Wow, king crabs are moving to Antarctica for the first time. They hadn’t gone there before simply because it was too cold for them.
The last major block has been removed. In five years, all bulbs could be LEDs.
Would you rather live somewhere that’s hot or somewhere that’s cold?
Did you know you can cook food in your compost pile?
Check out the bag monster from my home town!
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Now here’s a slideshow for you: Beautiful Seaslugs
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I’ve never thought about this, but it’s true. Electricity that we’re so dependent on is completely artificial and not sustainable in any way. Here’s why. A human being, lying down, uses 90 Joules every second (i.e. Watts). Back in the days when people were hunter-gatherers, they used about 250 Joules per second, hunting down prey. What about a modern American? 500 Joules? Maybe 1000 Joules?
Another week has passed.
- In a never-ending (or is it?) race to find more oil, Russia is going to drill in the Arctic Ocean. I have no words for it.
- Continuing from last week’s TBS, this report (PDF) deals with a survey of 173 bottled water products and states that 18% fail to list their source, 32% do not disclose any information about the treatment or purity of their water, and 13% even provide “water quality” reports that contain no testing results. Given that 44% of bottled water is believed to be sourced from the tap, they conclude that the best water to drink (if you want to actually know what it is you’re drinking) is filtered tap water.
Welcome to the first edition of Tuesday’s Broccoli Soup (TBS). It’s going to be a regular feature of permablogger and it’ll incorporate everything interesting and worth mentioning that happened in the world of permaculture during the course of the previous week.
- US Congress spent at least $860,000 between April 2009 and March 2010 on bottled water alone. Wow! That averages to about $2,000 per member per year. But the costs for purchasing bottled watter are just the tip of the iceberg. Every year the fees for disposing empty bottles cost governments at least $42 million! And what’s more 44% of bottled water is sourced from the tap. [Read more...]