World Wildlife Day kicked off Monday with United Nations officials declaring that people need to be better stewards of the many struggling species. Citing the plight of the panda, orangutan, rhinos, elephants and more, officials said people need to stop illegal trafficking in horns and ivory, and the annihilation of forests and natural habitat.
Increasing demand in Asia for rhino horn, which is believed to have medicinal qualities, is fueling a vicious illegal trade that’s decimating African rhino populations. There may be a better way to save the rhino, without trying to beat down the cultural beliefs that have put it at risk.
More than 2,000 developers will be joining a hackathon this weekend with lofty aspirations: Solve world problems. The geek fest has already produced several helpful apps from previous gatherings.
Sharing the land in India, supporting farmers in Mexico and Australia and other cool ways people are stopping desertification
Desertification threatens lands across the planet as weather extremes worsen and development strips areas of protective trees and vegetation.The process displaces farms, wildlife, green areas and impoverishes local people by stealing their means of support. But groups around the world are finding unique, organic and sustainable solutions that push back desertification.
The House of Representative’s lopsided version of the Farm Bill has failed, and advocates for the needy and environmental programs say they are glad. Even the Secretary of Agriculture says the bill was mean-spiritedly (not in so many words of course) wouldn’t have done enough to help rural America (read: small farmers).
Farm Bill. The words fall like an Ambien. But avoid all knowledge of what’s within this $1 trillion package, and you’ll miss out. Do you want GMO labeling, a better deal for organic farmers? Would you like to see Monsanto get slapped for sneaky dealings? Follow the action as Congress plows forward.
Tigers, extinct? It’s not only possible, it’s likely, especially in the many nations that have yet to take action on behalf of this majestic animal.
As our population grows and energy needs rise (presumably) energy companies are increasingly beating on the door of the government for new places to operate.
Drip line irrigation is a great idea for gardeners who want to save water and grow plants successfully.
By soaking the ground with water, the drip line approach mimics the effect of a gentle soaking rain, instead of battering leaves with a harsh jet of water like so many sprinkler systems do. More importantly, by slowly delivering the water to the soil and plants and not spraying it overhead the air, a drip line system can better target, and thereby reduce, the water needed for landscape or edible plants.
Aahhhh. Another beautiful fall day. Another leaf blower. BZZZZZZZZ!
Suggested New Thought Bubble: Wait a minute, what am I doing with this silly, ineffectual, dirty-emissions gadget? I’m an American, I should be conserving gasoline*, not squandering it. We’re at war in the Middle East! What was I thinking? My parents would have known better during WWII.
(* or electricity for plug-in leaf blower owners.)