Environmental Impact of Tourism on Coastlines [Infographic]

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.

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Benefits of Organic Bamboo Clothing

By now, you’ve heard of cotton, organic and regular, hemp, linen, silk, wool, and cashmere, all natural fabrics that are exceptionally popular in the fashion industry, especially in the recent years. The health and fitness revolution have not only had an impact on how we do our grocery shopping and choose our gyms, but also on how we dress ourselves. To be more specific, the fashion world has started to change towards a more sustainable, durable realm, and the use of materials that fit that description are a significant part of the movement.

One especially healthy fabric, which has gained so much popularity lately, is organic bamboo, and while it may sound like an unexpected source, it represents one of the cleanest, healthiest fabrics for our clothes. If you’re still confused by the idea, let’s take a look at several key benefits of using it in producing clothes, which will change how you perceive fashion, as well as the industry itself.

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Rising Sea Levels [Infographic]

As global temperatures rise, sea levels have also begun to climb, resulting in disastrous flooding that has devastated and displaced communities around the world. Unfortunately, sea levels will only grow higher in the coming years—temperature increases are likely to continue due to climate change and will rapidly melt glaciers. In this likely scenario, it won’t just be a few people underwater—sea levels could negatively affect more than 100 million people, equaling about one-third of the US population. Sea levels are expected to rise 8-34 inches by 2100, and flooding could make current coastal areas uninhabitable within the next century.

For more information about how sea levels could displace millions and cost the global economy trillions, check out this infographic from the Safety Management Program at Eastern Kentucky University Online.

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Natural Car Cleaning Hacks [Infographic]

The Zebra created this amazing guide for car owners who want to keep their cars clean and tidy while still being environmentally friendly. The guide lists different interior and exterior cleaning mixtures for every type of gunk and grime your car will run into. It also lists different tips and tricks for saving water and minimizing waste.

Using eco-friendly products when cleaning your car is important to not harming the environment. Phosphorous, nitrogen, ammonia and chemicals known as “Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)” are the worst environmental hazards in household cleaners. VOCs and many of the aforementioned chemicals are found in some of the most popular car cleaning products.

Not only do using natural household products help save the environment, but also helps save you money. Check out the infographic below to learn the best green cleaning mixtures for your car.

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Off-Grid Lifestyle in the City [Infographic]

Do you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the stresses of living an inner-city life? If so, you may have considered going ‘off-grid’. This self-sufficient lifestyle disconnects you from the electricity grid, water supply and gas mains, whilst allowing you to live a more cost-effective, and eco life-style. There are 75,000 Brits who are choosing this way of life.

While becoming completely self-sufficient isn’t an option for many people, the dream of a less stressful life is alluring.

To help, Insulation Express have uncovered how to get the ‘off-grid’ lifestyle whilst living in a city:

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