Did I post this already? I must be getting older than I thought cuz I honestly don’t remember. But I am a zygote compared to the oldest rocks ever discovered in our solar system. They have been dated back about 4.57 billion years, meaning Earth obviously finished forming later than that.
Had enough of traffic jams, economic roller coasters, disingenuous advertising, population pressures, pollution and untrammeled development of the last wild places on Earth? Maybe it is time for de-growth instead of mindless production and consumption in the name of prosperity. That is exactly what many are suggesting, as reported by Justin Hyatt in the Interpress Service.… Read the rest
Public spaces should be planted out with edible things, I have always insisted. And now here is a community park and garden in Bloomington Indiana that did just that very thing! Here is a bit about the Community Orchard written by Ross Gay:
It’s easy enough for me to remember this orchard, with its numerous varieties of 100 or so fruit trees (apples, peaches, pears, plums, paw paw, cherries, jujubes, figs, and more) and equal number of fruit bushes, vines, and flowers, as little more than a flat expanse of mowed grass.… Read the rest
Join me and the Sustany Foundation for our annual party under the stars along the Hillsborough River this Thursday evening.
Do you enjoy local restaurants, craft beers, spirits and wine? If so be sure to check out The 7th Annual Sustainable Buzz on Thursday, 11/13/14 at the Straz. … Read the rest
Save a few bucks on the best deal in town for good locavore food, craft beers and organic wine all in the name of Sustany! Every year we have a party on the Hillsborough River at the Straz Center Riverwalk and Thursday, November 13 should be a beautiful evening, as always, to enjoy all the food and libations you care to sample. … Read the rest
As if the empty carbs and extra fat don’t make you feel guilty enough, now we know candy bars destroy the environment too! Well, palm oil, really, is the suspect ingredient that that comes from palm plantations. They require a great deal of clear-cut land to produce the oil, mostly in Indonesia and Malaysia.… Read the rest
This weekend as I kayaked past the old Salvador Dali museum grounds I saw a sculpture rising from the USF/ Poyntner Institute Park on the edge of Tampa Bay made of pastic debris found at sea, or flotsam. My friend CJ Reynolds sent this information about the project:
Artists and marine scientists are teaming up with local youth and community organizations to make a massive sculpture to call attention to marine debris and the terrible impacts on wildlife and coastal ecosystems
Most people don’t realize that trash in our streets and parks moves into storm drains and ends up in our waterways and beaches.… Read the rest
In the face of a mounting carbon crisis and the lack of action by commercial utility companies to adopt greener energy solutions, communities across the nation are opting to take hold of the power—literally!—and switch to more local, less polluting energy sources.… Read the rest
Good News reports that some fish species are making “a dramatic turnaround … after just 14 years of federal fishery management to restore these economically important fisheries in California, Oregon and Washington.”
“This is one of the great success stories about ecological and economic recovery of a commercially important fishery,” said Margaret Spring at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.… Read the rest
My heart aches for the roadkill littering Florida highways as wildlife desperately attempts to move from one shrinking habitat to another. Like a mutated disease of nature, humans multiply exponentially, pushing out all other wildlife as we appropriate ever-larger shares of Mother Earth’s bounty.… Read the rest
Zapping a tiny zircon crystal from Australia tells researchers the Earth is 4.375 billion years old, oh, plus or minus 6 million years.
“We’ve proved that the chemical record inside these zircons is trustworthy,” said John Valley, lead study author and a geochemist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.… Read the rest