With America apparently at risk of voting in another climate denying President in Trump, some other Americans are powering ahead with innovations that exemplify what smart really looks like…
The patent pending Helical Outpost is a sustainable integrated hydroponic greenhouse and power station with satellite internet access and a water filtration system that creates up to 2,000 gallons of clean water per day, 10.8 kilowatt hours of commercial grade solar power and 2,300 crop units per week. The Outpost’s hydroponic farm uses 80% less water and produces more than 10 times the equivalent of 3 acres of organic farm soil in 6,000 square feet. All of these resources unpack from a shipping container with plug and play capabilities that can be easily deployed anywhere in the world. Founding Partner and voice over by Dylan Ratigan. Here is a direct video link.
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As more Chinese people migrate toward western-style diets, obesity and other diet-related diseases are on the rise. The Chinese Ministry of Health is looking to be proactive and is now recommending that citizens limit meat, egg and diary intake.
An added bonus is that by following the recommended intake cut in China, global greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to reduce by 1.5%.
Growing awareness on this key issue is good news for the planet, since numerous studies have concluded it is animal-based agriculture and consumption–more than fossil fuels and transportation–that is causing the largest share of global greenhouse emissions (15 to 51% depending on what is measured). See What China’s move to cut meat could mean for the planet:
…Our everyday food choices have the power to heal our broken food system, help improve global health, and pave the way for a truly sustainable future. While innovation in plant-protein and even cultured meat is underway (so people can still enjoy their favorite foods), by simply reducing meat consumption, we can begin to lower the impact of our diets. With governments from Sweden, Brazil, the Netherlands, the UK, and now China, all taking action to include “more plants, less meats” recommendations in their dietary guidelines, it is now up to the rest of the world’s leaders [and thinking consumers] to follow suit. The future of our planet and health of our population depends on it.”
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“I’m working on it, because I’m an investor that ultimately does believe in the system, but believes that the system itself is at risk.”
Central bankers, seeking to stimulate economies, have lowered rates below zero in Europe and Japan, driving down returns on national debt, while investors seeking higher yield have pushed up the value of other credit. Stimulus from central banks worldwide has artificially pushed up values of stocks and credit, which has made Gross cautious on such assets, he said.
Eliminating credit as an investment means “not buying stocks, not buying high-yield bonds,” Gross said. Here is a direct video link.
Meanwhile global capital seeking shelter from other markets continue to move into US Treasuries driving so-called ‘safest’ yields lower in a vote for continued deflation.
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