Between the years 1986 and 2006, Toronto experienced not one but eight storms of the magnitude that had been predicted to occur no more than once in a quarter-century. The Finch Avenue Washout was the capper, a one-in-100-years storm for which the city’s infrastructure was woefully under-designed.
The Netherlands is to host a new Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaption (GCEA), set up by the Dutch and Japanese governments in collaboration with the UN environment programme (UNEP).
The centre will advise countries, businesses and organizations on how to adapt their practices to comply with the Paris climate change agreement, which comprises measures designed to keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees.
The University Wageningen concluded that recent cultivation research has led to a reduction of costs of more than 50%. Sustainable seaweed cultivation is necessary to develop new production and market chains!
Let’s introduce to you the SeaFarm: It’s one of the solutions to secure food, feed, green chemistry and energy in the near future.
As per United Nations:
“The world population is predicted to grow to 8.3 billion in 2030 and to 9.1 billion in 2050. By 2030, food demand is predicted to increase by 50% (70% by 2050). The main challenge facing the agricultural sector is not so much growing 70% more food in 40 years, but making 70% more food available on the plate.”
We live at sea
Two third of the world population lives not more than 350 miles from the sea. Somewhat more than halve of the population lives at a maximum of 150 miles from the sea.
In 2050 – in order to feed, clothe, house and energize mankind – we need to have doubled agro production. The big question is ‘Is this possible?’ Yes it is. Which alternatives do we have?
We can speed up deforestation, but then don’t bother about biodiversity, nature etc.
Triple P? Yes, but then bring agriculture to the marine environment. This should be the start of developing sustainable seafarms, based on seaweeds and (shell)fish.
Advantages of a Seafarm
The developed SeaFarm concept and design is a solution to move food production of aquatic and non-aquatic cultures to the ocean surface. Benefits of such solution, comparing to “traditional” farming are:
No land reclamation
Minimizing losses due to pests “infection”
Minimizing or completely removing usage of pesticides
Organic food production is possible without costly and lengthy process of land preparation (“healing”)
Cultures are grown in controlled climate
Cultures are grown in vicinity of the consumers, cutting transportation COx pollution and costs and reducing road congestion
Inserting Oxygen into atmosphere by photo synthesis and reducing CO2
Minimal usage or no usage of fossil fuels or external energy sources
No new or “experimental” technology – only proven components are used
Short “pay-back” period – approx. 18 months for presented case.
This should be the start of developing sustainable seafarms, based on seaweeds and (shell)fish.
According to the University Wageningen, seaweeds-based seafarms produce:
Minerals (especially P)
Starting point for new developments is that it must be TripleP sustainable, since we cannot afford any longer to threaten the worlds ecosystems and its biodiversity, and since we have to meet human requirements such as food security, green chemistry and climate measures.
A futuristic view? We do have 40 years for realization! Seaweed-based sea farming is then an opportunity:
Food security >> proteins, micronutrients and lots of other valuable compounds
Green chemistry >> replacement of fossil resources together with land based plant resources
Energy if not otherwise
Production of fresh water if needed
No freshwater usage for plant production
Recycling of lost plant nutrients
Sequestering Green House Gasses
Off shore cultivation
Logistic, costs of infrastructure yield and planting mechanisms. The University Wageningen concluded that recent cultivation research has led to a reduction of costs of more than 50%. Sustainable seaweed cultivation is necessary to develop new production and market chains!
Seaweed is most commonly recognized as being the green wrapping around your sushi rolls, but it has so much more to offer your body and the planet than just sushi support. Seaweed is known as the ocean’s superfood and is one of the most sustainable, nutritious and cheapest foods we can grow. It’s an abundant source of minerals and has unique cleansing and detoxifying properties. Seaweed is an amazing, underutilized gift straight from the ocean.
Wakame is a wonderful seaweed for women in particular, because it’s been shown to significantly reduce bloating. It tastes a bit like spinach and is commonly used in seaweed salads. Soak it briefly first and keep in mind that it will expand about 20 times. When boiled with water, it provides a healing mineral-rich broth, one that you will find as a base for most miso soups.
Once you get over the slimy texture, you’ll find that seaweed has a lot to offer nutritionally and is easy to sneak into your diet in different forms. Sea vegetables are rich in trace minerals, iodine, iron and calcium. These minerals are essential for proper brain function, metabolism and maintenance of strong bones. They also have powerful electrolytes to help keep you hydrated, contain blood-purifying chlorophyll (remember, they’re still plants and require photosynthesis to develop) and polysaccharides, which detoxify your body from heavy metals and other toxic substances. They can also be great sources of protein, vitamin B-12 and omega-3 fatty acids. These properties definitely qualify seaweed as a superfood — one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.
One of the biggest factors contributing to climate change is the carbon-dioxide emissions produced from factory farming. More than a quarter of the CO2 released into the atmosphere is absorbed directly into the ocean. Seaweed, however, has the amazing ability to absorb dissolved nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon dioxide directly from the sea. It actually needs to absorb CO2 in order to grow, making it the ideal plant to assist with our threatened ecosystems.
We need seaweed to keep our oceans clean. Fortunately, it’s a resilient plant that reproduces quickly. Seaweed farms are becoming more popular and have the capacity to grow nutrient-dense food for both humans and animals. Seaweed also has the potential to be a source of biofuel and fertilizer for crops like corn and soy. As one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, it could nourish the entire planet while leaving a negative carbon footprint — you can think of seaweed as the culinary equivalent to an electric car.
Varieties of Seaweed
Seaweed has more than 10,000 species. It’s very easy to incorporate the most common and easiest species into your diet.
EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030 recommends options to boost the share of renewable energy in the European energy storage market
This Roadmap and recommendations aim to describe the future European needs for energy storage in the period towards 2020-2030. It also gives recommendations on which development will be required to meet the needs. Read More
The third place, which isn’t bad at all, is for Stockholm.
The new ARCADIS Sustainable Cities Index explores the three demands of social (People), environmental (Planet) and economic (Profit) to develop an indicative ranking of 100 of the world’s major cities. Read More
Miners use their bare hands to filter out precious minerals using a sluice. These countries can be compensated of we agree on international quotas for minerals
Critical minerals are running out too fast: there should be quotas
Last week, Theo Henckens has been promoted on this worrying thesis. “We need a kind of international agreement on minerals.”
Molybdenum is a mineral that is essential in the production of high-grade stainless steels. But within 80 years Earth will be running out of molybdenum, like many other major minerals. By the end of this century there will be a shortage, unless the reuse of molybdenum will be drastically increased. Read More
At the North Pole, the temperature is so high that the mass of sea ice is much smaller than normal. In many places, the Greenland ice is covered with a layer of water. Fortunately, the United States and China are the major drivers behind the Paris agreement.
EarthHour has mobilized businesses, organizations, governments and hundreds of millions of individuals in over 7,000 cities and more than 170 countries and territories to act for a sustainable future.
Tomorrow is EarthHour 2016. Share it and shine a light on climate action. As millions around the world unite for our planet, you too can share what you believe in. Our future starts today. EarthHour is on Saturday, 19 March 2016 8:30 p.m. local time.
Celebrate your commitment to the planet with your friends, family, community or at work – in your own way. A simple event can be just turning off all non-essential lights from 8.30pm – 9:30 pm.
The circular economy represents a viable alternative to this detrimental “linear” model. Rather than going from “cradle to grave,” this new development pathway promotes ‘cradle to cradle‘.
In this type of economy, company growth is no longer reliant on the use of scarce resources.
Instead, it is achieved through the use of disruptive technology and business models that are based on longevity, renewability, reuse, repair, upgrade, refurbishment, capacity sharing, and dematerialization. Read More
Smart urban design requires an integrated look at the city as a complex of material flows and living environment, which exposes the connections between sources, functions, infrastructure and users.
This Research Report ‘Smart Cities’ has been published by the University Delft. The researchers consider Smart Cities as a way of working on a future-proof city, cleverly making use of people, resources and systems.
In this Delft Smart City research project, students examined the possible impact of recent developments under the heading ‘Smart City’ for Delft.
The challenge we face is big, perhaps bigger than many people imagine. But so is the opportunity. If the world can find a source of cheap, clean energy, it will do more than halt climate change. It will transform the lives of millions of the poorest families.
Every year, Bill Gates writes a letter to students.
This year’s letter is about our climate and energy transition towards a renewable energy world.
In his letter, he notices that that all plans and existing techniques will not be sufficient enough to stop the global warming.
This year, Gates appeals to the students of today. Read More
in 2014, companies in the electric transportation sector accounted for 820 million euro.
In 2014, the number of employments in electric vehicles increased by 25% to 3,200 jobs in the Netherlands.
Dutch companies in circular electric transport are doing a great job. National and international. Important, because they do not only contribute to our economy but they also are part of the solution to the global energy and climate issues. Read More
These multinationals are supporting the 1.5 degree global warming with ambitious carbon reduces
These multinationals have made a commitment to go 100% renewable. Update: 58 companies with 50 million MWh of renewable energy! And the list is growing fast.
Sijbesma, CEO Royal DSM in the Huffington Post: “Our children and their children will thank us for finally stepping up.”
MultiNationals and carbon pricing
Royal DSM is applying an internal carbon price of €50 per ton CO2 equivalent when reviewing large investments. They call on business to do the same: it will make your business more future proof.
Facilitated by the World Economic Forum, around 80 CEOs voiced their support for a meaningful carbon price in the run-up to COP21. The current low oil price creates the right moment to introduce a price on carbon.
Yesterday, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a doubling of the US payments on climate aid from 430 to $ 860 million in 2020. With this gesture of goodwill the White House hopes for a possible signal from the developing countries.
Yesterday, the new concept agreement was finished. Just two hours later than promised.
It is 29 pages shorter than the previous one (43)
More than three quarters of the discussion have been resolved.
COP21: Rallies call for Paris climate change action
Will the negotiations in Paris lead to an international climate agreement? The question seems not to be whether the negotiations lead to an agreement but what bottom line, the results of the agreement will be.
Five questions about the climate issues. Read More