Blog – Page 186 – Eco Snippets

So You Wanna Pick A Fight With A Bear?

Looking to pick a fight with a bear? Well, we wish you good luck with that, but just incase… According to Stephen Colbert, bears are the number one threat to America today. Sure, bears look cute when they’re rummaging through a garbage can looking for food, but don’t let their cuteness lull you into carnal […]

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Franken Seeds – Hybrid Seeds vs GMOs

Hybrid Seeds. Genetically-modified (GMO) seeds. Heirloom seeds. The labels often confuse people. Not a single day passes without some well-meaning reader leaving a comment like this one: “GMOs are perfectly safe. Farmers and gardeners have been cross-breeding seeds like this for thousands of years. Take off your tinfoil hats, people!” Um… no. Just no. Farmers […]

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Food Shortages Could Force World Into Vegetarianism

Water scarcity’s effect on food production means radical steps will be needed to feed population expected to reach 9bn by 2050. Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world’s population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 […]

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How To Make Your Own Vinegar

So you finally found that bottle of crappy wine that rolled under the couch a couple of years ago after THAT crazy night. And it just so happens you’ve got a bright idea to try and make your own vinegar? Well, great idea, why not. Here’s what you’re gonna need… A gallon jug of crappy wine. Good wine also works, by […]

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Need A Wash? Make Some Castile Soap…

Bit smelly? Need a good wash? Why not make some castile soap. If you happen to have stinky people with sensitive skin, you could make them a bar of Castile soap, which is a pure olive oil soap, free from sodium lauryl sulphate; a.k.a. SLS. This soap is a gentle and mild cleanser. People who have […]

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Rain Water Storage Barrel System

Rain barrels collect rainfall and store it, so that it can be used later. There are 3 main components – The roof, the barrel, and the hose. These are not always a roof, barrel, and hose, but those functions will be present in almost every system (collection, storage, and output). A very common setup is […]

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Out Treckking? Dont Get Caught In The Dark Again…

Out trekking and need to setup camp before the sun goes down? Lost your watch? Don’t get caught short. Here’s how you can roughly determine how much daylight is left using nothing but your own digits. Simply count the finger widths between the sun and the horizon. Each finger is equivalent to 15 minutes, with […]

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Human Activity Is Still Killing Right Whales

Human activity is still killing right whales, one of the most endangered animals in the ocean. An analysis of four decades of whale deaths shows that attempts to prevent them have not had a demonstrable impact. Only around 460 North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) are thought to be swimming the waters off the eastern […]

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Growing Up To 72 Plants In A 55 Gallon Drum

Gardening space at a premium? Well here’s an interesting idea. Go poke a bunch of holes in a 55 Gallon drum and you’ve just gone and got your own vertical garden that can grow up to 72 individual plants! A great and cheap solution to really increase the growing capacity of your crops in limited space areas […]

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