For the Birds and the Bees

Here are some guidelines about commonly-used pesticides that are proving quite harmful to birds and bees and, consequently, food production.

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These Popular Pesticides

Are Really Bad for the

Birds and the Bees

And farmers are about to deploy them on a

land mass nearly twice the size of California.


Tom Philpott



As spring approaches, US farmers are gearing up to plant about 180 million acres in corn and soybeans—a combined land mass nearly twice the size of California, mostly in the Midwest.… Keep reading

1-Step to Great Water


Here’s an example of where science has produced a product that will help solve one of the biggest problems in sustainability: Finding a source for high-quality potable drinking water.  Given the problems many communities are having with contamination of their urban water quality – such as problems with lead or arsenic or mercury – this filtering system may be a huge benefit to millions … even those who live by the sea.

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Graphene filter makes even

Sydney Harbour water



Michael Irving

Nature Communications

February 15th, 2018


Among graphene’s long list of superpowers, filtering water may be one of the most directly beneficial.… Keep reading

Global Food Supplies

If we think about the different aspects of sustainability – heating, cooling, air quality, electrical power, waste management, etc. – the most critical one has to be food. In the history of civilizations on our planet, loss of food resources was key to the extinction of those civilizations.  We now have a global civilization, and an increasing amount of starvation and malnutrition is already happening

Those of us in countries that have an ample food supply can’t even imagine walking into a supermarket and seeing empty shelves.… Keep reading

Insect Numbers

Here’s a recent report that’s not one of those immediately apparent events of phenomena, but may have huge consequences for our survival. I personally don’t like to get into the typical “fear mongering” reporting, but this is a major problem and it is solvable … even with things we can do locally.

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Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers


Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves

across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with

serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say.Keep reading


One of the most critical aspects on the physical side of sustainability is food. And without healthy soil, we’ll not have healthy food … much less sufficient food.  Here’s a report concerning our global soil condition – and … two invitations afterwards for blog readers.

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Third of Earth’s soil is acutely

degraded due to agriculture

Fertile soil is being lost at rate of 24bn tonnes a year through in-

tensive farming as demand for food increases, says UN-backed study


Jonathan Watts

12 September 2017

The Guardian


A third of the planet’s land is severely degraded and fertile soil is being lost at the rate of 24bn tonnes a year, according to a new United Nations-backed study that calls for a shift away from destructively intensive agriculture.… Keep reading