Month: April 2015

32 Pesticides


33 Biotechnology


Salt Water to Drinking Water with Electrodialysis and Solar Power


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


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


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…

34 Productivity Overfishing


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…

35 Fishing Effort


36 Renewable Water


37 SO2 Emissions


Permaculture: Renewing the Planet – Bill Mollison Interview


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…

38 Waste Production


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


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?


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…

39 Waste Treatment


Satellite Harbour Concept for Atolls


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…

40 Industry


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


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,…

41 Spills