—World Bank issues hunger warning after droughts in U.S. and Europe
◊ “The situation in the U.S. [affects] … food stocks and prices internationally, as the country is the world’s primary supplier of both corn and soybeans”(1), and “the world’s biggest wheat exporter.”(2)
◊ “Blistering heat in the US has destroyed 45% of the corn and 35% of the soya bean crop.” (3) “The National Climatic Data Center reported the mainland U.S has experienced the warmest 12 months since record-keeping began in 1895.”(4) In some U.S. states The National Weather Service says condition “resemble the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s.”(5)
1. International Food Prices Again at Record Levels
The true economy has got to come back into balance with the very biosphere that sustains us. We need cleaner sources of energy, more efficient machines and less polluting production methods that are also less energy intensive,
We want a clean future. There has to be a revolution… but it has to be a revolution of consciousness.
Marine Drone Concept Collects Plastic Waste To Clean The Ocean
Finally a robot doing something useful and not just singing and dancing…not that those things aren’t fun to watch!
Plastic bag is a very useful item for consumers due to its durability and stability, however plastic also raises a problem in marine environments. If you take a walk along any beach anywhere in the world, you’ll notice there are many drifting plastic trash washed ashore. The growth of plastic waste in the ocean is already at alarming rate, this Marine Drone concept has been especially designed to provide an innovative way to collect plastic waste and clean the oceans.
Together with other drones this vehicle will catch plastic or any other waste using its special sensor to improve its ability to collect plastic waste. In order to keep fish away and accidentally trapped in the net, this Marine Drone is equipped with an infrasound system. The high powered batteries allow this drone to stay in the water for more than 2 weeks. These industrial designers have done extensive research in naval technology to come up with credible concept marine drone.
—’HUGE’ WATER RESOURCE EXISTS UNDER AFRICA: Scientists say the notoriously dry continent of Africa is sitting on a vast reservoir of groundwater.
• Researchers from the British Geological Survey and University College London (UCL) have mapped in detail the amount and potential yield of this groundwater resource across the continent.
•The scientists collated their information from existing hydro-geological maps from national governments as well as 283 aquifer studies.
The researchers say their new maps indicate that many countries currently designated as “water scarce” have substantial groundwater reserves.
• Across Africa more than 300 million people are said not to have access to safe drinking water. Demand for water is set to grow markedly in coming decades due to population growth and the need for irrigation to grow crops.
By Matt McGrath; Science reporter, BBC World Service
• THERE’S NO TOMORROW —This animation provides a wealth of information about the current outlook on global consumption; infinite growth on a finite planet, resource depletion and the possible outcomes.
“Fracking is controversial because it injects millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth in order to break up shale rock and release natural gas. Many feel this extraction process raises a myriad of human health and environmental issues.”– Source @DemocracyNow –Friday, Nov 04, 2011
“Water is a commodity, you might not think it is when you have ti but and its good. But when you loose it it’s gone […] Potential benefits need to be balanced against acceptable risks for that you need facts.”–Source @ BBC (World News America): Fracking