Floods and rain and global warming, oh my!

Here's a lovely infographic showing how to lower the impact of stormwater and runoff toxins s ... things like green roofs, permeable pavement, and rain gardens to start...

Heat your house with a water brake windmill

"For the off-grid system, directly coupling a mechanical windmill to a mechanical heat pump is the cheapest option, while the combination of a wind turbine and an electric boiler is the most expensive one. All other technologies are in between. Taking into account both investment and operational costs, small-scale heat generating windmills with mechanical heat pumps are equally expensive or cheaper than conventional gas boilers when assuming the typical performance of a small windmill (which produces – over a period of one year – 12% to 22% of its maximum energy output)."

Source: lowtechmagazine.com/2019/02/he

The science of sustainability:

"Many assume that economic interests and environmental interests are in conflict. But new research makes the case that this perception of development vs. conservation is not just unnecessary but actively counterproductive to both ends. Achieving a sustainable future will be dependent on our ability to secure both thriving human communities and abundant and healthy natural ecosystems.

The Nature Conservancy partnered with the University of Minnesota and 11 other organizations to ask whether it is possible to achieve a future where the needs of both people and nature are advanced. Can we actually meet people’s needs for food, water and energy while doing more to protect nature? The perception of development vs. conservation is not just unnecessary, but actively counterproductive to both ends.

To answer this question, we compared what the world will look like in 2050 if economic and human development progress in a “business-as-usual” fashion and what it would look like if instead we join forces to implement a “sustainable” path with a series of fair-minded and technologically viable solutions to the challenges that lie ahead."

Source: nature.org/en-us/what-we-do/ou

Interesting idea for discreetly helping propagate plants and flowers in neglected urban areas...

Today I saw a TV commercial from BP oil of a little kid throwing a banana peel into the garbage. "We're working on technologies to turn it into jet fuel!" the disembodied voice said.

*That's so stupid*, I think. Compostable waste doesn't go in the trash, it goes in the yard waste, or into the compost pile.

If your community or city doesn't have a recycling and program, it should.

US's Trump-controlled EPA is misusing the 'emergency' process to get sulfoxaflor approved because it's too toxic to make it through normal pesticide reviews; approves spraying 16 million acres of bee-attractive crops with a bee-killing pesticide in a time of global insect decline.

""The EPA is far too eager to find loopholes to approve harmful pesticides when it should be focusing on keeping people and wildlife safe from those pesticides," said Donley. "The routine abuse of emergency exemptions has to stop." said Nathan Donley, a senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity.

Source: ecowatch.com/trump-epa-pestici

See also the PDF: biologicaldiversity.org/campai

A community cooperative in Jackson, Mississippi is using a design from the Open Building Institute to create homes for the "Ewing Street Eco-Village Pilot Project, which entails regenerating the land with a permaculture based landscaping redesign and the installation of our first digitally fabricated housing and communal facilities." The project is designed to take back zones susceptible to , and thus give the community back to the people. It is "anchored by a network of cooperatives and worker-owned, democratically self-managed enterprises."

Cooperation Jackson, as it's called, has some lofty goals ahead; you can read more at cooperationjackson.org/

Basically EVERYTHING in the Realtor-controlled MLS is designed to get you to overpay disgustingly for property.

It's usually an excellent idea to hire an ASHI independent home inspector, and have them create a write-up of all the structural components of a home that are disintegrating or bad. Then submit a revised offer. Also closely look at the land value relative to the home: any structures needing extensive remodeling are probably worth 30 percent less than they are asking!

BE ESPECIALLY PREPARED to discount the cheap "lipstick on a pig" fixes that Realtors often use to hide a building's dangers or flaws. They do not want you to look too closely.

After inspection, submit a new and discounted offer. Remember, you DO NOT NEED a REALTOR for this process. There is a LOT of false and misleading information online about this, don't be swayed!

They are counting on you to be dumb so they can take your equity and get away scot-free without any liability.

Don't be dumb.

Miniaturize a environment with recycled materials; seed starters can make use of recycled or recyclable materials. They can work with many kinds of containers, too.

A mushroom-based insulation from a UK developer has recently won an international award for innovation.

"Ehab Syed, who founded his company Biohm in 2016, says the insulation will be available for sale in the coming months and that he has been in discussions with Tata Steel, Heathrow Airport and some of the UK’s top house builders to use his materials.

His team has developed building insulation made of mycelium – the vegetative part of a mushroom – which he says has superior insulation qualities, is naturally self-extinguishing, feeds off waste while it grows, and purifies the air once in place."

“We’d like to lead the construction industry to a biomimetic future, where everything is inspired by natural processes and biological systems. This will allow us to create a much more energy efficient, resource efficient and healthier built environment,” Syed said.

Biohm has also developed an interlocking construction system called Triagomy, based on the molecular structure of carbon, which enables walls to be easily moved and rooms added to existing buildings with little fuss."

Source: globalconstructionreview.com/n

With , a designer can get away with not having a traditional foundation; structures can be more fluid with respect to any existing landscape features, like mature trees or water.

Cross-laminated timber, or as it is known in the industry, is a form of mass timber that can replace concrete with wood in construction. These buildings are faster to construct, more energy efficient, and comprised completely from

CLTs are typically engineered as "large wooden panels, consisting of 3, 5, or 7 layers of dimensional lumber, oriented at right angles, glued together. The panels will average 8 feet tall and 38 feet long at 3 ¼ and 3 ¾ inch thickness." Using a crane, the panels are lifted into place and fitted by hand to the supporting timber frame.

Sources: archpaper.com/2018/05/atelierj


A zero-waste restaurant in Indonesia "takes recycling to the extreme" ... from sea to seat, all components are naturally biodegradable or compostable. Smart!

Source: thespaces.com/zero-waste-resta

How much living space is really necessary? This modern design incorporates a living among native and mature trees, vertical design for space, and a small open kitchen area. Featured in architecture digest, it is AKA the "Bernier-Thibault-House" Source: archdaily.com/899106/bernier-t

If you haven't yet heard about earth-strike.com EarthStrike, today you do!

Our friends at another mastodon instance also working, organizing. props a (and such) to @sunbeam.city )

From living-future.org/biophilic-de

"Biophilic Design is the practice of connecting people and nature within our built environments and communities.

The International Living Future Institute has seen a demonstrated need among the Living Building Challenge community for Biophilic Design resources that can take the practice from theory to reality. While progress has been made to communicate what Biophilic Design is and to demonstrate why it is crucial to a Living Future, very little has been made around the process of how to achieve it. The International Living Future Institute has brought together leading experts in the field to form an Advisory Task Force that will lead the initiative through collaboration and inclusion of existing resources. This initiative aims to achieve the goal of broad adoption of Biophilic Design among the design community, building owners and cities."

Algae eats CO2 as it is converted to Biofuel

Algae is a highly-effective alternative energy that does not require the seismic activity of drilling or fracking. In fact, it can actually remove excess CO2 from an environment, as CO2 is the "food" it needs to accelerate production of fuel.

In 2014, engineers at the Department of Energy‘s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory "[devised] a way to turn algae into crude oil in less than an hour. That oil can then be refined into gasoline that can run engines."

Algae converts CO2 into triacylglycerol and can break down into a sludgy form of organic crude material (biomass), that can then be further broken down, chemically converted into ethanol and biofuel.

"Well, it is a basically simple process that uses temperature, pressure, and time to accomplish the chemical conversions ... A lot of people think of fossil fuels as, you know, dinosaurs and giant ferns and things. There is some of that, but the bulk of the organic matter was algae. Gradually the organic matter converts into slightly different forms, which make up the material that comes out as crude oil or natural gas.”

Source: science.dodlive.mil/2014/01/01

How some Native American tribes are bringing back the bison from brink of extinction

"“Well never see bison roaming the entire Great Plains again,” said Proctor. “We’ll never see 20 million to 30 million bison again. No one is trying to go back in time. We’re trying to go forward. We’re trying to restore this important animal where we can, where people want them, and to the level where they will help restore the natural balance.”

For any of this to happen, Native American tribes will be key. They have the land and the desire to bring back the continent’s largest land mammal. And it’s not just bison, Proctor said. They have been instrumental in conserving wolves, grizzly bears, swift foxes and black-footed ferrets among other species.

Magnan said Fort Peck’s “dream” is to have 2,500 buffalo in their conservation herd running on more than 40,000 hectares. Already the tribe has passed a resolution to purchase more land.

“It’s amazing … with limited budgets and widespread poverty, [Native American tribes] are the leader in wildlife restoration when compared to the state wildlife agency,” he said. “In reality, it was not the buffalo that left us, it was us that left the buffalo. So we have to do something.”


Q; Which foods have the heaviest carbon footprint? A: The ones that use the most energy to produce the least benefit.

Did you know that cattle are not even native to the US? Cattle should not be farmed! Source: cbc.ca/news/technology/food-cl

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