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Scientists Discover a Ticking Time Bomb Under Melting Arctic Ice

January 25, 2018 at 4:20 pm




As frozen soil thaws, prehistoric bacteria are coming back to life and converting woolly mammoth remains into greenhouse gases, which could cause global warming to spiral out of control

The Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility, dug in the mid-1960s, allows scientists a three-dimensional look at frozen ground. Credit: Kate Ramsayer/NASA

Scientists have been warning us about the potential catastrophe of melting Arctic ice for decades. Now they’ve discovered a new threat underneath the ice – thawing soil.

“Ghost Cat” Gone: Eastern Cougar Officially Declared Extinct

January 24, 2018 at 3:20 pm




80 years after its last sighting, officials say the iconic cougar of the Eastern United States is gone forever

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the eastern cougar from the endangered species list this week, because it is no longer endangered. It’s extinct.

How Human Urine Can Replace Chemical Fertilizer

January 22, 2018 at 7:34 pm

Farmers are using human urine as a natural, sustainable alternative to fossil-fuel-based fertilizers

Horse drawn urine applicator at Fairwinds hay farm in Vermont.

“Bring us your liquid gold,” the founders of Rich Earth Institute beckon their neighbors on their website.

7 Benefits of Washing the Dishes By Hand

January 21, 2018 at 7:41 pm




For the last half-century many of us have been conditioned to believe a dishwasher is a convenience we can’t live without. In recent years, we’ve even been led to believe the machine is more environmentally responsible than washing dishes by hand.

Below are several reasons that’s not true, plus some surprising benefits of washing dishes by hand:

Outdoor Lessons Double Students’ Attention Span, Study Finds

January 20, 2018 at 9:29 pm




Teachers were able to teach twice as long without interruption after a lesson taught outdoors

A growing body of research indicates there are numerous benefits to increasing the amount of time school children spend outdoors. It improves their academic scores, mental health and physical health.

Following Europe’s lead, American schools are considering giving students more recess time, and now researchers from the University of Illinois are looking into the benefits of teaching class outdoors too.

Dark Chocolate Vegan Paleo Pie with Homemade Crust

January 18, 2018 at 11:24 pm




Want an incredibly rich and decadent chocolate pie that’s good for you?

Made with all-natural ingredients that are completely vegan and paleo-friendly, this chocolate pie not only tastes divine, it’s healthy.

Organic Burial Pods Could Replace Coffins and Transform Gravestones Into Trees

January 18, 2018 at 4:32 pm




These egg-shaped, biodegradable burial pods allow your body to become the “seed” of a new tree when you die


Every year Americans cut down 4 million acres of hardwood forest to bury our dead.

Plastic Piles Up Around the World After China Refuses to Recycle It

January 17, 2018 at 4:44 pm




Inundated with more plastic than it can recycle, China says its done being the “world’s garbage dump,”  causing backups and chaos at recycling plants across Europe, the U.S., Canada and Australia

Recycling is piling up at Rogue Waste System in southern Oregon. Employees say their only option for now is to send it to a landfill. Jes Burns/OPB/EarthFix

For the last 2o years, China recycled about half of the world’s plastics and paper products. While this helped supply its manufacturing boom, the country says it has had enough.

Norway Outlaws Fur-Farming

January 16, 2018 at 4:53 pm




A year after Europe’s largest-ever anti-fur march, Norway is banning the practice of farming animals for fashion

Why It’s Time to Un-Potty-Train Ourselves

January 14, 2018 at 2:43 pm

Toilets waste massive amounts of water and essential nutrients that could be used in place of chemical fertilzers




 

An article in I F**king Love Science encourages people to pee in their showers to save water and the planet “just a little bit.”

They calculate the average American uses around 4000 gallons of water flushing pee down the toilet per year, peeing an average of 7 times per day.