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Indonesia Coral - Impacts of hotter water temperatures
August 19, 2010 06:15 AM - EurekaAlert, Wildlife Conservation Society, Low Impact Living
The Wildlife Conservation Society today released initial field observations that indicate that a dramatic rise in the surface temperature in Indonesian waters has resulted in a large-scale bleaching event that has devastated coral populations. WCS's Indonesia Program "Rapid Response Unit" of marine biologists was dispatched to investigate coral bleaching reported in May in Aceh—a province of Indonesia—located on the northern tip of the island of Sumatra. The initial survey carried out by the team revealed that over 60 percent of corals were bleached. "Bleaching"— a whitening of corals that occurs when algae living within coral tissues are expelled — is an indication of stress caused by environmental triggers such as sea surface temperature fluctuations. Depending on many factors, bleached coral may recover over time or die. Subsequent monitoring conducted by marine ecologists from WCS, James Cook University (Australia), and Syiah Kuala University (Indonesia) were completed in early August and revealed one of the most rapid and severe coral mortality events ever recorded. The scientists found that 80 percent of some species have died since the initial assessment and more colonies are expected to die within the next few months.
Blu Homes Completes Eco-Chalet in Colorado
October 26, 2009 11:40 AM - Bridgette Meinhold, Low Impact Living
Prefab home designer Blu Homes has just completed a home in Colorado at the beginning of the October. The Fischer Chalet, a modern green prefab home in Breckenridge, Colorado, is a perfect example of what Blu Homes is capable of.
New Guide to Cell Phone Radiation
September 15, 2009 10:37 AM - Bridgette Meinhold, Low Impact Living
Over 4 billion people in the world have cell phones. They’re handy, portable, inexpensive and we wonder how we even got along with out them before we had one. Cell phones are here to stay, there’s no doubt about that. But there are mounting concerns about the adverse health affects from radiation emitted from your cell phone.
Zero Energy Home in San Francisco
August 21, 2009 10:08 AM - Bridgette Meinhold, Low Impact Living
Homes of the future will go beyond including green design elements, low VOC paints, and solar systems. Homes of the future will be carbon neutral, generate all their own power, some of their own food and have integrated systems to increase energy efficiency, reduce water consumption and minimize waste.
Green Your Blue Jeans
August 21, 2009 10:03 AM - Bridgette Meinhold, Low Impact Living
Blue jeans are classic, and a staple in almost every American’s wardrobe. They’re comfortable, versatile, durable and they look great too. There are jeans for every shape and size and if you ever find a pair of jeans that fit you perfectly - buy them. That is, as long as they’re organic cotton or vintage. And when you’ve worn out the knees or moved on to a better fit, make use of your old jeans by recycling them. Why this emphasis on eco jeans?
More Graywater On The Way for Californians
August 5, 2009 09:36 AM - Jason Pelletier, Low Impact Living
It’s been a long time in coming, but California is finally taking the steps necessary to make installing a graywater treatment system a reality for homeowners across the state.
Greener Dining with the Green Restaurant Association
July 23, 2009 10:39 AM - Bridgette Meinhold, Low Impact Living
You buy organic, shop at the farmer’s market weekly, grow your own tomatoes, compost and recycle, but does your favorite restaurant do all that as well? A long standing certification organization called the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) has been working with restaurants for almost twi decades now to help restaurants go green.
Inspiring Vertical Gardens for Small Spaces
June 24, 2009 10:02 AM - Bridgette Meinhold, Low Impact Living
Space is a precious commodity, especially now that so much of our backyard or balcony space is occupied by containers for growing organic vegetables. For those of you out there getting tight on space, but who still want beautiful flowers and plants to look at, consider a vertical garden.
MLB Hits It Out of The Park By Going Green
June 15, 2009 09:54 AM - Bridgette Meinhold, Low Impact Living
Major League Baseball teams have been working hard these last couple of years to get better, faster, stronger and greener. In the spring of 2008, the MLB and NRDC partnered up to help major league teams become more sustainable, waste less, reduce energy use and educate their fans.
Energy Efficiency Stimulus Funds Coming to a City Near You
June 1, 2009 10:24 AM - Jason Pelletier, Low Impact Living
Funds from the Obama Administration’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act economic stimulus package are finally beginning to make their way to green projects near you.