Sustainable News of the Month – August 2017

The Ocean Is Paying The Price For Our Athleisure Addiction – Peahen wrote very well about microfibers and their dangers to our oceans, the ocean life and even to us. A topic that is not yet widely covered but definitely should be talked more about!

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How 139 Countries Could Be Powered By 100 Percent Wind, Water and Solar Energy By 2050 – Scientists explaining how this would be possible.

New Technique Offers Clues To Measure The Deoxygenation Of The Ocean – This article explains what is deoxygenation, explains how it is another threat to our oceans and the human life, as well as explains how the deoxygenation can be measured.

Vertical Axis Wind Turbines Can Offer Cheaper Electricity For Urban And Suburban Areas – Article explaining how vertical axis wind turbines can compete with the fossil-fuel based power stations.

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Turning Dirty Tinfoil Into Biofuel Catalyst – A scientist has come up with a way to upcycle tinfoil into alumina. With his innovative way of producing alumina, its cost will be lowered and sustainable problems reduced.

Morrisons Says No To “Fake Farm” Labels – Explaining how some supermarkets label their products with fake farm labels.

When Bees Make The Choices – A fascinating read about Bee’s mating and living habits and how to keep their colonies healthy through organic beekeeping.

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Share any other interesting news about sustainability in the comment box below!

With love,

Lii

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Save the Bees!

Not so long ago, I was inspired by the Sentimental Cynic blog when she wrote about saving bees. I’ve heard this many times, but before looking into it I didn’t fully understand the full meaning and consequences of losing bees from the planet.

If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth then man would only have 4 years left to live. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man! -Albert Einstein

In today’s world, it might not be 4 years, but re precautions are major!

Why are bees important:

  • They pollinate about a third of everything we eat, and as we are already over-consumingย food from the face of the earth, we do not want to cut out a third of it!
  • They pollinate also crops for the cows and they pollinate cotton.
  • They pollinate the seeds of flowers and berries that little birds and mammals eat. This would result in a disruption in the ecosystem. Everything in nature is connected.
  • In other words, bees need flowers to feed themselves and flowers need bees to reproduce. If bees do not get their food, they will die and everything else would follow. In the UK only, 25 out of 50 species have got extinct in only 50 years.

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What is killing bees:

There is no one answer to this, but rather many theories.

  • Bees need space for habitat and forage, however, over 97% of the UK’s wildflower meadows have
  • Bees need space for habitat and forage, however, over 97% of the UK’s wildflower meadows have dissapeared since 1945.There
  • There are parasitic mites and virus.Poor nutrition is
  • Poor nutrition, as there not enough flowers that bees like to consume.
  • Commercial pesticides, which harm the bees.

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What can we do?

  • One thing you can do is to support local honey makers and beekeepers.
  • To not kill bees or use commercial pesticides. There are pesticides you can make yourself, which are less harmful for bees.
  • To plant wildflowers or other flowers that bees like. There are flowers which bees do not like.

Just Bee is a small company, which work to promote beekeeping.They also make Just Bee Honey Waterย which supports local honey makers. One of their initiatives is to offer people FREE wildflower seeds that you can plant yourself to help the bees. You sign up in here, after which you receive an email that prompts you to send them an envelope with your name and a stamp and within couple weeks you receive your own packet of wildflower seeds that you can plant. Here I am happily planting my own packet and can’t wait for them to grow!

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I know many people are afraid of bees, but what I’ve found is if you leave them be they will not hurt you. If they are really attracted to you, well then it is because you smell so nice or because of the colour of your clothes. Bees are attracted to nice scents and certain colours. So be flattered!

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If you want to do one good deed for the planet, help the bees and save the ecosystem. We will need it! If you want to read more about this subject here are couple of links that you can follow: Link 1, Link 2, Link 3. Here is also some Pinterest inspiration on bees, how to be bee friendly and how to recognise the bees.

 

How do you feel about bees?

With love,

Lii