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  1. Joyce Redlon

    Joyce Redlon

    Joyce Redlon
    Pipelines play key role in nation’s energy infrastructure
    www.jsonline.com Wisconsin occupies an energy crossroad. The right energy infrastructure decisions can keep the economic benefits of the U.S. energy revolution flowing, here in Wisconsin and...
  2. ProducerJoel Anderson

    Joel Anderson

    The yin and yang of water, food, energy, population & climate.
    The yin and yang of water, food, energy, population & climate.The nexus of Water, Food, Energy, Population & Climate relationships and the potential complementary nature of opposites that may just be interconnected. I originally wrote this after reading and endless stream of writings on the topics...


    Gerald Hecht
    26/06/2016 #2 Gerald Hecht
    @Joel Anderson this wasn't supposed to happen yet; hence the name http://400.350.org/#1
    Gerald Hecht
    26/06/2016 #1 Gerald Hecht
    @Joel Anderson Excellent! In the end it only takes very small tweaks in certain environmental parameters and all of us bees and our hives are gone! Bottom Line, doesn't matter how great a leader anyone thinks they are, or how much discipline they think they have;
  3. Nick Mlatchkov

    Nick Mlatchkov

    @Elena García Herrera
    Nick Mlatchkov
    These scientists have turned CO2 gas into stone
    www.theweathernetwork.com Turning the driver of much of climate change -- carbon dioxide emissions -- into harmless stone sounds like a bizarre fantasy plot, but a team of scientists have figured out how to make it...


    Manantsolo Judore RAVELONDRAIKO
    18/06/2016 #2 Manantsolo Judore RAVELONDRAIKO
    Realy ? It's amazing search
    Elena García Herrera
    14/06/2016 #1 Elena García Herrera
    I think is a good solution, but I worry about the consequences of these artificial changes in the future.
  4. ProducerClaire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    8 Advantages of Using Straw Bales to Build your House
    8 Advantages of Using Straw Bales to Build your HouseStraw bales are an extraordinary material for building,  Straw bale construction is superbly energy efficient, environmentally safe, easy to work with, and can be used to build structures that are durable, innovative, and beautiful.  Straw houses...


    Ken Boddie
    09/06/2016 #17 Ken Boddie
    Thanks for the info, @Claire Cardwell. I'll have a look over the weekend #16
    Claire Cardwell
    08/06/2016 #16 Claire Cardwell
    #2 Hi Ken, it seems that straw bale building is taking off in SA at long last. In fact the largest straw bale building in the world is the Didmala Lodge in Limpopo - see links below. http://inhabitat.com/five-star-didimala-lodge-is-the-world%E2%80%99s-largest-strawbale-building/worlds-largest-strawbale-bldg-1/
    Claire Cardwell
    08/06/2016 #15 Claire Cardwell
    #3 Thanks James, I am hoping that it will be used more in SA, it's certainly v. cheap and easy to build.
    Claire Cardwell
    08/06/2016 #14 Claire Cardwell
    #9 Thank you Lada! I really think that Straw bale building will be the solution to the housing shortages here in SA.
    Claire Cardwell
    08/06/2016 #13 Claire Cardwell
    #10 Hi Franci, as the straw is so tightly baled there is not much air to fuel the fire.
    Ken Boddie
    08/06/2016 #12 Ken Boddie
    Thanks for filling in the blanks, @Lada Prkic. #9
    Stephanie Lamoureux
    07/06/2016 #11 Anonymous
    What an amazing idea! I never knew straw could be used as a building material! Cool post.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    07/06/2016 #10 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    This is most interesting, Claire Caldwell. I didn't know there were so many benefits to building with straw. I thought the flammability would be an issue but perhaps if it is densely baled, then it's possibility is reduced.
    Lada Prkic
    07/06/2016 #9 Lada Prkic
    #5 Thanks for tagging me @Ken Boddie. Natural materials and building techniques are one of my favourite subjects regarding civil engineering. There are many research papers on straw bale published by large standards organizations like ASTM, as well as many academic journal papers. In US and Canada, as far as I know, the Straw Bale Construction Building Codes have been adopted in 2013. Thanks for interesting article @Claire Cardwell.
    Maja Vujovic
    06/06/2016 #8 Maja Vujovic
    #7 Thanks, Ken @Ken Boddie. My memories are 20-yrs old, of course, the situation might have changed since. But alas, at the time, this would only happen in rural areas, while urban communities were awash in concrete, owing to the fact that the local elites had shares in cement factories and... well, you get the logic. The concrete of course is susceptible to mildew, tends to crumble after a while and does not "breathe" well, not to mention how ugly it looks when big black living blotches overtake it randomly... So that glorious building tradition was on the brink of extinction. I hope and prey it will enjoy a revival.
    Ken Boddie
    06/06/2016 #7 Ken Boddie
    Great observation, @Maja Vujovic. Certainly Sri Lanka has a history of impressive structures and technology. I remember touring there in the 1970s and being particularly impressed by the ruins of Anuradhapura. #6
    Maja Vujovic
    06/06/2016 #6 Maja Vujovic
    I've seen many traditionally built houses when I lived in Sri Lanka, and seen people first-hand erect them very quickly. The prevalent material there is straw mixed with dung, which of course dries up in the sun and gives off no odours. It's also very easy to patch up any cracks over time. You wouldn't believe the solid shade and coolness this provides inside, without any mildew anywhere. And Sri Lanka is very humid, plus battered with monsoon twice yearly, for months on end.
    Ken Boddie
    06/06/2016 #5 Ken Boddie
    I seem to remember that @Lada Prkic recently posted on the use of straw bales. Are you aware of any credible research on this topic, Lada, in relation to my comments in #2 below?
    Dean Owen
    06/06/2016 #4 Dean Owen
    Fascinating. I wonder how they would hold up in a humid climate though. I am guessing quite well since as you mention, thatched roofs have long been used in England - Hence Margaret Thatcher came from a family tree of thatchers.
    James Smith
    06/06/2016 #3 James Smith
    I could've thought that this kind of material would be very flamable but now I see the solution for this, it's interesting how much materials are coming up for sustainable projects. I think that these kind of techniques should be taken to 3rd world countries in a massive way so people can start having a roof over their heads. Great share @Claire Cardwell
    Ken Boddie
    06/06/2016 #2 Ken Boddie
    Interesting concept, Claire. As with all innovative materials, I suspect it may be hard to establish as an alternative concept for large scale housing, outside the one-off novelty, without credible research regarding its longterm durability, strength, fire resistance, resistance to insects, etc. Has much research been done in South Africa on these aspects and is there any sign of it being adopted with any confidence as a viable alternative to more conventional materials?
    Christopher Taylor
    06/06/2016 #1 Christopher Taylor
    I had heard of straw being used for sound proofing but this is a fantastic use of a material that as the article indicates is largely 'waste material'. Great ideas here!