The Collagen of Consciousness

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It's on the quiet, cool days of May, when soothing fog and buffering dove grey clouds float snugly across the sky, that one reaches clarity. Paradoxically, the veil between the earth and the universe lifts the barriers between you and your true self. It's as if the fog purges the pores of your mind and deep-cleanses the skin of your psyche.Feed you

Climate Change This Week: Breaking Clean Energy Barriers, A Hot Year, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon Forests Store Both Carbon and Biodiversity like this Asian cup moth caterpillar. Source When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.OO US Forests Will Store Less Carbon As Growth Is Cancelled By Losses due to pests, wildfires and dro

Climate Change This Week: One Degree Closer to Catastrophe, the Clean Surge, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Way Cool! Nematocampa Forest Caterpillar Shoots Out Tentacles when disturbed by sound - this one recently discovered in the Peruvian Amazon, but this type of caterpillar also occurs in North America. When we threaten forests, we threaten ourselves.OO Deforestation Threatens Ov

Food Day at Yale

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Saturday, October 24th is Food Day, and we will be celebrating it at the very heart of the Yale University campus, on the beautiful expanse in front of Sterling Library. Much as we need rain in this part of the country, please join me in hoping it doesn't come that day. We have a canopy, just in case.Food Day is an annual event, established several

A Yogi Celebrates the Fall Equinox

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Looking up at the sky, feeling down to the earth, today is a powerful day in our universe. Equinox. Seasonal shift. Balance. I'm going to feel no shame getting my hippy on. Light a candle, breathe in the Fall air, try to sense the cool coming, put pen to paper, reflect and manifest a little. Here's how and why. Equinox comes from the Latin: "equal

Climate Change This Week: Drought Refugees, Solar Keeps Surging, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Beautiful Tropical Gem - toucans live in tropical forests, and will disappear with them. Forests: the cheapest way to store carbonOO Earth To Lose An India-Sized Chunk Of Its Tropical Forests By 2050 - new research suggests that tropical forests may be disappearing even faster than we

Climate Change This Week: Choking Trees, Clean Energy Jaggernaut, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Flying frogs glide through dark Asian rainforests. Source The clouded leopard is an inhabitant of Cambodian forests, which are being destroyed for timber, at an alarming rate. Source www.animalspot.netForests: the cheapest way to store carbonOO Alarm Over 'Timber Grab'

Climate Change This Week: Hillary's Climate Action Plan, A Wind Power Sheet, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. When Forests Disappear, So Do Beautiful Insects. Pinterest.comForests: the cheapest way to store carbon* * In June, Earth smashed warm temperature records for both the month and the first half of the year. OO First Half Of 2015 Was Hottest Ever Recorded - feel the heat yet? * * OO

Confessions of an Amateur Raw Vegan

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A few weeks ago, a friend raved to me about the way it feels to be raw vegan."It's the BEST I've ever felt. Hands down. You feel happy all the time. I was never tired and had tons of energy. Giving your body exactly what it needs makes you feel amazing."That made a lot of sense to me, so I decided to try it for a month.It didn't quite last that lon

The Polar Bear in Your Backyard

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The latest news on polar bears is enough to give anyone who cares about them -- or for the planet or our own fate -- a chill: One-third of the world's polar bears could be on the cold road to extinction within the next decade.For many people, the idea of a world without polar bears is eerie, but distant, like looking at photos of abandoned building

Climate Change This Week: The Seafood Connection, Super Solar Chip, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Macaws are just a few of the colorful unique birds found in Brazilian forests. Forests: the cheapest way to store carbonOO Brazil Announces Massive Reforestation and Renewable Energy Plan With U.S. - with both countries agreeing to obtain up to 20% of their electricity from renewable

Creation, Exhilaration, and the Color of Wonder

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Take time to let your mind wandermeander along neuropaths of bliss -- saturated, earth-rich, present. Thoughts and feelings flow hand in hand through your soul's ponderland.Create your new world for today, this month, this season. Built of fibers lean and strong. A foundation for life. The ease of exhilaration by your side, reverberating, tingling

Climate Change This Week: The Extreme Weather Connection, Another Solar Breakthrough, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Beautiful in so many ways: where people moved government to act on climate. Source www.infohostels.comOO Netherlands: For First Time, A Court Orders A Government To Act On Global Warming * *Moore, OK, the day after a huge tornado demolished it. Credit Major Jon Quinlan/defenseimage

Climate Change This Week: $1 Rooftop Solar for Nonprofits, the Ocean Carbon Punch, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Amazonian Wildlife: a treasure trove of biodiversity. Source mostly Forests: the cheapest way to store carbonOO Peru: New Reserve Will Protect Nearly A Million Acres Of Pristine Forest * * A Preview of the Paris Talks? Credit Ed Stein, 2009.OO The World Is Of

What Dose of Nature Do We Need to Feel Better?

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Central Park, New York City / Drive the DistrictThere has been a boom in studies demonstrating the health benefits of spending time in nature, or even just looking at nature. But a group of ambitious landscape architects and psychologists are actually trying to determine how to prescribe a "nature pill." The big remaining questions are: What dose o

Fit for Life: Nature or Nurture?

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When it comes to exercise, there are generally two types of people. There are those who approach working out as a chore, and those who see it as a treat.The question is: Can you go from one group to the other? Can couch potatoes become gym rats? I think they can. I know I did. I spent the first half of my life avoiding exercise. My involvement in

Technology Gives Us The Power To Rewrite Nature

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One of my old professors used to say calculus is the language of the universe. Now, every so often, I'll watch trees in the wind, cars on the road, or clouds rolling by, and see equations made manifest.Though the world appears incomprehensibly huge and endlessly varying, all that mind-boggling complexity emerges from a shared set of instructions. I

The Nature of Art: This Artweek.LA (April 13, 2015)

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Magic and Realism | The pairing of work by photographers Bill Leigh Brewer and Osceola Refetoff -- contemporaries working independently -- explores photography's paradoxical capacity to simultaneously document and interpret the world around us, to elicit fresh details and construct new experiences and narratives from its raw materials. The intera

Mother Nature and Father Time are Cruel

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Where to begin...Back in the day, I had a pretty decent body, great hair, good skin and I never appreciated it as I should have. I did some modeling, worked with models and owned a modeling agency. Still, I wasn't happy with my body.After having two kids, I was never able to lose the paunch. That's not true... I could have if I'd really worked at i

Mother Nature in All Her Glory: Top 10 Nature Parks Around the World

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One of the best things about travel is being exposed to many different types of natural landscapes, from mountain ranges and jungles to beaches and waterfalls. Visiting national parks and nature preserves allows you to really get up close and personal with these stunning stretches of natural beauty. Here are's picks for ten top par

Caring For Creation: 11 Nature Prayers For Earth Day

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Caring for creation is something that all the residents of this beautiful, diverse, and breathtaking planet have a stake in. Earth Day, which falls on April 22, is the perfect opportunity to pay respect to the sacred bond between nature and humanity.Many faith traditions emphasize the importance of being stewards for the planet and honoring its lif

Nature vs Nuture: Neither and Both

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Are we the sum of our biology or are we the sum of our experiences? This is an excellent quandary for friends who've reached that "it's 2:00 a.m. and I'm wondering if we should open another bottle of wine" part of the evening. As a parent, however, it's something else. Nature versus nurture takes on another dimension when the answer has a profound

Nature Is a Gift

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Treasured, Loving GiftsI opened the doors leading out to my quaint, private patio and gazed at my gorgeous dwarf olive tree, the purple bougainvillea climbing up the patio walls and spilling overhead on a trellis, the blue sky above, the deep green boxwood hedges surrounding the small lanai with bouquets of multi-colored impatient plants popping up

Sonny Miller's Lesson for Us All: 'Nature Dictates'

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The white of Sonny Miller's right eye was red. Fire engine red. He cocked his head to the side all the time, in fact, his shoulders leaned also to the right, I think. Maybe it was from carrying that box around. That box that made my movie.Six years ago, I called him. "I've written a movie, it takes place in the water. I hear you're the guy. Can I

Is Nature About to Abandon Us?

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Feeling guilty about climate change hasn't proved to be a good motivator. The most recent report on greenhouse gas emissions puts h at a record-breaking level of emissions. Presidential urging doesn't move Congress to take significant steps at solving the issue. The world community passes well-meaning resolutions that don't lead to major global coo

These Are Some Of The Sketchy Ways Nature Documentaries Are Actually Filmed

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Filming animals takes a long, boring time. Can we blame the filmmakers for taking a few shortcuts here and there? Maybe, if animals are being mistreated or misrepresented along the way. Of course, most nature documentarians have nothing but the best intentions. The Huffington Post spoke with Chris Palmer, longtime filmmaker and author of two books

Climate Change and the True Wealth of Nature and Prosperity

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By: A. Ross, founder and executive director, Rock the Earth The world we live in today will not be the world we hand off to future generations. Despite this fact, supported by thousands of scientific studies examining the impact of climate change and the plague of pollution, many of our world leaders continue to ignore the truth and persistently pl

Nature Or Nurture? The Long-Running Debate May Finally Be Settled

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It's an age-old debate: do our genes make us who we are, or is it the environment in which we were raised? There's long been agreement that both "nature" and "nurture" play some role in determining many aspects of our physical and mental selves, from our height and weight to our intelligence and disposition. But as to which plays the bigger role in

Listening To Nature Sounds At Work Can Boost Your Mood And Productivity, Study Finds

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Listening to the sound of crashing waves or a babbling brook isn't just useful for helping you fall asleep -- it may also help you to focus at work. A small new study finds that listening to nature sounds at work can boost your mood and productivity. The findings, which were presented at the Acoustical Society of America's annual meeting this week,

Does Nature Have Rights?

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Writing about historical carbon output, like most philosophers, I worry about who has done what, who is owed and who owes, whether ignorance matters or not, and so on. But in all of this debate there is an embarrassing silence about "Nature." As we worry about what (if anything) the Developed World owes the Developing World, a fair division of the

The Nature of the NFL Could Be the Downfall of the NFL

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Photo Credit: Jeffrey BeallThe NFL is becoming a very interesting irony.Whether or not we admit it, all NFL fans love the big hit. At the stadium or watching the game on TV, when the pads collide, and we hear that "pop," our juices get flowing. We "ooh" and we "ahh," we say "wow" and "did you see that hit?" The crowd goes crazy, and we want more.In

New Artist Reviews: Nature Ganganbaigal

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The language of music is one that can be understood universally. Some music even has the power to communicate cosmically, through penetrating frequencies and otherworldy dimensions. Music can act as a conduit to express human emotion in a way that words cannot define. It also has the power to control human emotion with its multitudes of tones and c

Valuing Nature: Q&A With Gretchen Daily

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Science superstar (and my friend) Gretchen Daily works with leaders who don't just view saving nature as a way to manage risk; they realize it's one of the smartest investments they can make.Gretchen's organization, the Natural Capital Project (Nat Cap), is equipping decision makers to back initiatives that benefit both nature and the economy at th

'Soapy Fish' by Nature?

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I picked up the metaphor of "soapy fish" in Mexico. It describes a person who is like a soaped fish. You can't catch him. It looks as if you had coaxed him to agree, or you finally understood what he or she meant to say, only later to find out he wiggled out of your hands like a soaped fish -- i.e. he actually disagreed or did something totally opp

Germany To Turn 62 Military Bases Into Nature Sanctuaries For Birds, Beetles And Bats

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The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation announced on Thursday that it will turn 62 military bases into tranquil nature reserves. "We are seizing a historic opportunity with this conversion -- many areas that were once no-go zones are no longer needed for military purposes," Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said, according to Agence

What The Outdoors Can Do For Our Mood And Well-Being

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What do you do to lift your spirits when you’re down in the dumps? Watch TV? Listen to music? Cry and eat a pint of ice-cream? Perhaps a better solution is to simply sit outside.A connection with nature may actually help to make us happier and healthier individuals. Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “an early morning walk is a blessing for the wh

Climate Change This Week: The Climate Pope, Hot Babes, and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. In a 192-page paper Pope Francis lays out the argument for a new partnership between science and religion. Source the Daily ClimateOO Encyclical Reveals Pope's Deep Dive Into Climate Science @@ Rick Santorum's "Pick N Choose" Faith: Argues With Pope on Climate Change - saying we shou

Your Soul On Solstice

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On Summer Solstice, when the light is the longest, extend your soul to el sol. Plunge back into the ancient visceral knowing that the cosmos celebrates you. Relax into the soothing scent of summer skies and root into the fertile soul of the soil. Shoot your beams of bold, gold gratitude into the universe, weaving now, right now, brightly into ever-

Mary Ellen Harte: Climate Change This Week: 400,000 Call For Climate Action, Hottest August on Record and More!

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 16 2014How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking abov
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