Comments12/08/2017 #16 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. International Management, Certified Executive Coach. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.love it Lance, bamboo has a lot of qualities!12/08/2017 #10 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeWOW and it is nice to hear you talking on a very relevant and useful topic. You are imaginative and creative dear @Lance 🐝 Scoular. You have so many great ideas. One question though- when I shall have my bamboo vase? May be also bamboo emoji? Thank you for sharing your practical ideas.12/08/2017 #8 Lance 🐝 Scoular#7 I appreciate your sacrificing electricity generation costs to view 🎬@Aleta Curry
If you are a Swan today You will be winning like the Sydney Swans thrashing the Fremantle Dockers in Aussie Rules Football (AFL) - watching the final quater right now 😁
BTW we probably passed nearby to you, 🚗 travelling to Cootamundra from Sydney yesterday. 🇦🇺12/08/2017 #7 Aleta CurryHa, ha, I listened anyway. I figured 7 mins is not that long and the sun is shining. Nice buzz, Lance, with good parallels. I can hardly believe it about the growth of bamboo. I think that's me: quiet on the surface, lots going on underneath. Like a duck...er...swan....12/08/2017 #6 Aleta CurryI'll watch this as soon as I turn on the generator so that I have a steady source of power. Can't wait!, @Lance 🐝 Scoular
(For those of you who don't know what the devil I'm talking about, I live on an off-grid shack on a farm in the country. Power is a challenge. Can't run my 'big computer' on the solar for long because it drains the batteries.)
- 12/08/2017Whoever has ears to hear, better they start using them
Australia faces potentially disastrous consequences of climate change, inquiry toldAustralia faces potentially disastrous consequences of climate change, inquiry toldwww.theguardian.com Former defence force chief decries Australia’s response to climate challenge as a ‘manifest failure of...
- Producer12/08/2017Pesticides and Unintended Consequences By E. VinjeThe effects of chemical spraying on the environment runs deep. We’ve already mentioned the fine documentary released early this summer More Than Honey, a film that looks at the behavior of bees as well as issues and consequences behind colony...
Bizarre creature that wholeheartedly puts their faith in an all-powerful，alas invisible entity，and obstinately denies tangible truths
Comments07/08/2017 #1 Numo QuestI never have believed in the global warming as it by all oppressants is displayed, hyped, tortured and abused. What happened is that the north south axle of the earths rotation has changed by 5 to 7 degrees. That is nothing new since we have had that quite some time ago with harsh changes globally before and man kind still exists.
What does happen is that areas globally will experience the change in weather patterns bringing other types of weather systems, if one understands the ramification of the change in rotation, one only can concur.
The other lie, about melting glaciers and polar ice will let the oceans rise by meters, hence flood land, is a blatant inconsistency and lie. The amount of ice on land, melting, by far isn't capable to have the earths water rise in milliliters, let alone inches and all the ice on the poles are in vast majority already in the water, hence, impossible to let seas rise.
The changes in earth rotation is changing tides globally and the so called warming of the world is a statistic billions € fraud.
We are now on the same level as some trades in the 1600/1700's that we trade in air, this time we call it emission trade.
So for any antifa, please bugger off and Mr. Gore, if you ever should read this, your just a brainless fraud....
- 05/08/2017@Prakashan B.V shares how his company is using geo-systems to create sustainable communities.Geosystems Protecting Precious Life and Property From The Vagaries Of Nature Please do not forget that, apart from facilitating sustainable construction, Geo-systems serve the precious purpose of protecting life and property from the...
- Producer03/04/2017You haven't been to South Africa if you haven't been to a Game Reserve.....Rhino Bull at Askari Game Lodge, Northern ProvinceTo me the true essence of Africa is the bush. You might not be lucky every time you go out and see one of the Big Five (Rhino, Lion, Buffalo, Leopard & Elephant). But there is plenty to see...
Comments04/04/2017 #34 Claire L Cardwell#32 Thank you @Gerald Hecht - I have an affinity for cats as well. I do love all animals. But with me you will see lots of cats and mongoose, otters, tawny eagles and Zebra. I have 3 wild cats at home that I hand reared. I have a baby Tiger - Pepper, a baby Lion - Tiger Lily (she is sandy coloured) and a baby spotted cat - Jasmine.04/04/2017 #32 Gerald Hecht#29 @Claire L Cardwell whoa! I didn't mention which animals "I liked best" from the photos (because the whole idea of even thinking/feeling that we have a right to make such judgments seems somehow "off" to me )...having said that, I've felt like felines "understand" me ...or understand "something" that I do...but I have no idea what the "it" is...that probably sounds incoherent...I just reread it ...it sound incoherent to me too, haha --but I don't how else to express the "whatever it is"...ANYWAY...
...the point I wanted to make, was that the photographs of the leopard and cheetah and the lion cubs were adorable!
I feel really sad for tigers (and cheetahs too) the best part was knowing that at least some of them have a place like that --to run around (I read somewhere that a tiger needs like 20 square kilometers just to feel like it's in a one room apartment...and if that's true...there aren't many "apartments" left.
Down (up) here the LSU mascot is a tiger ...so everything around here is "tiger this and tiger that"...and the worst part is that they insist on having a live "mascot" and bringing him to the 100,000+ seat stadium (I feel nauseous just writing that)...the latest one just died of cancer (only 7 years old I think)...and the Board of Regents still is insisting on obtaining another...I don't even like thinking about it...when my kids were little, I would take them to see him... a couple of times I looked in his eyes and started crying; I don't think they noticed....but it's still hard for me to ...You know tigers are different; well you know --they're kind of like house cats, the way they look at you and you can tell (or I can) that they want to play or something.
Anyway, these last two posts of photographs are really, realiy something magical!04/04/2017 #22 Gerald Hecht#5 @Claire L Cardwell you are most welcome...and someday I really do hope to visit; it's funny this post reminded me of a (I know there will be a collective groan --but...its not about the source of the following info --it's just about the info itself) documentary/nature programme I once saw on "Shark Week".
I'm not sure if it was South Africa or not --I have a feeling/almost memory that it was.
Anyway...it was this place where Great White Sharks (fairly close to shore) literally dive down really deep...and then, from the depths, spot their prey (I think they were really large birds ...like Albatrosses or Pelican's, etc.).
Then, the actual attack is they "shoot upwards" at incredible speed, and literally fly out of the water --reaching great heights (I just can't get the image out of my mind of a 20 foot long Great White that is like two or three telephone poles high in the air...the filmmakers having to shoot the footage by lying on their backs in the boat and pointing the cameras straight up to the sky), and snatching their prey in mid-flight.
Anyway, if that is a real thing in South Africa (and can be observed from a "safeiish" distance, lol)...I would want to experience that live; it just seems like one of those rare, surreally extreme spectacles for which video footage is insufficient!04/04/2017 #21 Claire L CardwellThe fault line is probably to blame - but the main fault lies with the mine owners here in SA. Mines are being allowed to fill with acid mine water and this water is not only destablising the rock around it, it has begun to affect our ground water as well. It is also starting to affect structures in town - two years ago a friend of mine worked at Standard Bank at the main building in Simmonds Street in town. Anyway it had 4 basements. D was totally flooded, C was also flooded and in heavy rain level B would also start to flood.... God alone knows what all this acid is doing to the foundations and column grid systems in this building....04/04/2017 #19 Claire L CardwellFunny you should mention the tremors @Praveen Raj Gullepalli - we had 2 earth quakes here in Joburg yesterday. The first one was quite small, only lasted a few seconds and was v. early in the morning, so I missed it, but there was a 4.6 magnitude one with the epicentre in Krugersdorp (about 20km away) last night at 7.44pm. It went on for a long time - it felt like minutes.
- 30/07/2017Here's another good read for the drone lovers out there @stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador @Gabriel Bazzolo @Lance 🐝 Scoular @David 🐝 Martín Alonso5 Ways Underwater Drones Are Helping Citizens Save the Oceannews.nationalgeographic.com A new generation of robots is set to explore marine mysteries around the...
- Producer22/07/2017PLEASE STOP ATROCITIES WITH NATURE!All roads of the world lead to Rome What a fallacy, we love to epitome Not acknowledging how time is flowing Nothing is constant and deserves to be emulating Always there is a development of new quality Having no reminiscence of...
Comments23/07/2017 #12 CityVP 🐝 ManjitNature includes atrocities, whereas atrocities are what we view through the lens of our own humanity. You have written a poem about that humanity but I do not underestimate how atrocious nature can be. If human beings are adding to man-made causes of devastating climate consequences, that is because of decisions that lack humanity - what nature does to counter man's effects is not human at all, it is simply nature adapting. When human beings are no more, it is like saying that dinosaurs are no more - and in that also, nature simply evolves, that we apply human consequence or even morality to nature, demonstrates how self-important we think we are - when the reality is we should be humble, far more humbler than we are today as a human race.22/07/2017 #7 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. International Management, Certified Executive Coach. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.you let us reflect on our behavior, and on the questions we should ask ourselves, thank you @Debasish Majumder
- Producer27/06/2017Quit while at the TopLada Prkic shared a beautiful buzz about the Stiniva beach on the Croatian island of Vis. In a response to my comment Lada wrote "Dear Ali, it sounds to me like an intriguing thought for a new buzz. :-) Hiking on a steep and narrow path is...
Comments29/06/2017 #40 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#39 This is a quite interesting comment @Tausif Mundrawala. I always ask myself what makes me change direction. YOu offer one great reason "This pain leads us to change directions or if pain leads us to that direction than it becomes easy to chart our path towards success". Great inspiration28/06/2017 #39 Tausif MundrawalaIntially our pain leads us to unbearable and excruciating one where we feel that it's never going to end but that pain slows down slowly and gradually it makes us strong to question what the damn is pain. This pain leads us to change directions or if pain leads us to that direction than it becomes easy to chart our path towards success. Thank you for this wonderful buzz,@Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee28/06/2017 #34 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#33 If we look back n history and whom e call disabled achievements we shall be sorry for our modest contributions. The "Dean of Arab Literature" the Egyptian Dr. Taha Hussein became blind when he was only two years old. One of the greatest musicians who passed away three years back was also blind.As you say blind people can see what we fail to. When they are seeing we are blind. Mind you dear @CityVP Manjit these comments from you and few of @Louise Smith will be the basis for my next buzz.28/06/2017 #33 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#32 Do not forget that there were New Testament words such as "they have eyes but they do not see, they have ears but they do not hear" - and that on any given day half of the Earth is in light and the other is in dark. A blind genius is someone whose eyeball does not function but in the black space that is blindness, the blind man is not blind when he can see greater things in life that we cannot see. In seeing the blind man as disabled we continue to see life as a square thing where we place people in boxes and need these compartments to categorize people and find comfort in this conformity, rather than be in the sphere of greatness we live in.28/06/2017 #32 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#30 Dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit- keep writing and I keep my mind busy. If I tell you that I have three buzz ideas from your comments on this buzz I shal be understating reality.
You wrote "All media is the creation of someone's vision but not all vision is media". Immediately, you brought to my mind a presentation that I wrote on Unequal Opposites.
Now, you provide me with a great example of what I mean. The eyeball has a ball shape regardless of the shape of the eye. I wonder if the focus of the eyeball is affected by its surrounding (eye shape) and what factors will affect the performance of the eyeball, besides its surrounding. Al I can say is that your comment leads me to the freedom of asking, wondering, searching and seeking knowledge. Your probing comment has turned my eyes into new possibilities.28/06/2017 #30 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#25 Dear @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, no matter what particular shape each of our eyes are, the eye is always a ball and that ball is either connected to the media it see's or the vision that feeds conscious existence. Our Earth is a ball there are no square planets only square rocks. We have certainly never found another Earth, never mind a Square One.
This eye ball either feeds the brain of control which is our external existence or it feeds the brain of freedom which is our internal choice. For me this is profound as anything I can think, the measure of which is always the profoundness of thoughtless existence or simply thinking about life rather than creating value that is life.
Somewhere along the journey vision becomes control, and that is the only sadness we see in our world, the happiness is our ability transform vision into a life that values freedom.
All media is the creation of someone's vision but not all vision is media - vision is either based on all our yesterdays or it is the laser of now, etching a new future, new ways of thinking, smarter ways of being because freedom is our freedom to think, have vision, and add value to life.
Great vision creates great media but it should never substitute greater vision - and that is the challenge called leadership. We can either lead for control or lead for freedom. The great leaders will create greater freedom because their brain is a ball, their eyes are ball and with in this ball the great game of life plays out just like a marriage - better or for worse, in sickness and in health.28/06/2017 #26 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#24 In reality you are a co-author of this buzz @Lada 🏡 Prkic and I therefore find it difficult to respond. However; I paused on this segment of your comment "But I've always remained true to my own course and never felt the need to change direction. I've always listened to my heart and my intuition". For me, I did superficially change direction, but now thinking about it I actually changed methods. Instead of using my scientific background to research chemical molecules I am now more into researching human molecules. I only realized this to a much brighter state because of your comment.28/06/2017 #25 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#23 If I claim that I don't feel sad because of the truth in your words @CityVP 🐝 Manjit then I shall be lying. "so the irony is that in this state we are not focused on spreading our branches and roots, we become merely object of the media owner". This is one example from your comment of what I mean.
I find myself drifting in to a river because of your comment. You wrote "There are many people who are driftwood just being carried by the river of media". I am not in the river media. I am in a different river flowing with some new thoughts because of your superb comment. Again, you wrote "our round peg is the human eye and the square hole the media we fit that eye into,..." Now, I find myself asking how about people with eye shapes other than rounded? Some people have protruded eyes, others eyes that are upturned and others downturned eyes. Are these related to the shape of our mind eyes? Are those people with more rectangular-like eyes fit more in the square pig?
Finally, @Sara Jacobovici may find this part of your comment relevant to her buzzes on Monday Talks!
You kindle my mind Manjit.28/06/2017 #24 Lada 🏡 PrkicI'm so glad that my response to your comment has served as an inspiration for this thought-provoking post. It made me think about my path of life.
I am on the same steep and narrow pathway I had chosen many years ago.
The path went over many mountains and hills. It sometimes went through a dark woods. But I've always remained true to my own course and never felt the need to change direction. I've always listened to my heart and my intuition.
There were some detours off the path that kept me moving forward when I encountered obstacles, but these detours brought me back to the same trail again.
I respect the path of others. Some chose to take a new direction in their walk of life. But I think, and this is something life taught me, that we are still able to grow although keeping the same direction.
However, never say never.
We develop through the whole life. When we reach the top of one mountain, life takes us to another. I'm now standing at the top of the mountain of my success. Perhaps my heart will tell me it's time for a change and show me a different direction. :-)28/06/2017 #23 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#19 A round peg can fit a square hole but what we do not see is that our round peg is the human eye and the square hole the media we fit that eye into, whether it be a television screen or a always-on cell phone screen. This inevitably brings me back to the conditioned (if not mentally sedated) lives many commercialized lives lead. I am not excluded from living this branded and mediated existence and also partake in the very same conditioning, sometimes my round eyes are also transfixed into the square hole of media.
What we learn from your buzz is that even tree's talk to the fungi because the tree is aware of its environment, which is exactly what we are not aware when our attention is focused on a square hole - a square hole that has a black hole kind of force and attraction. Yet even as I think this, I am aware that the brightness of the screen (which is actually a rectangle - so we use the word square as a metaphorical approximation) has a backdrop to it, which is the room. With a cellphone the backdrop is whatever environment we happen to be in when we are engaged on that screen. If we notice the backdrop and the screen as a window that supports our awareness, then we are legions smarter than any tree, otherwise we become a lump of dead wood.
There are many people who are driftwood just being carried by the river of media and brand so the irony is that in this state we are not focused on spreading our branches and roots, we become merely object of the media owner. Tree's are not slaves, they are living contributors to the act of life giving yet we are the one's who are rooted. So the moral here for beBee is not to turn more people into wood but to focus on spreading the roots and branches so meaning and not media or even madness flow through them. Servant leadership is not a top-down model of the universe, servant leadership is a part of this tree of life.28/06/2017 #21 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#20 Yes, walking the goat path enriches us with its challenges and the joy of surmounting them as well the gained experiences. I fully concur with you @Harvey Lloyd. We can hover over the path, but walking it is what makes us more wise. The new products deprive us mostly of this joy as they take us on a helicopter trip.28/06/2017 #20 Harvey LloydThe goat path of life is difficult. We live in a world that wants us to believe that we can use various products and services that grant us instant gratification. Even with enough money this lifestyle is so unfulfilling.
The difficulty of the goat path is where character is built and gratification becomes wisdom. With each branch of the path new wisdom and understanding is found along with a deep sense of joy.
The one who rides the helicopter to the top of the mountain vs walking the path is a challenging branch. But i know the walk along the path will give me new beginnings i would never achieve within the helicopter. Although both people would bring home similar pictures of the event the one who walks the path will bring a rich and shareable experience.28/06/2017 #19 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#15 Very true and maybe we need to use upside down term more often @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. Sometimes we try to fit a "rounded " ball in a square pig in a round hole. The funny thing is that the opposite "square" ball in a rounded peg" is funny. How can a ball be square?
- 27/06/2017Support ocean conservation...The Ocean: Everybody's Business The Ocean is probably the biggest employer in the world, it provides half the oxygen we breathe, it has absorbed a quarter of our CO2 emissions and puts...
Comments28/06/2017 #7 David B. GrinbergMany thanks for your comments and engagement @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee @Joel Anderson @CityVP 🐝 Manjit and @Lyon Brave.
Ali, I'm going to defer to Manjit regarding my starting a new hive on this topic. But not because I think it's a bad idea. Rather, I'm my social media activity, like everyone's, is limited by time constraints and information overload. Moreover, I'm still trying my best to keep up with the busy bees in my hive, "Universe, Space & Beyond" and growing the membership (shameless promotion) https://www.bebee.com/group/universe-space-beyond
Again, many thanks gents!27/06/2017 #5 Joel AndersonAn important message indeed. As part of the crew on Spaceship Earth I merely add a message to all of us; "I Dare You to embrace a different mentality about ONE EARTH as it is the only one we have." I am but a cosmic spec on this Blue Planet, but I am grateful that you posted this as it will take all of us to make a difference: Thank you and and Sir Richard Branson for your efforts in making a difference in a world needing difference making: One Earth, One Ocean, One River, one person, one step at a time.27/06/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 ManjitTHere are three hives that this buzz can be placed for my own learning purposes.
It can be placed in the Crimson Hive because there is a relationship between activism and the ocean, but I will take examples of activism and place those in the Crimson Hive.
It can be placed in the Violet Hive because our attitude to Oceans is also a personal measure of our own creativity and our awareness of how we coexist in a system and we are not separate from that.
I placed this buzz in the Green Hive because we call Earth our home, but the actual part of Earth we normally refer to is land we live upon - but the Earth in reality is Planet Ocean that happens to have land masses between the ocean. "Home" is ocean+earth.
While the ocean is salt-water, it's role in keeping us alive is extraordinary, and just as important is a focus on Fresh Water. As a starting point however we must look at this buzz and allow that inform us what we each individually mean by the word "HOME".27/06/2017 #2 David B. GrinbergFYI - Sir Richard Branson supports this important ocean conservation effort, read his blog about it on Virgin's website https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/we-are-all-crew-spaceship-earth View moreFYI - Sir Richard Branson supports this important ocean conservation effort, read his blog about it on Virgin's website https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/we-are-all-crew-spaceship-earth
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- Producer25/06/2017Creativity Is Turning Cost into BenefitThe idea of this buzz emerged while preparing a lecture on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The pyramid of responsibility below shows that making profits is the basic one. Legal responsibility is an enforced one by law comes next. Ethical...
Comments29/06/2017 #70 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeDear @🐝 Fatima G. Williams- you remind me of junk food that people consume in huge amounts. This could result from variety of factors such as cheapness, lack of time, campaigns or eating-habits. Now you bring a new issue- plastic food. If we fail to take care of our health then what could we take care of? How about people who sell expired food and the consumers failing to pay attention to the expiry dates? We have so much to work on.29/06/2017 #69 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsA valuable nail hitting buzz @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
I love Harvey's comment ""Humanity is the consumer, not necessarily by choice but by design" This is true.
Today we consumers have the costly choice to eat, drink and buy the products we want. We are forced to buy products that are not environmental friendly labeled on sale nor are they healthy. There's a new section in supermarkets branded Organic. I remember it started off as two shelves now they have a whole section. Those items cost a fortune! I don't understand the logic. So if people who have money can buy organic what about people who are earning just enough to run their day. Are they not entitled to healthy food? Who has given these companies permission to manufacture low quality/high quality food?
What is happening in this world?
I recently watched some videos on fake egg, rice, cauliflower, shrimps extra manufactured with plastic. example for shrimps - (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CShBYdUtSqI)
Who decides the cost of humanity? Why is there a price on it? As you say the main objection of CSRs is that corporates need to make profits, social and environmental responsibilities fall beyond their domain ! :(27/06/2017 #65 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeI wish to express my gratitude for @Louise Smith for his "brave" engagement in these discussions. The success of beBee is partly linked with the degree of engagement we have on this platform. Certainly, Louise stands very high in this area and as high as an oak tree.26/06/2017 #60 Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMAInteresting you should write about corporate social responsibility, Ali. Todays Millennials prefer to join companies who consider social responsibility the norm, rather than the exception. Once joining them, if they discover this isn't the real case, they quickly move on. Thanks for another valuable share.26/06/2017 #59 Louise Smith#53 You can tell this is a topic close to my heart.
I haven't read all the comments but have to get some shuteye now. تصبح على خير
I will read the rest another time.
Thank you for your inspiring posts.
I wade through many inane pieces of writing every day (not on beBee)
and it's like drinking from a clear fresh running creek/stream to read your posts.
تصبح على خير26/06/2017 #58 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#56 That is a valid point, Louise. I think you should consider writing a buzz on this quote from your comment "it takes time and that is what we don't have". You remind me of a quote that I read years ago "People need as much time as you give them". People need to sense the urgency of a problem to ct together.
- Producer20/06/2017It’s All About Traditional Chinese Medicine & Japanese Shiatsu! (Similarities & Differences)Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is one of the oldest alternative medicine with a written history of almost 2,500 years. On the other hand, Shiatsu evolved from a Japanese massage based on ideas in Traditional Chinese Medicine.Shiatsu and TCM...
- Producer10/06/2017Adieu, Dear Tree: In English y en EspañolSeventy years ago, Julia Wells planted a tree in her yard. I suppose she wanted quick growth to shade her house. She got it in the form of a Silver Maple. Whoooooosh, it grew. Julia Wells moved on either to the nursing home or some kind of care,...
- Producer28/05/2017Crimes Of Ignorance Part 2: The Killing Of The Earth By The Fossil Fuel IndustryDid you ever wonder about energy? Next to nature it’s the most powerful force on earth. It can change the course of mighty rivers. It can bend steel in its bare hands….ooops sorry that’s Superman.But you know what. Energy is a lot like Superman. On...
Comments29/05/2017 #19 Jim Murray@Michael O'Neil. Your points are very well taken. I guess everybody has a different cultural reference point. It seems to me the smaller the country the more flexibility they have in terms of shifting energy priorities. I sincerely believe that solar is the future because it seems like every year they are figuring out ways to make it more and more compact, (lessening the manufacturing carbon footprint). Thanks for the insights. They are most appreciated.29/05/2017 #18 Phil Friedman#17 That is an astounding number, Michael. I've personally always favored Hydro-electric power generation, but even that begs for further analysis, given the statistic you cite.
I am getting to think that one of, if not THE first order of business is the dectralization of electrical power generation to eliminate the hugest losses from the distribution grids.29/05/2017 #9 Jim Murray#6 @Phil Friedman I respectfully disagree. It's the only decision. What's not simple is making and sticking to the commitment and applying the same ingenuity to the development of cleaner technologies. I get that fossil fuels will be with us until they are gone, but there are technologies that exist right now that reduce carbon emissions to almost nothing, and they are being repressed because billion dollar oil and manufacturing companies won't make the commitment to use them. Because they put profit over people. It's all really asinine when you think about it. But then again, we are living in the Age Of Stupidity.29/05/2017 #8 Marisa Fonseca DinizI have a company that develops sustainable construction projects and renewable energy in Brazil, but despite the expertise in the area, the most difficult is to make people understand the need to preserve the environment, and if we do not do it today, tomorrow may be too late. Great article @Jim Murray!29/05/2017 #6 Phil Friedman#4 Yes, Michael, and the composites from which most electrical generating turbines are made are petrochemical-based polymers. The equations are complex, much more so than much off the lay public and the tree huggers assume. Not saying that the ultimate balance is away from fossil fuels, just that it isn't a simple decision. Cheers!28/05/2017 #3 Don Philpott☘️Sensible lady - "be the change you want to see in the world." In Germany the grid is greening up nicely. China has invested heavily in solar. Most of the Nordic countries have been on the green agenda since the 60's. My own place, Ireland, is awash with permaculture, reforestation, wave power, wind energy, ground pump heating systems, passive building and sheep's wool insulation. Shell can still buy off the police though. A definite echo in ... "The light at the end of the tunnel"
- Producer11/05/2017Mindfulness is Not Blank. Mindfulness is Clarity.I stood at the edge of the trail, my face in the sun and my eyes closed behind my sunglasses.My phone buzzed. A new text. I reached into my pocket and was about to pull the phone out, when I stopped myself. It can wait.I turned my face back into...
Comments05/06/2017 #16 Aaron 🐝 Skogen#15 For just a little bit @Sarah Elkins. I helped my Brother and his family move over the weekend. They moved from a small acreage to a larger one about 20 minutes west, almost dead center on the top of the Buffalo Ridge here in SW MN (you can throw a softball into SD). Anyway, they are surrounded by section upon section of CRP. Wild grasslands in all directions, from the oasis of wetlands, cottonwood, oak, poplar and blue spruce that shelter the homestead. After the final round of "heavy lifting" yesterday, I sat down, beer in hand.
I heard nothing but bird song, and the wind flowing through a HUGE Cottonwood on the northeast corner of the property. I lost myself in the wind sweeping up a ridge line to the southeast. The grasses performing natures ballet, dancing up the ridge in sweeping viridescent shades. The wind and the grass reminded of two lovers holding hands as they journeyed the road less traveled, basking and joyful in the moment. At some point I lost sense of the birdsong, the rustling of the cottonwood, my own breath, my heartbeat, and, yes, even the cold beer in my hand. I'm not sure how long I was there, yet a phrase came back to me when I started to feel my heart beat again, "He-nay-nee" said my mind. In those moments, I felt complete peace.
Thanks for that phrase Sarah!
It is much like another from the Natal region of South Africa. There the phrase is “Sawu bona”, which translated means “I see you.”12/05/2017 #14 Nicole Chardenet"The hamster wheel" - what some call the "monkey mind". It never stops, it's always going, you're always thinking...mindfulness helps to give it a rest. Your mind doesn't go willingly, rather like a Type-A CEO who needs to be tied down in an airplane seat for a much-needed vacation. That buzzing little hoozit in your pocket? It can wait.12/05/2017 #12 David B. GrinbergThank you for this beautifully written buzz, Sarah.
As a nature lover myself, I concur with -- and echo -- your strong sentiments. There's nothing that compares to the beauty and wonder of nature to set one's mind at ease, to help find solace, peace and tranquility in today's hyper-paced and fluid high-tech world. Thus, let's all raise a glass to Mother Nature and treat her with the respect and admiration she deserves. Keep buzzing...11/05/2017 #3 Joanne GardockiThank you for the virtual mindfulness exercise, @Sarah Elkins, and the beautiful picture. I can feel the sun even though it is cloudy here. Thank you for the extra dimension of he-nay-nee; sharing language, culture, history and personal experience with one word. I love language and what you have shared resonates deeply.11/05/2017 #1 Christine StevensMy yogi always says that mindfulness isn't an empty mind or not thinking. It's acknowledging the distracting thoughts, then putting them aside until the proper time to deal with them, and then returning to the present and your focus. It is much like the "It can wait" with your text messages.
- Producer30/04/2017OSMOSIS OF AVARICE!Five years old daughter of Aloke, Ritu is craving to her Dad, ‘Dad, you please come little early. Without you how I will celebrate my birthday? My all friends are invited. They equally want the company of my dear Dad. I don’t want to buy any...
Comments01/05/2017 #14 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorIt seems some decision makers don't have the human race nor our beloved planet in their best interests, no matter where we live. The selfish desire for wealth and power is increasingly alarming. What is so unfortunate is we don't know about the corruption until a disaster happens.01/05/2017 #13 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. International Management, Certified Executive Coach. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.mmmmmm, sad @debasish majumder, sad stories remind us that it is not evident when everything goes well, gratitude is the answer for that!01/05/2017 #12 Lisa 🐝 GallagherVery sad stories of the two families indeed. Making cuts to save money on behalf of human lives happens throughout the world sadly. I think of all the fracking that takes place in the US and they have proven there's been an increase in Earthquakes in the areas that do fracking yet nothing has been done. Oklahoma is one such state that was not prone to Earthquakes but that's changed since fracking began, not to mention all the poisons that spill into the soil which travel to the water that people use and consume. We need to take better care of mother earth. My heart broke when I read of that poor gal losing her father (on her birthday, no less) and even for the entire family that was killed in the accident.01/05/2017 #10 Ian WeinbergThanks for a screenshot of life in its multi dimensions. Indeed there are much more complex and timeless systems in play that influence every aspect of our existence. The question is - has mankind reached a threshold level of presence wherein the very source-files of the system may be corrupting? Thanks for this thought-provoking buzz @debasish majumder01/05/2017 #7 David B. GrinbergNice buzz, Debasish. It's very unfortunate that many politicians in the USA and elsewhere are climate change deniers despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. That age-old saying is really ringing true: "You can't fool Mother Nature."
To wit: decades of environmental degradation caused by greedy corporations, Big Oil, and carbon producing industries worldwide have only contributed to a host of already alarming problems, including: unclean air, polluted water, record-setting temperatures, rising sea levels, super storms, melting ice sheets and ozone layer depletion (in and over Antarctica), etc. It's a long and ugly list on the road to ruining the only planet we currently call home. A sad story indeed.
- ProducerEarth TLCQuilted clouds above A thirsty earth begs for tears Rivers in cradlesCheers!-Franci Eugenia Hoffman beBee.com - It's a way of life. Welcome to my hives- Hive Talk-Featured hives Hive Talk Bee respectful Respectfully Yours...
Comments30/04/2017 #8 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador@Tausif Mundrawala @Ken Boddie @Donna-Luisa Eversley @debasish majumder @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. International Management, Certified Executive Coach. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. - your additions to the poem are welcome.29/04/2017 #4 Tausif MundrawalaThirsty earth beg for tears. I am still trying to escape from this beautiful words created by you. Your poem made me to visit this buzz once more. Exceptionally well written. So much was said in this brief beautiful poem.
Words are still ringing in my ears. You are an exceptional poet my friend, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
- Producer22/04/2017The Plight Of The Humble Coastal Tree That Could Save Us All.Now, before I launch into this diatribe I have a confession to make; I have never liked mangrove forests or mangrove trees in general. From afar they look fabulous but get up close and personal and, once inside that forest is a bit like stepping...
Comments26/04/2017 #53 Aaron 🐝 SkogenI have seen the Mangroves in South Florida (where I believe they are protected) and in Haiti, but have not spent any time walking or wading through them. This article inspires me to take a closer look the next time I have a chance. I guess I'd better pack a bugsuit though! We joke around here that the Mosquito could be the "Minnesota State Bird", as they do come out in droves in the summer, but the Mangroves may have me rethink the word "droves". . .
Its unfortunate to see coastal development destroying this ecological treasure. You'd think we, as a species, would learn.
Thanks for the educational piece @Paul Walters and a quick thanks to @Dean Owen for leading me here by sharing a link on my buzz.24/04/2017 #41 Paul Walters#30 @Pamela 🐝 Williams Thanks for that. Environmentalist?? Well perhaps I will however coninue to write about it. Just wait for further pieces on kalimantan ( Borneo) and Sarawak ( Malaysian side of Borneo) The environmental destruction there is indescribable all for timber and the growing of palm oil . 75% of the native forests have gone in just 40 years !!24/04/2017 #38 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorI grew up in Florida, where Mangroves contribute to the health of the coastline, especially in South Florida. They are true natives to the state of Florida and state and local regulations are set to protect them. They are considered one of Florida's most important resources. And yes, Avon's Skin-so-Soft is a great mosquito repellent. Thank you for the excellent read, @Paul Walters.
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- 13/04/2017Humans have killed nearly half the trees on earth so far.
A new study of arboreal density around the globe indicates humans are directly responsible for killing almost half the trees on the planet. This latest report confirms the devastation we already knew, but in a very real way, since this study is the first of its kind to be derived from actual data, giving us a more accurate picture of the Earth’s forests than ever before.
This study is the first-ever data-driven global tree census, so it provides the most accurate count of trees to date. Researchers calculated there are some 3.04 trillion trees on Earth today, which breaks down to approximately 422 per person. That’s good news, because it surpasses previous estimates that put the figure at just a fraction of that. The bummer, though, is that the current number of trees represents a 46 percent decline since humans started cutting them down.
Arriving at the new tree density figures was a feat partly of mathematics and partly of wizardry. Researchers collected 429,775 ground-sourced measurements of tree density from every continent except Antarctica. They combined that information with satellite data on climate, topography, and human land use. The resulting models predicted tree density around the globe down to a single square kilometer.
Comparing those tree density predictions with spatial maps of forest loss, the researchers calculate that humans are removing approximately 15.3 billion trees each year, with the highest rates of decline happening in the tropics. Forest regrowth accounts for a little more than 5 billion trees per year, making for a net loss of around 10 billion trees annually. That’s a lot of tree killing we’re doing, people.
Comments13/04/2017 #1 Praveen Raj GullepalliIf we give serious thought to nature, it is plain to see that most of the stuff that humans do goes against or is detrimental to the habitat they live in. Flora and fauna nurture each other. two sides of the same coin. Yin and Yang. O2 and CO2. Where the hell did we come from anyway!? ;)
- 11/04/2017Our Most Iconic National Parks Are in Danger of Becoming Oil and Gas Drilling Hot Spotstv.fusion.net Few people know that there is drilling going on in our national parks at...
- How to stop deforestation: 'Indigenous people are the best park rangers'
Trees soak up greenhouse gases, so how do we ensure their protection?
1 | Stop subsidising agriculture that harms forests
Countries need to stop using outdated fiscal policies for agriculture. In some places, such as Brazil and Indonesia, the amount spent by their governments on subsidising agriculture is more than 100 times higher than the international funding provided to those countries for forest conservation. It sends out a contradictory message if a government is signing up to zero deforestation commitments on one hand, whilst simultaneously making deforestation more attractive to farmers.
2 | Invest in indigenous people
Forest dwellers are best placed be the first ones to indicate threats and call for help. In the past, radio units were installed in some indigenous communities in the Brazilian Amazon and they did wonders. I think the more we invest in getting low cost tech resources like this to people living in forests, the more we will get in return to fight deforestation. There are 20 million people living in the Brazilian Amazon, we should support their role in protecting their forests. They are the best park rangers as their cultures and livelihoods depend on healthy forests. Yet support rarely reaches them.
- Urban cliffs for better city biodiversitywww.linkedin.com Natural cliffs in the landscape play home to a variety of flora and fauna. By contrast, cities are full of tall vertical structures whose glass...
- Dropping costs in renewable tech spurs rapid shift to clean energy
Welcome to the clean energy revolution – with or without Trump. A new report from the United Nations Environment Programme, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), and Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance reveals plunging costs in renewable technology have generated a whole new world of power. Unsubsidized renewables in more countries are now the cheapest new form of energy.
Renewable energy detractors love to claim it’s too expensive, but that criticism simply doesn’t hold up anymore, according to the new report. Per megawatt, the average dollar capital expenditure fell by more than 10 percent for wind and solar. The report also revealed worldwide solar generation costs fell by an average of 17 percent in one year. Onshore wind dropped by 18 percent, and offshore wind plummeted by 28 percent.
After the dramatic cost reductions of the past few years, unsubsidized wind and solar can provide the lowest cost new electrical power in an increasing number of countries, even in the developing world – sometimes by a factor of two. It’s a whole new world…instead of having to subsidize renewables, now authorities may have to subsidize natural gas plants to help them provide grid reliability.”
“Moving from fossil fuels to renewable sources such as solar and wind is key to achieving social, economic, and environmental development,” Renewable energy creates jobs, provides electricity for people who didn’t have it before, and reduces air pollution, all at an increasingly low cost.