Energy
What Causes Oil Spills?

What Causes Oil Spills?

Oil, a natural resource, becomes unnatural when it leaves the depths of the Earth and into the living surface for industrial purpose. The most obvious and devastating depiction of this is an oil spill in the ocean, however large commercial pipelines can break anywhere, destructing everything in its path. Why do such accidents occur and...
Why Upcycling is Better than Recycling

Why Upcycling is Better than Recycling

The dirty, dusty feel of the dull grey paper in your hands and the less than happy smell is the recycled paper from which you read today’s news. That same paper can be thrown away to decay in a dump or be recycled, where parts of it will be transformed into a lesser part of...
BP Oil Leak: The Deepwater Horizon Incident

BP Oil Leak: The Deepwater Horizon Incident

On the 20th of April, 2010, a series of events on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig in the Gulf of Mexico, caused an explosion, the animals, ecosystem and waterfront towns paying paying the biggest price in terms of damages. BP today is still in operation.   The Deepwater Horizon was working on the Maconda exploration...
The Volcano Stove – Something for Everyday Use

The Volcano Stove – Something for Everyday Use

The volcano stove is a revolutionary stove that can be used in more than one way. Such multi-functionality makes it a great tool. Although, traditionally embraced by by campers, you have nothing to lose by incorporating its use in at home, especially in a household that strives to be more self-sufficient and eco-friendly.   It...
Exxon Oil Spill – The Valdez Incident

Exxon Oil Spill – The Valdez Incident

On the 24th of March, 1989, the Exxon Oil Tanker, Valdez, hit the Prince William Sound’s Bligh Reef and ruptured. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Facts Between 260 000 and 750 000 barrels of oil spilled into the ocean at Prince William Sound in Alaska. The tanker was set for Long Beach, California, and was the biggest oil...
Modern Airships Not Yet Sustainable

Modern Airships Not Yet Sustainable

Air flight has a huge negative impact on the problem of global warming and carbon emissions. While the primary greenhouse gas emission from powered aircraft in flight is carbon dioxide, other emissions may include nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide, sulfur oxides, carbon monoxide (which bonds with oxygen to become carbon dioxide), incompletely burned hydrocarbons, tetra-ethyl...
How To Recycle Batteries

How To Recycle Batteries

Today almost everything uses batteries – from wristwatches and mobile phones to laptop computers and cars.  Anything that runs on electricity without having to rely on an external power source for practical reasons requires a battery. However, as great as batteries are for making portable devices, they are not built to last forever, even the...
History of Tidal Energy

History of Tidal Energy

Harvesting energy from the tides is a surprisingly old method; the technology has improved and changed through time but the general concept of using the waxing and waning of the moon and the correlating tides has remained constant. Europe during the early Middle Ages is the one of the first recorded use of tide mills...
Vegetable Oil Fuels – A Not So New Way of Keeping Wheels Turning

Vegetable Oil Fuels – A Not So New Way of Keeping Wheels Turning

Vegetable oil fuels are an alternative for diesel fuel as well as for the use of heating oil burners. More recently they are becoming the fuel of choice for green-minded vehicle drivers.   Rudolf Diesel, the inventor of the diesel engine, did initially experiment with engines running on vegetable oil fuel. He thought that it...
Permaculture in South Africa

Permaculture in South Africa

Permaculture, a term created by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison in 1970, is defined as a “consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fiber and energy for provision of local needs. People, their buildings and the ways in which they organize themselves are central...
The Bhopal Gas Disaster: Have We Learned?

The Bhopal Gas Disaster: Have We Learned?

On the 2nd of December, 1984, tragedy struck as the one of the biggest industrial accidents took its toll over the people residing in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.   The Union Carbide India Limited, a plant producing pesticides, leaked methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas along with other chemicals.   The American owned plant, situated three miles...
An Electric, Tankless Water Heater That Will Serve Your Home Well

An Electric, Tankless Water Heater That Will Serve Your Home Well

With the cost of energy steadily rising every day, we tend to invest in electric appliances that are cost efficient.   These are usually products that comply with Energy Star requirements. Using these types of products, we are assured that costs will be kept down. While using less energy, the impact we have on the...