The good news is that biological runs on a quickly-iterative timescale, so corrections from the "natural world" AKA Mother Nature historically tended to be expedited.

The bad news is that now the humans have an acceleration of corruption in their economic and political constructs. As a result, they are also destroying most of the "fail-safes" in the natural world; those evolutionary backup plans are breaking faster than nature can figure out a correction.

quantamagazine.org/evolution-r

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.

"Indigenous presenters insisted that drastic and immediate change was required on the local, national, and international levels so that the use and storage of hazardous substances could not take place in their lands without their free prior and informed consent as affirmed in Article 29 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

They called for effective clean-up of contaminated areas, remedies for those whose lives and human rights have been affected, corporate and government responsibility to provide redress and remedy to those who have been harmed, restoration of traditional food systems and non-toxic agricultural methods, programs to address extreme poverty and the development of safe, economically viable livelihoods in Indigenous communities that are not harmful to their health or the environment.

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) recommended that this legal review be carried out ... to address the disconnect between the UN chemicals conventions..."

Source: nativenewsonline.net/currents/

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

Upgraded the Mastodon instance to 2.7.0 last night! We now have a "profile" directory for searching tags, though it does require 10 followers. For some reason, remote following here is not working as expected. I have been working on this with some friendly folks at the @fosstodon.org instance. Hopefully we'll get something figured out.

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

newenergyworks.com/get-to-know

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 )

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