Monthly archives: June, 2015

Not Just Chicken Feed !

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If something is ‘just chicken feed’ its considered loose change, cheap, no big deal… Well, on an atoll, chicken feed is a big deal. In fact food in general is a big deal. It is hard to grow, hard to import and easily damaged by the climate. The biggest problem facing a would-be chicken keeper…


Audit of the Environmental & Social Management Plan (ESMP): May 2015

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1 Background 1.1 The Project The Tuvalu Borrow Pits Remediation Project (TBPRP) is now refilling borrow pits that were created on Funafuti (on the islets of Fogafale and Tegako) during World War II for the purpose of constructing the airport runway. The project includes restoration of a breach in the islet of Tegako and other…


Coral Watch Report 4

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Coral Monitoring: Start date 21st April 2015; Duration: 8.4 weeks Dredging: Start date 29th April 2015; Duration: 7.3 weeks Dredging Locations: Northern end of Tegako Coral bleaching is below trigger levels (50% bleaching C1-C5 averaged over all corals) and no action is required. Results this week The coral watch results for the past 1.5 weeks…


Sustainable Fisheries Have More Economic Benefits

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Sustainable methods of fishing are often touted for environmental benefits. But a new report finds they also yield more wealth than current techniques for communities that rely on them. The study, from researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of Washington, the Environmental Defense Fund and the Economist Intelligence Unit, finds that…


New Zealand Now Recognizes ALL Animals As Sentient Beings

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A landmark decision by the Kiwis sets a precedent that other countries should follow. New Zealand has just set a great example to the world by recognizing what animal lovers have known forever- that our furry [and feathered or scaled] friends are as sentient as we are, and (obviously, dur) they have feelings just like…


Coral Watch Report 3

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Coral Monitoring: Start date 21st April 2015; Duration: 6.43 weeks Dredging: Start date 29th April 2015; Duration: 5.29 weeks Dredging Locations: Northern end of Tegako Coral bleaching is below trigger levels (50% bleaching C1-C5) and no action is required. Results this week The coral watch results for this week (1-5th June) are shown in the…


Vitamin C shown to annihilate cancer

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(NaturalNews) Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant and is commonly used to fight off a cold. Recent studies have cast a much brighter light on this underrated and extremely necessary vitamin. Researchers from the University of Kansas found that high doses of intravenously supplied vitamin C effectively eradicates cancer cells in human subjects. Additionally, healthy…


Tuvalu’s Islands in a Nutshell

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Tuvalu Atoll Formation It all begins, at least from the human perspective, with Darwin’s 1842 theory on atoll formation. Charles Darwin was the first to hypothesise (put up the idea for investigation) that atolls formed on the top of submerged volcanoes. Darwin envisaged that as volcanic activity ceased and the volcano slowly submerged into the…


Free-range backyard chickens immune to bird flu outbreak in chicken factories

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(NaturalNews) An ongoing bird flu outbreak that has devastated the U.S. poultry and egg industries seems to be leaving backyard chicken farms mostly untouched in what experts are calling an epidemiological mystery. Bird flu is a highly lethal strain of influenza that can kill a bird or human within days. Fortunately, the disease is not…