Views from the Edge

Planetary Boundaries and Sustainable Development

This video is a wonderful discussion of planetary boundaries, 9 key biospheric system limits and how to achieve sustainable development in our lifetimes.

Social Capital Research

When I started my social capital resarch about four years ago, focusing on network formation, the basic purpose was to try and understand if we could use network formation before a crisis to mobilize social action. This video on network formation shows visually what I was trying to achieve through this particular research project.

Environmentalist's Paradox

I don't know how many of you have read the recent report in the newspapers about the "Environmentalist's paradox gets global attention." A researcher at McGill University published a paper in BioScience about the paradox that although humans are having a negative impact on the environment (60% of the planet's ecosystem services are already heavily degraded), human well-being in terms of literacy, life expectancy, income and so forth has risen steadily since the mid-70s across the globe.

Could this be our new urban farm?

Imagine it, you walk into the grocery store go into the produce section and then you pick your veggies right from the plant. This idea may not be very far away. I stumbled upon a new grocery store concept called Agropolis: it combines hydroponic, aeroponic and aquaponic farming to grow vegetables without soil in an urban environment.

Harvest Produce at the Grocery Store