Hanging with Hoolia


Hello and welcome to this little green space in the chaotic interwebs universe!

It is my humble hope to contribute what I can to keep you informed on all things to do with the natural world and how we humans interact with it.

Please keep making weekly rounds to find all sorts of information tidbits, including:

- published articles and videos featuring environmental issues

- images that are great examples of the beauty that is nature

- personal anecdotes from my mildly amusing life (these may more may not be relative with the theme of this blog)

So browse around, forgive my lack of blogging savvy for now and always remember to reduce, re-use and recycle!

Cheers



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Via greenpeace:

After 11,700 years, the Holocene epoch may be coming to an end, with a group of geologists, climate scientists and ecologists meeting in Berlin this week to decide whether humanity’s impact on the planet has been big enough to deserve a new time period: the Anthropocene.

Via greenpeace:

After 11,700 years, the Holocene epoch may be coming to an end, with a group of geologists, climate scientists and ecologists meeting in Berlin this week to decide whether humanity’s impact on the planet has been big enough to deserve a new time period: the Anthropocene.

Tagged: anthropoceneclimate changehuman impact

A fantastic example of some serious green technology. Good job, IBM! 
greenpeace:

A new piece of solar technology from IBM not only provides electricity – it can desalinate water for sanitation and drinking

A fantastic example of some serious green technology. Good job, IBM! 

greenpeace:

A new piece of solar technology from IBM not only provides electricity – it can desalinate water for sanitation and drinking

Tagged: solar energysolar technologydesalinationdrinking watergreen technology

You go, Obama! A real life superhero for the Earth. 
climateadaptation:

Using Executive Authority, President Obama created the world’s largest protected marine reserve in Pacific Ocean. 

President Obama used his legal authority to create the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve in the central Pacific Ocean, demonstrating his increased willingness to advance a conservation agenda without the need for congressional approval.
By broadening the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument from almost 87,000 square miles to more than 490,000 square miles, Obama has protected more acres of federal land and sea by executive power than any other president in at least 50 years and makes the area off-limits to commercial fishing.
The proclamation — which Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced during an oceans meeting he convened in New York on Thursday — will mean added protections for deep-sea coral reefs and other marine ecosystems that administration officials say are among “the most vulnerable” to the negative effects of climate change. The document signed by Obama noted that the expanded area contains “significant objects of scientific interest that are part of this highly pristine deep sea and open ocean ecosystem with unique biodiversity.” WaPo

More: White House Fact Sheet

You go, Obama! A real life superhero for the Earth. 

climateadaptation:

Using Executive Authority, President Obama created the world’s largest protected marine reserve in Pacific Ocean.

President Obama used his legal authority to create the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve in the central Pacific Ocean, demonstrating his increased willingness to advance a conservation agenda without the need for congressional approval.

By broadening the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument from almost 87,000 square miles to more than 490,000 square miles, Obama has protected more acres of federal land and sea by executive power than any other president in at least 50 years and makes the area off-limits to commercial fishing.

The proclamation — which Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced during an oceans meeting he convened in New York on Thursday — will mean added protections for deep-sea coral reefs and other marine ecosystems that administration officials say are among “the most vulnerable” to the negative effects of climate change. The document signed by Obama noted that the expanded area contains “significant objects of scientific interest that are part of this highly pristine deep sea and open ocean ecosystem with unique biodiversity.” WaPo

More: White House Fact Sheet

Tagged: obamaocean conservationmarine conservationpacific ocean

Very cool urban art. 

treehugger:

Artist transforms huge urban trash heaps into fantastic painted animals. See more here.

Tagged: urban artupcyclinganimalsstreet artcreativity

I did a radio interview! See description below and have a listen :)

Joined by Julia Kole, a Canadian who has spent the past year in Bristol, where she has been studying for an MSc in Environmental Policy and Management. We discuss where Julia’s passion for the environment came from, her course at Bristol, and how south Bristol is making progress towards being a more friendly place for the natural world.

Tagged: SoundCloudTom's Tuesday night clubEnvironmentCanadaJulia KoleUniversity of Bristol

Source: SoundCloud / Tom's Tuesday night club

Yes Toronto! A proud Canadian moment. 

mothernaturenetwork:

Toronto yanks brilliant, litterbug-shaming ad campaign
A genius series of ads that chide litterbugs through photos of cleverly positioned rubbish is discontinued due to copyright concerns.

Tagged: Toronto going greenLive Green Torontolitteringcampaign

Give me 3 good reasons why these machines shouldn’t be in every urban city around the world. 
mothernaturenetwork:

Beijing straphangers can pay for subway fare by recycling plastic bottlesThe Chinese megapolis expands its incentive-based recycling initiative in which reverse vending machines dole out subway credits in exchange for recyclable plastic containers.

Give me 3 good reasons why these machines shouldn’t be in every urban city around the world. 

mothernaturenetwork:

Beijing straphangers can pay for subway fare by recycling plastic bottles
The Chinese megapolis expands its incentive-based recycling initiative in which reverse vending machines dole out subway credits in exchange for recyclable plastic containers.

Tagged: recyclingupcyclingplastic bottlescleaning up cities

Well then, here you have it! 
climateadaptation:

Birds killed per year by energy source. Via U.S. News (trigger warning, written by Alan Neuhauser).
Wind and solar kills about 300k per year. Coal, nearly 8 million. Power lines kill about 12 and 64 million birds per year.
The biggest killer of birds? House cats kill 3 billion birds per year. That’s about 375 of those black bars for coal placed end to end.

Well then, here you have it! 

climateadaptation:

Birds killed per year by energy source. Via U.S. News (trigger warning, written by Alan Neuhauser).

Wind and solar kills about 300k per year. Coal, nearly 8 million. Power lines kill about 12 and 64 million birds per year.

The biggest killer of birds? House cats kill 3 billion birds per year. That’s about 375 of those black bars for coal placed end to end.

Tagged: bird deaths wind turbinescoalenergy sourceRenewable Energy

World's largest ice sheets melting as fast as ever recorded →

Probably not a good sign … 

Tagged: ice sheetsmeltingglobal warmingrising sea levelsglacier

This reminds me of Copenhagen. They can do it there, why not do it here? 
mothernaturenetwork:

Floating pool concept invites Londoners to take a dip in the ThamesWildlife has slowly but surely returned to the formerly foul tideway. Is swimming in the Thames next?

This reminds me of Copenhagen. They can do it there, why not do it here? 

mothernaturenetwork:

Floating pool concept invites Londoners to take a dip in the Thames
Wildlife has slowly but surely returned to the formerly foul tideway. Is swimming in the Thames next?

Tagged: restorationeco citieslondonrecreationswimmingsustainability