Welcome to round eleven of our (normally!) Weekly Linkfest, where we share the good, the bad, the ugly and the just plain interesting from what we’ve seen this week.
I would greatly appreciate readers getting involved in this weekly linkfest. Please email editor (at) permaculturenews.org with links (and ideally a summary sentence outlining the key point of each link) to noteworthy articles and news reports on the internet.
A big thank you to Øyvind for his contributions to this week’s linkfest!
Off we go:
Good News (coz we all need it):
- Good Monsanto news! Worries about birth defects have affected their stocks. Lets hope the real news on all their activities continues to erode their value on the market.
- Vietnamese fruit growers, are using a bug bait developed by Australian researchers and made from the waste of beer brewing. Trust the aussies to develop a another great use for beer!
- The UK is now producing more off shore wind power than the rest of the world put together with the launch of their new 100-turbine off-shore wind turbine.
- Paris and Milan have set up free town water fountains that offer chilled, room temp and sparking town water for free in an effort to curb plastic bottle waste.
- Very cool chain-less bike design that is more efficient than traditional bikes.
- More people waking up to the importance of the rain forests and their ability to create rain. This article has dubbed the amazon a "self-contained cloud-producing biogeochemcial reactor"
Bad News (coz we need to understand the challenges if we’re to design our way out of them):
- GM Salmon. I don’t think I need to explain why this isn’t a good idea (Craig already has), but the US is likely to approve the Franken-fish. The FDA is to hold a public hearing on these mutants.
- Yet another cause for GMO concern – GM maize ‘has polluted rivers across the United States’. BT corn’s cellular level pesticides are floating free in the nation’s river systems….
- Massive Coral Bleaching Damages 95% of Corals in Philippines due to elevated temperatures in the Indian Ocean. You probably know the environmental significance of this but even the economic impact is shocking. The reefs are valued at $172 Billion dollars to the world economy. Hopefully the economists start to see the value of our natural capital and start fighting with us.
- A major commercial highway has been approved by the government in Tanzania. Set to cut through the Serengeti national park it will have devastating effects on one of the most significant migration paths in the world.
- One fifth of the world’s plants risks extinction. A new study reveals: "Researchers have sampled almost 4,000 species, and conclude that 22% should be classified as "threatened" – the same alarming rate as for mammals." "A further 33% of species were too poorly understood to be assessed."
- How the Food Industry Fights to Keep Us Sick (Video).
- Why Conservation Won’t Save the World’s Forests (Video).
- The Atlantic Garbage Patch found to be almost as big as the Pacific Garbage Patch (see also).
Just plain interesting or odd (coz we’re curious creatures):
- A good lesson in how we can all get along – This fisherman has a relationship with a crocodile that can likened to most people’s relationship with their dog!
- Inhabitat reader build his own Sustainable Home in Ghana.
- Deodorant May Help Save Stinky Endangered Birds.
- This article is about the discovery that there are three species of Civets that were once thought to be the same. More interesting though is that I discovered they are used to process the world’s most expensive coffee through digestion – coming in at $100 a cup!
Don’t forget to send me your links for next week’s linkfest!! – editor (at) permaculturenews.org