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The rest / Artists/artworks inspired by climate change
« on: September 02, 2018, 07:39:31 AM »

Some interesting art works and comments from the 12 artists here:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/22/t-magazine/climate-change-art.html

"Artists have the capacity to shape climate communications, solutions and engagement. We can use our unique skill sets to heal communities, tackle complex challenges and even create innovative answers." Eve Mosher

Clare

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Walking the walk / Re: Projects of Community
« on: August 09, 2018, 06:16:04 AM »
This is an eco-village in its early stages not far north of me in NZ. As just one example to read about how they are approaching things:
http://kotarevillage.org.nz/

Clare

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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: August 03, 2018, 04:40:56 AM »

I thought some of you gardeners here might be amused at my use of old frost cloth{
I make art textiles inspired by climate change in the Arctic that's why I (mostly) lurk here. With this piece ("Retreated")  I was wanting to convey the idea of glacial retreat & what better to use for a dying glacier than old = it has been used  in the garden for a winter or 2 so is no longer clean white. I stitched it down then melted areas back with my heat gun to convey the melting...

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: August 03, 2018, 04:31:28 AM »
A friend sent me this link which I thought made some more sense cf. the earlier one!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/30/trump-lies-reversals-rudderless-unprincipled-leader-psychologist-column/848728002/

Clare

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Consequences / Re: Wildfires
« on: July 26, 2018, 09:12:00 AM »
LOL we did once so years back. Our international airfare came with a free trip there from San Fran. Weren't sure about it as high summertime so we knew would be busy. The Valley Floor was packed (evidently equivalent of the population of my town) but we just walked a few hundred yards down various tracks & had the place almost to ourselves. Magic! Woodpeckers, a coyote crossed just ahead of us, deer, we will never forget that visit!
And that no one likes to walk more than a few yards from their cars!!  ;)

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Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: July 15, 2018, 03:58:59 AM »

This international trade in food is staggering, I'm never ceased to be amazed. Like these sweet peppers in our local supermarket, sometimes we have beef from USA & it is much cheaper than our local grass fed beef (which is exported to USA for burgers!).
On Friday we were in the neighbouring town & called in to a favourite Reduced the Clear shop that always has something that we buy regulalrly anyway but at a lower price here.
(NB Food here is ridicuously expensive so we need to hunt out bargains to balance our budget. Luckily we have a v productive fruit & vege garden)
We came home with flour from Latvia, edam cheese from Austria, spagetti from Turkey.... crazy! This food is close to it's 'use by date' so would otherwise be dumped, that's the only reason I can justify buying it.
Our supermarket chains are Australian owned so a lot of our groceries do come from there but why do we need all this stuff being imported from the other side of the globe. And how do you stop it?
Clare in New Zealand

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Arctic sea ice / Re: Arctic Image of the Day
« on: July 12, 2018, 01:18:16 PM »
Thank you Flocke! This might just do the trick.  ;D I'll see if DH will help me download it & maybe just use 2017's section slowed down & playing in a loop.....
Clare

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Arctic sea ice / Re: Arctic Image of the Day
« on: July 12, 2018, 07:21:53 AM »
Thanks Oren, yes I had checked there too. All sorts of v interesting cams but not quite what I think would work.
Clare

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Arctic sea ice / Re: Arctic Image of the Day
« on: July 12, 2018, 05:09:54 AM »
Hi Everyone
I'm not sure of the best place to ask this, I'd be grateful of your help:
I am hoping to find a live feed from a webcam located out on the sea ice. It seems like the ones I can check on the webcam page aren't working this year. I can see the Barrow/Utqiagvik & Summit Camp ones are live.
But I was hoping to include a sea ice one to be running on a screen beside a art piece about sea ice loss I am making for an exhibition that will be on show from August til early November so I thought would capture the max period of ice decline.
Thanks
Clare
 :)

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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: July 08, 2018, 08:23:50 AM »
re. Etienne's superabundance of watercress (lucky you!!):
In NZ the classic (Maori) way to use it is in a 'Boilup'! The unit of watercress is usually given as 'supermarket bags full'.
Recipe here:
https://www.maoritelevision.com/tv/shows/tradition-on-plate/recipes/episode-2-ko-iwi-poaka
You can leave out the Doughboys (dumplings) if you want.  ;D

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Consequences / Re: Sea Level Rise and Social Cost of Carbon
« on: June 14, 2018, 08:10:32 AM »
Apologies for this rant but I need to vent some of my frustration & seeing none of you know me it seems a safe place to do so!

Our town Council, Napier NZ (~pop 62,000) is currently undergoing their long term planning review. I made a verbal submission to this last week re. their wanting to raise $53M (ratepayers + government) to extend our existing Aquarium (which does need an upgrade or just demolishing). It runs at a $1M annual loss as it is and annual visitors include less than 20% locals, rest are visitors/tourists.

My issue is that it is sited right on the beachfront, 100m from sea & we are recognised as having a sea level rise problem here as much of our town is only a few metres above sea level. Pumping keeps us dry.

This is what I said to the Councillors + I included a few powerpoint images with this:
" In all my reading related to the Expansion proposal I cannot see that it has been examined at all through the lens of climate change. I believe the answers to these questions are fundamental to that project. I have asked them of you before but you only had an answer for one, the number of storm surges overtopping into the curent car park as 4 in the past 10 years. Nothing about the projected lifespan of the building nor the height of the site above mean high tide level.
Surely this information should have been considered before all this grand design concept work and detailed business case were even started?
All the climate change projections for Hawkes Bay conclude with us experiencing an increase in the number and strength of storms and higher storm surges, on top of an increasing sea level baseline..... you may be familiar with this graph. It obviously shows a sea level rise that is not just increasing, the upward curve indicates it is accelerating.
And these figures clarify that for 2040 - 60 is projected to rise 20 - 40 cm above 1995 levels, that is 35 - 55 cm since 1870."

If you want more of a a peek at the propsed design you can here:
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/watch-virtual-flyover-gives-stunning-sneak-peek-napiers-epic-proposed-national-aquarium-expansion

It looks wondeful, grand, I know, but involves an even larger floor area in the basement....
I tried to remind them they need to consider the longer term impacts but they weren't listening to me of course. Decided to go to the next stage. & They haven't even had any geotechnical assessment done yet.
Even with one Councillor saying & in greater detail the same thing. I imagine it's the same scenario everywhere, not just with our small town Council!

Apologies for the rave, one just does their best. I'm a lot more useful just going out every week or so picking up all the trash dropped in my street.  :(
This pic is from the proposed design;

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Consequences / Re: Floods
« on: June 12, 2018, 06:57:47 AM »
A week later & yet more flooding in NZ, and much of it  in the same areas as last weeks. Weather system coming south to us from the tropics, MOST unusual for this time of year - winter! Live feed here with short video clips:
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/raw-gisborne-bop-east-coast-north-island-hammered-torrential-rain-and-high-winds

Refer to my earlier story, that storm damaged 61 bridges & caused an estimated $10M in damage in the Tolaga Bay/Easy coast region alone.

Not quite as bad where I live a bit farther south, seemed the perfect day for it = we went to the movies!
Clare

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Consequences / Re: Floods
« on: June 08, 2018, 01:34:52 AM »
This image is from last week, I was shocked. Slash is the rubbish left from when an area has been logged. It is meant to be cleaned up! We are looking at increasing forestry to reduce our CO2 footprint.  :(
The rainfall that caused this flooding wasn't extreme extreme, but so many of the problems were caused by these logs.


In the article linked below you can see the beach. :'(
https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/358981/tougher-rules-needed-to-stop-logging-debris-environmentalist
This is not the first time slash has caused serious problems north of where I live.


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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: May 26, 2018, 08:08:14 AM »
I'm loving seeing all your gardens! Neven, your's(Elisabeth's?!) looks soooo orderly, neat. And Silkman's & Mrs S is a delight to behold as always. I think you have quite a challenge on your hands with yours, Martin.
Here winter is near but I can grow all year round, just currently cool weather things.
But today we did some different 'gardening', joining a tree planting effort at a park just south of our town. I thought you might enjoy these photos. There were approx 200 people & we planted 4200 trees. I think hubby & I did about 150. Good because we recently travelled to Holland for a month to see my elderly MIL so needed to offset our large CO2 emissions. (Well I did pay for the C offsets as well.)
& Afterwards we had a 'sausage sizzle'!
This park has a celestial compass to explain how Maori voyaged across the Pacific & now the knowledge has been leanrt again, our local voyaging waka uses this means of navigation, travelling to San Francisco & recently to Easter Is/Rapanui.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=12059172

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This was our summer downunder:

Why our sea scorched: NZ's incredible marine heatwave

"Scientists say we've all just experienced an event that would be considered unusual even 30 years from now, when temperatures could be a degree warmer.
And they don't expect to see anything like the freak "marine heatwave" that turned the Tasman Sea into a warm bath for a long time.
It fired our record-hot summer, melted ice caps and lured swarms of jellyfish to our shores.
And although summer is long behind us, the marine heatwave and its effects on our weather linger on."

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12028417
& again:
Marine heatwaves to grow longer, stronger, more frequent
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12029763

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: March 20, 2018, 09:42:55 PM »
Just for your amusement, Former Pres Obama arrived in New Zealand overnight for some golf & a speaking engagement:

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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: February 26, 2018, 09:36:35 AM »
Thank you Bruce, I v much enjoy hearing the news from your farm.
My corn patch hasn't been a great success this year. I made the mistake with my '2-3 sisters' planting by sowing the beans at the same time as my chitted corn seeds, so they both came up together. Then a self sown pumpkin came up in there so I thought 'great', I'll try having all 3 sisters. Well the beans continued to climb & twine & tangle the corn & then the pumpkin grew & grew along & up & up & over the top of it all! It looks a right jungle now. I have harvested a good lot of beans & there are some pumpkins lurking in there too but the corn crop has been a bit sad. Next year I'll try to do this better,sow the beans a bit later  & maybe cucumbers will be less vigorous! ;D
Clare in NZ

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Walking the walk / Re: Zero-Carbon Farming and Living via the Acorn Path
« on: February 26, 2018, 09:27:14 AM »
I'm not sure if this is the right thread for this but I thought those reading here might be interested in this soon-to-be-released NZ doco about individual efforts to live more sustainably. It sounds like it takes a positive, bottom up approach to the issues we are all familiar with here:

https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2018633242/living-the-change
There is a link to the trailer on here, also a link to a 7min radio interview with one of the people featured. It will be available as a download from 10 March. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing it, am trying to persuade a local Greens group to host a 'free' screening. Details of that on the movies homepage.

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Probably this is a better type of report, an official one with January presumably due soon:
https://www.niwa.co.nz/climate/monthly/climate-summary-for-december-2017

"Overview
December 2017 was characterised by higher than normal sea level pressure over New Zealand and the surrounding seas. This pressure setup, consistent with La Niña conditions, resulted in long periods of dry, settled, and very warm weather across the country throughout the month."

Clare still wilting, sometimes it would be nice to have some aircon..... :(

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"La Niña conditions at sea since spring had increased ocean temperatures, making it harder for birds to find fish."

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/101035064/hundreds-of-dead-and-starving-seabirds-wash-up-on-tasman-beaches

+ CC amplificatioon of course
Clare, wilting here in the East coast of the North Island with 32C today, and we are not even getting up to those South Island temps.

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: January 29, 2018, 02:38:36 AM »
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/100922590/ive-watched-donald-trump-testify-it-isnt-pretty

"Speaking from experience, I think the president's attorneys should grab their worry beads. Trump sued me for libel in 2006 for a biography I wrote, TrumpNation, alleging that the book misrepresented his business record and understated his wealth, a suit he lost in 2011."

Opinion piece originally from the Washing Post.

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: January 27, 2018, 03:37:53 AM »
OK apologies as I know a bit OT but something to cheer us all up = a joke my Canadian half-brother sent me. :D

 Donald Trump went to London and met with the Queen.
  "Your Queenship,” he asked her, “I am finding things way more difficult than I could have imagined. May I ask you - how do you run such an efficient government?  Are there any tips you can give me?”
“Well,” replied Her Majesty, “the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people.”
Trump frowned.  “But how do you know the people around you are really intelligent?” he asked.
 “Oh, that's easy” the Queen replied, “You just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle.
She pushed a button on her intercom. “Please send Theresa May in here. The Prime Minister walked into the room. “You called for me, Your Majesty?”
 “Answer me this, if you would, Theresa,” the Queen said. “Your mother and father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?”
Without pausing for even a second, Theresa May answered, “That would be me.”
“Yes! Very good,” said the Queen.
 Trump went back home, returned to the White House and the very next day called for Mike Pence to come and see him.  Pence duly trotted in to the Oval Office.
 “Mike, answer this for me,” said the Donald. “Your mother and your father have a child. It's not your brother and it's not your sister. Who is it?”
  “I'm not sure,” said Pence. “Let me get back to you on that one.”
 Pence went panicking off to his advisers and asked everyone, but none of them could give him an answer.
 The next night, as it happened, Pence ran in to Hillary Clinton in a restaurant.. By now, desperate for an answer to give to his tyrannical boss, he approached her – much to her surprise.
 “Hillary, I know we haven’t always seen eye to eye but I would really appreciate it if you could answer this riddle for me.
 “Sure, Mike,” Hillary said. “I’m not one to hold a grudge. What is it?”
 “Thanks,” said Pence, “It’s this.  Your mother and father have a child and it's not your brother or your sister. Who is it?”
 Hillary answered right back, “That's easy, it's me!”
 Pence smiled,  “Thanks!”
Pence then went back to speak with Trump. “Say, boss, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle.  It’s Hillary Clinton.”
Trump got up, stomped over to Pence, and angrily yelled at him. “No, you idiot! It’s Theresa May!
         ... AND THAT, MY FRIENDS, IS PRECISELY WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE WHITE HOUSE.

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: November 03, 2017, 05:45:47 AM »
Best wishes with all of this Archimid, I imagine your life has been completely taken over with these day to day struggles.
Kind regards, Clare

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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: October 19, 2017, 03:17:57 AM »
What a beautiful selection! Here at the other end of the world my pumpkins (buttercup squash) are just at this early stage:


Regards & admiration to you & Mrs Silkman

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: September 07, 2017, 12:33:12 PM »
Relieved to hear you &  yours are safe, Archimid, that's the main thing for now.
Best wishes, Clare in NZ

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: August 23, 2017, 09:05:33 AM »
An aside:
I have been reading 'Wind in the Willows' by K Grahame (as part of a winter reading challenge from my local library). The character of Mr Toad reminds me so much of DT I could just be reading the news!
from Wikipedia:
"Mr. Toad is an anthropomorphic common toad who is the village squire, being the wealthy owner and occupant of Toad Hall. Toad is very rich and a bit of a fop, with a penchant for Harris tweed suits. He owns his own horse, and is able to indulge his impulsive desires, such as punting, house boating and hot air ballooning. Toad is intelligent, creative and resourceful; however, he is also narcissistic, self-centred almost to the point of sociopathy, and completely lacking in even the most basic common sense. "
 ::)

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Thanks Bruce, Yes I can tell you love your animals!
I am not altogether convinced about this either but certainly found the ideas challenging & v thought provoking! But so 'artificial'.
But NZ will be facing weather challenges of its own, meanwhile nationwide we have a huge problem with contaminated (fecal & nutrient runoff) water - streams & rivers as a result of intensive farming operations (mainly dairy) and in my district at present have probs with e coli getting into our city's water supplies. And this from a neighbouring community:
"A campylobacter outbreak in the town in August 2016 made over 5000 people violently ill and has been linked to three deaths."
Also agricultural C, NO2 & Methane emissions make up ~50% of the total.

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Not sure quite the best place for this but thought you might be interested in this article, Bruce, definitely all about carbon zero farming tho' not acorns.

This article is mainly about farming but I think will be of interest here. I've copied some longish bits to pique your interest. You will all know the NZ economy is totally reliant on primary industries!

http://pureadvantage.org/news/2016/11/29/lament-nz-farm/

Is New Zealand in danger of fast becoming the “Detroit of Agriculture” – a rustbelt left behind after production has moved elsewhere?

"I’m not talking about the threat of technologies affording precision agriculture its day in the sun like sensors, crop yield monitors and satellite imagery. Or smart farming hardware/software systems enabling our farmers and growers to digitalise, monitor and measure and improve current conventional farming practices with more efficiency. Yes, these technologies are useful and highly beneficial. They help farmers improve productivity (think crop yields) efficiency (think energy and water use) and sustainability (think less effluent, emissions and healthy soil). And we in New Zealand are, thankfully, well ahead of the pack globally when it comes to our adoption rates of this type of on farm, pasture based technology.  But these technologies are not disruptive to agriculture.

Why? These technologies are designed for a living breathing moo cow. A pasture (or cage) roaming egg laying chicken.  A spring leaping lamb. A paradigm based on outdoor fruit orchards and picturesque vineyards. And vast acreages of monoculture vegetable fields.  Technologies designed for a system that will fast become to food production what the cassette type has become to Spotify. A paradigm on the brink of extinction.

I’m talking about the threat of technologies and innovations that are currently designing the NEW world of agriculture and food production. Agriculture 2.0. Lab manufactured and bio-printed animal and plant proteins. Indoor and vertical crop production (of almost any variety). Next generation of soil and seed technology negating the need for GMO and pesticide use. CRISPR for food (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) and open sourced digital agriculture. Funded by venture capitalist coffers with more than New Zealand’s entire economy.  A new agricultural paradigm enabling everyone on the planet to eat ethical and sustainable versions of tasty meaty and juicy protein. To consume and even grow environmentally friendly and nutritious versions of fresh produce when they want. Where they want. Whatever the weather is doing. A system that New Zealand’s conventional agrarian based agricultural model – Agriculture 1.0, is wildly ill suited to. But the only system designed to feed a world of 8.6 billion people whilst keeping the planet intact and without the need to displace even more of our precious rainforests, native forests and eco systems. No matter how smart and efficient our farmers become. Nor how smart on farm technology becomes.
........
This is where the real opportunities lie and what will help us retain our global competitiveness in the world of agriculture in the coming years. Not investing in developing apps for farmers that support the infrastructure of what will soon be out of business as the world of protein and plant agriculture shifts inwards and upwards.

Yes, it will be painful to watch the sun setting over one of our treasured economic mainstays forming the very essence of our rural – even cultural identity. But what will be more painful for New Zealand is if we allow denial of the rapidly changing technologically led agricultural and food paradigm, and our nostalgia for pasture-based farming paralyze our future economic progress. Despite the many palpable warning signs, it’s time to start thinking seriously about Plan B for New Zealand’s road ahead. Otherwise becoming the Detroit of Agriculture could fast become New Zealand’s nightmarish reality."

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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: July 13, 2017, 03:09:53 AM »
This doco about Singapore shows some pretty amazing ideas, the future of gardening?
"From vertical farms to living buildings, Singapore is on the cutting edge of environmentally sustainable urban solutions that have the best interest of the country's future at heart."
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/earthrise/2017/05/singapore-asia-greenest-city-170531102946823.html

(I confess to like getting my hands in the soil)

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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: July 13, 2017, 03:02:47 AM »
Winter has arrrived & it's cold here, too cold to work outside. So time to look at gardening online:
Here's a pic & link to the Inuvik Community Greenhouse 200 mile inside the Arctic Circle:
https://www.inuvikgreenhouse.com/

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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: June 26, 2017, 07:57:13 AM »
Thanks for sharing these wonderful pics, Silkman. And congratulations to Mrs S. too! Your garden looks so tidy & productive.
Mid winter here but at least I can grow some stuff all year round, just v slowly at present and not much variety to harvest. Nor impressive, today's cauli (the last for a few months) is only ~ 2 1/2" in diameter!  :(

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Walking the walk / Re: Top climate-friendly actions
« on: June 24, 2017, 07:23:09 AM »
And here's a link to a video of a dawn ceremony blessing 12 new pou being added to the celestial navigation compass being installed at this site.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/video/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503454&gal_cid=1503454&gallery_id=177892

Sorry I'm not v good at inserting these links properly!

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Walking the walk / Re: Top climate-friendly actions
« on: June 24, 2017, 07:20:26 AM »
It's midwinter down under and the ideal time for planting trees. We often have hot dry summers but planted now trees have 6 months to get established. This is one way I think I can make a bit of a contribution to reducing climate impacts. Otherwise it's hard not to just feel overwhelmed with the scale of the problems & get depressed.
Anyway today hubby & I joined about 80 others in planting 2200 trees & grasses at park they are developing, restoring a local estuarine wetland area.
http://www.hbrc.govt.nz/hawkes-bay/parks-trails-and-open-spaces/waitangi-regional-park/
Many hands made for an easy job, all planted in under 2 hours! I thought you might enjoy this short clip about the project:


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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: June 12, 2017, 08:36:43 AM »
missed:

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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: June 12, 2017, 08:35:06 AM »
Thoughts on mulching:

The last few years I have been experimenting with using 'living mulch', particularly in the spring/early summer ie. interplanting my crops with either catch crops (like lettuces, chinese greens, radishes, leafy annual herbs etc) that will be harvested prior to my main one or just as green cover crops like mustard & blue lupin. I have been reading/learning about biological activity in soil lately(never mentioned much in my day of ecology studies at uni) and like this method for increasing the activity around the root systems of my main crop.
So my living mulch helps shelter new seedlings, maybe ups N in the soil, reduces evaporation/transpiration & gets harvested or trimmed off at ground level to be used as mulch and the root systems just die off underground. I dont need a lot of radishes but cut them off at ground level too & they rot away & help open up the soil too.
When we first started our vege patch here from lawn on v heavy soil here 35 years ago we did have trouble with slugs but they are much less of a problem now. Also I surround individual new seedlings inside large catering cans without bottoms & if it is v wet can put some slug bait just inside there. And I can mulch right up against the can when I plant.

I do use lots of regular mulching materials too, but usually later in the summer when it gets hotter & a lot drier here. Then I use the green crop trimmings, also fine dry shredded garden stuff mixed with coffee grounds from a local cafe, grass clippings, shredded dry seaweed, maybe over some sieved compost, whatever I can get that I don't have to pay for! (Straw bales you can buy here seem to bring weed seeds, tho' some people swear by pea straw.)
Pics are of lupin around shallots & chervil around cabbages-
Clare

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The forum / Re: Arctic Sea Ice Forum Humor
« on: April 14, 2017, 08:30:15 AM »
from NZ after all our storms:
"Wild weather and the elephant in the room"

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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: April 05, 2017, 01:01:17 PM »

Hi Etienne,
re. my compost bins, yes they seem to work well though it took me a little to get 'used to them'. Mainly because they retain more moisture, need little added. But I haven't had any issues with ventilation & anaerobic problems, smells etc. I think maybe they are not completely airtight or just cos they are loosely filled & one of mine does have some holes like this one:
http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/p/round-compost-bin-with-lid-240l/R614518.html#q=compost+bin&start=1
I guess you could drill some if you needed. Sometimes I push a stick down the centre to make a vent hole down & I do have a worm farm so a fair % of soggy household scraps go in there. I like these because vermin cant get in (rats are a problem in our v low socioeconomic neighbourhood I find, too many folk have rubbish sitting around toooooo long!)
I did find once I made sure there was ample brown material layered in they work well & produce dry crumbly compost. Technically how good it is I dont know as have never had it tested. But we have gardened here 35= years & stuff grows vigorously so lots of trimmings,WEEDS etc to compost!

I alternate with filling bins# 1&2, when one slows down I start on the other leaving the first to settle & when I need it again turn it into bin#3. I usually get 2 turned into there before it is full & needs turning into bin#4 which is the one I take some out each time I clear or plant a new place in our beds (we have 11 - 2x1m beds & some other areas for growing veges & soft fruit, rhubarb etc as well. Plus fruit trees that are not in the beds).

My recent reading has encouraged me to up the proportion of brown stuff in the mix & I find that is better, my compost making booklet from Koanga Gardens advises a C:N ration of 60:1! I doubt I get near that but anyway my stuff definitely has improved.
I'd agree some cover even over the top of your piles will help, if you turn your piles then maybe the dry outer edges will get turned into the centre in due course. But I dont have to do that with my bins.
One thing I should mention is, and I think it has been mentioned elsewhere in Walking the Walk is I had a very serious health problem with an acute pulmonary infection which damaged my lungs & took 3 years of terrible meds to stop the autoimmune reaction. It wasn't Legionnaires ie. bacterial, but possibly fungal & I strongly suspect my playing in the compost in an enclosed space. Now I am completely fine but v careful & often wear a mask when moving it & dont put my head in the bins now.  :)



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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: April 04, 2017, 12:24:53 AM »
Ooops the chillis are on their side, cant work out how to fix that, you'll just have to lean over to view ;D. Or click on image to get the upright view.

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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: April 04, 2017, 12:16:44 AM »
Impressed with seeing your garden Silkman, and Mati's beautiful woodwork projects. Autumn is on its way down under and our garden is in its usual untidy end of summer stage, still productive but I need to start sacrificing the last of some crops so to get the cool loving winter things started. When the rain stops that is, currently we are getting the remnants of ex- tropical cyclone Debbie here in NZ. My only tidy picture to share is some of our LARGE selection of chilli plants, these growing by the house. Oh & my composting bins! :D

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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: March 19, 2017, 05:52:39 AM »
Yes I'd agree with Bruce, here I see/get similar damage particularly by sparrows. Also in the garden section at a local store I see flocks who feed the tops of the lettuce plants off there all the time.
You would all laugh to see it - my vege garden always looks a lot like a battle zone, not anything like those gorgeous pics in the garden mags. I have plants netted, caged with all sorts of 'found' (= untidy looking )wire baskets, rows of seedlings under pegged strips of plastic gutter guard, ... I love having birds around so wont have a cat but then have to do this.
 :)
Clare

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Walking the walk / Re: Top climate-friendly actions
« on: March 07, 2017, 11:41:00 PM »
Thanks Paddy, this is an excellent essay & made me think.
I will continue with my other efforts of reusing & buying mostly used things of course, but have to accept they alone wont make much if any difference!

But this prompted me & I have made a start with what I know is only a modest push back today by complaining (& why) to my supermarket chain for selling British pork here in NZ and at a lower price per kilo than the local NZ pork!

Clare

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: March 05, 2017, 07:13:25 AM »
This fits in here I reckon!
from our local paper about the POTUS being like a "post tortoise":

"The spectre of a populist revolt in New Zealand is unlikely in the short term, speakers at the fifth annual Craggy Range Speaker Series on Friday said.

Craggy Range Winery chairman Terry Peabody said populism was topical due to the election of United States President Donald Trump.

The US-born Australian told the tale of a US farmer describing Mr Trump as a "post tortoise".

"When you're driving down a country road and you see a fence post with a tortoise balanced on top, that's a post tortoise.

"You know he didn't get up there by himself. He doesn't belong there, he doesn't know what to do while he is up there, he is beyond his ability to function and you just wonder what kind of dumb-ass has put him there."

Speakers were asked to speak on the rise of populism overseas, the risk of populist revolt and what effect the political disruption might have on New Zealand."

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: February 28, 2017, 04:52:03 AM »

Maybe some of you haven't caught up with this story yet, yes he has dual citizenship in NZ as well. Much to most of us kiwis' surprise too!
(Some scarey guy to my mind!).

"WHY DOES PETER THIEL HAVE NEW ZEALAND CITIZENSHIP?
Trump’s main ally in Silicon Valley has a $10 million backup plan in the South Pacific."

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/01/why-does-peter-thiel-have-new-zealand-citizenship

and
https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/26/peter-thiel-new-zealand-citizen/

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The rest / Re: Wildlife
« on: November 15, 2016, 10:18:12 PM »
These crayfish & paua (the bumps of side of rocks =abalone) have suffered a climate change of a different sort: uplift from Sunday's 7.5 earthquake in NZ caused up to 2m of uplift on the shoreline of Kaikoura:



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We are probably all equally fascinated & appalled watching this spectacle unfold from each & every corner of the world.
I hope those of you US citizens wont mind/be offended by my posting this opinion piece from our local paper down here in NZ:
"Bruce Bisset: America's future looking dim
Dumb and Dumber was the name of a comedy movie whose premise, loosely, was that no matter how incapable you are you can "succeed" despite yourself. You'd be forgiven for thinking the American presidential elections are a sequel.........."
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503459&objectid=11683816

(I think the writer is possibly originally from Nth America too.)
Clare

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The forum / Re: Arctic Sea Ice Forum Humor
« on: July 18, 2016, 08:15:39 AM »
via Greenpeace:
You will all know about NZ'rs passion for rugby.  ;)

"This says it all really. Despite the climate crisis, the John Key Government has failed to take action on climate and instead pushes for deep sea oil drilling, invests in road building and big irrigation schemes that drive agriculture emissions. NZ's gross emissions have risen by 23 per cent, and net emissions by 54 per cent, since 1990. Our gross emissions per person are now fifth highest out of the 41 countries which set reduction targets under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, and our net emissions are 14th highest."

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The rest / Re: Wildlife
« on: July 03, 2016, 02:57:23 AM »
 Mouse eradication project on remote Antipodes Islands SE of NZ:
http://milliondollarmouse.org.nz/



A really good video here, sorry I've forgotten how to embed the link!


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Antarctica / Re: What's new in Antarctica ?
« on: June 15, 2016, 12:21:32 PM »
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/06/emergency-rescue-launched-ill-worker-south-pole

"Two propeller-driven planes took off today from Calgary, Canada, on a perilous rescue mission to the U.S. research station at the South Pole. If all goes well, one of the planes will arrive in 6 days to pick up a member of the winter-over crew suffering from an unspecified medical emergency that requires treatment at a hospital.
The Twin Otter aircraft are operated by the Canadian firm Kenn Borek Air, Ltd., which contracts with NSF to provide logistical support to the U.S. Antarctic Program. The aircraft will fly via South America to the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula. One will remain there as a backup for search-and-rescue operations; the other will travel another 2400 kilometers to the South Pole."

Currently windchill = -77'C, bleak & DARK.
http://www.usap.gov/videoclipsandmaps/spwebcam.cfm

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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: May 02, 2016, 06:32:52 AM »
While many here will be starting or at least planning their spring planting here on NZ's north east coast autumn is well underway. The remnants of my summer garden are an untidy muddle & need work before I can get planting the rest of my winter crops. I'm running a bit late but the weather is still mild & the ground warm for early May tho' we usually have our first frost later this month.
Our predicted el nino summer drought didn't really eventuate here with some regular rainfall & while it wasn't a hot hot summer, night temps were high. All made for some bumper crops. All our spare time at present is in trying to hold onto all the produce - drying, freezing, bottling/canning, wine & cider making + sharing with friends & colleagues & the 'free box' at my work. My wrists are sore today  from dealing with peeling the buckets of apples. And next to go gather up yet more feijoas.
But I have to share a pic of some of our choko (it is known by many other names in asia & the americas) crop, the single vine went mad engulfing all in its way. So far we have picked 136 & while it is useful & keeps well we need to eat one a day for the next 4 months! It's fritters tonight = meatless Monday. But I need help!  ::)
PS Over 230 choko/chayote now & the vine is still growing. Lucky they keep well cos friends aren't helping any more!


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The forum / Re: Arctic Sea Ice Forum Humor
« on: March 31, 2016, 09:03:49 AM »
Not sure if you have already posted this one ASLR, your collection in here is most impressive!!!


Clare

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