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Plastic-Eating Fungi Found In The Amazon May Solve World’s Waste Problem

Plastic-Eating Fungi Found In The Amazon May Solve World’s Waste Problem
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-New HOme Project « Leifur Thor’s WorldPress Station Imagine a home that provides a level of comfort and ease of living beyond what’s known. Now imagine this home uses less energy while providing that superior standard of living. In this century, wouldn’t we rather have a home that harvests energy quietly instead of using it? When disaster strikes and emergency shelters are needed, weight, cost, and ability to stand up in the elements are the three considerations when relief organizations look to find shelter solutions for people in need. The New Home Project will address both these critical aspects and challenge the idea of shelter by offering a radical departure from traditional shelter construction. Strangely enough we currently build houses, in the west at least, patterned after our own heritage, mammals. The original home within a dome concept for shelter was first proposed over 50 years ago by R. The two parts of the New Home Project are- It will be the world’s lightest clear span solution with limitless sizes and shapes. Like this:

Organic State of Mind | not all those who wander are lost Center for Biologically Inspired Design at Georgia Tech E-Cat, l'énergie libre infinie et propre qu'on vous cache Le procédé que je vais vous faire découvrir s’appelle E-Cat. Il s’apparente aux transmutations à basse température. Il faut obtenir au départ une température de 150 à 500°C : mais, croyez-le ou non, c’est encore une très basse température, surtout s’il s’agit de phénomène nucléaire. (A Cadarache, dans un projet insensé, on tente de faire une fusion avec 100 millions de degrés au départ : coûteuse utopie, qui ne fonctionnera jamais). Ici, par contre, nous sommes dans la vraie vie : Il s’agit de mettre en présence 50 grammes de poudre de nickel chauffée à 300°C (par l’électricité du secteur pour démarrer la réaction, mais l’appareil tournera ensuite en auto-suffisance) et de l’hydrogène, sous une pression de 2 à 20 bars, qui provient d’un réservoir incorporé au E-cat, en présence d’un catalyseur secret. Cette réaction produit une énorme quantité de chaleur, avec un COP de 40 ou plus (coefficient de performance, rapport entre l’énergie récupérée et l’énergie injectée ).

Inter Press Service News Agency April 1st, 2014 The Board of IPS meeting on 1st April 2014 unanimously elected Ramesh Jaura as the new Director General of IPS Inter Press Service. Mr. Jaura is a professional journalist and an experienced moderator and facilitator specialising in inter-cultural communication, globalization, international development cooperation, nuclear disarmament, culture of peace, and civil society. He is a German national of Indian origin with a long and distinguished career both inside and outside of IPS. Read more » More about: Global March 25th, 2014 left: Ambassador Walther Lichem, Vice-chair of the IPS-Inter Press Service International Association; right: Ambassador Nassir Abdul Aziz Al-Nasser, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations Read more » More about: United Nations March 18th, 2014 IPS Africa, with the support of the Heinrich Boll Foundation Southern Africa, has published a handbook for journalists titled Climate Governance in Africa. More about: Africa, Global Read more »

The New Geopolitics of Food - By Lester R. Brown In the United States, when world wheat prices rise by 75 percent, as they have over the last year, it means the difference between a $2 loaf of bread and a loaf costing maybe $2.10. If, however, you live in New Delhi, those skyrocketing costs really matter: A doubling in the world price of wheat actually means that the wheat you carry home from the market to hand-grind into flour for chapatis costs twice as much. And the same is true with rice. Welcome to the new food economics of 2011: Prices are climbing, but the impact is not at all being felt equally. Already in 2011, the U.N. Until recently, sudden price surges just didn't matter as much, as they were quickly followed by a return to the relatively low food prices that helped shape the political stability of the late 20th century across much of the globe. More alarming still, the world is losing its ability to soften the effect of shortages. On the demand side, farmers now face clear sources of increasing pressure. Then what?

Indian man single-handedly plants a 1,360-acre forest A little more than 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav "Molai" Payeng began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern India's Assam region to grow a refuge for wildlife. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavor, so he moved to the site so he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Incredibly, the spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acres of jungle that Payeng planted — single-handedly. The Times of India recently caught up with Payeng in his remote forest lodge to learn more about how he came to leave such an indelible mark on the landscape. It all started way back in 1979, when floods washed a large number of snakes ashore on the sandbar. "The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. While it's taken years for Payeng's remarkable dedication to planting to receive some well-deserved recognition internationally, it didn't take long for wildlife in the region to benefit from the manufactured forest.

Eco Toilets - Earthrise Gelareh Darabi is attending a lively party at a temporary camp in Haiti's Cite Soleil. The reason for the celebration – the unveiling of a new, environmentally-friendly toilet, which will also be used to create much-needed compost for the adjacent community garden. In many of Haiti's camps, hundreds of residents are obliged to share a single toilet, so it is no wonder that this new innovation is welcomed. The slums and camps of Haiti, as is the case in most developing countries, have woefully inadequate sewage systems which means that human waste spills onto the streets and into the water system. As well as being a sanitation problem, it is also a huge environmental problem. This is the case in Haiti, where rivers and canals are full of algae. SOIL, a Haiti-based charity, is addressing the problem at its root by building eco-friendly toilets that are easy to maintain. SOIL's dedicated team takes the waste to be composted at their waste treatment facility, the first ever in Haiti.

Des plantes pour nettoyer les sols pollués - Environnement Ce n'est pas de la science-fiction. Dans un petit village du Gard, on utilise actuellement deux végétaux différents pour dépolluer des sols contaminés depuis des décennies aux métaux lourds. La technique était testée depuis deux ans sur 250 m2, mais l'expérimentation vient de passer à un stade supérieur puisque ce sont maintenant quelque 2 ha qui sont en cours de plantation dans le petit village de Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, sur la zone la plus souillée de la commune, au hameau dit de la Papeterie. Cette « chimie verte » vise à récupérer, dans les terres lourdement polluées, les traces de zinc et de plomb laissées par un siècle d'exploitation minière. Noccaea caerulescens à fleurs bleues et Anthyllis vulneraria à fleurs jaunes se sont adaptées avec le temps aux terres contenant des métaux lourds et arborent des fleurs qui ne poussent que dans cet environnement défavorable. Jusqu'en 1991, l'extraction de plomb et de zinc faisait la richesse de cette vallée encaissée des Cévennes.

Q&A: Mother Earth Should Not Be "Owned, Privatised and Exploited" UNITED NATIONS, May 9, 2012 (IPS) - For centuries, indigenous peoples and their rights, resources and lands have been exploited. Yet long overdue acknowledgment of past exploitation and dedicated efforts by indigenous peoples have done little to end or prevent violations of the present, stated indigenous leaders in the Manaus Declaration of 2011. The declaration , part of preparations for the upcoming U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, frequently referred to as Rio+20, in June, recounted the "active participation" of indigenous groups in the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and similar efforts in 2002 that led to the adoption of the term "indigenous peoples" for the United Nations (U.N.) Despite this work, "the continuing gross violations of our governments and corporations" remain major obstacles to sustainable development, the declaration continued. As Rio+20 approaches, IPS interviewed Tom B.K. U.N. Particularly, the U.N.

OECD calls for policy reform and technology to prevent impending water crisis The OECD has released a report outlining the challenges humanity faces to maintain water resources in the future (Photo: Shutterstock) Image Gallery (2 images) Worldwide population growth and the related rapid increase in urbanization is already posing problems in many areas for the management of that most precious of resources, water. According to UN figures, more than one billion people lack access to safe drinking water. Global water demand (Source: The Environmental Outlook Baseline,output from IMAGE suite of models) The water technology sector can play an important role to create a water-sustainable future. Xavier added that non-technical innovations matter as much as technological ones, and these include measures such as decoupling utility revenues from the volume of water sold. “We need policies which do not prescribe a particular technology, but trigger innovative responses and facilitate their diffusion, in particular in developing countries,” he said. Source: OECD About the Author

Money Laundering is a made-up crime « Real Virtual Currency With all of the recent news regarding FinCEN, money transmitters, and money service businesses, Bitcoin enthusiasts are able to witness a side of the law that usually operates in obscurity, not necessarily because of anything particularly sinister, but rather because it’s intolerably boring – unless, of course, it is affecting you personally. The term “money laundering,” the process of concealing illicit sources of money, is getting thrown around a lot lately, particularly by the regulators. But it rolls off of the tongues of regular folks as well. Most people probably would agree, yes, we must do something about this money laundering problem. After all, money launderers are bad guys, and everybody knows that. In fact, money laundering rests squarely in a category of laws that I like to call “made-up crimes.” Let me give an example. Drunk driving. The magic of made-up laws is that you can take two things which are not crimes, put them together, and voila! Why stop at drunk driving?

Ask Nature - the Biomimicry Design Portal: biomimetics, architecture, biology, innovation inspired by nature, industrial design - Ask Nature - the Biomimicry Design Portal: biomimetics, architecture, biology, innovation inspired by nature, industrial desi La pierre d’argile : un nettoyant écologique et polyvalent La pierre d’argile, appelée aussi pierre blanche ou pierre d’argent, est un nettoyant biodégradable dépourvu de substances toxiques et agressives pour la peau qui peut se substituer à nombre de produits d’entretien. Seulement composée d’argile blanche micronisée, de savon, de glycérine, de graisses végétales et d’huile parfumée (généralement de citron ou d’aiguilles de pin), elle est en effet multi-usages… Laissez un commentaire : Votre commentaire (min. 40 caractères) Les vertus de la pierre d’argile L’argile blanche est d’abord naturellement antiseptique. Quelles surfaces nettoyer avec la pierre d’argile ? Avec la pierre d’argile, on peut tout nettoyer, ou presque, sans risquer d’abîmer les surfaces : aluminium, inox, chrome, verre, émail, or, argent, bronze, cuivre, laiton, étain, plastique, PVC, marbre, plaques de cuisson vitrocéramiques, carrelage, lino, et même éléments peints ou cuir. Comment utiliser la pierre d’argile ? Où trouver la pierre d’argile ?

Could be hugely significant environmentally, but how real a prospect is there of plastic munching funghi being part of the waste remediation process? Perhaps just too weak a signal - but one to keep watching. by rwilson Mar 16

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