Disaster Frequency is Increasing

When we’re gripped by fear, we hunker down and often abandon our problem-solving abilities. Climate crises are serious business!  We’re literally talking about our ability to sustain life on this planet.  Yet …

I’ve tried to be careful about presenting research-based information in a way that inspires positive corrective action.  I believe we’ve made some adjustments.  But I also see resistance to change.  In the time it took me to complete a 7-home Net Zero sustainable community, hundreds of thousands of non-sustainable homes were built and sold.… Keep reading

Climate Crisis & Trees

You likely sensed that trees are both helpful for the environment and for our health. On our little 5-acre, 7-home garden atrium site, we’ve actually added over 200 trees … without in any way stressing our pocketbooks.  They add beauty and summertime shade, with very little demand for maintenance.  Now, some new research actually quantifies the beneficial effects of trees – without disturbing either farm land or urban land.

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Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis

 

Research shows a trillion trees could be planted

to capture huge amount of carbon dioxide

 

Damian Carrington

The Guardian

4 Jul 2019

 

Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists who have made the first calculation of how many more trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas.… Keep reading

Bees, the Pollinators

This special blog edition features two articles. The first describes the threats our U.S. government is posing to bees – which actually threatens our ability to pollinate the plants that produce the food we need.  The second report, from a British source, details specific actions we can take to help the bee populations.

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Trump EPA OKs ‘Emergency’ Use of Bee-Killing Pesticide on 13.9 Million Acres

 

Jordan Simmons

EcoWatch

Jun. 25, 2019

 

More than 40 percent of insects could go extinct globally in the next few decades.… Keep reading

Banning Harmful Plastics

By now, you’ve likely heard or read reports of the problems created by many plastics. While plastic has been helpful in many ways – and there are many different types of plastic – the material has also been causing enormous problems in many parts od the world.

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Canada plans to ban ‘harmful’ single-use plastics by 2021

 

Ben Westcott

CNN

June 11, 2019

 

 

 

(CNN)Canada will ban many single-use plastic items by 2021, including bags, straws, cutlery and stirring sticks, to cut harmful waste damaging the country’s ecosystems.Keep reading

Lifesaving Food

Here’s some straight-forward, practical, easy-to-do information that can help us live healthier, fuller lives … prerequisite to “sustainable living.”

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The lifesaving food 90% aren’t eating enough of

 

James Gallagher

Health and science correspondent

BBC News

11 January 2019

 

If I offered you a superfood that would make

you live longer, would you be interested?

 

Naturally it reduces the chances of debilitating heart attacks and strokes as well as life-long diseases such as type-2 diabetes.… Keep reading