How to Get Rid of Mold in Your Basement or Crawlspace

SANY0020-1You'll know it when you smell it: that damp, musty smell that reminds you of a medieval dungeon, and an earthy scent much like the dirt, deep in the forest, underneath a layer of rotting leaves.

You'll probably recognize it: colonies of invading fungi, growing in ever-spreading clusters of white, black, brown, or even gray, yellow or green. When mold rears its ugly, smelly head in your basement, it's only a matter of time before it spreads and claims the rest of your home for its own.

Don't let it. Get rid of the mold – and take steps to make sure it stays away.

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First Earth: Uncompromising Ecological Architecture Video

first earthFirst Earth is a documentary about the movement towards a massive paradigm shift for shelter -- building healthy houses in the old ways, out of the very earth itself, and living together like in the old days, by recreating villages. It is a sprawling film, shot on location from the West Coast to West Africa.

An audiovisual manifesto filmed over the course of 4 years and 4 continents, FIRST EARTH makes the case that earthen homes are the healthiest housing in the world; and that since it still takes a village to raise a healthy child, it is incumbent upon us to transform our suburban sprawl into eco-villages, a new North American dream.

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$2 pocket knife is regreening Africa

knife landscape desertHow can barren fields, degraded forests and grazing lands be reforested without planting a single tree? Is it possible? Well yes, according to Tony Rinaudo and his work with World Vision in regenerating over 30,000 acres in West Africa all with the aid of just a simple pocket knife and a clever idea.

In the Niger it is estimated 60 million trees were planted from nurseries over 20 year period with less than a 25% survival rate.
Tony Rinaudo wondered what to do to help give trees a chance of surviving in this desolate location.
"I felt very discouraged. I looked North, South, East, West – and thought, using this nursery and tree planting technique, at this rate – it was impossible to revegetate the land on a large enough scale to make an impact.

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