Sometimes saving the rainforest means saving the people too. Wildlife presenter Charlie Hamilton James bought a slice of land high up in the Andes in an effort to close off an illegal logging route, what he found was an impoverished community willing to do anything to survive.
Become successful artisan/artist/musician.
Sell out show(s).
Buy abandoned village in the Spanish countryside for under $100k.
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American Aqueduct: The Great California Water Saga by Alexis C. Madrigal
A $25 billion plan, a small town, and a half-century of wrangling over the most important resource in the biggest state
The Riverlands Avian Observatory was designed by Cobalt Office in collaboration with the Audubon Society, the US Army Corps of Engineer, and select students from the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis. Designed to camouflage visitors to the observatory and not the structure itself, the Riverlands Avian Observatory features a rippling facade of brown and black aluminum, with strategically placed window slits that hide birdwatchers in the shadows.
THC is produced by the marijuana plant as “a self-defense against herbivores who might feel disorientated after eating the plant and avoid it in the future.” Anyway, here’s A Scientific Explanation of How Marijuana Causes the Munchies
Is this drought in California going to last another 2 years, or 200? These are questions going through scientist’s heads as they study the long-term climate patterns in the Western states. Through tree ring and other earthly data, researchers have identified multiple 10-20 year droughts occurring over the last 1000 years, and even worse, “ancient megadroughts” happening from 850 to 1090 and 1140 to 1320. With the Colorado River being run dry, and Arizona in the midst of its own 14-year drought, the outlook isn’t too great for a quick return to the ‘wet’ years of last century. So what will happen if this drought continues for a decade or more? Farms will disappear, desalinization plants are likely, and most importantly, Californians will adapt. It won’t be the end of the world, but man, will it be expensive.
A picture of California’s drought from space. Taken one year apart. via, io9
Sharing Paths is a stunning self-published book by photographer Ruben Brulat, which contains photos of his travels, a map, and excerpts from his journal. The special edition comes boxed in walnut, handmade in his father’s workshop.
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Ice boulders have formed in Lake Michigan
Belharra, France on January 7th 2014