Blog Highlights 8/27/12 to 8/31/12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: Farming Among the Waste in Cameroon – In Cameroon, where rains have been scarce, farming in urban environments using waste water has become popular despite health risks. From Katrina to Isaac – How Much Has Hurricane Forecasting Improved? – A look at the technological advances that have happened since Hurricane Katrina along with input from several hurricane experts! Arctic Sea Ice – a Clear Warning – Jon Taylor from the Huffington Post gives us his view on why this summer’s massive Arctic Sea ice loss should be a major warning to us about global warming. China Surpasses US to Become Number One in Wind Power – China has truly embraced wind power and has now out paced the U.S. as the world’s number 1 producer! Video: America Revealed: Cow Power – In our continuing video series, this segment shows us how excess cow manure is being turned into electricity. All while reining in greenhouse gas outputs! What Will It Take? – John M. Broder of The New York Times asks “What will it take for climate change to get on the political radar?” New Ocean Scorecard Gives World a 60% – A breakdown of how we as a population are doing for our ocean’s ability to benefit both nature and people. Texans Using Guns to Resist Smart Meter Installations – Finally, Texans method to ward off Smart Meter technology. Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...

America Revealed: Cow Power

America Revealed is a program on PBS that seeks to take a look at what makes up the America we know. The program focuses on giving its viewers “a fascinating new perspective on the hidden patterns and rhythms of American life, by looking through the eyes of individuals who all play a part in keeping America fed, moving, powered and making goods.” The series is hosted by Yul Kwon, best known as winner of Survivor: Cook Islands and also technology expert and communications attorney. This segment, Cow Power, shows us how cow manure is being turned into electricity. The clips from this series were taken from PBS.org and were not changed in any way from their original form. Watch Cow Power on PBS. See more from America...

Headlines 8/29/2012

Hi all!  Here are the headlines for this week.  There’s a theme that will show up towards the end – see if you can guess it. Great Interactive Drought Tool on the New York Times.  Fun to play with. Spain’s Crisis Reignites Old Social Conflict:  “The resentment here over land that has been left uncultivated at a time of deepening recession and record joblessness reaches beyond local politicians and landowners to European Union bureaucrats. Agricultural subsidies are criticized by many here as favoring landed interests, paying them not to grow crops when nearly a third of the work force in Andalusia is unemployed.” Breakfast in America, The Real Cost of Corn:  A smart and accurate breakdown of just how much money the rising price of corn is adding to your grocery bill.  Excellent numbers!  A must read. What is the Fate for Drought Impacted Farmers?  Video from Bloomberg.  This drought is putting farmers out of business at a time when we need more of them.  I’m also wondering what impact this drought will have on younger people considering farming as a career. Food Shortages Could Force World into Vegetarianism:   “There will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes towards diets common in western nations,” the report by Malik Falkenmark and colleagues at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) said.  There will be just enough water if the proportion of animal-based foods is limited to 5% of total calories and considerable regional water deficits can be met by a … reliable...

Carolyn Baker to be featured on our FREE webinar

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 11th, when we will be joined by author and speaker Dr. Carolyn Baker!  We are very excited and honored to be bringing Dr. Baker to you – she is the author of several books, including “Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition,” and “Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse.”  Carolyn will be speaking to emotional and spiritual preparation for navigating a world in crisis and change.  Please visit her website at carolynbaker.net. We at Nourish the Planet are working to bring you the best difference-makers through our free webinar series – and we are lining up incredible guests like James Howard Kunstler, author of “The Long Emergency,” and most recently “Too Much Magic.”  Stay tuned for more information on our growing list of great guests. Check back soon for the registration link for this great FREE...

Blog Highlights 8.20.12 to 8.24.12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: Chart: A Valuable View of Trends in New U.S. Electric Power Sources – A telling look into America’s energy use trends and power sources. 26 Things We Can All Agree On – David DeFranza of TreeHugger creates a terrific graphic list of things everyone can agree on! Tomato Plant Types – This blog from Katie Schemering, our very own Aquaponics Intern talks about her internship and what she’s learned about Tomatoes while growing them. What Critics of Wind Power’s Incentive Miss – Denise Bode of the Huffington Post defends wind power and government subsidy of all alternative energy. New Report Lauds Intel, HP, Apple for Manufacturing with Conflict-Free Minerals – ““conflict minerals” are to electronics what blood diamonds are to jewelry” Is your favorite electronic provider on this is list? On the Radar: Arctic Sea Ice Melt – With this year’s scorcher of a summer, how has the temperature impacted arctic ice? Why West Nile Virus Is a Self-Inflicted Wound – Due to climate change and geographical economics the West Nile Virus outbreak we have had this summer may not be an isolated event. Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...