- Producer31/01/2017Building Green? Here's some tips.In South Africa we have had 2 years of unusually warm weather and a drought. The coal reserves are set to run out by 2020. It is now vitally important to be environmentally aware and active. According to the Zero Energy Project, the construction...
Comments01/02/2017 #15 Claire 🐝 Cardwell@Lisa 🐝 Gallagher - I've just spotted this link :- The end of air conditioning? Asia architects use green solutions to cool buildings
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/31/architecture/t3-architecture-asia-bioclimatic-architecture/01/02/2017 #13 Claire 🐝 CardwellHi @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher - these aren't my photos - I will post some soon, they are taken with a small digital camera - I was using film up until I couldn't get it anymore.... I am saving up for a 'back' that will fit on my long lens. I get most of my images that I use in my posts from Free Images.com. As far as A/C is concerned I used to live in Singapore with my parents when I was a teenager. We lived in an old colonial house with deep eaves, very high ceilings and a really v. good cross flow of air. The Lounge was open on three sides. The living rooms were also quite large. However it was a different story at night - the bedrooms were small and only had one window, so we couldn't just rely on a ceiling fan. The trouble is that most houses today are not designed that way and get uncomfortably hot in the summer months. All I can suggest is that you get good insulation in your roof....01/02/2017 #12 Lisa 🐝 GallagherGreat info @Claire 🐝 Cardwell! I am addicted to my A/C during the hot/humid months. What do people do in order to keep their homes cool and free from a lot of humidity, there must be solutions for that too. Using Central Air really costs a lot of money when the electric bill arrives. The photos I see you post, are some of them yours? I love photography, would love to see more of yours!01/02/2017 #6 Devesh Bhatt#5 it does, it is essential for the Developed countries and critical for developing countries.
I had submitted a paper here, lobbying didn't get it started. Idea was simple
Public toilets which produce power and compost ...But the special part was cashless incentives for waste collectors and green tops for air pollution, plus they could sell it to the grid or electric vehicles.
Functional, possible, sustainable with low maintenance on far off areas in tourist places, villages, highways etc.
Does it appeal to you. If yes we can discuss.01/02/2017 #5 Claire 🐝 CardwellThanks @Devesh Bhatt - v. pleased you enjoyed my article. It makes commercial sense to build green and in many cases now it costs the same (or can be even cheaper) to construct an environmentally friendly building. There are many health benefits for the people living & working in green buildings - check out http://climatenewsnetwork.net/people-and-planet-benefit-from-green-buildings/01/02/2017 #2 Claire 🐝 CardwellThanks @David B. Grinberg! Glad you enjoyed the article. There have been studies recently that demonstrate that there are many benefits to a green building, apart from the energy saving aspect,
"Studies into 69,000 buildings − homes, offices and factories − in 150 countries show that there are fewer illnesses among residents and workers, who report they are more comfortable and happier. Employers also find they are more productive. Companies that opt for “green” buildings gain because workers stay longer in their jobs and have fewer absences, while recruitment is easier because new employees are attracted to environmentally-friendly buildings."
http://climatenewsnetwork.net/people-and-planet-benefit-from-green-buildings/01/02/2017 #1 David B. GrinbergThanks for this excellent advice, Claire. I've noticed here in the USA that many building are "going green" by having grass and plants covering the roof. I think that's catching on. Hopefully, mega corporations will think long and hard about the important issues you identified. We all need to remember that you can't fool Mother Nature!
- Producer25/02/2017I AM A PROUD LIBERALOpinions are my own and not that of beBee.I Did Not Write This But I Wish I Had. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF JOE REPUBLICAN...Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good, because some...
Comments26/02/2017 #21 Pamela 🐝 Williams#19 It wasn't just the politicians, unless you consider their influence on those who run/control our media. It's why I don't follow any particular media source. I let them all tell their 'stories' then I do a little research of my own. That is truly the beauty of the internet. We can't regress, we can't blindly follow any person, any source. It is up to us to educate ourselves and find the truth and call them on their lies; politicians and media alike. To them it's about ratings and polls, but this is about our lives..our health and well-being is at stake, and the well-being of our families. And that goes for every living thing on this planet. (I'm an Environmental Scientist by education, a Data/Business Analyst by profession...don't ask...it's a long story) so I am always going to fight for the environment, because without it, it doesn't matter how much we have...we'll pass into history. It's nice talking to you Warren! So much better than arguing.26/02/2017 #19 Warren Kellam#18 Thank you Pam. After my initial thoughts I realized that my comments were not reflective of the change that I want to see in this world. You sound a lot like me. We both want the same thing and hope that we can accomplish it together. I really blame politicians for creating the rise of Trump. I'm neither a republican or democrat, but merely a mortal that just wants to work and provide income for my family's existence. Trump's rise was purely out of frustrations that many folks have with politicians. I look forward to reading more of your work. Peace be with you.26/02/2017 #18 Pamela 🐝 Williams#17 Thank you Warren. As you get to know me and I hope you'll take the time to do that, you'll realize I hate no one. I dislike the way some people treat other people and it makes me angry but in a defense of human decency. We must remember above all else we are humanity first and foremost above all else. Whenever I find myself angry I try hard to remember that at one time that person came into this world innocent and life has made them what they are. Fear, hurt, pain can do horrible things to the human heart and mind. I recently wrote a fictional series on beBee and at the beginning of each episode I reminded teh readers of one thing: we are all our history. Peace to you as well my fellow human :-)
I was unemployed for a year so I know that struggle. If our government leaders could ever REALLY work together for the good of the people and not special interests this could actually be the strongest country in the world; socially. Not militarily, not powerful, not threatening in any way. Thank you again, until next time.26/02/2017 #17 Warren Kellam#9 I'm sorry to disagree with you Pam. You have every right to express your feelings. We do share some commonality believe it or not, which is fear. I too shared that same fear that you have expressed...I fear that the division in this country is beyond repair. Just as much as you are fearful of the grande orange, I was fearful for eight years of O'BoBo. I spun my wheels for eight years while listening to how great the job situation was and the fake unemployment rate. The fear and anxiety that you have expressed is understandable. Somehow, we have to find some compromise and do the greatest good for the greatest number of people. I apologize for saying that you were spewing hate, when in reality it is fear and anxiety. Peace! And let's pray for a better day when we can all live better lives.26/02/2017 #15 Dean Owen#14 Well I'd like to see people on the streets with Pence for President banners. Pence may have said some odd things in the past, but I suspect he'd make a great president, and like it or not, Trump does have a few good cabinet picks - Tillerson, Mattis, McMaster. Bin the rest, or send them to Siberia since they love Russia so much.26/02/2017 #14 Pamela 🐝 Williams#13 We're of the opinion this is happening behind the scenes. Pence is the least of two evils; he does believe in 'treating' members of the LGBT community to 'cure' them, and he is ultra ultra conservative but I think he is at least reasonable about many of the other 'plans' the administration has in the works, including this immigration nightmare. My daughter doesn't agree; she thinks Pence is a monster in disguise and is just waiting for the opportunity to take a seat he couldn't have won on his own. I think she is right in that respect; Pence couldn't win a election at that level on his own; it took riding on another's shirt tails to get him to where he is.26/02/2017 #13 Dean Owen@Pamela 🐝 Williams. This is what the democrats should do. They should run a "Pence for President" campaign. The message should be that they recognise the Republicans won the presidency, and that is fine. But the president is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office" and thus Pence should initiate proceedings to invoke Section 4 of the 25th Amendment. Only Pence can get the ball rolling, and if he sees support from the Democrats and certain factions within the Republican party, he might just do it. A President Pence would appease both sides and the world would breath easier. Has anyone floated this idea?26/02/2017 #12 Pamela 🐝 Williams#10 Thank you for commenting and your opinion Warren, because that is what America is supposed to be about. Fox News has the right to say what they want and I have the right to not agree with them or you. Perhaps the news that the Administration is blocking dissenting press from briefings should tell you who fears alternative viewpoints. That is controlling propaganda.
I recently did an interview for Fox News about the marches across the country; of course they gave is 15 seconds of report time and didn't use any of the viewpoints they gathered that day. Their twist: it blocked traffic downtown for 2 hours.
But in their defense; Fox News came out against the Administration barring journalists, because if it can happen to the others, it can happen to them.26/02/2017 #11 Pamela 🐝 Williams#6 I read the addition; "The day in the life of a true Conservative" and it sickened me because as I single mother I DID work in a sewing factory to support my daughter even though I had a college education. Those jobs did pay enough to live on and I was fast so I made more working in the factory. I was, on several occasions, injured on the job; including putting two needles through my finger. On a visit by the company's new president, when we were told there would be significant layoffs and downtime because of poor performance I gave him a suggestion that led to him negotiating a lucrative contract. It kept all the employees working, many more hired, and all working overtime (those 10 hour days were brutal). For my contribution I got nothing, not even acknowledgment that it was my idea. He took it and ran with it. That was during the elder Bush administration. Yes; those true conservatives know how to be cons - ervatives.26/02/2017 #10 Warren Kellam#5 While I appreciate your depiction of "Joe", who I guess is a fictional stereotype, reflects the sentiment of the majority of Americans. I would highly recommend that you challenge those stereotypes that you have cognitively formed. I don't know anyone who wants dirty air, dirty water, bad drugs, or to throw grandma off a cliff. I suggest that you research Joseph Goebbels the Nazi chief propagandist, who espoused to blame others for that which you are guilty of. You liberals tend to hate FOX News because it is the only dissenting view. Keep sipping that liberal mainstream media koolaide. Have a nice day spewing your hate.26/02/2017 #8 Pamela 🐝 Williams#5 Thanks Todd. I know not everyone agrees with me but as I ended my post; I have a voice and the right to use it. It's also why I began the post by saying these were my opinions. If you choose to agree with me: BFF! :-) but if not; that's okay too. That is what America is supposed to be about; freedom of speech, and the freedom to have different beliefs. Our leaders in Washington are cowards who have forgotten that and are using their positions to force their archaic beliefs on the all of us. Viva la resistance! Thank you France for the beautiful gift; We welcomed your Les Misérables!26/02/2017 #7 Pamela 🐝 Williams#3 You think you're scared? Trying living here! :-) I don't fear so much for myself but for my daughter and especially my step-granddaughter. Like me S is an environmental science major and I think when this GOP administration gets done there is going to be a lot of mess to clean up! Not only environmentally but economically and socially. They are making a lot of enemies; not only internationally but domestically. The senators in the state I live won't even meet with constituents (even though that is what this was why this break from sessions was created) They are doing their worst and too cowardly to face the people to whom the are perpetrating their crimes against humanity. My hope is that the lawyer team (headed by lawyers that served Obama) will find the ways and means to make them all accountable.
This week two young Indian gentlemen (India Indian) were shot in Kansas by a gunman screaming; "Get out of my country". It's believed they were mistaken for Muslims. As far as I'm concerned the death and blood of one of those gentlemen is on hands of our leaders and especially Agent Orange.. They should all be charged with negligent homicide. There I said it, and I mean it. I weep for the family of that young man.26/02/2017 #6 Helena Jansen van VuurenDo like this too.....and there is an extension to this essay...... http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Essay:A_Day_In_The_Life_of_Joe_Conservative26/02/2017 #5 Todd JonesBravo @Pamela 🐝 Williams! Bravo!
I know more than a few people that may very well be the Joe Republican that you described above. In fact, one of them is a union member that works for the government! Ironically, he spends more time bitching about unions and the government than anyone I know, but is all too happy to collect his paycheck. Talk about myopically oblivious to his own reality...
I can not help but think that what we are currently experiencing is some sort of grand social experiment designed to determine the rough percentage of our populace that can be hypnotized into working against their own self interest.
- 24/02/2017Not really like that. Social Activist = hey look they are destroying the Amazon rainforest , let's ask for donations and then we will figure out something when the money comes in (e.g: Greenpeace) Social Justice Warriors = hey look they are killing whales in Antarctic for business, everyone get in the boat , we will stop that right now. (e.g: Sea Shepherd)
- Producer23/02/2017Ways to Green Your Business and Save MoneyArticle from Blog FreedomWith so many products and services to choose from, it has never been more important to differentiate yourself from the competition. Going green is a great way to stand out and go that extra mile. Even if your actions don’t...
- Producer21/02/2017An Indonesian Catastrophe: A Man- Made Mud Bath.I am standing thirty five meters up, on top of a huge dyke, just a short, thirty minute drive from Indonesia’s second largest city Surabaya. This massive dyke stretches ten kilometers either side of me and I am looking out over one of the largest...
Comments25/02/2017 #23 Ken BoddieI must admit to having quite forgotten about this Indo disaster, Paul. No surprises that in big buck multi-national industrial activity, 'would've' and 'could've' are often buried in a similarly smothering sea of beaurocratic 'mud', along with the processes of environmental reparation and rightful compensation. Those seeking further info may benefit from the following links:
The last link above has some interesting photos and a video.22/02/2017 #20 Robert CormackExcellent post, @Paul Walters. The Lapindo family is directly responsible and, despite a decline in their fortunes, they should be held accountable (which I'm sure they won't be). Too often, ecological disasters are written off as just that, despite cases where it's obviously man-made. Great reporting.22/02/2017 #15 Paul Walters#14 @Dean Owen Thanks Dean its a jaw dropping scene. I read about it ( it gets zero press) in a geological mag and took a journey up there to see for myself. I wonder if you would be good enough to share this as I really would like as many people to see it as possible . Cheers22/02/2017 #14 Dean OwenThis is a brilliant piece of photojournalism. I must admit, when the Sidoardjo mudflow disaster appeared in the papers, I was quick to skip to the next story perhaps due to the wrongful perception that mudflow doesn't carry the same weight of disaster in my mind as earthquakes, tsunami and volcano eruptions. I feel a heavily flawed and corrupt justice system will mean that due process will not run it's proper course.22/02/2017 #13 Pamela 🐝 Williams#7 There will be no stopping it Paul. It would be like stopping an actual volcano from erupting. All they can do is let the planet do what it can do to heal itself. Unfortunately people will need to continue to get out of the way. I don't think this is the last of such situations. It's only a matter of time before something similar happens in the ocean from oil platforms (The Gulf of Mexico spill; Deep Water Horizon is a perfect example). Greed is overriding all sense of safe practices and as Jim says; Agent Orange will not stop until we're all knee deep in oil/gas infused sludge. Such stupidity in the name of money. Disgusting by any measure. Makes me think of Pompeii, if the planet survives us, they'll find those statues and villages in an archaeological dig and wonder what the hell happened.21/02/2017 #11 Jim 🐝 Cody@Paul Waters Fracking has been around for decades and unfortunately will be around for the next 100 years. It destroys our land, waist precious water resources and causes earthquakes.
In my opinion fracking will destroy more of our land and be more detrimental than all the coal and copper mining has done since the beginning of time and It will display hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
I see no letup on fracking due to the greed of oil and gas companies. No matter who is in office in first world countries fracking and oil drilling is here to stay for decades to come.21/02/2017 #8 Jim MurrayWow @Paul Walters. When you read a story like this it kind of makes all the bitching I do about Agent Orange seem rather trivial. But the fact of the matter is that fracking is the key cause for a lot of the drinking water problems being experienced in the US right now, and Agent Orange has just loosened up all the regulations for the coal industry. Sadness on top of sadness.
- 16/02/2017#GoodMemories (Feb 2016) Visiting Scientist in #Japan at #Yamaguchi Univ. in JSPS project and at Jap Ass on Odour Environment JAOE #Tokyo
- 12/02/2017Looks like someone just kicked the bee hive -- and hopefully will BEE stung by a swarm: "The population of the rusty-patched bumble bee has plunged by 90 percent since the early 1990's following a trend that has seen bee populations plummeting in general."White House Blocks Listing of Bumble Bee As Endangered Speciesgizmodo.com The rusty-patched bumble bee was scheduled to be added to the endangered species list on Friday but The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that process will need to be reviewed due to an executive order from the president. Lobbyists who...
- 10/02/2017Robotic bee could help pollinate crops as real bees declinewww.newscientist.com With bee populations tumbling, an autonomous drone just 4 centimetres wide could help pollinate crops by flying from flower to...
- 06/02/2017Odour sampling in a big Landfill with Equipments & Mobile Laboratory of the Sanitary Environmental Engineering Division (SEED) of the Università degli Studi di Salerno
- 29/01/2017A new synthetic fertiliser could help farmers to save money, boost food production and reduce planet-warming emissionsgrendz.com Scientists have found after trialling it on rice farms in Sri Lanka. By slowing down the release of nutrients the fertiliser will help farmers to increase crop yields using less chemicals, the scientists from Britain and Sri Lanka said. Chemical...
- 27/01/2017Spectacular: PET bottles bring education to Cameroon!
With this unusual headline we show that former PET bottles, now recycled to laptop bags of DICOTA, finally care for the safe transportation of Labdoo laptops around the world.
This time laptops have been handed over to Rosina Hug from "Informatik for Afrika" in Switzerland http://informatik-afrika.net/ to help spread education.
A big thank you also to Ruedi Nauer from DICOTA, who supports us another time with a huge pile of laptop bags!
#Labdoo #laptops #sustainable #education #Cameroon
- 27/01/2017Support our US Park Rangers who are risking all to protect the environment. Follow them on Twitter @AltNatParkSer #NatParkSer #NationalParksPresident Donald Trump taken on by unlikely foe: Badass park rangerswww.theregister.co.uk Censorship efforts backfire on President Snowflake and...
- 26/01/2017Cities with the worst air pollution level.
- 24/01/2017Nothing to see here, folks. Just move along.Trump bans EPA employees from updating public via press or social media - The Boston Globewww.bostonglobe.com President Trump has installed specific prohibitions banning press releases, blog updates or posts to the agency’s social media...
- 16/01/2017The waste from discarded electronic gadgets and e-appliances has reached severe levels in East Asiagrendz.com Posing a growing threat to health and the environment unless safe disposal becomes the norm. China was the biggest culprit with its electronic waste more than doubling, according to a new study by the United Nations University. But nearly every...
- 16/01/2017A 5-km-high skyscraper that eats smog coming up next.grendz.com 2017 only just arrived, but one manufacturing company is already looking 45 years into the future. Arconic, a materials science company, has envisioned a 3-mile-high (4.8-km) skyscraper built from materials that are either in-development or have...
- You don't have to wait for Spring!How You Can Help Save The Bees -- Even In Winter | The Huffington Postwww.huffingtonpost.com Bees are vital to food security. Let's give the critters a helping...
- For our United KIngdom Bee! Throw a bomb for the Bees; A Seedbom that is! All seeds used are on the Royal Horticulture Societies list as good for pollinators!Butterflies Flower Meadow Seed Mixturewww.meadowinmygarden.co.uk
- 12/01/2017Zero-emission boat prepared for round-the-world Odysseywww.cbsnews.com The first self-sufficient boat powered only by emission-free energy will start a six-year trip around the world in the...
- 11/01/2017I just did a post ad (not sure how that works) so basically please check the job ad I posted. It is for an online survey , the client's requirement is for an European who knows English and Sustainability / Eco, your job will be to read the client's sustainability report and answer some questions and give your opinion. So the client can improve its next year's corporate sustainability report. The clients pays via PayPal 10,000 JPY (about 81 Euros) if you are interested to know more and fit the bill (European + Sustainability background) let me know. Thanks