Mushrooms Can Eat Plastic, Petroleum and CO2

January 11, 2018 at 3:16 am




Mushrooms have a solution for just about every man-made problem

In the midst of global warming, global desertification, deoxygenating oceans and Earth’s sixth mass extinction crisis, mycologist and author Paul Stamets gives us seven reasons to hold out hope, and they all involve mushrooms.

In a still-relevant 2008 Ted Talk, he says mushrooms contain the solution to just about every major problem humans have created, from global warming, to oil spills, to plastic pollution.

“First World” Countries are Using Africa as a Dump for Old Electronics

January 9, 2018 at 5:52 pm




Tens of millions of tons of toxic, trashed electronics from America and Europe are quietly, illegally dumped in Africa every year

If Americans and Europeans had to store their own electronic garbage, they might not consume it so quickly. They might get their dishwashers, dryers and washing machines repaired instead of tossing them out for the latest model. They might make due with their iphones and laptops until they were truly unusable before upgrading.

States Vow to Fight Trump’s Offshore Drilling Proposal

January 9, 2018 at 2:30 am




President Trump’s plan to open up more than 90 percent of U.S. continental shelf to offshore drilling is being opposed by the governors of all coastal states except Maine.

We’re in the Middle of Earth’s 6th Mass Extinction Event, Scientists Warn

January 8, 2018 at 5:48 pm




More than half of all animal species have disappeared in the last 50 years… Scientists warn humans could be next if we don’t make major changes


Earth’s 5th mass extinction was 65 million years ago, when the dinosaurs and countless other species disappeared. Humans could go out with the 6th, if they don’t make some major changes quick… but no one seems to care or even notice that it’s happening.

“Earth’s sixth mass extinction event is underway,” the headlines of dozens of major newspapers warned last summer.

Warming Oceans Are Losing Oxygen at Breathtaking Rates, Threatening Mass Extinction of Marine Life, Scientists Warn

January 7, 2018 at 6:59 pm




Zero-oxygen “dead zones,” where marine life cannot survive, have quadrupled in size since 1950, new study finds

A fisherman Chile wading in dead sardines, a result of algae blooms that suck oxygen out of the water. Credit: Felix Marquez, Associated Press

Global warming and agricultural pollution have drastically reduced oxygen levels in the ocean over the last 70 years.

Coastal dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, while the number of very low oxygen sites have multiplied tenfold, a new study published in the journal Science finds.

Inspiring Off-Grid Community Discovered in the Appalachian Mountains

January 6, 2018 at 1:19 am




Hidden in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina is a tiny band of friends taking refuge from the stress and worry of modern-day civilization.

Scavenging wild animals, gathering wild nuts and berries, drinking wild water, and tending their own forest garden, they live as free as they possibly can in the ever-dwindling wilderness.

Study: Arctic Warming is Causing Colder, Crazier Winters

January 4, 2018 at 6:05 pm




Warmer-than-average years in the Arctic trigger colder-than-average winters in North America, Europe and Asia, study finds

Boston 2015, Credit: Peter Enyeart, via Flickr

If you, like Donald Trump, are wondering “where the hell is global warming?” during the “bomb cyclone” this winter, hang tight. Some friendly climate scientists from NASA, Stanford, Columbia and Harvard are about to break it down for you.

Cows Aren’t Causing Climate Change, Factory Farms Are

January 4, 2018 at 1:22 am





Set cows free so they can save the planet, ecologist says

While many environmentalists are eager to blame cow farts for global warming, one ecologist says cows are among the few animals left that can save us all from extinction.

7 Reasons To Hang Your Clothes To Dry

December 29, 2017 at 5:49 pm




Switching to cold water and hang drying eliminates a quarter household energy consumption, saves an average of $400 a year in electricity, and makes your clothes last longer!

With global temperatures on the rise, clothes dryers are going out of fashion, and so is using hot water to do what the sun can do to clothes hanging out to dry.

Why Millennials Need Space From Our Baby Boomer Parents

December 27, 2017 at 4:34 pm




More and more of my millennial friends are cutting ties, to various degrees, with their baby boomer parents.

Millennials –‎ those born roughly between 1981 and 2000 — see baby boomers — born between 1946 and 1964 — as behind the times, closed-minded, controlling and sometimes emotionally abusive.