All posts from Derek Markham

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Waste for Life: Alleviating Poverty with Waste

Turning trash into resources and helping to alleviate poverty at the same time is an audacious goal, but an organization called Waste for Life has taken it on. The group has been working in Lesotho, South Africa, and Argentina to transform discarded materials, chiefly non-recycled plastic waste, into both domestic products and building materials. Waste […]

March 4th

Kenya’s Biggest Geothermal Project Planned: 280 MW

For a country which can only supply electricity to about 10 percent of its citizens, Kenya has been able to do rather well as far as using renewable energy for its power. Some 90 percent of Kenya’s electricity is produced with hydroelectric dams, which are susceptible to droughts, and its current geothermal plants only produce […]

March 2nd

Home Wind Power for Half the Price, Over the Counter

For commercial renewable energy enthusiasts, there’s no shortage of eye candy among industrial sized wind installations, but for the homeowner, the closest they get to feeling like they’re really generating clean energy might be the ‘Powered by the Wind’ sticker they get from their local utility when purchasing the wind power option for electricity. But […]

February 3rd

Is Walmart Putting Profits Above Safety by Stocking Dangerous Products for Kids?

According to Wake Up Walmart, Walmart continues to stock products identified as unsafe or dangerous by reputable consumer safety organizations. The retail giant is offering holiday gifts for kids which have high levels of dangerous substances such as lead, chlorine, arsenic, cadmium, and bromine (according to findings from HealthyStuff). The members of (almost a […]

December 18th

CO2 Impact Greatly Underestimated by Climate Projections

A new study claims that the Earth’s climate may be up to 50% more sensitive to atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) over the long term than previous climate projections, and that these projections might need to be adjusted to account for this new information. The new research, “Earth system sensitivity inferred from Pliocene modeling and data“, […]

December 14th

New Silicon-Air Battery to Have Unlimited Shelf Life

Non-stop power from a battery with unlimited shelf life. Sounds like a pipe dream, right? Maybe not. Scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed an eco-friendly silicon-air battery capable of powering devices for thousands of hours before replacement. The batteries are created from silicon and oxygen, are lightweight, and have a high tolerance […]

November 29th

Ethanol Yields Increased 20% by Soaking Corn First

Ethanol production has its detractors in those who point out the inefficiencies of the process and the use of agricultural land and water involved, but a new process may help to change some of that. Soaking the kernels of corn before grinding them in ethanol production results in more ethanol and usable co-products – about […]

November 16th

457 Different Chemicals Released into Air by School Cleaning Supplies

A new study by Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that the typical variety of cleaning products used in schools released 457 different chemicals into the air. The environmental health watchdog says that these common cleaning supplies can expose our children to chemicals which have been linked to health problems such as cancer and asthma. According […]

November 12th

Buckminster Fuller Challenge: A Design Science Revolution

Buckminster Fuller spent his life exploring, discovering, inventing and teaching, driven by his intention “to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage of anyone.” He was a true change agent, and way ahead of his time. Most know him as the […]

October 30th

Family First Aid Kit: Natural Antibiotics

This comes straight from the pages of Natural Papa, from our friend Derek Markham. The best natural topical antibiotics are simple, widely available, and cheap to purchase. They can be used to treat everything from umbilical cords to skinned knees, from splinters and blisters to infected sores, and even athlete’s foot. Raw Honey Raw honey […]

October 29th