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The price we pay for plastic: saving the ocean from one of the world’s worst addictions.

What’s the price of a bottle of water, or a ready meal from the corner shop? 2 dollars? 3 ninety-nine? The real cost is probably more than you realise. That’s because our addiction to plastic is responsible for one of the worst ecological disasters of the modern age: the build up of plastic in the world’s oceans. Environmental activists have been warning of this ticking bomb for years and governments around the world are now starting to act. But there are also things that we can all do at home and in our lives to reduce the damage. The facts The amount of plastic produced worldwide is estimated to be around 300 millions tonnes each year and between 1.5… Read More

Bill Nye, the science guy, is open to criminal charges and jail time for climate change dissenters

Bill Nye “the science guy” says in a video interview released Thursday that he is open to the idea of jailing those who deviate from the climate change consensus. Asked about the heated rhetoric surrounding the climate change debate, such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s previous comments that some climate skeptics should be prosecuted as war criminals, Mr. Nye replied, “We’ll see what happens.” “Was it appropriate to jail the guys from Enron?” Mr. Nye asked in a video interview with Climate Depot’s Marc Morano. “We’ll see what happens. Was it appropriate to jail people from the cigarette industry who insisted that this addictive product was not addictive, and so on?” “In these cases, for me, as a taxpayer… Read More

The End of Fossil Fuels is Here — The New Life

In case you’ve missed it, we’ve transitioned into a new era. People keep talking about an oil rebound — When is it going to come? How big is it going to be? by Jason Simpkins Well, let me save you some time: It doesn’t matter. Oil is over. I’m calling it, just like I did coal years ago. Renewables are the game now — especially solar and wind power. While the coal, gas, and oil industries have been crashing these past few years, solar and wind have been soaring to new heights. Demand is blowing up since they’ve cut costs. And they’re shattering investment records, as money pours in and governments lend their support. Clean energy is now seeing… Read More

Water Wars Heat Up In South America

Bolivian President, Evo Morales visits Silala water spring in South Bolivia. Photo: luminota.com (The Real Agenda) Landlocked Bolivia claims Chile must pay for its use of a natural spring water born on Bolivian territory. Fresh water is “the most important resource for mankind”. That is how the liquid is defined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which also highlights that water can be a “potential source of welfare or misery, cooperation or conflict.” In the case of Bolivia and Chile it seems that only the last option is contemplated for now. The International Court of Justice in The Hague (ICJ) will decide this year on the Bolivian allegation that it needs to have a way… Read More

Effects Of Pesticides

If it has the suffix –cide in it, then you know it’s meant to kill something. Pesticides are designed to kill insects, fungus, bacteria and other things that feed on crops, are vectors for disease, nuisances, and things that destroy property. Farming is big business and some farming companies are bottom-line driven, in business to make money at any cost. Pesticides and genetically modified organisms are a way to ensure they get the crop yield they demand, no matter how it hurts the environment or the consumers. Two types of pesticides are biological and chemical. Biological pesticides can be developed using fungi, bacteria, and other organically present substances. Some biological pesticides are microorganisms that, without any manipulation, demonstrate natural… Read More

Are Coffee Grounds Good For Plants?

Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr You only need to walk past a coffee shop in any American city to see that our country loves java. With so much coffee being consumed on a daily basis, it’s encouraging to learn that there is a productive use for all those grinds. Next time you make a cup, save your coffee grounds and add them to the soil in your garden. For best results, use organic coffee if you will be consuming the fruits or vegetables you fertilize. In case you didn’t know, approximately 60% of the worlds coffee beans are sprayed with potentially harmful pesticides. Coffee Grounds as a Mulching Agent Coffee’s breakdown materials can be used as a mulching agent, as… Read More

Organic Agriculture is The Key to Solving World Hunger

Researchers have concluded that organic farming can sustainably feed the global population. Through the review of hundreds of published studies, Washington State University researchers have found evidence that organic farming can produce sufficient yields, be profitable for farmers, protect and improve the environment and be safer for farm workers. Written by John Reganold, WSU regents professor of soil science and agroecology and doctoral candidate Jonathan Watcherhe, the review study, “Organic Agriculture in the 21st Century”, is featured as the cover story for February issue of the journal Nature Plants. It is the first study of its kind to analyze 40 years of science that compares organic and conventional agriculture across the four goals of sustainability identified by the National… Read More

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