Fast learner; Mimosa Pudica, the touch-me-not. Photo Suppasak Inganinanda From the memories of flowers to the sociability of trees, the cognitive capacities of our vegetal cousins are all around us by Laura Ruggles is a philosophy PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide in Australia. At first glance, the Cornish mallow (Lavatera cretica) is little more than an unprepossessing weed. It has pinkish flowers and broad, flat leaves that track sunlight throughout the day. However, it’s what the mallow does at night that has propelled this humble plant into the scientific spotlight. Hours before the dawn, it springs into action, turning its leaves … Continue reading The minds of plants
by: David Williams (Natural News) Just how important are a plants roots to its survival? What might seem like a stupid question at first will actually surprise you if you start to look at it closely. Researchers from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) looked into how plants are able to sense and react to soil flooding. In terms of detection, no other part proved to be more crucial than the plant’s roots. It’s a known fact that a plant lets its roots grow somewhat freely in the soil underneath it in order to gather the … Continue reading How do plants know when it floods? Recent research reveals how plants sense increased levels of water
image edited by Fernando Kaskais The elite should have to pay for their lifestyle. by Aeon and Iason Athanasiadis Creative Commons Technological advances and historically unprecedented income inequalities have raised living standards while enabling a new global elite to enjoy lifestyles more lavish in energy consumption and environmental impact than those enjoyed by any aristocracy in the past. Real-life illustrations of elites show the excesses afoot. In one instance, a businessman oversees his economic activities across several Central Asian, Middle Eastern and North African countries from a base in Dubai. He largely evades tax through an intricate tax-haven/residence arrangement concocted by his … Continue reading Everyone in the World Should Be Taxed on Their Energy Footprint
by Frances Bloomfield A 2016 study has linked the development of hypertension and organ damage with aircraft noise. According to the official press release by the European Society of Cardiology, Polish researchers found that people who were living close to airports for three years or more have an increased risk of high blood pressure. To come to this conclusion, the researchers randomly selected 201 adults between the ages of 40 and 66. All of the participants had to have lived in areas with low or high aircraft noise for at least three years. They were then divided into two groups based on the … Continue reading How noise pollution affects your health: Study links aircraft noise with hypertension and organ damage
November 29, 2017 by: Ethan Huff (Natural News) As the online cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin reaches record price highs, many people are now asking themselves: Is Bitcoin really where the financial sector is headed? Not if you care about the environment, suggests shocking new data compiled as part of Digiconomist‘s “Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index” (BECI). This eye-opening measure of how much energy it takes to “mine” Bitcoin suggests that, especially from a global perspective, energy consumption requirements to keep the cryptocurrency going are completely off the charts. As of November 20, 2017, the estimated amount of energy needed annually to mine Bitcoin currently stands … Continue reading Bitcoin on track to consume the ENTIRE global electricity supply by the year 2020
Monday, November 27, 2017 by: Jayson Veley (Natural News) Mysterious blasts are being heard all over the world and no one can seem to figure out what’s causing them. From Alabama to Michigan, Idaho to California, Russia to Denmark, experts and non-experts alike are trying to figure out whether these mysterious booms are coming from ground explosions, objects falling from the sky, or something else. A boom in the state of Alabama, for instance, was heard and felt through 11 counties last Tuesday at around 1:39 CST. An earthquake event has since been ruled out, leaving both average citizens and experts puzzled and without answers. … Continue reading Mysterious blasts are being reported across the globe… what’s going on?
by: Rita Winters (Natural News) Each and every person defines nature in his own way. For some, nature may be a city park. Others consider nature simply as a flower pushing through the pavement. No matter how urbanized or polluted a city may be, some people would consider a single tree in the midst of skyscrapers to be “nature”. This is not the case however, according to psychology professor Peter Kahn, from the University of Washington. Every generation will have its own perspective or understanding of what the norm for nature is, despite the surrounding pollution and concrete (infrastructural development). A child who … Continue reading The evolution of reality: Psychology professor explains how each generations’ perception of their environment changes the definition of “the natural world”