China is fighting desertification with a Great Green Wall of trees

August 31, 2017 by  
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In a major geoengineering effort to fight back against ever-encroaching desert, China is planting trees to create a “Great Green Wall” that may halt erosion, capture carbon, and provide economic benefits to the People’s Republic. By 2050, the nation of nearly 1.5 billion people aims to plant 88 million acres of woodland in an area that stretches 3,000 miles long and up to 900 miles wide. If successful, China’s reforestation project could serve as a guide for the countries of the 250 million people worldwide threatened by desertification . The vast arid land of China, which includes the historic Gobi Desert, encompasses up to 27 percent of the country’s land, and that number is growing. By 2006, nearly 1,000 square miles, an increase of 400 square miles since the 1950s, of usable land was being consumed by the desert . Desertification in China causes dust and sandstorms that contribute to poor health outcomes, the crippling of transportation routes, and economic losses, which are estimated to be in the billions of dollars every year. Related: The Great Green Wall of Africa could fight desertification and poverty The results of the project, which began in 1978, have been mixed. On the one hand, the project has provided financial stability to many previously impoverished communities located in the prospective Great Green Wall region. Government investment in infrastructure surrounding the project has also aided regional development. The Chinese government claims that the project has already yielded a decrease in sandstorms, stabilized acres of desert, and even increased precipitation . Others are more skeptical. “When it’s profitable, people tell lies,” said Cao Shixiong, a professor at Minzu University of China.  “I thought it was a very good way to combat desertification,” said Cao. However, in light of some estimates that up to 86 percent of the trees planted as part of the project have died, Cao changed his mind. “I realized it’s because of policy. We were choosing the wrong place to plant trees.” Researchers are also concerned that importing ill-suited trees into the fragile ecosystem may yield disastrous consequences in the future. “For the past 1,000 years, only shrubs and grass have grown in those areas. Why would they think planting trees would be successful?” said Sun Qingwei, a former Chinese Academy of Sciences desert researcher who now works for the National Geographic Society. “It’s not sustainable. Investing money in trees that are not supposed to be there is kind of crazy.” Time will tell if the Great Green Wall is as enduring as its stone-and-brick namesake. Via Mother Jones Lead image via Deposit photos , others via People’s Daily Online , Vaiz Ha/Flickr , and Christopher Michel/Flickr

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14 Great Green Gifts for Guys

December 2, 2014 by  
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Some people say guys are hard to shop for, but that doesn’t have to be the case – just look for classic, timeless gifts that last and you can’t go wrong. We’ve rounded up 14 great green gifts that are sure to please the husbands, brothers, fathers, sons, and friends on your list – including a classy pair of shades made from sustainably sourced wood, a durable recycled laptop bag that oozes minimalist chic, and a repurposed baseball glove wallet . Knock this gift-giving season out of the park – check out our green gift guide for guys here ! + Green Gifts For Guys Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco friendly gifts for guys , eco friendly gifts for men , eco friendly presents , eco friendly presents for guys men , eco-friendly gifts , environmentally friendly gifts , environmentally friendly presents , gifts for dudes , gifts for guys , gifts for him , gifts for men , green gift guide , green gifts for guys , green presents , presents for guys , presents for men

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14 Great Green Gifts for the Ladies

December 2, 2013 by  
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Looking for the perfect green gift for that awesome lady in your life? We have compiled a list of 14 gifts from classy clutches made from the recycled linings of juice boxes to recycled wine glasses and a beautiful bamboo Sprout watch , each of which has been carefully selected from suppliers who have the greenest and fairest consumer standards. We have gifts for ladies that love tea , ladies that love cooking , ladies who love reading , and everyone in between. Step on in for a look at the full guide to find a lovely green gift for your special lady. GREEN GIFTS FOR THE LADIES > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:        

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8 Great Green Designs Coming to Tent London 2013 at the London Design Festival!

September 6, 2013 by  
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DIY: Make Your Own Yogurt in a Crock-Pot!

September 6, 2013 by  
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Image via Shutterstock  Yogurt is one of those all-around fabulous edibles that can be used a thousand different ways. It gets added to smoothies , eaten with cereal, mixed with herbs to create spreads and dips, or just devoured by the spoonful right out of the container. Yogurt exists in many different forms all over the world, and it’s actually ridiculously easy to make at home. Keep reading to learn how you can use your Crock-Pot to make a bounty of creamy yogurt. Read the rest of DIY: Make Your Own Yogurt in a Crock-Pot! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: crock pot , crock pot ideas , Crock Pot Recipes , crock pot yogurt , Dairy , DIY yoghurt , diy yogurt , goat milk , make your own yogurt , milk , slow cooker , yoghurt , yogurt , yogurt recipes        

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Passive Buildings vs Active Marketing: What’s In a Name?

August 17, 2011 by  
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Passive buildings — which use non-mechanical methods of heating and cooling and use 80 percent less energy than "active" buildings — are a shining example of a great green idea that suffers from poor marketing.

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Lessons in Green IT from London Schools

August 17, 2011 by  
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From virtualization to PC power management, a study of higher education institutions around London uncovers how organizations of any type can cut energy costs and emissions through IT efficiency.

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GE, Coke Among Industry Leaders Launching Water Risk Mapping Project

August 17, 2011 by  
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Also taking part in the World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Alliance are Bloomberg, Dow, Goldman Sachs, Talisman Energy, and United Technologies — all working to develop a new water risk database and mapping tool.

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DIY Decor Inspiration: 14 Eco Crafts for the Home

July 25, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Art & Design & Home & Garden . ] Hang a wreath on your door made from the pages of unwanted books, custom-color your own vases and mason jars, turn torn doilies into a pretty hanging lamp or organize your jewelry with a reclaimed rake. These 14 fun, crafty DIY projects for the home transform cast-off materials into stylish new decorative items. Custom Colored Mason Jars (images via: creative little daisy ) Vintage blue mason jars can make a pretty addition to home decor, but a single jar – once tossed away as junk – can cost as much as $12 at an antique store. This tutorial, by Creative Little Daisy , shows you how to glaze clear jars and vases in any color you want using nothing more than Mod Podge glue and food coloring. Branch Candle Holders (images via: fossil blog ) Add rustic beauty to your mantle with twig candle holders. This DIY project is simple and natural, using just a flat candle holder (check thrift stores!), garden pruners, craft adhesive and dry tree or shrub branches of your choosing. The same concept could be used on vases or other decorative items. Tiered Cupcake Stand (images via: giverslog ) Cupcake stands are a fun and dramatic way to show off these confectionery creations, but it makes no sense to spend a lot on one if you’re not a frequent baker. Thankfully, it’s cheap and easy to turn the plates of your choice (preferably secondhand, to make this an eco-friendly project) into a tiered display rack that’s customized to your tastes. A tutorial from GiversLog uses decorative drawer pulls and items from the hardware store to create an interchangeable stand, so you can switch out the plates according to the occasion. Round Lace Lantern (images vía: dos family ) Lace doilies aren’t exactly fashionable home decor any more, but if you’ve still got some laying around – even if they’re ripped and otherwise unusable – they can be turned into a pretty globe lantern using glue and a balloon. Other items that might work include lace handkerchiefs and tablecloths. Recycled Barrel Planter (images via: design sponge ) Design Sponge will show you how to create this rustic tiered planter for your porch or deck using a half barrel and wood from old pallets. You’ll need a jigsaw, a compound miter saw and a power screwdriver. The result looks almost identical to those pre-made ones that can cost hundreds of dollars. Fabric-Covered Pots (images via: ashley ann photography ) Got old, ugly flower pots hanging around? You can totally change their look with some scrap fabric and Mod Podge glue. This is a great way to use small fabric leftovers or clothing items that have been torn or otherwise damaged beyond repair. Each one takes just a few minutes to create, using the instructions by Christine Chitnis . Crocheted Swiffer Sock (images via: crafty stylish ) Yes, those Swiffer pads work really well to get things like pet hair up off the floor. But that shouldn’t mean you have to keep buying the disposable cotton pads, creating unnecessary household waste. Just crochet your own, if you’re handy, using this tutorial by CraftyStylish – or try any of these other 13 ways to make your own Swiffer socks, listed by Consumerist . Wine Cork Bath Mat (images via: craftynest ) As if you needed another excuse to crack open a bottle of wine as often as possible, this cool project from CraftyNest gives you a way to use all of those corks. A naturally soft, water-resistant material, cork is perfect for bath mats. CraftyNest’s instructions involve hot-gluing the corks to a non-adhesive shelf liner, which acts as a floor-gripping base. Magazine Baskets (images via: how about orange ) Out-of-date magazines can be given new life as colorful baskets simply by folding the pages and weaving them together. The website How About Orange explains how to use narrow strips of magazine pages and glue dots or double-stick tape for baskets that can be tailored to your preferred color scheme. Rose Wreath Made of Book Pages (images via: by stephanie lynn ) Love all things literary? Proclaim it to everyone who enters your home with a gorgeous wreath made of book pages. Crafter Stephanie Lynn explains how to cut pages from an old, unwanted book into swirls that you can shape into roses and secure to a wreath form with hot glue. The same idea can be used to create individual roses for other projects, like adorning wrapped gifts. Upside-Down Planters (images via: design sponge ) Upside-down planters are an eye-catching way to grow plants indoors or out, but the ones on the market tend to be less than aesthetically appealing. Design Sponge will show you how to make your own using coffee cans or plastic bottles, wire hangers and the fabric scraps of your choice. Rake Jewelry Organizer (image via: sarahndipities ) What a brilliant way to wrangle that tangle of jewelry that’s likely clogging up your drawer or sitting in a messy pile on top of the dresser. Old rake heads are easy to come by in flea markets, antique stores or at the junkyard, and turning them into jewelry organizers is as simple as adding a piece of string. T-Shirt Grocery Bag (images via: ecouterre ) Making your own reusable shopping bags has never been easier than this. Old t-shirts with moth holes, stains or unwanted designs make stretchy, colorful totes with minimal sewing. Check out the tutorial at Ecouterre . Vintage Trophy Coat Rack (images via: design sponge ) Can you imagine how many trophies with sayings like ‘Potato Sack Race Champion’ there are poking out of landfills around the world? This fun coat rack salvages the little metallic figures that adorn unwanted vintage trophies for a quirky addition to the foyer or mudroom. Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebEcoist: Novel Ideas: Books as Furniture & Functional Décor Books that are out-of-date and just plain unwanted are given value as decorative and functional objects in the home including lamps, sofas, desks and planters. 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13 More Modern, Mobile & Modular Tiny House Designs

July 22, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Art & Design . ] Could you live in 200 square feet or less? For most people, the answer to that question is an emphatic no – but perhaps that’s because you’ve never seen some of the amazingly imaginative, well-designed tiny houses that are popping up around the world.  Tiny houses can be mobile (including awesome converted house trucks ) or stationary, plugged in or off-grid, pre-fabricated or built on-site. Some are ultramodern while others are decidedly rustic, and though a few are just part-time retreats, many shelter occupants year-round. These 14 tiny house designs show just how diverse compact dwellings can be, from three-story apartments in urban Tokyo to whimsical cottages in the American countryside. Fab Lab House: Small and Modern (images via: fablabhouse.com ) Far from a shed-like tiny house, this imaginative home that was designed to ‘act like a tree’ won the Solar Decathlon Europe people’s choice award for both looks and sustainability. Created by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, the Lab House in Madrid has a rounded shape and a roof covered in photovoltaic ‘leaves’ made from the world’s most flexible solar panels. The energy captured by these ‘leaves’ runs down to the ‘roots’ of the house where it’s stored for later use. The surprisingly roomy interior features a large open room that functions as a living room, dining room and extra bedroom. Additional sleeping space is located in a loft. Tiny Green-Roofed Egg House in China (images via: treehugger) A Chinese student lives in a tiny egg-shaped house made of a bamboo frame and inspired by the grass-covered domes of Norway. Parked right across the street from where owner/builder Daihai Fei works, the Egg House was topped with a layer of stitched bags filled with sawdust and grass seeds, from which the green roof sprouts. This layer provides both protection from the rain and insulation. Inside, Fei has a bed, a small sink, a lamp powered by a solar panel and a bookcase. Solar Powered Cube House (images via: jetson green ) Incredibly simple and easy to build, the first prototype of the Cube Project – known as QB1 – is three meters square, or about 97 square feet. Designed to generate more energy than it uses over the course of a year thanks to a 1.48kW rooftop solar system, QB1 houses a lounge, table, two chairs, double bed, a full-sized shower, a kitchen, a washing machine and a composting toilet. All it needs is grid connection and cold water to operate. Vodafone Mobile Solar Home (images via: tiny house design ) While this home wasn’t built to actually live in – it’s actually just a mobile display to demonstrate Vodafone’s fixed phone and internet service – it’s an interesting example of a beautiful and modern tiny home. Measuring 19.7 feet long, 8.2 feet wide and 12.6 feet tall, this tiny house on wheels includes a staircase leading to a sleeping loft, a bathroom, a kitchen and a living room with a fold-out dining table. Slide-out side tables, built in bench seating and niches under the stairs provide lots of function and storage space for such a small area. Wacky ‘Dome Lady’ House (images via: tiny house design ) Bet you’ve never seen a tiny house quite like this before! While it’s more folksy than modern, the Dome Lady by Bev Magennis is certainly an imaginative take on the tiny house concept. Located in remote Apache Creek, New Mexico, the 18-foot-tall home, decorated on the outside with scrap ceramic mosaic tile, serves as a guest space on a 10-acre homestead. It was made using rebar-reinforced PVC pipe gathered at the top to create the dome shape and then lathed and plastered. Traditional Javanese ‘Joglo’ Guest House (images via: tiny house blog ) Incredible ornate and intricate, this Javanese guest house spotted at an antique store in Bali – with a price tag of $8,000 – is likely an antique. Traditional Joglo houses can be found all over Indonesia, many at least a century old, with carved details and elevated floors. They’re fitted together like puzzles, without using a single nail, so they can be easily dismantled and moved. These guest quarters often have second stories and can be as large as 1000 square feet. Tokyo Micro Home Built from Grid of Boxes (images via: inhabitat ) The Cell Brick home of Tokyo is a tiny two-story home smaller than most garages. Architect Yasuhiro Yamashita crafted it from a grid-like pattern of opaque and translucent boxes to give it a geometric look and let in lots of daylight. It includes a kitchen, living room and bedroom on the main floor, a lounge space and bathroom on the second floor, a basement for storage and even a roof deck. The boxes were bolted together to create an overall volume that is surprisingly sturdy, even for an earthquake-prone region. Tiny Treehouse on Stilts (images via: tiny house talk ) Hovering over a man-made pond, this incredible ‘treehouse’ on stilts by Baumraum is definitely tiny – there’s barely more than a bed inside, though the large porch does extend the living space to a considerable degree, which would help in temperate climates. But the Baumraum design makes for stunning and unique guest quarters, and could possibly be enlarged just slightly for year-round living. Hyette Tiny House (images via: tommie-wilhelmsen.no ) More of a relaxation spot than an actual livable house, the ‘Hyette Hardanger’ by architect Tommie Wilhelmsen is notable for its streamlined shape and its construction, which was achieved with layered wood. This style could easily carry over into tiny houses that are slightly expanded in size to include a kitchen and bathroom. ‘Dwelle’ Modern Timber Frame Tiny House (images via: tiny house blog ) Offgrid micro-homes by UK company ‘Dwelle’, known as ‘dwelle-ings’, are entirely prefabricated and easy to erect in practically any landscape. Small enough for two people to assemble with no large machinery required, these homes feature compact layouts with sleeping lofts and are insulated with 100% recycled newspapers. The homes can be put on different kinds of foundations and the exterior siding is customizable to fit specific climates. Whimsical House by Rustic Way (images via: tiny house blog ) No, that’s not a quirky prop from the Harry Potter movie set. It’s an adorable custom-built house by Rustic Way, a Minnesota-based company that can produce these these structures in a variety of sizes from teeny-tiny sauna size (as pictured above) to guest houses that are 12×12 feet. The structures are made from salvaged wood and can be shipped all over the United States. Tiny House by Casey Brown (images via: design milk ) Casey Brown’s tiny minimalist home is equal parts rustic and modern, with its reclaimed ironbark exterior and two shade eaves that drop down to protect the little relaxation retreat when it’s not in use. Located in a remote part of the Australian outback, the ‘Mudgee’ house measures three square meters. It was built offsite and transported to its current location. Shelter No. 2: Affordable Prefab Pod House (images via: inhabitat ) This unusual-looking three-story structure is a prefabricated modular house by Broisson Architects of Mexico. Known as Shelter No. 2, the ‘pod’ has sleeping space for three people as well as a kitchen, a reading and living area and a hydroponic garden. The three levels are connected by a central spiral staircase. It was made from 90% recycled materials. Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebEcoist: Rustic Modern Retreats: 12 Earthy Hotels, Homes & Barns These relaxing retreats pair modern materials and aesthetics with a touch of nature in the form of reclaimed timber and patina for an elegant, rustic look. Click Here to Read More »» Sustainable Style: 12 Contemporary Green Home Designs Sustainability and modern style go hand in hand in these 12 amazing green home designs, from a spinning dome home to a solar prefab home. 7 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» World’s Biggest and Most Expensive Green Homes Green homes are becoming an increasingly popular trend, with eco-friendly dwellings – from apartment buildings to monstrous mansions – popping up all over the world. 5 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» [ By Steph in Art & Design . ] [ WebEcoist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]

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