& keep a look out for this self powered music bus at Burning Man
Sean is one of the the original “Boston Bomb Scare” advertisers
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Beyond 2012 – Evolving Perspectives On the Next Age
It’s been a tough year: in North America, oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico; in Asia some of the highest temperatures ever recorded; in the Arctic, the fastest melting of sea ice ever seen; in Latin America, record rainfalls washing away whole mountainsides.
So we’re having a party.
Circle 10/10/10 on your calendar. That’s the date. The place is wherever you live. And the point is to do something that will help deal with global warming in your city or community.
We’re calling it a Global Work Party, with emphasis on both ‘work’ and ‘party’. In Auckland, New Zealand, they’re having a giant bike fix-up day, to get every bicycle in the city back on the road. In the Maldives, they’re putting up solar panels on the President’s office. In Kampala, Uganda, they’re going to plant thousands of trees, and in Bolivia they’re installing solar stoves for a massive carbon neutral picnic.
Since we’ve already worked hard to call, email, petition, and protest to get politicians to move, and they haven’t moved fast enough, now it’s time to show that we really do have the tools we need to get serious about the climate crisis.
On 10/10/10 we’ll show that we the people can do this–but we need bold energy policies from our political leaders to do it on a scale that truly matters. The goal of the day is not to solve the climate crisis one project at a time, but to send a pointed political message: if we can get to work, you can get to work too–on the legislation and the treaties that will make all our work easier in the long run.
Find a local event here: http://www.350.org/en/map (zoom in to see that there are thousands of events in many regions)
There are things going on in most big cities (boulder and san fran included) and they look spectacular and encouraging.
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Initially intending to uncover a greater perspective on the symbiance between human and the honeybee throughout recorded history, realization surfaced within the preliminary research of the given focus. The current state of this inter specie relationship is quite different from originally thought. Relational magnification gives new light to this direct interaction and relays an understanding approaching a parasitic classification. The limiting factors created by the modern commercial apiculture, restrict the natural processes of this planet and therefore prevent integral gain of the honeybee population. In order to strengthen this the overall vitality of both beings, we must initially develop this understanding and then seek further insight to the honeybee consciousness upon which we have initiated this direct interspecies relation.
To begin, a greater understanding of the relation poised between human and honeybee must perpetuate. Within recent the periods of time, the interaction of these two beings has evolved to the commercial human practice of extracting the majority of the honeybee hive vital energy supply each season, an action within human society that warrants arrest, fine, or other punishment! This particular action creates a rather large limiting factor for the honeybee. Removing such an abundance of hive wellbeing and minimally supporting the livelihood of the honeybee specie creates inevitable upset in the delicate balance required by all relationships within planetary law. Additionally human action of maintaining a particular queen within an individual hive creates another evolutionary restrictive factor. Within the hive there are three archetypes: the fertile female known as the queen, the worker bee members including both female and male, and the fertile male members as drones. Specifically, when a new queen emerges within the hive, the worker bees’ senses awaken, and becoming infuriated at the presence of an individual emanating a higher intensity vibration of Sun energy, the workers swarm out of the hive. The sensory response to the new queen can be likened to that experience humans have when first experiencing the bioluminescence of particular members of the fungi kingdom on a dark and peaceful night within a dense and healthy forest ecosystem. Specifically, the worker honeybees are looking at a creature filled with new sunlight and seem to be blinded by the intensity. This awakening process involves a complexity of anatomic process within the honeybee sensory perception. The worker honeybee has two little eyes on each side of the head as well as three tiny ones in its forehead. In addition, within the honeybee lies a gland containing poison, which is attached to a barbed duct. The poison stored within the gland is only enough to cause swelling in most humans but is powerful enough to kill smaller animals. The poison is released at a constant rate into the worker honeybee’s body in tiny amounts and has blinding effect on the tiny triad of eye structures in the center of the head. The worker honeybee finds relief from effects of the poisons in the presence of higher intensity Sun energy, the new queen. The workers awaken from their state of consciousness and make a hasty retreat from the hive. Current apiculture response to this phenomenon would be to remove the new queen, collect the swarm of workers, and reestablish the preexisting queen. These seriously detrimental human practices remove natural selection, providing a temporary bounty for the human participant, but when the overall relationship is reexamined, we find an amazing imbalance. Rudolph Steiner first presented this insight in 1923; specifically challenging the harmful practices and predicting future demise of the honeybee. Now, almost a century has since elapsed, and we can reassess these then “irrational” predictions and find valuable truths. The fact sixty percent of the American honeybee population has vanished within the last decade is clear proof of this interspecies relation imbalance. By restricting the natural selection pressures of the honeybee, humans exhaust the overall vitality of that specie initially for an immediate benefit. This immediate “benefit” becomes even more interesting when the cost is examined. A loss of any Earth specie is an immeasurable loss to all beings inhabiting this planet, especially such a specialized creature as the honeybee. The natural beneficiaries of the honeybee are located in most of the Earth’s inhabitable land surface and rely on the relationships held with the honeybee. Such beings are responsible for completing some of the vital elemental chemical processes for the human specie, and more specifically, all beings existence. Without these tiny specialized creatures, our very environments will suffer immeasurable loss and severe damage. Now, before limiting this interspecies relation to such a dire conclusion, consider the capabilities of the human consciousness. Unlocking the greater human consciousness is the key to understanding the foils within these relationships, amending our interactive method, and combining life with a greater activated precision towards the ultimate benefit of this planet. As Terrence McKenna wonderfully states, “You can stand back and look at this planet and see, that we have the money, the power, the medical understanding, scientific know how, the love, and the community to produce a kind of human paradise. Culture is not your friend! (Audience, ‘Whaoo!’)” Using the inherent human capabilities to uncover the infinitely available, all-encompassing cosmic knowledge, solutions will be unveiled by examining the intricacies contained within the honeybee consciousness.
Additionally, relational basis between honeybee and human has evolved upon one essential component; the state of consciousness held within the intricacies of the honeybee hive. To achieve a symbiotic relationship, humans must seek a higher understanding of this extremely sophisticated system of invertebrates. The honeybee is a very specialized insect, collecting nectar and pollen with the greatest of ease, either to be stored within the hive or consumed. The honeybee body structure has enveloped upon a communal connection it holds with the very structures of the plants love life. Through this very action much life depends, some for fertilization, others being granted an evolutionary kiss from nature, adding vitality to the specie. An interesting case that an animal such as the honeybee collects and utilizes an extremely refined substance from nature within the hive as sole sustenance. Additionally, the honeybee synthesizes the food into the wax material from which the worker bee constructs vertical columns of laterally layered hexagonal chambers created for the storage of sustenance or developing offspring. These hexagonal receptacles have been ingeniously selected for the extreme efficiency at which the space within the hive construct is utilized, therefore creating a naturally perfect internal design. The design holds an even greater significance when understanding the development of the actual members of the hive. Within this six-sided chamber the larvae emerge from egg and develop to full anatomic capacity. The most sensitive phases of the honeybee life are held inside the hexagonal structure. The developing larvae internalize the vessel structure while body cells are softest and the hexagonal, geometric energies are then assimilated from within the adult as each worker member constructs new chambers for the hive and to facilitate all other types of work as well. An amazing process, proving environment as cause for all honeybee externalized activity. The queen, another of three hive archetypes, functions as the only fertile female. While all other members of the hive develop within these fascinating hexagonal vessels, the queen begins life in a structure more similar to a pouch. The developmental period of the queen lasts a mere sixteen days while the worker honeybee members, both male and female, utilize a period of twenty-one days to reach maturity. Relative only to the cycles of the Sun, remarkable rhythm is achieved. Specifically, the Sun revolves on an axis, periodically completing a full cycle each set of twenty-one days. Both the queen and worker honeybee members develop fully within, and from a single cycle of the Sun and on this similarity form a bond, as members of the same developmental Sun cycle. If the worker members were to remain under development beyond the single period of the Sun, repeat energy exposure would occur from the Sun and influences that of the Earth would be experienced. In comparison to all other hive members, the queen remains closest to the larval stages and holds the ability to lay eggs. The worker continues past this point of development, but remaining within the singular Sun revolution, completely utilizing the full influence of the Sun’s energy sphere and reaching complete maturity to preventing even minimal developmental influence from Earth. Now, the fertile male members, specifically labeled drones, are members reaching maturity at twenty-three or twenty-four days, thus entering the sphere of Earth energy influence as incomplete insects for the singular purpose only to gain the powers of fertility. Drone members have split away from the energy sphere of the Sun, falling to the influences of the Earth and are only tolerated within the hive by the queen and her workers because of the fertility gift they possess. Once the Earth has revolved completely around the Sun, the drones are killed or forced out of the hive by the worker members to die of starvation or thermal relief. The very special act of fertilization is conducted between select few members of the hive; the rest repress their sexual lives and transform it into the active energy capacity developed within the hive. Love life renounced in many ways, love energy develops within the entire hive and permeates the atmosphere. Catalyzing the nuptial flight, the queen sets her controls for the heart of the Sun, to which she belongs, reaching her maximal elevation where she is fertilized by a naturally selected drone displaying highest level of activated potential. The drone selected flies highest of all, overcoming the specific Earth drawn powers despite its unification with these powers, fertilizing the queen at this elevated position. Upon completion, the queen returns to deposit her eggs within the hexagonal chambers. Remarkably, the queen possesses the ability to lay viable, unfertilized eggs as well. This is called a virgin brood, and specifically within the culture of insects, Parthenogenesis. Interestingly, from this specific process, only drones hatch! This natural phenomenon promotes the success of the honeybee, and more specifically presents demand of the honeybee love life. Ultimately, understanding honeybee consciousness further will ensure the survival and existence of both the honeybee and human beings.
Therefore, once realizing the fundamental basis upon which the premier of the interspecies relationship between honeybee and human rests, amendments are available to increase the success of both involved specie. Humans may choice a relationship with greater balance to the planetary balance and strive to create a true symbiotic state of being. This will be achieved by removing the limiting factors of modern commercial apiculture, of which encourage an overall weakening of the species, and introducing innovative mutually beneficial activity. Furthermore, uncovering a greater insight to the energetic state of being held by the honeybee becomes necessary, ensuring both specie survival and genetic integral enhancement.
“Burd’s strategy was simple: Since plastic does eventually degrade, it must be eaten by microorganisms. If those microorganisms, as well as the optimal conditions for their growth, could be identified, we could put them to work eating the plastic much faster than under normal conditions.
With this goal in mind, he ground plastic bags into a powder and concocted a solution of household chemicals, yeast and tap water to encourage microbe growth. Then he added the plastic powder and let the microbes work their magic for three months. Finally, he tested the resulting bacterial culture on plastic bags, exposing one plastic sample to dead bacteria as a control.
Sure enough, the plastic exposed to the live bacteria was 17 percent lighter than the control after six weeks. Once Burd examined the most effective strains of bacteria, he was able to isolate two types—Sphingomonas and Pseudomonas—as the plastic munchers. At 37 degrees and optimal bacterial concentration, the microbes had consumed 43 percent of a plastic sample within six weeks.”
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Among the most appealing features of the city is the incorporation of 100% renewable power sources such as solar and wind farms as well as plantation and research fields, ensuring an entirely self sustaining system. The city will be linked to Abu Dhabi’s international airport via a network of pre-existing roads and newly constructed magnetic public transportation routes. Entirely car free, Masdar City will easily accomodate pedestrians since there will be just a 200 meter distance between the city center and all forms of alternative, eco-friendly transportation, (including individual solar powered pods that drive commuters to their desired destinations).
Its shaded walkways and narrow streets will provide relief from the extreme Abu Dhabi climate while also creating a pedestrian friendly environment. Pedestrians will be treated to interactive light poles, heat sensitive technology and water features that are all triggered by kinetic energy. Giant umbrellas mimicking the natural action of sunflowers will continuously shade Masdar City occupants during daylight hours, reserving any heat that they capture until nightfall so that it may be released into the plaza. Masdar City will also feature adjustable building facade angles that will deflect or make the most of solar glare along with wall surface materials embedded with energy that respond to changes in temperature. The main design inspiration of key buildings in the city centre is based on geographical landmarks like canyons, wadis and other points of visual interest found in nature. To complete the whole sustainable vision, roof gardens will integrate food production and the ultilization of organic food waste as well as water efficiency and energy generation.
these peeps are doing some cool stuff up here in Humboldt and elsewhere. glad to get to learn from them in my upcoming internship.
- Living exterior wall system (irrigated with recycled graywater/rainwater)
- Green Roof with half comprised of a highly productive vegetable garden
- Solar array that supplies almost all of the entire structure’s electrical needs
- Radiant in-floor heat
- Combination high efficiency hot water boiler that provides in-floor radiant heat and hot water
- Central staircase doubles as a chimney to draw cooling breezes through the house
- On-demand hot water (reduces water usage)
- Recycled cotton and spray foam insulation
- Low-flow fixtures
- Non-toxic/Low VOC finishes
“I do not want to talk about what you understand about this world. I want to know what you will do about it. I do not want to know what you hope. I want to know what you will work for. I do not want your sympathy for the needs of humanity. I want your muscle.” – Robert Fulghum
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let’s hope this catches on
“Ten leading designers have been commissioned to develop new uses for sustainably grown and harvested materials in order to tell a unique story about the life-cycle of materials and the power of conservation and design.”
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combine this with the new obama tax credits for solar power and you have money coming back to you in just a few years (or less).
¨Englert Environmental has unveiled an integrated metal roofing system that can deliver much of the energy, heating and water needs of the average American home without tapping into local utility resources.
The new rooftop system provides electric power, hot water heat and water for outdoor and indoor uses all in a single package.
Englert’s UltraCOOL Energy Star and LEED compliant standing seam metal roof system is a pivotal component in providing electric power and thermal heat as well as rainwater for lawns and landscaping, vehicle cleaning and laundry and toilet flushing.
Resource-saving technologies included with a single Englert standing seam metal roof include:
+ Englert’s SunNet solar standing seam roof with Building Integrated Photovoltaics using quarter-inch thick laminates that are virtually invisible and provide all the electric energy the average home requires year round.
+ A solar thermal system mounted under the Englert Solar standing seam roof which draws heat from the roof and transfers it to the home’s hot water system. The roof and thermal technology are self-regulating, preventing overheating and can even be used to heat roofs to rid them of snow and ice.
+ Three rainwater harvesting solutions that integrate Englert’s Kynar-coated standing seam roof, Englert LeafGuard and Gutter Tunnel leaf protection systems and three compact residential rainwater harvesting kits that capture 225, 400 and 1,700 gallons of water for non-potable uses including landscape irrigation, vehicle cleaning and non-potable household uses such as toilet flushing and laundering.
The Englert Kynar-coated roof does not leach and Englert’s line of leaf protection systems including LeafGuard and Gutter Tunnel eliminate much of the debris that channels into conventional gutter systems before it reaches the filtering systems and containment tanks included in surface and underground rainwater harvesting systems.
A single Englert Environmental-sponsored project utilizing all of its metal roofing, rainware and solar photovoltaic and thermal technologies can earn more than 15 U.S. Green Building Council LEED credits.
Englert Environmental projects also qualify for federal renewable energy investment tax credits, state-specific financial incentives including rebates, incentives, grants and state credits, accelerated depreciation tax benefits, Renewable Energy Credits (REC’s) and net income from electric power purchase agreements.
All of the roof-related technologies can be incorporated during new construction or as retrofits to existing homes and are perfect for light commercial applications as well.¨
burning man, bamboo dome
these planes are by one bucky- fuller:
lets do it!!!! and some other sweet stuff too. there are tones of good planes to be found and bamboo is awesome and light and strong and pretty and and flexible and fun and neat.
An Ontario company says it has secured $2 million from investors to open the first North American bio-processing plant for industrial hemp.
Stonehedge Bio-Resources Inc., based in Stirling, Ont., north of Belleville, announced it plans to open a bio-refining facility this year.
Hemp is the common name for the cannabis plant, which has fibrous roots, stalks and stems useful for producing a variety of products and seeds that are edible. The flowers, buds and leaves of some strains are used to produce drugs such as marijuana and hashish because they contain a psychoactive compound called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but industrial hemp is bred to produce very little THC.
The Stonehedge plant would produce Hemcrete, a limestone building material similar to concrete that is considered to be more environmentally friendly.
The company also expects to produce more than $17 million per year in renewable hemp fibre, wood-like chips, pellets, matting and seed products.
Stonehedge Bio-Resources says it plans to start with five employees this year and employ up to 27 people by 2011.
The company says the global renewable and bioproducts industry is expected to exceed $125 billion in revenues by 2010.
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