Sustainability is, thankfully, becoming a widespread concept in many industries. In the industrial design field, there are programs that allow you to swap out a material or production technique and factor their different environmental impacts. Often, when considering sustainable design we tend to factor carbon footprint, durability, renewability and adaptability of the product. … [Read more...] about Pixels can also be green
* By Graham Watkins On March 19, I was lucky enough to take part in a round table discussion amongst leaders in the field of sustainable infrastructure. For those of you who were not able to attend the discussion here at the IDB, this blog post is an attempt to provide my perspective on these two hours of intense discussion about the implications of shifting our perspectives … [Read more...] about How can sustainable infrastructure improve quality of life and social inclusion in Latin America?
Small developing island states (SDIS) are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. For this reason, some island states of the Caribbean region such as Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados can serve as laboratories where different adaptation measures to meet the challenges of climate change can be tested, assessing their cost-effectiveness. A study on … [Read more...] about The 5 most cost-effective climate change adaptation measures
Source: SEI, as shown in the IDB Sustainability Report (2011). I have been away from this blog for a while, and I was waiting for the right story to write again. This one in particular has a bit of remembrance. I lost my mother to cancer nearly a decade ago. Like most children, I frequently didn’t pay attention to many of the things she used to say to me (I realize this … [Read more...] about Easier said than done: untangling the water-energy-food nexus
Climate change adaptation is a big concept, one that doesn’t get any simpler when applied to agriculture. The sector is affected by a range of factors, from climate, to socio-economics, to international trade policy. What’s more, climate change is unprecedented and adaptation is thus a work-in-progress; there are very few – if any – past examples to learn from. All of which … [Read more...] about Can Colombia lead the way to the agriculture of the future?