean alternative to diesel.

With an abundant supply of croton nuts available at minimal cost, a new industry is emerging with sky-high ambitions.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/28/africa/croton-nuts-biofuel-aes/index.html

Saving the Oceans One Step at a Time

Adidas has been working tirelessly over the past year to create a shoe design that utilizes one of the most detrimental forces against our ocean ecosystem- plastic waste. They are producing close to 7,000 pairs of these Eco-friendly shoes, with the ultimate goal of eliminating virgin plastic from their supply chain altogether. To find out more, check them out here.

When Crowdfunding Meets Green Tech

solar-power-to-peopleLearn what happens when crowdfunding is used as a model to fund green technology across the world. Start-up company, Mosaic, connects individuals wanting to invest in solar energy with projects across the country, all in an effort to tear down the financial barrier to the solar market. To read more about how you can get involved in this innovative process click here.

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