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- 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!
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- 14/12/2016This drastic ice melting and rising sea levels should be of concern to every living thing on planet Earth. Do YOU agree?The Arctic is reeling from its warmest year since at least 1900mashable.com This was the Arctic's warmest year on...
Comments14/12/2016 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichI made a comment on @Irene Hackett's share on LI about a google engineer using maps to save redwoods near Santa Cruz and had a Geophysicist look at my profile.
We must be concerned.
But since we have the in-fighting dynamic - we could agree to focus on the things that are clearly, undeniably due to the actions of humans, like monoculture industrial agriculture and deforestation both of which lead to desertification which has unbalanced the carbon and moisture cycles of the planet.
Time to start doing things one by one consistently and we will get to a tipping point where we stop the destruction and begin to reverse it.
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- Producer29/11/2016Global Sustainability Every day each one of us make decisions that have an impact on the environment, from our shopping choices and how we dispose of our household waste to our use of water, gas and electricity in our homes. With 7 billion people on the planet, we...
Comments14/01/2017 #6 Harvey Lloyd@rob allott i enjoyed reading. Our world, in its current state of evolution, is unsustainable for many reasons, environment being one of them. The environment may heal itself as we need not worry about future generations if other evolutionary practices are not made more sustainable.
The current issues of environment are brought on by growth. Growth allows room for our off-spring to be successful. So we hand down this growth mantra to our young that must work within our footprint. I don't disagree we can be better stewards. In order for us to tackle this issue we need to change our approach to sustainability. We are pitting our way of life with the regulations of a green planet. I mean this as an individual not as a species. Many agree that we need to change, but continue habits.
We evolved here, we need to evolve there. Many of the regulations we sought and imposed in the green earth movement has squeezed the middle class way of life. I don't have answers, i can mostly say though that current regulations and issues are not working at a level that will return us to sustainability. Population growth and needs of that new growth will always drive the sustainability question.
My sense is that we have to many competing paradigms. Environment, social status, profits and political power. The environment has become a club for some of the other paradigms. We cant go back to the stone age and we cant continue to evolve in the current direction. But the stone age is coming if we don't change in many areas of the evolutionary process.
- Producer29/11/2016Introduction to Greening your businessIntroduction to Greening your businessGreen habits have become significant in recent years as homeowners and businesses strive to reduce their carbon footprint, cut fuel bills and show an eco-friendly stance. To some capacity, having a green agenda...
Comments07/12/2016 #4 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsRob! I was thrilled to see this post on beBee! Welcome! I'm an environmental scientists by education and am always looking for new 'Green' Thinkers here on beBee. I enjoyed the article tremendously. I would add a benefit to be had from greening your company is that it creates opportunities. As more and more countries seek to decrease their carbon footprint and improve environmental conditions they will look at a company's sustainable practices when granting contracts. Companies that are 'going green' will take this into account when choosing vendors and contractors. When all else is equal; the 'green' edge may be the ticket to business growth. Again, welcome to beBee! I've already followed!
- Producer28/11/2016The Future According to Elon MuskElon Musk is often labeled a dreamer, the closest we could get to a real-life Tony Stark. He is an innovative and motivational leader that uses his passion for technology to repeatedly deliver breathtaking results. Now, he is coalescing the various...
Comments28/11/2016 #2 Lisa 🐝 GallagherExcellent article @Anurag Harsh! I was wondering how long they would power w/out sunlight, the video answered my question. I wonder what the solution is for places like where I live, we can go a week without sunlight- full cloud coverage 24/7. I like the idea of green energy, oil companies don't. ;-)
- Producer28/11/2016What you need to know before installing a rainwater harvest systemWater is vital to life and is such a precious natural resource that it makes sense to collect every drop of rain and re-cycle grey water and back-washed pool water. In fact you can reduce your water bill by as much as 90% by harvesting rain...
Comments01/12/2016 #13 Claire 🐝 Cardwell#11 Unfortunately the water infrastructure has not been maintained or planned very well here either @Kirsten Horner - as the city gets more and more overpopulated and dense we are about to see some major problems with water supply, this has of course been exacerbated by the drought....29/11/2016 #11 Kirsten HornerThanks Claire. We live with water saving and water restrictions here in Queensland, Australia - in between the floods! The larger water management infrastructure is under pressure and hasn't been planned or managed well for future supply, so everyone has to do their part on their own property.29/11/2016 #4 Rod LoaderA good post Clair. Here is Australia, virtually all rural homes have rain water tanks. I have four 20,000 litre tanks, which supplies all my household water (drinking, showers, etc) and water for my gardens, pool etc. I also have a bore, which is not as nice, but still drinkable, as a backup. When you rely on stored water, you are a lot more aware of water usage.28/11/2016 #2 Lada 🏡 Prkic"Water conservation needs to be a way of life.“ I second that Claire. Your article is a very good reminder of the importance of water. My homeland, Croatia, is water-rich country and also one of the countries where you can safely drink tap water. But despite this, many people in rural and suburban areas, and especially people who live on islands are collecting rainwater to reduce their bills when using water for agriculture.
In addition, several scientific studies propose to refurbish numerous abandoned traditional rain collectors (impluviums) in the Dalmatian area of Croatia to collect rain and dew water, which could provide a significant amount of water, especially during the dry season.
- Producer27/11/2016Why people seem apathetic to climate change?“Vasco, I want to contribute to your Smart City. Here 5 €. Sorry, I keep 2 € is for an ice-cream” - these are the words of little boy that suffers from asthma when the pollution is too high. Since already the 1970’s people started to raise their...
Comments28/11/2016 #3 Vasco Gonçalves@Pamela L. Williams, maybe you're right, we won't reach COP 100. Those who survive have to live inside hermetical plastic bulbs.
Despite I'm a man with its feet on the ground, I still believe in humanity who want to come out of this misery. They just afraid to loose their hard earned money. The problem is that by being inactive we all loose our money, due to increased illnesses, that at one point governments won't have the means to pay for us, either via the social security or even our pensions.
I'm offering the ultimate solution to these problems. If you know, or anybody who reads this article / comment, who would like to invest in such a city (I'm already talking to certain authorities), please advise me on email@example.com . Thanks.28/11/2016 #1 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsYou're right Vasco, people are apathetic towards climate change. Today I was hanging Christmas lights (LED of course) and I noticed my neighbors' rose garden was still in bloom. I walked to my back yard and I too had blooms on my rose bush. The dormant stage has yet to begin, which should have been in October. Smart cities such as yours will be necessary if this planet is to survive. Unlike you , I don't believe we will reach a COP 100, because at that point there will be next to nothing this planet can do to recover, we are already past the tipping point. It will be about surviving, not healing a broken planet.
- Producer13/11/2016Living on the Edge of ChallengeIt amazes me, and may be you too the reader of this buzz, that we tend to go the extremes and swing from one extreme to the other. Is this the call of nature? We find many trees living in arid zones, or water logging areas, but very few trees...
Comments19/11/2016 #42 Ali Anani#41 You never make useless comments and even if we differ sometimes you always prove you have a solid point. Thank you @David Navarro López for the comment and the link to your buzz. I repeat the link here as this buzz is so rewarding to read:
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@david-navarro-lopez/businesses-living-in-the-edge-of-challenge19/11/2016 #40 Ali Anani#39 Dear @David Navarro López- I will do now
I wish also your time would allow you to read my last buzz as it is inviting for many great discussions. I need your view on there.
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/the-positive-side-of-negative-emotions19/11/2016 #39 AnonymousDear Ali, your provoking posts always awaken my will on commenting.
Please have a look here https://www.bebee.com/producer/@david-navarro-lopez/businesses-living-in-the-edge-of-challenge View moreDear Ali, your provoking posts always awaken my will on commenting.
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as comment space was too small to answer to your post. Close18/11/2016 #37 mohammed khalafok Dr Ali People who believe in the power of dialogue usually abhor either/or distinctions. Few things in life are same of the trees if cut the water from it will died , cut and then dry, and when it comes to mitigating differences between people we need watering these distinctions .18/11/2016 #31 Joris Plaatstaal#26 "Conformity is not learning @Joris Plaatstaal" So now I know why you are here @Ali Anani, thank you.
It proves that if one needs an answer to a question one just have to ask.
To go on-topic about trees and roots and us... Well, I am sure you know this, but nevertheless I link it.
I like this, though it can be misunderstood.18/11/2016 #27 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanTrees have roots to assist them in grasping the ground and holding on to life. Humans have roots to assist them in connecting with others and holding on to life. Unfortunately, humans don't always appreciate their roots and lose touch with life and all it has to offer. Humans can benefit from learning about trees and the challenges they face. Learning to adapt to uncontrollable or controllable circumstances is a major advantage in how humans can cope with challenges.16/11/2016 #25 Joris Plaatstaal#13 @ Ali Anani. "yes, we humans have choices, but do we select carefully?" .... I think not. They majority of people I know, just go with the flow. They need to conform to the public mind. They need to be part of, some, society.... I give you that, trees just live or die. Can humans live without conformation? I doubt it, I think we need it. I think we are so desperate in need of just that, conformation. Are we willing to ignore the entity we are in order to receive conformation?
Loose yourself in order to fit in the virtual hive? To be accepted? To be what some idea wants you to be?
I entered beBee to question us and myself. Why are you and me here, in this domain? Why do we even spent time here? Is being on social media a conformation to the rest?
I need to learn. I will learn.14/11/2016 #24 Ali Anani#23 No question I am going to spend this evening pondering on this idea "Our barter system of time/intelligence for money should act like the grove of trees. Learn, stabilize and grow.......But for some reason the need for volatility is strong in the human psyche". This is sheer brilliance @Harvey Lloyd. I shall be back with more elaboration of my understanding of this great and provoking idea.14/11/2016 #23 Harvey Lloyd#20 The hurricane within the metaphor is our current political climate to humans or the opportunity for the sapling to grow is when the grove becomes damaged and the canopy opens.
Our economic system benifits from volatility, it shakes the leaves of money lose from one group and allows another to flourish. The system can be played, but to what end? Our barter system of time/intelligence for money should act like the grove of trees. Learn, stabilize and grow.......But for some reason the need for volatility is strong in the human psyche. We have to shake things up.
We call this our best system to satisfy the masses the best way possible. Trees show us a different path. But the path is not special, exciting or glorifying. Humans have to make that part work.
- Producer14/11/2016The Challenges of Our GenerationIt seems to me that the environmental and technological factors are deeply installed in the process of forming our future like never before. Techology combined with the economic development creates more connected world and dynamic world. In this era...
Comments03/01/2017 #1 Cepee TabibianHi @Martin Tolovski! Thanks so much for sharing. Sometimes it does feel that our generation is inheriting many difficult problems, more than others, but as you say challenges are inevitable. We just need to keep looking for solutions instead of focusing on the problem.
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Comments08/12/2016 #4 Gordon Pyehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-38251812
A renewable energy firm has submitted planning applications to generate gas from grass on proposed fracking sites.
Ecotricity has put in applications for green gas mills at the Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood sites in Lancashire.
The government has approved Cuadrilla's plans for shale gas fracking at Preston New Road, while Roseacre Wood looks likely to be given the go-ahead.
The firm's founder, Dale Vince, said he wants to show "there's an alternative".
Ecotricity plans to grow and harvest species-rich grass on farmland.
It would then be put through a process known as anaerobic digestion to produce renewable gas for heating homes and buildings.
Ecotricity has been granted planning permission for its first green gas mill in Hampshire - one of six in development.27/10/2016 #2 Gordon PyeI couldn't resist including http://www.clitheroeadvertiser.co.uk/news/transport/shopkeepers-unease-about-major-road-works-1-8199905 View moreI couldn't resist including http://www.clitheroeadvertiser.co.uk/news/transport/shopkeepers-unease-about-major-road-works-1-8199905
Chatburn is also being attacked by the Corporate equivalent of the WW2 Luftwaffe but I have no sympathy for Clitheroe traders who voted the incumbent town council in, you made your bed and must lie in it. If you had listened to me back in the late 1990s we could have had plenty of sustainable well paid full time jobs at Barrow, not insecure minimum wage seasonal often part time jobs in a tourist industry on the point of implosion ! Close
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