Saturday, December 3, 2011

Ocean of Truth - Stunning video & amazing facts about our Ocean

Below is a stunning video brought to you by Conservation International. The footage really shows how unique, amazing, beautiful and vital our oceans and marine life are.

Life originates from the sea.
The measure of salt in our blood is the same as the Ocean's.
The Ocean is the largest place on earth, it covers 70% of the earth's surface.

What does this ocean do for us?
The Ocean provides 80% of the air we breathe.
The Ocean is the main protein source for 1 in 4 people worldwide.
The Ocean regulates temperature, absorbs 80% of climate change heat, and 50 times more carbon than the atmosphere.
The Ocean gives us medicines that help treat heart disease, cystic fibrosis and cancer.
The Ocean provides economic opportunity from fishing, transport, minerals and recreation to name a few.
The Ocean recycles substances (CO2, N, H20), that we need to live.
The Ocean sustains mangroves, wetlands and coral reefs that protect us from disasters.
The Ocean is home to the greatest diversity of life on earth.

Now the Ocean needs us.
It's our moment of truth.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

'This is George', fighting against climate change

The Poor Planet blog was created to help raise awareness around environmental issues across the globe. There is always so much people can do to help. But being aware of an issue is always the very first step.
It is for the exact same reason that a group of "amateur thinkers, producers, designers, animators and artists" from Australia have come together and produced 'This is George', a great little animation video to explain in simple words the issue and challenge climate change represents.

This is their submission to a competition entitled ‘Communicating Climate Change through Visuals’ opened by the Minor Foundation for Major Challenges. This competition is an attempt to make people understand and accept the statement: "Emissions from human use of fossil energy cause climate change".
This video definitely gets our vote.

"This is George" website / facebook page / twitter page

Thick smog covers North-Eastern China (Satellite pictures)

Some of you might remember the photo-documentary entitled "Pollution in China" which highlighted the consequences of pollution on the health of Chinese citizens (View the photos here). Well guess what, air pollution - just like marine pollution - knows no border.

Below are image satellite pictures taken by NASA over North-Eastern China in October 2011. The thick smog (smoke fog) is the direct consequence of heavy air pollution caused by countless factories, coal power plants and the exponentially increasing number of personal cars.

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

It is about time we realise this world is overpopulated

Below is a great little (artistic) video that explains in simple words how the world's human population came to reach 7 billion souls a few weeks ago.

It was just over two centuries ago that the global population was 1 billion — in 1804. But better medicine and improved agriculture resulted in higher life expectancy for children, dramatically increasing the world population, especially in the West. As higher standards of living and better health care are reaching more parts of the world, the rates of fertility — and population growth — have started to slow down, though the population will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. U.N. forecasts suggest the world population could hit a peak of 10.1 billion by 2100 before beginning to decline. But exact numbers are hard to come by — just small variations in fertility rates could mean a population of 15 billion by the end of the century.

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