Today is World Cleanup Day. Volunteers in 150 countries will pick up trash from beaches, rivers, forests and streets.  Millions of people will “achieve incredible things by joining together”, starting in New Zealand and ending 36 hours later in Hawaii. According to the World Cleanup Day website, the event’s “beauty lies in cooperation and collaboration: […]

Our world needs to be inclusive of individuals from all walks of life. Who would disagree? This statement appears in a WebsitePlanet blog post entitled, “Over 96% of Government Websites Hide Disabled Men and Women on Their Site” (4 July 2018). WebsitePlanet is on a mission to achieve equality and promote inclusion online in order […]

What has changed the lives of a whole bunch of people? A wild shrub with yellow flowers that grows like a weed in humid tropical areas. The plant, called Tithonia diversifolia, can be used as a fertilizer to increase cereal or vegetable yields. Made into “green manure”, its effects are equivalent to those produced by […]

Portugal is using goats to keep wildfires at bay. Goats grazing on arid land eat the dry brush that helps fires spread easily. They also trample the grass, which makes it less likely to burn. The goats are being used to feed on the vegetation in areas that are highly susceptible to catching on fire, […]

Photo: Vmenkov

One way to eliminate artificial fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides is to let ducks paddle in rice fields and waddle in vineyards. In what is now called integrated duck farming, specially raised ducks are put into rice paddies and fields to weed the areas and eat insects. At the same time, their manure becomes organic plant food.  Farming […]

Bacteria can fight such medical conditions as cancer, obesity and diabetes, acne, and malaria. Each person’s skin and large intestine harbor a complex array of microorganisms, called microbiota, that affect many aspects of their health and physiology, the way in which a living organism or bodily part functions. Recent studies show that some of these bacteria […]

This man, Arunachalam Muruganantham, had not intended to start a revolution in India or do something for the betterment of society. He simply noticed that his wife was using a dirty rag as a sanitary pad, thought it would be easy to walk into a drugstore and buy her a menstrual pad, and was hit hard […]

Photo: Phoenix Solar AG

Passed is the time when the economists and politicians told us renewable energy was too expensive to pursue. Renewables, such as wind, solar and hydroelectric systems that generate electricity with no associated air pollution emissions, now appear as a cheap, and clean, alternative to traditional fossil fuels. Even Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, is […]

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.”

Henry Ford

It’s a simple concept. 4Ocean is doing a phenomenal job cleaning up the oceans using funds from the sale of its 4Ocean bracelets. According to 4Ocean’s website, the bracelet is made from recycled materials and “every bracelet purchased funds the removal of 1 pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines. In less than 2 years, […]