The University of Massachusetts Boston recently developed a 25-year plan to make the campus more sustainable. As a major step in that plan, UMass partnered with Enel X to add solar, storage, and EV charging to their Boston campus.
Czech farmer Terezie Daňková raises cattle and sheep on a 450 ha. ranch in Southern Bohemia. She rents most of the land she farms. Every year the shape of her farm shifts a little when the tenancy agreements are renewed in a dizzying dance involving over 100 different landowners.
Agroforestry offers benefits for animal welfare and soil fertility. Terezie is not only a farmer but also a member of the committee that is preparing agroforestry for Czech law. And that is why Louise Kelleher spoke to her about the Kafkaesque barriers to agroforestry in the Czech Republic, the subsidies conundrum, land tenure and the disproportionate number of Czech farmers who work on the farm, compared to non-farming landowners. Often the city-dwelling grandchildren of those who originally worked the land, the present-day landowners have a very different attitude to land use.
Backpacks made out of recycled single-use plastic bottles are helping children in the Peruvian Andes. Watch this short video to learn more about this creativ…
Big data, Analytics and Artificial Intelligence are great tools with capabilities to accomplish complex tasks at levels beyond human skills. The trio are becoming more and more prominent these days as they could be utilized to collect, organize and analyze, large varied data sets in order to reveal patterns and trends that can help address several problems peculiar to sustainable development. Nevertheless, a number of challenges arise in the process of exploring these technologies for proffering solutions. This special issue presents novel research approaches adopted in Africa in relation to Big Data, Analytics and Artificial Intelligence in different domains. It also presents the challenges and issues that could be explored in the future.