Author name: Cynthia Shahan

is an Organic Farmer, Classical Homeopath, Art Teacher, Creative Writer, Anthropology Studies, Natural Medicine Activist, Journalist, and mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings who have lit the way for me for decades.

The Calamity Of The Century, & Then Again, In St. Petersburg, Florida — Tropical Storm & Sewage Crisis

Unchecked development causes many urban crises with water problems. Troubles such as too much impervious infrastructure are overwhelmed when strong storms arrive. A recently reported crisis in St. Petersburg, Florida — “The Calamity of the Century” — examines one of the many water problems of this complex environmental conundrum in South Florida. The plight of the Gulf Coast

CARB Integrating Cap-And-Trade Revenue In California Low-Income Neighborhood Bikeshares

It is no secret that the health of the air affects everyone. Presently, California’s plan for zero emissions includes using cap-and-trade revenue to help stop air pollution in specific clean transportation programs. Following last year’s carsharing programs in low-income neighborhoods, California now allows cap-and-trade revenue to fund California disadvantaged neighborhood bikeshare projects. Nextcity.org relates, “Last year, the [state]

More Research: Fracking by the Numbers; The Damage to Our Water, Land, and Climate from a Decade of Dirty Drilling

Originally published on CleanTechnica. Proof of the hazardous, risky, severe results from fracking grows. Local communities are at serious risk from the process of fracking. A new report, Fracking by the Numbers, states: “The combination of two technologies—hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling—has enabled the oil and gas industry to engage to unlock oil and gas in underground rock formations

Solar Farms Improve Local Biodiversity

The solar transition is well underway in the UK. Our sister site SolarLove has reported that solar energy generation surged by around 153% over the last year in the UK (2014–2015). So, without much ado, research about the effects of solar farms on biodiversity continues. The fertile news is that after a conclusive study of solar farms, the

Top Questions About The Nissan LEAF

Originally published on CleanTechnica As I slow to a stop at an EV charger, someone walking by the LEAF takes a long look at the EV and what I am doing. I see the quizzical bubbles of questions popping. The questions people ask about the Nissan LEAF at a charging station have me falling into

PG&E Commits $1 Million To Solar-Powered Habitat For Humanity Homes

Originally published on CleanTechnica.com Habitat for Humanity homes are a remarkable support to families. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), the leading utility with rooftop solar in the nation, deserves more praise for new support for Habitat for Humanity. In a news release, the utility announced its $1 million commitment to the installation of rooftop solar on

New Energy System Coming… NOW

Originally posted on CleanTechnica. Imagine that the norm is electricity meters running backward. Yes, your solar panel collected so much it turned your meter around. Decentralized power plants, the people collecting and storing energy. Just a few of the thoughts on the following videos. Imagine a new energy system that some are creating — but why not

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING ONLY

Originally published on CleanTechnica. I live in an area with plenty of EV chargers, and typically I experience no charging problems due to lack of chargers. A few times, I’ve found gas cars in EV charging spaces. So I slowly moved on. The question arising: Why does a gas car park directly in front of

Genuine & Buoyant EV Enthusiast Community

Originally published on CleanTechnica. The most genuine and buoyant EV enthusiast I’ve met (outside of a CleanTechnica person) pulled up next to me recently at an EV charger late one night in Fort Myers. Driving home that evening from out of town, I needed one last charge on the way. I had to find a bathroom.

Residential Users May Join To Build Community-Based Solar Systems & Partnerships

Originally published on CleanTechnica. What could make more sense than to have groups of homeowners, neighbors, collaborating with community solar systems and activating community use and the benefits of solar? Predictions are that residential users will increasingly join and build community-based solar systems and partnerships. Quite naturally, some structures lend themselves better than others to solar

Songification of Electric Cars

Originally published on CleanTechnica. Everyone will have a different take — rather, taste — about the following list. Certainly, I never seem to have a mainstream perspective on much of anything — except perhaps with avant-garde, holistic types. I started a collection of songs that compare to the drive and experience of the EVs I love. Continue the idea and

Royal Society For Protection Of Birds Installs Wind Turbine To Cut Emissions

The Royal Society For Protection Of Birds (RSPB) in the UK last week announced an objective that began about 10 years ago — a renewable energy project for the charity to offset its contributions to climate change. Collaborating with Ecotricity, the Royal Society For Protection Of Birds installed a new wind turbine at RSPB Headquarters at the Lodge. A 100-metre wind

Al Gore & Bill Maher Talk Climate Change & The Deniers

Take a few moments for this video — despite the compromised visual quality, the sound is fine. The conversation flows nicely. Climate Reality leader Al Gore and Bill Maher talk climate change and the deniers. It is a short conversation complete with great reminders and touches of humour (as typical of Maher’s style). Mayer’s questions enhance the

Charging A Nissan LEAF During Off-Hours Travel

Originally published on EV Obsession. When you set out on a road trip in an electric car, consider all the charging stations on the journey that you can find on PlugShare or via in-car navigation, but know there are more that are not yet charted. I have found there are often more options than on the navigation system. Going

Renault-Nissan Video On Record-Breaking EV Shuttles For COP21

Originally published on EV Obsession. In Paris, Renault-Nissan Alliance is providing official transport for the United Nation’s COP21. It is the largest fleet of electric vehicles for an international conference, with 200 EVs to transport delegates. 200 pure electric cars quietly, silently transporting people emissions-free to the annual summit that runs from November 30 to December 11. Now,

Florida Solar Ballot Initiative Growing

Originally published on CleanTechnica. What I love about Florida is the torrential downpours of summer afternoons that break through the intensity of the never-ending brilliant sunshine. The ocean is not far from wherever one lives — jutting out into some of the most emerald green-blue waters lit up by nearly constant sunshine over the Gulf. What

Tesla Model S One Of The 10 Best Cars Of 2016, Says Car and Driver

Originally published on EV Obsession. Car and Driver has declared the Tesla Model S 70/70D one of the “10 Best Cars of 2016.” Car and Driver points out Tesla’s innovation and Musk’s popular appeal but says that, even ignoring all of that, “the Model S still points a spotlight on the auto industry’s complacency.” Absolutely. Complacency and the status quo

Belgium Energy Mix Of All Renewable Energy By 2050?

Four Belgian energy ministers, the federal minister, and three regional ministers commissioned three scientific partners as part of an effort towards evolving the Belgian energy system in 2011. The three partners are the Federal Planning Bureau (FPB), the Council of Institute and Studies in Sustainable Development (ICEDD), and the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO). The consortium

Community Solar on a Food Coop

Originally published on CleanTechnica. In 1974, a group of San Francisco’s pragmatic idealists, the Food Conspiracy, a grass-roots organization of food-buying clubs committed to buying and distributing wholesale food among themselves, became Other Avenues Worker Cooperative. Its mission is and was “food for the people, not profit.” Other stores expanded out of this group and yet, today,

Copenhagen's New Bike-Sharing Program Gonna Be Sweet!

Originally published on Bikocity. For the next generation of bike-sharing innovations, take a look at Copenhagen and smile. Trains and a bike-sharing program working as one travel option now offer a GPS built into the bike. Not only do you know where to pick up your next connection – you have a schedule of all

Most Intelligent Bike On The Streets?

Originally published on Bikocity. Redefining is the catchword for our progressive bicycle landscape. It is not lip service. As part of that, companies are rapidly redefining bicycles, and consumers now have a grand wave of bicycles to choose from. Gliding over and around the entire globe has never before been so diversely accommodating. The electrifying

Carrington Farms Coconut Oil (Review)

Coconut is one of my favorite foods, favorite waters, favorite creams. It is wise to consider coconut milk, after mother’s milk, and goat milk. Coconut milk is desirable for the young to old. It is balancing and nourishing. (Fresh water of young coconuts is especially balancing for the electrolytes of the body.) So, it follows

Videos Of Oil Spill In Mayflower, Arkansas

22 families had to evacuate a suburban neighborhood in Mayflower, Arkansas due to Exxon’s recent oil spill. It is not yet a week since Mayflower began to suffer from the Exxon oil spill, which is estimated at 12,000 barrels of oil and chemicals. The smelly mess is horrific, with risks to nearby bodies of water

Oil Running Down The Road, Oil Pipeline Spill In Mayflower, Arkansas

“We can see oil running down the road like a river,” explains a Mayflower resident. Crude oil has leaked and this is extremely unfortunate to Mayflower, Arkansas; damaging neighborhoods, and possibly endangering Lake Conrad. The size of the spill remains unclear. Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated the spill

How DC Became The US Leader In Bike Sharing

The way of leadership is best in example. I don’t think the White House is blind or deaf to peak oil, but oil pressure in DC is strong. Tar Sands and Occupy movements have surrounded the White House to bring home our hope that environmental concerns are not only for the tried and true naturalists, but

Trainsforming America (Environmental Film Festival Series)

Train Commute Haiku #559: Your North Face parka Leads me to believe you’re on A grand adventure Continuing on with PlanetSave’s coverage of a recent Environmental Film Festival in Florida, here’s a post on the new documentary Trainsforming America: Trainsforming America — New Documentary A new film, Trainsforming America, takes a look at passenger rail

Visibelt Gives Cyclists Light Protection At Night

  I love the way this attention-getting, eye-catching, visibelt for cyclists, runners, pedestrians, and any night-time traveler is made of energy-efficient LED lights; spinning out from one’s body like an aura. I want one. It would go great with an actual “Aura” system on my wheels when biking at night. This visibelt will bring bright notice of me or you

Visibelt — LED Belt For Cyclists, Runners, Pedestrians

  I love the way this attention-getting, eye-catching, visibelt for cyclists, runners, pedestrians, and any night-time traveler is made of energy-efficient LED lights; spinning out from one’s body like an aura. I want one. It would go great with an actual “Aura” system on my wheels when biking at night. This visibelt will bring bright notice of me or you as the

Cardboard Bike For $9-12 Can Hold 485-lb Person (Kids Bike Costs $5)

  The Alfa weighs just 20lbs, yet supports riders up to 24 times its weight. It’s mostly cardboard and 100% recycled materials. It uses a belt-driven pedal system that makes it maintenance free. And, maybe best of all, it’s projected to be manufactured at about $9 to $12 per unit (and just $5 for a kids version), making

Romancing and the Open Road

  Bike Romance Romancing the Open Road in the Season of Locusts I fell in love with my bike at the age of 5. I would jump on it and go anywhere I wanted on my own. I was one with the wind. When I was seven, we had the seven-year locusts come to live

Sacred Naming Ceremony of Rare White Buffalo Calf 2012 (White Buffalo Gets Sacred Name Today

Republished story Cynthia Shahan Thanks to a report in Indian Country Today Jul 28, 2012 Indian Country  A rare white buffalo born June 6th is bringing hundreds of American Indians together to celebrate this auspicious birth event. They are joining together in a naming ceremony. “[The event] brings so much happiness to us because of the stories of the white buffalo calf

What Would You Do with $1,738 Billion?

  Is there any violence that is not senseless? Last week’s massacre brought to the surface — as senseless violence will — the ongoing discussion on gun control. Another tragic massacre occurred and the fact that easy availability of guns played into this is unquestionable, it is unarguable. Only a few days past the shooting

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