RECYCLED: I’m thinking lately about water–that until yesterday’s and last night’s deluge, we were sorely without for quite a while. But it’s beyond today, larger than Goose Creek’s flow I’m thinking about. The water goldrush is over; the vein is played out. So we’ll need to be rethinking how we get water, what we do with it while we have it, and how best to return it to be replenished for someone else to use. So: two items from InHabitat.com–a solar water bottle; and the Daily Dump.
RECYCLED-2: I keep saying we need to move closer to the process of photosynthesis for our future “alternate fuels” energy–something that uses less fertile soil and far less less water than sugar cane, corn or even grasses. When I read about the merits of using algae as a source of combustible oils a few years ago, that seemed so on target. Others think so, too, and are developing “Simgae“. Here’s a place to put to use all that CO2 from coal-fired electrical plants. “Algae has been shown to produce 30X more oil and require 1/100th the water to grow per surface area compared to other terrestrial crops.” And hey, this could be done on spoiled land good for nothing else–like the flat-topped “reclamation fields” up in the coal mining country.
FLIPPED: Be prepared to flip and flash on September 2, declared as International Rock Flipping Day. Read Dave Bonta’s explanation of the event, and send you flippin’ blog posts to him (bontasaurus (at) yahoo (dot) com, with “Rock Flipping” in the subject line) and we’ll see what happens when we venture where the sun don’t shine.
MOVING MTS: “The coal industry uses one million metric tons of explosives a year to blow up the mountains in this region. This explosive force, equal to 58 Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs, has wiped out more than one million acres of forests, 1,000 miles of streams and 475 actual mountains.” Marketplace/NPR
“According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, a scientific advocacy group, annual emissions from a typical coal plant include 10,000 tons of sulfur dioxide, the major cause of acid rain; 10,200 tons of nitrogen oxide, a major contributor to smog; 500 tons of small particles, which cause lung damage and other respiratory problems; 225 pounds of arsenic; 114 pounds of lead; and many other toxic heavy metals, including 170 pounds of mercury, which can cause birth defects, brain damage and other ailments.” WaPo
OLDIES for the OLDIES: “Take a trip and never leave the farm” sings Jim Stafford about that Wildwood Weed. Man, I haven’t heard that one in a while. Since we get only one AM and one FM station on our kitchen radio, I listen frequently online, and Oldies 104 is a favorite. Speaking of which, net radio is (surprise!) in jeopardy of being screwed out of existence. Save Net Radio. Write Your Senator.