Ep. 3.THE VOICE OF THE JUNGLE: The protection of Indian cultures, headed by Sidney Pssuelo. This series travels across Brazilian landscapes by way of one of the main links still binding the essence of humanity with the Earth: the Amazon. The filming of the first point of contact with an isolated race, the Zos, the encroachment on areas of the Amazonian forest previously uncaptured on film, the evidence relating to the development of the illegal trafficking of species or the recording of the immeasurable value of Brazil’s natural spaces; these are just excerpts from the series. The underlying theme is the conflict between the development and conservation of one of the key natural areas underpinning the stability of the planet.
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Tagged amazon, Amazon rainforest, Brazil, Environment, Euterpe precatoria, Naturalis, Sidney Pssuelo, South America, Travel and Tourism
Published on Oct 22, 2013
James Balog uses photography to show the effects of global warming. His time-lapse cameras have captured evidence of receding glaciers and changing ice patterns around the world.
Learn more about James Balog and his work:
PHOTOGRAPHER: James Balog
PRODUCERS: Pamela Chen and Chad A. Stevens
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Elyse Lipman
EDITORS: Kathryn Carlson and Mika Chance
CAMERA AND SOUND: Spencer Millsap and Shannon Sanders
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Tagged Chad, Chasing Ice, climate change, effects of global warming, Elyse Lipman EDITORS, Environment, global warming, James Balog, Mika, Pamela Chen, Time-lapse photography
A UN-sponsored survey of happiness and satisfaction around the globe names Denmark the world’s happiest country. Rounding out the top five are Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Sweden. Canada ranked 6th on the list, the US came in 17th, and the UK landed in the 22nd spot. The West African country of Togo was found to be the most unhappy of the 156 nations included in the report. While recent economic and political crises have greatly reduced happiness levels in many countries, over the past five years, the world overall has actually become slightly happier and more generous. More… Discuss
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Tagged Canada, climate, Denmark, Environment, Netherlands, Norway, Quality of life, Switzerland, Togo, United States
Dr. Alison Adams discusses mercury toxicity and how it may affect you. Dr. Adams talks about how mercury can affect different parts of the body and how it reacts with other metals. Could your condition be from mercury toxicity? Please watch!
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Tagged alison adams, Berkeley California, Consumer, Dental restoration, Dental restorative materials, dr alison, Environment, Mercury, Mercury poisoning, mercury toxicity, Mercury-vapor lamp, science, University of Calgary
Unfortunately, we know all too well the damage an oil spill can do to an ecosystem, but how about molasses? The sweet, sticky stuff used in cookies, candies, and other tasty treats has caused an environmental disaster in Honolulu Harbor. A massive spill from a molasses pipeline earlier this month sent hundreds of thousands of gallons of the heavy syrup into the harbor’s waters, killing thousands of fish. Unlike oil, molasses sinks in water, and experts have no way of removing molasses once it has been spilled. The full impact of the spill on marine life will not be known for some time. More… Discuss
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Tagged candies, ecosystem, Environment, Hawaii, Honolulu Harbor, hundreds of thousands, Marine biology, Matson, Molasses, Oil spill, sticky stuff, tasty treats, Waikiki
At 7:18 AM, an 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Mexican state of Michoacán, releasing more than 1,000 times the energy of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Several hundred miles away in Mexico‘s capital, Mexico City, the devastation was catastrophic. Official estimates place the death toll at 10,000, but several times that number may have actually perished. Tens of thousands of others were hurt and hundreds of thousands were left homeless. Why was Mexico City so hard hit? More…Discuss
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Tagged Associated Press, Earthquake, Environment, Hiroshima, Lake, Mexico, Mexico City, Michoacán, pacific coast, science
The tiny Gardiner’s frog has no middle ear or eardrumand therefore, scientists assumed, no way to amplify and transmit sound waves to the inner ear, rendering it effectively deaf. But if this were the case, researchers wondered, why would these creatures make audible noises, and, for that matter, why would they respond to one another’s calls? It turns out that these fingernail-sized amphibians use their mouths to amplify sound in much the same way that the body of a guitar does, and this sound is then conducted by tissue and bone to the inner ear. More… Discuss
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Tagged Environment, fingernail, Frog, Gardiner, Gardiner's Seychelles frog, Inner ear, Middle ear, Mouth, mouths, science, scientists, Seychelles, Sound
Just a thought: ”Be as if you were Humanity’s only hope!”
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Tagged albert einstein, animals, Environment, God, Habitat for Humanity, Human rights, Kristen Stewart, Organizations, Philanthropy, Philosophy, Religion, Religion and Spirituality, science, Thunder Bay
“Global Warming: Thinner is the ice” – oil thermograph (My art Collection)
“Cacti” – oil painting (my Art collection) (Click to enlarge)
Hills and Mountains – oil Painting (my Art Collection) (Click to enlarge)
Art Center- oil painting (My Art Collection) (Click to enlarge)
What you can’t see can be deadly: virtually invisible, yet absolutely lethal asbestos fibers lead to environmental and occupational diseases that claim the lives of 30 Americans every day.
The time is now for the Senate to draft and pass meaningful legislation to overhaul the outdated and ineffective Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 and protect children from asbestos and dangerous toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A, an endocrine-disrupting chemical in some plastics and food can linings, and flame retardants infused into car seats, nap pads and other kid goods.
Posted in Asbestos toxicity, Environmental Health Causes, Health and Environment, Lead Toxicity, Mercury Toxicity, Pesticides, Radiation Poisoning
Tagged Asbestos, Bisphenol A, Endocrine disruptor, Environment, environmental working group, meaningful legislation, science, Senate, toxic substances control, toxic substances control act, Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, United States, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Scientists believe they have finally figured out what is causing the extensive dolphin die-off along the US east coast: a measles-like virus. In the past two months, more than 300 bottlenose dolphins have washed up dead or dying on beaches stretching from New York to North Carolina, about 10 times the average for this period. An outbreak of cetacean morbillivirus, which suppresses the immune system and leaves those affected vulnerable to other diseases, is thought to be responsible for the “unusual mortality event,” as it has been designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. More… Discuss
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Tagged Bottlenose dolphin, bottlenose dolphins, climate, current-events, Death, Dolphin, dolphin deaths, Environment, gaming, Literature, Measles, Middle East, morbillivirus, national oceanic and atmospheric administration, New York, North Carolina, Politics, science, United States east coast, videogames
Extremophiles are microorganisms that thrive in environments with extreme conditions, such as high or low temperatures or pH levels, high salt concentration, or high pressure. Found in hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, they produce the vivid colors of some hot springs. Due to extremophiles’ ability to thrive in conditions detrimental to most life on Earth, some scientists theorize that they may reflect what life may be like on other planets. How are extremophiles used industrially? More… Discuss
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Tagged Bacteria, climate, community, Earth, Environment, Extremophile, Hydrothermal vent, life, Microorganism, PH, school, Weather
Just a Thought: Privatization – The End to the Nation!
FIRST CASE OF PERSON-TO-PERSON H7N9 TRANSMISSION
In February, the H7N9 strain of bird flu was first detected in humans. Since then, at least 133 people in China and Taiwan have been infected with the virus, and 43 have died as a result. Until now, concerns over a possible pandemic have remained relatively low, since all of the cases appeared to have beentransmitted via contact with infected poultry. However, researchers now believe that a 32-year-old woman who died in April contracted the illness from her father, marking the first known instance of person-to-person transmission of this virus. The virus is still unable to pass efficiently between people, so the pandemic risk, though higher than before, remains low.More… Discuss
Exclusive -_- Japan nuclear body says radioactive water at Fukushima an ‘emergency’- From Reuters (Click to access Exclusive Report at Reuters)
By Antoni Slodkowski and Mari Saito
TOKYO - Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an “emergency” that the operator is struggling to contain, an official from the country’s nuclear watchdog said on Monday.
This contaminated groundwater has breached an underground barrier, is rising toward the surface and is exceeding legal limits of radioactive discharge, Shinji Kinjo, head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) task force, told Reuters.
Countermeasures planned by Tokyo Electric Power Co are only a temporary solution, he said.
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Tagged electric power co, Environment, radioactive water, science, underground barrier
Several years after immigrating to Australia from England, Eyre decided to explore his new home. His expeditions took him, often with one or more Aboriginal companions, through some of Australia’s harshest terrain. He subsequently became a British colonial official, serving for a time as a protector of Aborigines. His sympathies, however, appear not to have extended to other marginalized groups. As governor of Jamaica, Eyre authorized hundreds of executions while suppressing what uprising? More… Discuss
A team of US researchers has found a strong correlation between changes in climate and violence around the globe. Warmer temperatures and changes in rainfallwere linked to increases in assaults, rapes, murders, group conflicts, and even wars. The researchers believe that climate change actually drives up the level of human conflict and suggest a couple of possible explanations for this. Economics, they say, could play a role, as climate change can affect economic conditions that then influence individuals’ decision-making. Physiology could also be involved, as studies indicate that heat makes people prone to aggression. More… Discuss
Electric eels are the sluggish inhabitants of slow freshwater basins in South America. Cylindrical, scaleless, and gray-brown, they can grow to nine feet (2.75 m) long and weigh up to 49 pounds (22 kg). The electric eel, however, is not a true eel, but is rather a knifefish that can produce a shock—powerful enough to stun a human—while hunting or in self-defense. The shock is produced by the electric organs in its body that generate charge in a manner similar to what common household item?More… Discuss
Rising 28,251 ft (8,611 m) between China and Pakistan, K2 is the second-highest peak in the world after Mount Everest. Severe storms make K2 more dangerous to climb, however, and it has never been summited in winter. Measured in 1856, it was not summited until nearly 100 years later. In 1954, Italians Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli reached the top with the help of crew members who carried oxygen to above 26,245 feet (8,000 m). What thwarted an American attempt just one year earlier? More… Discuss
In 1953, during the Cold War, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed the creation of an international body to regulate the use of nuclear power in his “Atoms for Peace” address to the United Nations General Assembly. Four years later, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was established to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The IAEA may purchase and sell fissionable materials, and it inspects for compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Is the IAEA part of the UN? More… Discuss
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Tagged aviation, Environment, Middle East, science
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Toxicodendron diversilobum, western poison oak or Pacific poison oak (syn. Rhus diversiloba) is in the Anacardiaceae family (the sumac family) and is a plant best known for its ability to cause allergic rashes and itching after contact. Western poison oak is found only on the Pacific Coast of the United States and of Canada.
It is extremely common in that region, where it is the predominant species of the genus; the closely related Atlantic poison oak (T. pubescens) occurs on the Atlantic Coast.
Poison Oak up close (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Tagged Environment, nature, plants, science, sumac trees, western poison oak
Puente Hills Preservation Authority: Turnbull Canyon Map-1
Puente Hills Preservation Authority: Turnbull Canyon Map-2
Today cars parked along the road, got tickets… So if you’re going to drive there, park only in the space allotted outside the access gate to the Canyon. A nice young woman told me about the fate they all had earlier in the day, so I moved my car and fortunately there was a empty space large enough for my compact :).
It was a great day for a walk in the hills.
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Tagged BAckpacking, climate, Environment, hiking, Peppergrass trail, Rattlesnake Trail, Sumac Trail, turnbull canyon, Water tank Trail
Catching fish with your bare hands, or noodling, is a popular pastime in Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma.
Hooked: Return of the Monster Fish :http://channel.nationalgeographic.com…
At least 25 schoolchildren in the Indian state of Biharhave died and dozens of others have been hospitalized after consuming a school-provided lunch apparently contaminated with insecticide. India’s Mid-Day Meal Scheme is the world’s largest school feeding program, providing free meals to 120 million children. Regrettably, it seems the entire incident could have been avoided if the headmistress had simply heeded the cook’s warning that something smelled funny about the food. Instead, she demanded that it be served anyway. Once news of the mass poisoning broke, the headmistress fled. It is not yet known whether the contamination was intentional. More… Discuss
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Tagged climate, Environment, free meals, headmistress, schoolchildren, science
Hans Island is located between Canada and Greenland in the strait that connects Baffin Bay to the Arctic Ocean. Used by the Inuit as a hunting ground for centuries, it was later found by 19th-century British and American explorers searching for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole. The island was named after Greenlander Hans Hendrik, the guide of American explorer Charles Francis Hall. Though it is just 0.5 sq mi (1.3 sq km) and is barren and uninhabited, it is claimed by what two countries? More… Discuss
Unless wicked ideas take root in a naturally depraved mind, human nature, in a right and wholesome state, revolts at crime. Still, from an artificial civilization have originated wants, vices, and false tastes, which occasionally become so powerful as to … lead us into guilt and wickedness.
Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) Discuss
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Tagged Alexandre Dumas, Environment, Human rights, Literature, Philosophy, Politics, Religion
Around noon on July 10, 1976, an explosion occurred in the ICMESA manufacturing plant north of Milan, Italy, releasing a poisonous cloud of dioxin gas. Although dioxin is toxic—it was an ingredient in the herbicide Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War—evacuation efforts began slowly. Named for the small Italian town most affected, the Seveso disaster led to legislation aimed at preventing chemical accidents. How many animals were slaughtered to prevent toxins from entering the food chain? More… Discuss
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Tagged chemical accidents, climate, Environment, evacuation efforts, herbicide agent orange, science, The Seveso Disaster