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Kinetic “Cloud Seeding” pavilion creates shade with 30,000 tiny balls made of recycled plastic bottles

Kinetic “Cloud Seeding” pavilion creates shade with 30,000 tiny balls made of recycled plastic bottles | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it
Kinetic Cloud Seeding pavilion creates shade with thousands of tiny balls made from recycled plastic bottles.

This lightweight pavilion may look like a simple canopy structure, but it's actually a fantastic kinetic environment that creates shade thanks to thousands of constantly rearranging tiny plastic balls made from recycled water bottles. Designers at MODU named the project "Cloud Seeding" which is supposed to reflect the effect of passing clouds the pavilion creates.



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How a Town in California Is Trying to Survive Without Water ("last minute solutions may be too late")

How a Town in California Is Trying to Survive Without Water ("last minute solutions may be too late") | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it
“This is very much a square peg, round hole kind of disaster"

Many homes in Tulare County, unlike other drought-afflicted areas, are not connected to a water system; they rely on private wells supplied by groundwater. And for the past 18 months, these wells have been drying up.

Over the past year, Office of Emergency Services (OES), a county agency responsible with responding to large-scale disasters, implemented a bottled drinking water program, a mobile shower unit and a 2,500-gallon potable water tanks that are placed outside a home and connected directly to each home’s plumbing system.

Despite the county’s efforts, it can take up to six months for a family to receive emergency assistance. Tired of waiting, many families are moving to neighboring towns and out-of-state.

“This is very much a square peg, round hole kind of disaster that doesn’t conform to any plans, any rules, any preconceived format of how disasters work,” said Andrew Lockman, manager of OES.

During a visit to the Central Valley in 2014, President Obama outlined a $160 million in federal assistance aimed for ranchers struggling to feed their livestock and food banks for the communities most affected by the drought.

In July, California dropped more than 31 percent of its usage, surpassing the 25 percent mandatory restriction imposed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Despite the attention and cutback of water usage, the proposed long-term solution of connecting East Porterville to a water system could take 5 to 10 years. Many residents, local leaders and officials fear that the community will be little more than dust by the time a solution is implemented.


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Learn from the lessons of history. This is a warning to the world that water will not always be there. Let us all think ahead and use water wisely.


"Despite the attention and cutback of water usage, the proposed long-term solution of connecting East Porterville to a water system could take 5 to 10 years. Many residents, local leaders and officials fear that the community will be little more than dust by the time a solution is implemented."

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Want To Reduce Your Social Anxiety? Just Be Kind

Want To Reduce Your Social Anxiety? Just Be Kind | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it
Everyone sometimes feels nervous or uncomfortable in social settings. But some people have more extreme anxiety, a debilitating kind that can harm their relationships, success, and general happiness. About one in 10 people experience what’s clinically defined as social anxiety disorder at some point in their lives.

A new study points to a surprising therapy that can help: small acts of kindness.

Jennifer Trew, a psychologist at Simon Fraser University, says researchers have known for awhile that being kind can increase happiness. She wanted to see whether simple kind deeds, like mowing a neighbor’s lawn, giving to charity, or cooking dinner for a friend, could also help soothe social anxiety.


She and co-author Lynn Alden, a researcher at the University of British Columbia, recruited 115 undergraduate students who tested for higher levels of social anxiety and assigned them to one of three groups. Over four weeks, some were told to commit three "acts of kindness per day"—defined as a deed that benefits someone else, usually at some cost to you—for two days each week. Another group did something called exposure therapy: actively putting themselves into situations that make them nervous. A third group simply kept a log of their day.


The students were later asked about their desire to avoid social situations, and the group focused on doing good deeds reported the greatest improvement. "It's a medium-sized effect," says Trew.

She believes that kind deeds could help people with social anxiety, especially initially, as a way to ease the way to more difficult kinds of interactions. "It comes down to a change in focus. You’re normally so focused on you and how you are coming across, and if you are focusing on other people, it’s on how they view or whether they are judging you," says Trew. "With kind acts, it’s taking you out of your own head a little bit and puts your focus on making good things happen in a social context."

The study was published recently in the journal Motivation and Emotion.

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More Evidence That Half of America Is in or Near Poverty

More Evidence That Half of America Is in or Near Poverty | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it
(Photo via Shutterstock )Truthout and BuzzFlash are able to confront the forces of greed and regression only because we don’t take corporate funding....
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To have and have not

To have and have not | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it
“POVERTY”, wrote Aristotle, “is the parent of crime.” But was he right? Certainly, poverty and crime are associated. And the idea that a lack of income might...
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'Garbage Patch' in Pacific Grows to Hundreds of Miles - NBC News

'Garbage Patch' in Pacific Grows to Hundreds of Miles - NBC News | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it
Though it’s existed for decades, the swirling collection of debris particles and trash adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean known as the Great Pacific G...
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(EN) - Glossary of Environmental Terms | dtsc.ca.gov

(EN) - Glossary of Environmental Terms | dtsc.ca.gov | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it

"Glossary of Environmental Terms"


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The next health breakthrough: Where will it come from?

The next health breakthrough: Where will it come from? | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it
A Christian Science perspective: It may be time for a deep dive into thinking about prayer that is scientific, based in divine law. (Mary Baker Eddy's research included #spirituality and #science in the same context.
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Contemplative Figures Find Peace in Breathtaking Scenes of Nature

Contemplative Figures Find Peace in Breathtaking Scenes of Nature | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it
Get lost in these breathtaking images of people finding peace in nature by Vancouver-based photographer Elizabeth Gadd. The 21-year-old photographs her subjects overlooking breathtaking vistas, their backs turned to the camera as they contemplate the stunning landscapes before them. Whether the figures are wading knee-deep in a tranquil lake, standing beneath a magnificent waterfall, balancing on a cliff above a gorgeous valley, or wandering across lush fields with wild horses, each scene is an awe-inspiring meditation on the beauty of solitude and nature. Traveling everywhere from the surrounding Canadian wilderness to the spectacular country of Iceland, Gadd combines landscapes and human presence for her signature style of photography, which she humorously describes as: "I, uh...shoot landscapey stuff...with people in them." She says, "I work to display human interaction with nature in a positive and peaceful way, and hope that it will leave my viewers feeling refreshed and…
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Get Better Gas Mileage with These Fuel Economy Tips

Get Better Gas Mileage with These Fuel Economy Tips | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it
 
By Sam Bell of The Lusty Wrench for Angie’s List
1. Check your tires
Underinflated tires waste nearly 200,000 gallons of gas per day in the United States alone.
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Canada Focuses on Food Security With Seed Diversity Initiative

Canada Focuses on Food Security With Seed Diversity Initiative | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it
The initiative will work with seed producers, farmers, researchers, governments, food organizations and the organic
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This is Pipeline. - YouTube

charitywater.org/pipeline This is how we see the future. A system of outstanding partners, innovative technologies and local entrepreneurs all working togeth...
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Earthen Spirituality & Storytelling

Earthen Spirituality & Storytelling | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it

As we adventure though the seasons, meditating and reflecting on our experiences, a narrative inevitably emerges. “Remember when x happened?” “Last year, at about this same time …” When did we last go to x (i.e., a particular place)? Want to go again today?” “All of the things that have happened there!” The longer we immerse ourselves in Nature’s cycles, going deep and ever deeper into what the round of the seasons presents us, the more insightful will be our stories; even our anecdotes of ‘this hike’ or ‘that visit’ to a certain natural vista that has inspired or that sill haunts us with intimations of meaning.


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Current El Nino #climate event 'among the strongest' and its just the start of more to come. .

Current El Nino #climate event 'among the strongest' and its just the start of more to come. . | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it
This year's El Nino weather phenomenon could be one of the strongest on record according to the World Meteorological Organization.

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U.S. Seeks Greater Focus on Ocean Warming ("our survival is equally dependent on ocean health")

U.S. Seeks Greater Focus on Ocean Warming ("our survival is equally dependent on ocean health") | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it
With concern growing over the impact of ocean warming on marine life, the U.S. plans to raise the issue at the Paris climate talks and call for more research.

The U.S. government has urged the international community to focus more on the impact of climate change on the oceans, amid growing concern over changes affecting corals, shellfish and other marine life.

The U.S. will raise the issue at United Nations climate talks in Paris later this year. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be asked to devote more research to the issue.

“We are asking the IPCC in their next series of reports to focus more on ocean and cryosphere [ice ecosystem] issues,” David Balton, deputy assistant secretary for oceans and fisheries at the U.S. State Department, said.

“In my judgment, more attention needs to be paid to the climate change effects upon the ocean areas of the world,” Balton said. “We need to keep pushing up until the Paris conference and beyond.

“Ultimately, we need to change the way we live if we’re to keep the planet in the safe zone.”

Around half of all greenhouse gases produced by the burning of fossil fuels and other activities are absorbed by the world’s oceans, which are warming steadily.

This has caused sea levels to rise and the oceans to become around 30 percent more acidic than in pre-industrial times. In acidic water, corals and shellfish struggle to form skeletons and shells.

An Australian-led study released this week, which examined the impact of climate change on 13,000 marine species, found that while some fish may be able to move into cooler areas, others face extinction due to warming waters. Species on the Great Barrier Reef are considered to be at particular risk.

U.S. government scientists have voiced their concern over recent signals that marine life is under pressure. An enormous toxic algal bloom nicknamed the “blob”, stretching from the Gulf of Alaska to the coast of Mexico, has been linked to the deaths of 30 large whales washed up on Alaskan coasts.


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An overemphasis on land-based climate issues may distract us from an equally serious climate threat - our oceans. I have personally chosen this as my topic in the next Int'l Coastal Clean-up Summit in Subic next week.

 

"The U.S. government has urged the international community to focus more on the impact of climate change on the oceans, amid growing concern over changes affecting corals, shellfish and other marine life.

"The U.S. will raise the issue at United Nations climate talks in Paris later this year. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be asked to devote more research to the issue."

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Are 97 of the nation's 100 poorest counties in red states?

Are 97 of the nation's 100 poorest counties in red states? | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it
A meme circulating on Twitter and other social media recently caught our eye. Created by the liberal group Occupy Democrats, it said, "97 percent of the 100 poorest counties in America are in red states.
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Peace Through Friendship - New York Times

Peace Through Friendship - New York Times | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it
Peace Through Friendship New York Times For four years, we studied Seeds of Peace, a program that every year brings together several hundred teenagers from conflict regions such as Israel and the Palestinian territories for a three-week summer camp...
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11 Things You Might Not Know About Global Poverty

11 Things You Might Not Know About Global Poverty | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it
Combining education, enterprise and community development, READ Global collaborates with rural communities in South Asia to build community library and resource centers and seed for-profit enterprises.
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Impressive Wildlife Photos That Will Brighten Y...

Impressive Wildlife Photos That Will Brighten Y... | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it
Capturing that magical wildlife photo takes decent equipment, an extreme amount of patience and a little bit of luck. Beyond composition and color, the best wildlife photographs give you a reason t...
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Southerners Think Differently on How Energy Affects Environment

Southerners Think Differently on How Energy Affects Environment | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it

According to the University of Michigan Energy Survey, Southerners, compared to individuals in other parts of the country, are less likely to believe that energy affects the environment by at least a fair amount. http://bit.ly/1pe3n3M


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Women and the Mystery of Creation - Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee - YouTube

From the event "For the Love of All Created by Thee" at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA. June 2014.
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Being in Nature Makes Us Healthier and Happier

Being in Nature Makes Us Healthier and Happier | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it
By Jennifer Mosscrop for HellaWella.com
Studies show that those who live among nature are the most happy and healthy.
That doesn’t surprise us.
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Diversity? Inclusion? Let’s talk about racism first

Diversity? Inclusion? Let’s talk about racism first | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it
“Race matters for reasons that really are only skin deep, that cannot be discussed any other way, and that cannot be wished away.
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Guilt-Free Clean: Knocking Out Bathroom Grossness with Eco-Friendly Materials

Guilt-Free Clean: Knocking Out Bathroom Grossness with Eco-Friendly Materials | Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation | Scoop.it
By Chris Long
It stinks to clean a bathroom. All puns aside, bathrooms are grimy, slimy, and altogether unpleasant to clean.
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