Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Eye-popping bug photos

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
"The Quantum Factor" – Apr 10, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Galaxies, Universe, Intelligent design, Benevolent design, Aliens, Nikola Tesla (Quantum energy), Inter-Planetary Travel, DNA, Genes, Stem Cells, Cells, Rejuvenation, Shift of Human Consciousness, Spontaneous Remission, Religion, Dictators, Africa, China, Nuclear Power, Sustainable Development, Animals, Global Unity.. etc.) - (Text Version)

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

(Live Kryon Channelings was given 7 times within the United Nations building.)

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“… 4 - Energy (again)

The natural resources of the planet are finite and will not support the continuation of what you've been doing. We've been saying this for a decade. Watch for increased science and increased funding for alternate ways of creating electricity (finally). Watch for the very companies who have the most to lose being the ones who fund it. It is the beginning of a full realization that a change of thinking is at hand. You can take things from Gaia that are energy, instead of physical resources. We speak yet again about geothermal, about tidal, about wind. Again, we plead with you not to over-engineer this. For one of the things that Human Beings do in a technological age is to over-engineer simple things. Look at nuclear - the most over-engineered and expensive steam engine in existence!

Your current ideas of capturing energy from tidal and wave motion don't have to be technical marvels. Think paddle wheel on a pier with waves, which will create energy in both directions [waves coming and going] tied to a generator that can power dozens of neighborhoods, not full cities. Think simple and decentralize the idea of utilities. The same goes for wind and geothermal. Think of utilities for groups of homes in a cluster. You won't have a grid failure if there is no grid. This is the way of the future, and you'll be more inclined to have it sooner than later if you do this, and it won't cost as much….”

"Fast-Tracking" - Feb 8, 2014 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Reference to Fukushima / H-bomb nuclear pollution and a warning about nuclear > 20 Min)

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change
In a bid to combat climate change, US President Barack Obama announced the Clean Power Plan on Monday, marking the first time power plants have been targeted by mandatory regulations on carbon dioxide emissions in the US.
Google: Earthday 2013

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Environmentally-friendly artificial grass?

Imagine a lawn or a sports field made from artificial grass. It's hard to imagine something more unnatural, but Desso, a major Belgian-Dutch carpet manufacturer, is planning to introduce completely recyclable, environmentally-friendly artificial grass this year.

Desso's managing director Stef Kranendijk explains why artificial grass is better for the environment than the natural stuff:

"A vast amount of expensive water is necessary to keep playing fields green. And then there's the pesticides and herbicides used to get rid of the weeds, that's a real assault on the environment. You can also play far fewer matches on natural grass. If you are planning a competition, you need at least five playing fields; that uses five times the water and pesticides."


The artificial grass industry focuses primarily on the sports market. The walls of the reception centre at the Desso factory in Dendermonde is resplendent with shirts from well-known clubs, including the Spanish national football team, the Philadelphia Eagles, Arsenal and Anderlecht FC, that have all bid natural grass playing fields farewell.

Mr Kranendijk says the company has still got a lot to achieve: "Just eight percent of the sports fields in the European Union are artificial grass, so we've got a long way to go".

Unfortunately artificial grass is made of plastic, or to be slightly more precise, polyethylene. And until now, when it wore out, that huge plastic carpet ended up in an incinerator or was dumped on a rubbish tip. But things are changing: Desso is planning to develop a grass carpet that is completely recyclable; when the plastic playing field has worn out, it will be returned to the factory and entirely reused without any loss of quality.

The principle is called Cradle-to-Cradle or C2C. It was originally a US recycling philosophy, but the principle is winning more and more adherents in the Netherlands. It's hardly a surprising phenomena as 100 percent recycling is good for the environment, cheaper in the long run and gives companies a very valuable green image. It's a win-win situation all round. Mr Kranendijk is the first to admit that his clients are prepared to pay extra for a super-environmentally-friendly product.


Just because 100 percent C2C is not yet possible doesn't detract from the basic idea. It is still impossible to expect that the plastic for the artificial grass will be created from plants - futuristic biopolymers - or that the vehicles transporting the carpet will run on green electricity, but that is the ultimate aim: 100 percent recyclable and zero percent pollution.

Desso is making a valiant attempt: the electricity that runs the factory is water-generated. It's not perfect, after all, reservoirs and dams also damage the environment, but the electricity generated is far cleaner than the electricity generated by coal, gas or nuclear power plants. A significant proportion of the water is also re-claimed and re-used and the company hopes to raise that proportion to 100 percent in the near future.


And then there is the recyclable artificial grass itself. Understandably, Mr Kranendijk refused to reveal exactly how Desso plans to make it, as competition is stiff. However, he did say that the blades of grass and the backing will be created from the same material. It is far from simple and has taken years of research as the two components perform very, very different functions and must fulfil other requirements. However, success is on the horizon and once the playing field has worn out, the entire grass carpet will be taken up and melted down into new polyethylene granules and used to make another artificial playing field.

At the moment, C2C artificial grass is in the final phase of development and the company hopes to lay the first 100 percent recyclable sports field in April, where athletes can train to their hearts’ content, happy in the knowledge that it's made of eco-plastic.


Aden said...

The first best thing with artificial turf is it doesn’t need water to poured everyday like natural grass. The maintenance finds less. It always looks lush green, no matter whatever the season. It appears to looks and feels like the real grass. Not only has this but the Artificial Turf Perth got lot many benefits.

Phil Grahm Salt said...

Indeed, artificial grass is a very green surfacing option. it saves water as well as fuel for mowing. Plus, you get to save money. That's why in many tennis courts construction projects, one of the top choices in surfacing.