What’s the rebound effect?

Every time our species has faced a disfunction or an opportunity to improve existing technology, it has been done so. Throughout millennia, our society has grown as a consequence of these improvements, confident enough that we were better than before. Has it always been the case? Let’s find out, as always, together. From the past…Continue reading “What’s the rebound effect?”

Last week summary

Week  5 -12/07/2020 The Guardian’s report on the UK bee’s population and some of its particularly endangered species: this time, our attention is focused on one nomadic species of bee, the six-banned bee. It is believed that this species, who heavily relies on the healthiness of another one, the long-horned bee, is endangered because ofContinue reading “Last week summary”

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: are we on track?

In 2015, the United Nations published a comprehensive document outlining the goals to achieve sustainable development and fight inequalities of all kinds within 15 years. 5 years are gone now, how are we doing? Let’s find out, as always, together. The expression “sustainable development” is thought to have been first used in 1980 at theContinue reading “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: are we on track?”

Efficient buildings: is there such a thing?

If you’ve been looking for a flat recently you most certainly received a sheet of paper by the landlord or estate agent showing how efficient is the building you are about to move into. But is that house really efficient? Let’s find out, as always, together. When talking about buildings, the main concern that companiesContinue reading “Efficient buildings: is there such a thing?”

Book of the month – Letters to a young scientist

Happy July everyone! As announced a couple of days ago, today we will start our monthly tip for books worth reading. I hope you’ll stay with me throughout this journey. I decided to start with an inspiring and motivating book, written by Edward Wilson: “Letters to a young scientist”. Edward Wilson is a renowned entomologist,Continue reading “Book of the month – Letters to a young scientist”

Do you waste water?

Water has played an important part in our life since the beginning of our species. Have you ever thought about your water usage and compared to that of people living in different countries? Are your habits sustainable? Let’s find out, as always, together. CCWATER claims that households composed of 1 person in UK consume 149lContinue reading “Do you waste water?”

Plastic vs Paper: what’s worst?

It is common knowledge that plastic should be avoided when being able to choose between plastic packages over paper ones. Is it always true? What to consider when making this important choice? Let’s find out, as always, together. First, we need to understand that there are different varieties of plastic around. For today’s discussion, weContinue reading “Plastic vs Paper: what’s worst?”

What is a solstice?

Happy Summer everyone! Even though warm days came back for a while for many of you, summer officially starts today, June 20th¹. This day is also known as the summer solstice, but why we call it like that, and what happens today? Let’s find out, as always, together. The word solstice comes from the combinationContinue reading “What is a solstice?”

Do you walk enough?

Whether it’s for pleasure or necessity, everyone lucky enough not to have any physical problems walks. But how much do we walk? Is it enough? Let’s find out, as always, together. The World Health Organization recommends for adults aged 18-64 to “do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity throughout the week, or doContinue reading “Do you walk enough?”

What’s your carbon footprint?

How often did you hear on the news claims like: “Carbon emissions are at-risk level”, or “Our carbon footprint will affect future generations for years to come!”. It sounds scary, doesn’t it? Let’s find out, as always, together. When thinking about our impact on the Planet, anything that changes the balances too quickly should soundContinue reading “What’s your carbon footprint?”