Archive | February 2018

“This African Super Grain Could Solve Famine and Drought (Plus It’s Gluten-Free)”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-28/this-african-super-grain-could-solve-famine-and-drought-plus-it-s-gluten-free

Gluten-free, with four times the protein, thrice the fiber and nearly twice the iron of brown rice, as well as a low glycemic index, fonio is often called a super grain. It needs very little water to thrive, can be harvested three times per year, and its extensive root system helps fight soil erosion.

Advertisements

“Vampire bat’s blood-only diet ‘a big evolutionary win’”

http://technology.inquirer.net/72787/vampire-bats-blood-diet-big-evolutionary-win?mc_cid=1d44076d39&mc_eid=eaaa9fef29

 

Blood is not only teeming with bacterial and viral disease, it is also very poor in nutrients — too few carbs and vitamins, way too much salt.

It’s a miracle Dracula lived as long as he did.

 

“Why Charging Your Electric Car at Night Could Save the World”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-25/why-charging-your-electric-car-at-night-could-save-the-world

It’ll take more than just driving an electric vehicle to save the environment. You’ll have to charge it at the right time, too.

Put simply, if the world’s drivers plug in an increasingly large EV fleet right after work, it could undo many of the environmental benefits expected from fewer cars running on gasoline and diesel. Cutting pollution could come down to an act as unexceptional as waiting until bedtime to charge the minivan.

“Expect seas to rise for the next 300 years, new climate models warn”

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2018/02/22/Expect-seas-to-rise-for-the-next-300-years-new-climate-models-warn/5071519306116/?nll=1

 Even if carbon emissions are curbed and rising temperatures are constrained, many scientists expect sea level rise to continue for some time. New research suggests sea level rise could last 300 years.

“We Can’t Engineer Our Way Out of Climate Change”

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-02-22/climate-change-not-an-engineering-problem

Could the problem of global warming become so desperate that humans would be willing to take the vast risk of re-engineering our environment? It’s far from a desirable or lasting solution. Yet some scientists have thought deeply about it and concluded that’s what we’ll probably do.

 

“Our treatment of animals is stalling human progress”

One-day old chicks are held in a hand at an aviary in a poultry farm.

Our treatment of animals is stalling human progress

The human population is around seven billion today, and will perhaps be ten billion by 2050. Yet here are over 100 billion domestic animals (the vast majority of whom are in the food system) and a quadrillion wild vertebrates (with many more invertebrates).

Unfortunately, their current situation is unimaginable suffering.

“Dramatic decline in Borneo’s orangutan population as 150,000 lost in 16 years”

Female orangutans are occasionally killed for their young, which are sold on as pets, while others are killed for food or for venturing onto plantations or into gardens.

Link

Hunting and killing have driven a dramatic decline in the orangutan population on Borneo where nearly 150,000 animals have been lost from the island’s forests in 16 years, conservationists warn.

“Energy taxes are too low to combat climate change, OECD says”

Reports Indicate 2016 Was Hottest Year On Record

http://www.cityam.com/280600/energy-taxes-too-low-combat-climate-change-oecd-says

Energy taxes in developed economies are “well below” where they should be to reflect climate costs, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said in a report today.

” Dutch cow poo overload causes an environmental stink”

Farmland with cows in the Netherlands

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/16/dutch-cow-poo-overload-causes-an-environmental-stink?mc_cid=7b1e7606e1&mc_eid=eaaa9fef29

Dairy farms in the Netherlands are producing so much dung they can’t get rid of it safely. Now the WWF is calling for a 40% cut in herd numbers to protect the environment.

“China forced to tell Antarctica tourists: ‘Don’t’ touch the penguins'”

Link

The Chinese government earlier this week established a new list of rules for people visiting Antarctica: No hunting. No leaving behind solid waste. And no touching or feeding the penguins.