BREAKING: Hold on Keystone – Fracking Next?

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2.5 million outraged public comments and one honest state (Nebraska) — the Administration is, for the very first time, feeling the weight of collective intelligence both individual and state. Is fracking next?

US Puts off Decision on Keystone XL Pipeline

The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely.

In a surprise announcement Friday as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught decision — but declined to say how much longer. Officials said the decision will have to wait for the dust to settle in Nebraska, where a judge in February overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline’s path through the state.

State Department Indefinitely Delays Keystone XL Pipeline Decision

“In addition, during this time we will review and appropriately consider the unprecedented number of new public comments, approximately 2.5 million, received during the public comment period that closed on March 7, 2014,” the State Department said.

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Apr 18

Sepp Hasslberger: Giant Basket Gathers Drinking Water from Dry Atmosphere

Categories: 12 Water
Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

Great design and great technology … water from the air!

A Giant Basket That Uses Condensation to Gather Drinking Water

Around the world, 768 million people don’t have access to safe water, and every day 1,400 children under the age of five die from water-based diseases. Designer Arturo Vittori believes the solution to this catastrophe lies not in high technology, but in sculptures that look like giant-sized objects from the pages of a Pier 1 catalog.

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His stunning water towers stand nearly 30 feet tall and can collect over 25 gallons of potable water per day by harvesting atmospheric water vapor. Called WarkaWater towers, each pillar is comprised of two sections: a semi-rigid exoskeleton built by tying stalks of juncus or bamboo together and an internal plastic mesh, reminiscent of the bags oranges come in. The nylon and polypropylene fibers act as a scaffold for condensation, and as the droplets of dew form, they follow the mesh into a basin at the base of the structure.

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Water @ Phi Beta Iota

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Mar 29

Eagle: Food Costs Soar – Revolution in the Air

300 Million Talons...

300 Million Talons…

Food Costs Soar Following Severe Worldwide Drought

Food prices are expected to see their biggest annual increase in the past three years thanks mostly to devastating drought conditions all over the world. Dry conditions mean poor crop production; poor crop production means fewer livestock; and fewer livestock means higher prices for meats and dairy at the grocery store. That plus a pinch on products like cocoa, sugar, wheat, rice and especially coffee have the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting a big bump in food costs.

Higher meat and dairy prices are mostly the culprits in the United States, thanks in part to ongoing drought conditions in the Midwest and Great Plains that have forced ranchers to cull their herds rather than pay exorbitant prices to feed the animals. Inflation of corn and soybean products could be managed if farmers receive favorable conditions for their crops this summer, in turn driving down prices of animal feed as well as products for human consumption. Still, consumers could pay as much as $1 more per gallon for milk at the store to compensate for low supplies mixed with high demand.

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Mar 19

Sepp Hasslberger: Water Purification Disc

Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

We need technology that makes the lives of the poor easier – got enough high tech gadgets. Here’s a decidedly smart but low tech way of doing water purification…

Students Invent Water Purification Disc That Could Revolutionize Clean Water Access – Video 3min

Students at the University of Virginia have developed a new way of purifying water that they say could bring improved water quality for millions in the developing world.  It’s called a Madi Drop. Field testing begins this month in South Africa.

What’s created is called a MadiDrop – a ceramic disc infused with silver.

When dropped in water, silver ions, which are atoms that have an electrical charge,, are released to purify the water.  And, testing here at the University of Virginia shows clean, safe water.

“It’s not just about making a really great technology that effectively removes or kills bacteria and pathogens.  It’s about making a low cost, simple to use one, tailored to people in developing countries who don’t have many resources,” said Beeta Ehdaie, a doctoral candidate at UVA.

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Mar 4

SchwartzReport: California Exports Virtual Water to China While Killing Less Influential Farmers

Categories: 03 Economy,12 Water
Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Water is destiny. Here is a view of water you may not have considered. It gets virtually no coverage in the U.S.

California Drought: Why Farmers Are ‘Exporting Water’ to China
ALASTAIR LEITHEAD – BBC News (U.K.)

Phi Beta Iota: “Virtual water” is a vital aspect of true cost economics as pioneered by Herman Daly. Governments that do not do true cost economics are in constant betrayal of the public trust.

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Feb 22

SchwartzReport: Mass Media Ignores Coal Industry Atrocities — Another West Virginia Water Poisoning

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

I find it very telling that corporate media gives so little coverage to the ecological disasters that seem to be coming one a week. Did you even know this one had happened? We are destroying the environment and our own health and, it is virtually a secret.

Yet Another Coal Industry Spill Is Destroying West Virginia’s Water
LINDSAY ABRAMS – Salon

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Feb 14

SchwartzReport: Obesity Linked to Antibiotics?

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Here for the first time we see a possible explanation for the explosion of Obesity, and the connection between the rampant overuse of antibiotics and our deeply sick industrial agriculture system. Once again it demonstrates the profit of the few over the wellness of the many. Our society is dying because we either cannot or will not commit to social policies that prioritize national wellness.

Obesity in the United States – Dysbiosis From Exposure to Low-dose Antibiotics?
Lee W. Riley, Eva Raphael, and Eduardo Faerstein, Division of Infectious Disease and Vaccinology, School of Public Health, University of California – Frontiers in Public Health

Phi Beta Iota: Obesity is a cultural outcome of social decay and a mix of corporate and government irresponsibility. It has many causes. What does not exist today in accessible form to the public is a true cost analysis of corrupt agriculture, corrupt energy, corrupt water, and corrupt everything these — obesity is symptom of a society that has lost its mind and soul.

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Obesity @ Phi Beta Iota

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Feb 8

SchwartzReport: Fracking Is Using up Billions of Gallons of Water in the Places That Need it Most

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Once again, as has been true of so many other situations, we see in this report the profit for the few trumping the wellbeing of the many. It is literally killing American society, destroying the middle class, and corrupting our democracy. What continues to amaze me is how loyal Red state voters are to those who are degrading their lives.

Fracking Is Using up Billions of Gallons of Water in the Places That Need it Most
LINDSAY ABRAMS, Assistant Editor – Salon

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Feb 7

SchwartzReport: West Virginia Water Contains Formaldehyde

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Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

This story is so sad and demoralizing. The truth is West Virginia is essentially a carbon energy plantation not a state. And West Virginians, rather than develop alternative employment opportunities, have been brainwashed into feeling a kind of fierce pride in their subjugation.

West Virginia Water Contains Formaldehyde, Official Says
KILEY KROH – Climate Progress

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Water @ Phi Beta Iota

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Feb 6

SchwartzReport: U.S. Needs $354 Billion To Repair Decrepit Pipes And Keep Drinking Water Clean

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You will remember the piece I ran a few days ago showing that the repair of our water infrastructure would produce far more jobs and income than than an oil pipeline. Here is further information on this. Look at the wastage that is going on, and the systems that are close to collapse. The nation’s infrastructure is literally breaking down. I hope! this will become a restoration trend in this country. Without it we are going to be in serious trouble.

The U.S. Needs $354 Billion To Repair Decrepit Pipes And Keep Drinking Water Clean
AVIVA SHEN – Think Progress

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Feb 2