Wolves: The Protectors of Rivers

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We Love Animals make a fascinating point that wolves (in this case Yellowstone National Park) help to contain the dispersion of water in rivers by regulating the population of deer and other familiar prey which feed on vegetation. In the headlines to their video they prime you that 14 wolves were released in a park within Yellowstone in 1995 and were able to see how their return and presence in their natural environment sparked the means for the land and rivers to stabilize. Check out this video to see how important they are in the whole trophic cascade of life on our amazing planet.

Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

pioppino_mushroomsPaul Stamets of British Columbia is a mycologist who has discovered some fascinating results in his research on the fungi we call mushrooms!

Pioppino mushrooms have been shown to induce tumor regression, reversing cancer in lab mice. Oddly enough, this same species also controlled blood sugar in diabetic mice.

There are mushrooms which can clean up the oil from oil spills, beehive-like Agarikon dangles that can provide a defense against weaponized smallpox. It is amazing to think about what potential tools we can find to reverse the damage we’ve done to the planet–and they are all naturally occurring in nature.

Stamets also has written a book, Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World.  He believes that these particular mushrooms can serve as revolutionary tools in the fields of medicine, forestry, pesticides and pollution control. To find out more information check out this link to a full on article with Stamets.

3 New SeaDrones: Explorer, Inspector & Developer

screenshot_20161118-030546(Above) The three types of SeaDrones developed by SeaDronePro. (Below) SeaDrone live in Baja, California.

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Aquaculture makes for a significant portion of the world’s diet. Fish farms have to be attended to however and up until this point it was a matter of diving to inspect, surface, take notes on paper (probably waterproof) and then those would be transcribed. All in all, a longer process with more resources than necessary expended. These drones are capable of inspecting nets, moorings and monitoring fish farms. There are 3 types each run from around $3000 to $4000 to purchase.

Check out SeaDronePro‘s website for in-depth videos on what they’ve got brewing!

Plastic-eating Worms

As it is Halloween, I thought this would be a suitable post to share on Clean Earth Future:

worms_news(Above) Plastic-eating mealworms which Stanford researchers have found to be a potential solution to the mounting of waste.

An ongoing study by Stanford engineers, in collaboration with researchers in China, shows that common mealworms can safely biodegrade various types of plastic.