Category: Sustainability

The Darkside of Turf Lawn and 8 Amazing Alternatives

With a passion unmatched in other countries, American's water, spray, weed, and mow between 35 million – 50 million acres of lawn, all without suspecting any negative impact on their health or environmental health. In his book on the history of America's obsession with the perfect lawn, Ted Steinberg writes, "The rise of the perfect lawn represents one of the most profound transformations ever in the history of the American landscape." The industrial lawn, which is the single largest 'crop' Read more [...]

Build a $300 Underground Greenhouse for Year-Round Gardening

Growers in colder climates need new technologies to extend the growing season so that local food can be supplied to people in any region of the globe. Underground greenhouses to the rescue! Greenhouses are typically expensive to construct, and heat throughout the winter. A more affordable and efficient alternative to glass greenhouses is the walipini (an Aymara Indian word for a "place of warmth"), also known as an underground greenhouse.  Developed over 20 years ago for the cold mountainous Read more [...]

Studies Show Crops Enhanced with Ocean Minerals Superior in Every Way

Twentieth-century Scientist and medical doctor Maynard Murray was perplexed that although Americans were living longer than ever before, chronic illness, degenerative diseases and physiological suffering were steadily increasing.  On his quest for the key to improve human health, Dr. Murray began by studying animal species that do not get cancer. Dr. Murray discovered that sea animals show no signs of cancer, or any degenerative diseases. To study this remarkable resistance, Dr. Murray fertilized Read more [...]

7 Miraculous Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World

“I believe that mycelium is the neurological network of nature. Interlacing mosaics of mycelium infuse habitats with information-sharing membranes. These membranes are aware, react to change, and collectively have the long-term health of the host environment in mind. The mycelium stays in constant molecular communication with its environment, devising diverse enzymatic and chemical responses to complex challenges.” ― Paul Stamets, Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World Perhaps Read more [...]

US Fracking Wells Produce 280 Billion Gallons of Toxic Waste Water Annually

Fracking Generated 280 Billion Gallons of toxic wastewater in 2012 - enough to submerge Washington, D.D. in a 22-foot deep toxic lagoon. A new report has emerged showing that the practice generated 280 billion gallons of toxic waste last year - containing cancer-causing and radioactive substances. Fracking a single well can use between two and nine million gallons of water combined with sand and chemicals. Much of the fresh water used returns to the earth’s surface, but contains radium and Read more [...]

Solar Power Plant with Sunflower Shape Boosts Efficiency

Did you know that enough solar energy hits the earth in 8 minutes to power the whole earth's needs for one year. Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants, such as the Gemsolar and PS10 plants in Spain, use arrays of mirrors (or heliostats) to focus a large area of the Sun's rays onto a small area, where the concentrated light is converted to heat that is used to generate electricity. While CSP has gained popularity in recent years with numerous plants being built around the world, they require a Read more [...]

Student Builds Micro-home in the Middle of the Desert with Just Enough Room for a Bed

Micro-homes are usually constructed in big cities where space is limited and rents are high.  But one student at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture built his micro-home in the middle of the desert.  Dave Frazee calls the home 'Miner's Shelter' after the abandoned miners shelter he used as the base for the home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Life on a small scale: Dave Frazee, pictured above, built this micro-home in the desert while he was a student at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Read more [...]

Off Grid Attack: EPA To Outlaw Many Wood Burning Stoves

Our ever so helpful government has decided that your wood burning stove is now a danger to the world. In another attempt to outlaw the off grid lifestyle, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the same agency that was recently caught using drones to spy on Americans, is now going after home owners who use Wood Burning Stoves to heat their homes. Shortly after the re-election of President Obama, the agency announced new radical environmental regulations that threaten to effect people who live Read more [...]