Category: Environment


Eleven year old Birke Baehr explains what’s wrong with our food system..

This spectacular documentary uncovers for the very first time, the actual mechanisms by which mobile phone technology can cause cancer. And, how every single one of us is reacting to the biggest change in environment this planet has ever seen.

Two billion years ago life first arrived on this planet; a planet, which was filled with a natural frequency. As life slowly evolved, it did so surrounded by this frequency. and Inevitably, it began tuning in. By the time mankind arrived on earth an incredible relationship had been struck; a relationship that science is just beginning to comprehend. Research is showing that being exposed to this frequency is absolutely integral to us. It controls our mental and physical health, it synchronises our circadian rhythms, and it aids our immune system and improves our sense of wellbeing.

Not only are we surrounded by natural frequencies, our bodies are filled with them too. Our cells communicate using electro magnetic frequencies. Our brain emits a constant stream of frequencies and our DNA delivers instructions, using frequency waves. Without them we couldn’t exist for more than a second. This delicate balance has taken billions of years to perfect. But over the last 25 years the harmony has been disturbed. and disturbed dramatically. Mankind has submerged itself in an ocean of artificial frequencies. They are all around us, filling the air and drowning out the earth’s natural resonance. To the naked eye the planet appears to be the same. But at a cellular level it is the biggest change that life on earth has endured; the affects of which we are just starting to see and feel.

I have been listening and following RedIceCreations for about four years now and thought that I should repost an advert for it, for those who have not heard about or come across it yet. There really is no better online station out there for providing you with alternative radio and I highly recommend that you drop in, find an interview topic that sounds interesting and give it a listen.

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It’s here at last!! After over a year of painting in my spare time, my creative journey with ‘ Kokapelli ‘ is at an end and it’s time to share it with you all. Enjoy!

If you are interested, canvas prints are available from my website at: www.missiongraphics.co.uk

Or, if you would like to read more about the journey, please visit my creative blog at:  http://missiongraphicsblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/kokapelli-finished-at-last.html

By Christina Consolo – Host of  Nuked Radio
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April 21, 2012

Thirteen months have passed since the Fukushima reactors exploded, and a U.S. Senator finally got off his ass and went to Japan to see what is going on over there.

What he saw was horrific.

And now he is saying that we are in big trouble.

See the letter he sent to U.S. Ambassador to Japan Ichiro Fujisaki, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and NRC’s Chairman Gregory Jaczko here.

But what is so ironic about this is that we have been in this heap of trouble since March of 2011. March 17th, to be exact, when the plume of radioactive materials began bombarding the west coast of California.

And Oregon. And Washington. And British Columbia. And later Maine, Europe, and everywhere in between.

Independent researchers, nuke experts, and scientists, from oceanography to entomology and everywhere in between, having been trying to sound the alarm ever since.

The scientists most upset are those who have studied the effects of radiation on health. I’ll say it again, so its really clear: we are in big trouble.

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What if we grew sky-rise forests?

Source: http://www.thecreatorsproject.com/blog/the-worlds-first-vertical-forest-is-growing-sky-high

Did you know that Milan is one of the most polluted cities in Italy? Apparently urban sprawl and increased emissions are major causes for slumping air quality in the international fashion capital. So Italian architect Stefano Boeri has formulated an unusual plan to give the city back what it’s lacking: namely, some greenery.

Bosco Verticale is Italian for “Vertical Forest.” The project took inspiration from traditional Italian towers covered in ivy. Boeri has simply multiplied the amount of foliage to a dramatic degree, envisioning residential buildings that resemble tall boxy trees.

Each apartment unit has a balcony attached, with a lush garden enveloping the structure. The two towers will provide roots for 900 trees, as well as plenty of shrubbery and other floral vegetation. Their footprint, when flattened, is equal to 10,000 square meters of forest. Bosco Verticale provides a plan to make reforestation possible within the confines of a developed city.

Though Harvard Design Magazine called the project “dreamily utopian,” this tower is no fantasy. Boeri posted photos of the towers’ construction on his blog last month. Take a look for yourself:

The diversity of the plants and their characteristics produce humidity, absorb carbon dioxide and dust particles, producing oxygen and protect from radiation and acoustic pollution, improving the quality of living spaces and saving energy. Plant irrigation will be produced to great extent through the filtering and reuse of the grey waters produced by the building. Additionally Aeolian and photovoltaic energy systems will contribute, together with the aforementioned microclimate to increase the degree of energetic self sufficiency of the two towers.

The presence of this vegetation will also encourage the presence of birds and insects within the miniature gardens. Bosco Verticale intends to balance out the city’s environmental damage, and to create a self-sufficient ecosystem. And with construction costing only five percent higher than that of a typical skyscraper, the concept of a vertical skyscraper is incredibly accessible for other cities facing similar plights.

Stay tuned for project updates from the architect’s website, StefanoBoeriArchitetti.net

Curiously, I’ve noticed noises in Hampshire, UK. The noise I’ve heard sounds like a giant tank rolling across tarmac errrr… underground.

So I checked out YouTube to see if anyone else had encountered this strange phenomenon and it’s all over the world! But it doesn’t take long before you realise that many of the clips are hoaxes; filming footage and adding the audio from one of the originals to it. For a cheap laugh it scrambles the truth of these occurrences and cheapens the genuine curiosity we are all filled with when we’re first introduced to them. It’s a real shame that the truth is always mixed in with the crap.

 

I highly recommend watching this full screen…

Source: http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=14512

Date:   3rd Novemeber 2011

On March 19, the moon will swing around Earth more closely than it has in the past 18 years, lighting up the night sky from just 221,567 miles (356,577 kilometers) away. On top of that, it will be full. And one astrologer believes it could inflict massive damage on the planet.

Richard Nolle, a noted astrologer who runs the website astropro.com, has famously termed the upcoming full moon at lunar perigee (the closest approach during its orbit) an “extreme supermoon.”

When the moon goes super-extreme, Nolle says, chaos will ensue: Huge storms, earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural disasters can be expected to wreak havoc on Earth. (It should be noted that astrology is not a real science, but merely makes connections between astronomical and mystical events.)

But do we really need to start stocking survival shelters in preparation for the supermoon?

The question is not actually so crazy. In fact scientists have studied related scenarios for decades. Even under normal conditions, the moon is close enough to Earth to make its weighty presence felt: It causes the ebb and flow of the ocean tides.

The moon’s gravity can even cause small but measureable ebbs and flows in the continents, called “land tides” or “solid Earth tides,” too. The tides are greatest during full and new moons, when the sun and moon are aligned either on the same or opposite sides of the Earth.

According to John Vidale, a seismologist at the University of Washington in Seattle and director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, particularly dramatic land and ocean tides do trigger earthquakes. “Both the moon and sun do stress the Earth a tiny bit, and when we look hard we can see a very small increase in tectonic activity when they’re aligned,” Vidale told Life’s Little Mysteries, a sister site to SPACE.com.

At times of full and new moons, “you see a less-than-1-percent increase in earthquake activity, and a slightly higher response in volcanoes.”

The effect of tides on seismic activity is greatest in subduction zones such as the Pacific Northwest, where one tectonic plate is sliding under another. William Wilcock, another seismologist at the University of Washington, explained: “When you have a low tide, there’s less water, so the pressure on the seafloor is smaller. That pressure is clamping the fault together, so when it’s not there, it makes it easier for the fault to slip.” Continue reading

In light of today’s earthquake/tsunami in Japan, I thought it worth throwing this post up while the numbers of visitors are higher than average!

Although the ‘mainstream’ view of our ancestors is one of primitives wearing nothing but a goat-skin pair of pants and wielding some form of club, it may be worth paying a little more attention to what’s  in the background of this ‘picture’.

Below is an ancient wall in Cusco, Peru. The stones fit so perfectly that no blade of grass or steel can slide between them. There is no mortar. They often join in complex and irregular surfaces that would appear to be a nightmare for the stonemason.

There are no other walls like these. They are different from Stonehenge, different from the Pyramids of the Egyptians and the Maya, different from any of the other ancient monolithic stone-works.

Many people speculate about their intended purpose, but on a day like today and given Cusco’s location, I can help but wonder if this ancient people built these walls to keep floodwaters or a tsunami out…? Then there’s the fact that there are some temples in the world, like Baalbeck in  Lebanon, that have used stones that weigh something close to 350 tons – which even today with all our technology we are still unable to copy,  let alone move.

Perhaps a day like today will encourage more people to take an interest in our ancient history with a view to protecting our future…

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LATEST FOOTAGE OF THE TSUNAMI   http://www.guardian.co.uk/

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Date: 11th March 2011

Major tsunami damage in northern Japan after 8.9 magnitude earthquake.

Japan was hit by a massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake this morning which rocked buildings in Tokyo and triggered a tsunami that dashed ships onto the northeast coast, sweeping cars through the streets of coastal towns.

 

The Japanese ministry of defence has sent up 10 aircraft to obtain an aerial survey of the damage caused by the wave, which early warnings said could be up to 10m high. Along Japan’s coast, television footage showed massive damage from the tsunami, with dozens of cars, boats and even buildings being carried along by waters. In Tokyo the car park of Disneyland was reported flooded. A large ship swept away by the tsunami rammed directly into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, according to footage on public broadcaster NHK. In Tokyo several fires were reported and the underground railway was evacuated.

A tsunami warning has also been issued for Taiwan, Russia, the Philippines and the Mariana Islands, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. National broadcaster NHK was warning those near the coast to get to safer ground. Japan’s Earthquake Research Committee has warned of a 70 per cent chance that a great, magnitude-eight quake would strike Tokyo within the next 30 years.

‘WE ARE THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR’

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Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/mar/10/dead-sardines-californian-marina

Date: 10th March 2011

Millions of sardines die in Californian marina.

Authorities have scooped, blasted and vacuumed as they removed tonnes of dead sardines from a south California marina before the fish rot and possibly poison remaining sea life in the harbour.

The cleanup came after the enormous school of sardines apparently suffocated in the confines of King Harbour, possibly while seeking shelter from a predator or simply becoming lost near a breakwater late on Monday.

Instead of leaving, the fish crowded towards the back of the Redondo Beach marina and used all the oxygen in the water, marine experts have said.

A fire boat experimented with possible ways of retrieving the silvery corpses carpeting the bottom of the marina, including blasting them with a fire hose so they popped to the surface, police sergeant Phil Keenan said.

“Some places, we have upward of two feet of dead fish on the bottom,” he said. State department of fish and game officials sent samples of the fish to a lab to determine why they died, and strongly suggested the fish just got lost before landing in the marina.

Oxygen levels remained low in the stagnant water of the marina, and there was concern that unless the fish were collected within a few days, they would begin to decompose and release ammonia that could poison fish, crustaceans and other sea life.

Additionally, bacteria feeding on the bloated fish corpses could multiply and further deplete the oxygen.

“The smell in three days is going to be horrendous,” warned a local fisherman.

“When a rather large-sized (M 3.6 class) flare occurred near the edge of the Sun, it blew out a gorgeous, waving mass of erupting plasma that swirled and twisted over a 90-minute period (Feb. 24, 2011). This event was captured in extreme ultraviolet light by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft . Some of the material blew out into space and other portions fell back to the surface. Because SDO images are super-HD, we can zoom in on the action and still see exquisite details. And using a cadence of a frame taken every 24 seconds, the sense of motion is, by all appearances, seamless. Sit back and enjoy the jaw-dropping solar show.”

When a rather large M 3.6 class flare occurred near the edge of the Sun on Feb. 24, 2011, it blew out a gorgeous, waving mass of erupting plasma that swirled and twisted for 90 minutes. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the event in extreme ultraviolet light. Because SDO images are high definition, the team was able to zoom in on the flare and still see exquisite details. And using a cadence of a frame taken every 24 seconds, the sense of motion is, by all appearances, seamless.

For more information about solar flares, please click here to go to the NASA website: http://search.nasa.gov/search/search.jsp?nasaInclude=Solar+Flare

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/mar/04/hurricanes-global-warming

Date: Friday 4 March 2011

Models suggest that there may be fewer, but more powerful, hurricanes as the world warms.

There’s tremendous variation in hurricane activity over time and from place to place. Various studies published since 2005 indicate that the number and/or strength of hurricanes have increased in various regions, especially since the 1970s. However, it’s likely that some hurricanes at sea went unnoticed in the days before satellites and hurricane-hunter aircraft, and that complicates the assessment. There’s no doubt, though, that hurricane activity has stepped up since the mid-1990s in the North Atlantic, where ocean temperatures have risen through long-term warming and an apparent multidecadal cycle in Atlantic currents. The tropics are part of a global trend toward ocean warming that goes hand in hand with atmospheric warming, and warm oceans provide the energy to drive hurricanes. As for the future, computer models tend to point towards fewer hurricanes overall (for reasons that aren’t yet firmed up) but a general strengthening of winds and rainfall in the hurricanes that do form.

Trends aside, a catastrophic storm can strike in any year, and it’s impossible to tie any single hurricane or other weather event directly to global warming. Take Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged New Orleans in 2005. Several hurricanes of comparable strength have been observed across the Atlantic over the past century. And the horrific damage caused to the city was the result not only of Katrina’s strength but also the storm’s track, the weakness of levees and many other factors. That said, the waters of the Gulf of Mexico that fuelled Katrina were at near-record warmth at the time.

 

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/

Date: February 22nd 20011

NZ earthquake death toll at 75 as search continues…

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – Some screamed from inside collapsed buildings. One woman used her mobile phone to call her children to say goodbye. Others tapped on the rubble to communicate with those on the outside. Search teams used their bare hands, dogs, heavy cranes and earth movers Wednesday to pull 120 survivors from the rubble of a powerful earthquake in one of New Zealand’s largest cities. Officials raised the death toll to at least 75, with 300 others listed as missing.

As rescuers dug through the crumbled concrete, twisted metal and huge mounds of brick across Christchurch, officials feared that the death toll could rise further, ranking the 6.3-magnitude earthquake among the island nation’s worst in 80 years. “There are bodies littering the streets, they are trapped in cars, crushed under rubble and where they are clearly deceased our focus … has turned to the living,” police Superintendent Russell Gibson said.

Prime Minister John Key said at a news conference that 75 people were confirmed to have been killed, with 55 of them identified. He declared a state of national emergency, giving the government wider powers to take control of a rescue and recovery operation that was growing by the hour. Rescuers are concentrating on at least a dozen buildings that collapsed or were badly damaged. In one of the worst, a camera inserted into the rubble showed images of people still alive, Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said. He said 120 people were rescued from wrecked buildings, while more bodies were also recovered. Some survivors emerged without a scratch, while others had to have a limb amputated before they could be freed.

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It seems as if every month now there’s at least one earthquake somewhere in the world, that’s devastating people lives and their communities. Recently, many visitors to this blog have used it to find out a little more information about the Richter Scale.

Here’s another link to a resource that may be helpful or of interest to you. It’s a interactive map from the US Geological Survey and earthquake monitors Iris shows every quake for the past two weeks. It’s constantly updated – and the centre provides complete datasets too. Please click on the link below:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/feb/22/earthquake-map-world

Brilliant.

Solar flares herald rare glimpses of northern lights over UK.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/feb/17/solar-flares-northern-lights-uk

Date: Thursday 17 February 2011

The surface of the Sun (above) erupts with dazzling solar flares that form giant, glowing loops reaching tens of thousands of kilometres into space.

Solar flares are the most violent explosions in the solar system and each releases as much energy as a hundred million hydrogen bombs. Earth-sized regions of the Sun’s corona soar to temperatures of 20 million Celsius during the convulsions.

This image, captured by Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), shows a storm brewing on the surface of the Sun over the past week. On Tuesday, satellites recorded the most powerful solar flare in four years erupting from a massive sunspot.

The storm generated at least three solar flares, the most intense of which was detected at 1.56am GMT on Tuesday. The x-class flare, the most powerful of all solar events, came from a growing active region called 1158 in the Sun’s southern hemisphere.

The bright flashes were accompanied by coronal mass ejections, which blasted billions of tonnes of material towards the Earth at 900 kilometres a second. The rush of particles could light up the night sky with a spectacular aurora borealis, but cloud cover and the brightness of the moon may obscure the view.

The British Geological Survey said displays of the northern lights had already been seen further south than usual, in Northern Ireland and elsewhere in the UK. The celestial light show occurs when cosmic particles hit the upper atmosphere and are steered to the poles by the Earth’s magnetic field, colliding with other particles.

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Source:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/17/forest-sell-off-people-power

Date:  Thursday 17 February, 2011.

Forest sell-off: ‘People power’ forced U-turn, say campaigners.

Plans to sell England’s forests attracted cross-party opposition and sparked a public outcry.

Campaigners have hailed the “people power” which has forced the government to abandon plans to privatise England’s public forests. The news that Caroline Spelman, the environment secretary, would announce a halt to the consultation into proposals to sell thousands of hectares of woodland was welcomed by grassroots campaigners and conservation charities. David Cameron heralded the about-turn at prime minister’s questions yesterday, when he stated bluntly that he was unhappy with the policy.

The proposals put out for consultation last month detail measures to dispose of up to 100% of England’s 258,000 hectare public forest estate, which is currently managed by the Forestry Commission, over the next 10 years. They included a £250m sale of leaseholds for commercially valuable forests to timber companies, measures to allow communities, charities and even local authorities to buy or lease woods and plans to transfer well-known “heritage” woods such as the New Forest into the hands of charities. But the proposals attracted cross-party opposition and sparked a public outcry, with critics arguing they threatened public access and wildlife.

Campaign group 38 Degrees started a Save Our Forests petition which attracted more than 532,000 signatures. David Babbs, executive director, said: “Some people say signing petitions and emailing MPs never changes anything, but it did this time. “This is what people power looks like, and over half a million of us are feeling very proud of what we’ve achieved together today. “We will keep watching David Cameron to make sure he keeps his word. But right now it looks like fantastic news for all of us who want to keep our forests safe in public hands for future generations.”

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The Richter scale is a logarithmic scale used to express the total amount of energy released by an earthquake. Its values typically fall between 0 and 9, with each increase of 1 representing a 10-fold increase in energy.

Wikipedia info:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richter_magnitude_scale

 

Size and Frequency of Occurrence.

There are around 500,000 earthquakes each year. About 100,000 of these can actually be felt.  Minor earthquakes occur nearly constantly around the world in places like California and Alaska in the U.S., as well as in Guatemala. Chile, Peru, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, the Azores in Portugal, Turkey, New Zealand, Greece, Italy, and Japan, but earthquakes can occur almost anywhere, including New York City, London, and Australia.

Larger earthquakes occur less frequently, the relationship being exponential; for example, roughly ten times as many earthquakes larger than magnitude 4 occur in a particular time period than earthquakes larger than magnitude 5. In the (low seismicity) United Kingdom, for example, it has been calculated that the average recurrences are: an earthquake of 3.7 – 4.6 every year, an earthquake of 4.7 – 5.5 every 10 years, and an earthquake of 5.6 or larger every 100 years. This is an example of the Gutenberg-Richter law.

 

 

RECENT EARTHQUAKE HISTORY:

Thank you to Liz for this one. Here’s a link to a website that hosts data of all the earthquakes globally over the last seven days:  http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/quakes_all.php