Just How Stressed Out Is Your Drinking Water?

DroughtWaterIndex_640If you're truly into scary things—and I'm not talking about the latest schlocky Hollywood horror film, but true fright, at least from a global resources perspective—scroll through data culled by high-end risk management consultants.

Take Maplecroft, for example. Their Global Risk Portfolio emphasizes political upheaval, human right "dilemmas," and ranks nations most at-risk due to the changing climate and water shortages.  (more…)

Official EU research verifies bee holocaust caused by dangerous man-made poisons, Big Ag and Big Government do nothing

Rally calling on the EU to ban the use of bee poisons and other pesticides in Brussels

(NaturalNews) A class of insecticide chemicals commonly applied to rapeseed, also known as canola here in the U.S., as well as sugar beets, corn, and various other crops is killing off bee populations across the globe, and a prominent environmental watchdog group is now demanding that these insecticides be immediately pulled from the market. As reported by the U.K.'s Daily Mail, a report issued by the U.K.'s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) confirms that neonicotinoid insecticides are to blame for mass bee die-offs. (more…)

The ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Goes Local: Law Would Block Counties From Banning GMOs

oregonmonsantoFresh off a big win in Congress, the pro-GMO lobby is working its legislative magic again—this time at the state level.

If passed, an Oregon law would prevent individual towns and counties from regulating the planting, production and sale of genetically engineered crops and products. Behind Oregon's Senate Bill 633—which could come to a vote as early as the end of this week—are cleverly named advocacy groups like Oregonians for Food and Shelter, which actually are lobbyist groups for biotech giants that produce GMO seeds. (more…)

Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies to Your Garden

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Where: Strawberry Plains Audubon Center
When: Saturday, May 4th (1pm)
Cost: $5 per person

Join our native plant and interpretive garden specialist, Kristin Lamberson, as she reveals simple steps you can take to transform your home garden, back patio, or lawn into a sanctuary for hummingbirds and butterflies. Learn what vital role spiders and their webs play in the lives of ruby-throated hummingbirds and discover what host plants provide valuable nourishment for young monarchs, swallowtails, and more. (more…)

Risky, Riskier and Riskiest: The Meats Most Likely to Make You Sick

steak_2If avoiding a foodborne illness were your top concern, which would you choose to eat: chicken nuggets or piece of grilled chicken? A slice of ham or piece of meatloaf?

When it comes to deadly pathogens, it turns out that some of the meats we love most are also the ones that carry a greater risk of sending you to the hospital. That’s according to a new report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) that the ranks 12 categories of meat and poultry which pose the greatest risk of causing serious illness. The list is based on information derived from examining 33,000 cases of foodborne illness. (more…)

IBM Solar Collector Harnesses the Power of 2,000 Suns

ibmsolarA team of IBM researchers is working on a solar concentrating dish that will be able to collect 80% of incoming sunlight and convert it to useful energy. The High Concentration Photovoltaic Thermal system will be able to concentrate the power of 2,000 suns while delivering fresh water and cool air wherever it is built. As an added bonus, IBM states that the system would be just one third the cost third of current comparable technologies. (more…)