Water Quantity versus Water Quality – Which is the Bigger Problem?

Urbanisation. Economic development. Unsustainable agriculture. These factors are causing problems with water quality and quantity all around the world, an issue which will likely only get worse unless we deal with the precious resource more responsibly. But is it water quantity or quality that deserves our more immediate attention? Water quantity is certainly a critical future issue. With more than …

Is Pollution an Inevitable Consequence of Contemporary Society?

Searching for images of “pollution” feels like being guilt-punched by reality. Thick toxic fumes rising from monumental factory chimneys, acidic green rivers with a slurpy consistency and animals bathing in a sea of trash are all secondary effects of progress. Is pollution really an inevitable consequence of contemporary society? Strictly speaking, a degree of pollution is inevitable simply because no …

Brazil’s Growing Energy Need: Is Wind Power the Solution?

Whether they are used romantically, to celebrate life, or to remember death, candles have been, since the invention of modern light sources, a magical phenomenon. They create a uniquely comforting and captivating aura. In fact, there is a tendency in the modern world to reserve candlelight for special occasions. However, when there are no other alternative light sources and people …

What is the Definition of Green?

We live in a country where politicians claim that our citizens and industries are in full support of green energy, yet we continue to use fossil fuels as if we possess an overflowing cornucopia of supply. We purchase solar panels constructed from cheap coal, export thousands of tons of electronic waste to developing nations, and are addicted to a throwaway …

Hydrogen Fuel: The Chicken and Egg Problem

“The first car driven by a child born today could be powered by hydrogen and pollution-free,” George W. Bush proclaimed in his 2003 State of the Union address, as he announced a $1.2-billion hydrogen-fuel initiative for the coming decade [1]. Ten years later, the focus seems to have shifted almost entirely to hybrid and electric cars. One of Steven Chu’s …

The Media’s Climate Change Misinformation Campaign

The recent surge of attention surrounding anthropogenic climate change (APC) has resulted coverage by various media outlets and influenced social, business, and political actions. The climate change issue is fundamentally scientific at its core, yet the news that is reported and the opinions that are broadcasted reveal the political and social biases continue to manipulate the information. In order for …