Urban Garden Addresses Food Insecurity

Urban Garden Addresses Food Insecurity.
The corner of Harrison and Halsted streets doesn’t feel very rural, with traffic buzzing by the busy intersection and the Willis Tower looming in the background.
But that will soon change.
Students Dorrian Neeley and Lashawn Evans, both in the undergraduate Human Development and Learning program in the College of Education, have developed UIC’s first urban garden at the intersection, aiming to address issues of sustainability and food security in low-income Chicago communities.
“Growing up in Chicago, we both know what living off the corner store can do for you,” Neeley said.
“We think we can influence the community starting with this garden and hopefully expanding, so people can have the ability to feed themselves.” Their idea blossomed in the Child and Youth Policies in Urban America course (ED 135), taught by Chris Miller, assistant clinical professor of educational policy studies.
Neeley and Evans sought to study sustainable food systems as an independent project, a plan embraced by Miller and Alfred Tatum, dean of the College of Education.
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The European Union is considering an electric car mandate.

The European Union is considering an electric car mandate.. Will they or won’t they?
After the United Kingdom and France joined the Netherlands and Norway in putting an end date on the sales of fossil fuel–powered cars, the E.U.
may set wide-reaching requirements for electric vehicles.
Per reports from Climate Home, the E.U.
governing body is mulling an electric and hybrid car quota for automakers by 2030.
The most recent report suggests a proposal is likely.
“They have made it very clear that it is their intention to go to a zero-emissions mandate,” an unnamed source with knowledge of internal E.U.
talks told Climate Home.
“The car industry has been told to stop complaining about it and start being constructive.” Policy aside, recent economic forecasts suggest that electric vehicles may account for more than half of global car sales by 2040.
Several European companies, including Volvo, are taking the hint.

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University Recycling 101: How College Students Go Green

Universities are buzzing with young adults passionate about protecting the planet, and student environmental organizations direct all that energy into action.
Student projects promoting sustainability are usually quite effective because they’re fueled by young adults who are enthusiastic, persistent and innovative, according to Talia Haller, director and founder the Green Greek Representative Program at the University of Washington in Seattle.
It poises us for success in a lot of ways.” Green Greeks The Green Greek Program is a network of representatives from sororities and fraternities at UW who devise and implement planet-friendly practices in their houses.
A Green Greek project at a UW fraternity, for example, involved equipping the house with several strategically placed recycling and composting bins, and switching to products that support the effort, such as disposable utensils that are composted instead of tossed into the trash.
Sustainable Farming Students at various universities, including Washington University in St. Louis, run their own farms, often with an emphasis on organic fruits and vegetables.
In addition to offering tours of the garden, students from Burning Kumquat set up a folding table on campus and sell lettuce and other freshly picked fruits and vegetables.
“I think it’s good for people to understand what they eat and what’s needed to produce the food,” Pomerantz says.
Burning Kumquat’s environmental focus also includes such activities as screening films and leading a bike tour of local urban farms.
Arendt is an informal advisor to the recycling effort, which his institute launched as part of a student internship program.
The students package the plastic into bales, which are sold to a firm that incorporates recycled wood and recycled plastic film into decking material.

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He’s Baaaaaaaccckkk! (Oy)

He’s Baaaaaaaccckkk!
(Oy).
Pen Hadow, of the 2009 Caitlin Arctic Expedition is on the loose again!
Here’s the link to the BBC story which is mostly a short video.
Here is a quote: British explorer Pen Hadow and his crew have set sail from Alaska, in an attempt to become the first people ever to sail to the North Pole.
Can the Catlin Arctic Survey Team Cover 683 km in the Next 21 Days?
Quote of the week #4 Catlin Arctic Ice Survey first report offers no original drilling data, but anecdotally confirms satellite measurement Catlin Arctic Ice Survey: paid advertising of results before they are even off the ice!
The Guardian Relocates The North Pole By 500km The Top Ten Reasons why I think Catlin Arctic Ice Survey data can’t be trusted From Eurkealert Public Release: 1-Aug-2017 FSU research: Chemical weathering could alleviate some climate change effects Florida State University TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — There could be some good news on the horizon as scientists try to understand the effects and processes related to climate change.
31st 2017 9:10 am PT @technacity While clean energy is not a new area for Alphabet’s X, the moonshot division has previously only focused on energy creation.
Holden closure will help Energy Market Operator manage SA’s blackout risk, report finds By political reporter Nick Harmsen Part of the soon-to-be vacated… Guest essay by Eric Worrall Building an energy producing nuclear fusion reactor remains elusive, but some companies are re-considering an old idea – combining nuclear fusion with nuclear fission in a single reactor, to overcome the disadvantages of both.

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This Stress-Free Fish Tank Lets Plants Do the Cleaning

This Stress-Free Fish Tank Lets Plants Do the Cleaning.
It provides a nice place to house your fish, with a miniature garden that filters the water and repurposes fish waste as fertilizer.
The pump delivers water to the garden in the lid, providing nutrients to the plants.
A self-cleaning, self-sustaining ecosystem that requires little maintenance.
Aquaponics for Dummies The Back to the Roots $100 starter kit includes with a 3 gallon tank, a water pump, gravel for the floor of the tank, grow stones for the planter tray, and packets of wheatgrass and radish seeds.
(Grow stones, by the way, are little “rocks” of recycled glass used to grow plants without soil.)
Unlike traditional tanks, you skip the water filter and the hassle of regularly changing the water, because the roots clean the water for you.
Nikhil Arora, cofounder of Back to the Roots, says the company worked with Daylight Design to make aquaponics easy and approachable.
“It’s got to look good and be easy,” Arora says.
But a tank like this makes it easier for you to believe that it is.

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From Facebook to Flowers

Marketing expert by profession with a passion for fashion and an entrepreneur at heart, Aarzoo Batra demonstrates her flair for branding with her latest venture into Singapore’s flower industry A fresh bouquet of flowers can instantly lift anyone’s mood.
It’s too bad that buying flowers for yourself is not yet widely practiced since buying yourself a bouquet is often attached to negative self-image.
Fresh out of uni, Batra landed a job at Facebook, something some of her contemporaries would consider a dream job.
Despite the demands of a day job, she was also busy building her personal brand as a fashion blogger and lifestyle guru.
Her passion for fashion eventually led to her first business venture, Masakali, an online e-commerce platform selling carefully curated and high quality Indian wear to a global market.
There aren’t too many things in the world that consistently have that effect on you.” She then substantiates this with her business savvy as she delves into the industry’s potential.
What makes Her Flowers stand out from the vast crop of flower shops and online florists is its credo of buying flowers for self-care.
“Her Flowers is an aspirational feminine brand that is bold, expressive and puts women in a powerful light.
“We are communicating this through different marketing campaigns that feature women leaders across industries.
We are trying to put forward an experience that evokes a positive emotion every time someone interacts with our brand – before, during and after buying our products.”

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Fish Tales: Sourcing Recreational Fisheries Data from Newspaper Records

Fish Tales: Sourcing Recreational Fisheries Data from Newspaper Records.
In Australia, scientists working with The Nature Conservancy successfully used historical newspaper records to gather data on recreational fishing in Australia’s Noosa Estuary, revealing declines in the fishery over time.
“Noosa has always been a popular fishing area, but beyond anecdotes, we didn’t know much about the estuary’s ecological history.” From The Weekend Fishing Report to Ecological Data To help fill the data gap, the Conservancy partnered with Thurstan for help assessing historical fish populations.
The first group were just casual fishers, both Noosa locals and tourists, while the second group were highly skilled fishers with significant experience and local knowledge.
“For the less skilled population, there was a quite sharp decline over time in the returns of the fish, or number of fish caught per trip,” says Thurstan.
But within the skilled fisher group, particularly fishing competition winners, there was no such decline.
Her data shows the changing experiences of recreational fishers, and not precise measures of fish stocks.
Thurstan’s results also reveal an under-recognized nuance in fisheries conservation.
Both conservationists and scientists tend to split fisheries stakeholders into two groups — commercial and recreational fishermen — but they rarely consider fisher skill level when soliciting anecdotal data or crafting conservation messages.
Fittingly, the unique source of this historical data makes it easier to engage with local fishers, because tourists and locals alike read versions of the very fishing reports that Thurstan used as data.

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Trump wants to ignore the effects of climate change when permitting infrastructure projects.

Trump wants to ignore the effects of climate change when permitting infrastructure projects.. President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said will streamline the environmental review required to get large public construction efforts — like roads, bridges, and buildings — off the ground.
From the gilded lobby of Trump Tower, the president proclaimed that the executive order would repair our “badly broken” process for garnering permits for infrastructure projects.
The policy sets a goal of two years for finishing a permitting process and assigns a lead government agency to helm each approval.
The order also rescinds an Obama-era requirement that government-funded buildings take into account likely sea-level rise in design and construction.
(States and other local agencies, however, will still be able to establish stricter permitting practices.)
Updating America’s “crumbling infrastructure” became a central tenet of Trump’s presidential campaign — and he promised billions to the effort.
Trump called the current permitting process a “massive, self-inflicted wound on our country.” “It’s disgraceful,” the president said.
The White House argues the order will bring “accountability and discipline” back to the permitting process.
But many environmentalists decry it as an obvious attempt to skirt environmental rules — and cite it as further evidence of Trump’s anti-climate change agenda.

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4 Clever Ways to Encourage Your Children to Recycle

4 Clever Ways to Encourage Your Children to Recycle.
Sort-the-Recycling Game To get kids started in the world of recycling, you first have to teach them how to sort.
With nothing more than cardstock, magazines, berry containers, scissors and double-stick tape, you can create a delightful game that allows your little ones to use their problem-solving skills and develop a love for sorting recyclables at the same time.
Nature Walk Recycling Game Nature walks have always been my go-to trick to get kids moving and interacting with their environment.
Take along two bags — one for trash and one for recycling.
Take some time to talk about why we shouldn’t litter and how it’s bad for our environment.
Start by explaining that the goal is to find as many recyclable metal items as possible.
Then, grab a child-sized metal detector and something to carry your finds in, and let your kids go exploring.
By turning trash into “treasure,” you’ll get your kids excited about cleaning up their environment — and if you happen to find something of value, that’s just a bonus!
Read these books together and talk to your kids about why you recycle, and why you think it is important for every member of the family to do so as well.

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Ant Space: The Enlightened Ant Farm – Kickstarter Campaign

Ant Space: The Enlightened Ant Farm – Kickstarter Campaign.
“Each Ant Space is an ecosystem.
Play with the life inside.
The narrow habitat makes the game one of subtle manipulation.
Sculpt the scene only from above.
Drop in seeds and water, add more ants and colored sand.
Intelligently design a complex balance of creatures and plants.
The Ant Space will evolve over years as a co-creation between the life within and the hand that placed it there.” You’ll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content.
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