Integrated pathways for meeting climate targets and ensuring access to safe water


From EurekAlert! Public Release: 11-Jan-2019 International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis IIASA researchers have led work to develop new pathways showing how the world can develop water and energy infrastructure consistent with both the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for…

via Integrated pathways for meeting climate targets and ensuring access to safe water — Watts Up With That?


Happy Epiphany / Three Kings‘ Day … Planarian Style 😊


Three Kings’ Day is one of the most important parts of the Christmas season for Hispanic families. It was a big deal when I was little, and I have tried to keep the tradition alive in my own family. Some of my most beautiful memories of my childhood are from this day.

This holiday is a celebration in remembrance of the visit that the Magi paid to baby Jesus. In the Hispanic tradition, the Three Kings (a.k.a., The Magi) leave presents to kids on the eve of January 6.

(Scripture does not state the number of wise men who went to see baby Jesus, but somehow tradition states that there were three)…

Here is a beautiful drawing of The Magi, —planarian style—courtesy of Dr. Vida Kenk, who is the daughter of the late Dr. Roman Kenk, one of the most prolific researchers on planarian taxonomy. The author of the drawing…

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World Leaders Agree to Paris Climate Accord Rules After 2 Weeks of U.N. Talks


(KATOWICE, Poland) — Officials from around the world have agreed upon a set of rules to govern the 2015 Paris climate accord after two weeks of U.N. climate talks in Poland. Michal Kurtyka, a Polish official chairing the talks in Katowice, gaveled the deal Saturday after diplomats and ministers from almost 200 countries approved. The…

via World Leaders Agree to Paris Climate Accord Rules After 2 Weeks of U.N. Talks — World – TIME


belas bright ideas

Be the hero of your own life,
gathering disparate threads
as a spider weaves her tapestry
into patterns collected in perfect
symmetry, harnessing dewdrops
of morning, bright dawn
of a new day;

Bending not breaking
through the winds of change,
then radiating like a hundred facets
of a brilliant jewel in the glimmer
of the sun’s first rays.

All photos taken in Sydney Harbor, AU. Playing with jeweled light.
© Bela Johnson

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Contextual Minimalism: The Work of Coen+Partners


Coen + Partners Contextual Minimalism / Princeton Architectural Press

Contextual Minimalism, a new monograph from the landscape architecture firm Coen+Partners, presents the work of founder Shane Coen, FASLA, and his firm into a well-organized book encapsulating over 20 years of design projects. With photography, some drawings, and minimal text, it tells the story of how Coen’s design instinct developed into a design philosophy, and how that philosophy adapted to different design challenges, primarily in the upper mid-west.

Coen describes his firm’s work as the “celebration of nature through contrast, deduction, and abstraction,” an approach he’s come to call “contextual minimalism.” This approach is apparent in the firm’s use of contextually-appropriate blocks of color, texture, and mono-cultural plants.

Much of Coen’s work feels painterly, with broad strokes and deliberate dashes. Coen writes with appreciation of the impact his father, a painter, had on his approach towards landscape. On many of…

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Strong chance of a new El Niño forming, says WMO

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The last one finished in mid-2016 and was one of the strongest on record.

The World Meteorological Organization says there’s a 75-80% chance of the weather phenomenon forming by next February, BBC News reports.

The naturally occurring event causes changes in the temperature of the Pacific Ocean and has a major influence on weather patterns around the world.

It is linked to floods in South America and droughts in Africa and Asia.

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