Monday, 26 July 2021
Good morning kwippers. With the Olympics kicking off this Friday, Tokyo 2020 seems to be on everyone's minds. This year's Olympics is considered the most sustainable yet, and here's a detailed breakdown of Tokyo 2020's sustainability initiatives. 

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Guerrilla gardening goes mainstream

Guerrilla gardening is the act of cultivating plants in a public place, often in an area that is being neglected, with the aim of protecting the environment. It has a range of benefits, from improving biodiversity to helping keep temperatures low. While guerrilla gardening is often illegal, this doesn't have to be the case. Many local authorities are happy to provide their blessing to communities wanting to care for their neighbourhoods, and the lockdowns have renewed community movements globally. Living in greener neighbourhoods improves mental health, increases life spans, and there are even patterns to suggest that it reduces crime. If you're interested in taking up guerrilla gardening in your area, check out Guerrilla Gardeners NL's simple tips on how to get started. 


Cloud zapping

At this time of year in the UAE, it is blisteringly hot, with temperatures regularly reaching 50C. On average, the country gets just four inches of rainfall every year. However, Dubai faced torrential rainfall this week due to the complex procedure of cloud seeding. Cloud seeding involves firing either electrical charges or chemicals (such as silver iodide) into the clouds. Water droplets merge and stick together when they receive an electrical pulse, and once the droplets are big enough, they will fall as rain. There are clear dangers of controlling the weather - for example, while cloud seeding increases precipitation, it's hard to control the rate at which rain falls, which could lead to flooding. We also don't know the effects of the chemically induced method of cloud seeding, such as the impact of these chemicals on agriculture. The Emirates are expected to get drier, and so that makes finding water resources from anywhere, including electrified clouds, a priority. Cloud seeding could help recharge aquifers and take some of the strain off desalination plants, however water conservation also needs to be ramped up in a lavish city like Dubai. 

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  • It's cruel how alcohol gives us confidence to try things, while simultaneously taking away our ability.
  • Some stranger somewhere remembers you because you were weird to them.
  • When we switch to electric vehicles everything is going to become more quiet.
  • When Shrek became a human he was considered extremely attractive, so is Shrek normally considered very attractive to other ogres?
  • People think Wikipedia is a source when it is actually a reference, and Wikipedia lists its sources as references.



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