Planten En Bloemen Tue, 10 May 2022 06:59:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Planten En Bloemen 32 32 Native Hawaiian Plants Play a Key Role in Erosion Control in West Maui Tue, 10 May 2022 04:47:00 +0000

KAHANA (HawaiiNewsNow) – Heavy equipment pushed sand from one end of the beach to the other in front of the village of Kahana in West Maui Monday morning.

The work involves restoring a dune that is deteriorating due to erosion and endangering the beach and the surrounding buildings.

“There is an ongoing erosion challenge in the Kahana area and really along many shorelines in West Maui in general,” said Tara Owens, coastal geologist from the University of Hawaii Sea Grant.

It’s a battle that business owners and locals have been waging for years.

Ten years ago, the same company was hired to dig up and remove approximately 25 large sandbags which acted as temporary and emergency shoreline reinforcement. Dune restoration was also carried out at the time. However, over the years the native naupaka plant has destroyed the dune.

So the company was hired again to remove the naupaka, reform the dune, and plant other native plants like pohuehue and akiaki.

It’s an approach that has worked in other areas around Maui.

“We have some really good examples around the island and they’ve kind of become a model for our state,” Owens said.

However, Owens said it was still a temporary fix and residents wanted long-term solutions.

“It’s like putting a bandage on a staph infection. It’s like we have a systemic problem here with erosion,” said Kai Nishiki, a Maui community advocate. “At the end of the day, we’re going to have to pay for this while these risky investors take their money and run away.”

Owens said the long-term plan is to build T-groynes to stabilize the beach.

Residents said they wanted transparency throughout the process.

“The county, the state, whoever, if they give these permits, make sure they make it public or put out a public notice or something. So we all know that. Then we can be satisfied. If we like watching it, we can look it up if they do it the right way,” said West Maui resident Junya Nakoa.

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Rain barrels offer a way to reduce water costs, prevent runoff Mon, 09 May 2022 21:24:39 +0000

“You’re collecting rainwater instead of letting it run down the street,” said Maria Rose, environmental engineer for the city of Newton. “When it rains, stormwater picks up pollutants along the way.”

Rose said pollutants such as trash and oil were on the streets. She said it is best to capture stormwater directly from rainfall, which reduces the risk of pollution.

“There are over 326 million trillion gallons of water on Earth. Yet only 1% is fresh and available for human consumption,” according to The Great American Rain Barrel website.

Newton City Council member Emily Norton said the runoff takes with it “everything that’s on those paved surfaces like fertilizer, animal waste and leaves.” Although the leaves are natural, she says, when they end up in bodies of water, the nutrients can lead to invasive species and bacteria.

“We have a phosphorus pollution problem in the Charles River,” Norton said. “You ideally want to collect that water and reuse it on your property.”

Norton said the more rainwater that goes back into the ground and not into the storm drains, the better.

“These storm drains aren’t processing anything,” Norton said. “It’s not like the sewage treatment plant that has all sorts of processes to treat the water before it’s discharged.”

Rose said the Department of Public Works offers rain barrels in early May because summer brings higher water bills and water usage. Hot summer droughts contribute to increased water use when watering plants, lawns and gardens, she said, so storing rainwater from rain barrels helps reduce costs and resources.

Norton said residents would be “more resilient” during a drought if they had a rain barrel. “We suddenly have much more frequent droughts,” she said, explaining that droughts have been more frequent in recent years.

Another reason residents may be interested in buying a rain barrel is to save money when watering, Rose said, and the amount each household will save depends heavily on the weather. , the use of rainwater and the number of barrels per family.

Newton’s water supply is generated by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Norton said. “Our water is expensive,” Norton said. “We have excellent water, it tastes good, it is very clean, but it is very expensive.” Norton said residents can save on their water bills by using rainwater to water their gardens and lawns.

Rose said last year was the first year for Newton to provide rain barrels to residents after a hiatus of a few years.

There was an influx of interest last year due to years the barrels weren’t offered, Rose said, and the pandemic played a part in the increase in sales – with 108 barrels sold in 2021.

“During the pandemic, there have been more people spending time on their own property. Therefore, there is more interest in rain barrels,” Rose said.

According to the Great American Rain Barrel website, approximately 40% of household water is used outdoors, although gardens and lawns actually benefit more from natural rainwater.

“Rainwater is a healthy source of chlorine-free, chemical-free water for plants,” Rose said.

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BODY404 Honors Mental Health Month With A Cornucopia Of Unique Fashion Designers To Celebrate Your Beauty Mon, 09 May 2022 14:05:00 +0000

NEW YORK, May 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — May is Mental Health Month and BODY404 celebrates it with an array of global independent creators and designers designed to help Gen Z and Millennials find unique fashion to build a positive body image while expressing individuality in ways they never thought possible.

“Don’t bottle your beauty,” said BODY404’s brand manager Charles Wang. “Our freelance designers are here to deliver unique and on-trend fashion styles to help you feel more inclusive to help build your confidence and overcome any body image issues you may have.”

From dresses, skirts and sweaters to coats, there’s something for every young consumer with authentic and groundbreaking designs. The BODY404 line of activewear will make everyone feel more comfortable while getting in shape by working out at their local gym.

With stunning false eyelashes from the Mlen Diary collection and a full range of luxury aesthetic jewelry including earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings, finding an item that can enhance and add style to your life to help Bringing out your inner beauty is easy.

One of the site’s innovative products called Sticool tattoo stickers can also add color and creativity to help tell the story of every chapter of your life.

The brand’s temporary or disposable tattoo stickers fade naturally after a few days while herbal semi-permanent tattoo stickers can last 2-4 weeks. There are also personalized stickers. The Sticool brand was created by three university graduates from California.

There is a large assortment of trending decal designs across the United States, Europe, Australiaand the Middle East.

The e-commerce site is a digital showcase of curated products that elevate, innovate, and advance global culture. All brands are born at the intersection of connection and self-expression. BODY404 specializes in expressive youth fashion for people who are passionate about their active lifestyle.

“You’ll find unique clothing, accessories and decorations that shake up industry standards and defy expectations,” Wang said.

BODY404 is a place to discover unique new products and exciting ways to show your individuality of what makes you unique without breaking the bank. It is also a place to find timeless designs for self-expression with various unique brands that are worldly and sociable.

“We don’t follow unpredictable and unstable fashion trends, because our products uniquely showcase who you are,” Wang said.

In addition to jewelry, apparel, and footwear fashion products, BODY404 also offers a selection of accessories, home and life, and beauty products.

Some other innovative products from BODY404 such as biodegradable phone cases are unique solutions to save the planet while protecting your phone. The cases are made from wheat straw converted into a plastic-like material that’s impact-resistant but won’t hang around in landfills for too long.

The 100% biodegradable material produces no waste. The renewable straw material decomposes between three and six months in home composters to provide natural fertilizer for the garden.

Thanks to this soft and flexible material, the cases are more impact resistant than most plastic phone cases. The printing on these cases is also environmentally friendly with non-toxic ink reducing pollutants to the environment.

BODY404 was founded in 2021 by a community of international creatives, but all products in its marketplace are of the highest quality and made in China for substantial savings.

“To begin your journey to find authentic, unique, innovative products that can help build a positive body image to express your youthful personality more confidently, shop the BODY404 website today,” Wang said.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Charles Wang at 4127373050 or [email protected].


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Brand Manager
New York, NY
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]]> Asutsuare “Human scarecrows?” | Features | Sun, 08 May 2022 20:03:13 +0000

On May 1, 2022, Labor Day, TV3 News aired the story of rice farmers in Asutsuare employing human beings as scarecrows to keep birds away from their rice paddies. This was in addition to the use of catapults in the “anti-bird” role as we soldiers use special weapons in the anti-tank role.

The mention of Asutsuare brought back memories of my time in Asutsuare in 1983, training for a peacekeeping mission with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) before we were transferred to the Guards Training Center. borders of Kpetoe.


Where is Asutsuare? Asutsuare is a town located between the hills of Shai and Akuse, in the Shai-Osudoku district of the Eastern region. It is south of Akuse with the Volta River running along it south through Sogakope to Ada in the Atlantic. Its fertile semi-swampy soils were identified in the 1960s as being good not only for growing rice, but also for growing sugar cane.

Therefore, with Komenda in 1965, Asutsuare became the hub of sugar cane production to fuel the industrial sugar production drive of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah. The plant was designed to crush two thousand (2,000) tons of sugar cane per day.

However, the February 1966 coup that overthrew Osagyefo brought an abrupt end to Asutsuare’s ambitious plan to develop into a major agricultural hub for rice and sugar cane production. Since then, the small farmers have continued to cultivate rice.

It is in this context that the program of rice farmers enlisting the services of little boys to play the role of scarecrows was broadcast. As funny as it may sound to hear human scarecrows making noise with cans filled with rocks, as well as their voices, that was the reality on television. It was a rather depressing and dehumanizing sight.

The farm owner said he paid the human ‘scarecrows’ 20 cedis a day for twelve hours of work from 5:50 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to make noise to drive away the birds that ate the rice. The “scarecrows” were also equipped with catapults with which they hurled stones at the thousands of offending birds.

The farmer complained that after all their hard work and the problems they are going through, marketing is a problem.

Indeed, in the Northern Region, television images regularly show warehouses of stacked bags of rice, miniature versions of the “peanut pyramids” of Kano in the 1960s before Nigeria fell on oil!


One problem that Asutsuare rice farmers complained about was/is the lack of fertilizer. This is a recurring problem in the news, not only for rice but also for cocoa, the mainstay of our agriculture, as well as for all crops. Indeed, the fertilizer shortage has been attributed to smuggling into neighboring countries where smugglers make windfall profits from subsidized fertilizer from Ghana.

So it was a surprise when recently the fertilizer shortage was blamed on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The war that started in February 2022 was ingeniously/dishonestly blamed a month later for the shortage of fertilizer in Ghana!

Expert talk on radio and television suggests that 70% of Ghana’s waste is organic. The obvious question is why do we continue to import chemical fertilizers at great expense when we can produce fertilizer cheaply from our own organic waste?

Indeed, the production of fertilizer is not rocket science! In the 1970s, fertilizers were produced in Teshie, Accra. A road in Teshie is named “Fertilizer Road” in the general area of ​​the factory location.

In the military enclave of Teshie, two sewage treatment plants turned human waste into manure in the 1970s/1980s.


According to a report by the Ghana News Agency, thousands of bags of local rice harvested during the agricultural year in 2021 remained in warehouses and farmers’ houses. Indeed, with their high cost of production, Ghanaian rice farmers cannot compete with the relatively cheaper rice from Vietnam, Thailand, India and Pakistan with their economies of scale.

Meanwhile, Ghana imported $39 million worth of rice in 2020, making us the 20th largest rice importer in the world. Is it a “rice oligarchy” at work against local production, as is often claimed?

In addition, foreign rice has become cheaper due to the reduction of reference value rebates, ostensibly to encourage foreign investment in Ghana. In the process, Ghanaian rice farmers are being put at a price as they struggle to break even.


It is mind-boggling to understand why Ghana continues to import large quantities of rice while local rice farmers cannot find buyers for their produce. Indeed, research has shown that rice can be grown in all 16 regions of Ghana. In the mid-1970s, under General Acheampong’s OPERATION FEED, Ghana was a net exporter of rice with the Dawhenya brand of rice as its flagship product.

Like toothpicks and the like, there is no excuse for Ghana to import rice when local rice is unpopulated. The so-called fragrant rices imported from other countries are certainly no more nutritious than our locally produced rice which I enjoy. It is the government’s responsibility to design policies that will help our agriculture grow.

And Ghanaians, let’s show patriotism by eating our own rice!

Using human beings as “human scarecrows” in Asutsuare to ward off birds is an exercise in futility and an affront to our dignity as a nation in the 21st century. When I saw on TV an old lady with a catapult throwing stones at birds for 12 hours to get paid twenty cedis, I lowered my head in shame!

The English poet said “They think too little who speak too much!”

Leading is not talking. It’s about doing!

Lead, lead!

Dear Ghanaians, WAKE UP!

Brig Gen Dan Frimpong (Rtd)

Former CEO, African Peace Support Trainers Association

Nairobi, Kenya

President of the council

Family Health University College


[email protected]

Source: Brig Gen Dan Frimpong (Rtd), former CEO, African Peace Support Trainers Association, Nairobi, Kenya

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I’m a gardening expert – five easy ways to protect your plants from slugs and snails Sun, 08 May 2022 14:41:20 +0000

ACHIEVING the garden of your dreams can take years.

So there is nothing more frustrating than when pests such as slugs and snails arrive and ruin your lovely plants and flowers.


Gardening expert Louise Findlay-Wilson shared five steps to help get rid of pests. Pictured, stock imageCredit: Getty

But according to an expert, there are five very simple steps that can help eliminate them from your garden.

And the best part? These are all perfectly natural methods that cause no harm to the environment.

Louise Findlay-Wilson spoke to L’Express and revealed her top tips…


Louise begins by recommending that homeowners with green fingers carefully select plants that aren’t as attractive to pests.

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She goes on to explain that she has 17 Hosta plants in her garden – a plant widely known to attract pests – but notes that she rarely has problems with them.

Why? Because she strategically opts for varieties that have thicker leaves, making them harder to damage.


Then the gardening expert advises feeding your plants.

The theory behind this is really quite simple, with Louise explaining that the healthier the plants are, the thicker their leaves will become.

As a result, they will be much stronger and able to cope with an influx of hungry pests.


Louise goes on to suggest putting in place a physical barrier to prevent slugs and snails from entering your plants.

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“There are a number of things worth trying, like crushed eggshells, gravel or sand – all of which are uncomfortable for a slug or snail to crawl around on,” he explains. she.

The gardening expert also recommends applying mulch to your lawn to help deter slugs and snails.

She notes that although more expensive than other products, a mulch from a product called Strulch will work for up to two years.


Louise also points to the benefits of using beer – adding that the “yeast smell” tends to attract pests.

However, the idea is not popular with everyone – and even Louise has her doubts.

“While I’m a big fan of kitchen cabinet remedies, I’m not sure beer traps don’t attract more slugs to a garden than there already are,” she says. .


The gardening expert notes that attracting more wildlife – including birds and hedgehogs – to your garden will also naturally help deter pests.

“There are many ways to do this, from building birdhouses to making food balls,” she explains.

“You can also let your garden grow a bit as various wildlife species like a wilder habitat.”

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Increase the beauty of the perennial garden | Diary-Mail Sun, 08 May 2022 06:31:28 +0000 Give your perennials a boost this spring with a layer of compost, aged manure or other organic material. It’s a great way to revive tired gardens, improve a garden’s overall health, and keep vibrant perennials healthy and blooming.

Research has found that covering your garden with compost every year or two provides most, if not all, of the nutrients that most perennials need. It feeds the soil, which in turn feeds your plants. Let a soil test report and your plant’s performance determine if additional fertilizer is needed. Spring is the perfect time to add that too.

When purchasing compost, it should appear light and fluffy. Take a puff, it shouldn’t have a strong smell of ammonia, rotten food or other unpleasant smell. It should have a rich, earthy smell and not be covered in flies or maggots. If jumping worms are a problem in your area, ask your compost supplier how they manage compost to avoid spreading this invasive pest.

Once you have the necessary organic matter, you are ready to begin. Remove mulch if necessary. Keep it handy, so you can put it back in place when you’re done amending the soil.

Top dressing is the first step in the process. Simply spread a 1-2 inch layer of compost or other organic matter over the surface of the soil. Be careful not to bury the crown of your plants.

You can let the compost sit on the surface of the soil or lightly mix it into the top inch with a hand cultivator. Earthworms, ground beetles and other organisms will move it through the soil and around plant roots to where they are needed.

The second stage is especially useful for those with heavy or compacted soils. Once the compost is in place, do some vertical mulching. Use an auger on your cordless drill. Simply drill holes in the ground between the plants. This aerates the soil and pushes some of the compost into the soil, further boosting your efforts.

Vertical mulching helps to speed up the process a bit by bringing the compost closer to plant roots and soil organisms that will help incorporate it into the soil. The openings created in the soil allow air, water and fertilizers to enter the soil surface and reach the root zone.

Then be sure to put back the mulch you removed from the garden or add more mulch if needed.

Maintaining an inch or two of organic mulch on the soil surface not only conserves moisture and suppresses weeds; he also continues to improve the soil. As organic mulch breaks down, it adds organic matter and nutrients to the soil.

Investing time to create and maintain healthy soil goes a long way to making your garden a beautiful part of the landscape.

iPhone 15 might remove Lightning port but Apple has bigger charging issues Sat, 07 May 2022 12:48:22 +0000

As the EU prepares to introduce a new law that will force phone makers (among other manufacturers) to remove all proprietary charging ports from their devices and switch to USB-C (the considered port as the gold standard in charging and data transfer), we all have our eyes on Cupertino… It’s no surprise that the European Union amendment is partly aimed at the biggest player of the technology industry – Apple. And while I’ll leave the moral of the story for another day (if government legislation directly interferes with corporate design decisions), I’ll admit that I agree with this amendment (which is still not engraved in marble).

However, the reason I want the iPhone 15 to (finally) switch ports isn’t just because “USB-C is better than Lightning”, which is a fact. Really, Apple state of charge has been a bit mess for a long time, and it’s time to talk about it everything.

iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods and whatever else Apple can support…

Slow charging on modern iPhones, including iPhone 13 Pro and possibly iPhone 14

Before arriving at biggest talking pointsI can’t give Apple any slack, that’s why I’m going to address the biggest elephant in the room, which is certainly not the the most problematic the elephant. Charging iPhones is slow.

Here are the charging speeds for Apple’s flagship iPhone 13 Pro Max:

  • iPhone 13 Pro Max charging time with a 65W charger ≈ 1h45
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max charging time with a 20W charger ≈ 1h55
  • Charging time iPhone 13 Pro Max with MagSafe ≈ 2:20h

Of course, the most common charger among all users will be Apple’s standard 20W charger, which as you can see can recharge the 4352 mAh battery of the iPhone 13 Pro Max in two hours (more or less).

Technically, it’s extremely slow, especially compared to modern Android flagships from OnePlus, Xiaomi and even Samsung, which support charging speeds of 45-120W and fully recharge in 15-30 minutes. or about an hour in the case of Samsung. .

Then, on a practical level, as someone who has been using a fast charging device for over two years (Huawei P30 Pro), I can tell you that it can save your life, if not save your life. So the question remains, why does my Huawei 2019 phone charge twice as fast as an iPhone 13 Pro Max, which has roughly the same battery size? Apple? No one?

iPhone 13: MagSafe isn’t secure…or wireless…and certainly not fast…

We’re moving on to Apple’s MagSafe chargers, which were introduced with the iPhone 12 and are clearly here to stay, for reasons that are unclear to me and I believe many others. To cut to the chase, I have only three problems with MagSafe:

  • MagSafe is not only slow, but it’s the slowest (wired) way to charge a phone in 2022
  • MagSafe is less “wireless” than standard wireless charging because it’s basically a magnetic wired charger
  • MagSafe is not really… safewhich was the original purpose of MagSafe on Mac (you can definitely knock your iPhone off the table if you trip over the cable)
And that’s about it. I don’t see any real benefit to charging an iPhone with MagSafe. Of course, the fact that you can magnetically attach accessories with this feature is indeed a very useful feature, but that has nothing to do with the MagSafe charger itself.

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro: reverse wireless charging, Apple?

Why reverse wireless charging is the best feature the iPhone doesn’t have

This one looks more like my personal pet peeve than the rest of Apple’s “charging issues”, but I find it really confusing. My Pixel 6 Pro and my Huawei P30 Pro (2019) can charge my headphones wirelessly – I just have to put my headphones on the back of the phones. It might seem like a fancy feature to some who’ve never used it, but that’s only if you think about it in the context of “staying at home where you have access to a charger”.

But once you start moving around – whether you’re at the gym, forgot to charge your headphones, or you’re going on a trip where you’re trying to pack lightly and only want to pack If you have a charger and Lightning cable with you, Reverse Wireless Charging can be a very useful feature, allowing you to charge your AirPods and maybe even Apple Watch on the back of your iPhone.

Not to mention that, similar to fast charging, reverse wireless charging can save the day. For example, you can top up someone’s dead phone just enough for them to use Google Maps or call an Uber to get home safely.

It looks like reverse wireless charging isn’t coming to the iPhone 14

So yes – you should absolutely be able to charge your AirPods and even Apple Watch on the back of your iPhone, but it doesn’t look like this feature is coming to the iPhone 14. At least according to leaks and rumours, which don’t t mention RWC. The weirdest part of the story is that the iPhone 13 supports direct recharge, where you can charge your iPhone, which can then itself charge Apple’s MagSafe battery at the same time, when it’s attached to it. This means the technology is practically there, but Apple has decided not to give the iPhone 13 the actual RWC.

It’s thought that Apple might introduce reverse wireless charging to the iPad first, but of course for that to happen the iPad needs to switch to using glass or plastic on its back or at least a small part of it. iPhone users? Get in the queue.

Different chargers for every Apple device: The wrong Apple in the walled garden

But the real rotten apple in the walled garden isn’t the fact that iPhones charge slowly or… MagSafe. It’s the fact that almost the entire Apple product portfolio uses different chargers. Allow me to clarify:

  • The iPhone charges via a Lightning cable
  • Most iPads charge via USB-C, but the standard iPad still uses a Lightning port
  • The latest MacBook Pro can charge via USB-C, but MagSafe offers the fastest charge you can get, and it’s the only cable you get in the box
  • AirPods charge via Lightning cable but Beats headphones and earphones (made by Apple) use USB-C
  • The Apple Watch uses a proprietary charger, which has been around for ages

To put all of this into perspective, if you were to go on a trip, carrying your iPhone, iPad Pro, Apple Watch and MacBook Pro (2021), you would need to carry four separate cables so that you could charge these devices and/or take full advantage of them. of their carrying capacity. introducing the leak Apple’s dual-port USB-C charger is expected to go on sale soon.

In the end: is it a question of money and will the iPhone 15 be portless?

It’s strange to see such a key part of Apple’s ecosystem being overlooked, to say the least… Apple products are meant to work together seamlessly, and they do, at least. exception of this part which is loading. And that’s just not the Apple experience people expect from the world’s largest technology company.

Does Cupertino favor petty cash over a universal top-up solution, which would make people’s lives easier? Likely. It’s also probably why Tim Cook & Co decided to remove chargers from the iPhone box, which is another bizarre move now adopted by a number of Android phone makers, including Samsung.

On that topic… Why not make the onboard charger optional and let people decide if they need it? Also, why not give the iPhone 14 Pro a fast charge? Whether it is a “pro” feature if not a standard feature. Or why not give him reverse wireless charging so he can charge an Apple Watch and AirPods?

This may have been Apple’s plan all along…a portless iPhone. We’ve heard rumors of an iPhone without a SIM card tray, and sure enough, rumors around Apple’s “wireless-only” iPhone have been circulating for years now.

Well, it looks like thanks to the EU, 2023 could be the year we get the answers to this long-standing question. In my opinion, Apple will not agree to move to USB-C, because if the company was inclined to do so, it would have done so a while ago. The most obvious solution for Apple now remains MagSafe. And you already know how I feel about that.

How do you feel about that?

Indian power plants are running out of coal Fri, 06 May 2022 05:56:06 +0000

EELECTRICITY HAS is becoming increasingly rare in India. In a recent survey, two-thirds of households said they had experienced regular power outages. Residents of some rural areas in northern states report receiving only a few hours of electricity per day. The shortage has even reached uptown areas of Delhi, the capital, whose pampered residents are generally isolated from many of the inconveniences suffered by their compatriots.

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The most immediate reason for the crisis is the scorching heat. The past two months have been even warmer than usual in South Asia. In northwest and central India, average temperatures in March and April were the highest since records began 122 years ago (see map). As a result, air conditioners in homes and offices hummed to levels not typically seen until mid-May. This is on top of already growing demand following the easing of covid-19 related restrictions and an upturn in economic activity.

India no longer lacks capacity. Over the past two decades, it has built more coal-fired power plants, which generate about 70% of the country’s electricity, and accelerated the expansion of renewable energy. It also connected all but a tiny percentage of households to the grid (but not 24-hour power).

But in recent weeks coal-fired power plants have not received enough coal to operate at full capacity. At the start of this month, more than 100 of India’s 173 thermal power plants had extremely low inventories. In late April, Delhi officials said the capital could run out of coal within days, threatening electricity supplies to hospitals and the metro. Power plants scrambled to get fuel from state-owned Coal India and paid high prices for coal at auction.

One of the reasons for the shortage is that coal is difficult to move. Demand for rail travel recovered quickly after the relaxation of covid measures in March, causing busy tracks. The government has canceled hundreds of passenger trains over the next few weeks to make way for freight trains.

But there is a deeper and older reason: power producers have no incentive to keep large stocks of coal because they are not sure of being paid regularly. Electricity billing and payment are patchy, leaving many distribution companies in the red and unable to pay power plants, which in turn struggle to pay miners. “They knew for two months that coal stocks were dwindling, but instead of hoarding them then, we now have a bunch of broke entities scrambling to buy coal and power at a premium price. “says Karthik Ganesan of the Energy, Environment Council. and Water, a think tank in Delhi.

In the short term, power stations and distributors have no choice but to fend for themselves. In the longer term, several corrections are possible. One is to ensure that existing coal stocks are used by the most efficient plants, which are disadvantaged by long-standing distribution contracts that favor older, more fuel-intensive plants. This could reduce coal consumption by around 6% a year, Ganesan estimates, freeing up stocks for emergencies. And as the government continues to develop renewable energy, the pressure should ease.

Another solution is to convince more electricity users to pay for electricity. Farmers in many states are entitled to free energy. About 10% of households connected to the network do not receive regular bills. Theft is rampant. A study in 2019 by PwVSan accounting firm, estimated that utility companies lose about a fifth of their revenue to theft, meter tampering and leaks from faulty power lines.

Fixing the dysfunctional electricity distribution system will become more urgent as India gets richer. Climate change will make extreme temperatures more common. More Indians will install air conditioning: currently, only one in ten households has one. The International Energy Agency, a forecaster, estimates that to meet electricity demand over the next 20 years, India will need to more than triple its installed capacity of 400 gigawatts, adding another 950GWor about the size of EUelectricity market. Getting by will no longer be an option.

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GREEN LIVING: Gardening for climate action Thu, 05 May 2022 23:00:03 +0000 The opportunities to garden are endless and the benefits to the Sudbury community are many

With April showers come May flowers…and eventually nuts, fruits and vegetables.

If you haven’t started your plants indoors, May is the perfect time to start planning your garden.

There are many gardening options for all sizes of space:

  • balcony,
  • window sill,
  • backyard,
  • front yard
  • or community garden bed.


Gardening has many benefits that are linked to our community’s action against climate change.

Gardening is great for our own wellbeing and also contributes to our community’s action against climate change and our goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Did you know that 25 30% of global emissions are attributable to our food systems?

Climate change mitigation (reducing our greenhouse gas emissions)

The foods you eat and grow can help reduce your carbon footprint!

  1. Grow your own food or buy local to reduce your food miles. You can calculate your food miles through web pages such as

    According to this calculator, a tomato traveling 733 km would emit 132 kg of CO2. This is a very rough estimate that doesn’t take into account many factors, but it can help you think about where your food is coming from. By making a salad with your own tomatoes, lettuce, red pepper, onion, cucumber etc., how many GHG emissions would you avoid?

  2. Use plants to protect your home from the weather. Gardens can also include trees that help make your home more energy efficient. Large trees and shrubs can be oriented appropriately to act as windbreaks and shade. This helps keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, allowing you to use less energy.
  3. Choose plants that require less watering. The water that comes from your faucet and garden hose uses a lot of energy to be pumped and treated. You can use xeriscaping (choosing drought-tolerant plants) and choose native plants to reduce water requirements. Native plants have adapted to live without supplemental watering. As a ground cover, clover does not require much water or mowing and it fixes nitrogen and provides nutrients to other plants around it. Fruit trees and shrubs also require very little watering once they are established (after the first year) due to their deep roots.
  4. Buy local plants and seeds. Some garden centers in Greater Sudbury grow their plants from seed, and some even harvest seeds native to our regional forests and green spaces. Examples are Northern Wildflowers, Southview Greenhouse Growers and Laurett Garden.

    You should also make sure to choose non-invasive species. Use the “Grow Me Instead: A Guide for Northern Ontario” to avoid problems with invasive species that may be sold at garden centres. The guide is available online, under “Resources”.

    Did you know that the main branch of the Greater Sudbury Public Library has a seed catalogue? Just use your library card and you can collect free seeds!

Climate change adaptation (preparing for climate change related events such as floods, extreme heat, drought, wind)

You can make your property more resilient to climate change:

  1. Plant a rain garden. A rain garden can simply mean a strategically placed sunken garden in an area that tends to pool or drain water on your property. Let the rain do the work of watering the plants and let the garden help prevent flooding and runoff. A true rain garden can absorb up to 30% more water than a flat lawn. Remember that all your gardens can be versatile. For example, a rain garden can also be a pollinator garden and it can also provide food.
  2. Install a rain barrel. Using a rain barrel to collect rainwater could fall under both mitigation and adaptation. By using rainwater instead of tap water to water your lawn and plants, you save energy. Retaining a large amount of rainwater to use slowly over time prevents flooding and runoff while providing water during periods of drought.

    With climate change, there will be more severe or longer lasting weather events. Therefore, a rainstorm can last longer and cause flooding, but a heat wave can also be more severe and cause drought. Rain barrels can address both situations and are a great addition to any property. You can receive a reimbursement from the City of Greater Sudbury of 50% of the billed cost up to a maximum of $60 per barrel, with a maximum of two barrels per property, including taxes.

  3. Discover indigenous gardening techniques. Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) refers to the knowledge of Indigenous peoples over generations through direct contact with the environment. We can learn a lot about soils, gardens, medicinal plants and ecosystems through SEK and, in turn, learn about the cultures and beliefs of our indigenous peoples.

    An example of how traditional knowledge is incorporated into gardening is the “three sisters” technique. The Three Sisters are corn, beans and squash and have been an important part of Aboriginal history for centuries. The technique is not simply to plant them in a row; understanding their ecological needs is the key to plant timing and spacing. Check out the Three Sisters to see how they grow together and share nutrients, shade and support. This is yet another, more holistic method of reducing watering needs and providing a garden that is more resilient to climate change.

  4. Compost. Composting is another element that contributes to both mitigation and adaptation. It reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill, reduces GHG emissions, and provides healthy soil and mulch that helps retain moisture in the garden. Composting has many benefits, whether it’s backyard composting or participating in the household green cart program through the City.


Participate in your community

There are many opportunities in Greater Sudbury to explore gardening and farming. Check out the Greater Sudbury Food Access Map to find local farms and community gardens.

How many of these activities can you check off this summer? Experiment and have fun!

  • Visit or join a community garden (we have over 30!)
  • Visit a farm (we have producers of eggs, honey, meat, vegetables, and more!)
  • Volunteer (did you know we have a community farm and food forest?)
  • Donate products to those in need (find a way to share your generosity!)
  • Donate bouquets to charities (your flowers can put smiles on faces!)
  • Get the kids involved (schools, youth groups and families can all reap the benefits of gardening!)
Credit: Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury


If you have a project you would like the City to highlight, contact Jennifer Babin-Fenske at

Wedding Gifts They Won’t Return – Garden & Gun Wed, 04 May 2022 23:03:45 +0000

photo: Alice Gao



Houston, TX

Expert hostess Lyndsey Zorich brings her talent for setting memorable tables to The Avenue, her Houston boutique and online collection of handcrafted housewares.

Clockwise from top:

• Napkins The tiny droopy flowers on these D’Ascoli cotton napkins bring a little garden to the party ($36 each).

Vase Add flowers to this sculptural ceramic design by Virginia Sin, or leave it blank as an art object ($268).

Bowl Salads will look even tastier when served in this hand-carved mango wood piece ($88).

Cutlery set Switch up the knife-fork-spoon routine with bamboo-handled utensils ($34 for a set).

Tablecloth Traditional ikat patterns like this sunny yellow and blue D’Ascoli design are both bold and timeless ($368-$428).

Glass Short seagrass-wrapped glasses make a great everyday addition to a cabinet ($15 each).

Glass of wine Liven up the tablescape with Estelle Colored Glass Stemware in an unexpected blush shade ($75 for two).

photo: Alice Gao



Nashville, TN

Last fall, formerly online-only Reed Smythe & Company, envisioned by Garden & Gun editor Julia Reed and tastemaker Keith Smythe Meacham, opened a Nashville flagship store, where offerings of bars only from the South.

Clockwise from top:

• Plateau Corral glassware, bottle openers, cocktail sticks and more on a handmade copper tray ($250).

Lantern A glass hurricane lantern looks great whether used as a votive or an ice bucket ($300).

mocha bowl Hide cheese straws around the house at a party, in a bowl from SJ Pottery of Arkansas ($100).

Wishbone A token of good luck, this hand-cast sterling silver triangle by Helen Bransford can secure cocktail napkins in a snap ($450).

Bottle opener Pop a top with a cast bronze beagle, golden retriever, lab or springer spaniel ($75 each).

cocktail glass Stir a batch of martinis in this antique reproduction glass, which doubles as a vase ($80).

Milk punch set Making a milk punch for two is easy with this set, which includes Julia Reed’s recipe, tortoiseshell highball glasses, homemade cheese straws and Belle Meade bourbon ($175).

photo: Alice Gao



Charleston, South Carolina

The shelves of the iconic Croghan’s Jewel Box in King Street, famous for its engagement rings and other fine jewellery, are also overflowing with silver utensils and pewter accessories, ever-classic gifts.

Clockwise from top left:

• Charger You could win the Most Original Gift award with this nickel-trimmed braided pine needle feeder ($85).

Plateau The paper may fade, but the details and date of a wedding invitation engraved on a pewter tray will last forever ($137).

Oyster knife The boutique engraves monograms, including on this sterling oyster knife ($150).

Vase No two antique silver vases in the shop are alike, making this one particularly suitable for gifts ($300 to $1,000).

Charleston rice spoon This sleek Lowcountry spoon dispenses the perfect serving of rice ($50).

wine coaster Rest or flaunt a special bottle in this English silver-plated coin ($125).

Salt and pepper set You’ll want to allow these good dogs at the table: royal Labrador retrievers made from lead-free pewter ($51).