"Once-in-a-1000-years" flood batters Maryland town for the second time in two years

May 30, 2018 by  
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Ellicott City, Maryland was devastated in 2016 by a flash flood — the type of event that many people said happens only once in a lifetime. But now, disastrous flooding is happening again. More than 300 residents have been evacuated, and on Sunday afternoon, there were over 1,000 calls to 911. This is a second video from my sister on #EllicotCity Main Street. This is as high, if not higher than 2 years ago. She is safe for now, no idea if everyone made it out of the 1st floors. @WJZDevin @wjz @FOXBaltimore @CairnsKcairns @wbaltv11 @weatherchannel : video via Kali Harris pic.twitter.com/KOQUH0aBwp — Jeremy Harris (@JeremyHarrisTV) May 27, 2018 Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and said, “They say this is a once-every-thousand-years flood, and we’ve had two of them in two years.” Seven to nine inches of rain poured down on Ellicott City, about 10 miles west of Baltimore. Main Street transformed into a rushing, muddy river. Cars were swept down the street like toys.  Army National Guardsman Eddison Hermond died after trying to help a woman and her cat. pic.twitter.com/9XifLkyTK6 — Zachary Landow (@zrlandow) May 27, 2018 Related: California’s wild extremes of flooding and drought will only get worse as the planet warms Slate reported Ellicott City is a 250-year-old river town that’s been hit with flooding in the past. But the 2016 flash flood and this recent one have been different than previous floods. Typically, the Patapsco River rises and causes flooding. With these flash floods, the Tiber and Hudson tributaries — one of which runs beneath Main Street — overflowed, according to a 2016 Baltimore Sun investigation . Water is back up, and more rain coming our way. pic.twitter.com/RCMjcIkPFn — Libby Solomon (@libsolomon) May 27, 2018 University of Maryland Baltimore County geography professor Jeffrey Halverson told NPR  that the rain storms in this region have been getting more intense recently, and the flooding is connected to changes in the area’s land surface. Halverson said, “[Ellicott City] is heavily paved, there’s lots of narrow streets that act as very rapid conduits of water — so the [2016] flood was as much about the nature of the underlying land surface as it was the large amount of rain falling from the sky.” This is partly how Ellicott City flooding gets so bad. The water takes cars, dumpsters and other pieces of debris, smashes them into storm culverts, the culverts get blocked, and the water coming behind has no where to go and overflows in all directions. pic.twitter.com/N2WwJeyFzA — Kevin Rector (@RectorSun) May 28, 2018 “There are a lot of people whose lives are going to be devastated again, and they’ve been working so hard to come back,” Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said. “I couldn’t imagine what they went through two years ago, and now it’s even worse.” Via Slate , NPR , The Baltimore Sun ( 1 ,  2 ) and CNN Image via MarylandGov Pics and Preservation Maryland

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Business of Being Born DVD Prize Pack!

February 5, 2012 by  
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If you’re even thinking about having kids, the 2008 documentary The Business of Being Born is a must-see. The film explores the present childbirth and maternity care system, providing different perspectives on the various interventions that happen in hospitals during labor and delivery. The film’s producers have just released a new 4-part series, More Business of Being Born , taking a closer look at doulas, midwives, birthing options and VBACs. For a chance to win a Business of Being Born prize pack worth $109 , head over to our sister site Inhabitots. MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Abby Epstein , Alanis Morisette , Business of Being Born , Cindy Crawford , documentaries , Film , gisele bundchen , maternity , Melissa Joan Hart , More Business of being born , parenting , Ricki Lake

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Are the New LEGO Friends for Girls Sexist?

January 14, 2012 by  
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LEGO rang in 2012 by launching a new line of toys , LEGO Friends, which are aimed at girls 5 and up. No big deal, right? Actually, to some it is a big deal. A petition was launched at Change.org is demanding that LEGO to stop selling out girls with the new collection, arguing that the new line of toys feeds young girls a narrow set of stereotypes. So far, some 30,000+ people have signed the petition already. Will you join them? Head over to our sister site Inhabitots to read our analysis of the issue and vote in our survey. MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: change.org , Inhabitots , lego , lego friends , marketing , minifigs , parenting , parents , petition , sexism , toys

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Trash to Cooking Fuel: Recycled Paper Can Replace Firewood in Haiti, Save Forests

October 15, 2011 by  
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It’s Blog Action Day, 2011 (BAD11) and this year’s theme is Food. Through this post, Ecopreneurist wants to bring the focus on energy and food. Cooking fuel is taken for granted in developed societies, but this is a critical need in poverty and disaster-prone countries, a need that influences the delicate balance between the society, economy and the environment.  Read what our sister sites are sharing for BAD11 here ! Growing and cooking food presents different problems in different parts of the world. In poverty and disaster stricken Africa, energy to meet cooking needs is a complex problem that has led to complicated environmental, economic and social situations. Levels of Deforestation in Underdeveloped Countries According to the International Lifeline Fund (ILF) , this is a very serious issue. The ILF is a non-profit organization that focuses on simplicity; their programs utilize basic cost-effective, innovative technology and smart interventions that promote self-sufficiency and provide sustainable solutions to underprivileged communities. During the past two decades, Sudan, Uganda and much of the rest of East Africa have lost one-third of their forest cover – about half of which is attributable to the use of wood for cooking. On an even larger scale, Africa loses approximately 9.9 million acres of forest every year – twice the global rate of deforestation. In reality, this means that for every 28 trees that are cut down, only one tree is planted. Impacts of Deforestation The environmental impacts of this practice are disastrous and evident when 80% of sub-Saharan Africa’ s population relies on solid biomass fuels for cooking – primarily wood and charcoal. This dependency has cost the country its forests, sapped its fertility, and set the stage for an increasing series of natural disasters. But there are other social and health impacts too. The ILF adds, Depressed living standards: a typical female villager will spend approximately one-third of her time collecting wood and cooking. Sexual violence: in insecure regions like Darfur, collection of firewood is the single greatest risk factor for rape. Respiratory disease: indoor air pollution resulting from open fire cooking is responsible for 300,000 to 500,000 premature deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa each year. Energy Issues in Haiti In disaster stricken Haiti, International Lifeline Fund’s program, is working to wean the country off this lethal addiction. Throughout Haiti, 95% of the population relies on wood and/or charcoal for cooking. This cooking method has ravaged the environment, and poses a huge economic cost to families as well. In the aftermath of the earthquake, the cost of charcoal accounts for approximately 40% of the income of the typical Haitian family. How ‘Waste Management’ Can Help Deforestation in Haiti Haiti: Smart Stove, Image Credit, The Adventure Project ILF’s initiative in Haiti seeks to address these urgent problems by providing fuel saving stoves that is designed to run on either wood or briquettes that is recycled paper compressed into briquettes. This is part of  a two-part solution to the problems of fuel demand and excessive waste. When using briquettes made from waste, stoves save 100% of wood or charcoal that would have been previously used. When briquettes are unavailable and wood is the only option, the stoves save 60-80% of wood as compared to cooking on a traditional fire or charcoal stove. There is a tremendous amount of waste paper that is available for recycling or re-use, and this creates a wonderful opportunity. Watch this ‘Trash to Cash’ video from ILF. The program is successful with locals reporting that they liked the stoves because the stoves are cooler to sit near, safer for children and safer for cooking with near tents. One recipient said, “With my stove I am able to purchase less charcoal, which means I help protect the environment and save money. For me this project is more than just giving people a stove; there is solidarity between ILF and the people; also this program is helping us to re-build our country so that Haiti can be more beautiful than before the earthquake.” Amen to that.

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Weekday Vegetarian: Curried Lentil, Wild Rice and Orzo Salad

August 29, 2011 by  
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Photo: Kelly Rossiter My husband and I attended a wedding this past weekend of a young woman we have watched grow up, year after year, at our cottage. Her wedding was the antithesis of what now seems to be the modern wedding. No expensive or exotic locale, the service was held in the tiny country church in our tiny town and the reception was held in her father’s building shop, transformed into a beautiful party room by her cousins. No expensive caterers, the cooking was done by her mother, her sister, her aunt and her cousin and the flowers, potatoes, tomatoes and garlic all came from her

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Frankenkindle: Engineer Hacks a Kindle to Make an E-Reader for His Sister with Cerebral Palsy

August 24, 2011 by  
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We were inspired today to hear news about one very clever engineer who hacked his Amazon Kindle so that his sister, who has cerebral palsy, would be able to use it. The applications engineer calls his new invention the Frankenkindle and complete instructions on how to make the new gadget are on his blog, Breadboard Confessions , where he plans to chronicle different projects he undertakes in order to make his sister’s life a little easier. Check out video of the device after the jump. Read the rest of Frankenkindle: Engineer Hacks a Kindle to Make an E-Reader for His Sister with Cerebral Palsy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adapted kindle , amazon e reader , amazon kindle , cerebral palsy , e-reader , easy e reader , engineered kindle , hacked kindle , kindle , tablet

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Hacked Up Barbie Dolls Make Cool but Ghoulish Jewelry

August 13, 2011 by  
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All Images Courtesy of Margaux Lange When I was little, my friend and I tore the heads of his sister’s Barbie dolls. After that, the game was pretty much over. Designer Margaux Lange shows a similar penchant for tearing apart Barbie and Ken dolls, but she doesn’t stop there. She takes the dismembered heads, arms, legs, breasts and accessories, and makes some very unique- if somewhat macabre- jewelry…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Japan’s Solar Surge Continues (Video)

August 12, 2011 by  
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Image credit: CNN With Japan’s internet business giants pursuing renewable energy , its “sunrise plan” pushing for solar on all new buildings , and Tokyo’s residents cutting energy use 15%, it’s fair to say that the Fukushima disaster may turn out to be a true teaching moment. Here’s a short report from CNN about Japan’s new found enthusiasm for solar, and how a crisis may indeed be an opportunity to build… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Best of Inhabitots: 7 Eco-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas

August 12, 2011 by  
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+ Inhabitots just turned three years old! My how quickly baby blogs… and babies grow up! Celebrating your little one’s third birthday? Here are six green gifts your tot will love! + No need to rush out and buy disposable decor for baby’s bash. We bring the party to your printer with this round-up of the best printable (and recyclable) birthday party decorations for kids . + Planes, trains and automobiles. What kid doesn’t get revved up over ‘things that go?’ Learn

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Synthetic Skin From Spider Silk Heals Wounds

August 12, 2011 by  
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Photo by I’ll Never Grow Up via Flickr CC Researchers have been looking for better alternatives for providing skin grafts to wounds, and it turns out they need look no further than the animal kingdom. Spider silk is legendary for its strength, as well as its possible healing properties. Tissue engineer Hanna Wendt at Medical School Hannover in Germany honed in on this and found that by creating an artificial skin spun from spider silk, we could have an ideal answer for helping heal wounds. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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