In mid-September, Pearl Johnson, age 9, climbed the Triple Direct route on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, earning her the title as the youngest person to climb the 3,000-foot granite wall.
Pearl originally wanted to climb The Nose, but it was crowded, so they switched to the much less-preferred but equally extended Triple Direct route, which parallels the Nose just before joining it for the upper third of the climb.
Taking 4 days and 3 nights, Pearl climbed with her mother, Janet, and family friend Nick Sullens, of Yosemite Search and Rescue. Pearl’s dad, Philip, a law enforcement ranger in the park, met them at the major.
“Someone asked me if I was nervous, and I stated…
A team of MIT engineers claims to have figured out how to scrub harmful carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, potentially giving the world a new weapon in the fight against climate change.
While many scientists argue that carbon capture technology is a necessary part of preventing the worst effects of climate change, current approaches to the tech have never scaled enough to be practical. Now, the team — which founded a company called Verdox to commercialize its system — thinks it may have cracked the code. By sending air past an electrically-charged plate of carbon nanotubes, they say, the system can literally suck CO2 out of the…
From Insider by Hilary Brueck
Five years ago, Dan Giusti was the chef at Noma in Copenhagen, when it was named the “best restaurant in the world.”
He served guests elaborate, 15-plus course meals, at around $300 a head. A perennial favorite was the beef tartare seasoned with black ants.
Now, his “guests” are more than 3,600 schoolkids in eight cafeterias across Connecticut and New York. For about $3.41 – less than one one-hundredth the going price of a Noma meal today – the kids are provided with fresh, flavorful, prepared foods at school.
One of his favorite dishes to serve is a cheese ravioli with homemade…
With a nice weekend ahead in #backyardbend you might be planning on spending hours racking in the yard. Check this out and instead of racking, head out for some adventure and enjoy Central Oregon.
From USA Today by Ryan W. Miller
It’s fall and that means leaves are littering lawns around the country. Time to take out the rake and bag up them up, right? Wrong.
Environmental experts say raking leaves and removing them from your property is bad not only for your lawn but for the planet as a whole.
Although people often rake fallen leaves and send them to a landfill to prevent their lawns from being smothered and to make yards look better, in most cases,…
Here is a string of “Good News” to get your week started in #backyardbend. Make this week a great one and think of what you can do to make a positive impact somewhere.
From The Good News Network
Back in August, an adaptive bike belonging to a special needs teen was stolen from his backyard in the greater Phoenix area, but the community turned the “bitter” experience into a heartwarming one. See the VIDEO AND FULL ARTICLE HERE.
Beorn (fondly known as Bubba) was born with a genetic disease that left him non-verbal and in a wheelchair, but the bike allowed him to ride alongside his family.
Not only was his big tricycle crucial in his ongoing therapy, but…
This is coming to #backyardbend in early 2020.
From KTVZ.com written by Barney Lerten. Photo by Jill Rosell
BEND, Ore. – Most of the year, the 1,000 square miles of the Black Rock Desert in northwest Nevada sit isolated, occupied by wildlife that has adapted to thrive in the harsh environment. Two nearby towns, Empire and Gerlach, are home to a population of less than 800 residents.
Then in early August, a temporary city of 80,000 begins to emerge as people arrive to erect colossal works of art. For nine days at summer’s end, a community gathers dedicated to self-expression and transformation.
It is Black Rock City, and this February, the High Desert Museum will give visitors…
If another APP helps remind people of actions to take that help the planet then we are okay with it.
From EcoWatch by Jordan Simmons
Maxime Leroux, a 19-year-old student in France is creating an online community of people executing one “save” per day for the sake of the planet.
OneSave/Day is the name of the free app that is empowering thousands to commit to just one daily action to be a better environmental steward.
“What an inspiration he is,” commented Misty Hay, an “EcoWatcher” who tuned in to an EcoWatch Live interview with Leroux on Thursday. “It’s bringing you one action every single day that you can do,” said Leroux.
Prior to the launch of this app, Leroux had…
From Fox News
WASHINGTON DC – House lawmakers passed a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony.
The so-called “PACT act” specifically bans crushing, burning, drowning and impaling animals, among other things. It would also allow officials to go after suspected animal abusers who cross state lines.
According to its co-sponsor, Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan, it would also close a big loophole. His office says the bill would specifically ban animal cruelty recorded on video.
Previous laws made it illegal to create and sell those videos, but it didn’t include the acts of cruelty in them.
Another co-sponsor of the bill, Democrat Ted Deutch, says the legislation sends a clear message that our society does not accept animal cruelty. Violations of…
Okay, although a morbid story it’s positive for the planet.
From Grist by Katie Herzog
You are going to die. It’s a frightening reality that most of us prefer to ignore, but the truth is, every breath you take brings you one closer to your last. And afterward, you’ll leave behind only your impact on the world around you. Well, that a corpse.
For most of us in the U.S., there are two options when it comes to post-life management: You are conventionally buried or you are burned. Both have downsides: If you choose to be buried, as the majority of Americans do, your body will be drained of blood and injected with a cocktail of formaldehyde, methanol, and other solvents that prevent decay. This pickling…
Here’s a great piece of “Positive News” to get you through the rest of the week. Columbiana is “Community Inspired”.
From MSN News by Jeremy Greenfield
Everyone in Columbiana knows Ryan Houck. He’s not a politician or a prominent businessman or a beloved local doctor. He’s not the baker who donates freely to support causes of every kind. He’s not the real-estate developer who offers a year rent-free to promising entrepreneurs who may not have the resources to get started on their own. And he’s not the local philanthropist who returned to town after a lifetime away and donated $500,000 to rebuild the beloved Firestone Park. Read the FULL ARTICLE HERE.
He’s just a kid. And when you talk…