Ozone as a Safer and Greener Alternative to Pesticides

by Nahed Msayleb The use of pesticides to control plant diseases that live in the soil affects beneficial microorganisms that are necessary for nutrients to circulate and hence limits soil fertility. Accordingly, the need for more eco-friendly ways to control plant diseases is growing. A potential alternative to the synthetic pesticides that deplete soil biodiversity and…

Stopping global food waste might be harder than you think

By Alexandra Heeney Do you usually buy your groceries in a single shopping trip each week? Are there large stacks of fruit and vegetables on display at the grocery stores you frequent? Do you compost your food scraps? Do you frequently forget to eat leftovers before they’ve gone bad? Do you eat meat? If so,…

Implementing existing and new ideas toward sustainable building design

by Rotana Hay The building sector cannot be overlooked in any vision of a sustainable future. Buildings and infrastructure constitute the largest consumer of natural resources. During their life time, buildings also consume a tremendous amount of energy. The sector constitutes about 40% of total primary energy use and 30% of annual anthropogenic greenhouse gas…