Robin McKie, science editor
WATER “The Observer Sunday 8th March 2015”
Last week drought in São Paulo was so bad, residents tried drilling through basement floors for groundwater. As reservoirs dry up across the world, a billion people have no access to safe drinking water. Rationing and a battle to control supplies will follow
Water is the driving force of all nature, Leonardo da Vinci claimed. Unfortunately for our planet, supplies are now running dry – at an alarming rate. The world’s population continues to soar but that rise in numbers has not been matched by an accompanying increase in supplies of fresh water.
The consequences are proving to be profound. Across the globe, reports reveal huge areas in crisis today as reservoirs and aquifers dry up. More than a billion individuals – one in seven people on the planet – now lack access to safe drinking water.
Animal rights group sounds alarm over 40m livestock deaths on UK
Livestock suffer ‘traumatic’ deaths caused by fires, floods, road collisions, disease and neglect
Saturday 29 November 2014
More than 40 million farm animals are estimated to die each year in the
UK before they reach the slaughterhouse, according to a report to be
published this week which urges the government to introduce measures
that would compel farmers to disclose the numbers.
The report, The Uncounted Dead: Farming’s unofficial victims, by
Animal Aid, an organisation opposed to meat eating, is the first to put a
figure on the number of animals that die before slaughter.
Propane made with renewable process for the first time
Scientists modify E coli genes to produce gas that can power cars and heat homes
Adam Vaughan theguardian.com,
A gas which can power cars and heat homes has been made using a renewable
process for the first time.
Propane, which makes up the bulk component of liquefied natural gas (LPG),
has previously only ever been produced from fossil fuels.
But a team of scientists at Imperial College in London has successfully
demonstrated that they can make propane from glucose using a genetically
engineered version of bacterium E coli.
Ecuador Breaks Its Amazon Deal
The green light to drill in one of the world’s most biologically significant areas will come at an incalculable cost to Yasuní’s biodiversity and the indigenous groups that live there.
June 11, 2014 | Kevin Koenig | Source: The New York Times
Quito, Ecuador – In 2007, Ecuador pledged to refrain from oil drilling in the Amazon’s Yasuni National Park in exchange for financial compensation from several foreign governments. The so-called Yasuni-ITT initiative, named for the park’s Ishpingo, Tambococha and Tiputini oil fields, which together contain some 846 million barrels of heavy crude, sought to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, prevent deforestation and protect one of the world’s most biodiverse areas. To offset the renounced revenue, then estimated at over $7 billion, Ecuador requested $3.6 billion to be paid over a period of 13 years by some of the world’s richest nations. It was the first time a country had proposed keeping such a large reserve permanently in the ground.
Bolivia Gives Legal Rights To The Earth.
By NaturalHealthWarriors on February 23, 2014
Law of Mother Earth sees Bolivia pilot new social and economic model based on protection of and respect for nature.
Bolivia is to become the first country in the world to give nature comprehensive legal rights in an effort to halt climate change and the exploitation of the natural world, and to improve quality of life for the Bolivian people.
Developed by grassroots social groups and agreed by politicians, the Law of Mother Earth recognises the rights of all living things, giving the natural world equal status to human beings.
Once fully approved, the legislation will provide the Earth with rights to: life and regeneration; biodiversity and freedom from genetic modification; pure water; clean air; naturally balanced systems; restoration from the effects of human activity; and freedom from contamination.
– See more http://naturalhealthwarriors.com/bolivia-gives-legal-rights-to-the-earth/
Carrots in the car park. Radishes on the roundabout. The deliciously eccentric story of the town growing ALL its own veg
By Vincent Graff
UPDATED: 16:31, 10 December 2011
Admittedly, it sounds like the most foolhardy of criminal capers, and one of the cheekiest, too.
Outside the police station in the small Victorian mill town of Todmorden, West Yorkshire, there are three large raised flower beds.
If you’d visited a few months ago, you’d have found them overflowing with curly kale, carrot plants, lettuces, spring onions — all manner of vegetables and salad leaves.