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According to the World Health Organization, about 20 percent of the world’s people live in regions that don’t have enough water for their needs. With the global population increasing by 80 million each year, a third of the planet will likely face water shortages by 2025. This looming water crisis is inextricably linked to food production because agriculture accounts for 70 percent of all fresh water used, and obtaining irrigation water in arid regions has serious environmental impacts. Drilling wells can deplete groundwater, and desalination is energy-intensive and leaves behind concentrated brine. The Seawater Greenhouse, however, provides what may be an economical and sustainable way of producing fresh water and crops in hot, dry regions near the ocean. Photo credit: World Bank Photo Collection A seawater greenhouse produces crops year-round in hot dry areas using only seawater and sunlight. Photo credit: Seawater Greenhouse Ltd.

Funny monkey experiment Posted on February 7, 2012 in Humor If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to our RSS feed or follow us on Facebook or Twitter . Thanks for visiting! Rate this Post Loading ... So... Check this out on our Partner Network Naan Naan or nan is a leavened, oven-baked flatbread.[1] It is typical of and popular in West, Central and South Asia.[2][3][4] Etymology[edit] The earliest appearance of "nan" in English literature dates back to 1810, viz. in a travelogue of William Tooke.[5] The original Persian word nān 'bread' (Tajik non (нон)) is already attested in Middle-Persian/Pahlavi as n'n 'bread, food'. The form itself is of Iranian origin; cognate forms include Parthian ngn, Balochi nagan, Sogdian nγn-, Pashto nəγan - "bread".[6] The form naan has a widespread distribution, having been borrowed in a range of languages spoken in central and south Asia, including present-day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the surrounding regions. Description[edit] The most familiar and readily available varieties of naan in Western countries are the South Asian varieties. Raisins and spices can be added to the bread to add to the flavour. Naan bya in Burma is sometimes served at breakfast with tea or coffee. Gallery[edit]

Energy Companies Say One Thing, Do the Opposite on Climate Change Many large corporations are saying one thing and doing another on climate change, the Union of Concerned Scientists found in a study released Wednesday. The group examined the role that 28 publicly-traded companies played in two significant efforts to address climate change: the EPA's finding that greenhouse gases endanger public health, and the 2010 ballot initiative in California to suspend the state's own climate law. (Here are links to the executive summary and the full report). UCS found that many oil and electric companies were actively engaged in efforts to obstruct climate policy. Other companies were less straightforward about their positions. ConocoPhillips, another oil giant, touted on its website that it "recognizes that human activity … is contributing to increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that can lead to adverse changes in global climate." The report isn't all bad news.

Long Island City lab on cutting edge of urban farming with aquaponic system  Christie Farriella for New York Daily News Rael Clarke works in his aquaponics lab in Long Island City where he grows heirloom vegetables and tilapia using a water-based system. A former Abercrombie & Fitch model has become a pioneering urban farmer without trading in his preppy clothes for overalls. Rael Clarke, the 24-year-old owner of LOFT LIC, transformed a Long Island City office into a laboratory where organic vegetables and fish are grown using an eco-friendly aquaponics system. Clarke plans to turn the system into a business that sets up the water and space-saving designs on rooftops and vacant lots across the city. He is trying to raise $6,000 by March 1 on the fundraising website for the project. “My plan is to spread the knowledge of how to grow your own food,” Clarke said. The growing system builds on the local food movement that has spawned urban farms and greenhouses all over the city. The waste becomes food for the plants once they sprout.

Naan Owning a dairy goat means having a lot of dairy products on hand at all times. A while back, I got a little carried away and made a gallon and a half of homemade yogurt at one time. We’ve been eating it every day in various different forms: with berry sauce, on cereal, as fruity frozen yogurt, and in my secret pancake recipe. Naan, a traditional Indian flatbread, is one more way to use up extra yogurt. Naan The following recipe is adapted from everyday epicurean by Catherine Bell (a cookbook I highly recommend for this and other recipes). Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and allow to dissolve. Stir the boiling water into the yogurt, and cool until tepid. Mix the yogurt and the yeast solutions together in a large bowl. Gradually stir in 3 cups of flour. Cover with a damp towel and let rise for 30 minutes. (In case you were wondering about this rad towel, I got it from Oregon-based screen-printing company Oh, Little Rabbit. Lightly oil the bowl. Turn out the dough and punch the air out.

Top 40 Useful Sites To Learn New Skills The web is a powerful resource that can easily help you learn new skills. You just have to know where to look. Sure, you can use Google, Yahoo, or Bing to search for sites where you can learn new skills , but I figured I’d save you some time. Here are the top 40 sites I have personally used over the last few years when I want to learn something new. Hack a Day - Hack a Day serves up fresh hacks (short tutorials) every day from around the web and one in-depth ‘How-To hack’ guide each week.eHow - eHow is an online community dedicated to providing visitors the ability to research, share, and discuss solutions and tips for completing day-to-day tasks and projects.Wired How-To Wiki - Collaborate with Wired editors and help them build their extensive library of projects, hacks, tricks and tips.

Live Green - Ditch the Traditional Planter and Hang Your Plants Like Artwork! Turn your walls into living pieces of art with these plants in a pocket! We’ve shared with you a few ways that you can “green” your walls, such as how a damaged chopping block can become beautiful wall art, the cool designs of Wall Flats 3D wallpaper and where the recycled wallpaper wild things are. Well, here’s a way that you can literally green your walls…with live plants! Miguel Nelson, artist and founder of, happily introduces Wally, the modular living wall system that you can put up just about anywhere. Wallys are vertical felt wall planters that are made from recycled plastic bottles. Here’s how they work: Here’s what one pocket looks like: Here’s founder Miguel Nelson with his design: Photos from The Woolly Pocket website also features the Wee Woolly (a plant pocket smallest enough to fit on a table) and the Meadow (the “momma pocket” that’s great for growing vegetable gardens). Who would have guess that plants in a pocket could be so cool?

Popsicles! Not to sound full of myself, but I’m pretty sure this is the be all, end all of popsicle roundups. There’s a little something for everyone: the foodies, the purists, the ones who prefer frozen yogurt, the ones who prefer a little alcohol, everyone. Tweny-five options to be exact. The post I did last summer on the cold guys was one of DC’s most viewed ever, so I thought you’d all be up for another round – was I right? Click on the photo to be taken to the recipe. All photos and recipes copyright of their respective source unless otherwise noted.

U.S. Sees Hottest 12 Months And Hottest Half Year On Record: NOAA Calls Record Heat A One-In-1.6-Million Event By Joe Romm "U.S. Sees Hottest 12 Months And Hottest Half Year On Record" The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its chart-filled “State of the Climate Global Analysis” for June 2012: The big stories are the heat and drought: The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during June was 71.2°F, which is 2.0°F above the 20th century average. How off-the-charts has the last year been? During the June 2011-June 2012 period, each of the 13 consecutive months ranked among the warmest third of their historical distribution for the first time in the 1895-present record. As meteorologist Dr. UPDATE: NOAA did the math inappropriately in multiple respects. Like a baseball player on steroids, our atmosphere has been “juiced” with human emissions of greenhouse gases, which means we are going to be breaking heat records at an “unnatural” pace for a long, long time. How extreme has the weather been in 2012? The U.S. Here’s the chart: This does not bode well for US crops.

Moss graffiti making tips Posted on February 23, 2012 in Humor If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to our RSS feed or follow us on Facebook or Twitter . Thanks for visiting! Rate this Post Loading ... So... Check this out on our Partner Network