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Couple Builds Amazing Shipping Container Home For Debt-Free Living

The tiny house movement has grown in popularity over recent years, and now it makes more sense than ever.

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(TMU) – No matter the size or location, home is where the heart should be. Whether it’s a mansion in the suburbs, a city apartment with a view or a cottage by the sea, it won’t be home unless you love living in it.

However, because the current pandemic situation is resulting in economies tanking and millions of people losing their jobs, and perhaps even their homes in the process, downsizing and off grid living is becoming a viable option for many.

The tiny house movement has grown in popularity over recent years, and now it makes more sense than ever..

Jaimie and Dave, a couple from Cowlitz County, made the decision to get out of the debt and mortgage trap before the current situation changed the world we know and decided to create a new home with shipping containers.

Using two containers, one of 20ft and a 40ft one, they created a beautiful home and filled it with everything they need, including love and joy.

Jaimie said, “…We thought, how hard is it to stick a couple of containers together? It’s like Legos, right?”

The couple found and bought a small piece of land in an ideal setting and went about transforming the two metal boxes into a beautiful home, and they did it all themselves. From top to bottom, the structure, plumbing, electrical wiring, welding, and all the construction work and fittings cost around $80k. It’s DIY at its best – and they saved a fortune on labor costs. Of course, it was a big help that Dave was proficient at metal work.

The couple’s home is not off-grid, which meant they needed all the usual permits and they got them all with the support of the county, even though their home’s design and the building materials were not the usual run of the mill variety. Once the plans for the house got approved, everything was processed in record time.

Once they estimated the cost to build their home, they reserved Friday to Sunday for building and Monday to Thursday for working at their jobs. They were able to move in after just ten months, even with a medical emergency in between, when Dave suffered a spontaneous intra-cranial hemorrhage.

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When Jaimie arrived home, she saw Dave halfway up the driveway, ‘’I could tell by the way his face was that he’d had a stroke or a seizure or something,” she explained.

It took a while for Dave to be ready to continue on with the build but they didn’t give up, and after a lot of therapy and Jaimie’s support, Dave was ready to finish the job. Turns out, getting back into the process of the build was an important part of Dave’s mental and physical recovery.

The finished result is simply stunning. The home has a beautiful upstairs bedroom opening onto a patio with a view to live for! The downstairs area has a spacious lounge, a kitchen with all the bells and whistles, a pantry and a bathroom. All this framed by tall forest trees and their landscaped garden, their own little Eden in the making.

According to Jaimie the whole process was a valuable lesson:

 “I think what this has taught us about ourselves is that we can do things that are really, really hard that, if we do them together, we can definitely accomplish it,” she said.

After they had moved into their home, they landscaped the garden and also built a workshop… and they’re not done. They’d like to link the house and workshop with a suspension bridge and also build a zip line!

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Scientists Thrilled by Discovery of Rare, Mammoth 400-Year-Old Coral

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A massive 400-year-old hard coral discovered on the Great Barrier Reef has scientists expressing their sense of surprise and excitement.

Named Muga dambhi by the Manbarra people, the Indigenous group who have traditionally taken care of the land, the “exceptionally large” brown and cream-colored coral is located off the coast of Goolboodi or Orpheus Island in the Great Barrier Reef.

It is believed that the coral was spawned some 421 to 438 years ago, meaning that its age predates the arrival of Captain James Cook and the advent of colonization in Australia, notes the Guardian.

The spectacular coral is about 35 feet wide and over 17 feet high, and is double the size of the nearest coral.

Scientists and members of the community participating in a marine science course discovered the specimen earlier this year.

While not the largest coral in the world, the huge find is of major significance to the local ecosystem, according to Adam Smith, an adjunct professor at James Cook University who wrote the field note on the find.

“It’s like a block of apartments,” Smith said. “It attracts other species. There’s other corals, there’s fish, there’s other animals around that use it for shelter or for feeding, so it’s pretty important for them.”

“It’s a bit like finding a giant redwood tree in the middle of a botanic gardens,” he added.

It is likely that the coral hasn’t been discovered for such a long time due to its location in a relatively remote and unvisited portion of a Marine National Park zone that enjoys a high degree of protection.

“Over the last 20 or 30 years, no one has noticed, or observed, or thought it newsworthy enough to share photos, or document, or do research on this giant coral,” Smith said.

The coral is in remarkable condition, with over 70 percent of its surface covered in live coral, coral rock and microalgae. No disease, bleaching or recently deceased coral has been recorded on the specimen.

“The cumulative impact of almost 100 bleaching events and up to 80 major cyclones over a period of four centuries, plus declining nearshore water quality contextualise the high resilience of this Porites coral,” the field note added.

The specific coral has been given the name Muga dhambi, meaning big coral, out of respect for the Indigenous knowledge, language, and culture of the Manbarra Traditional Owners.

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Greenland Ice Washed Away as Summit Sees Rain for First Time in Recorded History

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For the first time in recorded history, torrential downpours of rain have struck Greenland’s icy summit nearly two miles above sea level.

Greenland, an environmentally sensitive island, is typically known for its majestic ice sheet and snowy climate, but this is fast changing due to a massive melt taking place this summer.

However, the typical snowfall has been replaced in recent years not simply by a few showers, but by heavy rainfall. The torrential downpour last week was so huge, in fact, that it washed away a terrifying amount of ice across some 337,000 square miles of the ice shelf’s surface, reports Earther.

Temperatures at the ice shelf had simultaneously warmed to a significant degree, with the summit reaching 33 degrees Fahrenheit – within a degree above freezing and the third time that the shelf has surpassed freezing temperatures this decade.

The fact that rain is falling on ice rather than snow is also significant because it is melting ice across much of southern Greenland, which already saw huge melting events last month, while hastening rising sea levels that threaten to submerge whole coastal cities and communities.

To make matters worse, any new ice formed by the freezing rainwater will not last long. The ice shelf currently existing on Greenland was formed by the compression of snow over innumerable years, which shines bright white and reflects sunlight away rather than absorbing it, as ice from frozen rain does.

The huge scale of the melt and accompanying rainfall illustrate the growing peril of rapidly warming climate conditions across the globe.

“This event by itself does not have a huge impact, but it’s indicative of the increasing extent, duration, and intensity of melting on Greenland,” wrote Ted Scambos, a senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado. “Like the heat wave in the [U.S. Pacific] northwest, it’s something that’s hard to imagine without the influence of global climate change.”

“Greenland, like the rest of the world, is changing,” Scambos told the Washington Post. “We now see three melting events in a decade in Greenland — and before 1990, that happened about once every 150 years. And now rainfall: in an area where rain never fell.”

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South Korean Toilet Turns Poo Into Green Energy and Pays Its Users Digital Cash

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What if your morning #2 not only powered your stove to cook your eggs, but also allowed you to pay for your coffee and pastry on the way to class?

It seems like an absurd question, but one university in South Korea has invented a toilet that allows human excrement to not only be used for clean power, but also dumps a bit of digital currency into your wallet that can be exchanged for some fruit or cup noodles at the campus canteen, reports Reuters.

The BeeVi toilet – short for Bee-Vision – was designed by urban and environmental engineering professor Cho Jae-weon of the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), and is meant to not only save resources but also reward students for their feces.

The toilet is designed to first deliver your excrement into a special underground tank, reducing water use, before microorganisms break the waste down into methane, a clean source of energy that can power the numerous appliances that dorm life requires.

“If we think out of the box, feces has precious value to make energy and manure,” Cho explained. “I have put this value into ecological circulation.”

The toilet can transform approximately a pound of solid human waste – roughly the average amount people poop per day – into some 50 liters of methane gas, said Cho. That’s about enough to generate half a kilowatt hour of electricity, enough to transport a student throughout campus for some of their school day.

Cho has even devised a special virtual currency for the BeeVi toilet called Ggool, or honey in Korean. Users of the toilet can expect to earn 10 Ggool per day, covering some of the many expenses students rack up on campus every day.

Students have given the new system glowing reviews, and don’t even mind discussing their bodily functions at lunchtime – even expressing their hopes to use their fecal credits to purchase books.

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