CO2, Global Warming, and Pollen-Allergies

Written by Thomas Ogren

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A stressed lemon tree, for example, will often produce a huge crop of tiny, very seedy lemons. This is simplyrepparttar lemon tree’s way of preparing for it’s own imminent demise and also it’s own legacy of possible seedlings. Another stress example: In daily pollen collections taken by biology professor Dr. Lee Parker and his students fromrepparttar 110105 top ofrepparttar 110106 Fisher Science Building at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California, taken duringrepparttar 110107 middle of a severe seven year drought, all-time record oak pollen count levels were recorded. Inrepparttar 110108 past twenty years in particular there has been a huge increase in this planting of male cloned street trees. These trees can not produce pollen until they mature but withrepparttar 110109 increases in CO2 levels, we can predict that they will mature earlier than expected. Shannon L. LaDeau, a researcher at Duke University found that pine trees grown with elevated levels of CO2 produced three timesrepparttar 110110 normal amount of seeds and also matured prematurely. Lewis H Ziska, Ph.D., a USDA researcher, recently found that increased CO2 resulted in huge increases inrepparttar 110111 pollen production of ragweed and other weeds. David Karowe, a researcher atrepparttar 110112 University of Michigan, found another interesting factor about increased CO2 levels and plants: their leaves contain fewer nutrients than normal. Nancy Tuchman, biology professor at Loyola University in Chicago, is also researchingrepparttar 110113 feed value of CO2 enhanced leaves on microorganisms and insects. She found that they all grow slower when fed these “enhanced” leaves. “If allrepparttar 110114 plants are altered on a global level, then it’s certainly going to affect allrepparttar 110115 organisms on Earth,” she said. “No one is going to escape.” Compounding all of this is that excessive burning of fossil fuels andrepparttar 110116 resulting pollution may well be compromising our very endocrine and immune systems. Theo Colburn explored this well inrepparttar 110117 very interesting book, “Our Stolen Future.” Great increases inrepparttar 110118 already excessively high rates of urban pollen, combined with further compromised immune systems, may well berepparttar 110119 recipe for allergies of true epidemic proportions inrepparttar 110120 not too distant future. Dr. Robert C. Stebbins, renowned biologist from UC Berkeley, told me recently in a phone conversation, thatrepparttar 110121 planting of all these cloned male dioecious and compromised monoecious trees, “is a classic example of how they just didn’t think aboutrepparttar 110122 ecology involved.” If we don’t start paying closer attention to how we landscape our cities, and we don’t start getting serious about alternative clean energy sources, rampant allergies and other pollen-related illnesses may well berepparttar 110123 end result.

This article first appeared in New Scientist Magazine, in London.

Thomas Ogren is the author of Allergy-Free Gardening, Ten Speed Press. Tom does consulting work on landscape and allergies for the USDA, county asthma coalitions, and the Canadian and American Lung Associations. He has appeared on HGTV and The Discovery Channel. His book, Safe Sex in the Garden, was published in 2003. In 2004 Time Warner Books published his latest book: What the Experts May NOT Tell You About: Growing the Perfect Lawn. His website:

The Top 10 Benefits of Spiritual Environmental Design

Written by Bea Fields

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6. Reconnect with Your Intuition -- Your Deeper Self

For centuries, many cultures have focused a tremendous amount of effort inrepparttar direction of developingrepparttar 110104 mind. We don't all grow up learning how to trust our gut or look closely at our dreams and instincts. Instead, we are taught to grow our minds, and to ignore our deeper selves. Our intuition can create tremendous energy, and can guide us to a place which is healing in all areas of life...the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being. What are you pretending not to "know"?

7. Uncover and Dissolve Your Tolerations

Some ofrepparttar 110105 most common tolerations inrepparttar 110106 Spiritual Environment include: My own judgment of myself and others; low spiritual energy...frustration, anger, doubt, fear; I don't know what I believe or where I get my energy...I sometimes wonder if there is a higher power; overwhelm andrepparttar 110107 inability to taprepparttar 110108 intuition; and I feel disconnected and alone. What do you often tolerate in your spiritual environment that keeps you from enjoying peace and a sense of spiritual fulfillment?

8. Be Source

By enjoying a spiritually supportive environment, you come to see yourself as a positive source of energy and trust in your ability to create positive energy sources. You begin to understand that you are responsible for what you manifest, be it joy or sorrow, and you chose wisely. Are you conscious ofrepparttar 110109 energy you take with you when you walk into a room?

9. Convert Feelings of Conflict Into Love and Contentment

Do you want to feel "unplugged, out of sorts, in conflict, and tense," or do you want to feel "love, joy, harmony, and a feeling of peace?" Inrepparttar 110110 world ofrepparttar 110111 five senses, we often find ourselves in conflicting situations, because we have strongly held opinions and beliefs about what is right and what is wrong. "She is cheap, or he is stupid, or they are arrogant, or she is a dizzy blond" are not who they really are - they are your judgments. As Wayne Dyer says " When you judge another person you do not define them. You merely define yourself as someone who needs to judge." It will be difficult to bring spiritual stability and harmony into your life as long as you acceptrepparttar 110112 notion that one way is right and one way is wrong. By bringing an open and non-judgmental soundness to your interactions with yourself, your relationships, and to each life process, your own spiritual energy will be raised.

10. Achieve Authentic Empowerment

Many people find their connection torepparttar 110113 world throughrepparttar 110114 five senses. This is a connection torepparttar 110115 external forces ofrepparttar 110116 world, and relying on these fives senses alone can create an amazing amount of fear. Many people believe that someone who is spiritually evolved has moved beyondrepparttar 110117 five senses and is able to fully seerepparttar 110118 dynamics and currents which cause anger, hate, and frustration, and those which create love, happiness, and a feeling of contentment. Spiritual experts agree that our souls are designed to thrive in spaces filled with love, creativity, abundance, happiness, and a feeling of peace. Whenrepparttar 110119 ego begins to serverepparttar 110120 soul completely, authentic empowerment is achieved.

This piece was originally submitted by Bea Fields, who can be reached at, or visited on the web at . Bea Fields is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CoachVille and Visionary for CoachVille’s Personal Environments Community.

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