Growing Plants without Soil
Growing Plants without SoilWHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? “An aquaponics farm in Florida is revolutionising the way we grow food sustainably, using fish and soilless plant farming.”
Aquaponics is a method for sustainable growing which combines the growing of fish and plants in one integrated system. Fish produce waste, microbes and worms convert this waste to plant fertilizer and plants filter the water used for the fish. Aquaponics forms a natural eco system which uses 1/10th of the water used for soil-based gardening. This video shot at a farm in Florida provides you with an excellent first impression of the workings of aquaponics.
A Breakthrough for Coral Reef Restoration
A Breakthrough for Coral Reef RestorationWHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? “We have lost 25 to 40% of the world’s corals due largely to seawater temperature rise and ocean acidification. Have a look what we can do. ”
Regrowing coral reef
The world has lost 25 to 40 percent of coral in recent years due to rise in sea water temperature and ocean acidification, which is a problem because the reefs support about 25 percent of marine life. At the Mote’s Marine Laboratory the game-changer ‘microfragmenting’ has been discovered. This innovative technique is able to grow corals 25 times faster than normal. In this video we meet David Vaughan (CEO of Mote) and he shows us how the process of microfragmenting works.
A Global Change Award 2016 Winner: Manure Couture
A Global Change Award 2016 Winner: Manure CoutureWHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? “Manure Couture (love the name) uses cow droppings to create a biodegradable textile, which results in significant reductions of methane gas.”
Clothes from cow manure
We all know keeping large populations of cattle results in detrimental effects on nature, emitting almost 2 billion metric tonnes of CO2-equivalents a year! Dutch artist Jalila Essaïdi discovered that cows’ manure provided the base for a new bio-degradable material (‘mestic’) that can be used to make fibers and fabrics. The designer claims that it has the same properties as plastic derived from fossil fuels, but is biodegradable instead.
Boyan Slat: How we will rid the oceans of plastic (May 2017)
Boyan Slat: How we will rid the oceans of plastic (May 2017)WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? “The Ocean Cleanup is all set to deploy its first system next year which will help them get rid of the ocean plastic by 50% in just 5 years.”
Cleaning the ocean’s plastic
Four years ago, the world was introduced to a brilliant teenager: Boyan Slat. He suggested an innovative system to clean up the oceans’ plastic; oceans in which 1 million tonnes of plastic disappears on a yearly basis. In the mean time he has already collected more than €35 million for his idea, which is scheduled to deploy next year and that should get rid of 50 percent of the oceans’ plastic in just five years! Here he gives an update about the current state of the project.
Ramez Naam: “We’re in a race against climate change”
Ramez Naam: “We’re in a race against climate change”WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? “At Singularity University NL Summit we talked with Ramez Naam, researcher and author in the fields of energy and science (fiction!).”
Ramez Naam on climate change
Futurist and lecturer at Singularity University, Ramez Naam, is an expert on sustainable energy and innovative energy startups. In his interview with our colleagues from Fast Moving Target he discusses the challenges and prospects of the renewable energy industry. According to him, cheap renewable energy can impact many areas: access to learning, clean water, production of food and of course combating climate change.