The burgeoning commercial use of hydroponics – the growing of plants in water without the use of soil – has led to the development of aquaponics, where fish are raised in the plant water, suppling the bulk of needed nutrients without the need of constant monitoring and the frequent adding of outside supplements. In commercial applications, large-scale tanks are used and thousands of fish are raised, supplying nutrients to large agricultural crops.
Now, however, you can combine this economical and ecologically friendly method of growing of house plants with the additional hobby of maintaining a home aquarium, enhancing your green linving and raising your favorite tropical fish, with the home aquaponic Water Garden.
A low-maintenance, mini aquaponics ecosystem, the Water Garden is a self-cleaning fish tank that grows organic sprouts and herbs. The fish feed the plants and plants clean the water, Continue reading
The U.S. Drought Monitor, established in 1999, is a composite index that includes many weather and drought indicators and it produces the drought map that policymakers and media use in discussions of drought and in allocating drought relief. It is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Maps courtesy of NDMC-UNL.
Here is their most current map of drought conditions in the United States, released April 20, 2017 (Click map to enlarge).
One can easily see many areas of continuing drought throughout the country, including areas of severe and extreme drought.
The U.S. Drought Monitor has five definitions of drought severity: Continue reading
I first read about and began writing about Solar Roadways almost two years ago, and I had the opportunity of bringing this new technology to the attention of some of the consultants working on the new General Plan for the future of my city of residence, West Covina, Ca. While little has been heard regarding advances in the development of Solar Roadways recently, at least in the United States, this week a significant new development has occurred, with the state of Missouri now involved in a plan to redevelop an existing and popular roadway with this new technology. This would be a significant advance in Green Living and pro-environment benefits for all of
|today’s society, as a single popular road rebuilt in this fashion could spur the widespread utilization of Solar Roadway panels and the further reduction of the demand for fossil fuels.
The Missouri project, a test that is very limited in scope, will involve the rebuilding of a portion of historic Route 66 near Conway, MO, with the solar panels, with the promise of producing
enough energy to power a nearby rest stop. Continue reading
Take your green living on the road with you for your next trip, with Eco-Friendly luggage! From McBrine Luggage, comes this stylish and durable luggage set that features each piece with an ABS shell manufactured from 50% recycled materials. Contemporary style and plenty of storage space among the three pieces, this Eco-Friendly luggage will make your next trip that much more satisfying.
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The ingenious Eco Living Wall modular system is created from recycled HDPE-like milk jugs and detergent bottles and provides a planter frame for you to plant your own, customized wall of green in a size and style to suit your space, enhancing your green living experience.
- Crafted from 100% Recycled HDPE Plastic
- Each is 15.7” Sq. x 5.5” D
- Features a water dispersal system – fill the reservoir with water at the top of the frame, and it will slowly drain into each separate cell
- With The Eco Living Wall, water dispersal system, your plants can be watered while it hangs
Arrange several Eco Living Walls for a dramatic and stylish interior design element that embodies your commitment to green living.
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Five years after the earthquake-tsunami caused destruction of Japan’s Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant, the world seems to have put the issue of nuclear contamination and the hundreds of time bombs percolating in most corners of the world out of sight and out of mind. Unfortunately, this is a monumental mistake on the part of most people, but it is tempered by by clearer thinking officials who, at least here in California and in some other US states, are taking some needed, though slow-motion, actions.
While little about Fukushima has been seen in the main stream US
|media over the past few years, the tragedy continues virtually unabated, and the risks are now greater than ever, with no viable solution or resolution in sight.
Today somewhere beneath the three devastated nuclear reactors are over 600 tons of melted radioactive fuel, and officials have neither any real idea exactly where the 600 tons are located, nor how to proceed
with removal and decontamination. Remember, Fukushima is on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, and since March 11, 2011, debris and radiation have been continually released in to the waters of the Pacific, Continue reading
Back in December of 2013, I wrote “The Plastisphere”, about the giant colonies of microbe-infested plastic remnants that have grown and continue to grown in the world’s oceans. This is a monumental problem as sea life and water fowl feed off of them, leading to their suffering and death, and spreading bacteria even to humans.
But now recent studies have determined new and additional crises in the growing contamination of the oceans by plastic.
Several studies recently conducted through the Ellen MacArthur Foundation have investigated this ongoing process, including the latest one, “The New Plastics Economy – Rethinking the future of plastics”, a product of Project MainStream, conducted under the auspices of the World Economic Forum.* Their reports of these studies advocate for the New Plastics Economy initiative and the “circular” economy, making the re-use of plastics a singular priority. Their reports show that goods worth over $2.6 trillion annually are sent to the world’s landfills and incineration plants, including 32% of plastic packaging that escapes collection systems. And much of this eventually ends up in the world’s oceans. Continue reading
With global climate change having devastating effects on weather conditions throughout the world, one of the most significant ongoing results has been widespread drought conditions throughout many areas of the United States. In California, we are in year four of the worst drought in the state’s recorded history, resulting in unprecedented restrictions on water usage and a plethora of projects designed to conserve, protect and transport the state’s limited water resources. With the impending El Nino conditions about to reach the US, contrary to popular belief, much of the affected areas will suffer worsening drought conditions, as at the same time some areas will receive significant and needed, but short-lived, rainfall. While parts of California, for example, will likely receive substantial rainfall, parts of the state, much of the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountain region, the Great Lakes area and the Ohio Valley, will all see worsening rather than improving drought conditions. Continue reading