Get outdoors with this guide to sustainable spring activities

April 30, 2019 by  
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Spring is that amazing time of year that celebrates new life everywhere around us. Animals deliver babies, trees regain their leaves and flowers burst into full color. That means it’s the perfect time for you to enjoy the splendor of the season, too. If you’re eager to hit the trails and clean up the yard, remember to keep the environment in mind when planning your activities. Here are some ways you can enjoy seasonal activities while promoting earth-friendly practices. Start a garden It seems there is a natural pull toward the garden when the temperatures rise and the sun appears reliably. So don’t fight it; create a plan and dig in. Even early in the season, there is much you can do to prepare your garden space. Pull weeds in the garden beds, rototill larger spaces or tackle walkways with the weed trimmer and pressure washer. With the chaos reigned in, get some fresh soil and plant crops like peas, lettuce, spinach and carrots. Have a picnic Don’t get stuck inside looking out on a beautiful, sunny day. Instead, walk away from the spring cleaning for awhile to enjoy a leisurely picnic. Pack up some favorite foods and hit a nearby trail. Take the kids to the park and enjoy some reading time while they play. Even simpler, just take lunch out back, throw down a blanket in the grass and have a conversation while you munch. Bird-watch An open window in the spring is an invitation to the sounds of active birds . Flocks of geese flying overhead honk as they travel. Smaller birds forage in your yard. Even raptors and scavengers are busy. Enjoy the action with a set of binoculars and your favorite bird identification book. Equally effective is one of several phone apps available for bird identification. Incorporate bird-watching with a hike and a picnic for a spring-loaded day of natural activity. Install rain barrels As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. Whether your climate is still bringing frequent rain or has tapered off in favor of drier days, spring is a great time to install those rain barrels . There will be more rainy days to come between now and the summer season, so getting your rain barrels set up now will give you a watering option when the need arises. Rain barrels are easy to install and are a sustainable way to reduce your water bill. Related: 3 ways to capture water for your backyard garden Volunteer You’re not the only one busy with spring clean-up. Many organizations coordinate activities in the spring to enhance the natural space in a community. This can be anything from a community clean-up event to a tree planting function. Whatever your preference, there are ample opportunities to help out. Swap Because spring cleaning is probably on your mind both inside and outside the house, it stands to reason that you’ll have to find a way to get rid of everything you purge. One great solution is to organize a swap with friends, family and neighbors. Simply choose a category of items, send invites and serve some sun tea. Alternatively, you can complete swaps using the internet to connect with others in your area. Swaps offer you a chance to locate a new home for your usable items while finding things that you might need or like. For example, you could have a clothing swap with friends or put together a plant swap to exchange seeds, cuttings or entire plants. Related: Tips and tricks to make spring cleaning more eco-friendly Landscape Step into any yard in the early spring and you’re likely to be assaulted with new growth, both welcome and invasive. It feels like the natural season to get it all under control, so it’s a great time to tackle landscaping projects. Just remember to design with the environment in mind. Plant native vegetation that requires fewer resources to thrive and gets along well with other plants. Also, find some natural plants to draw in the honeybees and butterflies and contribute to pollination in your yard. Get into nature Of course spring means that it’s time to embrace nature, and there are endless ways to go about it. While working in the yard certainly qualifies, why not try something new? Head out for a run or hop on the mountain bike. If you have very mild spring weather, take your first backpacking trip of the season. If there’s still snow, it might be a good time to hit the slopes or brush up on your climbing skills. For a less adrenaline-filled afternoon, download a plant identification app and see how many flowers you can seek out on the local trail. Host a spring fling Each season offers unique opportunities to enjoy our planet and our friends, and spring is no exception. With the yard tidied and the spring cleaning underway, brush off the grill and invite guests for an afternoon of outdoor eating and playing lawn games. It’s a great excuse for everyone to put down the hedge trimmers for a few hours and take in what the season has to offer. Enjoy! Images via Shutterstock

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NASA video shows dramatic shift in Earth’s seasons as a result of climate change

November 22, 2017 by  
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It can be hard to visualize just how much climate change has impacted Earth’s seasons. To help, NASA released a new illustration that drives home the dramatic shift that has taken place over a few short decades. So, when you are sitting around the table with your climate change -denying relatives this week, just show them this. Touted as the most complete view of biology on Earth to date, the visualization takes data from satellites since 1997 to create a comprehensive view of the changing planet. Most obvious is the way the seasons have shifted: spring arrives earlier as time progresses, and fall stays later. You can also see algal blooms grow and shrink, and the snow and glaciers gradually recede with each year. Related: NASA map shows how climate change has set the world on fire “These are incredibly evocative visualizations of our living planet,” said Gene Carl Feldman, an oceanographer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center . “That’s the Earth, that is it breathing every single day, changing with the seasons, responding to the Sun, to the changing winds, ocean currents and temperatures.” Via The Guardian

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PlasticWaste Labyrinth is a stunning look inside our plastic waste problem

July 20, 2017 by  
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Much of our trash is hidden from our daily lives, which is why design collective Luzinterruptus is shining the light on wastefulness in their latest environmental art installations. Located at the heart of Madrid’s popular tourist attraction Plaza Mayor, PlasticWaste Labyrinth is a massive maze constructed from the thousands of plastic bottles that had been consumed in and around the plaza in the past month. The Madrid City Council commissioned the installation, built in June for the fourth Centennial Celebration of Plaza Mayor within the “Four Seasons” city art program. The PlasticWaste Labyrinth design developed out of Luzinterruptus’ desire to create a large-scale interactive installation befitting the historical plaza. The giant plastic bottle maze is intentionally claustrophobic so as to make the public feel disoriented while exploring the intricate path and narrow passages flanked with three-meter-tall walls. Wrapped around the King Philip III statue, the 300-square-meter maze features corridors measuring 170 meters in length and takes three minutes to pace. “The idea was to graphically visualize the amount of plastic we generate in our daily lives which we don’t often recycle accordingly,” said Luzinterruptus. “As a consequence, all this plastic is dumped in nature and ends up floating in the ocean, forming huge plastic islands that are destroying the marine ecosystem and will not ever decompose. Bearing all this in mind, we thought it was paramount that the piece didn’t look friendly.” Related: Glowing circle made from thousands of recycled notebooks celebrate Bilbao’s book festival Around 15,000 plastic bottles, inserted with lights and placed in bags, were used for the walls of the PlasticWaste Labyrinth. The plastic bottles were collected from businesses surrounding the square as well as from local residents and visitors who could dispose of their plastic waste in two giant containers placed in the square. The maze was open day and night for four days. + Luzinterruptus Photography: Lola Martínez © 2017

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‘Global climate emergency’ declared after jet stream crosses equator

June 30, 2016 by  
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A prominent climate scientist has declared a “global climate emergency” after observing the jet stream in the Northern Hemisphere crossing the equator and mixing with the jet stream in the Southern Hemisphere. Paul Beckwith, a geography professor at the University of Ottawa, wrote in a blog post that this behavior is new and “indicates that climate system mayhem is ongoing.” If the merging of the jet streams continues, it could disrupt the seasons, threatening the food supply chain and causing “massive geopolitical unrest.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKasUm77D0U In a YouTube video post , Beckwith explained that the warming Arctic from man-made climate change is slowing down the jet stream and making it waver. He pointed out a few spots where the jet streams have merged, pinpointing the exact time when they touched each other as June 27 at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Beckwith said we’ve lost the separation between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere jet streams and that if the trend continues it could lead to the equalization of the entire global temperature, reducing seasonality. Related: The Arctic is greening and scientists confirm it’s due to human activity Beckwith was alerted to the development from a blog post by environmental writer Robert Scribbler, who wrote that this “weather weirding due to climate change” is something that “would absolutely not happen in a normal world. Something, that if it continues, basically threatens seasonal integrity.” Scribbler explained that the barrier between the two jet streams is what has generated the strong divide between Summer and Winter during the Holocene Climate Epoch. If the boundary is eroded, it could create what Scribbler described as a “death of Winter” scenario with “more Summer heat spilling over into the Winter zone and vice versa.” Both Scribbler and Beckwith agree that human civilization is not prepared to deal with this new climate trend. “There’s very strange things going on on planet Earth right now,” said Beckwith. “There’s very, very strange things going on with the jet streams which guide our weather patterns.” Via Raw Story Lead image via Paul Beckwith

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Ancient Mars could have been more like Earth than we thought

June 30, 2016 by  
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NASA’s racked up some thrilling new finds about Mars lately, and they’re at it again. The Curiosity Rover discovered manganese oxides on the red planet. The seemingly simple find actually has mind-boggling implications: ancient Mars could have been a lot more like Earth than we thought. During research in Mars’ Gale crater, in the Kimberley Region, the Curiosity Rover detected manganese oxides. Los Alamos National Laboratory planetary scientist Nina Lanza said said in a NASA press release , “Now we’re seeing manganese oxides on Mars, and we’re wondering how the heck these could have formed?” According to Lanza, on Earth, the process to make such manganese oxides involves either microbes or atmospheric oxygen . Related: NASA scientist thinks lasers could send a craft the distance to Mars in just 30 minutes Turns out microbes are probably out of the realm of possibility, at least based on research up to this point, but atmospheric oxygen is a strong possibility. That means Mars probably had a lot more oxygen in its atmosphere at one point. The Gale crater isn’t the only place where manganese was detected. NASA’s Opportunity rover also recently found ” high manganese deposits thousands of miles from Curiosity .” So what happened to all that Martian oxygen? Lanza said as Mars lost its magnetic field , the water once on the planet could have broken down. As the magnetic field fell apart, radiation may have split the water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen. Without much gravity , light hydrogen atoms escaped, but the planet retained the heavier oxygen atoms. The oxygen helped create the red dust for which Mars is known. That particular process doesn’t need much oxygen, but for manganese oxides to form, there would have had to be far more oxygen than we thought Mars had. Lanza said, “It’s hard to confirm whether this scenario for Martian atmospheric oxygen actually occurred. But it’s important to note that this idea represents a departure in our understanding for how planetary atmospheres might become oxygenated.” She’s the lead author on a paper published this month in Geophysical Research Letters . Several other scientists from the U.S., Canada, France, Denmark, and Sweden contributed to the research. Via Gizmodo Images via Wikimedia Commons and NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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Stunning Four Seasons House is a Small Wooden Retreat Tucked in the Heart of the Spanish Plains

February 3, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Stunning Four Seasons House is a Small Wooden Retreat Tucked in the Heart of the Spanish Plains Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , cantilevered terraces , Churtichaga + Quadra Salcedo , Four Seasons House , Madrid tiny home , minimalist architecture , Spanish architects , spanish architecture , timber wooden beams , tiny home , tiny home in Segovia        

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Foster+Partners’ ComCast Innovation and Technology Tower May be the Tallest LEED-Certified Building in the U.S.

January 16, 2014 by  
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Foster+Partners just unveiled the first renders of their 59-story ComCast Innovation and Technology Center, which will be erected right next to the company’s headquarters in Philadelphia. The 1,121-foot glass tower is expected to become the tallest LEED-certified building in the United States, and – with a budget of over $1,2 billion – it will be Pennsylvania’s largest private development ever. Read the rest of Foster+Partners’ ComCast Innovation and Technology Tower May be the Tallest LEED-Certified Building in the U.S. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “Philadelphia architecture” , comcast , ComCast headquarters , ComCast Innovation and Technology Center , Foster+Partners , Foster+Partners Comcast , Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia , Green Towers , leed certification , LEED certified towers        

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Make New Layered Candles from Old Candle Wax

October 24, 2013 by  
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Love changing candle scents with the seasons, but hate the leftover wax? Blogger Liz Fourez has a simple solution for making new layered candles out of old ones.

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The D*Haus is a House that Changes Shape to Accommodate Different Seasons

November 8, 2012 by  
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Pop-up ‘Centipede Cinema’ is Made With Locally-Sourced Cork From Portugal

November 8, 2012 by  
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