How to make top-down and bottom-up sustainability converge

December 20, 2016 by  
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We call this sweet spot “the magnificent middle.”

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Man Single-Handedly Saves a Species of Snail

November 7, 2011 by  
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Magnificent ramshorn snails aren’t one of those high-profile endangered species that the conservationists community love to rally behind — so thank goodness there are folks like Andy Wood.

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The sustainable ‘Antillean Gothic’ by John Allsopp

July 14, 2011 by  
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Babita Sajnani: Antillean Gothic Designed by John Allsopp London-based Amonle Studio Workshop has come out with a novel design for a home that is inspired by the Caribbean lifestyle – the Antillean Gothic – a sustainable structure. This brilliant concept is the brainchild of John Allsopp , an architect who spent his growing-up years in Barbados – and has incorporated lot many Caribbean elements in his environmentally friendly designs. The Antillean Gothic does not have the shape and physicality of a regular house. Its curved shape makes it look very different from a conventional house, yet the make is extremely interesting. The basic construction of the house follows the pattern and arrangement of a ’shotgun house’ wherein the rooms are all arranged in a linear fashion so as to make the most of cross air ventilation and circulation. However, this home is slightly different as it has another level which also receives the same degree of ventilation – making the house naturally cool. Picture Gallery Antillean Gothic Antillean Gothic designed by John Allsopp The design of the building makes use of old corrugated metal sheets that have vaults attached to them – making them support the sheets independently. The house is basically built of bamboo – a very sturdy and sustainable raw material that is also locally sourced. The construction is such that the Antillean Gothic has a well managed and an extremely durable structure that can withstand natural hazards – such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes etc. The home makes optimal use of clean water and natural light. Various other building materials that have gone into the construction of this magnificent abode are recycled such as – 55 gallon drums (that serve as a huge gutter), corrugated metal sheets (that form the structure and enclosure), bent scaffolding pipes and expanded metal mesh (used for screening and the structure). Wind energy is also generated for powering the house through an axis wing turbine that would generate around 7,500 KWH annually. The Antillean Gothic is truly a sustainable structure that makes optimum use of raw materials and renewable energy to provide a ‘green’ way of living. Via: Amonle

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125 Pilot Whales Die in Two Separate Strandings

December 29, 2009 by  
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Nearly 200 pilot whales stranded on two New Zealand beaches over the weekend.  The first incident involved 63 pilot whales stranded on North Island.  Rescuers were able to coax 43 of the magnificent creatures back to sea.   Read more of this story »

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Fab Fabrics: Raid Your Scrap Bin….Again!

December 29, 2009 by  
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We rounded up a bunch of fabric scrap projects back in April, but somehow that scrap stash just keeps accumulating! Sure, all of those leftover bits and pieces can be a pain to store, but they’re also an awesome resource for fabric that’s basically free! Here are just a few more ideas for ways to incorporate those sweet scraps into your crafty projects: Read more of this story »

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World’s Tallest Waterfall Gets New Name

December 24, 2009 by  
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Hidden deep within the Venezuelan jungle, stands the tallest waterfall in the world. It’s so tall, rising to a height of 3,212 ft, that the roaring torrent of falling water is reduced to a mere mist before meeting the rocks below. Due to its remote location, the magnificent cascade wasn’t known to the outside world until 16 November, 1933, when American aviator Jimmie Angel chanced a glimpse of it from the cockpit of his monoplane

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