It’s 4x4 season! As the building industry closes for the holidays, working bakkies are transformed into adventure bakkies. Being off the beaten track is wonderful; however, sitting around the campfire with a guitar isn’t what it used to be as technology and gadgets have crept into our lives making us dependant on their services. Therefore, Sustainable.co.za has put together a list of the best 4x4 adventure gadgets for this summer:
How are Green Buildings Built? A Closer Look at a Modern Marvel
Green building refers to an environment friendly structure which is built in such a manner that it continues to be environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout its life. When we say throughout its life, it includes everything right from an eco-friendly design to the use of material which will make sure that the environment is not harmed even when the structure in question is demolished. The concept of green architecture has come a long way, with modern green buildings being built by taking into...
EEA Signals 2015 - Living in a changing climate
Our climate is changing. Scientific evidence shows that the global average temperature is rising, and rainfall patterns are shifting. It also shows that glaciers, Arctic sea ice and the Greenland ice sheet are melting. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change′s Fifth Assessment Report shows that the warming since the mid-20th century is predominantly due to an increase in greenhouse-gas concentrations as a result of emissions from human activities. Combustion of fossil fuels and changes in land use are...
Living with the floods, not against them
“Yes, we are illiterate sir, but we are engineers as far as our experience with water and rivers is concerned”, says Phushi Mahato, a villager in the Gosi Kandak floodplains in North-Bihar in India. As an outcome of water resource management that failed to understand the role of fluvial regimes in delta, Phushi and his fellow village members have now become vulnerable to floods vulnerable while in the past they used to live with the natural flows, with their farming and fisheries fuelled by dynamic...
Emerging Technologies – How will they change our lives?
Forward planning by governmental agencies is often criticized for being too focused on short term political mandate priorities. A recent report by Policy Horizons Canada, a federal government agency, on emerging technologies is a refreshing change from that norm. The report explored how emerging technologies will shape the economy and our society, and what challenges (and opportunities) they will create. The Horizons report does not predict the future. Rather, it systematically explores a range of futures and...
Living within Earth`s “Planetary Boundaries”
Borneo’s lowland rainforests are one of the most biodiverse regions on earth, home to unique habitats, thousands of species of plants, and animals like Proboscis monkeys, Sumatran rhinoceroses, and orangutans. Yet more than 75 percent of its forests have been destroyed in recent decades. “Now it looks like something out of Lord of the Rings, due to hardwood harvesting and huge palm oil estates,” said Mattias Klum, a National Geographic photographer and co-author of the book, The Human Quest:...