Questions related to Environmental Sustainability
Those who read the 1987 Brundtland Commission Report know that it was about sustainable development solutions to the social and environmental sustainability issues embedded in the traditional market model due to the assumption of social and environmental externality neutrality that had led to social problems(poverty, over population) and environmental problems(Pollution, environmental degradation) that the commission highlighted as the reason for the need to go, not half way from business as usual, but away from business as usual, and they gave us the definition of sustainable development, not of sustainability…..
But look at the UN related page below and its content:
Sustainable development requires an integrated approach that takes into consideration environmental concerns along with economic development.
In 1987, the United Nations Brundtland Commission defined sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Today, there are almost 140 developing countries in the world seeking ways of meeting their development needs, but with the increasing threat of climate change, concrete efforts must be made to ensure development today does not negatively affect future generations.
The Sustainable Development Goals form the framework for improving the lives of populations around the world and mitigating the hazardous man-made effects of climate change. SDG 13: Climate Action, calls for integrating measures to prevent climate change within development frameworks. SDG 14: Life Below Water, and SDG 15: Life on Land, also call for more sustainable practices in using the earth’s natural resources. “
See we know, a) sustainability(optimization based) is not sustainable development (maximization based); b) The commission gave us a definition of sustainable development and not of sustainability as they saw the social and environmental issues created by the traditional market in terms of sustainable development thinking; c) that is why we have sustainable development goals, NOT sustainability goals.
We know the sustainability model is different than the sustainable development model and according to the model inconsistency principle sustainability and sustainable development can not be equated or defined one as the other or the other as the one.
But the UN defines sustainability as sustainable development there, a scientific inconsistency as it violates the theory-practice consistency principle.
Which raises the question, Do defining sustainability as sustainable development requires alternative academic facts? If yes, Why?
I think YES, what do you think?
Feel free to provide your own view when answering the question.
Carbon markets have become popular, locally and nationally, including in Canada as a way to address carbon pollution. And this raises the question, are carbon price based markets green markets? Why?
I think no, what do you think?
Population dynamics is usually linked to system stability. For example, over population is linked to system unsustainability, and possible system collapse through overshooting behavior like ecological overshoot. Population dynamics is rarely linked to market pricing structures as markets are usually presented as supply and demand interactions consistent with their price structures. But market price structures can be seen as linked to the nature of the population they serve. Hence, population dynamics appears to be the connection between market price structure and system stability.
And this raises the question, Is population dynamics the link between market pricing and system stability? I think yes, what do you think?
Please, feel free to share your comments, Yes and why you think is Yes or No, and why you think is No.
When you look at discussions about human population, whether from the overpopulation point of view in particular or population dynamics view in general, they lead to policy actions and recommendations that appear to be independent of the traditional market structure structure(price, consumption, and production) that supports them, but the nature of markets seems to shape the nature of the population and population dynamics they encourage.
And this raises the relevant question once and for all:
Is the nature of human population dynamics dependent or independent of the nature of the traditional market structure dynamics that serves them?
I think that the nature of the population and its dynamics is dependent of the nature of the markets that serves them as they shape their nature, what do you think?
Are they independent? Yes or No, and why do you think so?
Are they dependent? Yes or No, and why do you think so?
What do you think?
Many studies on climate change and environmental sustainability have established a positive relationship between population size and environmental pressure. Is it, however possible for the population growth of neighbouring countries to cause a decline in CO2 emissions in a country, taking the spatial relationship among countries into consideration?
Under green market thinking there is no room for the concept of green pollution, but in the world of green market distortions like the world of dwarf green markets such a concept is possible as you can come up with alternative academic facts or alternative academic definitions or alternative academic principles.
As current event in the European Union shows that is the new wave that the business usual model is apparently going through by defining its way out without a golden end goal like clean markets…. https://www.reuters.com/business/sustainable-business/eu-parliament-vote-green-gas-nuclear-rules-2022-07-06/
And this raises the question, Does the distortions created by the 2012 green market paradigm shift avoidance move allows room for advancing the concept of GREEN POLLUTION? I think yes, what do you think?
If you would like to provide your own views on the question, then please. If your answer is Yes, please explain why you think so. If your answer is No, please explain why you think so.
The goal of shifting from pollution based markets to clean markets is affected by going green markets and by going dwarf green markets in opposing ways.
The working of green markets moves away from pollution based markets and it tends towards clean markets while the working of dwarf green markets stays far away from clean markets and very close to pollution based markets.
Which raises the question, What are the clean market consequences of green market paradigm shift avoidance?
What do you think?
Please try to answer the question first, and then make any comments you think are appropriate.
And I will reply.
I am trying to model the effect of consumers' preference for sustainably produced goods on aggregate employment.
I am trying to build an SFC model with two sectors, one sustainable and one non-sustainable.
Now I need references of papers that have done something similar, modeling the economy in two sectors using the SFC model.
Thanks in advance.
I would like to benefit from your academic and research experiences in the field of civil engineering. I would like to study a master's and doctorate degree in geotechnical engineering. Is this specialization recommended for the future from an academic and research point of view, and is there a specialty within the field of civil engineering that is recommended or preferred to study a master’s and a doctorate in it?
Do construction professionals (especially construction managers, project managers and quantity surveyors) need environmental sustainability competencies?
Looking at how the construction activities affect the environment and yes we have environmental engineers but wouldn't it be good to have construction professionals that are also aware of the environmental impacts/issues, especially during the construction, operation and demolition phases.
Assistance will be appreciated.
Those familiar with Kuhn’s ideas on the evolution of scientific thought know or should know that what is normal science today may not be normal science tomorrow as normal science tomorrow if resulting from paradigm shifts that address the abnormalities of old paradigms that lead it into crises would be inconsistent with normal science today…..
Kuhn’s loop on how science evolves is based on the idea of honest academic thinking and discourse that in the end leads to paradigm change and to the growth of scientific thought….
But what if the loop of the growth of knowledge is plagued by willful academic blindness and silence….an aspect that apparently escaped Kuhn’s imagination…..
Which leads to the question, What happens to the scientific revolution loop a la Thomas Kuhn under willful academic blindness? Any ideas!
Feel free to share your own ideas
How has Africa’s colonial past affected Africa? Africa has vast mineral, agricultural resources including good weather so why is it poor?
It is a challenge to include not only price as the main criterian to establish the best option among different contracts. it is important to change the decision from price restriction to sustainability view, in which not only the price, then the cost of doing the work or service for the public authorities is important. Moreover, the social sustainability and environmental sustainability are at least as much important than economical results. Then, it will be important to include those social aspects that could improve the social back when public authorities buy products or paid services. It is at least a 14% GDP in Europe; then, the inclusion of sustainaiblity as a root for making decisions is one of the key factor to obtain a sustainaible economy.
What do you think?
The volume of organic waste is growing exponentially, and in most countries, it's left untreated which is leading to tragic consequences for local and global environments. Agriculture, animal farming, food industries, and cities all produce organic waste on a regular basis. Organic waste could be recycled into fertilizers, but current processes are unsustainable, inefficient, and frequently involve the use of hazardous chemicals, which have their own environmental consequences. What would be the best way to transform organic waste into a sustainable and effective fertilizer with the least significant impact on the environment?
Circular Economy and Triple Bottom line are two main tools in achieving sustainable development goals. But many academics, professionals and stakeholders are finding difficult to distinguish the difference between them and also fail to interconnect them. In this aspect, how they are inter related in terms of construction industry and technological applications?
I really appreciate every answer because this project is going to be my Master Degree Thesis.
I have already studied a lot of softwares, such as: Ecolizer, openLCA, GaBi, SimaPro, Ecochain and Umberto, and many databases: Eco-invent, US LCI, ELCD, Environmental footprint and BioEnergieDAT.
In 2050, our global population is projected to reach 9.8 billion, with 68% of us living in urban cities. In order to feed this massive population, we will need to increase our agricultural output by 70% over current levels. Just to put this number into perspective, we will need to grow more food in the next 35 to 40 years than the previous 10,000 years combined.
The agricultural industry is called upon to innovate and play an increasingly vital role to feed the world in the future.
Your thoughts and views are invited, in light of the role to be played by vertical farming/ indoor urban farming.
I am trying to model the process stage (Gate to Gate) of FDM on SimaPro. I understand that I need to decide upon my inputs and outputs as well as system boundary before doing that. I am trying to do this properly and was wondering if anyone can advise more on this methodology (i.e., how to decide upon the values for the raw material input and electricity?, etc...).
Any response is very much appreciated. Thank you.
Useful Article: Methodology for systematic analysis and improvement of manufacturing unit process life-cycle inventory (UPLCI) —CO2PE! initiative (cooperative effort on process emissions in manufacturing). Part 1: Methodology description.
Cement has been in human use throughout history, and due to its binding nature, it is regarded as the backbone of the construction industry. A recent edition of the journal Nano Energy published the results from major breakthrough research conducted by engineers from Incheon National University, Kyung Hee University, and Korea University. The researchers have invented a cement-based composite (CBC) that can be used in concrete to develop electrical properties without affecting its structural performance. But what if cement could be used to generate electricity?
Any ideas from researchers?
While many businesses are aiming for net-zero goals, do we have sound evidence that net-zero farming is possible or has already been achieved?
Please help! I'm looking for respondents to take this less than 5 minute survey on industry 4.0 and sustainability, it's for my master's thesis. Thanks so much, feel free to share the link with others as well! :) https://lnkd.in/eRPHiGqW #sustainability #share #help #innovation
At what time scale should we consider the priority measures to be implemented in order to ensure the protection of natural resources and guarantee their sustainability? (i) direct and urgent measures associated with the modes of exploitation and development of resources ; (ii) indirect and very long-term implications of Climate Change on the potential of resources. Has everything been done on (i) to decree that it is urgent to tackle (ii) head-on with all its uncertainties, particularly with regard to time scales involved, incompatible with the scales of concrete actions?
Is it absurd to assume, like for the evolution of species and their adaptations to natural changes of all kinds, that adaptations and resilience to the effects of climate change should readjust themselves, to changes in natural conditions, which by definition are very slow and loaded with uncertainties?
Moral: what are the urgent actions for scientists, decision-makers, actors, and active civil societies, and on what issues should scientific, technical, and financial resources should be concentrated?
I would be glad to exchange ideas on this important matter. To start the discussion, I will begin by giving some examples from Tunisia (ranked among the countries that suffer the most from lack of water).
Example 1- On the adaptation of Tunisian olive groves to bioclimatic conditions: The olive tree has been cultivated in Tunisia since Roman times under different bioclimatic conditions in exclusively rainfed groves: in the south with less than 250 mm of rainfall and in the north with more than 600 mm . Apart from the different olive tree species in each of the regions, it is clear that the density of olive trees is strictly correlated with rainfall, ranging from 16 olive trees per hectare in the South to nearly a hundred olive trees per hectare in the North; so that it is possible to faithfully superimpose the density map of olive trees on the map of isohyets. Empirically, over millennia and outside of any protocol or procedure, the peasants have naturally adapted to the natural conditions of the environment and it is difficult to imagine that things can be otherwise.
Example 2- On floods and hydraulic disorders: Indigenous, Carthaginian, Roman, and Muslim cities were, without exception, located high up, sheltered from flooding (they were unfortunately not immune to drought). The centrifugal developments of urban agglomerations during the last century have reached flood zones. The transformation of watersheds and the artificialization of the water cycle have increased the concentration of flows so that flooding has become a national plague. What are the urgent actions: (i) to rethink territory development and planning for better resilience to flooding or (ii) tackle the impact of climate change on the frequencies of floods, admittedly real but at much larger time scales which escapes the scales of concrete actions.
Example 3- On groundwater overexploitation and aquifers depletion: Most of the groundwater is subjected to disastrous overexploitation leading to drawdowns and irreversible degradation of water quality. Some aquifers are withdrawn at more than 250% of the average recharge rate and the oases of the South draw on very weakly renewable “fossil” aquifers to produce dates sold at prices ranging between $ 1 and $ 3 (approximately 8 m3 of water are required to produce 1 kg of dates) . Coastal aquifers in the Cap-Bon region are used in the production of citrus fruits sold at less than $ 1 per kg. The aquifers are stressed to such an extent that marine intrusion has, in some cases, resulted in definitive depletion of the resource. If the decision-makers and the scientific community do not put urgently all their human and material resources and all the scientific and technical means, to solve this nagging problem; well, the time needed to define and put in place measures of resilience and adaptation to the hypothetical effects of Climate Change on groundwater recharge will be more than enough for the squandering of these resources to be total and definitive as it is already the case of certain coastal aquifers.
(5) (PDF) Alleviating water scarcity by optimizing "Green Virtual-Water": the case of Tunisia (researchgate.net)
(4) National Water Security, Case Study of an Arid Country: Tunisia | Request PDF (researchgate.net).
Think about it, science is supposed to be an open environment, one where if ideas are shown to be lacking or inappropriate or wrong, they are either improved or discarded. A system where if assumptions about reality turned out to be wrong, it will shift to catch up with the actual, now new reality leaving the previous reality/previous knowledge behind. That would be consistent with the thinking of Popper and Kuhn.
That was the expectation after the 1987 Brundtland commission said business as usual model has not worked as the assumptions on which it has been based were wrong, and that was the expectation after 2012 RIO + 20 when the UNCSD commission said to go green market, green growth and green economy was the shift to go….to internalize the wrong environmental externality assumption found in the business as usual model...
If that science expectation does not happen and invalid ideas and/or previous paradigm ideas are used to address the new reality, which by now everyone knows or should know is a reality not consistent with those previous ideas, is that still science or is this now an ideology?.
Which raises the question, at what point science, in general or economics in particular, becomes an ideology?
What do you think? Please express your view through answering this question.
Dear Scholars and Researchers,
I need to prepare reduced graphene oxide (rGO) from graphene oxide (GO) powder at room temperature. This rGO along with TiO2 will be applied on the textile surface.
Q1. In chemical reduction methods, to avoid toxic hydrazine, sodium borohydride (NaBH4), ascorbic acid (Vitamin C:VC) and hydroiodic acid (HI) can be used as a substitute reducing agent. Which one will be more environmentally sustainable and effective in a colloidal solution?
Q2. If I follow photocatalyst reduction techniques in the presence of TiO2 in water, -OH group on TiO2 can interact with the R-COOH group of GO and rGO can be obtained. At this point, some researchers additionally incorporated reducing agents. What is the consequence of that? Do we still need to add a reducing agent?
Thanks in advance.
#Graphene #TiO2 #Graphene Oxide #Metallurgy #Textile
Data science is a growing field of technology in present context. There have been notable applications of data science in electronic engineering, nanotechnology, mechanical engineering and artificial intelligence. What kind of future scopes available for data science at civil engineering aspects in the field of structural analysis, structural design, geotechnical engineering, hydrological engineering, environmental engineering and sustainable engineering?
I would like to request your collaboration to take part in the survey, available at the links: (EN): https://lnkd.in/djVdWne (IT): https://lnkd.in/dnvK3eJ (PT-BR): https://lnkd.in/dVGWmHv This questionnaire is part of the project aiming to analyze the transition from a linear economy to a circular economy, comparing developed and developing countries, at a macro level (nations, regions, cities). The project is a partnership between the University of Brasilia (Brazil), coordinated by Professor Patricia Guarnieri and the University of Bologna (Italy), coordinated by Professor Augusto Bianchini.
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Hi for everyone,
I would like to do a Life Cycle Assessment comparison for teak timbers from various geographical locations. Could you please share with me any data that you have for carbon footprint on timber with their corresponding information?
We hear about environmental problems or social problems or socio-environmental problems associated with business as usual, problems being exacerbated currently by over population pressures and overshooting pressures. Hence, all those problems and pressures seem to be associated with non-optimal market conditions in practice, but conditions that are assumed to be optimal in theory, hinting towards a practice-theory inconsistency problem.
And this raises the question, Is the destruction of full optimality at the heart of system unsustainability problems? I think yes, what do you think?
Note: Moving away from full optimality thinking is what is meant here when saying "the destruction of full optimality".
Please, feel free to express your own views on the question, Yes, and why you think so? No, and why you think so?
The use of natural products is an alternative for the control of pathogens associated with seeds, with the advantage of cost reduction and absence of environmental impact caused by pesticides.
UN agencies, governments, international organizations like FAO and World Bank, academic institutions and so on appear to be talking about green economies and green growth yet they are not implementing green markets as the environmental cost of production is not yet internalized. They are promoting non-green market approaches like carbon pricing or cap and trade, can green economy and green growth exist outside green markets? I think "No", what do you think?
Bitcoin mining requires large computing power and therefore large amounts of electricity. Most of the electricity used by Bitcoin miners around the world comes from fossil fuel power plants. This leads to global carbon emissions and environmental pollution. In November 2021, the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance estimated that Bitcoin’s annualized power consumption is 115 TWh, which is almost as large as the annual electricity consumption of Poland – a country with 38 million citizens. Given the large and growing environmental concerns across the world and the planned actions of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, is the long-term outlook for Bitcoin applications negative? Is Bitcoin cursed with its inherent ‘proof of work’ and mining mechanism? Are the long-term external costs of the Bitcoin ecosystem too large as compared with the potential benefits offered by this cryptocurrency? Is the demise of Bitcoin inevitable in the long term? Can ways be found whereby Bitcoin’s negative environmental impact might be significantly reduced?
Is there any research out there which someone tried to identify potential similarities of the tourist behaviour by a country in terms of sustainability?
For example, the Russians respect this but not this, the scandinavians mostly do this when in holiday and goes on...
I did a quick search in Google scholar but researchers doesnt seem to divide the tourists for simplier subjects than this. I understand that some countries are too big to have similarities but am asking if this idea have ever implement in some way.
Should this lead to a potential research about sustainability educations in each country?
Hello fellow researchers,
for my final thesis I want to examine if sustainability is a new status symbol and if yes, how strong it is and it's differences to luxury goods (and also if a luxury good is not "green" does this circumstance reduce it's symbolic power?).
Unfortunenately, I cannot find any studies in the past that examine status symbolism. More precisely, I need a scale or a model that measuers status perception or status symbolism (of any obejct).
Does someone has an idea where I can find such scale/model, or can someone post a study that uses or developed such scale/model?
I am thankful for every help.
Greetings from Germany :)
Which energy source you prefer for cooking, considering sustainable future? And why?
Electricity, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Biomass Energy, Gas/Propane/Heating Oil, kerosene, methanol, ethanol and plant oil, etc. or any other.
Coal based power plants are one of the cheapest and more effective instruments to produce electricity. Many developed countries have already applied this plants and had the benefit from it. Although some of the countries have now stopped using coal based plants because of the negative impact being created towards the nature.
At present, many developing countries specifically in Asian and African region, are choosing Coal to produce more electricity as the demand is at the highest peak; even though a huge environmental degradation is happening due to these circumstances.
I am doing my masters in energy systems engineering, and I am looking for topics to do my thesis on; are there any suggestions?
I am interested in renewable energy.
PS: I have done my bachelor in mechanical engineering.
As we know the problem of floods and water logging are increasing day by day especially in India and other Asian countries, and recently we saw many floods in the Indian subcontinent. Similar conditions took place in Wuhan but the Concept of Sponge City was a game changer. In Maharashtra (India) similar conditions arised this monsoon and I wanted to check that can a similar concept like sponge city be implemented in Maharashtra for sustainable flood management. So, if anyone can guide me on how to approach this project it would be a great help, looking forward to get answers.
In the computer modeling and simulation of floatovoltaic systems in marine environments or freshwater reservoirs, a floating PV photovoltaic array performance model and simulation need to characterize the FSPV or FPV irrigation reservoir water evaporation benefits in sustainability assessment for sustainable development energy projects. Quantifying evaporative water-saving is a key project viability metric in a techno-economic model for FPV hydropower hybrid performance models for hydroelectric facilities, or to estimate floating PV array operating temperature or floating PV module internal cell temperature changes in comparative studies for floating FPV and ground-mounted PV or GPV.
Computer estimation of evaporation from a water surface of a water basin or wastewater basin is often calculated in Matlab or Python through mathematical evaporation models, by using parameters such as solar radiation, air temperature, humidity, water temperature, wind velocity, etc. While various applications and modifications of the Penman method, Penman-Monteith equations or Priestley-Taylor evaporation rates are used to predict or determine evapotranspiration rates in various solar water pond cover configurations, and PV floater design types as a sustainability indicator.
However, most water surface modeling or reservoir evaporation methodologies seem to be based on average daily solar irradiation rates, meaning real-time simulation model predictions need to be adapted to account for more instantaneous hour-to-hour solar irradiation data model inputs, ambient temperature variations, wind variations, airmass, relative humidity, water temperature or weather prediction data obtained from remote sensing and weather prediction data.
In a recent publication (link below) on environmental impact assessment of floating solar PV, we propose a method to time-normalize the hourly predictions of floating solar PV evaporation rates in a water-energy-land-food nexus metric, but would like to know from researchers and scientists if literature is available to discuss other scientific data engineering options for hour-to-hour or even-minute-to-minute evaporation rate estimations on open water surfaces as a means to quantify the evaporation savings of an FPV prototype in a real-time simulation model:
Conference Paper Assessment of the evaporation rate in reservoir partially co...
I am wondering about the possibility of exporting data from SimaPro to GaBi and back again. Does the database used in SimaPro have to be the same as what's available in GaBi??
Thanks in advance!
Can ecological sustainability increase the attractiveness of a region, especially regarding the moving decisions of skilled migrants?
I've been searching for indonesian (especially java island) native species of crops & vegetables that can be applied for agroforestry on slope with high level of canopy shadding.
So I will appreciate if I can have some recommendation from someone with botanical experts.
Prefatory, it may be, because this year the radiations and greenhouse gases interaction feedback processes on different timescale (one of the main factor in monsoon dynamics) which makes the monsoon predictability erratic is not expected to add much uncertainty in the prediction system due to the substantial reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions. Implies, may be an upper hand for potential predictive models in the line. Recall that model ability to predict the SW monsoon is higher with initial conditions been used for the month of Feb., March, April (this years these are main lockdown month in the world when atmosphere is not invaded by atmospheric gases) than months closer to the SW monsoon. On other side, can be also be test bed for the models have near accurate long rage forecasting tendency with early months (as mentioned above) initial conditions.
Over all it may be also be manifested that NATURE can be predicted correctly if it is not disturbed. BUT if we keep on disturbing it then predictability may not be that easy and precise.
If yes, then "Commendations" to the accurate predictability of the monsoon system will be higher this year, I think. Good! This may also considered because of Nature natural tendency is higher this year apart from having well resolved and improved interannual and climate systems predictability aspects in the modelling systems, etc...
Nature is in NATURAL swing. Enjoy and try to be safe! But we should also be ready for the monsoon system predictability in the times to come or years to come when emissions will again be dumped in the earth system. It will certainly obstruct the prediction realities. Consistency is the accuracy in the prediction should be addressed responsibly.
What’s your take on that!
I would like to create a repository with documents, reports and scientific articles that speak about COVID-19 and Circular Economy. The aim is to try to draw future potential scenario, defining research questions and in general have a panoramic on the phenomenon.
I am doing a comparative LCA study between different roads in EU and I am looking for data related to machines used during (for instance: laying the pavement, etc.) the construction and maintenance phase of the road ( ex. per 1m2 or 1 km of road).
I'm looking for any smart villages aplications in your country. I'm interested in examples that involve the enviroment, agricultural, society and technology. I would be grateful for any input.
What are the side-effects of drinking bottled or RO water for the long-term , say 10-20 years of time. How to escape or avoid with such challenges scientifically ?
What are Health effects ?
How it effects sustainability ?
Is there any study on growth impacts ?
What about energy and environment ?
Can we replace it with rain water harvesting ?
What is the use of waste water generated ?
How it impacts the ecology and environment ?
How it impacts the water table and local economy ?
environmental sustainability can be achieved by controlling oxidation and reduction reaction in soil that release different gasses in the environemnt.
I am part of a research group focused on the study of teaching methods aimed at fostering sustainable societies. For the future we aim to focus on some core issues that we believe are fundamental for the advancement of these forms of education in Brazil and worldwide, namely: Discuss the relationships between environmental education, sustainability education and citizenship education and try to identify the similarities and differences of their proposals. Our initial hypothesis is that citizenship education perhaps satisfactorily embraces the postulates and principles of the other two pedagogies and can thus be understood as one of the most holistic and comprehensive forms of human education. What do you think?
Faço parte de um grupo de pesquisa focado no estudo de formas de ensino voltadas ao fomento de sociedades sustentáveis. Para o futuro almejamos enfocar algumas questões centrais que acreditamos ser fundamentais para o avanço dessas formas de ensino no Brasil e no mundo, quais sejam: Discutir as relações entre a educação ambiental, a educação para a sustentabilidade e a educação para a cidadania e tentar identificar as similaridades e diferenças de suas propostas. A nossa hipótese inicial é de que a educação para a cidadania talvez abarque satisfatoriamente os postulados e princípios das outras duas pedagogias e assim pudesse ser compreendida como uma das formas de educação humana mais holística e abrangente. O que você acha?
There seems to be interest in circular economy thinking of the type production-consumption-externality such as produce-use-recycle or firm-consumer-pollution cost, which means this thinking is still business as usual thinking, but with a plus.
The Brundtland commission (1987) wanted us to go beyond business as usual to properly address the environmental crisis, which Rio plus 20 conference (UNCSD 2012) took to be to shift to green economy thinking, which would lead us to think that by this time end of 2019 those heavily involved in RIO + 20 2012 should have by now a sound and accepted idea of circular green market economy thinking....But that seems not to be the case.. .and curiosity in my mind is why not?
It looks to me that academic attention since 2012 has been misplaced and given to a non-green circular process, which raises the question posted above: Circular economy thinking vrs circular green economy thinking, which type of thinking should be now the priority, if not the rule in the face of the environmental crisis?
What do you think? I am interested in the views/ideas of the participants not on views/ideas of third parties.
Wish an excellent new year to all!
The importance of making conscious efforts towards successfully integrating and the adopting the CE model by every nation across globe cannot be over-emphasized.
From the Covid-19 perspective, the pandemic brought about several changes which affected most nations of the world particularly countries that depends solely on the importation of raw material for production. Several manufacturing companies folded up while others had to downsize their workers due to unsustainability. However, countries & firms which already adopted the CE model (reusing, remanufactiring and recycling) thrived better.
What are your thoughts about the CE model and how has the adoption of this business model contributed positively or negatively to homes, firms or countries most especially during the pandemic.
Dear All Researchers and Engineers,
We are organizing an International Symposium on Construction Resources for Environmentally Sustainable Technologies (CREST) during 10-12 March, 2020. On behalf of the chairman Prof. Hemanta Hazarika, we would like to invite all those interested in participating in the event. Please send your abstracts and papers, which will be published by Springer.
This is the main inquiry question for my PhD studies. I'm asking it with the geographic particularity because of the need for ecoliteracy to be sensitive to bioregions and cultural differences. Your ideas are welcome!
I have life cycle impact categories data based on ReCiPe method but I am wondering if it is possible to use the characterization factor somehow to convert the data according to CML.
Banks can play a significant role in sustainability development towards setting the target of sustainable finance roadmap to lead the transformation towards a sustainable green economy by achieving the transition to net-zero carbon emission and drive an environmentally sustainable green economy.
I am wondering if anyone can conduct an ESIA study or does it have to be a person with specific credentials. Does it also have to be certified. If yes, what certifications are available.
Thanks a lot!
Planet Earth inclusive of humanity is facing the unprecedented twin crisis of global warming and climate change which are impacting all systems and sectors transgressing all boundaries. There are two main approaches: mitigation and adaptation. Mitigation for preventing greenhouse gases to build up in the atmosphere by curtailing its release at the source as well as by enhancing GHG sink. The second strategy involves measures for living with the climatic changes. A balanced mix of multiprong measures is to be taken from individual to institutional levels, from local, regional to global scale.
All the researchers, thinkers and RG friends are invited to take part in this important discussion with your insightful views and useful literature about the state of the art of mitigation and adaptive strategies - both traditional ecological knowledge and modern tools and technologies.
Despite green market thinking being here formally since 2012 Rio +20 conference finding a definition of a true green market is hard to find even in major publications dealing with green growth and green economies…the term green market a kind of disappeared as we moved towards an environmentally friendly world after 2012, and because it was left unattended in development and economic thinking circles this has led since then to confusion and misused of the term.
Many forms of environmentally friendly markets are called green markets, when they are not. For example, a Google search of what is a green market leads to the following definition in Wikipedia:
--The term "green market" refers to the fact that the resold goods are put back into productive use, which is the most environmentally friendly use of used or discontinued products--
But that is a definition of one type of environmentally friendly market, but that is not the definition of a green market. And this lead to the questions, what is a green market? What is not a green market?. Please feel free to comment, what do you think a green market is and/or what it is not; and why?
Even here in Canada they are saying that climate action is a science based action as a promoting slogan for change, but if science based climate action is implemented through non-science based markets is not that a problem?. UNCSD 2012 / Rio +20 in the Future We Want formalized a paradigm shift from the traditional market to green markets/green growth/green economy but instead of moving towards creating green markets by internalizing the environmental externality in the price mechanism of the traditional market to shift to green markets they are fast moving into creating carbon pricing based markets to continue treating environmental issues as they were in the traditional market still as externalities….
Carbon pricing based markets are dwarf green markets as they do not reflect perfect green market theory and they are unconnected to the green market price….Does not a science based climate action requires a science based market?. If yes, carbon pricing is not the way to go as they are not green markets and we are supposed to have shifted towards green markets in 2012, why are we going that way? Does the shift to green markets in 2012 made the scientific method and perfect green market theory irrelevant?
Think about it just for a positive exchange of ideas, shifting to a world under green markets leaves the traditional market knowledge base behind creating green market paradigm shift knowledge gaps in need of fixing or of new ideas, and this includes the concept of economic efficiency a la pareto. And this leads to the question, why is Pareto efficient in traditional markets neither green Pareto inefficient in green markets? Any ideas/thoughts?
Why “roadblocks are often been overlooked by forecasters” before moving to the “prediction system (PS)”? Can it (PS) be considered a sustainable in the long term?
Now a days most of the forecasting agencies in India are busy in giving seasonal weather forecast (regional) including extremes and making it instantly available on the net. Many are in race of launching new portal to do so without comprehension of the predictability charade. Mostly been done using numerical modelling systems without exploring (disclosing) the some main factor which are essentially are the roadblocks in predictability.
I think, correcting spatial bias via embedded station data network should not only be the focus, though it will be a help but not sustainable solution. Why main problem lies been often overlooked before moving to PS? For example- intraseasonal variability (main roadblock to the predictability) is not well resolved in GFS forecasting model (or alike other models) and these oftenly used by the forecaster as an input data to their chosen prediction model. My question is, if unresolved or inadequate in specific sense (exam.- not having tendency to reproduce intraseasonal signals) inputs goes into the main predictive model then how sustainable will be the forecast in the long run. I feel, to do any less may result in prediction unsustainable. Surely, it may results in few right prediction and leads to self-acclaimed commendations but in longer run chances of failure in prediction will be higher. In terse, these prediction will have no substantial value in the long term.
For example – in a year when these charade processes will be predominant, forecast will be failure and it leads to socio-economic loss and setback to forecasting organizations. In general it will then, as usual, follow with post-mortem which will again highlights the need in the improvement of microphysics, intraseasonal signals variability, lead lag relationship, issues associated to AWS, standards rules or norms, installations, implementations policies, and money etc. aspects and in some cases probably leads to blame game to defend the failure. Remember, these reasoning to defend the prediction sometimes makes other agency competitive and robust. Healthy criticism can substitute constructiveness. I think, scientific failure must be constructively accepted to explore afresh scientific causes behind instead politicization.
If such things continue then it will be followed with actions such as --- Despondent with exiting forecast, Govt. decided to search for new options, leaving or updating the existing.
I think, Obliviousness should not a substitute for decisive forecasting. Forecasters must ensure that all roadblock are properly addressed or informed properly to tackle forecasting related failures and contingency. The truth must not left to postmortem and implications of the words.
Vaid, B. H.
In 2012 we moved from traditional market thinking to green market thinking, but we are still trying to address the environmental crisis from outside green market thinking. What about for example, perfect green market competition?....Has anybody thought about it?. I have.
If there are sustainability gaps, then there are market illusions as well as broken circular economic structures.
Hence there is a market illusion associated with red socialism/Karl Marx and with pure capitalism/Adam Smith as each of these models has specific sustainability gaps embedded in them.
Can you see these market illusions, the red socialism market illusion and the pure capitalism market illusion?
Please provide your own views on the question, I will appreciate that.