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Man powers his home from local stream with DIY micro-hydro plant
A man named Manfred Mornhinweg found the modern world too “noisy and hectic”, so he decided to build himself a house on a quiet 40 hectare piece of land in Chile. Part of his project involved building a micro-hydro plant to generate electricity for his dream home, and he documented the DIY adventure on his (very old-school) website. I found it interesting, and though that you might enjoy it too.

Step 7. Live in a peaceful environment.

For the last 10 months I was living in a flat share with 7 other people (two of them being quite hard to live with) without a lounge room, a tiny kitchen which also doubled as a loundry and occasionally, I’d have some friendly mice come and visit - oooh, how lucky can a girl be?! My room was fairly large for London standards, with my own little shower and a kitchenette, which I stored my clothes in as I had no tall boy or drawers, only one small IKEA cupboard and a computer desk. 

I had been wanting a new place for a while, however nothing was available in my price range and for some odd reason, something kept me tied to that room.

 Finally, through the help of a friend and devine timing, I moved into my new place just before Christmas. A three bedroom flat, shared only between four people, myself included, with a lounge, a spacious kitchen, and my own room with a built in wardrobe, would you believe.

New spaces can be a bit tricky - they can take a while to get used to. However, I had the most wonderful experience last night and I want to share it with you, so here I go…

 

 

 I came home last night, put on a load of washing, a pot on the stove to make some pasta and then I started cleaning my room… just some random stuff that I didn’t get to. So all of that is happening, pasta is ready which I stir with some natural yoghurt (Lebanese style of macaroni) and it tastes warm and unreal and reminds me of home. THEN! I sit down ON A COUCH in front of the TV and watch French Prince of Bel Air, feeling every inch of my body relax into the couch and enjoying every single morsel of the macaroni. I can’t tell you how pleasurable it was. Then! I pour myself a glass of red and sit in front of the TV and watch more and sip on my red wine and do nothing. Wow. Then a load of washing finishes – I wash the big red doona cover you gave me and hang up the previous load. Meanwhile still sipping on the red. I do the washing up and give the kitchen a bit of a clean then continue cleaning my room and actually get through sorting out that pile of paperwork I’ve been avoiding for weeks. The sighs are endless. Stevie Wonder is playing on the ipod, I have lit my vanilla scented candles, and I have my lamps on so my room is so warmly lit. I hang up the doona cover. It’s about 10:45pm. Ok ready for this?! House mates arrive home!! that’s right!! No-one was home so I had the whole house to myself while all of that was happening. Oh dear lord, can’t describe the feeling. Music switched off now. Get ready for bed. A quick phone call to a mate to say goodnight and then I tuck myself into bed. Amen.

 

 

In the words of my darling friend, Steven, living in London is like a right of passage. And I think that living in my previous flat was a 10-month reminder of how to appreciate the small things.

 

I may not have much in the way of assets, but I have something that no amount of money can buy. I have peace in my home.

 

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US states suffering a drought are facing a dire water crisis exacerbated by hydraulic fracturing. The procedure consumes vast amounts of water, which has driven up prices and depleted certain aquifers and rivers.

In drought-stricken regions, fracking is taking a serious toll on the water availability of local communities, in some cases turning water into a scarce and expensive resource. The procedure powerfully blasts water, fine sand and chemicals into the ground to shatter rock formations and release oil or gas.

Fracking is occurring in several counties in Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming, which are currently suffering a severe drought, the Associated Press reports. Although the procedure requires less water than farming or overall residential uses, it contributes to the depletion of an already-scare resource.

Some oil and gas companies manage to drain states of their water supply without spending any money, by depleting underground aquifers or rivers. But when unable to acquire the resource for free, the corporations can purchase large quantities at hefty prices. 

“There is a new player for water, which is oil and gas,” Colorado farmer Kent Peppler told AP, noting that he is fallowing some of his corn fields because he can’t afford to irritate them. “And certainly they are in a position to pay a whole lot more than we are.”

Peppler, president of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, said that the price of water has skyrocketed since oil companies have moved in. The Meade, Colo. Farmer said he used to pay $9 to $100 per acre-foot of water at city-held auctions, but that energy companies are now buying the excess supplies for $1,200 to $2,900 per acre-foot.

Last year, the city of Aurora sold 2.4 billion gallons of sewer water to the oil company Anadarko for $9.5 billion, AP reports.

With oil and gas companies willing to spend large sums of money on excess sewer water, the cost of this valuable resource has risen across several drought-stricken states. Some local farmers, unable to afford crucial irrigation for their fields, say they are praying for rain.

“I was going to bed every night and praying to the good Lord that we would get just one rain on the crop,”West Texas cotton farmer Charlie Smith told AP, noting that he is selling some of his groundwater to drillers, since it is not enough to irrigate his crops. “I realized we’re not making any money farming, so why not sell the water to the oil companies? Every little bit helps.”

Environmental activists are calling for limitations on drilling in drought-stricken regions.

“We don’t want to look up 20 years from now and say, ‘Oops, we used up all our water,” said Jason Bane of the Western Resources Advocates. 

Last summer’s record-breaking drought, which was the worst since the 1930’s Dust Bowl, resulted in a crop shortages that raised prices in US grocery stores. With a lack of water to irrigate crops across the US this year, Americans may once again find rising prices of both water and food.  

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its a global crisis! wake up everybody! this girl is passionate and for 2 minutes, she has herself a rant on some really important stuff. I am loving her message and her vibe.

In Year Eight, my Tutor Group had to perform a short skit about saving the environment. We did Harry Potter, and so, as the resident Potterhead who could be bothered, I was left to write the script within 24 hours. This was the result. It wasn't very epic, but the fact that I wrote it and my Tutor Group performed it is the best. thing. ever.

A: Warning: the following play is a spoiler. If you have not read the final Harry Potter, you may find you can guess what will happen.

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Dumblegore: (Puts on glasses) Harry, have you heard of Global Warming?

Harry: Only in Herbology.

Dumblegore: Well, let me explain… The world is dying, Harry, and humans are the problem. They pollute, destroy and eat up the world’s supplies. It must be stopped! Only you can save the world Harry – only you can kill off Voldemort’s four horcruxes! Only you!

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Most decisions we make have little or no real impact on the course of our lives. Should I eat an apple or a pear? Do we watch this TV program or that one? Which pair of socks will I put on today? If you could take a step back from your life and observe it, you would find that these decisions are often based on habits of behavior. The trivial decisions are often pre-determined from previous decisions, our environment, or even just who we biologically are.

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