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Vertical farming - viable agriculture or urban pipedream? The diminished risk of weather and pest damage, along with consistent crops and multiple yields, make this method of agriculture a reliable and profitable investment.

Vertical farming - viable agriculture or urban pipedream?

Agriculture as we know it is changing. Traditional, land-based methods have proven to be catastrophic when undertaken unsustainably. With world population rapidly increasing, agricultural practices must be adapted to meet the ecological challenges of food production. Agriculture occupies around 50% of the world's habitable land, consumes about 70% of the planet's accessible fresh water, and accounts for 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions (IPCC, 2007).

These are the headline figures but land-based agricultural praxis also cause persistent damage to habitats, water systems, wildlife, and soil composition. The global land crisis By 2050, WWF predicts that "a further 120 million hectares of natural habitats will be converted to farmland" to meet the rising demand, an area approximately the size of South Africa. As Dr. A nonprofit organization to develop and teach sustainable ways to grow food. This Guy Started With Nothing. What He Had Just 6 Weeks Later Made Me Ridiculously Jealous. When most people imagine their dream home, they probably think of a large, sprawling vacation house that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This Guy Started With Nothing. What He Had Just 6 Weeks Later Made Me Ridiculously Jealous

When Steve Areen thought about building his dream home, all he had to do was find $9,000 and a place to build. He did just that and, in a few weeks, he had a vacation home in the middle of Thailand that could make anyone drool. In just 6 weeks, Steve was able to create the home of his dreams. With a Thai friend's guidance, his son-in-law's masonry skills and a lot of work, the team made progress quickly. Steve was given a place on his friend Hajjar Gibran's mango grove to build his home.

It took elbow grease and dedication. Cement blocks and clay bricks were used to build the home, as well as some natural materials. If he had the chance to build the home again, Steve said that he would use compressed earth blocks. Why Don't You Try This?: How To Build A Solar-Powered Still To Purify Any Water Source. Everyone agrees that water is needed for survival and articles abound for how to find water and purify it for drinking.

Why Don't You Try This?: How To Build A Solar-Powered Still To Purify Any Water Source

But all those articles have one thing in common: They are talking about purifying water from biological hazards. The author's solar still, with one pan in it. The still actually has room for two of these. Note that the glass top is at an angle, allowing the water to flow down to the catch tube. Image: Off the Grind News Normally, the biggest hazards we face from drinking water are microorganisms: bacteria, protozoa and other parasites which can enter our system and make us quite sick. While those biological hazards are important, they aren't the only thing we can find in our drinking water. Distillation is a simple process, although it can be difficult to accomplish in quantity. The really great thing about distillation is that nothing else evaporates with the water.

Directions to Make the Solar Still Ultra Efficient Water Filter Fits In Your Pocket! Using the Solar Still. DIY projects, how-tos, and inspiration from geeks, makers, and hackers. Rainwater Collection. How To Build A Solar-Powered Still To Purify Drinking Water. The author’s solar still, with one pan in it.

How To Build A Solar-Powered Still To Purify Drinking Water

The still actually has room for two of these. Note that the glass top is at an angle, allowing the water to flow down to the catch tube. Everyone agrees that water is needed for survival and articles abound for how to find water and purify it for drinking. But all those articles have one thing in common: They are talking about purifying water from biological hazards. Normally, the biggest hazards we face from drinking water are microorganisms: bacteria, protozoa and other parasites which can enter our system and make us quite sick. While those biological hazards are important, they aren’t the only thing we can find in our drinking water. Distillation is a simple process, although it can be difficult to accomplish in quantity. The really great thing about distillation is that nothing else evaporates with the water. A solar still, like many solar collector devices, consists of a glass-covered box, which is painted on the inside.

Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Dec 21) What’s Inside This Box Will Blow Your Mind! This may appear to be a beautiful chest, but it is so much more.

What’s Inside This Box Will Blow Your Mind!

Scroll down and see for yourself what AMAZING surprise is contained in this hand-craftted box. What could possibly be in this box? Let’s open it up and see! Hmm, slats… Pieces are starting to slide into place. It’s starting to take shape! Are you blown away yet? Perfect bed-on-the-go! Images: imgur.com amazing photoscrafts Related Posts. Knitting your own treehouse with wood from recycled pallets. You could make a low cost version of this treehouse using pallet wood but you have to be sure to use pallets that are safe for home projects.

Knitting your own treehouse with wood from recycled pallets

International regulations require pallet manufacturers to treat pallet wood either by using chemicals (MB) or heat (HT). A pallet marked with HT (see right) means it has been heat treated or kiln dried. HT pallets are generally safe although the products shipped on them may have contaminated the wood.

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