Pneumatic waste systems, pollution sensors, robots, drones, and self-driving cars… it’s what we expect for the far future. But, these features could be coming to a town near you. In 2050 the world population is estimated to be 9.7 billion, currently, it stands at 7.53 billion. To tackle this overpopulation crisis, new cities and towns are being built all across the world. With cool tech and eco-friendliness high on the agenda, we take a look at these futuristic cities that are not far from the present.
Private homes are estimated to be responsible for about one fifth to one-fourth of global carbon dioxide emissions; and for that reason, eco-friendly construction or green building is becoming more and more of a necessity. If you’re looking to move home and are wanting something more eco-friendly, here are some alternative types of housing that will help you cut down your carbon footprint…
Did you know that 80% of people fail to stick to their New Year’s resolution for longer than 6 weeks? It’s no surprise really though as it can take up to 66 days to form a new habit. Some people might even give up by the second Friday in January, known as Quitters’ Day. So where exactly did the NYE resolution come from and why do people make resolutions every year?
Planning on making a resolution for 2019? Make sure you do your research, implement a plan and create a support network so your friends and family can help where they can. Will you be a resolution keeper or a resolution breaker? Apparently three of the most common reasons behind failed resolutions include setting unrealistic goals, not keeping track of progress, as well as just forgetting about the resolution altogether.
The below infographic, designed by JD Williams, outlines the lowdown of resolutions including the who, what, where, when, why and how, as well as outlining the traits of a resolution breaker vs a resolution keeper. The infographic also pinpoints the top ten resolutions from 2018, all about quitters’ day and how you can avoid becoming part of it, as well as some resolution ideas for 2019. Have you thought about going green? Volunteering? Trying Veganuary? Wearing more colour? Using less social media? After-all, the average person will spend nearly 2 hours on social media everyday (which equates to 5 years and 4 months over a lifetime).
Let us know what resolutions you’ve got planned! If you’re still thinking about a resolution, check out the below infographic and try to make your resolution specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, as well as exciting!
Concerns about climate changes and the general state of our planet are constantly growing. As a result, many industries have started introducing new, green approaches and methods into their business models, trying to contribute to environmental preservation. The same goes for the eco-conscious interior design which has gained popularity recently, and many owners are now implementing sustainable practices when decorating their home. In order to help you follow in their footsteps and do something good both for our environment and your family, we’ve singled out a list of some awesome ideas and suggestion regarding this topic. Feel free to take a look.
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Saving Our Beaches: Engineering Solutions for Tourists’ Impact
Everyone loves a beach vacation. In colder climates especially, more and more people are taking advantage of cheap airfares for a long weekend of sunbathing and swimming in the dead of winter. In fact, 12 of the top 15 destinations were in coastal countries.
In 1995, there were around 528 million international tourist arrivals. That number jumped to 1.138 billion in 2014, and emerging economies are experiencing faster tourism growth than advanced economies, making the increase in tourism an important part of many countries’ growth.
Local economies encourage increased tourism, as it helps to grow local wealth and jobs that pay well. Unfortunately, this relaxing trend is having some serious consequences on the environment that may outweigh the economic benefits.
Some of the downsides of increased tourism include resort development, boating, snorkeling, diving, and fishing, cruise ship presence, litter, coral reef damage, and even the creation of artificial beaches. These activities introduce toxins and other harmful substances, cause physical damage and sedimentation, and exploit local fish populations.
So what can be done to preserve the benefits of tourism for developing economies while balancing the need for environmental responsibility? Engineers have a few ideas. Eco-friendly roofing systems, designs that catch rainwater for later use, innovative wastewater management, and considering the landscape when constructing resorts and hotels can all help to reduce the impact tourists have on the local environment.
These innovative solutions are key for helping to ensure that tourists, locals, the local environment, and wildlife can all exist harmoniously now and in the future. Find out more about how serious the problems caused by coastal tourism have become and how engineers are working to solve them with this resource from Ohio University’s Master of Science in Civil Engineering Program.