There is still more than a month left in the Instructables Green Design Contest and there are already over 100 entries. We’re loving the creativity and crafty spirit that is going into each project, the goal of which is to keep the environment in mind when designing and crafting something new. That’s why this project for making a small wind power generator stood out to us.
The project is by user out-of-the-box, and walks you through how to make a small upright wind turbine to sit in your yard and gather a bit of power from the breeze. View full article »
Gerenette and her friend pick Moringa leaves. Image courtesy of Azafady.
Getting to the root of the problem in Madagascar
February 26th, 2013 by Daniel Reeds
When Daniel Reeds visited Madagascar he was struck by the beauty of its ecosystems and people, but also by the appalling poverty. However, he found inspiration from a pioneering charity that works with humans and wildlife, to ensure a sustainable future for both.
check out helping Azafady HERE www.madagascar.co.uk
Madagascar is one of the world’s top biodiversity hotspots, with approximately 4% of the Earth’s plant and animal species living there – within just 0.4% of the planet’s surface. Many species have yet to be named or even discovered. However, it is also one of the most impoverished and least developed countries in the world, ranking 151st out of 187 in the UNDP 2011 Human Development Index.
Additionally, it’s one of the top three countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change through factors including unsustainable agricultural practices. View full article »
(traducido con ayuda google del inglés aquí) Cuando el señor Craig Steinke, director general y accionista principal de R2 Energy, llegó a Castellón para convencer a los alcaldes locales y la prensa de los beneficios de la extracción de petróleo y Fracking les dijo una sarta de mentiras. 41 alcaldes de las localidades afectadas por la aplicación de Fracking se reunieron en el Palacio Municipal, con la prensa, la televisión y una concentración de la Plataforma Contra el Fracking en el exterior. Abajo refutamos esas mentiras una por una, e ilustramos el escándalo criminal de la fractura hidráulico. (Ver referencia 1 Craig Steinke.)
Esta fue la gran oportunidad de Craig para conseguir un permiso de perforación , para impulsar sus acciones y hacer otra fortuna. Él ya había ganado $ 20 millones (approx) de la fusión de su compañía anterior, Realm Energy con el San León, de la que también es director general, después de conseguir 10 permisos para frackear en el norte de España y así multiplicar los precios de las acciones, (era dueño de más del 30% de Realm). (ver Ref. 2 Realm Energy). View full article »
On Thursday, December 27th, in Houston, TX, residents of Manchester gathered with allies to issue new demands on Valero. “We demand to know what you are forcing us to breathe! ¡Exigimos saber lo que nos están obligando a respirar!”
The community came together in a celebration of unity and strength. Manchester is populated almost completely by Latin@s, and surrounded on all sides by industry.
A massive Valero refinery looms over the community’s only park and its smokestacks poison the people who live there 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Manchester is plagued by a long list of diseases and ailments including asthma, respiratory disease and inflammation, infertility, birth defects, and a myriad of deadly cancers. The National Disease Clusters Alliance reports (pg. 2) that children living within two miles of the Houston Ship Channel have a 56% higher likelihood of developing leukemia than those who live more than ten miles away. View full article »
Wild & Weird: Undersea Immortality
by the Center for Biological Diversity
Ben Franklin once said that nothing in this world is certain except death and taxes; clearly he wasn’t a jellyfish man. As scientists discovered in 1996, Turritopsis dohrnii, also known as the “immortal jellyfish,” has in fact figured out a way to escape death (and reportedly paid no taxes this year, either).
At any stage in its development, this jelly can turn back into a polyp, growing younger and younger and then starting over again. As you might expect, immortality has allowed it to spread far and wide in what one biology professor has called “a silent invasion.”
What does the jelly’s curious secret mean for people? According to Shin Kubota, a Japanese scientist who’s devoted himself to the species for years — and become a famous jellyfish songwriter in the process — “Once we determine how the jellyfish rejuvenates itself, we should achieve very great things. My opinion is that we will evolve and become immortal ourselves.” Kubota’s not sure that’s a good thing, though — he doesn’t think humans are ready for eternal life.
Check out this video of Kubota singing praises to the immortal jellyfish: Jellyfish
via Wild & Weird: Undersea Immortality.