"I decided to stop cutting down trees so our family and children won't suffer from a lack of water, so they can see nature, and they are protected by it," says Vanegas, who now supplies fruit to ASOPROCEGUA, as he sips sugarcane juice under the shade of a grand oak tree at his farm. … [Read more...] about The Amazon’s lost tribes are inspiring Colombia’s cocaine farmers to become conservationists
Sun climate change
Every spring, the sun peeks above the horizon for the first time in months, and its warm rays cause the sea ice to retreat. In the fall and winter, the ice grows back. But this cycle is out of step. Today, more sea ice is lost during summer than is regained during winter — causing sea ice to shrink overall. … [Read more...] about How Long Do We Have Before Arctic Ice Melts Away?
Since Victorian times, children’s museums have involved interactive exhibits and a degree of button-pressing. But over the past 20 years this has grown exponentially. Progressive architects and designers have been reimagining, extending and building spaces. The noughties saw a spate of revamps in the US, including the expansion of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum – which opened in 1899 and claims to be the first of its kind in North America. The two-storey extension by Rafael Viñoly Architects opened up sight-lines for kids with low-level porthole windows, expanded the toddlers’ imaginative gallery, added a freshwater pond with turtles and increased space for play. … [Read more...] about ‘Part-science lab, part-playground’: how kids made museums take fun seriously
One advantage of chemical over mineral sunscreens is their ability to sink invisibly into the skin and to be formulated into thinner, less greasy creams and gels. Mineral particles are renowned for leaving a tell-tale, chalky finish to the skin, and often turn milky upon contact with water or sweat, making them less popular in water-resistant sunscreens. Formulas have improved over recent years, but there are still entire Reddit threads devoted to finding mineral products that won’t leave white marks, especially on darker skin tones. … [Read more...] about Could banning sunscreen to help save coral do more harm than good?
Hebden recounts a Miles Davis story to reflect the difference between the originators and bands that idolise them. "He was at a concert, a few years after doing Kind of Blue, and there was a straight jazz band doing Kind of Blue-era music. They know that he's in the crowd, and they go up to him afterwards and ask him what he thought. He said, 'Didn't we do it right the first time?' Maybe the ultimate respect to show the music you love is never to try to emulate it." … [Read more...] about Four’s mores