Thousands of California ‘hipster succulents’ are being stolen in plant poaching crisis

April 30, 2018 by  
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The dudleya, a California native succulent , has become a symbol of hipster lifestyle, according to The Guardian . But now so-called plant poachers are stealing the succulent by the thousand to smuggle to buyers in Asia, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has made several busts this year alone. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = ‘https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.12’; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); CDFW wildlife officers have made a series of arrests this year while working to halt a trend of individuals poaching the Dudleya succulent plant on the north coast of California. Posted by California Department of Fish and Wildlife on  Friday, April 6, 2018 Dudleya plants aren’t rare in the Golden State. But they do take years to grow in nurseries. The Guardian said nursery owners said the plants aren’t available in the massive amounts Asian shippers seem to desire. Smugglers are stealing the plants, which have a market value of around $40 to $50 overseas. CDFW warden Pat Freeling, who’s led the plant poaching investigation, told The Guardian, “Right now these plants are a boom in Korea, China, and Japan. It’s huge among domestic housewives. It’s a status thing. It’s become an exotic lotus flower succulent. Someone likened it to the next Pokémon.” Related: Man caught smuggling 51 turtles in his pants pleads guilty An anonymous woman gave Freeling a tip in January; she had been waiting in line at a Mendocino County post office behind a man with dozens of boxes to be sent to Asia. As the man was holding up the line, the woman asked what he was sending and the man said, “Shhhhh, something very valuable.” The CDFW has already made several busts; in a post earlier this month, they said they arrested three people — two from Korea and one from China — and intercepted 1,334 dudleya en route to be shipped. 1,000 more were uncovered in the hotel room of the suspects. In another bust, they recovered 50 succulents; in another, 1,400 dudleya. CDFW said, “The removal of dudleya can result in environmental degradation of habitat and a destabilization of bluffs and cliffs on the coastline.” Multiple volunteers and CDFW staff recently came together to replant around 2,000 dudleya on the cliffs they came from in the Humboldt and Mendocino counties. + CDFW News + California Department of Fish and Wildlife Via The Guardian Image via CDFW News

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Historic Frank Lloyd Wright building to be destroyed in 5 days – unless it’s bought

January 5, 2018 by  
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For the first time in more than 40 years, we’re about to lose a Frank Lloyd Wright -designed building. The beautiful Lockridge Medical Clinic building in Whitefish, Montana was designed by Wright in 1958 and is one of his last designs before his death in 1958. The building was created as a medical clinic that was comfortable enough to feel like a home, complete with Wright’s iconic touches. Now, the owner wants to tear it down to make way for a three-story mixed-use development, unless someone pays $1.7 million in cash by the 10th to preserve it. Demolition preparations began on-site earlier this week. “This comes as a great shock to us,” said Barbara Gordon, executive director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. “Fruitful discussions were still taking place to bring about a successful resolution to this case, which the Conservancy and our local partners have been working on for more than a year.” Related: Woman pays $100,000 for a home and then discovers it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright The Conservancy has plans to preserve the site, with demolition not slated until the end of 2018, giving the organization time to raise funds to save the building. The news that demolition was beginning early felt like a “gut punch” to those working to save the endangered building, which housed a law office until recently. At just 25 miles from Glacier National Park , the building is perfectly poised for tourism, but the Conservancy fears that unless a buyer saves the day at the last minute, the building will be lost. + Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Images via Wikimedia and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy

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Wind power supplied 43.6% of Denmark’s energy in 2017

January 5, 2018 by  
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Denmark set a new renewable energy record in 2017 by obtaining nearly half of its power from wind . The renewable source supplied 43.6 percent of electricity demand, beating the nation’s prior record of 42 percent in 2015 . In just a few years, the country could obtain 50 percent of its power from wind. Denmark’s wind turbines were particularly active in 2017, generating 14,700 gigawatt-hours in 12 months for a new production record, according to Renewables Now . Since 2001, installed wind energy capacity has doubled – even though there are around 20 percent fewer turbines. That’s because today’s turbines are larger and more efficient. The nation has installed 5.3 gigawatts of wind power on land and offshore – and most of the offshore turbines were installed after 2001. Related: Wind energy supplied all of Denmark’s power needs one day last week By 2020, Denmark could obtain around half of its electricity via wind. By then the nation should be able to generate 80 percent of its electricity from renewable sources including biomass and solar power . One of the world’s biggest wind turbine companies, Vestas , is headquartered in Denmark, and Danish companies are selling their green technology around the world, according to prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s new year speech cited by Danish Energy. CEO Lars Aagaard said milestones like the 43.6 percent figure help put Danish solutions on the agenda. At the end of 2017, Vestas announced a 96 megawatt order for a wind farm in India. TreeHugger points out that as transportation is powered more by electricity, greener grids are good news. Electric cars and buses are traversing the streets, and electric planes could someday be flying the skies. According to TreeHugger, 52 percent of new car sales in nearby Norway were electric. And while Denmark has quite a ways to go before they hit that target, once they do, those electric cars could run on clean electricity from all the wind power generated in the country. Via Danish Energy , Renewables Now , and TreeHugger Images via Depositphotos and Pixabay

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This woman can fit two years of trash in one small mason jar

June 5, 2015 by  
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Have you ever thought about how much trash you produce in a day? How about a year? The average person generates 4.3 pounds of waste per day ; that’s 1,569 pounds per year. Not a great feeling, huh? That harrowing statistic is what inspired New Yorker Lauren Singer to lead a truly zero-waste lifestyle. Singer produces so little waste that she can fit all of her trash from the past two years in a 16 oz. mason jar and now she’s trying to teach the rest of the world how to do the same. Read the rest of This woman can fit two years of trash in one small mason jar Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: environmentalism , environmentalist , green lifestyle tips , how to be green , Lauren Singer , tips to go green , trash is for tossers , zero waste , zero waste home , zero waste lifestyle , zero-waste life , zero-waste woman

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Artist creates impossibly realistic murals in Hawaiian waterways while balanced on a surfboard

May 26, 2015 by  
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At 127, Mexican Woman is the World’s Oldest Person

September 3, 2014 by  
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At 127 years of age, Leandra Becerra Lumberras is the oldest person in the world – but she unfortunately won’t be recognized for setting the record. Lumbreras was reportedly born on August 31, 1887, and she attributes her 127 years of existence to eating chocolate, sleeping for days, and never getting married. While it’s uncertain whether she’s seeking the recognition or not, The Independent notes that Lumbreras has lost her birth certificate, so she can’t officially be declared the world’s oldest person – a slot currently occupied by 116-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan. Read the rest of At 127, Mexican Woman is the World’s Oldest Person Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: becerra , leandra , lumberras , Mexican , oldest , person , woman , worlds

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Speaks to Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of the Coalition for Healthy School Food

April 17, 2014 by  
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PS 244Q received a lot of attention last year when it became the first school in New York City to start  serving an exclusively vegetarian menu to its students. We recently got a chance to speak to the woman behind the switchover, Amie Hamlin of Coalition for Healthy Schools , about how plant-based diets can benefit kids both physically and academically as well as what parents can do to change what their children are served in school. Read on for the full interview! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amie Hamlin , best foods for kids to eat , children’s health , Coalition for Healthy School Food , healthy food , healthy food for kids , healthy food nyc schools , healthy school food , healthy school lunch , school lunch , vegetarian school flushing , vegetarian school nyc , vegetarian schools

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5 Incredibly Tiny & Awesome Mobile Homes

April 17, 2014 by  
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Neurosurgeons Save a Woman’s Life with the World’s First 3D-Printed Skull

March 28, 2014 by  
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Last year we heard about a man that had 75 percent of his skull replaced with a 3D-printed replica. Now Wired UK reports a woman from the Netherlands has had the entire top section of her skull replaced with a transparent, plastic implant . Neurosurgeons from the University Medical Centre Utrecht performed the extreme procedure to save the woman from a rare chronic bone disorder, which increased the thickness of her cranium from 1.5 centimeters to five centimeters and put her at risk of permanent brain damage. Read the rest of Neurosurgeons Save a Woman’s Life with the World’s First 3D-Printed Skull Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed , 3D printed cranium , 3d printed prosthetics , 3D printed skull , 3D printed skull implant , 3D printing , 3D printing in medicine , plastic , saving a life , University Medical Centre Utrecht        

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DIY: How to Maximize Your Growing Space with Keyhole Gardens

March 28, 2014 by  
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