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Ricardo Solis, Come To Kerala!

April 20, 2014

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We have a soft spot for anyone who, young or old, finds a way to link art and nature. Ricardo Solis has a particular view, one which makes us smile, so here is a bit about him:

Ricardo Solis was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.  He graduated from the School of Visual Arts and acquired expertise in workshops taught by outstanding teachers. He has participated in several exhibitions nationally and internationally and his work is in major collections.

From a young age Ricardo was attracted to art and nature.  Read more…

Aguada Fort – Sinquerim Beach, Goa

April 20, 2014
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Photo credits : Dileep

Photo credits: Dileep

Named for the Portuguese word meaning “watering place”, Aguada Fort is one of the largest and best preserved forts in the state of Goa. Portuguese rulers built the fort between 1609 and 1612 for providing a fresh water supply to their passing ships. Read more…

Useful Or Not, Therein Lies The Rub

April 20, 2014
Horace Dediu

Horace Dediu

We frequently link to stories about innovation related to protecting natural and cultural heritage, particularly our own favored practice of entrepreneurial conservation. We do so with the hope, and sometimes blind faith, that what we are focused on is not only effective (as in, accomplishing what we set out to accomplish), but also useful (as in, of lasting, rather than just short term value). So, Horace Dediu has our attention. Not the clever new terminology, which is not what we find innovative, but the basic point behind it seems to be:

Innoveracy: Misunderstanding Innovation

Illiteracy is the inability to read and write. Though the percent of sufferers has halved in the last 35 years, currently 15% of the world has this affliction. Innumeracy is the inability to apply simple numerical concepts. The rate of innumeracy is unknown but chances are that it affects over 50% of us. This tragedy impedes our ability to have a discourse on matters related to quantitative judgement while policy decisions increasingly depend on this judgement.

But there is another form of ignorance which seems to be universal: the inability to understand the concept and role of innovation.

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Bird of the Day: Little Cormorant (Outskirts of Bangalore, Karnataka)

April 19, 2014

Deep Caving

April 19, 2014

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This video short, captured in a few screen shots above, accompanies an earlier post linked to in which:

Burkhard Bilger writes about the ongoing effort to explore what may be the deepest cave in the world, located in Mexico. It’s “a kind of Everest expedition turned upside down,” he observes. Above, watch the cavers scale slippery walls, swim through frigid water, and make camp in a cloud forest, as Bilger narrates.

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Aliyar Dam – Tamil Nadu

April 19, 2014
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Photo credits : Dileep

Photo credits: Dileep

Aliyar dam is situated in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu. Constructed over a ten year period between 1959-1969, Aliyar dam is the source for canal irrigation for large tracts of agricultural lands in the bordering regions of both Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Read more…

Collapsitarians Rising

April 19, 2014
Paul Kingsnorth. Photo by Kenneth O Halloran

Paul Kingsnorth. Photo by Kenneth O Halloran

Collapsitarian sounds decidedly like the opposite of our approach, but in this profile we can see some recognizable observations and motivations, and even actions if not conclusions, out there among the practitioners. Read the story in this week’s New York Times Magazine:

By DANIEL SMITH

After decades of fervent environmental activism, Paul Kingsnorth decided it’s too late — collapse is inevitable. So now what?

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