With less than three years before a 2015 deadline, the developing world is largely expected to miss one of the U.N.'s key Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): halving the number of people living in extreme poverty and hunger. Despite limited progress, there are still more than 1.4 billion people - out of a total global population of over seven billion - who live below the poverty line of 1.25 dollars and on the razor edge of starvation. The Food … [Read more...]
Audi opened the e-gas plant in Werlte yesterday, making it the first automobile manufacturer to develop a chain of sustainable energy carriers. It begins with green electricity, water and carbon dioxide. The end products are hydrogen and the synthetic methane: Audi e-gas. Audi says it's the first automaker to "develop a chain of sustainable energy carriers." "The power-to-gas facility we built in Werlte can become a beacon project for the entire … [Read more...]
"If you see that some aspect of your society is bad, and you want to improve it, there is only one way to do so: you have to improve people. And in order to improve people, you begin with only one thing: you can become better yourself." - Leo Tolstoy … [Read more...]
An initiative launched 16 years ago to promote sustainable tourism and stop ordinary people being ripped off by 'greenwash' has been named the “most credible” certification program in the world. An investigation into the ethics and expertise of 158 schemes used by businesses to boost their environmentally-friendly credentials has named the Perth-based Green Tourism Business Scheme as the global leader in the fight against misleading marketing in … [Read more...]
Action For Nature is proud to announce their 2013 International Young Eco-Hero Awards, which recognize young people 8 to 16 years old for their environmental achievements. They hope the accomplishments of these outstanding young people will inspire many others to preserve and protect the Earth upon which all life depends. We hope so too! The winner of the aged 8-12 group was a young man by the name of Milo Cress, age 11, Colorado, USA. Here is … [Read more...]
Here in the U.S., today is July 4, also known as Independence Day. On this day in 1776, the thirteen American colonies of Great Britain declared their independence by proclaiming the Declaration of Independence as a legal document that separated themselves from the British empire, and in the process declared themselves as a separate country, the United States of America. And thus began the slow march in the United States towards … [Read more...]
Researchers are investigating a variety of new approaches to help children with mood disorders. Ongoing studies suggest that using a mix of omega-3 fatty acid supplements and psychotherapy may be helpful for children with depression and a variation of bipolar disorder. “These are two very promising treatments for children with mood disorders. Previous research has shown both have positive impacts and few side effects, which is an issue with … [Read more...]
“ Today will never come again.
Be a blessing.
Be a friend.
Encourage someone. Take time to care.
Let your words heal, and not wound.”… [Read more...]
Japanese students at Waseda University have designed and built an innovative straw house that produces its own heat through agricultural fermentation. During the cold months, dried straw is composted in acrylic cases within the house using the low-odor Japanese “bokashi” method. The fermentation naturally heats up the house by generating 30° celsius heat for up to four weeks. The project, called “A Recipe To Live,” stands in the coastal town of … [Read more...]
We love environmentally cool products, so take a look at these: Designer Chris Hough created this set of biodegradable, portable speakers using only waste and reclaimed materials. Made up of a combination of nutshells and waste newspaper, the speakers are strong, light and tactile. Connected through a 3.5 millimeter audio cable, the product is intended for amplifying the sound on mobile phones and laptops. Each speaker is handcrafted using a … [Read more...]