Soil Helps Depression

Prozac may not be the only way to get rid of your serious blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potentials. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier. Read on to see how dirt makes you happy.

Natural remedies have been around for untold centuries. These natural remedies included cures for almost any physical ailment as well as mental and emotional afflictions. Ancient healers may not have known why something worked but simply that it did. Modern scientists have unraveled the why of many medicinal plants and practices but only recently are they finding remedies that were previously unknown and, yet, still a part of the natural life cycle. Soil microbes and human health now have a positive link which has been studied and found to be verifiable.
Soil Microbes and Human Health.

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750 MW Solar Power Plant In India, Likely To Be Largest Solar Power Plant In World

Global funds for India’s aggressive plan to install “ultra mega solar power plants” have begun to flow with the World Bank ready to support a 750 MW power plant, which is likely to become the largest solar power plant in the world. The project would require a total investment of about ₹8,000 crore ($1.3 billion).

One of the first ultra mega solar power projects India plans to establish has received a pledge of financing support from the World Bank, the Indian media reported this week. The solar power plant will have an installed capacity of 750 MW, 200 MW more than the current largest solar power plant in the world, and will be located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is expected to be among the first to receive financial support from the current government, which allocated a ₹1,000 crore ($167 million) package for UMPPs in the FY2014-15 budget.

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How cold weather is good for you

With the onset of winter, the complaints about cold weather invariably begin. But if you're a moderately active, healthy person, cold weather doesn't have to be a negative. (Take it from someone who has spent time living away from the four seasons; you might very well find yourself missing the crackling clarity of a cold winter's day after your 340th balmy day.) There's plenty to love about cold weather, including the wonderful feeling of frigid air against your cheeks when your core is toasty warm.
 
But whether you agree with my appreciation of winter weather or not, there's plenty of evidence that cooler temperatures can be part of a healthy life. 
 

Demand for meat destroys Brazil's "underground forest"

This is a different kind of forest, hidden in plain sight and far more threatened than the Amazon. Known as the Cerrado, it is the largest, most biologically diverse savannah region of South America, home to five percent of all life on the planet. 

But industrial farming is fast swallowing this unique landscape. And its rapid transformation is creating a ticking carbon bomb that scientists warn could significantly affect the global carbon cycle if the current rate of destruction continues.

This enormous expanse in central Brazil was once as impenetrable as the deepest rainforest, so isolated that Portuguese settlers dubbed it Cerrado, or "closed". Today, roads connect the Cerrado's southern boundary in the São Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul states with its northern limits some 2,400 kilometres away near the Atlantic coast. Yet the Cerrado is still largely unknown, even in Brazil.

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U.S. Seeks BP Fine of Up to $18 Billion for Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

The government wants BP Plc (BP/) to pay $16 billion to $18 billion in water-pollution fines for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history while seeking more than $1 billion from the co-owner of the blown-out well that caused the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.

The federal government said BP deserves the maximum fine, which BP said would be the biggest Clean Water Act penalty ever and called it a “gross outlier” compared to other cases.

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Santa's real workshop: the town in China that makes the world's Christmas decorations

There’s red on the ceiling and red on the floor, red dripping from the window sills and red globules splattered across the walls. It looks like the artist Anish Kapoor has been let loose with his wax cannon again. But this, in fact, is what the making of Christmas looks like; this is the very heart of the real Santa’s workshop – thousands of miles from the North Pole, in the Chinese city of Yiwu.

Our yuletide myth-making might like to imagine that Christmas is made by rosy-cheeked elves hammering away in a snow-bound log cabin somewhere in the Arctic Circle. But it’s not. The likelihood is that most of those baubles, tinsel and flashing LED lights you’ve draped liberally around your house came from Yiwu, 300km south of Shanghai – where there’s not a (real) pine tree nor (natural) snowflake in sight.

Christened “China’s Christmas village”, Yiwu is home to 600 factories that collectively churn out over 60% of all the world’s Christmas decorations and accessories, from glowing fibre-optic trees to felt Santa hats. The “elves” that staff these factories are mainly migrant labourers, working 12 hours a day for a maximum of £200 to £300 a month – and it turns out they’re not entirely sure what Christmas is.

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EBay Cuts Ties To Conservative Political Group ALEC

A spokesperson for eBay Inc. has confirmed to Reuters that it will end its association with the conservative political group American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.

The confirmation comes two months after a coalition of more than 80 organizations asked eBay to leave ALEC, citing the conservative group’s “extreme agenda” that includes “denying the science of climate change, defunding public services, curtailing workers’ rights and opposing net neutrality.”

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7 Things You Should Know About Permaculture

What is permaculture? For those of you who’ve only heard of the term in passing, and ever for you seasoned “permies” who struggle to explain this exciting (and sometimes life-changing) idea to others, here’s the gist in 7 points...

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U.S. Seeks BP Fine of Up to $18 Billion for Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

The government wants BP Plc (BP/) to pay $16 billion to $18 billion in water-pollution fines for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history while seeking more than $1 billion from the co-owner of the blown-out well that caused the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.

The federal government said BP deserves the maximum fine, which BP said would be the biggest Clean Water Act penalty ever and called it a “gross outlier” compared to other cases.

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