Green Tumblrs

Reblogs of interesting Tumblr posts with the theme of sustainability, the environment, ecology and green living.


A beautiful collection of mason jar projects & products.

(via adelynSTONE: Mason Jar Love)

(via plantmoretrees)

Learning and Support for Mushroom Industry ›


Really great info on mushroom cultivation for commercial oyster/other edible mushrooms.


Sad but true.

(via khrisjuhlin-deactivated20110924)

Nature Conservancy: Climate Change: A Slender Hope ›


The following is an excerpt of a blog post from Mark Spalding, a marine scientist with The Nature Conservancy. It involves time travel, World War I and World War II. It is fascinating and you can read the whole thing here.

I think you might say: “You’re right Mark, but you know it wasn’t all that bad. There were good things too.” That’s what most of us honestly believe. There was also medicine, and technology, and conservation, and wealth, and leisure, and improved equality…

This is how we need to think when we get too depressed about climate change. The prognosis is TERRIBLE:

We can make a much better attempt at fortune-telling now thanks to modern science, and while we can’t yet predict wars, more of these seem likely, too. Perhaps through disputes of diminishing water resources. Perhaps from the wealthy countries who can no longer access the resources they want, but can afford armies and weapons. Perhaps from the growing numbers of fanatics who use doctrines of faith or of atheism to justify survival and dominance (come on, Richard Dawkins, the “survival of the fittest” is a pretty clear injunction to fight — you don’t need religion for that).

So here’s my point. The future does look bleak in some regards. But we humans are a very resourceful and resilient species. We will adapt. The threats of climate change will sometimes be cataclysmic — a famine here, an exodus there. But more typically, they will be creeping.

Venice may be kept “afloat” for 50, even 100 years through clever engineering, and by then we might even decide to move it, as we did the fantastic World Heritage mortuary of Abu Simbel in Egypt almost 50 years ago. We may conduct a “managed realignment” of our coastline. Britain will get smaller, but Cambridge-on-Sea could be quite a beautiful place. Our crops will change, but British wine, olive oil and the like will be okay, while date palms and sago fill the landscapes of Tuscany.

And with a bit of luck, the underfunded, under-appreciated armies of conservationists will support the change, helping nature to move with the changing climate, replanting, restoring and allowing change while minimising loss.

Climate change is upon us. There’s a risk that the populace will jump from disbelief to despondency, with no space for the critical emotion of outrage and the determination to do what we can to prevent runaway climate change and to start planning for how we will adapt to the slower changes.

The headlines are not the whole story. Let’s not give up before we start.

(via loveforearth)


Several people who were injured when a tornado devastated Joplin, Mo., last month have become sickened by an uncommon, deadly fungal infection and at least three have died, although public health officials said Friday that a link between the infection and the deaths was not certain.

Also on Friday, the death toll from the tornado was raised to 151.

Eight tornado victims have fallen ill from the mysterious infection, and each had “multiple injuries and secondary wound infections,” said Jacqueline Lapine, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Citing confidentiality rules, officials declined to discuss the treatment or condition of the patients.

The fungus that causes the infection, which is believed to be mucormycosis, is most commonly found in soil and wood, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is studying samples from the eight Joplin patients. “It is a very aggressive and severe infection,” said Dr. Benjamin Park, chief of the epidemiology team in the C.D.C.’s Mycotic Diseases Branch. “It is also very rare.”

Mucormycosis enters the body either via a puncture wound or when a victim breathes in its mold spores, officials said. Those who have weakened immune systems have a mortality rate as high as 90 percent. Other people at risk include those with diabetes or cancer and burn victims.

On Friday, the Jasper County coroner’s office said that 151 people died in the May 22 tornado. It is revising the toll as additional death reports come in from hospitals where tornado victims had been taken.

That figure includes the three dead victims who appear to have had the fungal infection — though the cause of those deaths has not yet been established because they had other injuries as well, said Rob Chappel, the Jasper County coroner.

Even before the updated death toll was released Friday, the tornado was the deadliest in the United States since modern record-keeping began. As many as one-third of the town’s buildings were damaged, including the city’s main hospital, St. John’s Regional Medical Center. St. John’s, which lay in the path of the tornado, was evacuated.

Health officials said they were not aware of any other cases of mucormycosis arising from the series of tornadoes that struck the Midwest and the South this spring, killing hundreds of people and injuring thousands.

“Although this is a naturally occurring infection, to have a cluster which potentially involves this many people is highly unusual,” Dr. Park said.

Health officials said even busy hospitals around the country might see no more than a case or two of mucormycosis each year. They have asked that tornado victims from Joplin who have wounds that have failed to heal properly see a doctor immediately. It cannot be spread from person to person.

Mucormycosis and similar fungal infections that enter the skin through puncture wounds can usually be prevented once a wound is disinfected in a hospital, health officials said. But during a natural disaster, when there is confusion and a shortage of medical personnel and supplies, wounds are sometimes treated inadequately. In Joplin, staff members from St. John’s treated some of the thousands injured at makeshift clinics.

Mucormycosis, which can have an incubation period of two weeks or more, must be treated with intravenous antibiotics and in some cases the removal of the affected tissue.

(via climateadaptation)


something I have honestly never understood: even if global warming were a hoax (it’s not)…so what?


Arabian oryx leaps back from near-extinction
The desert antelope that may have sparked the legend of the unicorn has bounced back after almost being hunted to extinction.


Chicago is the First City when it comes to permeable paving

Pictured is the streetscape design on Blue Island between Wood and Ashland in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago (still under construction).

(via earthhour)



Water and Air are required for life. Can we all agree on that? So who owns the water and who owns the air we breathe? This is a question that all of us should ponder on a regular basis as these vital elements fall deeper into the controlling hands of industries. But for now, let’s ponder this…

(via stopkillingourworld-deactivated)



This would be a very hot idea to make at Boston GreenFest.  We need a donor for pizza boxes and for aluminum foil.  Everyone could go home with a solar cooker and try cooking s’mores at the end of the summer.  This box gets up to about 200ºF.  Close to boiling point.  Perhaps we can find some creative thinkers to up the ante on the pizza box and figure out a way to raise the temperature?

To see how to make one, go here.

Awesome! Def going to try this out.