Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Humans Helping, Trees | Posted on 31-03-2015
It has been discovered that despite how much deforestation is happening each year, that humans are finally making a difference in restoring some of the Earth’s natural vegetation and wildlife. According to an article found on reddit and written by M.phys.org, there is evidence that the number of vegetation has grown by four billions tonnes of carbon since their last look at the numbers 12 years ago in 2003. Part of the reason this has happened is there was a massive amount of trees planted in China which has helped out quite a bit, and humans have also been a lot more conscience about saving the planet and making sure that it is healthy for all of us who live on it, and for the animals as well.
Jamie Garcia Dias agrees that this is truly great news, because for once we are hearing about how the Earth is becoming a better It is really inspiring to know that we are all working together as a human race to bring our planet up to a better status. This demonstration of seeing global warming and similar environmental threats go in reverse gives a great inspiration and hope that perhaps we can restore a lot of the damage that has been caused in recent decades. Hopefully this means that the plant will be back in a good standing for years to come, and that people will keep improving it and learn from the mistakes in the past.
Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Climate Change, Nature, News | Posted on 25-03-2015
Now in its fourth year of enduring extreme drought, California is facing big water rationing. Brought on by insufficient precipitation, along with hot temperatures and snow packs that are the lowest in history, the water reserves that California does still have are quickly disappearing. The state is in such dire need of water, with no relief in sight, that Jay Famiglietti, a NASA scientist, believes California will have gone through all its treasured caches of water within a year.
No need to panic just yet though. Fortunately for California’s general public, Famiglietti’s casual statement will not come to fruition in a years’ time. Per the Metropolitan Water District of southern California’s general manager Jeffrey Kightlinger, “It’s a glib generalization of where the situation is at,” maintaining that the 19 million citizens of Southern California will not have their water supply cut off. With rationing and conscious usage, the water reserves in his districtwill sustain the population for at least three more years.
Folks at Anastasia Date have learned that, with farmers using 80 percent of the state’s water supply, they are likely to be hit the hardest. Some of California’s farmers have had their water supply limited, forcing some 400,000 acres of good farming land to be shut down last year, with an expected one million to be unused this year. This is bad news for consumers of fruits and vegetables. Almost half of the nuts and produce the U.S. consumes comes from these now barren croplands. Because of health and sanitation issues, water slated for farmland may need to be re-routed to the public. Without water, farmers of pistachios, almonds and grapes for wine will die, along with millions of dollars the farmers would have reaped from these crops that require water daily.
Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Culture, Environment | Posted on 23-03-2015
There’s no denying that our planet’s climate is changing and not for the better. Now President Obama has picked up the fight for the earth, signing an executive order that makes the federal government cut its carbon footprint. Under the new rule, federal agencies will be required to decrease their carbon emissions by 40% over the next 10 years. During that same time period, agencies are required to increase their use of renewable energies such as solar, wind and water by at least 30%.
In general, the federal government isn’t a huge cause of all the pollution, but it is a huge entity. The idea behind the move in that perhaps it will inspire other large groups to make the same pledge. The idea is already working. GE, IBM and Honeywell have all pledged to reduce their footprint over the next decade as well.
All that change means great things for the environment, but also for tax payers. If successful, then the campaign will help shave $18 billion in energy spending off the government’s bill over the next 10 years. Zeca Oliveira knows that that’s savings that could later on be passed on to tax players financial as well as through the added health benefits.
Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Business and Travel | Posted on 23-03-2015
The Central American country of Costa Rica has been showing off the many projects it has instigated using renewable energy by using only renewable forms of energy in 2015, The Telegraph reports. For the first 75 days of 2015 the country kept its electricity supplies active with the use of its extensive geothermal, hydroelectric and solar energy production providers. The country has long been seen as a leader in renewable energy and often ranks in the top ten of countries across the globe using green electricity production options.
According to Christian Broda and valuewalk.com
, Costa Rica often finds itself at an advantage in the use of renewable energy as it does not have a large heavy industry needing to be powered by large amounts of energy. Instead, the country of just under five million people relies on tourism, a computer processor plant and agriculture to drive its economy and remains in a position as one of the most developed countries in Central America. In 2014 only six percent of energy was produced using fossil fuels, with the latest level of renewable energy use being helped by heavy rainfall that has meant hydroelectric power producing dams are being used more than ever before. A further geothermal project designed to use heat from active volcanoes within Costa Rica will go online soon and drive up renewable energy figures even more.
Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Culture, News, technology, Travel | Posted on 19-03-2015
NASA is testing new landing technology that will be used on future trips it attempts to take to Mars. The new rocket is called the Autonomous Descent and Ascent Powered-flight Testbed (ADAPT for shot), and is a rocket capable of landing itself on far away planets. NASA has taen the rocket on a test drive twice, both times in December, with plans to give in a try in a read-world Mars situation soon.
Sergio Cortes (Linkedin.com) has read that, unlike other rockets ADAPT comes with a special Terrain Relative Navigation that allows the rocket to be landed in an exact spot, even when it’s been sent from Earth. It’s able to make such a precise landing based on a photo it takes of the terrain. It keeps taking photos, and compares the photo it takes with photos we already have of the area, allowing it to pinpoint its landing location.
ADAPT lands vertically, and does do in such a way that the rocket shouldn’t be harmed when it hits the ground. That part is extra important. NASA hopes to reuse the ADAPT rockets on several different trips, something it doesn’t typically do.
Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Nature | Posted on 17-03-2015
We think being big means being strong especially when it comes to animals. It’s true. Most big animals are tough and strong, but the toughest animal on the planet is only 1mm long, and you can’t see it unless you are looking into a microscope. Tardigrades are not well known outside of the scientific community, but they will be once the public understands their value.
Scientists sent thousands of these tiny creatures into space in 2007, and they returned unharmed. In fact, many of them laid eggs on the journey and the new-born creatures were healthy. It’s not just the space trip that makes these eight-legged creatures with fierce claws and dagger-like teeth interesting. They live in hot springs, the Himalayas, in Antarctica and on the bottom of the ocean. Sergio Cortes has read that they can live through intense radiation, and they survive in freezing temperatures.
There are 900 species of these plant sucking and carnivore type creatures. Scientists say they have been around for 500 million years. They seem to survive with or without water and can live anywhere. But the most interesting fact about these super-human creatures is, they can come back to life. in 1995, scientists brought dried Tardigrades back to life after eight years. That means they are capable of cell regeneration, which is something we all are interested in doing.
Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in News | Posted on 17-03-2015
Does everyone have something to offer the world, even those who are faced with a disability of some kind? Most definitely. Can everyone help to change the world, can everyone do something that will be noticed and appreciated? It seems so.
Two men in China are making a difference, they are changing their country, and they are doing so despite the difficulties that they face on a daily basis. What are these men doing? They are planting trees. They are planted a large amount of trees. These men have planted over ten thousand trees
in China. These men have made a difference in their country through the planting of these trees stated Alaor BMG
. These men are working hard to change the world around them, and they are doing it despite all that they face.
Just what do these men face on a regular basis? One of the men is blind and works hard to plant the trees despite the fact that he can’t see them. The other man has no arms, yet he works extra hard in order to help out his companion. These men are faced with daily struggles, yet they push on. These men could give up and leave the tree planting task to someone else, yet they push on. These men are full of determination, and they care about the world around them more than they care about themselves.
Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Disaster Relief, Nature, News | Posted on 17-03-2015
The Vanuatu island chain may be suffering from communication difficulties, but the impact of Cyclone Pam slamming into the South Pacific islands is being noted across the world. Cyclone Pam, a Category 5 storm, attempted to decimate Vanuatu March 14.
Downed lines have made communication difficult, but news of the damage has made its way across the globe as UNICEF workers keep news networks updated. Alice Clements, of UNICEF New Zealand, described the area as a “debris littered catastrophe.”
Deaths were reported from the outlying islands, but a body count has not been confirmed. Photographs have begun to make their rounds, showing what appears to be a battered warzone.
Hurricane Katrina slammed into the southern gulf coast states in August 2005. The storm’s winds were measured at 175 mph. While Cyclone Pam’s steady winds clocked in at 155 mph, wind gusts of over 200 mph were reported.
The storm dumped more than nine inches of rain in some areas, leading to flash flooding.
Cyclone Pam was later downgraded to a Category 4 storm.
People around the world are displaying higher education customer service as humanitarian efforts are already underway. Many residents sought shelter in the cities, where commercial buildings were stronger than the vulnerable residential homes. The Australian chapter of the Red Cross began a social media campaign, reaching out for assistance in providing food, shelter, and medical assistance to those in need.
Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Culture | Posted on 11-03-2015
Clean and renewable energy have been industries poised for tremendous growth for a few years. The focus on shifting away from traditional electrical grid supplied power and moving toward wind or solar power has always been an issue because of the cost of the technology. However, it seems that price has caught up with adoption and more and more solar power capacity is being added each year. It seems very clear that solar power is going to lead the world in the transition to clean energy.
According to Computerworld, solar power accounted for close to one-third
of all new electrical capacity installed in 2014. The number is a reflection of the falling cost of solar power technology, which is down about ten percent from the prior year. As cost of solar systems begin to fall, more and more commercial entities are jumping on the technology to save money from traditional grid based electrical costs. CNN iReport
reported the financial benefits to industrial settings is pretty obvious, but residential sales are lagging.
In the end, commercial sales of solar equipment is booming. When the cost of systems falls to a point where the residential market can be effectively tapped, solar capacity is likely to take off once again. Consumers of all types are looking to shift away from the expense of traditional energy, and it looks like the future of electricity generation and storage is going to be solar in nature.
Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Apps, Culture, Innovative Tech | Posted on 10-03-2015
The Apple Watch was unveiled, and it sure is getting a lot of attention. Of course it is though, after all it is an Apple product. Some people love it, others hate it. Some people think it’s genius, and some people think it’s dumb. I think something that we can all agree on is good grief those notifications are going to be a nightmare.
We hear them on our phone constantly. The vibration of a text message, the ding of a Facebook notification, the chime of a new email…it seems constant. We can get away from it though. We have the ability to simply put our phone down and forget about it. But, can we get away from those notifications with the Apple Watch?
According to BuzzFeed the constant interaction on the watch may be hard to get away from. After all, all it takes is one quick tap to get the attention of another Apple Watch user. All the things you could do on a cell phone, you’ll be able to do on a watch. But, you won’t be able to get away. That watch will be on you. And since it is a cool new product, you most likely will not want to take it off.
So remember to take some time to step back from technology and remember a simpler time when watches just told time. Zeca Oliveira (Facebook.com) agrees that the Apple Watch is a nifty little gadget, and will be popular for a while but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tale a break every now and then.