Global Warming Urgency

Here’s a solid piece of research about what’s beginning to be seen as just another “same ole problem that we’ve been hearing about forever, but that hasn’t stopped me from living well.” For me, it’s a bit like being warned that our boat is heading for a waterfalls that we can’t yet see.  So we act a bit like MAD’s Alfred E. Neuman … “What? Me Worry?”  But by the time we do see the actual waterfalls, it’s then too late to do anything about it.… Keep reading

Pesticide Alternative

Here’s practical new research – or “re-discovery,” as it probably goes back to ancient times – that everyone can use in their own garden to reduce the costs of buying pesticides as well as increase yields and improve the health of your garden … and the food you’ll be eating.

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These Farms Are Testing A Low-Tech Pesticide Alternative: Flowers

 

 To make sure more beneficial bugs come to their fields

to feed on pests, farmers are planting their homes in the

middle of their fields.

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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

MOTHER NEWS

 

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

drinkable

 

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