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Build a $300 underground greenhouse

Growers in colder climates often utilize various approaches to extend the growing season or to give their crops a boost, whether it’s cold frames, hoop houses or greenhouses.

Greenhouses are usually glazed structures, but are typically expensive to construct and heat throughout the winter. A much more affordable and effective alternative to glass greenhouses is the w alpine (an Aymara Indian word for a “place of warmth”), also known as an underground or pit greenhouse. First developed over 20 years ago for the cold mountainous regions of South America, this method allows growers to maintain a productive garden year-round, even in the coldest of climates.

Here’s a video tour of a w alipini that even incorporates a bit of interior space for goats:

How a Walipini works and how to build one


t’s a pretty intriguing set-up that combines the principles of passive solar heating with earth-sheltered building. But how to make one?From American sustainable agriculture non-profit Benson Institute comes this enlightening manual on how a walipini works, and how to build it:

The Walipini utilizes nature’s resources to provide a warm, stable, well-lit environment for year-round vegetable production. Locating the growing area 6’- 8’ underground and capturing and storing daytime solar radiation are the most important principles in building a successful Walipini.

The Walipini, in simplest terms, is a rectangular hole in the ground 6 ‛ to 8’ deep covered by plastic sheeting. The longest area of the rectangle faces the winter sun — to the north in the Southern Hemisphere and to the south in the Northern Hemisphere. A thick wall of rammed earth at the back of the building and a much lower wall at the front provide the needed angle for the plastic sheet roof. This roof seals the hole, provides an insulating airspace between the two layers of plastic (a sheet on the top and another on the bottom of the roof/poles) and allows the sun’s rays to penetrate creating a warm, stable environment for plant growth.

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walipini.jpeg.492x0_q85_crop-smartThis earth-sheltered greenhouse taps into the thermal mass of the earth, so that much less energy is needed to heat up the walipini’s interior than an aboveground greenhouse. Of course, there are precautions to take in waterproofing, drainage and ventilating the walipini, while aligning it properly to the sun — which the manual covers in detail.

Best of all, according to the Benson Institute, their 20-foot by 74-foot walipnifield model out in La Paz cost around $250 to $300 only, thanks to the use of free labour provided by owners and neighbours, and the use of cheaper materials like plastic ultraviolet (UV) protective sheeting and PVC piping.

Cheap but effective, the underground greenhouse is a great way for growers toproduce food year-round in colder climates.




Mother Earth is Speaking

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/operations/heliplots_gsn.php  I monitor this site daily since 2011 and since  2/11/15 there has been a global tremor registering with these large quakes, it calmed down on the 2/22/15 now today its back with the 7M quake in Indonesia. Between 2/11 and 2/22 we had 10 earthquakes over 6 magnitude, all registering globally then quiet until today……… check it out for yourself……….. Mother Earth is preparing to rollover!!!

Who Dwells Inside The Earth?

Humans, as a species on earth with one of the highest population density, we are constantly changing our environment with no regard to how it is affecting the other species on this planet. Namely how we build our homes and communities. Who wants to live inside Mother Earth? Well, I have collected some pictures of our brothers and sisters that choose to dwell inside of Mother Earth to share with you today!



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Now that you took my virtual tour how are you feeling about the idea? Still not interested? Let me share some of the reasons why it might be a good idea to go inside of Mother Earth. We have a radiation problem in our atmosphere. Our ozone is depleting, Fukushima is spewing massive amounts of radiation into our environment, not to mention the extreme storms that are wiping out entire communities world wide in recent years. I do not want to be another doom and gloom, spreader of fear, but truly this is our present reality and so I choose to concentrate on solutions to the problems we are creating for ourselves……consider for a moment the footprint that you personally leave in your wake? Consider for a moment what the cost of powering your current dwelling really is? Now imagine how truly beautiful our planet was and will be again? Mother Earth has a voice and she is speaking to us! Gently reminding us that there is a sustainable way to use the resources that she so generously provides to us.

Extinction level events have already occurred on this planet, we are currently in the middle of one right now.

Earthen Dwelling EcoLodge Attracting Thousands Of Visitors From 75 Countries In Sweden, Even YOU Could Make One Of These!

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Earthen Dwelling EcoLodge Attracting Thousands Of Visitors From 75 Countries In Sweden, Even The Inexperienced Could Make One Of These!

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Volcanoes rumble across the planet – current activity Jan 2015

The Extinction Protocol

Volcano Watch
January 2015VOLCANIC ACTIVITYBardarbunga (Central Iceland): The visible intensity of the eruption continues to decrease gradually. The Icelandic Met office conducted air-borne measurements of the lava field last week, showing that it has significantly thickened (rather than expanded laterally) during the past weeks, and is now estimated to contain approx. 1.4 cubic kilometers of lava. Effusion rates, although decreasing, are still close to an impressive 100 m³ per second.
Fogo(Cape Verde): The eruption still continues although most of the time visible activity is very low and restricted to degassing. Minor lava effusion and sporadic flares of strombolian activity of mild to moderate size occur from time to time. Scientists from the Cabo Verde volcano observatory (OVCV) who climbed the volcano on 25 January observed small ash emissions, and published a detailed report about the most recent significant activity during 20-23 January, when explosions produced a short-lived…

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Why Keystone XL Is the Wrong Choice for America

Robert Redford: Why Keystone XL Is the Wrong Choice for America

The new Republican majority in Congress wants to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline for dirty tar sands oil. President Obama announced he will veto bills that bypass the official review of Keystone XL.

There are plenty of reasons to block these bills and this pipeline.

Keystone XL would carry the dirtiest oil on the planet from Canada through the American heartland. The vast majority of it would be shipped overseas, while people here at home cope with the threat of contaminated water and difficult-to-clean-up oil spills.


Polluters are fighting hard to get Keystone approved. The oil and gas industry pumped $53.1 million into last year’s congressional campaigns—87 percent of which went to Republican candidates. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell raked in $608,000 from the industry for his 2014 campaign, and now he is putting Keystone XL at the heart of his big polluter agenda.

But this isn’t just a battle over industry influence. This is a choice about the kind of nation we want to live in.

Do we want to live in a country where expert reviews don’t matter and industry profits trump our families’ health? Do we want to lock ourselves into a fuel that generates 17 percent more climate change pollution than crude oil and makes our children more vulnerable to extreme weather?

Or do we want something better?

America can power our economy and keep our air and water safe at the same time. The dramatic expansion in clean energy confirms it—wind and solar power accounted for 44 percent of all new US electricity generating capacity installed between 2012 and 2013.

We can put people to work tapping energy resources that never run out and don’t contribute to climate change. More than 3.4 million Americans already have jobs in the sustainable economy.

And we can place public health and well-being above a handful of polluters.

Our neighbors to the north know what’s at risk here. Oil companies are gunning for a U.S. port because Canadian citizens have refused to let more tar sands oil pipelines endanger their communities. Here is why Americans should not accept what Canadians have already rejected:

  • It will provide just 35 permanent jobs. Pipeline backers mislead the public with inflated job numbers. The truth is, according to the State Department, the pipeline will create 35 permanents jobs and 1,950 construction jobs for two years. We can create more—and less dangerous—jobs by investing in clean energy.
  • It threatens the American breadbasket. Keystone would run within a mile of more than 3,000 drinking and irrigation wells in three states. Major blowouts in Michigan and Arkansas confirmed that tar sands oil is harder to clean out of water, backyards, and neighborhoods than conventional crude.
  • Tar sands extraction devastates the environment. The process entails clear cutting, strip mining, and generating enormous amounts of waste. Toxins sit in open lagoons that leak nearly 3 million gallons into the watershed every day, contributing to elevated cancer risk among nearby First Nation villages.

Canadian tar sands oil intensifies climate change. Tar sands oil is the most carbon intensive fuel on the market. All told, the additional carbon pollution from this project would be as much as putting up to 5.7 million additional cars on the road, the State Department’s analysis found.

This pipeline is a stone dead loser for our country, and I welcome President Obama’s decision to veto reckless bills and put climate change considerations at the heart of his final assessment of the project.


Tell President Obama: Veto Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Nebraska Supreme Court Clears Way For Keystone XL Pipeline

White House Says Obama Will Veto Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

This article originally appeared at this link( http://ecowatch.com/2015/01/13/kxl-wrong-choice/utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=ec8bcbf6db-Top_News_1_15_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-ec8bcbf6db-85925021 ) all credit goes to the original author.

Nebraska landowners sue Keystone XL developer

(Reuters) – Seven Nebraska landowners on Friday filed suits against the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline, alleging that a state law that cleared the way for the massive project violates the state’s constitution.

The legal action comes a week after the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled in support of the pipeline, which aims to take Canadian oil to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast and has become a point of contention between the Republican-dominated U.S. Congress and the Obama administration.

The Nebraskans, who filed suits in York and Holt counties, alleged that TransCanada Corp used the state law to threaten eminent domain against their land this month, according to court filings published online by the Domina Law Group representing the landowners.

The suits call for an injunction against the state law, which would keep TransCanada from building on the land.

“We are committed to getting an answer to the question: is the current Nebraska law constitutional or not under our State structure,” attorney Dave Domina said in a statement.

TransCanada could not be immediately reached for comment, but company spokesman Mark Cooper told Bloomberg that the filing was not a surprise.

“We recognize that some people will continue to oppose this project no matter what process is followed in order to put up roadblocks. We accept that,” Cooper told Bloomberg.

The Nebraska Supreme Court said last Friday that it was divided and could not reach a substantive decision on the state law, leaving the legislation in place by default.

Republicans are pushing for the pipeline, a project that they say will create jobs and provide energy security for the United States.

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill for the pipeline and the Senate is scheduled to vote on it this month, despite the threat of veto from President Barack Obama, who has questioned how beneficial it will be for the country.

The U.S. State Department told other federal agencies on Friday that it needs to hear their views on the pipeline by Feb. 2 as officials conclude their assessment of the project.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Pravin Char)

This article originally appeared at this link( http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/17/us-usa-keystone-lawsuit-idUSKBN0KQ07W20150117 )all credit goes to the original author.

Louisiana Sinkhole Sacrifice Zone 13 Survivors Lonely, Rattled

BY:Deborah Dupre

Friday, January 30, 2015 9:48

World's largest sinkhole community, a human rights sacrifice zone left to oil and gas profiteers


The sinkhole capital of the world Bayou Corne has become a sad and lonely place for the handful of survivors still there. Once a thriving Cajun community with 350 residents, its rattled population has decreased almost daily down to 13 residents.


Signs of a national sacrifice zone in the oil and gas industry-coveted bayou area are all there in south Louisiana’s swampland. The zone is approximately 70 miles west of New Orleans and 50 miles southwest of Baton Rouge. It is in the flood plain of the Atchafalaya Basin and the Mississippi River. It is in the state governed by Bobby Jindal, also know as “Million Dollar Man” for the sum in oil and gas industry campaign funds he’s received.


[Photo: World’s largest sinkhole community, a human rights sacrifice zone left to oil and gas profiteers. Image Credit Julie Dermansky]


As the unprecedented giant chemical hole continues settling in Bayou Corne, most homeowners there in the sacrifice zone also have been settling with Texas Brine, the oil and gas-related company responsible for the disaster that began there in May 2012 with earthquakes and methane gas leaks. Now, houses are vacant, more completely disappearing and the residents are hurting. The dismal scene is that of a non-renewable energy sacrifice zone, unfit for human habitat.


Toleca Donacricha, like over 300 people, loved the “Laissez les bons temps rouler!’ (Let the good times roll) life on Bayou Corne. The only good times still rolling there now are for oil and gas industry folks. Donacricha’s one of only 13 people still living there.


Neighboring Grand Bayou families, who’d thrived for generations in their self-sustainable environment, left years ago for the same reasons: earth tremors and explosive gas erupting from their yards. One of the nation’s most unique cultures where families made their own Cajun music at fried catfish gatherings by moonlight and lanterns 50 years ago now aches from silence and loneliness, except for Big Energy’s machinery and other unwanted intrusions.


“It’s the socialization. It’s the companionship. It’s the support of others. Sometimes it’s just a little too quiet,” Donacricha told WAFB News reporters.


Across Highway 1, another sacrifice zone sign disturbs the peace that had existed, an unusual noise. That unwanted intrusive sound is from some residents moving their houses, taking them and everything owned as they flee. As energy refugees, they are leaving their treasured paradise, that turned into a life-threatening hell, to oil and gas profiteers.


Texas Brine estimates the size of the sinkhole to be 31.8 acres. Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness Director, John Boudreaux visited the historic site last week.


“It’s showing signs that the sides probably have some movement and filling in the deeper portion of the sinkhole,” Boudreaux said.


Only five of Texas Brine’s 53 gas vent wells are still picking up gas. The company’s breached storage cavern is filled with sediment. The sinkhole monster has not grown in ten months. That’s all according to a company spokesman. Last month, however, seismic activity there could be seen with the naked eye and prompted an official public statement.


“An increase in Seismic Activity has been observed in past weeks around the Sinkhole,” the official parish bulletin titled Seismic Activity Visible Around Sinkhole read on Jan. 16. “Activity occurred sometime last night that indicates water movement as well as a drop in water level within the contained area of the sinkhole.”


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