7 Environmental Remediation Trends And Why They’re Important (And, Dredging Makes the List)
Environmental remediation represents a promising solution to many of today’s most pressing concerns. With the perils of human encroachment, remediation services help to offset the damage, preserving natural habitats and restoring balance to sensitive ecosystems. Through these efforts, progress is possible.
In 2019, the subject of remediation has received even greater attention. Given the rapid rate of deforestation, the mass bleaching of coral reefs and other environmental crises, the necessity of restoration is inarguable. Fortunately, a diverse variety of technologies exist for the purpose of rehabilitation.
With this in mind, which technologies have shown the most potential for the process of remediation? Which trends have emerged in 2019, and what significance do they have for the environment?
This article seeks to answer those questions and others like them, examining the problems which have placed the planet at risk and the initiatives which help to save it.
Here are seven environmental remediation trends and their importance for the future.
1. Reforestation Projects in the Amazon
The Madre de Dios region of Peru is the “biodiversity capital” of the country, a gateway to a large area of protected lands. It’s also full of natural gold deposits, which has created a significant problem. Between 1996 and 2016, gold mining resulted in the removal of 262 square miles of rainforest in the region.
Recently, the Amazon Center for Scientific Innovation implemented its mining restoration plan, the first application of an extensively researched technique. Their attempts at reforestation will take a considerable amount of time, but if they achieve success, their project will set a precedent for future efforts.
2. Manipulation of Plant Microbiomes
The demand for sustainability in agriculture has given rise to an agricultural revolution. It involves the careful manipulation of plant microbiomes, the complex microbe communities that facilitate living cell growth, drought tolerance, food expansion and disease resistance, among many other agricultural benefits.
As context, a foundational study at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research led to greater interest and investment, giving rise to new technologies which enable scientists to control microbiomes. These innovations will allow for the restoration of affected ecosystems, in addition to the production of highly nutritional foods for disadvantaged populations.
3. Collaboration in Algae Remediation
The algae bloom situation affecting fishing, tourism, real estate and local economies may soon see a solution. In an attempt to manage and contain the escalating issue, the National Algae Association has invited commercially-minded researchers and remediation technology and equipment companies to collaborate.
In May of this year, they plan to discuss the different types of algae blooms and educate attendees about emerging technologies. So far, the response to these collaborative efforts for remediation is overwhelmingly positive. It’s a strong indicator that future projects of the same nature will enjoy similar success.
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