Wednesday, June 13, 2012

robnapierdesign:

Infographics that display when fruit & vegetables are in season.

By http://russellvankraayenburg.com/

Friday, June 1, 2012
We’re not taking away anybody’s right to do things, we’re simply forcing you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg • Speaking on MSNBC about his proposed ban on soft-drink containers bigger than 16 ounces. “The idea here is, you tend to eat all the food in the container in front of you,” he continued. “If it’s a bigger container, you eat more. If somebody put it in a smaller glass or plate or bowl in front of you, you would eat less.” For what it’s worth, many large food companies, such as Coke and McDonald’s, are on the attack in the wake of the proposed ban. (via shortformblog)
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Women who wear high heels all the time and then walk without them walk completely differently than women who do not wear heels and they probably increase their risk for a whole host of injuries.

Heels shorten the Achilles tendon and change how your foot orients itself to the ground. That spells trouble once the heels come off, says Gretchen Reynolds. (via nprfreshair)

I knew there was a reason I don’t like heels…

Thursday, May 17, 2012

After two years of research, UCS found that the most important strategies for reducing a person’s carbon footprint are to change “what and how you drive, the energy you use at home, and what you eat.”

Those are answers we already knew. The vast majority of the green advice you’ll read? It’s irrelevant. There are four primary activities that dump carbon into the atmosphere: traveling from place to place, keeping buildings at pleasant temperatures, creating electricity, and raising animals for meat.

The rest of the green living pantheon—bamboo utensils, composting, eating local, reclaimed wood tables, organic cotton sheets—are nice gestures. And they often have other benefits: they might keep chemicals out of the water or provide a livelihood for local farmers. Many are also better than the alternatives they’re replacing. But when it comes to tackling climate change—not only the most dangerous environmental issue the world faces, but also a looming human rights problem—choosing these green products can only make a tiny difference.

GOOD magazine, of course.

YES YES and YES! It’s frustrating that the ‘green’ conversation has changed to bamboo utensils, which takes the focus off of REAL lifestyle changes that people are afraid to address head-on. For the love of god, read the rest, it’s good stuff.

(Source: GOOD)

Friday, May 11, 2012
crookedindifference:

Albino Redwood

Ultra-rare albino redwood trees completely lack the green pigment chlorophyll, which they need to live (by photosynthesizing nutrients from light). These plants are literally vampires. They are pale (everwhite instead of evergreen), and they survive by sucking the life from other trees.
These vampires remain attached to the roots of their healthy, normal, parent trees (coastal redwoods can reproduce asexually by sprouting new shoots from roots or stumps), and survive by sucking energy from them. They can keep this up for a century.
Only about 25 of these trees are known to exist around the world, eight of which are at Henry Cowell State Park in California, where rangers and researchers from Stanford University and UC Santa Cruz are studying them…

crookedindifference:

Albino Redwood

Ultra-rare albino redwood trees completely lack the green pigment chlorophyll, which they need to live (by photosynthesizing nutrients from light). These plants are literally vampires. They are pale (everwhite instead of evergreen), and they survive by sucking the life from other trees.

These vampires remain attached to the roots of their healthy, normal, parent trees (coastal redwoods can reproduce asexually by sprouting new shoots from roots or stumps), and survive by sucking energy from them. They can keep this up for a century.

Only about 25 of these trees are known to exist around the world, eight of which are at Henry Cowell State Park in California, where rangers and researchers from Stanford University and UC Santa Cruz are studying them…

Thursday, April 26, 2012
climateadaptation:


Urban growth, Uganda (1974-2008)

Check out the delta, the water is highly eutrophic.
Via Climate Nasa

climateadaptation:

Urban growth, Uganda (1974-2008)

Check out the delta, the water is highly eutrophic.

Via Climate Nasa

(Source: humanscalecities)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
If we were to find ourselves out hiking on a forest trail and spied someone approaching at a distance, he wanted to know, would we think to ourselves, “Here comes a pedestrian”? Michael Ronkin, a French-born, Swiss-raised, Oregon-based transportation planner paraphrased in an article by ’s on Slate (via thegreenurbanist)