Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes achieves Living Building Challenge Certification

Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes achieves Living Building Challenge Certification

A.w.N. | Kudos to the Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes and inhabitat.com for promoting this story. This is work well done and a great step into a regenerative future. 

 

Phipps’ Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) has reached a historical level of sustainability by achieving each of the highly regarded green certifications possible for any building. The CSL has become the first and only building to attain WELL Building Platinum certification and Four Stars Sustainable SITES Initiative™ certification. In addition to its LEED Platinum certification, it has now become the fourth building in the entire world to be certified as a ‘Living Building’ by the International Living Future Institute.

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Google Wind Drone, Perth Wave Energy

Google Wind Drone, Perth Wave Energy

Some rolling out renewables and their potential impacts

A.w.N. | Google is launching a 84 foot drone-like wind turbine over a thousand feet in the air for the purpose of sending 600 kilowatts back to earth. I don't know how that energy compares to the energy used in the creation of the units, or how long such a flying turbine can last in the conditions 450 meters in the air. Google claims to have tried to make their smaller 28 foot versions crash and were unable. 

While such a technology is interesting any practicality is left to be demonstrated. There are of course pollution problems. Like light pollution, and space pollution, there is an element of how many things should be flying around in the sky killing birds and blocking sunlight. Many renewable technologies are only renewable insofar as there is the oil to make them. There are way too many questions with all renewable energies to feel any confidence that they will succeed to replace oil. 

A.w.N. | From Wind to Water (isn't it kind of neat how the elements of the ancients are front and center in the post oil (fire) era? We have overabused fire and now balance it out with wind, water, and earth (geothermal etc.)

Perth Wave Energy Project Launched

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One in Ten Wild Bee Species Now Face Extinction in Europe |

One in Ten Wild Bee Species Now Face Extinction in Europe |

A.w.N. | I have kept bees now for two years. Both years all hives survived to winter and I await to see if any of the three have survived this year. I do not have a very good feeling about their survival. The bee situation is not good, but while it is one of the few popular eco topics out there it certainly pales in comparison to Global Warming, and yet one is an abstract notion predicting the future and the other is the major decline of a truly eco industry. Essentially Bees are the only of one of the few organisms on the planet that does not require death and destruction to survive. It is about as eco as it gets. As Einstein said they truly are a marker for the health of our planet and their demise would be significant. I'd wager to guess the bee die offs are way higher than any variation thus far in temperature. 

Bee die offs signify major ecological catastrophe. Along with water problems perhaps bees are of the utmost importance globally. When you look at the bee it is likely you will find that the things causing their ill health are the same that causes ours. 

One in Ten Wild Bee Species Now Face Extinction in Europe

...“Our quality of life – and our future – depends on the many services that nature provides for free,” said Karmenu Vella, EU Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner. “Pollination is one of these services, so it is very worrying to learn that some of our top pollinators are at risk! If we don’t address the reasons behind this decline in wild bees, and act urgently to stop it, we could pay a very heavy price indeed.”...

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The Eight Ingredients to Look Out for on Labels

 

A.w.N. | One of the hardest thing with eating healthy is balancing time with our eating habits. We often resort to packaged foodstuffs and don't adequately consume the labels first. It is a very good idea to familiarize yourself with the common poisons listed on food labels. It can be hard at first to remember all the cleverly disguised terms that are oh so legal, but after time you will get a good understanding of which foods will contain harmful substances. 

The Eight Ingredients to Look Out for on Labels

Processed foods are loaded with preservatives, artificial colors, and artificial flavorings, which is one of the reasons that I recommend avoiding them. Once you become a label reader, you’ll realize just how ubiquitous they are.

The best way to avoid toxic chemical additives is to consume only fresh whole foods. But practically speaking, this can be difficult for many people to accomplish, at least 100 percent of the time. Chances are that, despite your best efforts, you’ll have a processed food or two somewhere in your diet. 

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Japan can now beam solar energy from space

Japan can now beam solar energy from space

A.w.N. | Before I unleash this article with this 'cool' technology let me point out the Japanese have put this giant solar satellite out there in space which can barely power your electric range stove for an hour. I know some of you will argue that the technology is in its infancy, and that it will become more efficient, and maybe that is true, but Tesla talked about the wireless transmission of power many years ago, and this is a mighty old infant you speak of! These sort of high end projects, while worthy of study, research, and tinkering are as of now nothing more than 'cool'. They are not a solution to anything and merely a sideshow for the Global Warming media following. Pipe dream, hoop dream, distraction, whatever it is it is not currently a solution to anything, and in fact is only a fossil fuel consumer, not producer. 

Japan can now beam solar energy from space

Using microwave technology, Mitsubishi said it sent ten kilowatts of power wirelessly through the air to a receiver positioned 1,640 feet away. That is enough to power your kitchen stove for an hour or more....

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Flathead Lake, Montana

Flathead Lake, Montana
Flathead Lake, Montana
 
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Alexis de Tocqueville Despots and Liberty Quote

Alexis de Tocqueville Despots and Liberty Quote
Even despots accept the excellence of liberty. The simple truth is that they wish to keep it for themselves and promote the idea that no one else is at all worthy of it. Thus, our opinion of liberty does not reveal our differences but the relative value which we place on our fellow man. We can state with conviction, therefore, that a man's support for absolute government is in direct proportion to the contempt he feels for his country. Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville (29 July 1805 – 16 April 1859)
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The Octopus That’s Pretty Much Just a Swimming Blanket |

The Octopus That’s Pretty Much Just a Swimming Blanket |
 
A.w.N. | This octopus looks as much like a jet plane as a blanket, but if you watch the video you can see where the name blanket octopus comes from. Quite the amazing creature. 
 
 
Stretched between the blanket octopus’ arms are vast sheets of flesh, and when the octopus feels threatened, it splays out its arms to deploy a stunning cloak.
 
ODDS ARE THAT as a kid you had what is known as a “security object,” perhaps a stuffed animal or toy that you carried everywhere with you. I had a plushy named Mr. Bear because I was apparently a painfully uncreative child, my sister had one named Beary because she was a little bit more creative, and Linus from Peanuts had his famous blanket.
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