1-Step to Great Water

 

Here’s an example of where science has produced a product that will help solve one of the biggest problems in sustainability: Finding a source for high-quality potable drinking water.  Given the problems many communities are having with contamination of their urban water quality – such as problems with lead or arsenic or mercury – this filtering system may be a huge benefit to millions … even those who live by the sea.

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Graphene filter makes even

Sydney Harbour water

drinkable

 

Michael Irving

Nature Communications

February 15th, 2018

 

Among graphene’s long list of superpowers, filtering water may be one of the most directly beneficial.… Keep reading

Earth as Desert

Here’s a fairly solid study projecting outcomes our current trends will produce. Trends are curious, in a way.  When an event happens, that’s a concrete, observable, measurable phenomenon.  No dispute. It rained … see the video, see the rainwater measuring cup, talk to people who walked in it.

But a trend, as a projection of a series of concrete events … if you see 26 dots in a straight-line upward slope and you think you know where the 27th and 28th dots are very likely to be … is less concrete … and therefore more subject to people saying it’s not necessarily so … especially if it disrupts their comfortable lifestyle.… Keep reading

Senior Happiness

Here’s an interesting report from some research concerning the happiness (or unhappiness) of some extremely elderly people. Within the findings are lifestyle attitudes that might be good for everyone else, as well.

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Want to Be Happy?

Think Like an Old Person

 

by JOHN LELAND

 

Jonas Mekas turned 95 this year and won a lifetime achievement award in Frankfurt, Germany. Ping Wong, 92, learned new rules for playing mah-jongg. Helen Moses, who turned 93, mostly gave up talk of marrying Howie Zeimer, her steady companion of the last eight years.… Keep reading

Climate Change … Now!

How much do we believe in forecasts? Weather predictions – even just for a few days into the future – are often not quite on target, as the forces that cause specific temperatures or precipitation may change.  So when experts predict change in climate that are farther into the future, our belief in their findings varies.

Typically, environmentalists who believe we need to live more compatibly with our planet believe the forecasts, while corporations who see climate change as a threat to their business – and the politicians they sponsor – prefer to dismiss projections that are negative to their business.… Keep reading

Trees

No, this isn’t about Joyce Kilmer’s poem. But it is about “Sustainable Living” in terms of (1) how we can leave our “Planet Earth campsite” better than it was when we got here, and (2) how we can enjoy a better quality of life experience.  I’ll add comments about what we can each do, individually.

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‘People seem happier’:

 

How planting trees changed lives

in a former coal community

 

The National Forest has not only transformed an industrial landscape,

it has given people a new sense of belonging and wellbeing, created jobs

and boosted wildlife – benefits that could be replicated across the country.Keep reading