Favolaschia è un genere di fungo molto strano, infestante, originario dei tropici. Ma la globalizzazione l'ha portato anche nei nostri boschi! Questo sito non parla di funghi, ma favolaschia mi sembrava un nome significativo e evocativo di qualcosa di simile a quello che qui viene raccontato...

29 febbraio 2008

Google expands free phone number and voicemail project
Google is partnering with homeless shelters in San Francisco to distribute free phone numbers and voicemail accounts to those without homes, the company said Wednesday

What do you know about Eyeball Tattoos?

Rwanda: ORTPN Moves to Curb Wildlife Domestication
The Office of Tourism and National Parks (ORTPN) has stepped up efforts to curb increasing cases of domestication of wild animals and birds. The move comes hot on the heels of an operation in which ORTPN earlier this month recovered an eight-year old male chimpanzee in a Kigali City home.

***Botswana: In God's Name, Don't Use Condoms - Priest***
Reverend Biggie Butale of the End Time Ministries (ETM) says his church will not distribute condoms to be used to prevent the spread of HIV.

Kenya: Ingenious Ways to Stop Amboseli Jumbo Menace
For ages, marauding elephants of Amboseli have given farmers sleepless nights and scientists have been testing ways of reducing the level of elephant crop damage and the threat to human life in the area.
Due to the conflict, scientists have been working with farmers to test elephant deterrents and empowering community groups to better cope with elephant crop raiding.

28 febbraio 2008

Segnalazione: Africa: Violence Against Women Must Stop Now - UN Chief [opinion]

Seconda segnalazione: Africa: Country Saves Seeds in Global Bank

Africa: Adult Education in Continent Underfunded
MOST countries have made little progress in reducing the number of adult illiterates in the past decade because the programme receives minimal political attention and funding, stakeholders have said.

TRADE: EPAs Born of EU’s Concern with China in Africa
CAPE TOWN, Feb 26 (IPS) - The European Union (EU) is concerned about competing with China for access to resources and markets in Africa, which partly explains its drive to hook African states into the trade deals called economic partnership agreements (EPAs).

Lifestraw Named World-Changing Idea
Lifestraw, the portable drinking filtration system, nabbed the top honor in the fifth Saatchi & Saatchi Award for World Changing Ideas last Thursday. Worn around the neck and used like a regular straw, Lifestraw claims to filter 99.9999 percent of bacteria and 98.7 percent of viruses using a halogen-based resin.

Tiny Eskimo Village Sues 24 Big Energy Companies
A tiny Alaskan village is suing 24 major energy companies for damages due to global warming. The 390 residents of Kivalina, an Inupiat Eskimo village built on a barrier reef in the Arctic Ocean, have found themselves of the front lines of climate change over the past few years, as melting sea ice has exposed the village to storms and erosion. The cost of eventually relocating the entire village has been estimated at $400 million.

How to Save the Rainforests
While we have fixated on our little local worries over the past week, the biggest news story of the year passed unnoticed in the night. The Brazilian government was forced to admit that the destruction of the Amazon rainforest has returned to ecocidal levels. An area the size of Belgium, taking thousands of years to evolve, was destroyed in the past year alone.

Animal magnetism provides a sense of direction
They may not be on most people’s list of most attractive species, but bats definitely have animal magnetism. Researchers from the Universities of Leeds and Princeton have discovered that bats use a magnetic substance in their body called magnetite as an ”˜internal compass’ to help them navigate.

Feeling Blue? Not Like A Maya Sacrificial Victim
WASHINGTON - There was more than the obvious reason to feel blue for people offered in human sacrifice rituals by the ancient Maya to their rain god -- they were painted blue before being heaved into a watery sinkhole.

Amazingly Sensitive Rat Whiskers Explained
Like a finely tuned harp, the whiskers on a rat's snout pick up particular frequencies and send these teensy signals to the brain. Now scientists have caught the whisker signals on video.

27 febbraio 2008

Agencies target female mutilation
A range of United Nations agencies are calling for the practice of female genital mutilation to be ended within the space of a generation.

95% of UK Kids Show Real Concern about Global Warming
New research in the UK shows that 95% of kids between the ages of 4 and 15 questioned were 'concerned' by global warming, with more than half describing themselves as being 'very concerned'. And three out of four felt they were more fluent on the topic than their parents.

Spain Sizes Up Fashion World's Measuring Stick
Spain is updating its body measurements and encouraging standardization of women's sizes to make shopping easier. It's part of the country's ongoing push for realistic contours in models and mannequins so women can enjoy more self-acceptance.

Indian City Opens Doorway to Female Hindu Priests
While women are barred from Hindu temples in some other parts of India, women in the city of Pune are studying the priesthood at two schools and conducting ceremonies. Eighth in a series on the changing role of women in India.

TRASH 39-year-old man fails in attempt to pass as high school girl
39-year-old man was arrested in Tokyo when he tried to enter a high school wearing a long wig and a girl's school uniform.

(?) Africa: Tool for Deciding On Food Vs Fuel
As more countries weigh the pros and cons of biofuel production, a new decision-support tool has been developed to ensure they do not compromise their food production and security.

First look at vast 'book of life'
BBC News, 26 February 2008
The first 30,000 pages have been unveiled of a vast encyclopedia which aims to catalogue every one of our planet's 1.8 million species.

Fish species found in old outback uranium mine
Reuters, 26 February 2008
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian scientists announced the discovery of a new species of freshwater fish on Tuesday, two decades after it was sighted in a disused uranium mine in the outback Northern Territory.

???Malaria Can Be Beaten In Many Places, Map Shows
Planet Ark, 26 February 2008
LONDON - Malaria kills one child every 30 seconds, yet in many parts of the world the disease is hanging on by a thread and could be wiped out by concerted action, researchers said on Tuesday.

(vecchia) Busy Beavers Can Help Ease Drought
Science Daily, 26 February 2008
ScienceDaily (Feb. 26, 2008) — They may be considered pests, but beaver can help mitigate the effects of drought, and because of that, their removal from wetlands to accommodate industrial, urban and agricultural demands should be avoided, according to a new University of Alberta study.

(UK) Coming to Britain: The Invasive Garden Ant, which kills off native species and can withstand freezing temperatures
Daily Mail (UK), 26 February 2008
Britain could soon be under attack from a "very aggressive" species of foreign ant. The Invasive Garden Ant, which originates from around the Black Sea, has already been found in France and Belgium.

26 febbraio 2008

S Africa to allow elephant cull
The South African government has said it will allow elephants to be culled for the first time in 13 years

RELIGION-CUBA: Catholic Church Wants More Freedom to Do Its Work
HAVANA, Feb 22 (IPS) - Ten years after the historic visit to Cuba by Pope John Paul II, who passed away in 2005, the Catholic Church continues to call for "unlimited" scope and "due freedom" for its social action initiatives in this socialist country, as one of its most important demands.

Saving More Than Souls: Religious Groups Seek “Renewal” for the Environment
Buddhist monks are ordaining trees. Future Jewish leaders are learning about sustainable living. Evangelical Christians are fighting mountain top removal. Muslims are giving away organic meat to the poor during Ramadan. These are just a handful of the stories told by veteran filmmakers Terry Kay Rockefeller and Marty Ostrow in their upcoming documentary, Renewal.

Paying for One's "Carbon Sins" May Cost Pennies
We are all becoming more eco-conscious, right? We might not exactly be following in the footsteps of No Impact Man or be as Green as a Thistle, but we're trying. Eating organic food is important to us, as is eating locally.
Thanks to a UK initiative, measuring one's carbon impact is destined to be less of an elusive question. The UK-based Carbon Trust is working to calculate the carbon footprint (CO2e) of common consumer items. And after a year and a half, some numbers are in: the carbon dioxide emissions created in making a bag of chips "Walkers crisps" from the cradle to the grave, is double the actual weight of the chips

Banking on armageddon
Feb 25 - An underground vault has been built to store a collection of the world's seeds in case of global disaster.
The Svalbard Seed Vault in Norway -dubbed the Doomsday Vault- will be opened on Tuesday.
The seeds will be stored inside a mountain and can remain frozen even without electricity.

Children 'damaged' by materialism
Most adults in the UK believe that children's well-being is being damaged because childhood has become too commercial, a lifestyle poll has found.

Cocaine's brain effect revealed
Brain scans have revealed a possible biological basis for cocaine addiction which may explain why some get hooked, while others can use the drug socially.

Homosexual activity cause of earthquake, Shas MK says
The recent earthquake that was felt across Israel was
the result of the "homosexual activity practiced in
the country", Knesset Member Shlomo Benizri said

A price to pay for saying "I don't"
Mexican brides and grooms who get cold feet before
walking down the aisle will have to pay their
significant other for the inconvenience, if a proposal
by a local congressman is adopted.

25 febbraio 2008

Women are greener drivers than men
It’s official, more women than men have reduced the amount they drive in an effort to curb their carbon emissions. Research commissioned by the Environmental Transport Association has found that 16 per cent of men who drive are ‘not worried too much’ by the fact their cars pollute, while only 6 per cent of British women hold this attitude.
Spokesperson for the ETA, Yannick Read had this to say about women drivers: “Women find it easier to reduce their reliance on cars possibly because they are more open minded about the alternatives to driving - they appear generally more optimistic than men about the changes they can make to the environment.”

Tonnes of Dead Fish Wash Up on Taiwan Beaches
TAIPEI - Tonnes of fish, from carp to exotic tropical specimens, have washed up dead along 320 km of beach on Taiwan's outlying islands because of cold temperatures, a local official said on Friday.

Chinese University Professor Predicts China Will Adopt "Toilet-to-Tap" Technology in 2010
While some Chinese scientists are out advocating for hybrid vehicles and solar energy, others, like Tongji University's Siqing Xia, find themselves in the unenviable position of acting as boosters for less appealing technologies, such as "toilet-to-tap" water treatment. Yet despite the challenge of having to convince China's 1.3b strong population of its merits, it is a task Xia has willingly embraced.

Vecchio post Hello, Mr.Geranium speaking ----> aggiornamento Twitter

22 febbraio 2008

***Africa meeting to block migrants
African and European politicians are meeting in the Ghanaian capital Accra to discuss how to stem the illegal flow of African migrants to Europe.

African Development Bank Gives $814 Mln For Central Africa Forests
TUNIS - The African Development Bank (AfDB) will provide $814 million over the next two years to help safeguard Central African forests threatened by war, poverty and poor governance, the bank said on Thursday.
Bank President Donald Kaberuka told reporters the money would go to 13 projects aimed at improving the management of natural resources in 2008-2010 in the Congo Basin, home to 37 percent of the world's remaining tropical forests.

***Cutting Edge HIV/AIDS Prevention Presents Challenges
KIGALI, Feb 21 (IPS) - Certain medical workers in Rwanda have expressed concern about the country's campaign to promote male circumcision as a means of curbing the spread of HIV. They fear that in a country with low levels of knowledge about sexual health, people could mistakenly believe the procedure offers complete protection against the virus.

segnalazione per copmmento: Art for housewives

***Map pinpoints disease 'hotspots'
A detailed map highlighting the world's hotspots for emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) has been released.

***L'amico immaginario diventa virtuale
Una ricercatrice della Northwestern University ha scoperto che molti bambini problematici, in particolare i bambini autistici, hanno più facilità a rapportarsi con un bambino virtuale creato al computer, piuttosto che con i loro compagni in carne e ossa, e possono avere notevoli vantaggi nell'apprendimento da questa amicizia virtuale.
Virtual Teachers Outperform Real Thing
Virtual characters and digital tutors are helping children and adults develop advanced social and language skills that can be tough to learn via conventional approaches, according to researchers who briefed reporters here last week at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Cleaner water through nanotechnology
Tiny particles of pure silica coated with an active material could be used to remove toxic chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and other hazardous materials from water much more effectively and at lower cost than conventional water purification methods, according to researchers writing in the current issue of the International Journal of Nanotechnology.
Ricercatori australiani hanno trovato un sistema per purificare l'acqua da batteri, elementi chimici tossici, virus, ecc. semplicemente attraverso l'uso di silicio rivestito, molto più economico dei metodi tradizionali.

20 febbraio 2008

Afrigator is an African Aggregator. A site which searches blogs, and keeps tabs of activity or information. Afrigator is one of the very few you will find in Africa, and seems to be one of the most popular. Afrigator is good also if you own a blog: you can sign up as a member, and get benefits like them sending you traffic, and indexing you so making you score higher on search engines. They are a must for African bloggers.

The Dawn of Green Mobile Networks
Escalating oil prices are pushing operators to use alternative energies to power cellular base stations in remote areas of the world

Do animals think like autistic savants?
When Temple Grandin argued that animals and autistic savants share cognitive similarities in her best-selling book Animals in Translation (2005), the idea gained steam outside the community of cognitive neuroscientists...

Which is Greener: Wool or Cotton?
It's an apples to oranges comparison, one comes from sheep, the other grows in the ground and, on top of that, there are a lot of environmental impacts to consider with both.

Envirowise One Bin Day - challenging office wasters
Bad waste practices are costing UK industry at least £15 billion each year, says sustainable business expert Envirowise. To bring the message home, Envirowise is targeting UK offices with its ‘One Bin Day’ campaign on Thursday, February 21.

How Ancient Trade Changed the World
Nowadays, if you need something, you go to the closest mall, shell out a few bucks and head home. Thousands of years ago, the process wasn't nearly as simple. If you or someone in your town didn't grow it, herd it or make it, you needed to abandon that desire or else travel for it, sometimes over great distances.

World Switches On To Earth Hour Switch-Off
CANBERRA - As many as 30 million people are tipped to switch off lights and televisions around the world to help fight climate change with 24 cities joining Earth Hour on March 29, environment group WWF said on Wednesday.

London Mayor Urges Boycott On Bottled Water
LONDON - Londoners should boycott bottled water in favour of cheaper, better-tasting and more environmentally friendly tap water, Mayor Ken Livingstone said on Tuesday.

Mexican Student Builds Eco-Video Game
José Carlos Rivera, a student studying computer science at the Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education in the city of Guadalajara, has designed a game entitled Ship Shop, offering players a kind of eco-justice perhaps unattainable in the real world, according to the Mexican daily Reforma.

Norway mall offers shoppers greenhouse gas credits
OSLO (Reuters) - Half a kg of salmon; two kg of potatoes; a tonne of greenhouse gas reductions -- shoppers at one Norwegian mall can now buy cuts in their carbon footprint as they pick up their weekly groceries.

Kenyan National Park Longs For Tourists
NAKURU - There are about 1.5 million pink flamingos at Lake Nakuru National Park but hardly anyone to admire them majestically walking along the shoreline during Kenya's high tourism season.

19 febbraio 2008

AAA Africa cercasi

Africa: Google Sees Cellphone As Ticket Into Continent
GOOGLE, the world's most popular search engine, had to tailor its offerings to work better on cellphones if it was to make real headway in Africa, the group said yesterday. In a continent with a dearth of computers, the cellphone is the only way most people can get online. And as only 22% of cellphone users have computers, even in relatively wealthy SA, Google's local branch is making mobile search technologies its priority.
Africa: Tomorrow's Internet Users Today - African Universities Play Catch-Up With Online Content
African universities are crucial to the future development of the Internet on the continent in two ways. Firstly, they contain one of the largest groups of existing and potential users: today's student user is tomorrow's future decision-maker. Secondly, universities should be generators of content that will be used by the same students to increase their knowledge and skills. The Kenyan Government and Google have both said they want to provide free Internet connectivity to students.


Cinque regole per campare cent'anni
Non fumare, controllare il peso, tenere sotto controllo il sangue, fare esercizio fisico ed evitare il diabete.
Lo studio, condotto su 2300 settantenni, è iniziato nel 1981 e si è concluso recentamente. 970 anziani sono sopravvissuti oltre i 90 anni.

GUATEMALA: Indigenous Women Weave Incomes, Self-Confidence
SOLOLÁ, Guatemala, Feb 18 (IPS) - "Before forming part of the association, we were shut up in our houses. Now we have overcome our fear and shame of going out and seeing new places, and we are bringing money in for our families," says Nicolasa Raxtun, a 30-year-old Maya Cakchiquel Indian woman.

18 febbraio 2008


Al Gore to Collect a Cool $1 Million Prize at Tel Aviv University
It just goes to show you how much the environment has become a sign of the times. Al Gore is set to fly into Israel in May to collect a cool $1 million dollar cash award presented by the Dan David Foundation, housed at Tel Aviv University.
The foundation awards $3 million in cash prizes every year, with Gore taking a third of the prize pie for his work in the environment. He said in a video conference recently that he will donate it all to organizations working to stop climate change. (Get your proposals ready!)

The Formation of Dead Zones off Oregon and Washington is Tied to Climate Change
To marine biologists, dead zones - low-oxygen areas that are unable to support most forms of life - represent one of the gravest manifestations of an ecosystem gone awry. Reported sightings of dead zones have surged over the last few decades as eutrophication incidents have become more common in coastal areas; some of the largest and recurring dead zones have been found along the coast of Oregon and Washington.

Report: There's A Forest In Your Packaging
Be it paper or plastic, packaging and its environmental impacts have always been squarely on the TreeHugger radar (here, here and there). And last week, to add one more pebble to the mountain, the Dogwood Alliance released a report on the effects of logging in the southeastern parts of the United States, which shows that eco-unfriendly packaging is not only a global issue, but also one that hits pretty close to home.


Rwanda: Forests - District Officials Train in Hi-Tech Application
The National University of Rwanda's Centre for Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (CGIS-NUR) has trained district officers on remote sensing and forests management techniques ahead the publication of the country's forests maps and database.

Africa: Bush Visit to Focus on Health, Education
United States President George W. Bush was scheduled Friday to begin a five-nation African tour designed to highlight his legacy on the continent. Bush is expected to visit Benin, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, and Liberia, where he will meet with each country's head of state and visit schools and community projects

Child campaign brings Freetown slum to Internet
LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - From Monday, people all over the world can become virtual neighbours to the residents of a Sierra Leone slum, plagued by infant mortality and rampant disease, through an Internet campaign by the charity Save the Children. For the past two months the charity has had two people living in the Kroo Bay slum, which straddles what is in effect an open sewer in the capital Freetown, compiling footage and stories of the resident's daily struggle to survive. From this they have created a virtual reproduction of the community so that from Monday, by clicking through the charity's Web site at www.savethechildren.org.uk, people will be able to enter it interactively on the Internet.
Visita lo slum virtuale di Kroo Bay
Da oggi anche tu puoi provare a vivere (virtualmente) in una bidonville africana. L’associazione umanitaria Save the Children ha creato sul suo sito (www.savethechildren.org.uk) una riproduzione virtuale dello slum di Kroo Bay, vicino a Freetown, nel Sierra Leone. Il progetto è nato dalla testimonianza di due volontari che hanno vissuto per due mesi nella baraccopoli seguendo la vita e le attività dei bambini e della comunità.


Rwanda: Forests - District Officials Train in Hi-Tech Application
The National University of Rwanda's Centre for Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (CGIS-NUR) has trained district officers on remote sensing and forests management techniques ahead the publication of the country's forests maps and database.

Africa: Bush Visit to Focus on Health, Education
United States President George W. Bush was scheduled Friday to begin a five-nation African tour designed to highlight his legacy on the continent. Bush is expected to visit Benin, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, and Liberia, where he will meet with each country's head of state and visit schools and community projects


Sento la necessità di superare questo momento di stallo causa ritorno al lavoro abbastanza traumatico... (senza contare l'influenza e l'inverno che non allenta la morsa)

04 febbraio 2008

Here we go, again!

Green parenting how-to: part 1 - pregnancy and new baby (NOT a NEWS)
Becoming a parent is often the catalyst for becoming greener. Suddenly being aware that our children are going to be inhabiting a planet that we’ve helped to ruin could even turn our lives right around. Whether you’re already conscious of the environment, or if you’re new to green, join me for a journey through what it means to be a green parent, and how to be the very greenest parent that you can be.

Colombia, Costa Rica 'top ten' for environment
Colombia and Costa Rica are among the top ten nations in a ranking of excellence in environmental performance.

Brazil and Vatican Spar Over Reproductive Rights
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (WOMENSENEWS)--A government plan to dispense emergency contraception in the city of Recife, where Carnival festivities starting today are expected to be especially vibrant, have stirred the censure of Catholic authorities.
Recife's archbishop, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, warned the faithful that those who use emergency contraception faced excommunication and vowed to seek action in the courts to block it.

Imagine having an audience with some of the most powerful leaders on the planet, where you have the opportunity to tell them what you think about the future of our planet. This is exactly what happens at the J8 summit each year!

ARMAMENTI (mia segnalazione)
Il viaggio delle armi
Armsflow è una mappa interattiva che mostra i flussi di scambio internazionali di armi tra il 1950 e il 2006, e presenta i dati nazionali forniti dallo Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
http://www.armsflow.org/flow/country/Italy.2006 (scheda Italia)

Chinese begin to protest censorship of Internet
In recent months, Chinese censors have tightened controls over the Internet, often blacking out sites that had no discernible political content. In the process, they have fostered a backlash, as many people who previously had little interest in politics have become active in resisting the controls. For the vast majority of Internet users, censorship still does not appear to be much of a factor. The most popular Web applications here are games and messaging services, and the most-visited Internet sites focus on everyday subjects like entertainment news and sports. Many, in fact, seem only vaguely aware that the Chinese Internet universe is carefully pruned, and even among those who know, a majority hardly seems to care. But growing numbers of others are becoming increasingly resentful of restrictions on a wide range of Web sites, including Flickr, YouTube, Wikipedia, MySpace (sometimes), Blogspot and many other sites that the public sees as sources of harmless diversion or information.

African-American portraits and snapshots, 1900-1975
Photographer and blogger Raul Gutierrez says, "Square America has posted an online show titled African-American Portraits & Snapshots, a collection of 160 photographs taken between 1900 to 1975 (several home movies are also included)."

African Project To Revive Depleted Soils
A five-year, $180 million project to revitalize the soils and agricultural sector of sub-Saharan Africa has been launched in Nairobi, Kenya. The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa's (AGRA) Soil Health Program will work with 4.1 million farmers to regenerate 6.3m hectares of farmland, which have been degraded by unsustainable farming practices in the last few decades.

Can BRT Encourage Bike Use?
Bogotá's flagship BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) project, the Transmilenio, Moves 1.3 million people a day through the city. The Transmilenio is the centerpiece of the urban revolution that has occurred in Bogotá, Colombia over the past several years.

Sentenced to death: Afghan who dared to read about women's rights
A young man, a student of journalism, is sentenced to death by an Islamic court for downloading a report from the internet. The sentence is then upheld by the country's rulers. This is Afghanistan ? not in Taliban times but six years after "liberation" and under the democratic rule of the West's ally Hamid Karzai. The fate of Sayed Pervez Kambaksh has led to domestic and international protests, and deepening concern about erosion of civil liberties in Afghanistan. He was accused of blasphemy after he downloaded a report from a Farsi website which stated that Muslim fundamentalists who claimed the Koran justified the oppression of women had misrepresented the views of the prophet Mohamed.

By far the biggest African news story in months, the airwaves of
sub-Saharan Africa were full of chatter about a Coup d'etat sweeping
across Ndjamena. Ndja what? Ndjamena, capital of the central African
country Chad, has been under the authoritarian rule of Idris Déby .
Chadians have long been disillusioned with Mr Deby's failure to distribute
the country's oil wealth. Chad is listed by Transparency International as
among the most corrupt countries in the world. I have been to Chad and
would prefer to write about this.

Unable to kick the US army out of their town, the Berkeley city council
has decided to award the parking space in front of the military’s
recruiting outpost to anti-war activists. Right-wing pundits and even a
senator had commented on the controversy over the weekend.

A new rather dark and angry book on “the way the Internet is reshaping our
thoughts about ourselves, other people and the world around us.” Siegel
sees the Internet as “the first social environment to serve the needs of
the isolated, elevated, asocial individual.”