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Desalination Process Uses Cuts Energy Needed by 99%

Written by , on March 23, 2013

Engineers at Lockheed Martin Corp say that they have developed a desalination process which requires just 1% of the energy needed in the best systems currently available. The process enables the engineers to produce thin graphene carbon membranes with regular holes about a nanometer in diameter. These holes are large enough to allow water to […]  Read more »

Reversing Desertification with Holistic Farming

Written by , on March 8, 2013

Large areas of grasslands in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Australia, Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan and many other countries are turning into barren deserts. An estimated one-third of the Earth’s surface is covered with grasslands that are facing the threat of desertification.  Allan Savory, a Zimbabwean biologist who has been working on this problem since […]  Read more »

A Billboard That Produces Drinking Water

Written by , on February 25, 2013

Peru’s capital, Lima, has very high humidity but hardly any rain. Engineers from the University of Engineering and Technology have taken advantage of the high humidity to build a billboard which gathers the water through reverse osmosis and purifies it to give clean drinking water.  Read more »

Rice Yields Being Doubled in Developing Countries

Written by , on February 19, 2013

Using a technique deriving from work started in the 1960s by a French priest, Henri de Laulanié, in Madagascar, farmers in many developing countries have increased their paddy field rice yields by 50 to 100% – and often much more. The worldwide average rice yield is about 4 tonnes per hectare. Using modern fertilizers and […]  Read more »

The Hidden Cost of Hamburgers

Written by , on February 15, 2013

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“Food is the new oil”, Lester Brown

Written by , on February 13, 2013

Lester Brown, founder of the Worldwatch Institute, and founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, discusses the global struggle for food security, which is the subject of his latest book "Full Planet, Empty Plates".  Read more »

Clean Drinking Water Using “Miracle Tree” Seeds

Written by , on June 19, 2012

The moringa oleifera is known as the “miracle tree” because it has been used in northern India and many parts of Africa for traditional medicine, food and cooking oil, a pesticide, a domestic cleaning agent and biofuel. Moringas are extremely hardy. They grow on marginal soils, regrow after being chopped down and are one of […]  Read more »

Apple’s New Level of Built-in Obsolescence

Written by , on June 15, 2012

For a long time, Apple products were the most easily repaired and upgraded computers on the market. Apple's new top-of-the-line MacBook Pro goes to the opposite extreme.  The case is secured with proprietary pentalobe screws to prevent you from gaining access to anything inside. The RAM is soldered to the logic board. It can never […]  Read more »

The Fracking FAQs

Written by , on May 11, 2012

Using oil and gas as an energy source is a remnant of old Industial Age technology and not normally part of our discussion of the developing Global Age. However, the increased price of fossil fuels, resulting from the world’s diminishing oil supply, has led to some extraordinary techniques being used to extract oil and gas […]  Read more »

Default Meat

Written by , on August 16, 2011

The conventional wisdom is that it takes as much as 10 units of grain to produce one unit of meat with the equivalent nutritional value. George Monbiot has recently pointed out that we should be comparing the amount of land and water required to grow meat with the land and required to grow plant products […]  Read more »