Forest Bathing in a Healing Forest—Shinrin Yoku

The author walking in the forest Many of us feel a sense of peace in a forest. I have no doubt that this is the result of several factors including sounds and frequencies (e.g., infrasound), increased negative charge, scents, wood essential oils, genetic heritage and memory, and simple aesthetic appreciation and beauty. Even five minutes around trees may improve health. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently posted an article on its website…

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Water Is…

“’Refreshing read for all those that thirst for more knowledge about water. Water Is….’ provides amazing insights into our most valuable element. As you read it your own relationship with water begins to transform. You develop an entirely new respect and perspective about something that perhaps you currently take for granted. I know that having read “Water is..” I now look at water with a new curiosity and wonder. The depths and beauty of “Water…

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Publishers Weekly Praises Cli-Fi: Canadian Tales of Climate Change & “The Way of Water”

Publishers Weekly writes: “In his introduction to this all-original set of (at times barely) futuristic tales, Meyer warns readers, “[The] imaginings of today could well become the cold, hard facts of tomorrow.” Meyer (Testing the Elements) has gathered an eclectic variety of eco-fictions from some of Canada’s top genre writers, each of which, he writes, reminds readers that “the world is speaking to us and that it is our duty, if not a covenant, to…

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Bhutan Shows Leadership with Carbon Negative Emissions

Rhododendron-festooned Bhutan forest Deep within the Himalayas—surrounded by a diverse forest of fir, spruce, bamboo, larch, Blue and Chir pine, oak, maple, hemlock, birch, rhododendron, and primula—lies the small nation of Bhutan and it’s schooling the world with its leadership in environmental stewardship. Nestled between China and India—both behemoths in carbon emissions—Bhutan has become a carbon sink. This makes Bhutan the first country in the world to have negative carbon emissions. (Countries that have pledged…

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Water Is…

“Water Is… a treasure trove of insights. How wonderful to see water from so many different perspectives in one very enjoyable book! I will be dipping in for many years to come.” —Tristan Gooley, bestselling author of How to Read Water       Tristan Gooley is a writer, navigator and explorer.  The only living person to have both flown solo and sailed single-handed across the Atlantic, he teaches people how to use the sun,…

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New Zealand declares The Whanganui River a Person

The Whanganui River Since 1840, when the New Zealand indigenous Māori ceded sovereignty to British colonists in the Treaty of Waitangi, the Whanganui iwi have tried and failed to have New Zealand’s third longest river acknowledged as a “living whole” with its own rights and autonomy, rather than treating it from a perspective of ownership and management. The iwi—like the indigenous peoples of Canada, who view water as alive (Nibi onje biimaadiiziiwin)—are spiritually connected to…

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Ten Ways to Listen to Trees

“Trees are full of song,” writes David George Haskell in the May 10 online issue of Scientific American. “Wind clatters and hisses through leaves and needles, insects stridulate, ice rends weakened wood, people chatter on the street below, and mechanical noises reverberate within trunks.” Haskell’s new book “The Songs of Trees”, explores the science and ethics of a dozen trees around the world. A professor of biology at The University of the South, he tells…

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Water Is…

“This elegantly written homage to water will surprise, educate and, hopefully, inspire us all to make better conscious choices about our use of this essential planetary asset. Author Nina Munteanu’s careful examination of this integral life element weaves through the physical, spiritual, and philosophical as she deftly reveals its impact upon us as well as our own troubling influences upon the water with which we’ve been gifted. This book will give the reader a greater…

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Call for Submissions: Water Anthology

Reality Skimming Press is looking for submissions to their first anthology in their hard science optimistic series. This first anthology is a Water Anthology, obviously based on the theme of water. The project coordinator is Ellen Michelle. The water anthology will be edited by scientist and author Nina Munteanu. Story requirements: Stories must use real or realistic science based on the theme of water in the near future (50-100 years from 2017). Your story must…

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“it’s all about myopia”

it’s all about myopia seeing only what’s in front of your face taking for granted, feeling entitled, believing that water is there to serve me when in re-a-lity I AM IT’S SERVANT   Water is a living entity with characteristics beyond fluidity from frozen ice to cool wet to hot steam and from space comes this invisibility   Water the living entity heals you and me slakes our thirst washes our body cooks our food…

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