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A wind’s teeth - Understanding locusts

Mar 13, 2020

A wind’s teeth - Understanding locusts

From the ultimate biblical plagues to the modern times of natural disasters, none has stood out in resemblance like that of the locusts. The concept of climate change better explains this disaster. Cross-referencing our notes with those of the old days Egyptians, locusts fly along with the wind or as they said: "wind brought and took away the swarms”.

Vertical gardens the best alternative of farming

Feb 20, 2020

Vertical gardens the best alternative of farming

Inferring from global demographics, it is conclusive to say that the mortality rates are declining as a result of increasing living standards that closely relate to the industrial revolution. Consequently, the world's demand for resources has increased, among them food. As a result of unmet food security and nutrition targets amidst the burgeoning human population, about 820 million people have insufficient to eat, with a noted epidemic of overweight and obesity.

Technological trends in waste management

Feb 07, 2020

Technological trends in waste management

On the precepts of waste hierarchy, most preferred waste management approach is minimization. Alternatively, as an option to where waste can not be prevented, there should be measures put in place for material and energy recovery as well as remanufacturing and recycling. The global waste volume is however increasing thus adding to a host of complexities in waste management.

Sustainable Waste Management Equals Better Quality of Life

Jan 23, 2020

Sustainable Waste Management Equals Better Quality of Life

Any Kenyan who undoubtedly is an avid lover of business has come across the ‘waste management’ phrase in their lifetime at one point or another. Any Kenyan must also have seen the three different colored bins just hanging around collecting different types of trash in the city, or at least spotted them in the environmental topics in science class, or better still in the internet.

Israel: Hero of Water Management

Nov 21, 2019

Israel: Hero of Water Management

Israel is a Middle Eastern country located on the Eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea that borders Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. The northern and coastal regions of Israel experience a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot and dry summers and winters with decreasing levels of rainfall. The southern and eastern areas of Israel are characterized by an arid climate throughout the year. Israel’s less-than-favourable climate has led to it being considered as one of the most water-scarce countries in the world.

Alternatives in Water Management Key to Sustainability

Nov 18, 2019

Alternatives in Water Management Key to Sustainability

Developing countries are in episodes of rapid urbanization driven by surging populations  and industrialization. The existence of such interdependence is solely reliant on the exploitation of  natural resources among them water. Kenya relies on catchments that constitute 75% of the country’s surface water resources. Coincidentally, water towers  in Kenya are in a degradation down turn. Adding to the woes, Kenya water sector is characteristic of frequent rationing, fragile technical standards for national implementation and inadequate monitoring among many others.

Exposure to the Noxious Asbestos Needs to be Alleviated with a lot of Care

Nov 08, 2019

Exposure to the Noxious Asbestos Needs to be Alleviated with a lot of Care

The construction industry especially in Africa has witnessed sporadic evolution, from grass thatched huts of the twentieth century to the modern spectacular mirrored skyscrapers. Part of the progress was marked by a reign of fibrous materials that had a perfect combination of preference attributes. Known as asbestos. They stood out as fire resistant materials that were durable and with astounding stability to chemicals, heat, steam and rust. They become an ideal building material gaining prominence in the 80’s and 70’s.

Trees are Talking to Each Other

Oct 02, 2019

Trees are Talking to Each Other

Do trees talk to each other? Do they develop friendship? Do they take care of their young ones? In short, do trees communicate with each other? Well, prepare for a surprise - Yes they do! Findings of a renown German forester, Peter Wohlleben, have revealed that trees have feelings and are capable of forming strong bonds with each other. They also take care of each over a period of many years. Peter has shaken the forestry world with his ideas in his bestselling book: The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate.

Permaculture Training is Key to Sustainable Development

Sep 30, 2019

Permaculture Training is Key to Sustainable Development

The adoption of permaculture is vital in the actualization of Sustainable Cities and Communities, part of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) whose deadline is 2030. The world needs to start deviating from the conventional ways of life and start adopting the practice of permaculture. People living in rural areas and marginalized communities hold the key, with vast underutilized land being their major resource.

Linking Local Aspirations to Global Frameworks for Sustainable Development

Sep 05, 2019

Linking Local Aspirations to Global Frameworks for Sustainable Development

Kenya is a global player in various international frameworks associated with the pressing national concerns such as the climate change and sustainable development. The government has its long-term development blueprint, the Vision 2030 which charts the country’s social, political and economic pathways to sustainable development.