YOUR STUFF OR YOUR LIFE

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] David Friedlander   LIFE EDITED There are millions of reasons to stop over-consuming. It’s simpler, it’s greener, there’s less to dust. But as former Uruguayan president José Mujica–aka “the world’s poorest president”–reminds us, stuff costs money. For those of us not independently wealthy, our money has a pretty direct correlation with our labors. And unless your name is Tim Ferriss, our labors have a direct correlation with time. So each time we spend money, we are spending time. And once our time is spent, it’s gone. No refunds, no exchanges. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t buy stuff. We might decide that the things that are used, loved and add value to our lives are worth our time. This doesn’t mean that time spent working is bad either. If you love your work, knock yourself out....

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VIDEO: AL GORE & NEIL DE GRASSE TYSON TALK “SPIDER GOATS” — AND THE FATE OF OUR CLIMATE...

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT When former Vice President Al Gore and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sit down to talk about the future of climate solutions, the conversation gets real, fast. When many people think about the top science communicators, two of the first names that come to mind are former Vice President Al Gore and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Watch this never-before-seen interview as the two discuss “spider goats,” old cell phone technology, plummeting renewable energy prices, how technology will continue to change the world, and why good science teachers are key to our climate future. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD THIS EARTH DAY Add your name and demand that world leaders join the Paris Agreement signing ceremony in New York on Earth Day. First Name * Last Name * Email * Country * Yes, I...

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Celebrate Earth Day With Photo Ark’s Amazing Documentation of Species—Before They Go Extinct (Video)...

Apr 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment National Geographic project aims to create portraits of over 10,000 species. By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet Photo Credit: Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark Due to the rapid disappearance of many of Earth’s creatures, the National Geographic Photo Ark seeks to document every animal in captivity. The Ark also focuses on funding on-the-ground conservation projects for prioritized species. “We’re supposed to lose half of all species by the turn of the next century and lot of times these pictures I do are the only national coverage these animals will ever get before they go extinct,” said Joel Sartore, a National Geographic photographer and founder of the National Geographic Photo Ark. Sartore explained, “The goal of the project is to get the public to turn their eyes away from everyday distractions and to think about the...

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Watch: Amy Goodman Reveals How the Media Ruins Elections...

Apr 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 “We need a media that covers power, not covers for power.” By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet Photo Credit: Democracy Now! Can you really tell the difference between mainstream media channels when they all basically cover Trump nonstop? Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, was featured in a video for AJ+, a social media and mobile channel run by Al Jazeera. In it, she said, “I see the media as a huge kitchen table that stretches across the globe that we all sit around and debate the most important issues of the day. War and peace. Life and death.” Goodman believes that “Anything less than that is a disservice to a democratic society.” How much does this disservice affect our decision-making, particularly when it comes to voting? “It is critical in an election year to...

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DAYS OF REVOLT: CHRIS HEDGES, TIM DE CHRISTOPHER DISCUSS FAR-REACHING EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

Apr 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Tim DeChristopher on ‘Days of Revolt’ In this week’s episode of “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges sits down with Tim DeChristopher, founder of the Climate Disobedience Center. The two analyze how the industrialized world fails to significantly confront climate change, beginning with the “exercise in make-believe” that was the 2015 Paris climate conference. DeChristopher explains that the drastic effects of global warming aren’t just occurring in a vacuum. For example, water shortages in parts of the southern United States play out in areas with pre-existing social tensions, such as racism and xenophobia, creating the potential to trigger violent human responses. Another example is Syria, where, as DeChristopher points out, the CIA actually admitted that climate change accelerated the beginning of civil war. Still, DeChristopher says, “I don’t think it’s inevitable...

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Fracking a Possible Cause of Disturbing Birth Defects and Deaths Found in Horses...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Research has linked the presence of the byproducts of hydraulic fracturing to numerous animal deaths and stillbirths. By Lorraine Berry / Raw Story Photo Credit: Screenshot/Ithaca Journal In New York’s Southern Tier, local newspapers are investigating the connection between a local racetrack owner’s sick foals and the fracking fluids present on his farmland. The Ithaca Journal featured a report by Tom Wilber in which he investigated the ongoing issue with foals being born without the ability to swallow — seventeen of them so far — on the breeding farm of Jeff Gural, owner of the Tioga Downs, Meadowlands Racetrack, and Vernon Downs. The foals have survived, although all of them have had to be transported to Cornell’s School of Veterinary Medicine, located fifty miles north in Ithaca, New York. An earlier study by Cornell professor Robert Oswald...

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THE BIGGEST ONGOING DISASTER IN THE UNITED STATE YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF...

Apr 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Scout Finch  DAILY KOS Blog Stream Groups  By Jen Hayden Incredible video of a sinkhole, located south of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, swallowing whole trees: Tim Murphy at Mother Jones described the sinkhole at Bayou Corne as “the biggest ongoing disaster in the United States you haven’t heard of.” One night in August 2012, after months of unexplained seismic activity and mysterious bubbling on the bayou, a sinkhole opened up on a plot of land leased by the petrochemical company Texas Brine, forcing an immediate evacuation of Bayou Corne’s 350 residents—an exodus that still has no end in sight. Last week, Louisiana filed a lawsuit against the company and the principal landowner, Occidental Chemical Corporation, for damages stemming from the cavern collapse.Texas Brine’s operation sits atop a three-mile-wide, mile-plus-deep salt deposit known as the...

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BURNING ISSUES: THE U.S. EXPORTING CLIMATE CHANGE...

Apr 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Isaiah J. Poole  AMERICANS FOR A SAFE FUTURE Given the threat of global climate change, the United States should not have a two-faced energy policy – encouraging green energy at home and encouraging fossil fuel exports abroad. Kyle Ash, senior legislative representative at Greenpeace, says in this Burning Issues video that there are real dangers that the U.S., through such mechanisms as the Export-Import Bank, will facilitate the extraction of new fossil fuel sources around the world, despite its participation in the Paris climate accords. As a senator, Bernie Sanders sponsored legislation that would end all U.S. subsidies to fossil fuel companies, including export assistance. As a presidential candidate, Sanders is the only one to have signed a Greenpeace pledge to not accept campaign contributions from fossil fuel...

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GETTING ARRESTED TO DEMAND DEMOCRACY...

Apr 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Roger Hickey  PROGRESSIVE BREAKFAST On Monday I joined hundreds of others to get arrested at the U.S. Capitol building. It’s been a while since I last engaged in civil disobedience. But I am just one of millions of people in America who want to stop the growing attacks on our democracy. Organizations representing those millions have come together last week for a Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening. Before Monday, 900 people have been arrested in carefully planned acts of civil disobedience, and after Monday, that number will be much, much larger. News flash: Capitol Police just confirmed that Monday’s arrests totaled over 300. On Capitol Hill, I joined Rev. William Barber, Cornell Brooks of the NAACP and the leaders of unions, civil liberties groups, democracy defenders and allied progressive organizers, and rank-and-file folks...

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250 FAITH LEADERS DEMAND NATIONS RATIFY PARIS CLIMATE DEAL...

Apr 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Jeremy Deaton – Guest Contributor & Jack Jenkins CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Climate Nexus   Former U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres has credited faith groups for helping to advance the Paris Climate Agreement by supporting “holistic, equitable, but above all, ambitious climate action.” Now, faith leaders are going one step further, calling for immediate ratification of the landmark international accord to curb global climate change. In December, 196 nations adopted the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit warming to well below 2º C (3.6º F) above pre-industrial levels. While nations have agreed to the language of the accord, 55 parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change representing at least 55 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions must still ratify the agreement for it to enter into force. Monday’s Interfaith Statement on...

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WILDFIRES, FLOODING AND EXTREME FARMING: CHECK OUT THESE ILLUMINATING NASA IMAGES OF EARTH...

Apr 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] NASA just released 2.95 million satellite images to the public VIDEO Peter Cooper  SALON.COM   Share Video Embed code Select Video link Select The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) was launched in 1999 and has photographer 99% of the Earth’s surface! The initial projection was a five year run but it has far surpassed that time frame and will continue to monitor Earth.  2.95 million images were made public on April 1st. Watch the above video to get a small taste of the...

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INVESTIGATORS SEARCH HOME OF ANTI-ABORTION ACTIVIST WHO MADE SECRET PLANNED PARENTHOOD VIDEOS...

Apr 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Kerry Eleveld  DAILY KOS   David Daleiden faces felony charges California officials on Tuesday searched the home of David Daleiden—the anti-abortion activist who surreptitiously filmed videos of his meetings with Planned Parenthood officials and falsely claimed the organization was selling “baby parts.” Daleiden is now finding out what it means to face felony charges of tampering with government records, among other allegations. Politico reports: California Attorney General Kamala Harris said last summer that she would investigate whether Daleiden broke laws in the course of his sting operation, which spurred a huge political battle over Planned Parenthood’s federal funding. Daleiden filmed part of his project in Planned Parenthood clinics in California. Investigators took Daleiden’s personal laptop and multiple hard drives from his Orange County, Calif., home, according to a source close to Daleiden....

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Why Is Fox News Suddenly Kissing Bernie’s Behind? 10 Surprising Media Moments...

Apr 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 One of the more bizarre political lovefests. By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet April 4, 2016 Bernie Sanders Photo Credit: Erica J Mitchell/Shutterstock.com Mainstream media unfair to Bernie Sanders? Not quite. Bernie supporters may have protested CNN yesterday for biased coverage, but what they may not know is that another familiar network has recently emerged as increasingly “fair and balanced” toward his campaign, as hard as that might be to believe. Maybe not that hard, as praising Bernie does have the effect of undermining Hillary Clinton’s campaign somewhat. Since Clinton’s campaign manager sent a message about the Sanders campaign needing to “watch their tone,” Fox News seems to have jumped to the Bernie bandwagon, even sacrificing airtime from the Trump Train. Comparing Bernie to Obama five times in one week? Bernie could...

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STUDY CONFIRMS WORLD’S COASTAL CITIES UNSAVABLE IF WE DON’T SLASH CARBON POLLUTION...

Apr 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: South Florida and “Miami Island” in 2100 after 5 feet of sea level rise (via Climate Central).   A new study confirms what leading climate scientists have warned about for many years now: Only very aggressive climate action can save the world’s coastal cities from inundation by century’s end. We still could limit sea level rise to two feet this century if we keep total warming below 2°C, according to analysis using these new findings. Otherwise, we should be anticipating five to six feet of sea level rise by 2100 — which would generate hundreds of millions of refugees. That isn’t even the worst-case scenario. This latest research from the journal Nature underscores that what the nation and the world do in the next decade or two...

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SWEDEN’S NATURE PILL FOR CITY DWELLERS...

Mar 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] David Friedlander  LIFE EDITED Architecture Last summer we looked at kolonistuga, the garden and vacation colonies that dot Sweden and are occupied with tiny cottages. Like most great ideas in compact living, you know that Kirsten Dirksen‘s camera is not too far behind to take a more intimate look. The particular kolonistuga in this Faircompanies video is located between a bunch of freeways in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city. Rather than being littered with vacation homes, most of the tiny structures are more like garden sheds (though one of the interviewees confesses her family has crashed out there on numerous occasions). The colony is intended as a supplement to urban living, which sometimes has an alienating effect on one’s connection to nature. This colony also has an intent close to its roots (pun intended) of growing food. The kolonistuga...

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VAXXED film pulled from Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival following totalitarian censorship demands from pharma-linked vaccine pushers and media science trolls...

Mar 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Mike Adams, the Health Range   (NaturalNews) A much-awaited and explosive documentary film called VAXXED – From Cover-Up to Catastrophe was suddenly pulled from Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival following an intense censorship effort waged by the vaccine-pushing mainstream media and pharma-funded media science trolls. Watch the explosive VAXXED trailer at this YouTube link, and you can find the VAXXED Facebook page at this link. The Tribeca Film Festival was co-founded by Robert De Niro, who has a child with autism and who originally supported the free speech efforts of filmmakers to create “an opportunity for conversation around the issue.” But the vaccine totalitarians and media science trolls who demand absolute obedience to the fraudulent narrative that vaccines are “safe and effective” have zero tolerance for any intelligent conversations about vaccines....

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‘HUMANITY’S FINAL EXAM’ – DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN MOMENTARY AND MILLENIAL RISKS...

Mar 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Climate Change By Andrew C. Revkin Raymond Pierrehumbert, a longtime climate scientist now at Oxford, stopped by The New York Times earlier this month for a long fruitful chat on climate change science and solutions and the hurdles — mostly internal and social (including political) — that impede progress. He concluded by saying this juncture in our history — decisions (or indecision) in our lifetimes — constitutes “humanity’s final exam”: The biggest challenge is grappling with divergent scales. Compare the year-to-year scale at which humans make policy decisions, reflected in our political frameworks, to the multi-millennial consequences of today’s energy choices, as delineated in “Consequences of twenty-first-century policy for multi-millennial climate and sea-level change,” the important recent commentary in Nature Climate Change by a host of top climate scientists, including Pierrehumbert. (I explore this...

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What You Need to Know About the Irreparable Harm of Climate Change (VIDEO)...

Mar 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] A new video explains why we may be approaching the point of no return. By Dr. James Hansen / Huffington Post polar bears on Arctic ice Photo Credit: U.S. Geological Survey We made a video discussing some of the main points in our “Ice Melt” paper, which is about to be published in Atmos. Phys. Chem. The main point that I want to make concerns the threat of irreparable harm, which I feel we have not communicated well enough to people who most need to know, the public and policymakers. I’m not sure how we can do that better, but I comment on it at the end of this transcript. From the video: Hi, I’m Jim Hansen, Director of the Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions program at Columbia University Earth Institute. I want to...

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BURNING ISSUES: WHY HONDURAS MATTERS IN THE 2016 CAMPAIGN...

Mar 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Burning Issues Video  CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE Berta Cáceres was an indigenous and environmental activist in Honduras who was the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize winner for her success in blocking the Agua Zarca dam project, which would have decimated the communities and livelihoods of indigenous people in the country. Earlier in March, she was assassinated, one of at least three activists who have been murdered in connection with their efforts to protest the construction of this dam. Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research has been following the fate of social and economic justice activists in the country since a 2009 coup deposed the democratically elected government of President Manuel Zelaya. And as it turns out, Weisbrot explains in this “Burning Issues” video segment, one of the 2016 presidential...

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Watch: Bernie Sanders Blasts the Corporate Media for Failing to Talk About Real Issues...

Mar 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 Sanders talks with Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks on the role media plays in preventing change. By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet Bernie Sanders is in Los Angeles this week, and what better place to discuss the corporate media and its failings than the entertainment capital of the world. Last night, Sanders took a break from campaigning to join Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks for a conversation about how major networks fail to inform the public. “What you have is a corporate media which has conflicts of interest,” Sanders told Uygur. “Comcast owns NBC and by definition has conflicts of interest. Comcast owns NBC [and] co-owns Disney. They’re paying their workers in Disney World $8 or $9 an hour, bringing in people from around the world to replace American...

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10 PARKS THAT CHANGED AMERICA

Mar 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT  by Jared Green PBS will broadcast a new documentary, 10 Parks That Changed America, on April 12th. Produced by WTTW in Chicago and featuring Geoffrey Baer, the show identifies the 10 most influential urban parks in the country, from the era of America’s early settlers to the present day. In a preview at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Baer and show producer and writer Dan Protess announced the 10 parks selected by WTTW and its expert advisors, including Thaisa Way, ASLA, professor of landscape architecture at University of Washington; Walter Hood, ASLA, professor of landscape architecture at University of California, Berkeley; and Peter Harnik, Hon. ASLA, director of city park excellence at the Trust for Public Land and author of Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities. Here are...

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FRANCES MOORE LAPPE: WHY I’M FACING ARREST TO GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS...

Mar 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By James Trimarco, YES! Magazine | Interview  Frances Moore Lappé at Community Matters, 2010. (Photo: Nancy White / Flickr) Frances Moore Lappé is perhaps best known for her best-selling book Diet for a Small Planet, which looked at the causes of world hunger — and offered a solution. But these days, she’s thinking more about ballots than beans. It’s not that she’s lost her passion for vegetables. It’s just that she’s come to believe that no amount of organizing can beat big agriculture — or any major industry, for that matter — unless the United States finds a way to get money out of politics. Democracy, she says, is the “mother of all issues.” So she was overjoyed, she says, to learn in the fall of 2015 that hundreds of people —...

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LEADING CLIMATE SCIENTISTS: ‘WE HAVE A GLOBAL EMERGENCY.’ MUST SLASH CO2 ASAP...

Mar 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP/DENNIS COOK   James Hansen and 18 leading climate experts have published a peer-reviewed version of their 2015 discussion paper on the dangers posed by unrestricted carbon pollution. The study adds to the growing body of evidence that the current global target or defense line embraced by the world — 2°C (3.6°F) total global warming — “could be dangerous” to humanity. That 2°C warming should be avoided at all costs is not news to people who pay attention to climate science, though it may be news to people who only follow the popular media. The warning is, after all, very similar to the one found in an embarrassingly underreported report last year from 70 leading climate experts, who had been asked by the world’s leading nations to...

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VAXXED: FROM COVERUP TO CATASTROPHE...

Mar 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Casey Coates Danson, Executive...

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MICRO PRE-FAB KASITA GOES LIVE

Mar 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] David Friedlander   LIFE EDITED Architecture There is no shortage of innovative designs that never see the light of day. Furniture, interiors, buildings and products that are so cool in renderings and sound so cool in concept but, for one reason or another (like defying the laws of physics), never see production. These type of designs are often called “vaporware.” When we first ran across KASITA, the Austin-based prefab micro apartment whoosie whatsit startup helmed by a dude who lived a year in a dumpster, our vaporware radar flashed a little. It was too cool. Too innovative. Too different to ever see the light of day. But our assumptions may have been incorrect. KASITA revealed their prototype this last week at SXSW and even won the conference’s Innovation Award in the Smart Cities Category....

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TO CUT OCEAN TRASH, ADRIAN GRENIER AND DELL ENLIST FILMMAKERS AND VIRTUAL REALITY...

Mar 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  NYTDOT Andrew C. Revkin   Photo Two scenes from a virtual-reality “ride” that takes viewers into the realm of whales, fish and sonic and plastic pollution.Credit Dell On a weekend visit to South by Southwest, the annual Austin festival focused on the intersection of ideas, technology, music and film, I ran into Adrian Grenier, who’s best known as an actor but is building a career as a filmmaker and campaigner with a focus on the environment. Photo Adrian Grenier shows off a 3-D virtual reality ocean journey at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Tex.Credit Courtesy of Dell Grenier, who last year signed on as the “social good advocate” for Dell, was there with the company’s sustainability and supply-chain directors and a remarkable virtual-reality “ride,” for lack of a better description, in...

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Watch the Bernie Sanders Speech the Networks Won’t Show You...

Mar 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 This is what you might have seen if all the networks weren’t carrying Trump. By Arturo Garcia / Raw Story   VIA ALTERNET Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was among the presidential candidates speaking on Tuesday night. But as the Young Turks reported during their coverage of the evening’s primaries, national media outlets refused to show his remarks. While the Turks showed the majority of the senator’s rally in Phoenix, other networks instead opted to cover Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s speech even before it took place. Watch the speech in its entirety, as posted online,below.   Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. His work has appeared on GlobalComment.com, the Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at...

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THESE PREFABRICATED mnmMOD WALL PANELS COULD REVOLUTIONIZE THE WAY WE BUILD...

Mar 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]                                      Photo via mnmMOD by Charlie Radka  INHABITAT Imagine a building material that isn’t only beautiful, but promotes energy efficiency, so you save money heating and cooling your home. Now imagine that it significantly cuts construction time and cost, as well so you get your house faster and on budget. California-based design studio Minarc has made this dream a reality with mnmMOD – a standardized but customizable structurally insulated wall-panel – and beautiful homes are popping up across the world in as little as eight hours. Minarc, a Santa Monica based design studio, designed the mnmMOD prefabrication system as an innovative and energy-efficient solution to cheap and poorly-constructed low cost housing. Minarc’s kit-of-parts prefab house system is based primarily on the simple building block of the Structural Insulated Panel – commonly known as...

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CLEAN AVIATION WILL TAKE WING, BUT ETA IS UP IN THE AIR...

Mar 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Thor Benson  TRUTHDIG Jerry Lin / Shutterstock Elon Musk is not the kind of eccentric billionaire who proposes strange ideas for the future and doesn’t deliver on them. He talked about creating reusable rockets for space travel, and he’s done that. He talked about making the Tesla a successful electric car brand, and the company started turning a profit in 2013. Then he said the cars would become self-driving, and that prospect is looking good. Musk has also talked about creating a “hyperloop” that will quickly transport people across long distances in tubes, another project that is in the works. So when Musk starts talking about fully electric airplanes, you’d better believe he’s not just blowing smoke. Musk cares about Tesla because electric cars are good for the environment, and he...

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IS WORRY WORTHWHILE IN CONFRONTING CLIMATE CHANGE?...

Mar 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] NYTDOT By Andrew C. Revkin Credit Andrew C. Revkin Various updates | Is worry worthwhile in confronting a challenge as complex and sprawling — in time and geography — as greenhouse-driven climate change? Photo A March, 2016, cover story in Time Magazine told readers to “be worried.”Credit Time I’ve addressed this question before in various ways, but was prompted to dig into my ideas and feelings about the building greenhouse effect with new rigor when two very different magazines, Issues in Science and Technology (the magazine of the National Academies) and Creative Nonfiction, invited me to write an essay on my 30 years of climate inquiry. I went through three or four completely different drafts and settled on a narrative starting with how I’ve come to deal with two immovable realities — my...

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