Is the Chance to Turn Hotels Into Affordable Housing Slipping Away? Soon after Covid devastated the New York hotel industry in the spring of 2020, politicians, developers and homeless services groups arrived at a rare consensus: This was a once-in-a-generation chance to convert struggling hotels into affordable housing.
In California, which faced a similar situation during the pandemic, government agencies have helped to convert 120 sites, most of them hotels, into 5,911 housing units, the majority permanent housing for the homeless and other low-income renters, according to an April report from the California Department of Housing and Community Development. The grand total of hotels converted into permanent affordable housing in New York City during the pandemic?
Is solar cooking more than just a flash in the pan? This culinary magic is known as solar cooking.
Instead of burning a fuel source, solar cooking uses mirrored surfaces to channel and concentrate sunlight into a small space, cooking food while producing zero carbon emissions. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.6 billion people around the globe cook their daily meals over open fires. Fuelled with wood, animal waste, kerosene and charcoal, these fires produce highly polluting smoke and contribute to deforestation, soil erosion and ultimately desertification -- but solar cookers could provide an alternative.
Solar Cookers International (SCI) is an non-profit that advocates for the adoption of solar thermal cooking technologies. Documentary tells story of the indigenous uprising in Cherán, Michoacán. A documentary about an indigenous uprising against organized crime in Michoacán and the subsequent establishment of a self-governing community premiered online on Thursday.
Cherán: The Burning Hope tells the story of Cherán, a Purépecha town 110 kilometers west of Morelia. Fed up with the presence of drug traffickers and illegal loggers, residents banded together to oust the criminals in 2011, even using bonfires to prevent loggers from entering the community. They later established their own security force to supersede the municipal police, whose members were in cahoots with the criminals, and dislodged the municipal government, replacing it with a community council.
Produced by Doha Debates, an organization affiliated with the non-profit Qatar Foundation, and directed by Elpida Nikou and Rodrigo Hernández, the 13-minute film tells the story of Cherán from the perspective of its residents. “We couldn’t move around freely and were surrounded by fear. Mexico News Daily. (5) Heineken Worlds Apart OpenYourWorld 1. (5) Made in the U.S.A. Reforestation holds promise for Europe’s increasingly drier summers.
A new study in Nature Geoscience suggests that if all land suitable for reforestation was forested in Europe, average summer rainfall would increase by 7.6%, partially ameliorating drier summers predicted as a result of climate change.While the study is based on all the potentially reforestable land in Europe after accounting for food security and biodiversity, the amount of land people are willing and able to reforest is likely to be lower in practice.As a statistical model, the study helps scientists and policymakers understand the relationship between forests and precipitation and highlight the benefits beyond carbon sequestration.
Plant more trees! ‘It could feed the world’: amaranth, a health trend 8,000 years old that survived colonization. Just over 10 years ago, a small group of Indigenous Guatemalan farmers visited Beata Tsosie-Peña’s stucco home in northern New Mexico.
In the arid heat, the visitors, mostly Maya Achì women from the forested Guatemalan town of Rabinal, showed Tsosie-Peña how to plant the offering they had brought with them: amaranth seeds. Back then, Tsosie-Peña had just recently come interested in environmental justice amid frustration at the ecological challenges facing her native Santa Clara Pueblo – an Indigenous North American community just outside the New Mexico town of Española, which is downwind from the nuclear facilities that built the atomic bomb. A bison bridge could bring herds over the Mississippi. Every day, 36,000 cars drive over the Mississippi River on the Interstate 80 bridge.
But it could soon become a footpath for humans and bison. Spanish farmers fight forest fires with agroforestry (and many sheep) Galicia is a dry, fire prone region of northwestern Spain, which is also the continent’s hardest-hit region in terms of wildfires, which are increasing: 2020 saw more acreage burned here than in the previous two years combined.A form of agroforestry where livestock are grazed among trees offers a solution, though: sheep and cattle graze the brush that often ignites during dry times, in an agricultural method called silvopasture.Not only do the trees provide food and cover for livestock, they also sequester carbon and provide habitat for wildlife while boosting farmers’ incomes.Farms that implement silvopasture have not burned during recent fires, as one researcher tells Mongabay: “Adequate management of the mountains with shepherding could be part of the solution to preventing fires.”
GALICIA, Spain — The forest fire stopped just before arriving at Nieves Fernández Vidueira’s farm, but it burned all day in the area surrounding Quintela do Pando in Galicia, northwestern Spain. Citations: At Orchards and Vineyards, Birds Are Outperforming Pesticides. From the Summer 2021 issue of Living Bird magazine.
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People are planting tiny urban forests to boost biodiversity and fight climate change. Miniature urban forests planted using a method invented by a Japanese botanist in the 1970s are growing in popularity.
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Here are five quick ways to fix a faulty zipper—without losing your cool. Vincent Callebaut releases latest photographs for his carbon-absorbing vertical forest in Taipei. Paris-based architecture practice Vincent Callebaut Architectures has revealed latest photographs of its carbon-absorbing vertical forest in Taipei, Taiwan. Named Tao Zhu Yin Yuan, the 42,705-square-metre twisting tower is nearing completion and the recent photographs show that planting for gardens has started on the tower, while waterfalls construction and interior decoration of public facilities space are underway. Located in residential area of Taipei XinYi Development District, the tower will have 21 floors and 4 floors basement, with steel structure implemented with earthquake protection system. For the Tao Zhu Yin Yuan tower, Vincent Callebaut Architectures won an international architectural competition in November 2010. California City Ends Its Chronic Homelessness.
Grassland Restoration: A Win-Win-Win for Birds, Prairies, and Landowners. Since 1970, North America's grassland birds have lost about half of their population, with an astounding three out of four species declining. These losses are concerning for many reasons, perhaps most of all because bird declines serve as an “alarm” warning of challenges to the health of our land. What's behind these dramatic downturns? The short answer is habitat loss. In the central regions of Texas and Oklahoma, where ABC's local partner the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) operates, large-scale habitat loss is depriving native birds of the food and space they need to survive and thrive. Habitat loss in the region has been driven, in large part, by land-use changes and misguided management practices, of which wildfire suppression has been the most detrimental.
Legislation to Reduce Bird Collisions Passes the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill’s success is latest evidence of increasing momentum in bird-friendly building trend Media Contact: Jordan Rutter, Director of Public Relations, 202-888-7472 | firstname.lastname@example.org | @JERutter Expert Contact: Dr. Christine Sheppard, Director, Glass Collisions Program, 914-261-8277 | email@example.com Birds such as the Common Yellowthroat fly into reflective glass because they confuse mirrored trees and other habitat for the real thing.
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