Homes that disappear: no smoke, all mirrors By Ilyce R. Glink

Mirrored homes are all the rage these days.
One, at Joshua Tree National Park in California, looks like a desert mirage thanks to its alternating panels of mirrored glass and wood; one looks like a fancy treehouse camouflaged in the woods (and another actually is a treehouse); and one, clad with a reflective top floor and opaque second floor, appears to literally float off the ground.
"The world is currently awash in mirrored buildings that claim to 'disappear,'" Curbed writes.
While all that smoke and mirrors may make them seem a little gimmicky, the mirrored house actually makes a lot of sense in the right environment.
Typically, these homes are clad with reflective glass, which allows residents wide views from inside without allowing passersby the same views of those residents. The mirrored homes work best when there's something to look at, and something worth reflecting—mountains, lakes and forests—where residents may want to go about their business without having to pull the shades for privacy.
A second benefit: Because they are reflective, these homes are often better at blending into their natural surroundings than building made of more natural materials that hope to mimic their settings. (And a short PSA: Many of the houses have a UV coating that prevents birds from crashing into them, so there's that.)
Finally, they just plain look cool.
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Karachi Heat Wave: Some Muslims Can Eat During Ramadan, Cleric Says by WAJAHAT S. KHAN

KARACHI, Pakistan — A senior Islamic cleric has issued a rare fatwa allowing some Muslims to eat in daytime hours during Ramadan to give them respite from Pakistan's record-breaking heat wave which has killed 750 people.

Temperatures have touched 113 Fahrenheit in Pakistan's largest city this week with witnesses describing people "dropping dead" in the streets. A chronic power crisis has led to hours-long blackouts in the city of 22 million people, rendering fans, air conditioners and water pumps useless.
However, Islamic cleric Mufti Mohammad Naeem has said ailing Muslims are free to skip their holy month fasting.
"If an expert doctor says that your life is threatened due to the heat, or some condition you may have is going to get worse because of fasting, then you can forego the daily fast," the 50-year-old told NBC News.
"This is conditional on your medical condition and how you react to the heat, not a free-for-all," said Naeemi, who is head of the of the Jamia Binoria Aalimiyah, Karachi's biggest madrassa. "But only a religious and qualified doctor can assess you condition."
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and falls between June 18 and July 17 this year.
Muslims do not eat, drink or have sex during daylight hours, but exemptions are made for anyone suffering an illness or who is heavily pregnant or elderly.
Asked if the fatwa would create controversy in the conservative Muslim country, Naeemi said: "When life is threatened, when our body needs sustenance, then even the Shariat [religious law] allows us to eat pork. So if you're diabetic or dehydrated medically, you don't have to fast."
Ramzan Chippa, who runs a volunteer ambulance service, said fewer bodies were recovered Wednesday morning compared with the past three days, but added that he was expecting more casualties in the afternoon.
"We have been stuck in this rut for the last four days now," he said. "Most of our relief activity is taking bodies to morgues. Graveyards have filled up. Just yesterday we had to break up a fight between three families about a burial site. There are not enough plots prepared to bury people."

"Most of the bodies we are recovering are people dying on the streets," he added. "They're just dropping dead."
With meteorologists were predicting rain within the next 24 hours, Chippa said people were looking forward to a much-needed relief. "We are waiting for the rain and doing what we can," he said.
Mohammad Faeem Khan, director of the Karachi Zoo, confirmed that six animals — two peacocks, two monkeys, one deer, one hyena — died because of the heat.
"All animals are being treated with hydrating fluids, and we filled up their ponds and put ice in their cages, but there is an ice crisis across the city," Khan said.
One of the city's top police officials confirmed that officers were being told to stay out of the heat.
"Police patrolling has been pulled back from the streets as I don't want to lose men," the official said on condition of anonymity.
Dildar Shah is a resident in the suburb of Malir who lost two neighbors to the heat. "This is like the Day of Judgment," he said. "It seems all of us will die in this heat together."

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Thousands join mass climate change lobby outside UK parliament

Thousands join mass climate change lobby outside UK parliament

Emma Howard

Beekeepers, surfers, nuns and children were among thousands of people who lined up outside the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday to speak to their MP about climate change.
Some had woken up in the early hours to travel from as far as Polzeath in Cornwall and Aberdeen to take part in what organisers believe is the UK’s biggest ever lobby on climate change.
Around 9,000 constituents took part in person, lobbying around 250 MPs according to the Climate Coalition, the group of charities, unions and faith groups that organised the event. London mayoral hopeful and Conservative MP, Zac Goldsmith, Caroline Lucas of the Green party and Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn were among the MPs meeting with constituents.
The event came the day before Pope Francis is due to deliver a historic encyclical on climate change. Organisers said they hope it will build public pressure and political momentum in the final months before a landmark Paris conference on climate change in December.

Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, said that the lobby sent out a strong message to parliament. “A lot of people have said how disappointed they were that climate change didn’t feature more highly in the election campaign. This shows how much people care about the issue.”
Groups formed in the sunshine along the river stretching from the House of Commons down to Lambeth Palace.
Liz Crew woke up at 2am to travel to Westminster from the Somerset Levels where her farm was flooded last year.
“I was very badly affected by the flooding in 2014 with lots of our village being completely inundated with water – up to 7ft in places. Life is still not back to normal. We really don’t want to go through it again. It’s important that someone speaks out on climate change.
“In my part of Somerset we have been very remiss at dealing with this for various reasons – cutbacks and local authorities turning a blind eye. It really does seem to be impacting on the amount of water there is around us.”
Called Speak Up for the Love Of, the mass lobby encouraged participants to share something that they love that will be threatened by climate change. MPs were transported to their constituents on bicycle taxis and grilled on a variety of climate issues from food security to conservation to sport.
Schoolchildren also took part: Ava and Ruby, both aged eight, from London, met their MP, Labour’s Vicky Foxcroft, of Lewisham Deptford.
Ava said: “I’d miss chocolate – if climate change occurs it will be too hot for cocoa beans to grow. Ruby would miss London because if it gets too hot the polar ice caps will melt and London will be submerged beneath the waves. We think Vicky Foxcroft should tell people to stop drilling for oil and make sure they have 100% clean air and energy.” Ava also said she wanted to become an MP.
Vicky Foxcroft MP meeting Ruby and Ava (eight) from Lewisham, London.
Vicky Foxcroft MP meeting Ruby and Ava (eight) from Lewisham, London. Photograph: John Phillips/Getty Images

Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North, who turned up to meet constituents by the river on his bicycle, took questions about bees, global inequality and biodiversity. Corbyn said that if elected Labour leader he would push the sustainability agenda. “We’ve made a lot of progress on environmental policy in the Labour party. I now want us to look at the whole question of sustainability and to set that into a policy change.”
The mass lobby was followed by a rally outside parliament with comedians Arthur Smith Olympic rower Andy Hodge and the indie band Stornoway. A reception with Amber Rudd, secretary of state for energy and climate change, was later hosted at Marks & Spencer headquarters, where supporters were shown a video message from Mary Robinson, the UN’s special envoy for climate change.
But it was longstanding environmental campaigner Asad Rehman of the Climate Coalition who gave the most impassioned speech: “We are in a time of crisis,” he said. “All around the world we can see the reality of climate change: the droughts, the floods and the famines. We see it in the dead bodies in the Mediterranean and in the typhoons. We know the names of the companies responsible for their deaths.
“All around the world we are seeing an unprecedented movement of people in its breadth and diversity: it spans the communities in the Amazon fighting to stop deforestation and Bangladeshi fisher folk protecting their mangroves. It includes men, women and children in Nigeria protesting against Shell and the oil spills.”
The mass lobby comes as the pope prepares to deliver a historic encyclical on Thursday about the “grave consequences” of climate change in absence of a radical global change in lifestyles and energy production and consumption. In a draft of the document leaked to L’Espresso magazine, the pope calls for a new global authority to tackle “the reduction of pollution and the development of poor countries and regions”.
Hugo Tagholm, chief executive of Surfers Against Sewage, arrived at Westminster complete with wetsuit and surf board.
“We represent the interests of surfers and other sports enthusiasts who love our coastline and particularly love our surfing habitats. They are at the forefront of the impacts of climate change – whether that’s sea level rises, ocean acidification or increased rainfalls.”
A “bunting petition” stretched along the River Thames, on which lobbyists had written what they love that will be affected by climate change. “For the love of bikes”, read one. “For the love of our home”, read another.
Chris Bain, director of the Catholic development charity Cafod, said: “I think [the pope] feels that given 2015 is such a critical year for development, poverty and climate change, he wants to signal that this is a moral issue of our time and he wants politicians all over the world to take it seriously.
He estimated that more than 800 Catholics from parishes around the country and from dozens of schools had made the journey to Westminster.
At a service in Westminster ahead of Wednesday’s lobbying event, the Bishop of Salisbury, Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, said: “This is not just our individual concern. It is our Christian concern together as the church. It is the concern of people of all faiths. It is our human concern in solidarity with all people. The world is our home.”
In December, negotiators representing more than 190 countries will meet in Paris for a conference designed to create a new global climate change deal largely focused on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Any deal would come into force in 2020, when current commitments are due to expire.
The Guardian has launched a campaign, Keep it in the Ground, to shine a light on the impacts of climate change and the barriers to action. As part of this, it is asking the world’s largest charitable foundations – the Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation – to divest from fossil fuel companies.

Source: Guardian

Pope Francis warns of destruction of Earth's ecosystem in leaked encyclical

Pope Francis will this week call for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” before the end of this century, according to a leaked draft of a papal encyclical. In a document released by an Italian magazine on Monday, the pontiff will warn that failure to act would have “grave consequences for all of us”.

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Pope Francis blasts climate change deniers in the draft. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images
Francis also called for a new global political authority tasked with “tackling … the reduction of pollution and the development of poor countries and regions”. His appeal echoed that of his predecessor, pope Benedict XVI, who in a 2009 encyclical proposed a kind of super-UN to deal with the world’s economic problems and injustices.
According to the lengthy draft, which was obtained and published by L’Espresso magazine, the Argentinean pope will align himself with the environmental movement and its objectives. While accepting that there may be some natural causes of global warming, the pope will also state that climate change is mostly a man-made problem.
“Humanity is called to take note of the need for changes in lifestyle and changes in methods of production and consumption to combat this warming, or at least the human causes that produce and accentuate it,” he wrote in the draft. “Numerous scientific studies indicate that the greater part of the global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases … given off above all because of human activity.”
The pope will also single out those obstructing solutions. In an apparent reference to climate-change deniers, the draft states: “The attitudes that stand in the way of a solution, even among believers, range from negation of the problem, to indifference, to convenient resignation or blind faith in technical solutions.”
The leak has frustrated the Vatican’s elaborate rollout of the encyclical – a papal letter to bishops – on Thursday. Its release had been planned to come before the pope’s trip to the US, where he is due to address the United Nations as well as a joint meeting of Congress. 
 US climate change deniers lambast the Pope over his environment encyclical – video
Journalists were told they would be given an early copy on Thursday morning and that it would be released publicly at noon following a press conference. Cardinal Peter Turkson, who wrote an early draft of the encyclical, and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, a noted climate scientist in Germany, were expected to attend the press conference. On Monday evening, the Vatican asked journalists not to publish details of the draft, emphasising that it was not the final text. A Vatican official said he believed the leak was an act of “sabotage against the pope”. 
The draft is not a detailed scientific analysis of the global warming crisis. Instead, it is the pope’s reflection of humanity’s God-given responsibility as custodians of the Earth.
At the start of the draft essay, the pope wrote, the Earth “is protesting for the wrong that we are doing to her, because of the irresponsible use and abuse of the goods that God has placed on her. We have grown up thinking that we were her owners and dominators, authorised to loot her. The violence that exists in the human heart, wounded by sin, is also manifest in the symptoms of illness that we see in the Earth, the water, the air and in living things.”
He immediately makes clear, moreover, that unlike previous encyclicals, this one is directed
to everyone, regardless of religion. “Faced with the global deterioration of the environment, I want to address every person who inhabits this planet,” the pope wrote. “In this encyclical, I especially propose to enter into discussion with everyone regarding our common home.”
According to the leaked document, the pope will praise the global ecological movement, which has “already travelled a long, rich road and has given rise to numerous groups of ordinary people that have inspired reflection”.
In a surprisingly specific and unambiguous passage, the draft rejects outright “carbon credits” as a solution to the problem. It says they “could give rise to a new form of speculation and would not help to reduce the overall emission of polluting gases”. On the contrary, the pope wrote, it could help “support the super-consumption of certain countries and sectors”.
The document is not Francis’s first foray into the climate debate. The pontiff, who was elected in 2013, has previously noted his disappointment with the failure to reach a global accord on curbing greenhouse gas emissions, chiding climate negotiators for having a “lack of courage” during the last major talks held in Lima, Peru.
Francis is likely to want to influence Republicans in Washington with his remarks. Most Republicans on Capitol Hill deny climate change is a man-made phenomenon and have staunchly opposed regulatory efforts by the Obama administration.
The encyclical will make for awkward reading among some Catholic Republicans, including John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the House. While many Republicans have praised the pope, it will not be unprecedented for them to make a public break with the pontiff on the issue of global warming.
Source: Guardian

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