the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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maps showing how maine’s coastline could change

New sea-level rise forecast is alarming: Here are 10 maps showing how Maine’s coastline could change

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This computer-generated image shows what Portland’s Back Cove would look like after a rise in sea level (Natural Resources Council of Maine).

According to a report this week in Slate, a team led by the former lead NASA scientist on climate change is now forecasting a much more rapid and dramatic rise in sea level than was previously expected.

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conference: artisans of the grasslands, oct 2-4

Join the Savory Institute’s annual international conference “Artisans of the Grasslands – Crafting the Future for Food & Agriculture,” on Oct 2-4 in San Francisco this year.  Click here.

Convene with global thought leaders sharing an intimate knowledge of ancestral foods and healing techniques, pastoralists using livestock used to mimic wild herds and heal the land, and climate change champions from around the world.

This unprecedented event will be a venue for producers and consumers to come together and celebrate the throngs of people embracing the holistic paradigm shift in ecology, health, and diet. Join cowboys, gauchos, educated consumers, investors and activists who are actively engaged in this movement. These artisans, who have built their livelihood on fostering an intimate relationship with the land, will commune with passionate families striving to feed their children clean, healthy food that helps rejuvenate the environment on which we all depend.

Registration includes the following amazing speakers, lunch and dinner banquet on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. Also included a complimentary Friday Night Reception with small plate dinner.  All meals will be made from organic, gluten-free ingredients and sourced from local holistically managed farms and ranches where available.


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transformational workshop on transformational landscapes

imageWhile we’re on the subject of Orchards, this is a great time to remind you that the next workshop in Eliza Greenman’s Home Orchard Series is coming up! See details below.

August 8th: Fruit Exploring and Summer Grafting

Learning from the landscape is one of our best tools in combating climate change and forming a more sustainable agricultural future. If you know where to look and what to look for, the landscape transforms itself into a realm of purposeful human legacies and thriving natural adaptations. Fruit Explorer/Orchardist Eliza Greenman will teach you how to track human legacy through trees, select for wild and thriving genetics, and how to propagate it all through summer bud grafting.
When: August 8th: 9-4
Where: Greenhorns Headquarters: 5797 Rt. 22. Westport, NY
Cost: $25 per person. 25 slots available.
What to Bring: Camera, notebook, single beveled knife (grafting knife preferred), footwear and clothing for walking outside, sun protection.
How to register: Email Eliza Greenman to reserve a spot:egreenman (at) gmail.com with “WORKSHOP” as the subject


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our museums have a Koch problem

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In awesome and snarky new exhibit in Atlanta, artist collective Not an Alternative

  • recreates exhibits from New York’s Natural History Museum,
  • emphasizes green-washing in Americam museums, add much-missing context, and
  • points out that New York’s Natural History Museum is financially backed by “an oil billionaire and climate science denier who profits from the burning of fossil fuels, and funds (to the tun of tens of millions of dollars) climate science disinformation campaigns.”

You can read the article that they penned for The Guardian about the exhibit here.


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global weirding

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This is a remix of the Fifth Assessment Report (IPCC AR5), the most comprehensive report on climate change ever produced.The report is dense. Stacked it is about half a meter tall. Its convincing conclusions sometimes come with potentially frightening consequences.

In Guide to Global Weirding used daily data from climate simulations. We have trawled a thousand pages looking for regional impacts. We have processed a 160.000 line spreadsheet with data from economic models reacting to future political plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions. All this has been compressed to a short presentation that we hope anyone can understand and take in.

We try to show what our future might look like if we take the IPCC AR5 Report and its conclusions seriously. And what it will take to get to a future in which we avoid dangerous climate change. On to this rad visualization!


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support peasant farmers in Bangladesh

A worthy cause, and it doesn’t take much to chip in. 15 days left in this crowdfunding campaign.

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Blankets for Farmers

To buy blankets for farmers in Bengladesh affected by climate change
A blanket can save and give comfort to one life

Bangladesh, a South Asian densely populated country with the number of 160 million is seriously affected by global climate change. Amidst multi-faceted impacts of climate change on Bangladesh, the change in season circle is one of those which result in untimely chilly cold, whereby almost every year the people living in the north and south are bitterly hit.  Last consecutive two years elderly and children in the north died due to so cold which they were not used to, meaning the intensity of cold is higher than the cold people are known to for years. Last year the temperature went down below 2 degree Celsius in one point in the country which is the record of the history in memory. The temperature in the places where people started to die, went to below 6 degree Celsius.  The year before 8 people in the northern part of Bangladesh died as they were not prepared with the sufficient warm cloths which they need to cope with such a chilly cold.   Continue reading

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