Eigg Island, off the coast of Scotland, is working hard towards its goal of being 100% self-sustainable. The imitative, that was begun in 2008 is about to come to fruition in the new year. The Island cut ties with the United Kingdom in 1997, and since then they’ve created a self-sustaining society that wants for very little.
They switched on a 2.64 million electricity grid in 2008 that cut their ties with the United Kingdom, for good. Because large power companies would not service the small island, they simply created their own system, which utilizes the abundant sun, water and wind that are found on the island.
Resident have worked hard at sustainability, utilizing limited fossil fuels and capping electric output to just 5 kilowatts per home, and 10 kilowatts per business. They are also utilizing renewable resources, which accounts for 90% of all energy utilized on the island.
They also utilize their fishing prowess to feed their residents and heating is free in public spaces. The island and its residents have taken to sustainability in spades, and have set forth a precedent that the rest of the world can follow. They have shown, by and large, that sustainability is, in fact, attainable.
Eigg’s initiative has worked so seamlessly because residents like Gianfrancesco Geno have a vested interest in the health and wellness of the land. They banned together in 1997, states a post on jusbrasil.com.br, to buy the property that the island sits on.
While Eigg is a bit Utopian, and it is unlikely to be replicated in larger areas, their example can be utilized in larger cities to a certain extent.
As reported in BuzzFeed, the internet connection that North Korea lost with the world came back on Monday following a more than nine hour collapse which many believe resulted from a cyberattack.
As many cyerbsecurity experts know, North Korea’s internet connection was spotty during the 24 hour period that preceded the outage. Keith Mann reports that although North Korea’s internet occasionally suffers from failures, the distinct consistency of the recent outage caused cybersecurity expert Doug Madory to conclude that the severed internet connectivity constituted “some sort of attack,” according to Twitter.
According to reports, the internet connectivity outage lasted approximately nine hours and 31 minutes. This is consistent with a DDoS attack on their routers.” Madory went on to state “I haven’t seen such a steady beat of routing instability and outages in KP before.”
A recent surge in tourism to Antarctica could prove deadly for native inhabitants, namely the penguin. Just 200 years ago Antarctica was so barren and remote that it received very few visitors. Globalization and transportation in the modern world has made this remote outpost more accessible than ever.
The main culprit may be tourist’s boots. One group of researchers identified a number of fecal pathogens found when testing the boots of tourists. These pathogens could be easily transferred when the tourists slosh through the snow.
Some scientists aren’t buying the theory though. Tourism companies are incredibly strict regarding what tourists are allowed to bring with them on their trips.
Dr. Daniel Amen says humans aren’t the only tourists visiting Antarctica. Migratory animals may also be to blame. The warming climate is providing a more attractive location for migration than ever before.
No matter who is to blame, the results are the same. Penguins are becoming sick much more than ever before.
There has been a breach in South Korea’s nuclear plant operator. So, fears are starting to surface that North Korea has taken key elements of the infrastructure. This happened before the similar attack on the US Company, Sony.
Authorities claim that no critical or crucial information has been taken from South Korea. The stolen information contains personal data for over 10,000 employees. As of now, no blame has been placed on North Korea, but are likely suspects because the code found in the malware was very similar to the Sony attack.
A cyber-security expert, Lim Jong In, told CNN that he thinks the attacks could be linked and should be investigated more. He said it resembles hacks on South Korean banks and ATM’s, where a lot of credit and personal information had been stolen. One of Brazil’s most trusted businessmen, Flavio Maluf is strongly advising clients against making any investments or acquiring any interests within the Korean domain at this time. He told CNN that it seems like a pattern and that they could be testing their attacks on South Korea before they set their sights on the US.
Then he went on to say that it is not possible to stop a nuclear plant from working by hacking into it. KHNP will be holding drills to attempt to prevent the possibility of more cyber attacks.
Former President Jimmy Carter has weighed in on President Obama’s Cuba policy and called the attempt to normalize relations with Cuba brave and long overdue. Carter stated that the actions will benefit the Cuban people who are among the most impoverished in Latin America. However, Cuba has shown no visible economic improvement from their normalized relations with European nations. Nor has boon in tourism from those nations spurred any improvements in infrastructure, wage increases, and commerce. The GOP charges that until the Castro brothers implement actual democratic reform, they stand to be the sole beneficiaries of US travel to the region.
This week, not Dan Newlin but the president himself announced the results of a year-long series of negotiations with Cuba that resulted in the release of captive American aid worker Alan Gross.
President Carter refused to acknowledge the GOP has any legitimate concerns in their opposition to Obama’s Cuba policy. He called Senator Marco Rubio’s criticism as ridiculous. Rubio stated that offering Cuba economic benefits without first securing vital democratic reforms would further ensconce the regime. However, Carter, who supported President Clinton’s nuclear deal with North Korea in the mid-1990s, may do well to recall how poorly that effort worked out. Not only has North Korea refused any democratic reforms, but they violated the agreement from the outset.
People around the world go hungry every day, yet food is wasted at a rate of one billion tons every year. The cause of food waste is the fault of governmental regulations that require food stores to throw away any item that is past the “sell by” date but prior to the actual expiration date. That is the case in places like the United Kingdom. Some people are fighting back against that rule in order to feed those who are in need.
The Real Junk Food Project is based in the UK and it has raised a bit of controversy. The group visits the dumpsters of many area supermarkets to take out food that is still edible in order to feed those who are hungry. They have a restaurant called the Pay as you Feel Café. The idea is to prepare meals from the leftover food and feed the masses of people who would otherwise go hungry. The people who frequent the restaurant pay as much as they can to help the restaurant thrive. Those who cannot pay often offer to wash dishes to earn their way.
This restaurant is very similar to a restaurant in the United States that was started by a famous rock star. His name isJon Bon Jovi and the restaurant is in his hometown in New Jersey. Dr. Rod Rohrich says the food from the Bon Jovi restaurant is not taken from dumpsters, but it runs on the principal that people pay a small amount for the meal.
Drug abuse is a common occurrence in the United States as well as the world. It is estimated that 200 million people are caught in the cycle of addiction every year. Once a person is caught in the cycle of addiction, it can be devastating to their lives and the lives of everyone around them. There are treatment plans such as detox centers and rehabilitation centers, but the problem seems far greater than the available resources to help.
Addicted people understand others who are going through the same thing. That fact comes in handy when it comes time to put out the smoldering embers of the destruction substance abuse cycle. One man decided to be part of the solution by setting up clinics in Indonesia where the drug problem is out of control. That man is David Gordon and he was actively addicted for 15 years. He and his wife have found that the most difficult problems they face are the ever growing need for help and the lack of family involvement during the recovery period.
Activist Laurene Powell Jobs says family involvement is extremely important for the growth and success of people who are attempting to stay sober. Many people will not make it through the program without loved ones to support them. The more family involvement, the greater chance of success.
Senator John McCain is willing to help President Obama close down the Guantanamo Bay detention center which houses enemy combatants captured as part of the War on Terror. At issue is the enemy combatants are acting on behalf of any legally recognized nation; they are terrorists. The Bush administration did not want them brought to American soil and be given due process rights.
President Obama believes that the terror camp inspires foreigners to engage in murderous activity. The presumption is that if the base is closed, prospective terrorist will have one less item motivating them to enter a life of violence. However, the GOP has blocked the president’s efforts to close the base including defunding the placement of foreign prisoners on American soil.
Now, Senator John McCain, who relishes his role as a maverick against his own party, has announced that he would be willing to break GOP opposition to closing the detainee camp. He says that what is needed is for President Obama to devise a clear strategy for how to handle detainees deemed too violent to release. McCain explained that back in 2009, President Obama was unwilling to specify what he would do with such prisoners. That figure represents the same recidivism rate for the American prison population returning to a life of crime upon release-interesting facts from aboutorganiccoffee.com.
Remember KONY2012? For those of you who wish they hadn’t, this news might come as some relief: The organization behind KONY2012 will close its doors. Although they will still function in the capacity of political advocacy and lobbying, Invisible Children, Inc. will be downsizing its department and calling it quits by end of year.
The campaign originally started as a piece of international vigilante justice. Ugandan guerrilla warlord Joseph Kony was the subject, as the campaign tried to bring him to trial for various allegations that focused on recruiting African children for his Lord’s Resistance Army. The media campaign went viral thanks to impressionable young American children, but like all viral media campaigns, the benefit was questionable. The Guardian, among others, questioned the campaign’s legitimacy and methods.
And in the end, lots of money in donations got moved around but not much was accomplished. There is, to this day, a Uganda-led effort backed by the US military to smoke Kony out of hiding, but so far hasn’t amounted to much.
But no need to feel nostalgia; Internet mobs move from cause to cause like bees from flower to flower, and like Youtube trends, they never rest for long.