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Living Wall

These vegetated surfaces don’t just look pretty. They have other benefits as well, including cooling city blocks, reducing loud noises, and improving a building’s energy efficiency.What’s more, a recent modeling study shows that green walls can potentially reduce large amounts of air pollution in what’s called a “street canyon,” or the corridor between tall buildings.

For the study, Thomas Pugh, a biogeochemist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, and his colleagues created a computer model of a green wall with generic vegetation in a Western European city. Then they recorded chemical reactions based on a variety of factors, such as wind speed and building placement.

The simulation revealed a clear pattern: A green wall in a street canyon trapped or absorbed large amounts of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter—both pollutants harmful to people, said Pugh. Compared with reducing emissions from cars, little attention has been focused on how to trap or take up more of the pollutants, added Pugh, whose study was published last year in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

That’s why the green-wall study is “putting forward an alternative solution that might allow [governments] to improve air quality in these problem hot spots,” he said.Compared with reducing emissions from cars, little attention has been focused on how to trap or take up more of the pollutants, added Pugh, whose study was published last year in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

That’s why the green-wall study is “putting forward an alternative solution that might allow [governments] to improve air quality in these problem hot spots,” he said.

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ivoryathena:

Badass women from history

  1. Leather clad English rocker girl
  2. Women boxing on a roof in LA (1933)
  3. Ellen O’Neal, the greatest woman freestyle skateboarder in the 1970s
  4. Elspeth Beard, first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle

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Climbing

I started climbing in a gym when I was thirteen. I was too scared and weak to haul myself to the top of an easy jug bash on the flat wall, so my mom let me down once I got halfway. Less than a year later I had my own pair of shoes, two sizes too small just like the girl at the climbing gym said they should be. My mom bought them for me along with my own harness and a membership to the climbing team. When I finally sent 5.9 it felt like I was really getting somewhere, but I still hadn’t climbed outside. Eventually I quit the climbing team, but I kept my membership to the gym and the band of climbers there adopted me as thier little sister. They are the people I spent my high school years with, the people who accepted me and made me feel welcome and showed me how to live by the golden rule. Still I barely climbed outside though because I worked weekends and lived three hours away from any rocks. So when I finally had the chance to go out west for college I was determined to make it happen. I did not want to go to more school, but I wanted more than anything to get out of Arkansas and climb. I moved to Arizona and dropped out after a semester. I worked at an outdoor store, lived with snowboarding bros, and still mostly climbed in the gym. One of my roomates, Bryan, took me bouldering a few times and taught me an attitude that is fun and inclusive, devoid of ego. The summer of 2012 I started trad climbing. At first I would only follow my climbing partner, Jeff- crying all the way up offwidths and hand cracks, pulling on gear when I couldnt make a hand jam stick. Eventually I started leading routes on gear though, a reality I had never even dreamed of. I had always been so certain that I was incapable of something that crazy. I fell in love with it. I learned how to try hard and started climbing routes harder than 5.10 for the first time. Jeff was always patient and encouraging and believed in me until I could finally believe in myself. That was the best summer of my life. Then Jeff and I grew apart, I didn’t climb much anymore, and the magic of summer faded; however I knew I would go back to climbing and I never regretted buying a rack. After working on a trail crew in 2013 I came back to Arkansas for Christmas. I went on a couple climbing trips to Horseshoe Canyon and Fountain Red and realized all over again that I am in love with climbing and all that goes with it- the community, the land, the focus it takes to just hold on to a rock, the soreness in my muscles. I knew it was time to start climbing again. When I went back to Arizona I decided to take advantage of all the world class climbing destinations within a few hours of my house. Bishop, Red Rocks, Zion, and all the quality local areas exposed me to so much beautiful, wild land and so many new ways to move on the rock. As I left Flagstaff to roadtrip back to Arkansas this June, my heart was breaking. My friend Jacob and I went to Zion first. We went there together in hig school too, but not to climb then, so being there with him five years later with the means and experience to climb multipitch routes was just incredible. Next we went to Rocky Mountain National Park and climbed granite for a few days where we learned how to place nuts and I lead an x rated pitch by accident. This is why I love climbing: because “to climb up rocks is like the rest of your life, only simpler and safer.” (Charles E. Montague) Climbing has taken me everywhere I have been. It has taught me so much about the wild places of this earth and of my heart. Climbing is my mode of worship, a beautiful way to see the world. On top of all that, it’s fun. I can’t wait to explore Arkansas rocks again and be inspired by the people here who share my passion.

“Please hear me, Girl: The world has enough women who know how to do their hair. It needs women who know how to do hard and holy things.”

—   Ann Voskamp (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

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“Please hear me, Girl: The world has enough women who know how to do their hair. It needs women who know how to do hard and holy things.”

—   Ann Voskamp (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

(Source: thedelightedpeople, via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

takemetomountains:

In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt accompanied Muir on a visit to Yosemite. Upon entering the park, Muir told the president about state mismanagement of the valley and rampant exploitation of the valley’s resources. Even before they entered the park, he was able to convince Roosevelt that the best way to protect the valley was through federal control and management.
Subsequent to witnessing the magnificent splendor of the valley, the president asked Muir to show him the deep and unseen parts of Yosemite. The parts that took work, effort, and time. Muir and Roosevelt set off largely alone and trekked then camped in the back country. Under the stars the duo spoke about its wonders at Glacier Point waking up covered in snow. Roosevelt spoke how he would never forget that night. 

takemetomountains:

In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt accompanied Muir on a visit to Yosemite. Upon entering the park, Muir told the president about state mismanagement of the valley and rampant exploitation of the valley’s resources. Even before they entered the park, he was able to convince Roosevelt that the best way to protect the valley was through federal control and management.

Subsequent to witnessing the magnificent splendor of the valley, the president asked Muir to show him the deep and unseen parts of Yosemite. The parts that took work, effort, and time. Muir and Roosevelt set off largely alone and trekked then camped in the back country. Under the stars the duo spoke about its wonders at Glacier Point waking up covered in snow. Roosevelt spoke how he would never forget that night. 

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icarus-flew:

I may have a problem. Gearing up for Red Rocks.

icarus-flew:

I may have a problem. Gearing up for Red Rocks.

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camerongardnerphoto:

Had an amazing time in the Mountains this weekend. I was able to bring together new and old friends for a magical evening. I got Matt and Kristen of Hello America to rock climb for their first time during their time here in Los Angeles. They are now onward to Big Sur and beyond! Check out their project and try and meet up with them if you can!https://hello-america.squarespace.com/
www.camerongardner.com

camerongardnerphoto:

Had an amazing time in the Mountains this weekend. I was able to bring together new and old friends for a magical evening. I got Matt and Kristen of Hello America to rock climb for their first time during their time here in Los Angeles. They are now onward to Big Sur and beyond! Check out their project and try and meet up with them if you can!

https://hello-america.squarespace.com/

www.camerongardner.com

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“when she was 7, a boy pushed her on the playground
she fell headfirst into the dirt and came up with a mouthful of gravel and lines of blood chasing each other down her legs
when she told her teacher what happened, she laughed and said ‘boys will be boys honey don’t let it bother you
he probably just thinks you’re cute’
but the thing is,
when you tell a little girl who has rocks in her teeth and scabs on her knees that hurt and attention are the same
you teach her that boys show their affection through aggression
and she grows into a young woman who constantly mistakes the two
because no one ever taught her the difference
‘boys will be boys’
turns into
‘that’s how he shows his love’
and bruises start to feel like the imprint of lips
she goes to school with a busted mouth in high school and says she was hit with a basketball instead of his fist
the one adult she tells scolds her
‘you know he loses his temper easily
why the hell did you have to provoke him?’
so she shrinks
folds into herself, flinches every time a man raises his voice
by the time she’s 16 she’s learned her job well
be quiet, be soft, be easy
don’t give him a reason
but for all her efforts, he still finds one
‘boys will be boys’ rings in her head
‘boys will be boys
he doesn’t mean it
he can’t help it’
she’s 7 years old on the playground again
with a mouth full of rocks and blood that tastes like copper love
because boys will be boys baby don’t you know
that’s just how he shows he cares
she’s 18 now and they’re drunk
in the split second it takes for her words to enter his ears they’re ruined
like a glass heirloom being dropped between the hands of generations
she meant them to open his arms but they curl his fists and suddenly his hands are on her and her head hits the wall and all of the goddamn words in the world couldn’t save them in this moment
she touches the bruise the next day
boys will be boys
aggression, affection, violence, love
how does she separate them when she learned so early that they’re inextricably bound, tangled in a constant tug-of-war
she draws tally marks on her walls ratios of kisses to bruises
one entire side of her bedroom turns purple, one entire side of her body
boys will be boys will be boys will be boys
when she’s 20, a boy touches her hips and she jumps
he asks her who the hell taught her to be scared like that and she wants to laugh
doesn’t he know that boys will be boys?
it took her 13 years to unlearn that lesson from the playground
so I guess what I’m trying to say is
i will talk until my voice is hoarse so that my little sister understands that aggression and affection are two entirely separate things
baby they exist in difference universes
my niece can’t even speak yet but I think I’ll start with her now
don’t ever accept the excuse that boys will be boys
don’t ever let him put his hands on you like that
if you see hate blazing in his eyes don’t you ever confuse it with love
baby love won’t hurt when it comes
you won’t have to hide it under long sleeves during the summer
and
the only reason he should ever reach out his hand
is to hold yours”

—   

Fortesa Latifi - Boys Will Be Boys 

(And Why That Is The Stupidest Thing You Could Ever Say To A Little Girl)

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morganpetroski:

The Globe at #zionnp. #bouldering #rockclimbing #roadtrip

morganpetroski:

The Globe at #zionnp. #bouldering #rockclimbing #roadtrip

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