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Banana Peels as Water Purifiers?

Banana peels show promise as superior water purification materials. To the surprisingly inventive uses for banana peels, which include polishing silverware, leather shoes, and the leaves of house plants , scientists have added purification of drinking water contaminated with potentially toxic metals. Their report, which concludes that minced banana peel performs better than an array […]

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Can renewable energy power the entire globe?

A new study says that the world could completely run on renewable, sustainable energy by 2030. It is no secret that the energy output from “alternative” sources like the sun, wind and water is astronomical. Living in a world “addicted” to energy, harnessing such power would be a world-changing event, and for the better. The […]

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Rising Food Costs Exacerbating Public Unrest Globally, Experts Warn

Rising food prices and a shortage of critical crops is fueling political instability in numerous regions worldwide and might have contributed to uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, according to international food experts.

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Get used to the weather …

These extremes of drought and flood are the new normal, says latest SA climate data It’s official: the weather is getting weirder. South Africa’s top scientists, however, say it is too soon to confirm that global warming is behind the increasing number of droughts and floods – including countrywide floods that have now claimed at […]

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Time to ruggedize: We should talk more about preparing for climate change

Back when I started covering my beat, it was conventional wisdom among greenies that it’s best not to talk too much about adapting to climate change. The worry was that it might lure people into a false sense of security, get them thinking there’s no need to cut emissions since they can adapt to whatever […]

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Humans Now Consuming 25% of All Plant Life Growing Each Year

Plenty of research on both both personal and national ecological footprints has shown that we are using Earth’s resources at unsustainable rates, that we are using them up faster than they can be regenerated. Now, some new work from NASA digs a bit deeper, examining how plant consumption is increasing as both population and consumerism […]

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Urine as a Commercial Fertilizer?

The separate collection of urine provides innovative opportunities for the improvement of sanitation and the recycling of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Urine separation is an excellent sanitation solution, particularly in places where classic sewer-based sanitation is not sustainable. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing a grant of 3.0 million US dollars to support […]

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Global Warming Effects and Causes: A Top 10 List

One of the biggest issues facing us right now is global warming. Its effects on animals and on agriculture are indeed frightening, and the effects on the human population are even scarier. The facts about global warming are often debated, but unfortunately, even if we disagree about the causes, global warming effects are real, global, […]

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Ground Heat Source Pumps

How Do They Work? Ground source heat pump systems do not heat a home by burning fuel. They collect heat from the Earth via a pipe or pipes buried in the ground. These pipes are called loops and contain a mixture of water and antifreeze. The fluid is circulated through these loops by an electric […]

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