Imagine you’ve got an unlimited budget to create the most efficient garbage system the world has ever seen. (Okay, maybe not the most glamorous hypothetical I’ve ever offered you. But earth’s human population is producing 1,300,000,000 tons of solid waste every year, and it’s got to go somewhere. Just think what a hero you’d be!) … Continue reading
Tag Archives: resource depletion
The Food of the Future Is… A Beige Liquid?
Just came across this bizarre story on Nextnature.net: Tired of spending time, money and energy on preparing meals, [Rob Rhinehart] decided to find a new way to survive without actual food. He created a unique mixture called “Soylent”, which contains nothing but the elements the body needs: iron, vitamins, fat, calcium and dozens of other … Continue reading
I’m Live on Urban Times!
The Urban Times calls itself an “optimistic, forward-thinking online magazine” and they’ve just published my first article! I put in the same extensive research, careful crafting and loving care that I put into articles here at Cosmic Revolutions, so I hope you’ll click below and check it out: Sharing Is the Economy of the Future … Continue reading
The Answer to World Hunger (Hint: It’s Not Food)
The best way to solve the world’s hunger problem is a hotly debated topic. In the next few paragraphs, I’ll take a look at one fairly conventional idea, and explore another proposal that’s a bit more out of the box. But in the end, I’d like to poke at some of the assumptions underlying both … Continue reading
Powering Society With Poop and Pee
Have you ever had your power knocked out by a storm? If so, you know that with no electricity, your lifestyle regresses about 100 years into the past. And if you were out of gas, too, you’d be really stuck. So I’m not exaggerating when I say that cheap and plentiful power is the lifeblood … Continue reading
Radical Ways to Fight Extinction
Look, here’s a picture of a tiger: A century ago there were about 100,000 of these guys in the wild. Today, that number has dropped more than 95%, meaning tigers might soon be gone forever! And there are thousands of other species in peril too (some estimates range as high as 30% of all species on … Continue reading
Future Meat, Minus the Animals
Today’s Future Bites brings you the future of meat… maybe. Here’s Singularity Weblog with the latest on lab-grown animal tissue for human consumption. The motivation for growing meat flesh in-vitro, without the animal, is many-fold. After all, growing animals for consumption requires vast amounts of water, grain, fertilizer, land area and oil. Not to mention … Continue reading
Sustainable Seafood Scales Up
Here’s some heartening sustainability news to file under this week’s Future Bites: Co.exist is reporting that grocery store giant Safeway is boosting the sustainable fishing industry in a big way. This is good because sustainable fishing (like sustainable agriculture) reduces pollution and resource depletion, ensuring that future generations will be able to access the same … Continue reading
Peak Oil: Disaster or Salvation?
Oil is a finite and non-renewable resource. This is not a political position, nor a scientific theory, but a straightforward fact. “Peak Oil” is the time at which worldwide extraction begins to slow. Wells won’t run dry overnight, but beyond peak oil, dwindling supply will make oil ever more difficult and expensive to produce. The … Continue reading
Welcome to the Urban Planet
In the last couple of years, our planet’s human inhabitants have crossed two major thresholds, one of which indicates major problems ahead, and the other of which offers a glimmer of hope. We’ll get back to the hopeful bit in a minute, but let’s begin with the problem, which you’ve probably seen in the news … Continue reading