SIKU: Inuit knowledge and technology work seamlessly together in app that helps Arctic communities document climate change

An app, created by and for Inuit communities, is enabling users in the Arctic to share information about dangerous conditions, wildlife sightings and hunting stories – documenting changes to the environment due to climate change. The mobile app and web platform, SIKU: The Indigenous Knowledge Social Network, provides tools for weather, ice safety and hunting stories as well as knowledge transfer and language preservation. SIKU puts … Continue reading SIKU: Inuit knowledge and technology work seamlessly together in app that helps Arctic communities document climate change

Tree-planting technologies helping to reforest the world

Technology is being put to good use in helping with the urgent push for reforestation around the world. From drones, seeds bombs through to a planting rover, the below video looks at various tree tech innovations. Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com Continue reading Tree-planting technologies helping to reforest the world

Sounds of the Forest: Soundmap charts aural tones and textures from the world’s forest and woodlands

The first ever forest soundmap of the world is bringing together aural tones and textures from the world’s woodlands. Devised by the UK’s Timber Festival, Sounds of the Forest is an online map collecting the sounds of woodlands and forests from all around the world. The sounds form an open source library, to be used by anyone to listen to and create from. Selected artists … Continue reading Sounds of the Forest: Soundmap charts aural tones and textures from the world’s forest and woodlands

Seawater Greenhouse: Using seawater and sunshine to grow crops in deserts

Seawater Greenhouse has developed horticultural solutions for some of the most arid of conditions by utilising two abundant resources – sunshine and seawater – to grow crops in hot and desert environments. Through a method of desalination, these completely solar-powered greenhouse operations use saltwater – piped directly from the sea into wells – to create ideal growing conditions. Using solar power to pump in seawater from the … Continue reading Seawater Greenhouse: Using seawater and sunshine to grow crops in deserts

What’s That Bumblebee: New wildlife app makes it easier to identify the UK’s eight most common species

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust has launched a new wildlife app which makes it easier to identify some of the UK’s most common species of bumblebees. The new app, entitled What’s That Bumblebee, offers a brief description of eight of the most common species, and allows users to compare similar species side-by-side. In total there are 24 bumblebee species in the UK, but the most common … Continue reading What’s That Bumblebee: New wildlife app makes it easier to identify the UK’s eight most common species

Radio Garden: Enabling listeners to globetrot the airwaves with access to more than 8000 live radio stations

Globetrot via radio airwaves with Radio Garden, which allows you to listen to thousands of live radio stations worldwide by rotating the globe on a 3D Google Earth interface. Available via the Radio Garden website or through its iOS and Android Apps, Radio Garden enables users to choose from local radio stations or somewhere further afield. Every green dot represents a city or town. Tap … Continue reading Radio Garden: Enabling listeners to globetrot the airwaves with access to more than 8000 live radio stations

Durian fruit waste could be used to power environmentally-friendly electronics

Waste from durian – the tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia known for its overpowering stench and spikey skin – can be used to create energy stores for rapid electric charging, according to new research. Researchers at the University of Sydney have found a method for extracting durian and jackfruit biowaste for more efficient, ultra-quick electric chargers. The process involves turning the guts of the … Continue reading Durian fruit waste could be used to power environmentally-friendly electronics

Gaia Mission, a new Chrome extension and search engine, helping to restore Earth’s ecosystems one search at a time

Gaia Mission is a a Chrome extension and search engine that enables users to generate revenue towards the protection and preservation of natural resources and wildlife with every click. The Montreal-based search engine has partnered with Rainforest Trust to support the protection of rainforests, coral reefs, oceans, wildlife, tree planting, and animals. Gaia Mission has also established partnerships with other not-for-profit organisations that work directly in … Continue reading Gaia Mission, a new Chrome extension and search engine, helping to restore Earth’s ecosystems one search at a time

Mission 1.5: New game enables players to take on the role of climate policymakers to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees

Mission 1.5, a new mobile game, is enabling players to take on the role of climate policymakers and make decisions to try to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. The mobile game, which was developed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), educates people about climate policy and provides a platform for them to vote on the solutions they want to see happen. Mission … Continue reading Mission 1.5: New game enables players to take on the role of climate policymakers to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees

Falling Fruit: Open-source interactive map created by foragers helping people to discover free edibles

Falling Fruit, described as “a type of matchmaking service for urban foragers”, is helping people to discover free edibles throughout the world, recovering food that would otherwise go to waste. Falling Fruit’s interactive maps, that can be accessed via the non-profit’s website and mobile apps, document food-bearing trees, plants and other types of edibles in nearly 1.5 million locations across 111 countries and 6,340 cities. … Continue reading Falling Fruit: Open-source interactive map created by foragers helping people to discover free edibles