Optimism, Longevity & Sustainability

There seems to be more fear-based news and reporting these days – which could be attributed to the “If it bleeds, it leads” selection criteria for news reporting by the mainstream media, because the amygdala – the “alarm button” in our brain – calls our attention to whatever triggers it. And all media want to be read or seen or listened to.  Fear causes our blood pressure to rise and leads us to unwise choices.  It lowers our quality-of-life experience.

Here’s a new piece of research about the opposite condition, optimism, and how it improves both our quality-of-life experience and our longevity.… Keep reading

Proximity to Nature

There’s so much “gloom & doom” in the media, with increased trends in mass shootings, in rainforest fires, in climate-related disasters, etc. that it’s refreshing to see a research report that looks at the positive side of “sustainable living” … which means living 100% with what Earth brings to your home site – which, technically, isn’t actually all that difficult – and it also means enjoying a better quality-of-life experience.  Here’s some relevant research for living a happier life.

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The Closer You Live To Nature The Happier You’ll Be, Study Finds

 

2 September 2019

Applied Geography

John Anderer

 

LONDON — If you’re on the lookout for a new apartment or home in a big city, try and find a place near a park or nature reserve.… Keep reading

Climate Actions

Here’s a thoughtfully detailed report with specific actions we can each take to reverse the problems being caused by climate change. I like the specificity of the suggestions, and the separation into micro actions – that we can each take – and macro actions we can encourage governments to take.

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Six Critical Climate Actions You Can Take Right Now

 

Rainforest Alliance

July 8, 2019

 

Climate anxiety got you down? You probably already know that there is no better cure for anxiety than action—but it’s hard to know where to begin when you’re confronting a problem as enormous and complex as climate change.… 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

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