We have had some wild weather here lately – from 50 degrees one day to 9 the next, with some sun and snow thrown in for good measure. Every morning it’s a surprise to see what it is doing outside. Of course, this only reminds me to take advantage of the nice days and get outside as much as possible, so I am out of here – enjoy some reads from this past week!
There’s a lot to be said for having progressive targets in all sorts of things, foremost among these is reducing the amount of climate changing gas being poured into the atmosphere; so when, for instance, a government (like that of the UK) says that it will aim to reduce the amount of carbon the nation is sending into the atmosphere by 80% by the year 2050, then it’s good to know that somewhere down the line people are going to check that they are on target….Another reason you never see such things is because, to be quite frank, the recent performance of governments in the industrial West in reducing emissions has been crap. For instance, if we look at the two great Kyoto bashers, the USA and Australia (based on DoE statistics), we see that between 2001 and 2006 the USA increased its emissions by 2.4% and Australia had increased by 11.5%.
Allie talks about green marriages with Kate L. Harrision from The Green Bride Guide.
Apparently having a president who can read and comprehend science briefing (as opposed to one who got all of his environmental knowledge from 60 year old Davy and Goliath reruns) is putting a kink or two in the “clean” coal development plans.
We’ve been chicken-sitting our neighbors’ hens while they are out of town for several weeks. Granted, this is what I signed up for. But I’m astounded at how these petite little birds can kick my ass on such a regular basis. I’ve been on a steep learning curve as I take in all the responsibilities that differentiate winter care from summer care: protecting them from freezing temps, some first-aid, as well as keeping them fed, watered and mucking out the coop. They are coming up on their one-year birthday this April, so they are all laying and we’ve come to know their unique personalities.
Getting started with composting can be as easy as starting a kitchen scrap and yard waste pile in your backyard, or as sophisticated as using a multi-tiered system that moves compostable materials from a kitchen scrap crock to a spinning composter, then to a vermiculture system (worm composting), and finally into your garden.
Have a great weekend everyone.
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