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It was built in New Zealand for an advertisement for the Yellow Pages: everything was ordered out of the book.
The concept is driven by the ‘enchanted’ site which is raised above an open meadow and meandering stream on the edge of the woods.
The tree-house concept is reminiscent of childhood dreams and playtime, fairy stories of enchantment and imagination . It’s inspired through many forms found in nature -the chrysalis/cocoon protecting the emerging butterfly/moth, perhaps an onion/garlic clove form hung out to dry. It is also seen as a lantern, a beacon at night that simply glows yet during the day it might be a semi camouflaged growth, or a tree fort that provides an outlook and that offers refuge.The plan form also has loose similarities to a sea shell with the open ends spiralling to the center.
It is now obvious that it is hightime to produce a pod on eco treehouses!It was built in New Zealand for an advertisement for the Yellow Pages: everything was... more
Author and activist Glenn Hurowitz shared the following email and press release. You can see more images on the Huffing Posts link.
"Hi folks - Our Indonesian colleagues just staged a huge action at one of the biggest global warming polluters - Sinar Mas, an Indonesian company that deforests some of the most carbon-rich forests in the world (they're on top of peatlands) for palm oil, which is responsible for (in Indonesia alone) up to eight percent of total global warming pollution and goes into products like Godiva chocolates, KitKat, Tide, Dove soap, and many other products - even though it's totally unnecessary and those products all have equal or better equivalents that don't use palm oil.
We've got a release, video, and pics up: http://www.greenpeace.org/seasia/en/news/sinarmas_axn
Jakarta, Indonesia — Greenpeace activists were brutally kicked and punched this morning when they led a peaceful protest at the headquarters of Indonesia’s largest logging and palm oil company, the Sinar Mas Group, in Jakarta today. Greenpeace is demanding a halt to continuing destruction of Indonesia’s last remaining forests by the company
Twenty-five Greenpeace activists chained themselves at the entrance to the Sinar Mas building, and Greenpeace climbers deployed a huge 20m x 10m banner to brand Sinar Mas ‘Forest and Climate Criminal'. Police then arrived at the scene and removed the activists.
"The excessive violence today by Sinar Mas security is testament to the way this company does business. Sinar Mas may think they are above the law, but the right to peaceful protest is enshrined in Indonesian constitution. We took action today because Sinar Mas and the Indonesian Government are failing to do so. We are facing the greatest threat to humanity - climate chaos, yet still companies like Sinar Mas continue to destroy forests and peatlands, rather than protecting them for future generations and, as is becoming increasingly clear, for climate stability", said Bustar Maitar, Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Forest campaigner.
Greenpeace has been monitoring Sinar Mas operations in Riau Province, Sumatra, West Kalimantan and Papua over the past years and has recently gathered fresh evidence of Sinar Mas Group's ongoing destruction in these areas. Sinar Mas is also poised for massive expansion as they hold unplanted concession areas totalling another 200,000 hectares of Indonesian rainforest and have plans to acquire a further 1.1 million hectares, mainly in Papua. Furthermore, human rights organisations have raised serious concerns following the heavy handed repression of community protests against APP (owned by Sinar Mas) in Suluk Bongkal, Riau at the end of last year.
"Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is saying internationally that he will reduce Indonesia's greenhouse gas emissions, yet Sinar Mas continue their forest destruction unabated. If he is serious about Indonesia being a global leader in solving the climate crisis, he must take immediate action to stop this company destroying Indonesia's greatest asset - carbon rich forests and peatland", urged Maitar.
Greenpeace is calling for an immediate halt to all expansion into forests and peatland by Sinar Mas and other companies. Further, they are calling on the Indonesian government to immediately implement a moratorium on any further forest conversion. This will not only help curb the country's greenhouse gas emissions, but will also safeguard the wealth of tropical biodiversity and protect the livelihood of forest dependent communities all across Indonesia.
The Indonesian government needs to take action to protect the nation's people from the impacts of climate change through reducing Indonesia's emissions by 75% by 2012 and pushing industrialised countries to pay for this reduction in deforestation as well as cutting their own emissions dramatically.
We'd greatly appreciate any attention you can bring to this.
GlennAuthor and activist Glenn Hurowitz shared the following email and press release. You... more
NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) -- Scientists sailed Thursday to inspect an undersea volcano that has been erupting for days near Tonga -- shooting smoke, steam and ash thousands of feet into the sky above the South Pacific ocean.
Authorities said Thursday the eruption does not pose any danger to islanders at this stage, and there have been no reports of fish or other animals being affected.
Spectacular columns are spewing out of the sea about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the southwest coast off the main island of Tongatapu -- an area where up to 36 undersea volcanoes are clustered, geologists said.
Trade winds continued to blow gas and steam away from the island Thursday.
Tonga's police deputy commander Taniela Faletau said coastal villages close to the roiling ocean site were not yet at risk and that no warnings had been issued.
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Source: The New York Times Online
It's amazing to see the Awesome power of nature.NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) -- Scientists sailed Thursday to inspect an undersea... more
Now I'm driven to learn more of the science behind this. It is always shocking to be reminded by how easy it is to influenced by people you trust and respect..for the better or for the worse.
What do you think? Is nuclear a short term answer?Now I'm driven to learn more of the science behind this. It is always shocking to... more
It will be endeavors like this that will save us, not industrialized agriculture.
From the article:
A collective of 5,000 women spread across 75 villages in this arid, interior part of southern India is now offering a chemical-free, non-irrigated, organic agriculture as one method of combating global warming.
Agriculture accounts for 28 percent of Indian greenhouse gas emissions, mainly methane emission from paddy fields and cattle and nitrous oxides from fertilisers. The 2007 report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says India's rainfall pattern will be changing disproportionately, with intense rain occurring over fewer days, leading directly to confusion in the agricultural scenario.
Decreased rain in December, January and February implies lesser storage and greater water stress, says the report, while more frequent and prolonged droughts are predicted.
The report cites, as example of impacts, that a 0.5 degrees Celsius rise in temperature will reduce wheat production in India by 0.45 tonnes per hectare.
Research at the School of Environmental Sciences in New Delhi projects crop losses of 10-40 percent by 2100 despite the beneficial effects of higher carbon dioxide on growth, with the dynamics of pests and diseases significantly altered.
Adaptation is both necessary and unavoidable, says the IPCC.
In Zaheerabad, dalit (the broken) women forming the lowest rung of India's stratified society, now demonstrate adaptatation to climate change by following a system of interspersing crops that do not need extra water, chemical inputs or pesticides for production.
The women grow as many as 19 types of indigenous crops to an acre, on arid, degraded lands that they have been regenerated with help from an organisation called the Deccan Development Society (DDS).
DDS, working in this area of India for the last 25 years, has helped these women acquire land through government schemes for 'dalits', and form 'sanghas' or local self-help groups that convene regularly and decide their own courses.
The women plant mostly in October-November, calling up the family's help for 7 days for weeding and 15-20 days for harvesting. Farmyard manure is applied once in two or three years depending on soil conditions.
In Bidakanne village, 50 year-old Samamma, standing in her field, points out the various crops, all without water and chemical inputs, growing in between the rows of sunflowers: linseed, green pea, chick pea, various types of millets, wheat, safflower and legumes.
The sunflower leaves attract pests and its soil depletion is compensated by the legumes which are nitrogen-fixing.
"In my type of cropping, one absorbs and one gives to the soil, while I get all my food requirements of oils, cereals and vegetable greens,'' says Samamma.
Samamma's under-one-acre plot produces, amongst other crops, 150 kg of red 'horsegram', 200 kg of millets and 50 kilos of linseed. She keeps 50 kg of grains and 30 kg of gram and sells the rest in the open market.
The 5,000 women in 75 villages are now in various stages of adopting this method of agriculture.
"In the climate change framework, this system of dryland agriculture has the resilience to withstand all the fallouts of elevated temperatures", says P.V. Satheesh, the director of DDS.
Multiple stresses from global warming in India and the Asian continent are foreseen in water scarcity, groundwater salinity, food insecurity and hunger, loss of livelihoods and problems in downstream agriculture that depend on glacial melts.
The women now run a uniquely evolved system of 'crop financing' and food-distribution that they have mapped out themselves.It will be endeavors like this that will save us, not industrialized agriculture.... more
Too many houses have been built or contracted to be built, and with a combination of excessively high prices and the lack of demand for houses, these unfinished new developments are causing all kinds of unintended consequences to the environment and to the well-being of nearby property owners.Too many houses have been built or contracted to be built, and with a combination of... more
Jon Rolston is a young urban bee keeper. In this pod, vc2 producer and College Current Executive, Matt Fisher takes a verite look a Jon's favorite hobby.Jon Rolston is a young urban bee keeper. In this pod, vc2 producer and College... more
"Shell will no longer invest in renewable technologies such as wind, solar and hydro power because they are not economic, the Anglo-Dutch oil company said today. It plans to invest more in biofuels which environmental groups blame for driving up food prices and deforestation.
Executives at its annual strategy presentation said Shell, already the world's largest buyer and blender of crop-based biofuels, would also invest an unspecified amount in developing a new generation of biofuels which do not use food-based crops and are less harmful to the environment.
The company said it would concentrate on developing other cleaner ways of using fossil fuels, such as carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology. It hoped to use CCS to reduce emissions from Shell's controversial and energy-intensive oil sands projects in northern Canada.
The company said that many alternative technologies did not offer attractive investment opportunities. Linda Cook, Shell's executive director of gas and power, said: "If there aren't investment opportunities which compete with other projects we won't put money into it. We are businessmen and women. If there were renewables [which made money] we would put money into it."...."Shell will no longer invest in renewable technologies such as wind, solar and... more
"An estimated one billion people currently do not have access to safe drinking water, and nearly half of the world's population will live in places with water shortages, according to a new United Nations report.
New technology holds the promise of protecting natural water habitats from pollution as well as tech that purifies current water systems better and helps tap into new potential sources of drinking water.
It has been difficult for researchers to analyze the data information about marine habitats and react quickly to changing conditions. "You cannot adequately protect and manage water unless you can assess how that water is reacting to conditions in real time," says John Cronin, director and chief executive officer of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries. Cronin says the ability to efficiently manage water systems is crucial and will become even more so over the next few decades. "The rate at which our water resources on the planet are increasing is zero," he says, "while our population grows at a wild rate."
"You need to use chlorine to kill bacteria and other organisms during water purification, but chlorine violently attacks polymers," says Bob Allen, manager of a water purification project at the IBM Almaden Research Center. The membrane under development uses fluorine materials that respond to pH levels in the water. Higher pH, between eight and 10, triggers the membrane's filtration material, 200 nanometers thick (one nanometer equals 40 millionths of an inch), to become more porous, allowing water to pass through at a much faster rate while trapping salt (for desalinization) and contaminants such as arsenic (which becomes ionic at such a high pH and thereby easier for the filter to separate out).""An estimated one billion people currently do not have access to safe drinking... more
"Immerse yourself in nature while enjoying all the comforts of a modern home with Hiroshi Iguchi’s “Camouflage House 3.” Fondly referred to as the “greenhouse house,” this sustainably designed building is not only beautiful, it gives you the chance to live a wonderful life inside your very own greenhouse. Live here, and you’ll never want for greenery again, because you’ll have Mother Nature as your roommate.
Iguchi’s greenhouse house was designed as part of the architect’s Fifth World project, which promotes eco-friendly and sustainable architecture. The house certainly seems to speak to the traditional Japanese way of life, which is influenced by Shintoism. The Shinto philosophy encouraged respect for nature and a close relationship where people sought to be one with nature.
I'll add this to the list of "homes I want to live in.""Immerse yourself in nature while enjoying all the comforts of a modern home with... more
The era of frenzied drilling for oil and natural gas in America has passed. Or in other words, "the great American drilling boom is over." That's the lead from a report in the New York Times today about how plunging prices of oil and natural gas are forcing companies to shut down their pumps and close up their rigs. Looks like those intent on drill, baby, drilling are out of luck, at least for the time being.
The decline is drastic indeed. According to the Times,
The number of oil and gas rigs deployed to tap new energy supplies across the country has plunged to less than 1,200 from 2,400 last summer, and energy executives say the drop is accelerating further.
Global oil prices and American natural gas prices have plummeted two-thirds since last summer. Not even an unseasonably cold winter drove down unusually high inventories of natural gas.
The drop has been good news for American consumers, with gasoline now selling for $1.92 a gallon, on average, down from a high of $4.11 in July. But the result for companies is that it is becoming unprofitable to drill.
One company, for instance, has cut its number of operating rigs from 35 to 8.
Things are similar in the natural gas department--a massive drop in price combined with the fact that there's already a huge stockpile has led to a huge decline in drilling.
So—good news or bad news for the environmentally inclined? Well, less drilling in the US—good news. But, the inevitable reliance on foreign exporters—bad news. And, the possibility that when the economy recovers, we'll have to rely even more heavily on foreign exports as energy companies inevitably rush to man their drills once more (not to mention that prices will spike again)—bad news. The possibility that the market may widen for renewable energy sources, and that people will further see how imprudent it is to rely on oil and gas commodities—good news. The fact that—man. I'm exhausted already. What do you think?The era of frenzied drilling for oil and natural gas in America has passed. Or in... more
Most people use their eyes to judge the best flat-screen televisions. Michiyuki Sugino, deputy general manager of audio-visual systems for Sharp, says people should also use their hands. Touch an ordinary set and you'll feel the heat given off by electronic components at work. This warmth is energy that is being wasted, Sugino says, and for consumers, hot spots mean higher electric bills. But lay hands on one of Sharp's new 32-in D Series AQUOS TVs. "The biggest surprise for consumers is when they touch the TV front and back," says Sugino. "It's cool. They can feel the difference."Most people use their eyes to judge the best flat-screen televisions. Michiyuki... more
“Each day, Americans throw out 60 million plastic bottles. Only 14% actually get recycled—meaning 86% become garbage or litter.”
Brand Image has set out to change the way we drink bottled water. In an effort to enhance the consumer drinking experience and create a sustainable alternative to plastic bottles the designers have created the 360 Paper Bottle. It’s the first 100% recyclable paper container and is made entirely from renewable resources.“Each day, Americans throw out 60 million plastic bottles. Only 14% actually get... more
So now it begins. Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, Kiribati, the Maldives, Vanuatu... Names of islands that are now experiencing the effects of sea level rise that threatens the existence of life. However, we won't see this on the MSM, because to report on this would then have people actually seeing that climate change/global warming is indeed happening. And in the case of the Carteret Islands, where will the people go? The man quoted in this article stated it should be the industrialized nations that caused this that have to pay for it.
What do you think?
This is a serious problem we have to plan for. Imagine if this were Bangladesh. Where are we going to place all of the climate refugees from these most vulnerable locations? Will the US take some? China? How could Australia when it is now suffering the effects of it as well and water resources are already strained?
Another report that came out last week stated that the US is woefully unprepared for the effects of climate change. California would be a good example of that right now. Why does it seem to me as though we are all in slow motion as this begins to play out? We were warned about this years ago. And still we sit waiting for a meeting in Copenhagen where a group of elitist world leaders will sit and continue to bicker and hash this and that out to best suit their own agendas, while islands sink.
Unbelievable.So now it begins. Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, Kiribati, the Maldives, Vanuatu... Names... more
The government ran into a storm of criticism yesterday after quietly closing its grant programme for solar energy last week, which campaigners said made a mockery of its commitment to build a low-carbon economy.
The controversial low-carbon buildings programme is a grant system aimed at boosting renewable energies including wind, biomass and solar. It was due to close this summer but last week the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) put an announcement on its website saying that applications for solar photovoltaic (PV) projects on public buildings such as schools and hospitals were running at such high levels that they had used up their allocated share of half of the £50m grant pot ahead of time.The government ran into a storm of criticism yesterday after quietly closing its grant... more
No shortage of coal or coal mines in Pennsylvania. Coal is easy to burn. In 36 mines it is still burning, with no easy way to extinguish it. An correspondent for the Economist goes to Wilkes-Barre to see an unstoppable 94-year-old mine fire among the many still burning.No shortage of coal or coal mines in Pennsylvania. Coal is easy to burn. In 36 mines... more