Concerns Over Environmental Links to Autism

Concerns Over Environmental Links to Autism

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health have recently released a report regarding one of their studies involving autism and expectant U. S. Women. Their findings indicate that those who were prenatally exposed to increased air pollutant levels are twice as likely to be diagnosed with autism. Researchers looked at various locations that had been outlined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency exposure database for areas deemed as being contaminated with high concentrations of air pollutants. Correlating this geographical information with the numbers of women in these highly air polluted areas showed that those in more contaminated regions were… read more

A Delicate Balance

A Delicate Balance

Environmental awareness and protectionist measures are at an all time high. Many countries in the developing world have set up a framework for sound regulation of the use and reliance on the environment. However, bad economic times pose challenges that have caused tension between human and environment survival. In these hard and trying times, many unscrupulous corporations are taking advantage of the challenges faced by developing countries. The dire need for job creation and foreign investment has opened the unfortunate opportunity for governments to be open to negotiations on investments that were otherwise not open for negotiation. In Swaziland, the… read more

Cat Toys That Don’t Cost The Earth

Recycled Cat Toys

Pet owners spend a small fortune on toys for their pets each year, buying manufactured playthings that are surrounded in packaging and often shipped overseas, contributing to global warming and other environmental problems. A more environmentally friendly option is to give discarded household objects a second life as cat toys. The Humane Society of the United States  recommends the following items as safe and fun for cats: plastic shower curtain rings, ping pong balls, plastic practice golf balls (the kind with holes), paper bags (without handles), empty cardboard toilet paper or paper towel tubes, and cardboard boxes with doors and… read more

The March Of The Desert

Image of desertification

Desertification is the process in which fertile land slowly turns into sand-filled deserts. It’s happening all around the world, and increasingly so in the United States. It’s a direct result of poor environmental decisions, livestock grazing, and landowner neglect. The good news is that it’s also reversible and preventable. Allan Savory, a research biologist and President/Co-Founder of the Savory Institute, recently gave an inspirational TED talk about healing our land. His background on the subject is impressive, and should give us pause to heed his words. In the 1960’s while working in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), he came to understand what… read more

The Future Of Food Security

Food Security for the Future

Across the world, communities face a diverse range of sustainability challenges. Access to adequate food, water, education, health and housing are just the beginning. Irrespective of whether people live in the richest or poorest of nations, the problems that beset our communities seldom arise from a single source. Almost all our sustainability issues, however, rely on the power of education to help ameliorate their impacts and change the social behaviours that led to these problems in the first place. Consider food security, for example. Beyond the urgent challenge of global poverty, the long-term provision of food throughout the world is… read more

Smog-Eating Sidewalks

Artist Concept

It’s the subject of much discussion; the level of pollution in America. Each year, machines spew millions of tons of pollution into the environment, killing wildlife, people, and creating barren wastelands uninhabitable by civilized life. Thankfully, the world is awakening to the crisis before us. Ironically leading the charge in part is the city of Chicago, Illinois. Here we find a small glimpse into the future; pollution-gobbling sidewalks and roads that suck up toxic chemicals like a sand lion swallows ants. It’s called “photocatalytic cement.” This magic stuff is covered in titanium dioxide particles that remove gases from the air…. read more

Bee Hunting Threats

Bee Hunters

Bee hunting and honey harvesting are social activities that most young men will experience growing up in rural Swaziland. Honey bees are not only a food source, but they also provide an opportunity for young men to show how brave they are by partaking in the social activity of bee hunting. Hunting for bees has been customary to Swazis for a long time, it is a skill that is passed from one generation to the next. The manner in which honey is harvested has evolved over time, the older generation used a certain type of wood to immobilise bees in… read more

So, Where Did The Weird Wheat Come From?

So, Where Did The Weird Wheat Come From?

A curious thing appeared in a wheat field in Eastern Oregon recently. Attempting to get rid of some out of harvest wheat plants that sprouted, farmers noticed that the plants did not respond to a commonly used herbicide called glyphosate. They knew this was not a normal type of wheat. Oregon State researchers were called in to examine the crop for why it was unaffected by the herbicide, and it was found that the plants were in fact genetically resistant to the substance. Further investigation revealed that the plants came from a particular wheat strain produced by a St. Louis, Missouri… read more

Inquiry Into Agrarian Communities

Inquiry Into Agrarian Communities

Agrarian communities have been documented in many cultures as a means for sustaining local inhabitants. Agrarianism farming concepts focus more on agricultural good for the commonwealth, and not on industrialization and profitable products. There is also the realization that agriculture has the potential to support and sustain communities, and farmers of the land are held in high regard. Some who examine food security issues question whether or not the concept of the first agrarian communities would be beneficial if currently reinstated on a larger scale, and suggest that these types of farms can be proposed as a model for food… read more

Sustainable Seaweed Farming As An Agricultural Model

Sustainable Seaweed Farming As An Agricultural Model

Research projects like the Coral Triangle Initiative are working to safeguard water zones. Studies like these are international efforts to protect coral reef areas. The intention is to defend not only the reef ecosystems, but also the local fisheries and individuals that live in these regions. They also further examine associations between whether or not indigenous opportunities, like seaweed farming, are viable commodities for local people. One objective of researchers in a mission called Hugging the Coast, which was in the same vein as the Coral Triangle Initiative, was looking at available connections between these commercial areas and to seek sustainable,… read more