Conservation August 3rd, 2017CEEC
“These spy images are a gold mine as a scientific reference point,”
Howie Epstein – Environmental Sciences Professor
During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union routinely spied on each other using high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft and space satellites. Looking for USSR military installations, the U.S. found mostly undeveloped, wild terrain.
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the U.S. declassified tens of thousands of images. It occurred to University of Virginia environmental scientists that the imagery is a storehouse of information for better understanding how tundra regions are altering as a result of climate change.
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This incredible Ted Talk from Shubhendu Sharma shows us that it is possible to have nature in our own backyards. Learn how to grow a 100 year old forest in just ten years through engineered soil, microbes and biomass to kickstart the natural growth process.
One of the fathers of climate change advocacy speaks on the man-made forces that are destroying our planet, and what we are doing to fix them.
With restrictions on airline greenhouse gas pollution looming, JetBlue is looking to get ahead of the curve. The airline has made a deal with bioenergy company SG Preston to turn 20% of it’s fuel use into a biofuel blend. Their aim it to “jump-start the industry and quite frankly enable all airlines, very much ourselves included, to diversify our fuel supply.”- Sophia Mendelsohn, Head of Sustainability, JetBlue. Learn more about the airline’s effort here.
The creation of a portable, odourless, and waterless washroom system which can be used to power the communities in which it is used, has revolutionized the lives of those living in Madagascar. Originally created for music festivals, the human waste disposal system created by American student Virginia Gardiner is turning fecal waste into biogas, as well as eliminating human-waste born diseases. These solvers of the sanitation crisis are turning poop into electricity which can power electric lights, batteries, or gas cookers. Learn more here.