Monthly archives: April, 2015

Salt Water to Drinking Water with Electrodialysis and Solar Power

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By inexpensively turning salt water into drinking water using sustainable solar power, a team from MIT in the US has not only come up with a portable desalination system for use anywhere in the world that needs it, but it’s just won the 2015 Desal Prize – a competition run by USAID to encourage better…


Fixing a Sick Chick

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When we imported our last lot of eggs from Australia to establish a few egg-layer breeds in Tuvalu as part of the Six Chix Project we set to incubating the eggs, fingers crossed. The eggs were from Poultry Australia who were amazing with helping us meet the biosecurity requirements. That batch of 12 beautiful blue…


UN Calls for an End to Industrialised Farming

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In 2013 the United Nations released a report indicating that the world’s food needs could be met through organic, local farms. The United Nations report stated that food security, poverty, gender inequality, and climate change can be addressed with a significant shift towards organic, localized farming. In contrast with industrialized farming, organic and local farms…


Do Toxins in Seafood Cause ALS, Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s?

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What started as the discovery of an unknown disease in Guam has spread to a line of ominous findings about some of our most debilitating conditions and potential toxins lurking in bodies of water around the world. Elijah Stommel, a neurologist at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock medical center in New Hampshire, often has to deliver bad news…


Permaculture: Renewing the Planet – Bill Mollison Interview

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Permaculture creates living systems using cooperation with nature. Using its designs and principles we can create beautiful, practical, self-sustaining urban or rural environments. Using the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems, people can create real solutions – and put back more than they take from the Earth. Bill Mollison, the pioneer of Permaculture, provides…


Aspartame: By Far the Most Dangerous Substance Added to Most Foods Today

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Aspartame is the technical name for the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. It was discovered by accident in 1965 when James Schlatter, a chemist of G.D. Searle Company, was testing an anti-ulcer drug. Aspartame was approved for dry goods in 1981 and for carbonated beverages in 1983. It was originally approved for dry…


No Way to Stop Human Population Growth?

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The planet’s large, growing, and over-consuming human population, especially the increasing affluent component, is rapidly eroding many of the Earth’s natural ecosystems. However, society’s only real policy lever to reduce the human population humanely is to encourage lower per capita fertility. How long might fertility reduction take to make a meaningful impact? We examined various…


Organic Antibiotics & Anti-bacterials

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It’s always a good idea to have organic antibiotics on hand, especially if supplies are hard to find. 1. Oregano oil – herbal antibiotic choices. It is very potent- it take 1000 pounds of oregano to make just 1 pound of oil of oregano. Research says: Georgetown University Medical Centre tested oil of oregano in…


Satellite Harbour Concept for Atolls

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Building harbours on atolls is problematic at best. Atolls are ‘living’ structures, 100% made from the skeletons of once living things (not counting the volcanic core buried far beneath them). They need to be unconstrained to grow, or at least maintain, their current structures, especially their islands. To keep in shape, rubble and sand needs…


Volcanoes Erupting Right Now: Greater Than 20th Century’s Yearly Average

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Is the number of volcanic eruptions worldwide increasing?  Yes.  During the 20th century, there were a total of 3,542 volcanic eruptions globally.  That works out to approximately 35 eruptions per year.  That may sound like a lot, but according to Volcano Discovery there are 36 volcanoes erupting around the world right now.  In other words,…


Turmeric for Cancer

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Cancer is one of the leading causes of death. What if there was a safe, natural herb that could work for nearly every type of cancer?  According to Dr. William LaValley, who focuses most of his clinical work on the treatment of cancer, curcumin—a derivative of turmeric, and the pigment that gives the curry spice…


US Patents Signal End of Pesticides and GMO

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Humanity is facing a problem. Our immediate environment is riddled with pesticides. They are making us unhealthy faster than we can study the effects. In addition, these pesticides play large roles in the massive bee deaths and decline of soil health. The companies that profit from making these pesticides have made it clear they won’t…


Engineers Purify Sea & Wastewater in 2.5 Minutes

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A group of Mexican engineers from the Jhostoblak Corporate created technology to recover and purify seawater or wastewater from households, hotels, hospitals, commercial and industrial facilities, regardless of the content of pollutants and microorganisms in just 2.5 minutes. The system, PQUA, works with a mixture of dissociating elements, capable of separating and removing all contaminants,…


Climate Change Politics in Australia: The Lomborg Factor

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Eager to cut, savage and wind back constructive projects in the realm of medicine, science and education, Australia’s government has made its latest head-shaking announcement on budgetary issues. The veteran climate change sceptic Bjørn Lomborg is going to become the recipient of $4 million in Australian tax payers’ money.  According to a spokesman for education…


Lessons in Village Design

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I live in a new Village called Earthaven. Part art project, part social experiment, part bridge to an unknown future, this place is an endlessly challenging, paradoxical exercise of the imagination. It is also quite real and solid, home to 60 people and a locus of much hope and creativity. Ten years ago, a dozen…


Emergency Shut Down Of West Coast Fisheries: “Populations Have Crashed 91%”

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Earlier this week Michael Snyder warned that the bottom of our food chain is going through a catastrophic collapse with sea creatures dying in absolutely massive numbers. The cause of the problem is a mystery to scientists who claim that they can’t pinpoint how or why it’s happening. What’s worse, the collapse of sea life…


Are Pacific Islanders too Poor to be Thin?

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When it comes to being overweight or obese, the causes and remedies are far more complex than they might at first appear. Anna Soubry, Britain’s minister for public health, found herself isolated by audience members and fellow panelists when in 2013 she dared to say that in Britain you are more likely to be fat…


How to Make Natural Ginger Ale

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It turns out that soda hasn’t always been the high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavour concoction in an aluminium can that we know today. For hundreds of years (and probably much longer) cultures around the world have made various forms of naturally fermented “sodas” from sweetened herbal teas or fruit juice mixes. These natural…


Antibiotics in Meat on the Rise Worldwide, Especially Bacon

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In the next 15 years, countries around the world will see a major increase in antibiotic use in livestock, a new study finds. “The invention of antibiotics was a major public health revolution of the 20th century,” said senior author Ramanan Laxminarayan, a senior research scholar at the Princeton Environmental Institute and director of the…


Cyclone Pam a category 6 cyclone?

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The monster Category 5 storm, which brought wind gusts of 270-300 km/h and devastated Vanuatu might prompt the creation of a new Cyclone Category 6. Atmospheric researchers tend to agree that tropical cyclones of unusual ferocity are coming this century, but the strange fact is that there is no consensus to date on the five-point…