In 2018, Virgin Atlantic announced the first use of food waste as jet fuel, by successfully completing the first transatlantic flight from Florida to London using a mixture of regular jet fuel and fuel made from discarded food. At the time, the mixture was only 5% ethanol food waste to 95% normal jet fuel, but […]

“You are never too small to make a difference.”

Greta Thunberg, Climate Activist, COP24 Katowice, Poland 2018
Dekonstruktive Mjøstårnet 02-07-19.jpg by Øyvind Holmstad; licensed with CC BY-SA 4.0

The world’s tallest building made from wood is called Mjøstårnet and is located in the Norwegian town of Brumunddal. Built in 2019 and measuring 85.4 meters tall, it dominates neighboring Mjøsa lake, more than 100 kilometers north of Oslo. It is a mixed use building containing apartments, offices and a hotel (with the apt name […]

Courtesy of the World Economic Forum, this short video on reducing poaching in Africa using electric bikes is good news:    Featured image: Adult elephant in Kenya (safaritravelplus, CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication)

The good news is that you can develop a positive mindset if you don’t already naturally have one. Why is that important? Because optimism can improve your physical health and well-being. Studies show that thinking positive thoughts is associated with better health and a lower chance of disease. And to the contrary, “extensive evidence has demonstrated […]

The frontline of climate change and its devastating impact is now centered in Africa, in particular the Sahel region, located on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert. Ongoing conflicts due to the lack of resources, droughts and food shortages have made the region one of the poorest places on Earth and induced mass migrations […]

On March 11, 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident occurred on Japan’s north-eastern Pacific coast, becoming the second worst nuclear accident in history. According to Britannica.com, officials reported that tsunami waves from the Japan earthquake disabled the plant’s cooling systems, resulting in fuel rods in three reactors partially melting down, releasing radiation. By April, […]

La Digue, Seychelles

The Seychelles archipelago, located in the western Indian Ocean, some 1,600 kilometers off the coast of East Africa, consists of 115 islands, 72 of which are remote. Mostly frozen in time because it is so difficult to access them, the isolated islands abound with marine life, birds and other animals. For example, Cosmoledo is known […]

The “share of renewables in the energy sector has doubled every 5.5 years since 2007. If this continues, fossil fuels will be a thing of the past well before 2050.” That’s according to the World Economic Forum in its 2017 video “Global warming can be beaten”. The message in that short film is also that […]

Dr Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots Day of Peace

Everyone who is interested in the environment – and many who are not – know who Dr. Jane Goodall is. Well into her 9th decade of life (she turns 87 this year) and best known for her in-depth and personal studies of chimpanzees, she is as involved in her activism for a sustainable planet as […]