Author page: Tom Brook

New Zealand Make MOOves On Farm Emissions

What’s Going On Here? A New Zealand climate change group has been tasked with working out how its country’s farmers should pay for their emissions. The move comes as the government aims to cut the release of agricultural gases in a bid to make New Zealand a zero carbon economy by 2050. What Does This Mean? The likely solution will be a…

How can blockchain help the environment?

In Curious Earth #7 we talked about blockchain start-up INS Ecosystem. Over the next few years blockchain technology is expected to disrupt many traditional industries. Here are 7 more start-ups making similar changes. If you want to know more about how blockchain can help with business and the environment, have a look at this: https://www.greenbiz.com/article/blockchains-emerging-role-sustainability We really like this piece on 7 ways blockchain can…

Sustainable Beer is Tastier Beer

The Future of Sustainable Beer? Here at curious.earth Towers we like beer. Not too much beer. Just a bit of beer now and then. We want to share with you something beer-related that we’re interested in. That thing is genetically engineered yeast. Let us explain. Beer needs hops. And hops need loads of water, which for the eco-conscious is – ironically –…

Home For The Future – ZEDPOD

What’s Going On Here? The most popular exhibit at Ecobuild 2018 was the new two-storey one-bed ZEDpod. The zero-carbon, factory-built home can be built in two-and-a-half weeks and could help solve the problem of overpopulation. What Does This Mean? Off-site or factory-built homes, like those from the ZEDfactory are on the rise. They generally offer higher quality products while reducing construction waste and inner-city…

How A Lick Of Paint Will Help You Live Longer

What’s Going On Here? The star of the show at Ecobuild 2018 was Airlite photocatalytic paint which improves air quality both inside and outside buildings. What Does This Mean? To start with: Photocatalytic = Photo (light) + catalytic (speeds up a reaction) So… by activating natural antioxidants in the air, the paint helps to capture and destroy pollutants like nitrogen oxides (using light). Lab tests suggest 100m2 of…

UK CO2 Down To Pre-1890 Levels!

What’s Going On Here? 2017 saw UK CO2  emissions drop to 1890 levels… yes Eighteen Ninety, back when the population was half the size and Queen Victoria was still strutting her stuff. The drop in CO2 emissions is the result of a 19% cut in COAL usage from 2016 levels. WoooWooo (or not in the case of train travel). Less coal use has seen an increase in the use…