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  • Conspiracy / Pollution >
    The Story of Broke (video) - Annie Leonard's latest cartoon masterpiece addresses our warped priories in letting the 1% mega-wealthy and super-rich oil companies get bailouts, subsidies and exceptions, leaving no funding for what the rest of us consider to be more important. A call for "We the People" to take back our corrupted government. See teaser. (Story of Stuff; Released November 8, 2011)
  • Trends > Free Energy / Waste to Energy / Pollution >
    The Ramifications of Free Energy - Cheap fossil fuels have enabled the rapid expansion of human life; but what happens when resources run out? Free energy prolongs things and reverses some negative trends, but more thought needs to be put into considering long term trends and how to mitigate negative impact. (Cold Fusion Now; September 17, 2011)

Remedies

This PESWiki website is dedicated to clean/free energy technologies that are all part of addressing the issue of pollution that comes from burning fossil fuels for energy.

  • Water > Purification / Pollution >
    Can You Really Clean Polluted Water With…Banana Peels? - Environmental chemist Gustavo Castro at São Paulo State University found that banana peels can help turn water polluted with heavy metals from mining operations or other activities into drinking water. Banana peels contain nitrogen, sulfur and organic compounds such as carboxylic acids, which bind with positively charged metals .... (The Blaze; August 13, 2011)
  • Pollution >
    Earthworms Could Be Used to Clean Up Hazardous Toxins in Soil - Researchers in Cabudare, Venezuela have found that earthworms may be able to process “hazardous material containing high concentrations of heavy metal for the bioremediation of old industrial sites, landfill and other potentially hazardous areas.” They have been tested in the remediation of waste water contaminated with the metals, nickel, chromium, vanadium, lead, arsenic and mercury. (Inhabitat; December 8, 2010)

Problems

  • Featured: Water / Pollution / Recycling >
    Tapped - The makers of the excellent, landmark documentaries Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A. have produced a documentary about bottled water, called Tapped. In it, they address the high cost -- to both the environment and our health -- of bottled water. They enlist activists, environmentalists, community leaders and others to expose the dark side of the bottled water industry. (PESWiki; Oct. 29, 2010)
  • Pollution >
    Online Shopping May Actually Increase Pollution - British researchers have concluded that nless online shoppers order 25 items at a time, they're polluting more than if they shopped at their local mall. An environmental benefit only occurs 'if online shopping replaces 3.5 traditional shopping trips, or if the distance traveled to where the purchase is made is more than 50 kilometers.... (Slashdot; Sept. 20, 2010)
  • Pollution / Health >
    The Story of Cosmetics: Simple, Serious, Scary - Annie Leonard, maker of Story of Stuff, has produced another simplistic hit, this time spurring us to think about the cumulative effect what we put on our bodies via the myriad of cosmetic products available, calling for more oversight on what is able to make it into the marketplace. (TreeHugger; July 21, 2010)
  • Pollution > Conservation > Recycling >
    Overconsumption is costing us the earth and human happiness - Story of Stuff creator Annie Leonard's new book examines the unsustainable, high price of the western world's obsession with all things material. She points out that our equating personal value with the number and type of things we have has been adopted to fill the void of actual meaningful relationships, which are the remedy to consumerism, which is polluting the Earth. (Guardian; UK; June 21, 2010)
  • Featured: Water / Pollution / Recycling >
    The Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water - The Surfrider Foundation has produced an excellent 20-minute video (2-min. trailer) explaining the insanity behind how we've come to handle water in modern society. It addresses such things as our concrete and pavement preventing aquifers from being replenished; and how we spend so much money transporting water great distances when we could do more to conserve and recycle it close to the point of use. (PESWiki; April 10, 2010)
  • Oil / Pollution / Conspiracy > Elements >
    Crude: The Real Price of Oil - Documentary film about Texaco, Chevron, and PetroEcuador's pollution of the water in Ecuador due to around 1000 different petrol pits -- dubbed the "Amazon Chernobyl" -- and the illnesses and deaths it has caused to the human and animal population, touching more than 30,000 indigenous peoples; as well as the corporations efforts to cover up. (Netflix watch it now; 2009)
  • Water / Recycling / Pollution >
    The Story of Bottled Water - Annie Leonard creates another hit animation depicting the cost, pollution, treachery and waste involved in using bottled water. In most places, it is not superior to tap water, it costs 2,000 times more, and the plastic it requires is hugely detrimental to the planet. (The Story of Stuff; March 2010)
  • Pollution / Recycling / Solar >
    Solar’s Dirty Little Secret - "Green" solar panels can have their dirty side in terms of disposal and manufacturing. A report by the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition ranks solar manufacturers on environmental health and safety, and urges solar companies to start investing in recycling efforts. (GreenTechMedia; March 23, 2010) (See Citizens at Risk, a 15-minute film about the dangerous electronics recyler industry in India.)
  • Nature > Pollution / Recycling >
    The Color Green is Toxic to People, Contaminates Recycling - Ironically, the pigments used to create the color of nature are not all that healthy or environmentally friendly. Many green pigments are actually quite toxic. “The color green can never be green, because of the way it is made. It’s impossible to dye plastic green or to print green ink on paper without contaminating them.” (Inhabitat; April 5, 2010)

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GENERAL NATURE

ENERGY IN NATURE

MAN AND NATURE

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