By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is alarming to say the least. It’s scary to think that a city in a developed nation can be so deprived of clean water that it becomes a national crisis. It serves as a clear warning that we should be aware of our effect on the environment and the resources like water that are essential for our survival.
A lot of people think that in the future, we’ll fight wars over water instead of oil. The crisis in Flint and the water shortage in Cape Town, South Africa show that we should not exploit or take this life-sustaining resource for granted. At any time, it could disappear or become too polluted for us to use. Continue reading Flint Water Activist Awarded Environmental Prize
By Hilde Larsen, Wake Up World
Allowing greatness into your life is brave. Being successful is brave. Being inspiring to yourself and others is brave.
Successful people are inspiring people, and they are like magnets. They draw attention, curiosity and interest. People want some of it to rub off on them, and they might even want a part of their limelight. They become hot topics of discussion, and they present as leaders in their fields. Continue reading Are You Allowing Greatness and Success? 10 Ways to Live a Life of Bravery
By Fattima Mahdi, Truth Theory
A serendipitous discovery by scientists at the University of Portsmouth may help in the future fight against plastic pollution.
The story began in Japan in 2016, when a team of researchers found that there was a bacteria present in bottle-trash sites that produced an enzyme that was efficient in “degrading and assimilating” PET, a type of plastic often used in bottles that persists in the environment for hundreds of years. Scientists dubbed the enzyme PETase and it became a foundation for future studies. Continue reading Scientists Accidentally Discover Enzyme That Digests Plastic
By Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution
In the Pacific ocean North East of Hawaii, exists a giant whirlpool of debris accumulated by the ocean currents, which is now scientifically referred to as the North Pacific Gyre. It’s one of the largest ecosystems on Earth, comprising millions of square kilometres. Today it’s better known as “The Great Garbage Patch,” an area the size of Queensland, Australia, where tonnes of plastic is spread throughout the ocean. Continue reading A Huge Crowd Funded Machine Is About To Start Cleaning Up The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
By Alex Pietrowski, Waking Times
In recent years we’ve learned a great deal about the dangers of sugars, even finding out that research was compromised in the 1970’s, misleading the world about its dangers. It is as addictive as cocaine, it is linked to diabetes and many doctors and scientists believe that it may be the leading cause of cancer worldwide.
In and of itself, that’s a lot of bad press, but a new study serves as a warning to pregnant women and new mothers, suggesting that sugar may actually be to blame for poor childhood cognition. That’s right, sugar consumption may be dumbing down children, negatively affecting cognitive abilities and speech functions. Continue reading New Study Warns that Processed Sugar Consumption May be Dumbing Down Young Children
By Dr. Joseph Mercola, Wake Up World
Plastic has become an incredibly harmful convenience, now threatening environmental and human health alike, and in more ways than one.
Let’s analyze the impact bottled water has had on our planet. There’s the issue of bulk plastics in our landfills, where it will remain indefinitely since most plastic does not biodegrade,1 and microplastics — microscopic pieces of degraded plastic — which now choke waterways across the globe and contaminate drinking water and sea life.
On top of that, there are the chemicals used in the production of plastic, many of which have hormone-mimicking activity, thereby threatening animal and human health, including reproductive health. Disturbingly, recent tests reveal most bottled water contains microplastic pollution2 — contamination thought to originate from the manufacturing process of the bottles and caps. Continue reading Most Bottled Water Brands Contaminated with Microplastics
By Steve Beckow, Golden Age of Gaia
There’s a basic context that I haven’t yet gotten and am only dimly getting. But getting it is well worth the effort.
It’s a shift between what Werner Erhard called a “me-or-you world” to what he called a “me-and-you world.”
I’m so thoroughly trained in me-or-you that I forget to be me-and-you within five minutes of remembering. Continue reading Bliss, Saedor, and a You-and-Me World
By Michaal Parkes, Waking Times
Whether you love or hate tattoos, they are a portal into the psyche and history of the people who get inked. Tribes, prisons, countries, pirates, sporting teams, relationships with lovers, mothers, fathers, sons and daughter are all present in the portraits people paint on their skin. The faces of people of the past, symbols of significance, landscapes of cities and countries are all wonderfully depicted through art on skin. You only need to take a moment to ask people why they selected the type of tattoo to understand a bit more about that person beliefs, life experiences or identity.
Tattoo have been a part our history from the beginnings of known history of man with the recent discovery of a tattoo on an Egyptian mummy this approximately 5,200 years old. Even though it had been in a museum for 100 years, the tattoos were only just noticed using infrared light, with academics seeking to understand more about the mummy’s identity through the symbolism of the tattoos. Continue reading Tattoo Culture and the Search for Identity
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A California Appellate Court sided with the State of California and Center for Food Safety (CFS) on Thursday, affirming that Monsanto’s glyphosate pesticide can be listed as a known carcinogen under Proposition 65.
Monsanto’s lawsuit challenged the 2015 announcement by California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) that it intended to list glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup, under California’s landmark Proposition 65. Continue reading California Defeats Monsanto in Court to List Glyphosate as Carcinogen
By Amanda Froelich, Truth Theory
In February of this year, Khun Amy Bushell witnessed a disturbing sight. While visiting Lanta Island, she came across a malnourished elephant tied to a tree in blistering heat. Immediately, she contacted the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand. Volunteers with the organization made preparations to visit the elephant, named Phang Duan. Continue reading Malnourished, 55-Year-Old Elephant Tied To Tree Finally Rescued By Volunteers