SUSTAIN WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
A weekly sustainable tech newsletter from a standing desk. – Nov 30, 2015
Here are the top sustainability news I found interesting this week
- Polish Researchers have designed catalysts that can remove carcinogenic chlorine compounds from water. Cheaper and needed.
- Netherlands donates $7 million to improve water management in Near East and Africa. 4 year program. Remote sensing satellite images will show live status of farms.
- New NASA technology will search surface of Europa’s hidden ocean for signs of life.
- The world’s largest ocean cleanup operation is being prepped. A crowdfunded 100-km long boom to clean up plastic rubbish in the pacific. Successful test of the scale down model in the Dutch coast happened this month. 5 years to make the mega version.
- California Scientists have created a strain of mosquitoes, capable of rapidly introducing malaria-blocking genes into a mosquito population through progeny. Using gene-editing technique. I’m all for creating an anti-malarial mosquito population that doesn’t hurt us.
Start you up (week’s start-up stories and insights)
- The day I became a millionaire – David Hansson of Ruby on Rails; Founder/ CTO at Basecamp.
- In December, I’ll be doing a four-part analysis on the hyper-funded startup ecosystem in India. Those reading the startup opinions for the first time can check for past archives here.
What is ‘Water Stress’?
Water stress is the ability to human and ecological demand for water. It occurs when the demand for water exceeds the available amount during poor quality or during a certain period of time. It causes deterioration of fresh water resources in both quantity (dry rivers etc.) and quality (pollution, intrusions). Here is a recent water stress chart by country.
- How you should green your laundry routine. By Laura Newcomer. Good set of tips in it.
Did you know?
- An island of plastic trash is floating in the Pacific. The great pacific garbage patch is the size of Texas, 5.8m sq. miles. Caused by empty water bottles that are ending up in the ocean.
- Marine animals are using a new form of secret light communication. Study finds Mantis shrimp uses circular polarizing light to indicate presence to aggressive competitors. Technology might find application in remote sensing, biomedical imaging and cancer detection.
- Caledonian humpback whales are making mysterious visits to underwater mountains while migration. They apparently take prolonged stops from 3 to 22 days around seamounts.
- Why you should not wash your jeans unless they’re really really dirty.
- Brazil’s worst environmental disaster (pictures) happened this month. A dam at an iron ore mine burst, releasing mud into the Rio Doce River. The mud sludge contains high (illegal) levels of toxic heavy metals and chemicals – arsenic and mercury.
- Sadly, one of the last four northern white rhinos passed away last week. A 41 year old female rhino called Nola.
The advise to drink 6/8/10 cups of water everyday is misguided. Its important that your body is replenished, but doesn’t have to be through cups and cups of water. The medium of intake should be distributed. Fruits and vegetables are also good sources of water. Follow on quality not just on quantity.
At Arcluster, we believe social responsibility exists beyond economic responsibility. Our sustainability efforts are compelled by an intense focus on core issues such as hunger, security, energy and environment. We have an active interest in change agents such as engineering, technology and research to achieve this. Visit our social responsibility page to know more about our efforts. Follow us on twitter @arcluster for the latest news from the company.
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