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  1. ProducerAli Anani

    Ali Anani

    Put Your Head Deep in Your Pocket
    Put Your Head Deep in Your PocketIn my previous buzz I shared my inspiration of seeing a relationship between ice crystals and the shells of turtles. Soon afterwards Sara Jacobovici published a buzz and the image below. Sara wrote in her buzz "The picture of the fireworks...


    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    22/03/2017 #18 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    A clean pocket would be an obvious choice if given the option. But those that don't have a choice can fall into the dirty pocket only to succumb to toxic people, such as an employee working for a bad employer or the situation in reverse. Spending time is the dirty pocket is a time waster and can be detrimental to one's future. Our pocket of choice must be clean but also we must have the clean pocket available to us. Unfortunately, some don't have the choice or could it be they don't believe they have the choice?
    Ali Anani
    21/03/2017 #17 Ali Anani
    #16 Very valid point dear @debasish majumder. In fact, it is more often the environment. Toxic employers or employees intoxicate the environment. That we keep the pocket (environment) free of toxicity is of utmost importance. The pocket is the place and it has be be clean.
    debasish majumder
    21/03/2017 #16 debasish majumder
    it is utterly surprising sir @Ali Anani that you mentions frequently about toxic employees. why not about toxic employers sir? they equally responsible for an organization to go for astray. it is truly intriguing affair and i am in agog to know your evaluation about the toxic employers too. however, nice insight sir. enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    21/03/2017 #15 Tausif Mundrawala
    #14 He is a very calm person now. I enjoyed reading this buzz in its entirety as its like a case study more than an information providing buzz. Keep sharing more.
    Ali Anani
    21/03/2017 #14 Ali Anani
    #13 I enjoyed fully your comprehensive comment dear @Tausif Mundrawala. I liked very much your line "to break the eggshell of the subject...) as it conforms very ncely with using a rock to break the shell of ideas. Your dad was a very wise man as his sibling Tausif is.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    21/03/2017 #13 Tausif Mundrawala
    My preferred choice would definitely be to put my head in good pockets. People tend to forget that by putting our head in bad pockets we are killing our time to an extent where not a minute is left to earn and accomplish something. I would rather prefer to stay away from all toxic people and time killers. My daddy hates time killers and was very strict with all of us siblings.

    We should spend enough time like an intelligent otters to break the eggshells of the subject we are not familiar with and allow our ideas flourish. Thank you so much for this buzz. Sir @Ali Anani
    Sara Jacobovici
    21/03/2017 #12 Sara Jacobovici
    #11 Look forward to exchanging our thoughts and ideas @Ali Anani. Your response has left me with more to think about.
    Ali Anani
    21/03/2017 #11 Ali Anani
    #9 WOW! What a splendid comment this is @Sara Jacobovici. I am imagining fractal pockets of time with our heads and not hands in it. Your comment flashes many ideas and I need to try to figure out how to best draw this image. May be you have an idea. Now how about the anti-negativity liquid for negative thinking? I imagine that the liquid has to come from within us. Could it be sprays of hope, purpose,persistence or positive thinking? You "sprayed " me with two wonderful questions and I am still searching for answers. So, you too,are still buzzing me with your probing questions.
    Ali Anani
    21/03/2017 #10 Ali Anani
    #8@Sara Jacobovici I am happy that you liked the wisdom of the @Mohammed A. Jawad. I am happier that I read your mind and you mentioned the curvature of spacetime. I expected you to say so.
    Sara Jacobovici
    21/03/2017 #9 Sara Jacobovici
    My head is still buzzing @Ali Anani. First, let me thank you for the mention and share of the image. Now, let me try to articulate what this buzz is opening up for me in my process of making sense of our 4th dimension, spacetime. By calling time, or giving it the space and form of pockets, and by having us place our "heads" in that formation is quite an image, in and of itself. Then you add the concept of that space being contaminated. You suggest that negative ideas can be a contaminant. That leads me to asking the question, what is the "antimicrobial liquid" in the pocket of time for negative ideas? You've left me with much to think about, as always, Dr. Ali.
    Sara Jacobovici
    21/03/2017 #8 Sara Jacobovici
    #5 @Ali Anani is right @Mohammed A. Jawad, your line, "...put our heads into folds of time..." produces a fascinating image, reminding me of the process of gravitational waves. "Gravitational waves are ripples in the curvature of spacetime that propagate as waves at the speed of light, generated in certain gravitational interactions that propagate outward from their source." A very dynamic interaction!
    Ali Anani
    21/03/2017 #7 Ali Anani
    #6 :)))- may be it is not either @Pascal Derrien!
    Pascal Derrien
    21/03/2017 #6 Pascal Derrien
    We need to clean our pockets of silence from the microbial noises is it poetic or aquatic ? :-)
    Ali Anani
    21/03/2017 #5 Ali Anani
    I loved your comment and find it not only interesting. You picked the word fold and used it within a great context "put our heads into folds of time". You opened new thoughts for me @Mohammed A. Jawad View more
    I loved your comment and find it not only interesting. You picked the word fold and used it within a great context "put our heads into folds of time". You opened new thoughts for me @Mohammed A. Jawad. I am sure @Sara Jacobovici will be attentive to this as well. Close
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    21/03/2017 #4 Mohammed A. Jawad
    With all the immense inspiration around us, it matters most how we perceive realities, enliven our hearts for truer conscience and put our heads into folds of time to have clear insights. Interesting, isn't it?
    Ali Anani
    21/03/2017 #2 Ali Anani
    #1 Thank you @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. and soon I shall reflect on your inspiration as well. Thank you for your sharing the buzz.
  2. Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Permaculture magazine
    www.permaculture.co.uk Growing salads, fruits and herbs vertically not only allows urban dwellers to grow food in small spaces, but follows the permaculture principles of stacking, using renewable resources and making the most of the...
  3. Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    Another amazing piece of nature: Scolecite Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝


    Yogesh Sukal
    18/03/2017 #1 Yogesh Sukal
    Nature's magic
  4. ProducerClaire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Green Facades : Why are some Architects scared?
    Green Facades : Why are some Architects scared?Why are some architects scared to use vegetation at the heart of their façade design? Is it the loss of control implied by adding vegetation to the design? Is this due to a varying emphasis on greenery during architects’ training? Or just that it...


    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    07/03/2017 #17 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Lada 🏡 Prkic!
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    07/03/2017 #16 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #14 People don't realise just how important good architecture is for their lives. Living and/or working in a poorly designed space has a well documented deleterious effect on your health. There has been slew of articles recently about the benefits of natural light and how green building practices increase employee productivity and happiness.
    Devesh Bhatt
    07/03/2017 #15 Devesh Bhatt
    #14 people will eventually grow ears for it. Till then good luck.
    Javier Rojas García
    07/03/2017 #14 Javier Rojas García
    #11 You´re right, but this green facades are only the tip of the iceberg. Architecture has to say plenty of things about improving the living conditions of human beings through a better relationship with the environment.
    Javier Rojas García
    07/03/2017 #13 Javier Rojas García
    #10 ha ha ha, I´ll think about it...
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    07/03/2017 #12 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Javier Rojas García!
    Devesh Bhatt
    07/03/2017 #11 Devesh Bhatt
    The public associates greenery with snakes, insects and allergies, atleast such is the case here in India.

    The pollution of the big cities has resulted in ever increasing cases of children with breathing problems and greens seem to trigger more problems.

    Although greening is good for thw eyes, another prevalent problem amongst city kids today.

    Something that i need to study on before i can make claims about the health issue but i can definitely state the market condition, they fear snakes , insects , maintenance issues and yes someone has an allergy.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    07/03/2017 #10 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Perhaps you can start sneaking in real plants whilst no one is looking @Javier Rojas García!
    Javier Rojas García
    07/03/2017 #9 Javier Rojas García
    Hi, Claire. I agree Lada. Recently I tried to design a vertical green garden inside one office in Barcelona but it was impossible to make it natural. At first everybody likes it but then somebody talked about mosquitoes, another about who has to take care of it and finally they started to be afraid to broken water pipes in the middle of the office... Finally we built an artificial garden, it was nice but not the same. Next time I´ll try harder.
    Robert Bacal
    07/03/2017 #8 Robert Bacal
    #7 Trump tower in Toronto is for sale. Nobody wants it, so if one wants to purchase it, and paint it orange, with some greenery at the top, now's the chance, @Claire L 🐝 Cardwell

    Of course, chunks of it have been falling into the street.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    06/03/2017 #7 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #5 @Phil Friedman - you really made me chuckle with this one! Would love to see a new Carrot Tower!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    06/03/2017 #6 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #4 I am interested, too. The Vertical Forest in Milan is a rare example of a finished treescraper project. I think the time will show the suitability of this type of planting and how will the trees get used to the condition at such a height.
    Phil Friedman
    06/03/2017 #5 Phil Friedman
    #3 #4 Lada and Claire, I've heard that a new Trump Tower is being designed in the shape and color of a carrot to represent the overall appearance of its namesake. I can hardly wait.:-)
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    06/03/2017 #4 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #3 @Lada 🏡 Prkic - it will be interesting to see how this new vertical horticulture goes.... I guess in the majority of cases very hardy trees need to be planted. It would be fascinating to see how the plants and trees are installed and maintained.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    06/03/2017 #3 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Hi Claire. I’ve posted a similar short post on LI about treescrapers. I am a big supporter of plants in architecture. All this concrete needs greenery, and people need more contact with nature
    But the recent ‘flood’ of the tree-covered skyscraper designs raises the question about its real sustainability, considering also the treescraper concept a form of greenwashing.
    I’ve read many articles that criticized treescrapers, mainly because of unrealistic visuals with myriads of high trees placed on every horizontal surface of the building, although - as said in the article - a building will never look like a drawing. Obviously, a big issue is how to maintain all these plants. As I said in one of the comments, if more of these treescrapers are built (Boeri granted approval for Cedar Trees Tower in Switzerland) many questions about planting and impact on environment will be resolved, and then will show how sustainable these buildings really are.
    Giles Davis
    06/03/2017 #2 Giles Davis
    Agree - use greenery whenever possible! Looks stunning.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    06/03/2017 #1 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    @Lada 🏡 Prkic @Ken Boddie @Javier Rojas García - thought you may like this article! Have a great week!
  5. Seth Degyansky

    Seth Degyansky

    *TREEvolution Voluntourism


    Arno Delport, Sales & Marketing Manager at Acacia Africa comments, “Tour operators can no longer afford to pay lip service to the idea of responsible tourism. We have to be actively engaged in making a positive impact on the environment. While our partnership with Greenpop has allowed us to highlight the importance of carbon offsetting with our adventurers through the organisation’s tree planting programme*,  by supporting the ReForest Fest we’re encouraging ethical travellers to play a hands on role in urban reforestation." 
    www.travpr.com Safari specialist, Acacia Africa is continuing to honour its commitment to responsible tourism by supporting one of its many ethical partners, Greenpop, and asking its adventures to join the...
  6. Seth Degyansky

    Seth Degyansky

    Examples of opportunities🙌 in a circular♻economy💶 by Circle Economy
  7. Seth Degyansky

    Seth Degyansky

    C D B 🐝?🐝
    D B S A B Z B 🐝🐝🐝
    Lesson plans 🏫 keep me busy 🐝
    👪 and 📷 keep me relaxed 😎
    What are your efficiency optima 💮

    For every two hours of planning, I can teach eight hours.
    For every twenty minutes with family or photography, I can spend eighty minutes reveling, sharing & reminiscing.

    #pareto 80/20 rule
    Seth Degyansky
  8. Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    Life finds a way Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
  9. Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    Every day this man drives hours in drought to provide water to thirst wild animals – Go Humans News
    gohumans.news The definitive place for positive news about the human...
  10. Javier 🐝 beBee
    World Population
    World Population Watch human population grow from 1 CE to present and see projected growth in under six minutes. One dot = 1 million people. © Population Connection,...


    Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    19/02/2017 #3 Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    @Javier 🐝 beBee inevitable #2
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    19/02/2017 #2 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #1 growth is not sustainable ! Will humanity face a lot of wars/fights for resources ?
  11. Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    Oxygen Levels in the Ocean Are Dropping
    grendz.com The level of oxygen in our oceans has dropped over the past half-century, and human activity such as burning fossil fuels and dumping fertilisers in the sea is to blame, according to a new study. Researchers studied five decades of data in the most...
  12. ProducerFranklin Coetzee
    Deadly affair when snake meets kite
    Deadly affair when snake meets kiteWhat happens when a raptor and python cross paths – high up in a tree? One Wild Card member was astonished to witness this three-hour, deadly interaction.Late last year Luis Da Cruz and his wife spent a few days at Ngwenya Lodge, situated on the...


    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    16/02/2017 #3 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Fascinating pics! The Crow was probably fooling around (like they generally do, being the smartest birds with the largest avian brains). A python's tail is always an easy picking! ;)
    Ali Anani
    16/02/2017 #2 Ali Anani
    Very interesting story @Franklin Coetzee. May be the prey wanted to die high! Sharing
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    16/02/2017 #1 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    A crow,
    A snake,
    And a kite.
    Did the snake remain coiled?
    Or was its meal foiled?
    Did the crow disrupt fate, or was it too late for the wake?
    Did the crow take flight before stealing a bite from the snake of the kite?
  13. Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    http://inhabitat.com/solar-power-system-could-provide-clean-drinking-water-in-rural-india-for-the-first-time/ Chas ✌️ Wyatt


    Mike Rana
    20/02/2017 #7 Mike Rana
    #5 Zuckerberg is always talking about wanting to change the world - maybe he could take the lead on a project to bring clean water to rural India.
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    20/02/2017 #6 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    #4 @🐝 Fatima Williams, Just in case you missed it; https://www.bebee.com/producer/@chas-wyatt/one-drop
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    20/02/2017 #5 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Solar-power system could provide clean drinking water in rural India for the first time. A solar-powered purification system could slake the thirsts of rural India with clean drinking water for the first time. This would be no ordinary feat. Tens of millions of people in India lack access to potable water, and roughly 600,000 Indian children die every year from water- and sanitation-related diseases like diarrhea or pneumonia, according to UNICEF. In the country’s most far-flung regions, where 70 percent of India’s population lives, toxic bacteria routinely fouls at least half of the water supply. But while the Indian government has focused its efforts on treating surface water in rivers and streams, researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland want to attack the source of contamination: sewage.
    They’ve developed a system that uses sunlight to induce high-energy particles within a photocatalytic material, which uses light to generate a chemical reaction. These, in turn, activate molecules of oxygen, mobilizing them to destroy bacteria and other organic matter.
    Because the materials require no power source, an off-grid system requires little more than attaching the photocatalyst to containers of contaminated water and angling them toward the sun until they’re safe to drink. If necessary, the system could be used in tandem with a filter to catch larger particles.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    06/02/2017 #4 🐝 Fatima Williams
    #3 That's exciting Chas 🤗 Please let me know once your done I would love to read it.
    #Nature is our grear restorer 🏞
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    06/02/2017 #3 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    #2 @🐝 Fatima Williams, you are very welcome. I am working on a story that relates to this in an off-hand way, although the story is fiction.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    06/02/2017 #2 🐝 Fatima Williams
    This is great news. Nature is ready to help us in many ways. Thanks for sharing this 🤗
    Devesh Bhatt
    06/02/2017 #1 Devesh Bhatt
    Am writing something that would give you peek at the ground reality and what works best :)
  14. Producerpaul wayne

    paul wayne

    Transforming the World’s Energy Future
    Transforming the World’s Energy FutureWritten by Jon Powers and Kevin Johnson,This article is part of special inauguration series by Dūcō experts on major global issues in the Trump Administration.The world is at a transformative moment in terms of how we produce and use electricity....
  15. ProducerMilic Bogdanovic
    I am a Beekeeper (Apiarist)
    I am a Beekeeper (Apiarist)I was fascinated by honeybees since I spent a summer, at the Ravanica monastery; the mother superior, was my father's friend and she and the orthodox sisters took me in when my mom was hospitalized with an illness. The Serbian Orthodox monastery...


    Milic Bogdanovic
    16/01/2017 #15 Milic Bogdanovic
    I was fascinated by honeybees since I spent a summer, at the Ravanica monastery; the mother superior, was my father's friend and she and the orthodox sisters took me in when my mom was hospitalized with an illness...
    Milic Bogdanovic
    16/01/2017 #14 Milic Bogdanovic
    #11 Deb, I just added the perhaps missing piece in the article, selecting location of the apiary and loading the bees into the woodenware or hive boxes.
    Milic Bogdanovic
    16/01/2017 #13 Milic Bogdanovic
    #10 Thank you Milos for spreading the word, I just updated the article will continue to update the article from to time, so enjoy.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    15/01/2017 #11 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    I really enjoyed reading this, @Milic Bogdanovic, and I would love to read about each stage of the upcoming year as you maintain your apiary. There is nothing like a first-person story to bring a hive to life.
    Milos Djukic
    15/01/2017 #10 Anonymous
    Thank you very much for this post @Milic Bogdanovic :)
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    14/01/2017 #9 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #7 David, I'm now following quite a few Bee organizations on Twitter and will try to get some followers from those groups through Paul's Growth Hacker portion of his App. Though I'm not sure I want to use the term "leverage" :-) I saw it the other way around: How can we use our 'bee' identity to help the pollinator crisis occurring around the globe.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    14/01/2017 #8 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #4 That's an excellent goal to have Milic! Now that you're a BEE yourself, those are your friends :)
    David B. Grinberg
    14/01/2017 #7 David B. Grinberg
    Wow, Milic, you're like an bee encyclopedia. This is likely the most comprehensive buzz about real bees ever on this platform. Here's my question to all: how can bebee leverage the unfortunate fact -- now being broadly reported in mainstream media worldwide -- that bumble bees have placed on the USA's Endangered Species List for the first time??? http://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/bumble-bee-species-declared-endangered-u-s-first-time-n706321
    cc: @Javier 🐝 beBee @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood @John White, MBA @Milos Djukic @Jim Murray
    Milic Bogdanovic
    14/01/2017 #6 Milic Bogdanovic
    #1 Thanks Chas for taking time to comment. I know all about Corwin Bell and Backyardhive, I made quite few of the top bar hives based on Corwin's design. Great guy, great design based on the golden ratio.
    Milic Bogdanovic
    14/01/2017 #5 Milic Bogdanovic
    #3 Thank you Julio, will be updating this article time permitting.
    Milic Bogdanovic
    14/01/2017 #4 Milic Bogdanovic
    #2 Thank you Pamela, I am doing my part to keep bees around as long as I can.
    Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    14/01/2017 #3 Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    Full information thanks. @Milic Bogdanovic
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    14/01/2017 #2 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Fabulous post Milic! We are actually starting a challenge for the beBee Bees to spread the word to protect the world's Honey Bee populations. This is an excellent addition!
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    14/01/2017 #1 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    @Milic Bogdanovic, a very well-written and detailed buzz. Thank you for sharing. You may also be interested in this hive design.~
  16. Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    I 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 Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
  17. Lada 🏡 Prkic

    Lada 🏡 Prkic

    THE WORLD’S FIRST PLASTIC BOTTLE VILLAGE ► Canadian Robert Bezeau developed the project called the Plastic Bottle Village, located in Panama, where the houses are constructed, or as he like to say “re-constructed” out of recycled plastic bottles. Bottles work surprisingly well as insulators. The buildings are also incredibly durable and safe during floods and earthquakes.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic


    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    31/12/2016 #2 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #1 Thanks Pamela. This is just one of a number of sustainable architectural projects that creatively try to deal with the worsening pollution problems.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    31/12/2016 #1 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    That is ingenious Lada! Good for him 😀😀🆒
  18. Producerrob allott

    rob allott

    Global Sustainability
    Global 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...


    Harvey Lloyd
    14/01/2017 #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.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    14/01/2017 #5 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Excellent article @rob allott, look forward to more!
    rob allott
    30/11/2016 #4 rob allott
    view our website we have some 50+ blogs on the environment www.greenplanetadvertiser.com
    Paul Burge
    30/11/2016 #3 Paul Burge
    Great article @rob allott! Many thanks for sharing. Looking forward to reading more.
    David B. Grinberg
    30/11/2016 #2 David B. Grinberg
    Nice buzz, Rob. You make some interesting points and observations. I've shared this in three hives for the environment and sustainability. I'm also following you now. Keep buzzing!
  19. ProducerClaire L 🐝 Cardwell
    What you need to know before installing a rainwater harvest system
    What 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...


    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    01/12/2016 #13 Claire L 🐝 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....
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    30/11/2016 #12 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks for the share Mohammad!
    Kirsten Horner
    29/11/2016 #11 Kirsten Horner
    Thanks 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.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    29/11/2016 #10 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks for the share Elizabeth - we can all live for a while without electricity, but now the water cuts here in Joburg are a reality - you simply can't take clean drinking water for granted anymore.
    Elizabeth Bailey
    29/11/2016 #9 Elizabeth Bailey
    Something all property owners should think about.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    29/11/2016 #8 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @David B. Grinberg!
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    29/11/2016 #7 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #4 Thanks Rod, you are certainly right about being a lot more aware of water usage when you rely on stored water.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    29/11/2016 #6 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #5 Thanks @David B. Grinberg! I am certainly a lot more careful with water these days..... Part of the problem here in Joburg is a badly maintained old infrastructure, apparently about 40% of all our potable water is wasted through leaks....
    David B. Grinberg
    29/11/2016 #5 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks for an awesome post, Claire, which is informative and educational. Water conservation is certainly a high priority public policy issue in California and the Middle East, among other places around the world. Keep buzzing!
    Rod Loader
    29/11/2016 #4 Rod Loader
    A 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.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    28/11/2016 #3 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #2 After a severe drought in SA last summer followed by the usual 6 months of dry season water restrictions and cut offs are a way of life here. It's certainly made me wake up and use water a lot more carefully. I recycle water where-ever I can.....
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    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.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    28/11/2016 #1 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Lada 🏡 Prkic
  20. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    Gut Feeling Heralds New Generation Lithium Batteries
    Gut Feeling Heralds New Generation Lithium BatteriesCambridge Uni and Beijing Institute of Technology researchers have reportedly collaborated to develop a denser and potentially much longer lasting lithium battery. The concept is seemingly intestine-inspired. More details, for the bioengineering...


    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    26/11/2016 #11 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #4 Meanwhile, I will look carefully in all directions. :)
    Ken Boddie
    24/11/2016 #10 Ken Boddie
    #7 so what you're saying, Dean-san, is that bright sparks won't 'stop' until they have a flaming good idea? 😂
    Ken Boddie
    24/11/2016 #9 Ken Boddie
    #8 historically, Kev, those with the best renewable energy ideas have been bought out by the industry magnates who do rule the world, then the ideas shelved.
    Kevin Pashuk
    24/11/2016 #8 Kevin Pashuk
    Back in 2001 NYT Journalist Tom Friedman (author of The World is Flat and no relation to @Phil Friedman) stated that the first one to come up with a cheap, reliable, renewable power source will be the one to rule the world, regardless of politics. (My paraphrase).

    Looks like we are still working to rule the world. Interesting concept, and better than putting a mini nuclear reactor in your pocket.
    Dean Owen
    24/11/2016 #7 Dean Owen
    #6 it wasn't that long ago when Teslas were spontaneously combusting and Toyotas were not braking... Happens to the best of them.
    Ken Boddie
    24/11/2016 #6 Ken Boddie
    #5 ..... and the best spontaneous combusting phones? 😄
    Dean Owen
    24/11/2016 #5 Dean Owen
    #3 it wasn't that long ago when we said that about Korean quality control and now the Koreans make the best TVs in the world.
    Ken Boddie
    24/11/2016 #4 Ken Boddie
    #1 You can take a technocrat to water but you can't make him drink. He's too busy trying to redesign the tap to enjoy the magnificent fluid coming out of it, Lada. There's a world of readers out there, Lada, queuing up to read our buzzes. Sometimes engagement comes from the least expected direction.
    Ken Boddie
    24/11/2016 #3 Ken Boddie
    #2 You may be correct Dean-san but decades of very poor quality control will prevent me from jumping on that bandwagon with my hard earned cash. 🙁
    Dean Owen
    24/11/2016 #2 Dean Owen
    This is very interesting. Back in 2008 i concluded that there was no doubt in my mind China would have car companies to rival Toyota and Ford. Chinese cars back then were shoddy rip offs. They have improved tremendously. There are a few contenders like Great Wall, but I saw promise with BYD who were producing electric cars. Legend has it the Chairman of BYD bought a Mercedes S Class then told his workers to disassemble it to see how it was built. They refused to take apart such a beautiful new car, so he got out his key and scraped all along the side of the car and said, "now do it!". BYD has since been at the forefront of lithium battery, and electric car production. Their cars are still pretty bad, but getting better. Warren Buffet has had a stake in them for a while now. I believe he bought at around RMB 20, it went up to 90, and is now around 46. With the development you mention above, I would suggest BYD is a good buy right now. Seeing how Japanese, and now Korean cars have improved, I have no doubt Chinese car makers will produce high quality cars within the next decade.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    24/11/2016 #1 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Another interesting article regarding new technologies that remained unnoticed by engineering community on beBee.
  21. ProducerAli Anani

    Ali Anani

    Living on the Edge of Challenge
    Living 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...


    Ali Anani
    19/11/2016 #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:
    David Navarro López
    19/11/2016 #41 Anonymous
    #40 You read my mind, dear Ali. Will do. Just read it, and "ruminating" about it. As you well know, I dislike to make useless comments........
    Ali Anani
    19/11/2016 #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.
    David Navarro López
    19/11/2016 #39 Anonymous
    Dear 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 more
    Dear 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
    as comment space was too small to answer to your post. Close
    Ali Anani
    18/11/2016 #38 Ali Anani
    #37 @mohammed khalaf- what a wise comment! I enjoyed it tremendously. Yes, we need watering distinctions. Your metaphor is brilliant.
    mohammed khalaf
    18/11/2016 #37 mohammed khalaf
    ok 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 .
    Ali Anani
    18/11/2016 #36 Ali Anani
    #35 You honor me @Joris Plaatstaal. Thank you
    Joris Plaatstaal
    18/11/2016 #35 Joris Plaatstaal
    #33 Phiew, that is version 2.0 .... Advanced class...

    From what I have seen from you, you are like the farmer.
    Ali Anani
    18/11/2016 #34 Ali Anani
    #32 I love drinking from your "wisdom well" @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. The more I drink, I more thirsty I become for more.
    Ali Anani
    18/11/2016 #33 Ali Anani
    Thank you for the lovely link @Joris Plaatstaal. It is a lovely video. I haven't seen before, but this wisdom-packed video I have seen and surely it is worth viewing:
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    18/11/2016 #32 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #26 Yes! Dear @Ali Anani for what is transformation other than the love of learning and to know fully what it is we then have learned, and this knowing becoming the core contribution to our collective act of living.
    Joris Plaatstaal
    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.
    Ali Anani
    18/11/2016 #28 Ali Anani
    #27 @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman- loved the way you associated the roots of trees to huan roots which enable humans to connect and communicate. Lovely thoughts
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    18/11/2016 #27 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Trees 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.
    Ali Anani
    17/11/2016 #26 Ali Anani
    #25 I am here mostly for what you wrote towards the end "I need to learn. I will learn". Conformity is not learning @Joris Plaatstaal
    Joris Plaatstaal
    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.
    Ali Anani
    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.
    Harvey Lloyd
    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.
  22. Javier 🐝 beBee
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    Why bees are the most invaluable species
    www.theguardian.com A public debate this week saw five scientists putting their case for saving one endangered species. Alison Benjamin on why the audience were right to save the...


    Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    08/11/2016 #1 Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    ¿La imagen? Lo analizo
  23. ProducerJustus Kay

    Justus Kay

    How to change the image of Energy's Black Sheep?
    How to change the image of Energy's Black Sheep? Investments in R of green technologies by the oil and gas industry is a good start to change the negative perception compared to other industries.While Renewables will continue to grow rapidly, fossil fuels is expected to remain the dominant form of...
  24. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    Monkey Business; The Disappearing Habitat Of Boneo’s Orangutans.
    Monkey Business; The Disappearing Habitat Of Boneo’s Orangutans. The title for this piece is perhaps a little ambiguous as it will revolve around the orangutans of Borneo and Sumatra, rather than the Gibbons or the Proboscis monkeys of that region. The monkey business reference in the title refers to many of...


    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    08/11/2016 #24 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #22 Thanks @Aurorasa Sima
    Paul Walters
    08/11/2016 #23 Paul Walters
    @Aurorasa Sima Methinks it is almost impossible to find any products these days devoid of palm oil!
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    08/11/2016 #19 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #18 Now I am in a quandary, do I throw away these products or do I finish them off and in the meantime source ethical alternatives? Am considering making my own.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    08/11/2016 #17 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #16 @Aurorasa Sima - just lost the bet! V. pissed off, I deliberately chose SA products that were not tested on animals and stupidly assumed that they would not be killing animals and destroying forests in the production phase. Will have to do a search to find products that are ethical and organic.
    Nick Mlatchkov
    08/11/2016 #15 Anonymous
    I guess Borneo ....
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    08/11/2016 #14 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #12 Hi @Aurorasa Sima - that's quite a list re Palm Oils - I think my Shampoo is OK and most of my food products as I generally don't eat processed food. I've reposted your link.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    08/11/2016 #11 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #9 I need to pay more attention, just when I think I'm paying attention to all icky ingredients, something new comes my way. I'm not sure what has palm oil in it that I may be purchasing?

    Great idea for an app- App with ingredients on labels to stay away from. It would be beneficial to carry that around on one's smartphone.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    07/11/2016 #10 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    We simply have to start cherishing our whole planet and every single lifeform right now. There will always be some level of give and take and predators and prey; but no natural lifeform stands a chance - us included - if we don't severely curtail the industrialization of the world immediately. Our machines are more advanced than our understanding of the havoc they ensure.

    A nice cuddly reason, @Paul Walters, to really start speaking up about non-sustainable industrial practices.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    07/11/2016 #9 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    @Paul Walters thanks for the reminder about how terrible palm oil is and the devastating effect the producers are having on the environment. I have cut out creamers that contain Palm Oil - but from now on will check the labeling on packaging a lot more carefully.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    07/11/2016 #8 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #7 I think I remember seeing that on the news back in 98 @Dean Owen, that had to be scary! Oh if I were younger... it would be fun to volunteer at the Sanctuary.
    Dean Owen
    07/11/2016 #7 Dean Owen
    The recurring haze, almost an annual event since the late 90's, is a travesty. I remember moving to Singapore in 98 when the haze was the worst it had ever been. All passengers on that flight from Japan disembarked with facemasks. Back then we only thought about our own health risks and not about the loss of habitat for numerous endangered species. If anyone has a few spare weeks and are looking for an adventure, you can volunteer for 2 to 12 week stints at an Orangutan sanctuary here:
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    07/11/2016 #6 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    As much as I enjoy being able to see a variety of animals in zoo's, I also get very sad knowing they were taken from their natural habitats. I didn't know about human diseases and they can contract them. Wow, the fires... insane and to have to wear a mask for that long, actually scary. Orangutangs are really cute. They can play video games? I'd say, they are highly intelligent! Thanks for tagging me Paul!! Always enjoy your pieces.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    07/11/2016 #4 Don 🐝 Kerr
    My eldest son Gabriel, who is nine, inspired his school to ban serving Oreos because they contain palm oil and so Oreos were destroying the habitat of orangutans. Very proud of him and must share your story @Paul Walters View more
    My eldest son Gabriel, who is nine, inspired his school to ban serving Oreos because they contain palm oil and so Oreos were destroying the habitat of orangutans. Very proud of him and must share your story @Paul Walters with him. Close
    Paul Walters
    07/11/2016 #3 Paul Walters
    @Aurorasa Sima Thanks . Ow, punch in the face!!! Sorry for that!
  25. Javier 🐝 beBee
    Elon Musk Unveils Tesla's New ‘Solar Roof’
    Elon Musk Unveils Tesla's New ‘Solar Roof’ Filmed on Oct 28,...


    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    29/10/2016 #1 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    Pretty impressive! As Musk says, let's create the world we want.
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