The Open Foris online platform was recently unveiled by the United Nations. This is a new software developed in partnership with Google to help tackle climate change, deforestation, and food production issues. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) launched the Open Foris online platform that will use a high-resolution satellite to send images to monitor changes in land use and forest cover. Continue reading
In the International Space Station (ISS), water is in short supply, so National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has developed an innovative way to filter wastewater on the ISS using chemical and distillation processes. This lets it turn liquid from the air, sweat and even urine into drinkable water. Continue reading
The Inside Story of the Paris Climate Agreement and its importance for Earth Day.
April 22nd is celebrated as the International Mother Earth Day. In addition to this, a high-level signing ceremony, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, took place as a first step in implementing the Paris Climate Agreement, which was adopted in Paris, France, on 12 December 2015. Continue reading
A new Agricultural Innovation Center that will help African countries promote innovation in the agricultural sector to combat rural poverty and hunger has been inaugurated. The Green Innovation Center, which was inaugurated at AfricaRice in Benin, aims to boost agricultural productivity, increase the incomes of smallholder farmers and create job opportunities, particularly for youth and women in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Togo, Tunisia and Zambia. Continue reading
Our grandparents’ generation created an amazing system of canals and reservoirs that made it possible for people to live in places where there wasn’t a lot of water. For example, during the Great Depression, they created the Hoover Dam, which in turn, created Lake Mead and made it possible for the cities of Las Vegas and Phoenix and Los Angeles to provide water for people who lived in a really dry place. Continue reading
The job of sewer workers in Barcelona could be about to become much easier with the aid of a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (sewer drones) tasked with inspecting the city’s vast network of underground tunnels. Sewer drones could take over the tricky inspection work within two years, if a scheme in Barcelona, Spain gets the go-ahead. The plan is to launch a fleet of flying ”sewer drones” which would inspect the state of the city’s sewers, as well as measuring air and water quality and keeping track of the state of the walls and blockages. Continue reading