10 Green Technologies That Could Help Revolutionize Our Changing Planet

vertical farm

In an era of drought, climate change and food shortages, environmental pioneers have joined forces to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues through technological advancement.

Here are 10 burgeoning technologies that have the potential to help revolutionize our planet of consumerism. Some are currently in development and others are trying to gain a greater foothold in society, but all are promising solutions to some very real threats the world is facing.

Vertical Farming
The future of modern agriculture could very well be found indoors. Vertical farms grow plants hydroponically (without soil) in large, multistory buildings under artificial light. Crops can be stacked on top of each other and grown far more quickly than with traditional farming methods.

Some advocates argue this new technology could become the norm as soon as 2050, while crop land grows scarce and a booming population demands more food. In the short term, vertical farms can be up to 100 times more productive than fields, and all produce is grown organically because of the nature of the contained environment.

Green Burial
cemetery grass
Sure, you can be as green as you like while you’re alive, but what about your environmental impact after you’re dead? A new market for sustainable burials has blossomed to help counter the carbon-intensive and chemical-filled methods currently employed.

You can now be buried in everything from a “mushroom death suit” to a biodegradable casket, sans embalming. Another, more creative approach takes your ashes and puts them into “reef balls” that can help restore damaged coral ecosystems. The (under)world is your oyster.

Better Lighting
led lighting
Lighting has come a long way in the past few years. The U.S. government banned many energy-guzzling incandescent light bulbs at the beginning of 2014 in —> Read More