Sun.Jan 27, 2013

Energy-Strapped Syrians Cut Down Precious Forests for Firewood

Green Prophet

Loggers get $5 a tree in Syria now that the heat of conflict is on, and the cold winter has set it in. In Darkush, Syria, civilians must turn to their environment for the basic need of warmth. Day after day, freezing temperatures prevail, and tree after tree is cut down.

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Voles Can Make Predators Pay

10,000 Birds

It is really worth clicking through to this excellent blog post by Ron Dudley in which a coyote pays a price for catching a vole. The photos are amazing as is the commentary. Watching animals closely can lead to all sorts of discoveries! Hat-tip to Suzie Gilbert. Mammals Coyote

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Going Off The Grid In Egypt with the Solar House

Green Prophet

Benefits of Making Homemade Cleaners. ~ Sarka-Jonae Miller.

Elephant Journal

The inside of homes contain around two to five times as many of common chemical pollutants than areas outside of homes, according to the Environmental Protection Agency

I Got it Wrong on Climate Change -I Should Have Been More Blunt- It's Much Worse


Lord Stern who wrote the UK government-commissioned review on climate change in 2006 which was thought of as the reference work on the subject says he underestimated the risks, and should have been more "blunt" about the threat posed to the economy by rising temperatures.

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Country weather folklore based upon trees coming into leaf

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This weather lore that is being referred to here is valid for England and – maybe – the northern half of the European mainland only and should not be translated for, say, the USA, and such. The saying goes “Oak before Ash, in for a splash; Ash before Oak, in for a soak.”

What Makes a Building Green?

Green Home Blog

What Makes a Building Green? What makes a building green? The answer might seem obvious—any building that has a minimal impact on the environment should be called green, right? If we dig a little deeper, though, the question turns out to be a lot more complicated than that.

Spinifex Pigeons in Western Australia

10,000 Birds

In Western Australia we have two races of the Spinifex Pigeon Geophaps plumifera , but neither are found in Broome. One race lives to the north- Geophaps plumifera plumifera and the other race lives to the south- Geophaps plumifera ferrugines.

Star Wars in Matmata, Tunisia Promotes Desert Tourism for the Berbers

Green Prophet

Tunisia’s landscape and subterranean dwellings have made it ideal for filming Star Wars. When the Star Wars films began they chose Turkey and its fairy chimneys for the futuristic backdrop of the science fiction films.

How Do We Leave Our Egos at the Door? | elephant journal

Elephant Journal

Okay, it's not always quite that dramatic. I find that most of the time I am content and can accurately assess both my talents and my flaws. Still, there are those moments that put us on that see-saw: Oh, validate me! Did I do a

Lebanon’s Broom Makers Swept Out of Business

Green Prophet

The perpetual pursuit of cheap stuff stuck together by underpaid workers in China has put a great deal of stress on “mom and pop” artisans across the globe – including Lebanon.

The Green Investment Report - The Ways and Means to Unlock Private Finance for Green Growth


At a time when extreme weather events are coming with increasing frequency—and an increased price tag for clean-up—cash-strapped governments are seeking new solutions to build climate resilience. A new World Economic Forum Report offers some hope.

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Might Destroy Us Before Global Warming

Green Prophet

If giant plumes of gurgling methane don’t keep you up at night, then try this: England’s chief medical officer recently warned government officials that we are running out of antibiotics that are effective against drug-resistant bacteria.