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The Stream, November 13: Study Finds Growing Risk to Water Supplies From Snowpack Melt

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The  Global Rundown

The Global Rundown

Melting snowpack in regions around the world, including California’s Central Valley and the Rio Grande basin, is expected to significantly increase the risk of declining water supplies by 2060, according to a new study. A drought in Ethiopia requires hundreds of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid, but the country’s government does not expect it to affect GDP. Meanwhile, power supplies in Zambia are forecast to decline further due to low hydropower reserves. Communities near the source of Mexico City’s water are concerned about the effect on their rivers. Brazil fined two mining companies that own the iron ore mine where burst tailings dams unleashed a devastating flood and mudslide.

“I joined the group in 2003 because many bad things were happening to our rivers. Our crops have been affected. There aren’t as many fish as before. Because they took the water from underground, the land is dry. It is all the fault of the Cutzamala system. Now, we’re asking the government to pay us back for what we’ve lost. We’re not fighting, we are just defending our rights.”–Ofelia Lorenzo, a member of the Zapatista Army of Mazahua Women in Defence of Water, on the group’s efforts to raise awareness about the sources of Mexico City’s water. (Guardian)

By the Numbers

By The Numbers

$66 million Amount of environmental fines Brazil imposed on BHP Billiton and Vale SA, the owners of an iron ore mine where burst tailings dams released deadly mudslides downstream. Reuters

$600 million Estimated amount needed to respond to a drought emergency in Ethiopia. The government said it does not expect the drought to negatively affect the country’s gross domestic product growth. Reuters

Science

Science, Studies, And Reports

There is a 67 percent risk that less water will be available by 2060 from snowpack, which provides drinking water for 2 billion people, according to a study published in Environmental Research Letters. California’s Central Valley and the Rio Grande Basin shared by Mexico and the United States are expected to be particularly hard hit, the study found. National Geographic

On the Radar

On The Radar

Zambia’s electricity deficit is expected to increase from 700 megawatts to 1,000 megawatts by December, according to government officials. The country relies almost exclusively on hydropower, and water levels in its biggest dam have declined to 21 percent of capacity. Bloomberg

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27 Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil

27 Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil

27 Amazing uses for coconut oil

Who knew coconut oil had so many uses? 

In the past few years, coconut oil has taken the media by storm with its myriad health benefits that affect the entire body inside out.

It might just be the most versatile food on earth with its extensive applications not only in natural medicine, but also in beauty, household and much more. In South East Asia, the Coconut tree is referred to as the “tree of life”, and today there are over 1500 studies to prove that coconut oil might just be the elixir that you have been looking for.

If you have heard of the many benefits of coconut oil, and bought a tub for yourself, but don’t know what to do with it, here is some help—a list of top uses of coconut oil for you, and we hope it helps.

1. Cleanser

Most face washes and soaps available in the market have an over abundance of alcohol and contain harsh chemicals that can play havoc with the natural oils and cause overproduction of oil and eventually lead to skin problems such as clogged pores and acne. Coconut oil is a natural cleanser and can be used on any skin type. It gently washes away dirt, impurities and even makeup without harming the natural oils. It leaves your skin clean, soft and moisturised.

2. Wrinkles

There is a whole world of expensive skincare products promising younger looking and beautiful skin. But try coconut oil once and you will shun all your chemical laden anti-wrinkle products. It is known for its anti-aging properties and there are no side effects. It is rich in antioxidants such as pro Vitamin A and Vitamin E that help slow down the ageing process. Coconut oil can reduce fine lines and other signs of aging leaving a younger looking skin with an enviable glow.

3. Bad breathbad breath remedy: coconut oil

No matter how beautiful you look, if you do not smell good, then all that make up and designer dresses go in vain. Due to its strong antimicrobial properties, coconut oil can be effective in treating bad breath. For all dental applications, just take a tablespoon of coconut oil, swish it around the mouth for 15-20 minutes, spit it out and brush your teeth.

4. Homemade laundry detergent

Coconut oil and detergent? Yes, you got it right. You can actually whip up your own homemade laundry detergent using coconut oil. Just add 33 oz coconut oil, 5.9 ounces lye (NaOH) and 12 oz water. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

5. Stain remover

To remove stains from your carpets or upholstery just mix one part of coconut oil with one part of baking soda and apply it to the stain. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes and then wipe it off.

6. Get rid of ants, maggots and flies

Mix some seed oil and castile liquid soap to coconut oil and use the spray to get rid of ants. To keep flies and maggots away from the trash, just coat the bin with coconut oil.

7. Replace vegetable oil or butter with coconut oil

If you have to sauté your vegetables in a frying pan, just use coconut oil in place of butter or vegetable oil as a healthier alternative. You might not get as rich a taste as butter, but you will certainly feel less guilty.

8. Lubricant to remove caked-on food

With coconut oil in your pantry, you no longer need to scrub the caked-on food from your dishes. Simply put some coconut oil on the tough spots and the caked-on food can be scrubbed off easily.

9. Keep your eggs fresh longer

Coconut oil can prolong the life of eggs by 1-2 weeks. Just swipe a little coconut oil on the egg shells. It will seal the pores and keep them fresh longer.

[Read: 10+ Eggsellent Reasons Organic Eggs are Better]

Fight Inflammation

Coconut oil, in its unrefined form without any heating or chemicals, is believed to prevent and fight chronic inflammation. It promotes kidney and liver health. Research has also shown that regular consumption of virgin coconut oil helps fight inflammation and prevents chronic diseases caused by inflammation.

Promotes brain health and helps treat Alzheimer’s

Research shows that coconut oil can be an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s. The study shows that taking a tablespoon of coconut oil three times a day can help Alzheimer’s.

coconut oil use: energy boosterUltimate energy booster

Want to make a quick energy booster? Go fetch your tub of coconut oil, mix it with chia seeds and you are good to go. Mix ½ tablespoon of chia seeds with a tablespoon of coconut oil, spread it on a slice of multi-grain bread or just have it as is. Chia seeds are known to boost endurance and performance, coconut helps its metabolism.

Burns fat

Coconut oil is rich in medium chain triglycerides and is shown to support weight loss and help the body burn fat. You may be surprised that fat can help you to lose weight, but try adding a tablespoon of coconut oil to your diet and you may start noticing a reduction in abdominal fat. Research has shown that consumption of medium chain triglyceride oils is more effective for weight loss compared to olive oil.

Cold and flu prevention and relief

The anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties of coconut oil make it effective for prevention and relief from cold and flu. Just add a bit of coconut oil to your smoothies or teas for relief from cold and flu.

Naturally balance hormones

Coconut oil contains healthy fats that support adrenal and thyroid glands that can lower cortisol and balance hormones. It promotes healthy metabolism and suppresses inflammation, thus balancing hormones.

Naturally balance cholesterol levels

Coconut oil contains healthy fats that lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol, and in turn promote cardiovascular health. A study shows that consumption of coconut oil increases HDL cholesterol and improves cholesterol ratio.

Remove wax build up from ears

If you have excess wax build up in your ears, then try a drop or two of coconut oil. Just tilt your head and use a dropper to put 1-2 drops into the ear. After some time, just tilt the head the other way and let the oil and wax drain out.

Remedy for pink eye

If you have a pink eye, then before trying antibiotics or other treatments, try some coconut oil. Just dab a little oil on to the eyelids and follow up with a cold or warm compress. It reduces swelling and soothes itchy eyes.

Treats menopause related hot flashescoconut oil menopause remedy

Taking a tablespoon or two of coconut oil can provide relief from hot flash symptoms during menopause.

[Read: Burning Through Menopause: 13 Tips
for Getting Fit After 50]

Promotes calcium and magnesium absorption

Calcium plays a critical role in many body systems and is essential for healthy bones. If you have problem absorbing calcium then coconut oil can be of great help. It also boosts magnesium absorption, thus preventing and relieving many health problems such as constipation, hormonal imbalance, migraines and more.

Pet care

Coconut oil does not just work for humans; it can be great for pets as well. Adding a little coconut oil to their diet helps digestive problems. You can apply coconut oil topically to treat irritations, skin allergies and wounds.

Allergies

If you are prone to respiratory allergies, you can simply put a little coconut oil in your nostrils. This will block the pollen and prevent allergies. You can also add a bit of coconut oil to your smoothies to relieve symptoms associated with allergies. It works well because of its anti-inflammatory properties. The fact that it is a natural immune booster makes it even better at fighting allergies. Coconut oil can help fight allergies because it is a natural immune booster as well.

Helps morning sickness

If you are pregnant and suffer from morning sickness, then coconut oil may offer some relief. A tablespoon of coconut oil every morning can be of great help.

Prevents diaper rash

By applying a little coconut oil to the baby’s skin, you can prevent diaper rash.

Effective treatment for ear infections

Coconut oil works great for treating baby ear infections as well. It is a natural and safe alternative to the chemical laden ear drops available in the market. Unless you suspect damage to the ear drum, you can pour a drop of coconut oil into the infected ear with the help of a dropper. It is known to work quickly.

A tub of coconut oil can work wonders on your health, beauty and home, but make sure you buy only the purest and highest quality oil for the best results. So go ahead and grab a tub of coconut oil to get started on a healthier and natural way of life.

Source: healthygeeks.net

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