Climate change and the associated environmental depredation constitute major threats to countries and communities around the world.
Over the last decade, northern Europe has experienced unprecedented flooding. The United States and Northern Australia have suffered major fires arising from drought conditions. In California, one of the most populous regions of the US, the water supply from the ground table is now so depleted that it is unlikely ever to recover. The same problem afflicts northern Australia.
Latin America has experienced severe flash floods and accompanying landslides. In China, the Gobi Desert advances towards Beijing at the of 9 kilometre a year. In the UK and in Europe, coastal erosion has emerged as a serious problem and tidal defences compete for resources with towns and cities built on flood plains.
Efforts amongst world leaders to come together to address these problems have delivered mixed results. On the one hand, the problems and the challenges have been recognised and commitments have been made in response to climate change. There is a growing recognition that any response demands intergovernmental collaboration on an international scale.
Unfortunately, progress is slow and the evidence of on-going environmental and climatic deterioration continues,
imposing huge costs on local administrations, insurers, farmers, businesses and families in all the areas affected.
In parts of Sub-Saharan Africa mass migrations of people have begun as drought renders swathes of previously fertile land unproductive, resulting in the need for people to relocate.
Much of the global pattern of desertification arises from deforestation. The destruction of the tree canopy leaves the ground exposed to the full glare of the sun. Plants that were formerly protected by the canopy, shrivel and die.
Amidst this growing potential for misery, we see an opportunity and a need for the emergence of new business models. Models that are predicated on creativity, innovation and sustainable partnerships founded upon mutual interests.
Our company focuses upon innovation and the creation of intellectual property. We are now seeking partners with a personal interest in achieving solutions that will mitigate some of the significant costs arising from dealing with the consequences of desertification, flooding and rising CO2 emissions.
We see governments, local administrations, insurers and manufacturing companies as natural partners who have a personal interest in sharing the risks and rewards that come with the mitigation of the costs resulting from extreme weather events.
We have under development a technological intervention that supports reforestation by initially halting and then reversing soil depletion.
Phoenix: A new concept in domestic heating systems
Tackling Fuel Poverty and Combating Co2 emissions
The heat in a domestic dwelling is dissipated through walls, floors and ceilings. Both aspirant and elderly householders desperately need improved energy efficiency and reduced energy costs.
We have an exciting concept under development that seeks to harness heat loss by turning it to advantage. This is achieved by redistributing extant heat, thereby reducing the time it takes to heat a room so as to maximise the comfort for occupants. The result is an affordable product that reduces
energy costs by up to 30% with an associated reduction in the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere.
CO2 emissions arise from various sources, mainly power stations, aircraft and automobiles. Likewise, much of the power used by households is wasted owing to the ageing nature of the housing stock.
Project Mitra: Flooding
Home Protection from Floods
Flooding is a growing problem in many parts of the world. In the UK, for example, the situation has been exacerbated by building on flood plains and the paving over of gardens.
The former exposes thousands of dwellings to flood risk annually, whilst the latter ensures that once an area of habitation is flooded, the time taken for the water to dissipate is extended. This results in households and shopkeepers experiencing substantial inconvenience and discomfort arising from flood damage to walls floors, furniture and other possessions. In some cases entire businesses and jobs have been lost.
In addition, insurers have had to pay out large amounts in compensation for damage to property and temporary accommodation which for the more unfortunate has lasted for months. Furthermore, local authorities incur sizeable costs in undertaking clean-up operations.
Reinsurance becomes impossible and property values decline as a consequence.
A simple technology that can help to minimise damage and costs for all three stakeholder groups parts involved is being devised.
The root networks associated both with the trees and the plants that serve to bind the soil wither, resulting in the soil crumbling and becoming vulnerable to erosion down to the bedrock. This renders the land uncultivable.
Unless a major and miraculous reversal of climatic conditions in California and northern Australia is forthcoming, which seems highly unlikely, local government will be forced to impose enormous restrictions on water consumption and ultimately will have to import water supplies.