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Issue 488 In This Issue July 30th, 2016

Editors Corner

Greetings,
Did you know that you can heat water to hot tub temperatures and above with just compost? You could use that hot water to, of course, heat a hot tub, or a greenhouse, or other building, and once the composting is complete, you of course have some good stuff for your garden. Click here

Speaking of water, have you heard about what is apparently a cool new innovation in offshore wind energy? It's "essentially, a giant toilet plunger". The basic idea is, if you put something like a bucket upside-down on the bottom of a lake or ocean and suck everything out from inside it, it will tend to pull itself down in to the sediment creating an anchor for anything that's attached. Click here

While we're on the subject of renewable energy, have you heard that the Chernobyl site may become a solar power generation area? Apparently Ukraine's environment minister believes the area has really good potential for renewable energy. Click here

That's about it from me for this week.
Enjoy this newsletter and have a wonderful week.

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Bloggers Corner
2016 Ballot
By Florence Vincent

Here is what I've researched about candidates running for office this primary season. There are so many on the ballot this year! Your ballots need to be in by August 2nd. This list will show some of the establishment picks and the more progressive picks.

  • Governor: Jay Inslee (establishment) or Patrick O'Rourke (Progressive)
  • US Senate: Patty Murray (est) or Philip Cornell (prog)
  • Representative District 10: Denny Heck (est) or Jennifer Gigi Ferguson (prog)
  • Lt. Governor: Karen Fraser (est) or Cyrus Habib (prog)
  • Secretary of State: Tina Podlodowski
  • State Auditor: Jeff Sprung
  • Attorney General: Bob Ferguson
  • Commissioner of Public Lands: Hilary Franz or Dave Upthegrove
  • Insurance Commissioner: Mike Kreidler
  • State Supreme Court Justice, Position #5: Barbara Madsen
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction: David Spring

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Climate Watch

2016 summer flooding breaks records across China
Seasonal monsoon of 2016 brought a series of heavy rains to China since June. Torrential downpours broke numerous records to date and caused widespread deadly flooding and landslides.  In total, 833 people died, and 233 went missing in weather-related incidents, the highest number reported in the same period since 2011. Since the monsoon rains began in early June, large portions of China recorded over 200 mm (8 inches) of rainfall in a period of only 24 hours. The area of Macheng in Hubei province reported 285 mm (11 inches). Associated flooding and landslides affected 11 provinces, devastated 40 000 homes, destroyed over 1.5 million hectares of fertile land, and caused the deaths of 128 people by July 5. Direct economic losses since June reached 253 billion yuan. The provinces of Anhui, Fujian, Guizhou, Hebei, Hubei, Jiangsu, and Jiangxi suffered the hardest strike, according to media reports. "Torrential rain cut off local communication, power, and traffic, resulting in delayed warnings about the impending deluge, failure to evacuate people in danger and failure to report casualties in time," said Yang Xiaodong, deputy head of the disaster relief department of the China's Ministry of Civil Affairs. 

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Drought hits Northeastern US, could last months
At Lavoie's Farm in New Hampshire, beans and corn haven't broken through the ground yet and fields of strawberries are stunted. The drought that has taken hold in the Northeast is especially felt at John Lavoie's farm in Hollis, presenting him with some tough choices. Irrigation ponds are drying up, forcing him to choose between tomatoes and berries or apple and peach trees. Lavoie decided to hold off watering the fruit trees so he could quench the tomato and berry plants before they succumb to the heat. "We need some rain pretty quick," Lavoie said. "There is just some corn that won't make it. A lot of things we would like to give water to, we can't."   The dry blast in New Hampshire is being felt throughout the Northeast, from Maine to Pennsylvania, driven by a second year of below-average rainfall. Though not as dire as the West Coast drought of five-years running, the dry, hot weather has stressed farms and gardens, prompted water restrictions and bans in many towns and threatened to bring more wildfires than usual. In the hardest hit areas of western New York, Massachusetts and southern parts of New Hampshire and Maine, it's been dryer than in a decade or more. And national weather experts predict the drought will persist at least through the end of October.

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Earth Watch

Iran’s 'dying' saltwater giant Lake Urmia turns blood-red (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

A drought of epic proportions at Lake Urmia has brought the Iranian UNESCO site to the brink of disappearing off the face of the Earth, and is turning its once blue waters blood-red. While once Urmia spanned an area five times larger than Hong Kong, its volume has decreased dramatically since 1972. A study by hydrology experts at the University of California in 2014 painted the picture of a dying natural resource, highlighting how desiccation, or drying, had reduced the 5,000 sq km (1,930 sq mile) lake by almost 90 percent.

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‘Volcano of Fire’ erupts spectacularly in Guatemala, authorities on alert (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Amazing images have been captured of Guatemala’s Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) erupting spectacularly. Authorities remain on high alert as it continues to display intense activity. The volcano, considered one of the most active in Central America, is being monitored by CONRED, the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala, and INSIVUMEH, the National Institute for Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology.

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Technology Watch

Are giant suction cups the key to cheap wind power?
The coolest new innovation in offshore wind energy right now is, essentially, a giant toilet plunger. Put enough of these plungers together and they could help power Detroit, Chicago, and the other metropolises of the Midwest. Lake Erie Energy Development and Fred Olsen Renewables, a European energy company, plan on building a wind installation with the help of these toilet plungers, aiming for six 50-foot high turbines in Lake Erie, seven miles off the coast of Cleveland. Putting wind turbines in the Great Lakes instead of on Midwestern farmland makes plenty of sense, as Pacific Standard reports. Compared to farmland, underwater land is cheap. There’s also more wind on the water, because there are no inconvenient trees or buildings in the way. The Great Lakes are freshwater, so mechanical parts won’t wear down as fast as they would in the ocean’s saltwater. And big cities surround the Great Lakes, which makes it easy to connect a new installation to a pre-existing power plant. The toilet plunger method (more formally known as the “Mono Bucket”) is an example of how a technological game-changer can often be incredibly low tech. Imagine a bunch of giant plungers in a lake.

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July 30th, Noon to 2:00pm: "Natural Solutions" Intro Class
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Combustion-Free Hot Water
Compost Heat Capture - Making soil and hot water

In The News

The world's riskiest bank is in trouble
Deutsche Bank plans to cut jobs after $6.6B loss

What is going on with Deutsche Bank? Germany's biggest lender was dubbed the world's riskiest bank by the International Monetary Fund last month, just as one of its U.S. businesses failed a Federal Reserve stress test. Its shares are down 45% this year, and on Wednesday it said second quarter profits were wiped out by a 98% slump in earnings. The stock fell 2.5% in Frankfurt. Deutsche Bank (DB) blamed the slump on restructuring costs and a weak performance in trading and investment banking.

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Chernobyl’s Atomic Wasteland May Be Reborn With Solar Energy
Ukraine’s looking toward the sun to put a radioactive wasteland back into business. Thirty years after atomic fallout from the Chernobyl meltdown rendered an area the size of Luxembourg uninhabitable for centuries, Ukraine is seeking investors to develop solar power near the defunct Soviet reactors. Sunshine is one of the only things that can be harvested from Chernobyl’s 1,000 square mile exclusion zone, where long-lasting radiation makes farming and forestry too dangerous. Save for the guards and workers who maintain the roadblocks and barriers, the area about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Kiev remains devoid of productive activities. “The Chernobyl site has really good potential for renewable energy,” Ukraine’s environment minister Ostap Semerak, 44, said at an interview in London. “We already have high-voltage transmission lines that were previously used for the nuclear stations, the land is very cheap and we have many people trained to work at power plants.” The move to solar at Chernobyl may also help Ukraine move closer toward the European Union and influence public opinion in conflict zones along the Russian border.

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Olympians prepare for a “petri dish of pathogens”
The world’s greatest athletes head to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this week for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Those competing in Rio’s waters, though, will have more than just medals on the mind. That’s because the waterways of Rio, as any resident of the embattled city probably could have told you, are dumping grounds for toxic chemicals, untreated sewage, garbage, and dead bodies. The contamination of Rio’s waters — including Guanabara Bay, where the sailing teams are practicing — is undeniable. And, as the New York Times reported yesterday, recent tests showed a “petri dish of pathogens,” including rotaviruses and drug-resistant super bacteria. But this is the Olympics and the show must go on, despite public health concerns, a presidential impeachment scandal, and a host city that’s under a declared state of financial emergency. When it comes to water, the International Olympic Committee insists areas where athletes are to compete will meet World Health Organization standards. Still, to be on the safe side, as a 24-year-old Dutch sailing team member explained to the Times, “We just have to keep our mouths closed when the water sprays up.”

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Science Watch

‘Elixir of youth’ found in sex hormone – scientists
A team of US and Brazilian researchers have used a synthetic sex hormone to stimulate production of a naturally occurring enzyme called telomerase that is capable of reversing ageing and has been dubbed a possible “cellular elixir of youth.” While in embryos, telomerase is expressed by practically every cell. It can then only be produced in cells that are constantly dividing, such as blood-forming stem cells, which can differentiate into various specialized cells, scientists say. Certain cells avoid aging by using telomerase to lengthen their telomeres, which are DNA-protecting structures at the ends of chromosomes. The length of telomeres is a laboratory measure of a cell’s age, as each time a cell divides, its telomeres get shorter. “In a healthy adult, telomere length varies from 7,000 to 9,000 base pairs on average. A normal person’s telomeres lose 50 to 60 base pairs per year, but a patient with telomerase deficiency can lose between 100 and 300 base pairs per year,” said Professor Rodrigo Calado, one of the scientists behind the research, the results of which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Calendar of Events

Weekendz at The Triad Noon-4pm: Shitzale Sale
Everything 50% off or $10 per bag!! Come find some glitz in the shitz!!

July 30th: POSTPONED - Joseph Cerecedes lecture on pure water education.
This event will be rescheduled at a date to be announced.

July 31st @ 3pm: Movie - "Whale Rider", then Documentary - "The Nisqually Tribe"
In honor of The Nisqually Tribe Canoe Paddle we're showing the movie "Whale Rider" followed by a documentary: "The Nisqually Tribe". $10 for both.

August 2nd @ 7pm: Scott Mowry presents "News not on TV"
Cost: $10.

August 5th @ 7pm: MOVIE - Minimalism
A documentary about the important things. Cost: $8.

August 6th @ 6pm: Miceal returns with "Conversations"
Doors open at 5pm, Starts at 6pm Cost $35. Registration will be posted soon.

August 12th & 19th @ 7pm: Dr. Rodrigo w/Miceal bring Keshe Technology to The Triad.
Doors open at 6:30pm, Starts at 7pm Cost $35.

August 26th to 28th: A Midsummer Night's Shakespeare: A Multi-generational Musical for the entire family with a cast of 20 adults and 20 children of all ages. Brought to you by Summerstruck Productions & Standing Room Only Acting Company. Choose from four performances - Friday, August 26th at 7:30pm $10; Saturday, August 27th at 2pm $10; Saturday, August 27th at 7:30pm $10; Sunday, August 28th at 2pm $10
Ticket Link: Shakespeare Production

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