Water Conservation Done Creatively

The water revolution reaches beyond the filtering and storage capacity of wetlands, plants, and trees to the way we perceive, use, and pay for water. It involves seeing value in every kind of water—from irrigating with recycled water to finding energy in sewage. It sometimes eschews infrastructure altogether. It’s a promising new way of living with water that stands out from the old like Vine Street’s bright blue rain tank rising from the former grayscape.

UTNE ONLINE

Granny, the World’s Oldest Orca, is Still Going Strong at 103

Whale watchers were treated to an exciting spectacle on Friday when they spotted J2, who is more affectionately known as “Granny,” the oldest known orca in the world.

Transit investments drive positive change

The world’s leading cities also owe their success to government investments in transit systems that move residents safely and affordably using a range of solutions, from light rail and subways to bus rapid transit networks. The latter include state-of-the-art fast vehicles that run in lanes separated from traffic.

David Suzuki Foundation: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/

Glasgow School of Art: Fire crews save most of building

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said more than 90% of the structure was viable and they had protected up to 70% of the contents.

BBC online: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-27553056

Colorado River Reaches the Gulf of California for the First Time in 16 Years

The reunion is the end of a 53-day journey for the long-planned Colorado River pulse flow, an artificial flood meant to restore the river’s parched delta. The water comes from an international agreement called Minute 319. The plan allocates about 1 percent of the river’s flow to a five-year experiment that will mimic spring floods in the delta. The goal is bring back the plants and animals that once thrived in the river’s outlet.

This Small Island Territory Just Created The World’s Largest Protected Marine Park

ci_86177870_Small-638x478New Caledonia has created a 320 million-acre marine park in the South Pacific, a protected area that’s about three times the size of Germany and, according to Conservation International, is now the largest protected area “on land or sea.”

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/05/05/3434159/worlds-largest-protected-area/

ThinkProgress online

‘Lost’ Mendelssohn song re-discovered

_74603253_mendelssohn_manuscriptMendelssohn wrote the privately commissioned piece, a song titled The Heart of Man is Like a Mine, in 1842. It was never published but the original manuscript has now emerged in a private collection in the US.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27253932

BBC online

Suncoast Credit Union teamed up with Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees

cropped-Applause150Suncoast Credit Union and the Arbor Day Foundation recently planted 15,300 longleaf pine trees in the Goethe State Forest in an effort to fight global warming and transition to a clean-energy future. For every member who enrolls in e-statements, a paperless and more secure way to review account information, Suncoast Credit Union donates one dollar to the Arbor Day Foundation.

http://applause.blogs.ocala.com/15459/suncoast-credit-union-teamed-up-with-arbor-day-foundation-to-plant-trees/

Ocala Star Banner, Ocala, Florida USA

Baby Ocelot brings hope to struggling population in Texas refuge

baby-ocelot2-200x130The baby ocelot recently photographed by remote trail cameras on the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas is cause for celebration. The kitten is estimated to be 3-5 months old, and brings hope to a tiny population—and when we say tiny, we mean it! This baby brings the total number of these great cats on the south Texas refuge to 12.

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http://www.defendersblog.org/2014/04/theres-new-kitten-town-baby-ocelot-brings-hope-struggling-population-texas-refuge/

Defenders of Wildlife Blog

Opposing Team’s Beautiful Act Of Sportsmanship For Injured Player

BmL7AT9CcAAdD0nThe much-needed dose of humanity comes courtesy of Chelsea Oglevie and Leah Pemberton, two softball players at Florida Southern College, who carried a player from the opposing team around the bases after she hit a home run, then blew out her knee and became stranded on first base, crying and unable to walk. The hitter, Kara Oberer of Eckerd College, would possibly have been ruled “out” had she received physical help from her team after she rounded the first base.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/28/softball-players-carry-opponent_n_5228442.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news&ir=Good%20News

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