Archive for September 20th, 2011

Water alone produces light in Philippines

A Litre of Light

In this day and age of high tech, we often overlook the simplest solutions. It seems that we lave lost the focus, lost the impetus for innovation. If it doesn’t have a ‘chip’ then it doesn’t count, if it can’t be programmed, then it doesn’t count.

In the Philippines a novel idea in its simplicity has changed the future for many. Light without technology, without power for the struggling millions who can’t afford it.

Taking the advantage of recycling this cheap device filled with water; yes, just water, is illuminating homes.

Take a look at this BBC video clip, I’m sure that you will be as amazed as I was.

So simple…

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You can extend this idea, think about the garden shed, the garage, a dark corner of the veranda or terrace.
Recycle and save.

Pet Fish

I had a large community aquarium

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Many families, at some stage, have an aquarium for the kids to care for and marvel at the fish that live within.

I did, my kids loved watching the fish swimming around their tropical tank. The fish would have been disposed of responsibly on my separation had my ex not flushed them all down the toilet before I could attend to the matter and move the aquariums to my new abode.

People don’t realise the dangers of releasing fish into the wild when the kids grow up and/or get bored with them.

Warning against freeing pet fish

Guppies could establish populations even when no males were present

The release of a single female pet fish into the wild can generate entire new populations, even with no males present, according to new research.

A new study has revealed how the guppy’s ability to keep on reproducing has earned the fish its reputation as one of the world’s most invasive fish.

St Andrews University biologists, who made the discovery, are now warning pet owners against releasing the fish.

“Seemingly harmless activities such as a child freeing a few pet fish or a concerned householder using guppies to control mosquitoes, can ultimately contribute to the reduction of biodiversity in freshwater habitats across the world.”

The popular ornamental guppy, whose native home is Trinidad and the north-eastern fringe of South America, is now present in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Source: BBC News Read more.

So if you have fish, or plan to get an aquarium, think about their disposal seriously, because this is just another way that man has an adverse effect on natural habitats.

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