Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Update 12/20/10: one of my favorite sites, Astronomy Picture of the Day, notes that this eclipse solstice is the first in 456 years, and that no one has yet figured out when the next one will be.

This is a pretty neat coincidence: there will be a total eclipse of the moon early in the morning of December 21st (Eastern time); in the evening of the same day the December solstice (winter solstice) arrives.

Coincidence … or conspiracy? You be the judge.

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Here’s a short, obviously non-professional video about recycling building material. It spotlights Building Value, a nonprofit social enterprise in Cincinnati that salvages reusable materials for sale to the public.

Building Value’s mission is to help the environment, reduce the cost of disposal, and give architectural gems a second life. In addition, each donation empowers people with disabilities and disadvantages to increase their independence through the work of their parent organization, Easter Seals Work Resource Center.

This is one of several short videos produced by CincinnatiMaintenance.com, a for-profit cleaning and maintenance firm that describes itself as Eco-Friendly. I don’t know anything about this firm other than these videos. But there are some intriguing ideas here and I hope non-profits and for-profits alike will continue to explore ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.

I also posted about this on Ohio Interfaith Power and Light. Thanks to New Media Cincinnati on LinkedIn for this tip.

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This has been a great year for our fish pond. Normally I have to stop the pump every 3 or 4 days and clean it out, a messy task. Early in the summer it quit working and I never got around to replacing it.

Even though we’ve had some very hot, sunny weather the pond hasn’t had the algae blooms we often get. This water is dark and reasonably clear. You can even see the fish, which is unusual for us. I assume it’s because these great-looking lily pads block out so much of the direct sunlight. I might even have to go in and trim them a bit.

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These graphs were sent to me by the good folks at the national office of Interfaith Power and Light (I’m the Executive Director of the Ohio affiliate).

Enough said.

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[Cross-posted to Ohio Interfaith Power and Light. Thanks to Chad Campbell of The Regeneration Project.]

Sobering projections: a computer model indicates that oil from the massive BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico might extend thousands of miles of the Atlantic coast and open ocean as early as this summer. The modeling results are captured in a series of dramatic animations produced by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and collaborators.

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