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Sad people make terrible decisions – farmer

Doug Avery remembers all too well what it felt like to be a broken man. “I went through hell. I hated every day for four years. I wanted to run. The job I loved doing the most had turned into my biggest enemy.” The job was farming, the time 16 years ago and the place, Bonavaree, Avery’s “destroyed” beef and sheep farm at Grassmere, South Marlborough. Drought and the wrong tools for the job had destroyed the land, destroyed the bank account and destroyed the hopes of Avery and his wife Wendy…

 

Lessons Learned: Jammu And Kashmir Floods Aftermath

The recent floods in the state of Jammu and Kashmir surprised everyone as these were such a disastrous jiffy in almost a century. Death and destruction was at large scale and it left many homeless. The local administration failed completely to deal with the situation instead the local volunteers in their respective areas did a commendable job and some lost their lives while saving others. In the words of Daryn Kagan, ‘Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters. But out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing some extraordinary things’…

 

Copenhagen unveils first climate-change adapted neighbourhood

A visualization of the center square of St. Kjeld. The section of Copenhagen is the first neighborhood in the world to use vegetation and water to prepare for rising sea levels and other consequences of climate change.Tredje Natur

A visualization of the center square of St. Kjeld. The section of Copenhagen is the first neighborhood in the world to use vegetation and water to prepare for rising sea levels and other consequences of climate change.Tredje Natur

Come hell or high water, the residents of St. Kjeld, a Copenhagen neighborhood, will be ready. Actually, skip the hell part. But when the next megastorm hits the Danish capital, St. Kjeld’s residents should be safe and dry. That’s because as of December, they live in the world’s first climate-change-adapted neighborhood. “St. Kjeld’s transformation shows what can be done if you take climate change seriously,” says Morten Kabell, Copenhagen’s deputy mayor in charge of environment and technology. In truth, after a catastrophic cloudburst in 2011 that resulted in damage of about $1 billion, this windy port city had little choice but to find ways of protecting itself…

 

Post-Sandy NYC Subway Brims with Unknown Microbes

A glorious picture of the true-life story inside the New York City subway system is now a little more complete with the identification of DNA fragments swabbed from such system surfaces as benches, poles and turnstiles. Researchers identified nearly 1,700 species of bacteria, viruses and eukaryotes to create a “metagenomic” map of the city. One cluster of points on this grid offered a reminder of exactly how inundated and overwhelmed the city was more than two years ago when Superstorm Sandy hit…

 

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