The Curious Autodidact

May 10, 2016

Ed Abbey on Nature

Filed under: environmental ideas,Word Related — Honilima @ 11:57 pm


Nature is indifferent to our love, but never unfaithful.

                                       ~ Edward Abbey

September 30, 2015

How “Green” are you at Home?

Photo by Fruggo, august 2004, garbage. Picture taken in Groningen, the Netherlands.  Ruby Ann City Parliament House. dumpster

Photo by Fruggo, august 2004, garbage. Picture taken in Groningen, the Netherlands. Ruby Ann City Parliament House. dumpster

This National Resource Defense Council page is an interesting look at the paper products we use in the home and which brands we buy that are best for spaceship earth.

Tom Watson, is the local hero and on the solid waste website for the hyper-recycling King County provides these waste calculators to determine how much you add to the waste stream.

Here’s a list of one hundred ideas of things you can do that will help reduce your impact on our planet, you likely could come up with a hundred more.

As if this isn’t enough take a glance at the ever dynamic world clock.

September 29, 2015

In the Words of Robert Redford

Filed under: environmental ideas,Word Related — Honilima @ 8:40 pm

canoeing one of life’s great pleasures

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
Robert Redford, actor, director, producer, and environmentalist (b. 1936)

September 26, 2015

Juliet Schor Writing for the New York Times

even a handful of beans provides a good protein source

even a handful of beans provides a good protein source

Eat Less Meat
Juliet Schor

A simple choice — one that isn’t too inconvenient but delivers a large ecological bang for the behavior change buck — is to reduce meat consumption. Livestock production is a major contributor to greenhouse gases.

Until now, most of the discourse on climate change has focused on how we heat buildings, power appliances and drive vehicles. These are all important, but the impacts of producing certain types of food are more damaging than most people realize.

According to R. K. Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, livestock production accounts for 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The animals are fed large amounts of grain, which is energy-intensive to produce, and they emit methane, an especially potent greenhouse gas which stays in the atmosphere far longer than CO2.

If the average American were to reduce meat consumption by just 20 percent, that would be the equivalent of switching from driving a Camry to a Prius.

Rosamond Naylor, a researcher at Stanford, estimates that U.S. meat production is especially grain intensive, requiring 10 times the grain required to produce an equivalent amount of calories than grain, Livestock production, which now covers 30 percent of the world’s non-ice surface area, is also highly damaging to soil and water resources.

Compared to producing vegetables or rice, beef uses 16 times as much energy and produces 25 times the CO2. A study on U.S. consumption from the University of Chicago estimates that if the average American were to reduce meat consumption by just 20 percent, that would be the equivalent of switching from driving a Camry to a Prius.

Americans currently rank second in world in meat consumption, weighing in at 271 pounds a year, up from 196 pounds 40 years ago. And that doesn’t include dairy. We get an estimated 75 grams of protein a day from animals, and 110 grams total; the government recommends only 50 grams a day.

Mr. Pachauri took a lot of heat for advocating vegetarianism, and it’s not a change most American environmental organizations have pushed for yet. But it’s a key part of a transformation to a healthy, sustainable economy for humans and the planet.

I used to be an avid carnivore, but gave up all meat and fish more than 20 years ago, and went near vegan (I eat eggs) two years ago. Eating meat seems like a hard habit to change, but I’ve found that making the change was a boon to my health, culinary life, carbon budget and conscience.

The nice thing is, every little bit helps — and you can make change gradually. According to Mr. Pachauri, if I’d become a vegan at age 12, I’d have prevented the discharge of more than 100 tons of CO2 in the atmosphere before I die. Vive les legumes!

Juliet Schor is a professor of sociology at Boston College and co-chairwoman of the board of the Center for a New American Dream.

For the rest of the story go here.

August 24, 2015

Infographic: Food Waste

Filed under: environmental ideas,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 9:14 pm

August 19, 2015

Temperatures: Weather and Wines

Filed under: environmental ideas,helpful hints,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 3:08 am


The Pacific Northwest has endured a summer of record breaking temperatures. UW Weather Guru Cliff Mass had an interesting piece on his blog detailing the proper placement of an outdoor thermometer:

“When it comes to measuring heat, the National Weather Service shares this advice about where to place your thermometer:

– Mount the thermometer in a shaded, well-ventilated and open area, about 5 feet above ground.

– Away from water sprinkler systems

– No closer than four times the height of any obstruction. For example, if a building is 10 feet tall, it needs to be no closer than 40 feet from that building.

– Located over natural ground just as grass, dirt or sod; which means, not on your roof.

– At least 100 feet from road or concrete.”

Speaking of temperatures, the Consumer’s Union had an interesting article about serving wines at their proper temperature.

August 3, 2015

More Ideas to Reduce Food Costs

Filed under: environmental ideas,kitchen tips,money saving ideas — Honilima @ 12:21 am


This is a well done article worthy of your attention from MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

July 19, 2015

Junk Mail B Gone!

Filed under: environmental ideas,helpful hints — Honilima @ 7:57 am

Take a moment today to think about the last walk you had in a shaded forest on a hot day or the forest canopy on a rainy day when you stayed dry. Now think about how full your recycle bin can be and what comes in your mailbox each day or week.

Here are things that you can do to stop some of the junk mail, additionally you can send back the address pages from the mail you do not want to get. It takes vigilance but you will feel so much better once you aren’t contributing as much to environmental degradation.

Rid your mailbox of unwanted catalogs

Get off the junk mail lists including getting off the credit card offer lists

Center for Media and Democracy: PR Watch article

July 17, 2015

Food Waste: Seafood

Filed under: environmental ideas,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 9:16 pm

July 5, 2015

Freeing Your Inner Artist

Filed under: environmental ideas,helpful hints,money saving ideas — Honilima @ 12:31 am

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What you don’t think of yourself as artist? Take time this winter to take on some creative and fun project to use another part of your brain.

Here’s a simple one to start with that will make everyone think you are a crafty clever person. Taking time to gift wrap a gift is part of the present and here’s a way to recycle and make your present stand out from the rest, make a bow using materials that at already close at hand.

Who needs a Dollar Store when you can do some origami projects using a dollar bill? Here are some crafty ways to make a cheap gift that you can say you made yourself, certainly this is one thing that is not plastic and is not made in China! If this inspires you and you are curious what else you can do on the cheap take a look at these sculptures from Stacey Lee Webber made from coins. You may never pass a penny on the sidewalk again. Here are some more intricate uses of our legal tender to get you thinking in new directions.

If you want to be very “old school” and stand out from the crowd nothing is more endangered than decent hand writing. Take an hour to improve your handwriting and you’ll never regret this rarely shown art if you want to get noticed for an unusual talent in today’s computer world.

Teaching an old dog new tricks is what keeps us young and our brains more elastic. Perhaps you thought that you learned how to tie your shoes so long ago there is nothing new about it but here is an alternative way to tie your shoelaces that will likely never come untied when you are walking.

New use for old Scrabble tiles DIY hack

Check out Richard R. Nagy’s Scrabble computer key board and think of the clever things you could do with the materials at hand in our home.

These are all clever little things you can do in less than an hour that will open up new worlds to you and allow you to think about the world around you in a different hue. Go for it!

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