Riding the rails: Travel by train unlocks beauty you'd miss by driving

January 19, 2019 12:22 PM

There’s something magical about a train trip.And I don’t mean those touristy rides on old-fashioned narrow-gauge tracks or rides that use antique steam engines and depart from locales such as Durango or Dollywood. These routes are merely circular fantasies that embark from and return to the same point and whose “passengers” are vacationers.The main purpose here is to experience a recreation of what once was, a time when trains formed the main [...] Continue Reading


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Despite the dry winter, California State Water Resources Control Board and cities representatives support the state water regulators in Sacramento to fine residents up to $500 per water violation. Orginal water rules were set on a temporary basis during the California drought 2014-2017 by Gov. Jerry Brown. Now, according to the water conservation portal, it will, most likely, become a permanent Califonia law.


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More than two-thirds of the state of California remains in "extreme" drought, with more than 40 percent in "exceptional" drought, the most extreme category according to the U.S. The drought alone is forecasted to cost California over $2 billion this year. With water restrictions emerging, a lot of people are looking for solutions to cut back water consumption.

Fearless rock skiers brave the treacherous jutting rocks of drought ridden California mountains illustrating the effects of climate change on our once snow capped peaks. A short film by Klaus Obermeyer at Aero Films in association with Happy United and Groove Guild as part of the Earth Day campaign #ClimateChangeIsReal produced by Purpose + Here Now.


What wouldn't you do in the face of California Drought? San Jose's and Santa Clara's mayors took big gulps of filtered sewage water on Monday, April 28. Good stuff? Ouch.

Disinfected and purified water from the sewage has been used since 1997 in Silicon Valley for the landscaping irrigation and industrial purposes.

New Advanced Water Purification Center in Alviso opened in July 2015, take previously filtered water to a new level, cleans it with microfilters, ultraviolet light and reverse osmosis. The outcome is generally distilled water. After five years of nowhere near sufficient rain, Californians are questioning where else to find water, and it often comes to the question about the desalination.


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