San Francisco, California: This story has recently received international attention but has actually been a problem since 2005. Since Smart Cars have been in existence, they have been the target of flipping even sometimes ending up in waterways. Smart Cars are extremely environmentally friendly for not being wasteful but is this the reason for the vandalism or is it just a crime of opportunity?
Smart Cars should be revered for helping the environment and experts think flipping them this is just a fad. However some believe that Smart Cars are being targeted for their close connection with the tech industry. What ever the reason may be, let’s hope this does not deter people from making environmentally friendly car purchases.
Switzerland: The Solar Impulse gained tremendous notoriety by being the first solar powered airplane to fly across the United States. However the Solar Impulse 2 has plans to make the trip around the world and was just recently unveiled. Obviously, we are years if not decades away from making solar powered airplanes a means of transportation for the average citizen but these innovations are the necessary steps in making it a reality.
Cairo, Egypt: A City once recognized as “The Gift of the Nile” is now described as the “Garbage City” which unfortunately is much more accurate and even residents have adopted this nickname. A city littered with trash has a majority of its residents working in the waste removal industry. Residents of this area are continuously contributing to this problem and become known as “Zabaleen” which means Garbage People.
People and waste is not Cairo’s only concern. The City’s population is tripled by the number of pigs, who roam around spreading disease and adding to the waste. Currently there are very little efforts to help the problem and the City cannot take advantage of the pigs as a product because of fear of disease. The Garbage City must take action now before getting even more out of control.
Worldwide: An international company based in Canada called Mother Parker believes they have created the waste problem from single-serve coffee pods. What has been commonly referred to as K-Cups has sent hundreds of tons of trash to landfills. Mother Parker solution is pod that can be re-used and is made out of a unique type of plastic.
Unfortunately, there are many problems with the pod because the special plastic can only be recycled in Canada. Also, the product is still contributing to the filling of landfill because it will inevitably end up there. This may not be the solution but Mother Parker should be praised for the less wasteful attempt.