You can now explore all 19 of South Africa’s National Parks on Google Maps

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Have you ever wanted to walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, track cheetah on foot, or stroll with elephants — and other exotic creatures — in South Africa? Well, now’s your chance. Thanks to the efforts of over 200 volunteers, 19 National Parks, 17 nature reserves, and many other sites of natural, cultural and historical significance in South Africa be explored through Google Maps.

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Give goods, find goods, and do good on National Thrift Store Day

If you’re the type of scavenger that lives for finding hidden gems in vintage shops, then you’ll want to mark August 17th on your calendar. That’s when National Thrift Store Day returns to encourage everyone to support their local thrift shops and score secondhand goods. New York City is taking this initiative a step further by bringing awareness to the day’s charitable component and reminding us why it would do a world of good if we went the thrift store route instead of buying brand new…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Only 25 glaciers remain in Montana’s shrinking Glacier National Park

Our warming climate is ravaging the storied glaciers of Glacier National Park in Montana. 50 years of data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Portland State University reveal the ravages of climate change on the area. The glaciers were reduced by 39 percent on average, but some have dwindled by up to 85 percent. An estimated 150 glaciers filled the park in 1850; today there are around 25. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Repurposed shipping containers make a bold statement at the National Theater Company of Korea

Seoul’s trendy mall made of shipping containers isn’t the only place you’ll see cargotecture in the city. Urbantainer, the same local firm behind the world’s largest cargotecture mall Common Ground, recently completed an extension for the National Theater Company of Korea, one of the nation’s flagship theater companies based in the capital. The new visitor area comprises a series of red shipping containers skillfully transformed into a contemporary and functional space that still preserves… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

More “rogue” national park Twitter accounts are popping up

The Badlands National Park twitter account went “rogue” and tweeted climate change tweets that were then removed, but it appears other members of the National Park Service refuse to be silenced. Other “rogue” Twitter accounts are popping up; some claim to be run by current NPS rangers. Although it’s difficult to completely verify the accounts are real, it is exciting to think there are rangers out there who are tweeting climate change facts behind closed doors in defiance of the Trump administra… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

National laboratory scales up quantum-dot solar windows that can power entire buildings

Related: Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics

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National laboratory scales up “quantum-dot” solar windows to power entire buildings

Related: Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics

+ Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Scientists just transmitted data across a national electricity grid for the first time

For the first time anywhere on Earth, new data transmission technology has been successfully tested on UK’s national electricity grid. The achievement marks a leap forward toward ‘virtual’ power grids which would allow homes and businesses to use energy more wisely. Technology like this could help people lower their energy bills, reduce peaks in energy use that strain the grid, and reduce or even eliminate the need for dirty generators that are often employed to supply extra energy during peak… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

President Obama orders US govt to consider climate change a national security issue

In a historic first for the United States, President Barack Obama signed a memorandum this week to require federal policy makers to factor climate change when deciding matters of national security. The directive impacts 20 federal agencies and offices that work on climate science, intelligence and national security. Obama ordered those agencies must “collaborate to ensure the best information on climate impacts is available to strengthen our national security” through the newly formed Federal… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

National Center Board Member to Present at Biennial Right to Die Conference

George Eighmey
George Eighmey

People the world over desire to control their own end-of-life care. While the Death with Dignity National Center’s focus is on supporting and promoting US Death with Dignity laws, there are groups across the globe who work toward developing similar laws in their countries. Many of these groups, like us, are members of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies.

Since 1976, Federation members have come together every other year to discuss the global right to die movement. This year’s conference—kicking off September 17th—will be the first one in the US since the Boston gathering in 2000. Chicago will host this year, and Death with Dignity National Center board member George Eighmey will be among the featured speakers at the conference.

George will present on our work to pass the third US Death with Dignity law in the state of Vermont. Vermont’s law was the first law of its kind on the East Coast, and the first passed through the legislative process. This historic achievement came to fruition after over 10 years of dedicated work by us and the local grassroots group, Patient Choices Vermont.

A major shift in the state came when dedicated supporter Peter Shumlin assumed the governorship in 2011. His outspoken support for Death with Dignity on the campaign trail in 2010 bolstered support throughout the state, and encouraged his colleagues in both legislative chambers to be more vocal in their own support.

In the lead up to his re-election in 2012, Governor Shumlin took the unprecedented step of making the legislation part of his campaign platform. Shortly after his re-election, he told reporters signing the Death with Dignity bill was one of four social issues he saw as a priority during his second term.

No doubt about it, Governor Shumlin’s leadership in supporting the legislation moved the foundation we built with our partners over the years to the final step of codifying Death with Dignity in the state’s statute last year. If you’re attending the conference, don’t miss George’s presentation on Vermont’s new law, how it came to be, and its impact on the movement throughout the US.

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