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Green Transport

  With the world making a transition to greener energy alternatives, global transport is no exception. If we are going to successfully tackle the problems of poor air quality and air pollution, then adapting to cleaner energy as regards transportation cannot be however overemphasized. First of all, there is a need to redesign our urban cities and centers. Having an urban paradigm shift as regards urban and regional planning is what we need right now, to ensure that our cities are planned in such a way that we do not need to commute unnecessarily to meet our immediate and domestic needs. Residential housing, offices, schools, libraries, shopping malls, convenience stores, churches; post offices etc., can be built in such a way,  that we can reach these places within walking distances. The need to drive or travel would only be necessary when going on long trips.  Urban shift is a conference being organized by the Global Environment Facility on September 21, 2021, which has been designed
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Green Energy: Why Flare Gas?

  The transition to green energy is mandatory and cannot be overemphasized. It will be the only sure way that we are going to gain back our natural ecosystems. We can’t possibly continue to plunge deep underneath the earth’s surface drilling and pulling up fossils to produce energy which is and will continue to be a serious threat to human health and the environment at large. And one activity that is a constant threat is gas flaring.  Gas flaring refers to the combustion of associated gas which generally occurs with crude oil. This gas is generated during various processes including oil and gas recovery, petrochemical processes and landfill gas extraction. This kind of  flare which is used in the oil and gas industry comprises of a boom or stack which collects the unwanted associated gases to be flared.  The illegality of gas flaring is a phenomenon that most oil producing countries have turned a deaf ear and a blind eye to. The act of venting mainly emits the methane, which is the maj

Desertification

  Desertification can be defined as land degradation in arid, semi-arid and hyper-arid areas. This usually results from factors which include climatic variations and the activities of man in these areas. On the other hand, land degradation is the reduction or loss of biological and economic productivity on these dry lands. These arid and semi and hyper-arid regions are termed so because they naturally lack moisture and the rain fall distribution is highly sparse. And so the humidity in these areas are extremely low as water vapor is very low in the atmosphere resulting from the apparent lack of rainfall. Desertification is a phenomenon that’s quite common on all the continents except the Antarctica. This state of dryness grossly affects the environment and livelihoods of a lot of people majorly indigenes or inhabitants of the dry land regions. The effects of this state of dryness can also be seen, felt and experienced locally, nationally, regionally and globally.  Drylands also include

Oceans: Our Natural Carbon Sinks

  June 8 is World Oceans Day. This is the day that the United Nations has set aside every year to convey the importance of our oceans. It is important that we observe these days with utmost precision and care, and not just think that these are just days that the organization chooses to use, so they can  keep up with the ceremony of things or just keep busy. No! They are there,  as a reminder of our duty and responsibility towards our environment,  and the earth in general.  It is vital that we follow and do our own little bit to proffer solutions to our dying planet. And if everyone contributes their own quota to the sustainability of the environment, then we would have gone a long way in ameliorating the problems we have created by our own actions and leave at least a better place for posterity. Oceans are natural carbon sinks that grab carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to use in photosynthesis by plants under the sea. These are plankton, corals, algae and other photosynthetic bacter

Biodiversity

  May 22 is International Day for Biodiversity. It’s a day that has been set aside by the United Nations to celebrate biodiversity on the earth. Biodiversity is so important that without this concept and ideology, there will be no life on earth.  When God created the earth,  He made various life forms which include plants, insects, land animals, aquatic animals, terrestrial animals and human beings. All these life forms can be found on land, water and in the air. So, then biodiversity can be defined as the variation or the variability of life on earth. And there are different types of biodiversity namely: genetic biodiversity which occurs within species. Secondly, there is species biodiversity which occurs between species. Then, finally we have the ecosystem biodiversity which is between ecosystems. The three levels of biodiversity are also genetic biodiversity, species biodiversity and ecosystems biodiversity. These, however, explain the variability or variation of life on earth. Vari

Plastic Pollution

  Plastic pollution is presently becoming an increasingly dangerous problem to the environment especially on land and water ecosystems. It’s even worse in countries with suburbs which do not yet have recycling as part of their environmental management culture. Also, in  coastal areas or regions with beaches and rivers, plastic wastes is seen to litter the environment with these plastic wastes floating in nearby rivers, streams and drainage canals. This isn’t proper if we are going to gain back our natural ecosystems. The use of public trash cans or dust bins should be strictly adhered to at all times to keep the environment and beaches clean. Owing to the fact that these plastic or synthetic wastes are non biodegradable. They are not like organic wastes which are biodegradable and decompose into the soil and help provide the necessary nutrients for plants. Most times these plastics made out of synthetic fiber or polyvinyl chloride can remain in the environment just the way they are for

Mining

  The activities of mining and extraction of minerals and especially petroleum crude oil has gone on now for more than half a century. Crude oil  and gas production has helped in no doubt to solve the energy problems of man and his society at large. But when in the bid to solve a problem, you create several recurring problems, then it is expected and mandatory we go back to the drawing board and analyze our options. Imbalances in weather patterns and atmospheric conditions are problems which have come about as a result of the quest to solve our energy needs. The continued production and consumption of fossil fuels is gradually destroying the environment, and it’s time to say it plainly as it is. We can’t go on pretending that we do not actually know the crude sources of the pollution and degradation we are currently experiencing in the environment.  If we continue to mine crude oil, refine and flare petroleum gas, even when it is glaring that these activities are polluting the air that