To weed or not to weed?

To Weed or Not to Weed

To weed or not to weed. That is the question…not least because what some people consider a weed, others consider a boon. I recently helped a friend move into a cottage on 200 acres overlooking the Obi Valley in Australia’s Sunshine Coast hinterland. The dwelling sits near a spring-fed dam that sources a creek which runs into the valley below through assorted waterfalls and swimming holes. It’s an idyllic location rich in wildlife and majestic vistas. There is, however, a problem (the solution to which might also provide some unexpected benefits). The little dam is covered in duckweed. An aquatic… read more

Paper Into Bricks

Paper Into Bricks

Spanish researchers have found a way to turn paper waste into bricks using a process that takes less energy than diverting waste into a landfill. Scientists at Spain’s University of Jaen created the process using waste from paper mills. It’s an experiment that other researchers have attempted before, but it appears that working-models have finally become a reality. Gizmag reads that, “The scientists gathered cellulose from a paper mill, along with sludge left over from the purification process of that plant’s waste water. Those substances were then mixed with clay used in building construction, pressurized, and then extruded in one… read more

Religion vs Environment

Religion V Environment

The right to religious freedom, thought and belief is a fundamental right recognised by the United Nations through Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United Nations also recognises the need for humans to preserve our natural environment, and refrain from activity that unnecessarily depletes natural resources. It becomes problematic when the two compete for precedence. In Swaziland we have many Christian denominations which hold just as many different beliefs. There are denominations that hold the belief that a valid baptism is one performed in a natural river, as opposed to water in a pool. There are… read more

Molasses Spill In Honolulu Spells Marine Disaster

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Last Sunday, a molasses pipeline was found to be leaking into the Honolulu Harbor. The amount of molasses floating around the harbor is equal to about a third of an Olympic-sized swimming pool, which might not seem like all that much, but don’t be fooled; once that sticky clump starts to spread, it will begin causing massive damage to the area. One such expected result is an increase in marine algae, which just happens to be a harmful strain of bacteria. The molasses will eventually dilute and be broken down, but that isn’t going to happen until sometime this week,… read more

Project to Initiate Green Publishing

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Better Paper is both a project and product conceived by Green America with the intentions of switching readers and publishers to less wasteful forms of media. Primarily, magazines and journals printed on recycled paper. Compared to virgin paper production, post-consumer paper saves 24 trees, 17 billion BTU’s in energy, and  8,750 gallons of waste-water per ton of paper produced. Better Paper encourages publishers to contribute to these savings by printing exclusively on their ecologically-improved paper. Thus, comes in the product. Better Paper pages are made with a mixture of recycled content and agricultural residue, untouched by chlorine. Rather than relying… read more

How Plastic Bags Are Made

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They sit around in our homes, they carry our stuff to the car from the grocery, and they fly through the breeze in our landfills. Plastic bags are just about everywhere, but have you ever wondered how they’re made? This short video will show you the process from beginning to end, and hopefully provide you a few minutes of enlightenment.

A Discovery in Kenya Could Change the Country

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In an investigation conducted by UNESCO in collaboration with the Kenyan government, scientists have found a water reserve in the arid expanses of north west Kenya. The aquifer, which consists of an underground layer of water-harboring minerals, was discovered 300 meters beneath the earth’s surface. The pool has since been named the Lotikipi Basin Aquifer. If managed properly, Lotikipi could nourish the country for the better part of 70 years. This is no little feat in a country that has limited water supply, with half the population unable to access any sanitary water at all. This discovery may transform the… read more

Set the Date For Change

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Words can start a revolution, change the course of a life, and bring mass attention to social injustice. Utilizing one of civilization’s strongest tools is 100 Thousand Poets for Change, an annual event on September 28, which takes place essentially everywhere. Despite the name, it is an all-inclusive event, with both poets and non-poets coming together to bring awareness to current political and social issues. All the while promoting the need for cultural change, including the move to a more sustainable future. This is achieved through organized gatherings scattered throughout multiple countries across the globe. Events are full of planned… read more

Recycling Reminders

Recycling Reminders

When it comes to some items, like disposable containers, their toss away exterior may have an effect on whether or not they make it to the recycling bin. One study published in the Journal of Consumer Research looked at what prompted consumers to throw away items or recycle them. It was found that the perception of usefulness may be correlated to whether or not an object is recycled. The more worth something holds to the user, the more likely it is to be recycled. In relation to everyday convenience products, this could offer some perspective into recycling behaviors and the… read more

Mobilize The Young

Mobilize The Young

In an effort to mobilize the younger generation toward reducing carbon emissions and decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, the organization 350.org has launched a campaign aimed at persuading colleges and universities to divest their assets away from fossil fuel companies. The campaign is student-led, and coordinated by 350.org, a climate advocacy organization founded by author and activist Bill McKibben. Instead of utilizing fiscal or environmental arguments to persuade people and companies to move away from fossil fuel consumption, the organization’s goal is to turn global warming action into the moral issue of this generation. The campaign gathers its own data—which… read more