Disused coal mines could begin second life as underground farms

Abandoned coal mines could be repurposed and brought back to life as huge underground farms, according to plans unveiled by academics. The “deep farms” created in some of the 150,000 abandoned shafts in the UK could produce up to ten harvests a year. Seen as optimal environments to grow food such as vegetables and herbs, mine shafts and tunnels would use technology developed for above-ground “vertical … Continue reading Disused coal mines could begin second life as underground farms

A Simple Oil Change- Palm Oil’s History of Use and Misuse — The Frog Business Blog

By Urvi Kalra, Rainforest Alliance Marketing and Communications Intern When the average person thinks of a palm tree, it often conjures images of a beautiful beach, lush green leaves, and tranquility. What does not necessarily come to mind is the oil we derive from its fruit, where that oil is used as an ingredient, and […] via A Simple Oil Change- Palm Oil’s History of Use … Continue reading A Simple Oil Change- Palm Oil’s History of Use and Misuse — The Frog Business Blog

Search engine Ecosia offers to buy ancient German forest to save it from destruction

Ecosia, the world’s largest not-for-profit search engine, has stepped in with an unsolicited €1 million offer to buy and save the last remaining stretch of the Hambach Forest in Germany. It follows weeks of strong tension between the German police and forest activists regarding the Hambach Forest. The Berlin-based tech startup put in an offer to buy the remaining 200 hectares of an ancient German forest in … Continue reading Search engine Ecosia offers to buy ancient German forest to save it from destruction

Wake up and smell the coffee: What consumers need to be aware of about the story behind that cup of joe

For coffee consumers the world over, that first cup of morning Joe is “heavenly”, but behind the scenes and for many coffee producers, their situation is far from “heavenly”. Coffee prices have slid to 12-year lows, mainly due to a record harvest crop in Brazil, the world’s largest producer of coffee, and weakening Brazilian currency. That may be good for consumers, but it’s not for coffee … Continue reading Wake up and smell the coffee: What consumers need to be aware of about the story behind that cup of joe

How Norway learned to stop the use of palm oil in its products

Palm oil makes headlines throughout the world for the massive deforestation that is being caused by the industry. While globally people are now awakening to this fact, action is required on an international level the world over. One country that has taken all out action is Norway. Today, all food products in Norway are produced without palm oil or extremely negligible amounts of it. The move by … Continue reading How Norway learned to stop the use of palm oil in its products

Jordan’s first female plumbers breaking taboos and helping to solve the country’s water crisis

Jordan’s first female plumbers are helping reduce water waste in a country where water is scarce. Under the Water Wise Women’s initiative, local women as well as Syrian refugees are being trained to be plumbers. Jordan is suffering from one of the world’s worst water shortage crises, exacerbated by increased demand from an influx of more than 600,000 Syrian refugees. Moreover, around 40% of the … Continue reading Jordan’s first female plumbers breaking taboos and helping to solve the country’s water crisis

Sustainable Cities: How San Francisco is becoming a Zero Waste City

San Francisco aims to achieve zero waste by 2020. To date, the city has diverted 80% of its waste from landfills. Since 2009, all residents and businesses have been required to recycle and compost their waste, making it the first American city to make composting mandatory. With its successful zero waste initiatives in place, the city is gaining much attention from all around the world. Government … Continue reading Sustainable Cities: How San Francisco is becoming a Zero Waste City

Ginseng poaching threatens plant’s survival

Poaching of plants, including corals, for medicine and for collectors has become a common problem throughout the world. While the poaching of plants, particularly endangered species, has not caught the same amount of attention worldwide as the plight of endangered animal species, plants are vital to the planet, and the survival of the planet and the people who inhabit it. One such plant that faces … Continue reading Ginseng poaching threatens plant’s survival

Young filmmaker Asha Stuart documents the lost tribes of Africa now living in India

A native African tribe has been living in the dense forests of South Asia in quiet obscurity for more than 500 years, and is now the subject of a short documentary by National Geographic Young Explorer, Asha Stuart. Known as the Siddis, their ancestors originated from the Great Lakes region of Africa before being captured and brought to India as Arab slaves. When slavery was … Continue reading Young filmmaker Asha Stuart documents the lost tribes of Africa now living in India