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The man who predicted the housing crash sees another market that’s about to explode. Water.

If you know the story (or perhaps you’ve seen the Hollywood film, The Big Short) where Michael Burry and a few other traders were able to spot the looming housing market crash of 2008, you know that these guys are on their game.  So, when Burry says there’s another important commodity to focus on,we better listen.  Right?

So, what is it, you ask.

Water.

If you’re thinking about investing in bottled water companies or buying land where the water comes from, you’re off-base.  Burry explains that the real value in water trading is the food that holds it.  Fruit and other foods that grow in water-rich areas can be easily transported, while water is a pain to move around.

“Fundamentally, said Burry, “I started looking at investments in water about 15 years ago. Fresh, clean water cannot be taken for granted. And it is not — water is political, and litigious. Transporting water is impractical for both political and physical reasons, so buying up water rights did not make a lot of sense to me, unless I was pursuing a greater fool theory of investment — which was not my intention.

“What became clear to me is that food is the way to invest in water. That is, grow food in water-rich areas and transport it for sale in water-poor areas. This is the method for redistributing water that is least contentious, and ultimately it can be profitable, which will ensure that this redistribution is sustainable. A bottle of wine takes over 400 bottles of water to produce — the water embedded in food is what I found interesting.”

Perhaps he’s right.  Perhaps there are other ways to disperse water to those that need it, but if profit is your game you should be looking at one of the most valuable commodities on the planet.  H2O.

On the next page is a video where he also discusses investing in water, gold and land, similar markets.

How to Pack a Backpack: Best Way To Pack A Backpack

 

Backpacking Tips: How to Pack a Backpack

As a survivalist, you know that there’s a chance you are going to need to bug out and take off at a moments notice.

Sure, we don’t want to think it will ever happen to us, but the reality is that it can happen….and you’ve better be ready.

The problem is that we can’t bring every.damn.thing. with us when we bug out.

The objective of packing a BOB or backpack the right way is to be able to carry all the essentials in the lightest possible way. By doing this, you have everything you need with you without having to struggle with a heavy load on your back.

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Remember that you should carry only the most important. Do not bring items you can do without such as books and heavy tools. People have a tendency to carry extra towels, shoes, clothes, and various other items that just add up to the total weight of the backpack.

However, carrying less weight does not imply on compromising your safety, as it must always comes first. Make sure to keep in mind these backpacking tips from REI’s YouTube channel.

The video is on the next page!

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This portable capsule lets you live off the grid anywhere in the world

If you’re anything like we are, when it comes to things related to live off the grid, we’re all about learning about them and sharing them with you.

Here’s one of our recent finds that we think you’ll like.

 

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The egg-shaped abode, which has been named the Ecocapsule, also has a 9,744 Watt hours battery to store all that power for a rainy (or cloudy) day. The pod is specially shaped to help collect rainwater and dew and funnel it down into a tank below the pod’s floor, filtering it with a clever surface membrane along the way to remove any bacteria.

Survivalist Cody Lundin Sues Discovery over Dual Survival Controversy

This is an article that we came across that was originally posted on offgridsurvival.com

It’s something that we have seen over the last few months, even years and wanted to share more with you.

Be careful who you are following and picking up tips from when it comes to off grid living and survivalism. It can be the difference between living and dying.

 

Former “Dual Survival” host Cody Lundin is suing the Discovery Network, claiming the scripted survival show’s producers purposely made him look incompetent and paired him with a problemed soldier who threatened to kill him on multiple occasions.

The trouble came to a head during the filming of the fourth season of “Dual Survival,” after the Discovery Network fired Lundin from the show and then made it seem like the Survivalist could not hack it during the so-called “wilderness survival situations”. But according to Lundin, the show producers may have been putting the crews, and the viewers lives at risk.

In a Facebook post, shortly after he was fired, Lundin wrote on his Facebook Page,

“It’s shocking to me that Discovery would treat anyone in this manner,” he wrote. “Programming of this nature must be produced and marketed in a responsible manner with the highest level of regard for the safety and health of the hosts, production personnel, and members of the viewing public. I have shared this message with them many times. Failure to observe this standard could have tragic consequences that, with proper precaution, can be avoided. There can be no compromise when dealing with people’s lives.”

Shortly after he told TV Guide:

“You’re dealing with people who have no experience in my profession who are making a show on survival skills,” Lundin says. “They asked me many, many times to do stupid s–t that I refused to do. ‘Fall into cold water so you can get hypothermic.’ ‘Scale that cliff.’ ‘Can you climb that coconut tree?’ I try not to put out dangerous s–t that’s going to be replicated by someone to their detriment. They hated me for it.”

In the suit against Discovery, Lundin is claiming producers made it look like he was losing it during filming; but Lundin claims the real problem came after co-host Joe Teti waved an ice axe around while threatening to bury Lundin on a mountain in Norway. He also claims that while shooting in Hawaii, Teti threatened to impale him with a spear.

Lundin alleges Teti, a former CIA operative with a disputed military record, said, “You better not blow this for me … I think you know what is going to happen to you,” TMZ reports. Lundin claims Teti showed him pictures of people he killed while in the CIA.

The bizarre saga of Discovery Channel reality star Joe Teti has taken many twists since he replaced the original Dual Survival co-host Dave Canterbury.

Almost immediately Teti became embroiled in controversy after a number of his former military commanders accused the host of padding his military resume, some going as far as accusing him of lying about his combat record and violating Stolen Valor laws.

According to a number of his former military commanders, Teti has been embellishing and perpetuating falsehoods about his military career.

“He’s an embarrassment to the Regiment,” retired Army Sgt. Maj. George Davenport told the Army Times in October 2014. “Teti was renounced by the Special Forces Association after nearly two dozen Special Forces soldiers accused him of misconduct. “He is no longer a member and cannot rejoin,” retired Army Col. Jack Tobin told the publication.

The Discovery Network has refused to comment on the lawsuit, or why Teti was eventually fired from the show and then barred from entering the Discovery Networks headquarters.

 

Here’s a few more articles about this:

CHINA’S WATER CRISIS: RENEWABLES OFFER WATER STRESS SOLUTION

Water in China is a big issue.

According to the United Nations, China is home to 21% of the world’s population but contains only 7% of global freshwater supplies. Faced with an imminent water supply challenge, China introduced province-level water use quotas for 2015, 2020 and 2030, targeting improvements in water use efficiency across sectors, and rightly so.

The country’s water tables have dropped roughly one meter per year in the north where nearly half of the people live. The north is also home to more than half of national thermal power generation, four-fifths of coal production and reserves, and nearly half of China’s sown cropland, creating competition for limited water resources.

Rapidly expanding thermal power generation is increasingly placing strains on water resources, with the power sector already accounting for 12% of total water withdrawals. With domestic electricity demand expected to rise 65% by 2030, less water-intensive solutions are needed.

Enter renewable energy.

A new brief by IRENA and China Water Risk finds that scaling up renewable energy and introducing improved plant cooling technologies in China’s power sector can reduce water-intensity up to 42%.

“The global issues of water, energy and climate are completely interconnected. The only effective, immediately available solution to meet the rising demand for energy while limiting environmental impacts, is to scale up renewable energy. China has recognised this and must continue its leadership in the global energy transition.” IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin.

The brief examines the expected impact of China’s power sector on water and climate in 2030. It finds renewable energy is crucial to not only decarbonise the sector, but also to realise dramatic water-related benefits for the country.

China has pledged to reduce carbon emissions by sourcing roughly 20% of primary energy consumption from non-fossil fuels by 2030. IRENA analysis finds that achieving a 26% share or renewables in primary energy supply is both technically and economically feasible. Doing so would not only reduce emissions-intensity of power generation by 37% but also reduce water-intensity by 42% thanks largely to the water saving potential of solar PV and wind.

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During power-generation, solar PV requires far less water than thermal to produce the same amount of electricity. Wind power requires no water.

Renewable energy offers benefits well beyond just emission reductions. For China, scaling up renewables can not only meet climate goals, it can also help meet future energy demand sustainably while leaving more water for people and agriculture.

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