Apparently hairy mammals are not the only ones that fear the words “louse” and “lice.” Sea lice, the insidious parasite that infects adult salmon, is leaving many salmon farmers in the Broughton Archipelago northwest of Vancouver, BC scratching their heads.
In a report released last month in the Journal of Science, lice that flourishes on salmon farms is infesting juvenile wild salmon as they journey out to sea. The problem is pretty simple actually. Sea lice usually only infects salmon out at sea and dies off as adult fish make their way into fresh water where the lice cannot survive. Juvenile salmon are protected from contact with lice until they are out at sea where they are bigger and stronger. The large farms close to river mouths are exposing the juveniles to lice when they are too small to survive an infestation and wild populations are declining rapidly as a result.
Is it possible for a gas station to be green? Can a place designed solely for the dispensation of the stuff we don’t want to breathe actually be good for the environment? That’s like asking if a crack dealer can have a good heart.
But here in L.A., BP’s Helios House professes to be just that. Not great for the environment, mind you — it is, after all, still a gas station — just “a little better”, as one of the two billboards looming above proclaims. It’s a hard pellet to swallow in a city that abuses gas more than any other, but BP’s big green experimental petrol station has endeavored to be as green as possible in terms of its design, building materials and use of resources. Their press release states that “Helios House is testament to BP’s commitment to balancing society’s need for energy with a responsible approach to the environment and is focused on two principles: sustainability and environmental education.”
Relocating to Los Angeles called my attention to the daily routines of New York living I once took for granted. Red brick sidewalks, seasons, and the ubiquitous round-the-clock subway system has now dissolved into freeways, studio lots and a coastline sunset.
Another staple routine I continue to miss is my Thursday night bellydance class on Lafayette Street – both because I enjoyed the class and because afterwards meant a post-shimmy meal at Zen Palate.
Established in 1990 by a group of Buddhist vegetarians, Zen Palate is gourmet “G” at its finest, and the ordering options are legion. Sometimes it was the delicately textured seaweed and soy crepes I craved after ninety minutes of veils and zills.
Volvo’s latest-greatest environmentally safest green machine is the C30 Efficiency Diesel hatchback. And guess what? It’s aptly named. To the tune of 52.26 miles per gallon kind of efficient. We’re talking hybrid-efficient. Like the opposite of the DMV kind of efficient.
What makes the Efficient so efficient is that they’re really not doing anything new. Volvo is merely squeezing every bit of energy out of what they’ve got, with a few modifications. They tweaked the engine by using low-friction transmission oil and better engine management software, used higher gearing on the 3rd, 4th and 5th gears, switched to low rolling resistance tires with aero-optimized rims, shaved some inches here and added some smoother ones there. And voila! 52.26 miles per gallon with a regular old diesel engine. And you still get that safe feeling only a Volvo or a blankie can give.
You can add Edward Norton’s name to the reasonably short list of celebrities getting their hands on the BMW Hydrogen 7. Joining the ranks of Jay Leno, Will Ferrell and other, Norton will be part of a “test-lease” program that BMW will use to gain valuable feedback on the car in the hopes of improving its performance before unleashing it Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
It seems fitting that the state of America’s most notorious UFO sighting and crash-landing will be the home of the earth’s first spaceport. Just outside of Las Cruces, New Mexico, the Spaceport America building is set for construction and will house both a terminal for space private space flights and the New Mexico Spaceport Authority.
New Mexico governor Bill Richardson partnered with Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic to “capture the drama and mystery of space flight itself, articulating the thrill of space travel for the first space tourists.” The unique building, its location, and its mission will make it a must-see destination for the space-curious and will provide hangar space for spacecraft and astronauts.
We hear all this talk about our planet’s CO2 problem being solved simply by planting trees. Corporations that make and sell electronics and other carbon dioxide-producing goodies have even implemented so-called off-set programs in an effort to make their gadgets seem less harmful. Indulge in guilt-free shopping: buy a computer and we’ll plant a tree somewhere on your behalf. Problem solved.
But a recent Environmental Graffiti article suggests that additional greenery doesn’t solve the problem, it exacerbates it.
I was so moved the first time I heard the effecting lyrics of MoZella’s “Killing Time” that I had to do an immediate internet search to find out more about this mystery singer/songwriter.
MoZella is one of the freshest and most interesting voices to emerge onto the music scene. A Detroit Native — and hello! Detroit rocks… maybe you’ve heard of The White Stripes, Kid Rock (yuck!) and Madonna, all from Detroit — she lives her life under the inspiring motto “I will”. I wish I had this much determination. I’m more of an “I might” person. MoZella has a truly unique voice, a combination of R&B soul inflections and blue collar white rock, all coming from a childhood steeped in the music of her hometown.
I bought a new bed in December, and up until today I’ve been very happy with it. What happened today? It didn’t break into a million pieces or anything (though for a second I secretly wished it would).
Today I discovered that Viesso makes beds and natural latex mattresses.
Viesso is an L.A.-based furniture company with incredible, forward thinking designs. Their pieces achieve the perfect balance of hip and classy. Beautifully modern. And comfortable. We have a Viesso couch in the G Living studio, which provides the perfect place for a quick afternoon nap.
I always enjoy a good hypothetical survival story. Let’s say you were abducted by aliens and given the choice of mating with a greenie or dying a slow, painful death. Would you get it on with the martian? I bet you would.
Global warming seems to be putting the polar bear in a similar situation. As ice in the Arctic melts, the polar is finding itself forced onto the beach while the grizzly bear moves further and further north. And it’s not just their habitats that are overlapping. Scientists say mating of the two species has produced a hybrid they’re calling the “grolar bear”.
Those of you who dismissed the Aptera Typ-1 as a ridiculous-looking circus freak of a concept vehicle can now shut the hell up. This car of the future that got an astonishing 231 mpg on its first ever test drive and more resembled an airplane than a car with its odd shape, gulf-wing doors and three wheels is soon to become a reality.
The folks at Aptera are givers in the truest sense of the word. In order to push the Typ-1 out of the R&D (that’s research & design) phase and into the manufacturing phase, they’ve been (according to their newsletter) working late into the night, abusing caffeine and doing intensive fine-tuning in order to bring you a vehicle that’s not only funky looking, but as “safe, efficient and comfortable as possible.” Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
“Mono” means “one” or “single”, while a “tracer” is — easily enough — a person who traces. That said, I don’t quite understand the name of Peraves’ new MonoTracer. I suppose the first part could be a reference to the “dry reinforced monodisc clutch” that’s mentioned on the manufacturer’s specs page, but I honestly can’t say I know what that means either.
But the mysterious moniker hardly detracts from the coolness of this futuristic-looking motorcyle-ish vehicle with a twist. The twist provides for car-like comfort and amenities with the traffic flexibility of a motorcycle. The 2-wheels and tandem seating design provides a slim body that allows for escape options in the event of a traffic jam, while the passenger area is enclosed like a car, providing a music-filled, climate controlled ride. According to Wired, it’s “a lot safer than an open bike, with stability control, seat belts, and stabilizer wheels that deploy like landing gear to keep the thing upright at stoplights.”