What this means is that “Blackfish” will soon be arriving in Asia, Italy, Portugal, central and eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and Latin America! Woohoo!
This is excellent news since it will allow Tilikum’s story to spread to nearly every corner of the Earth and hopefully inspire many viewers to boycott marine park facilities and speak up in support of true orca conservation.
Deep in the tranquil Forest of Sivens in the south of France, eco-militant activists and French riot police are fighting a violent battle in woodlands being cut down to make way for a dam, which will spell the end for 41 acres of trees.
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Although this image just looks like a rock formation, pictured here is actually a species of chiton, Acanthopleura granulata. Recent research on this animal identified functional eye-like structures on each of the shell plates. Rather than being formed from proteins, these “eyes” are actually composed of aragonite, a carbonate mineral. Interestingly, the team of researchers concluded that aragonite can be used to form a lens effective both above and below water.
Photo by Hans Hillewaert (CC)
See: Speiser, D. et al, (2011), A Chiton Uses Aragonite Lenses to Form Images, Current Biology, 21: 8, pp 665-670.
It’s Gettin’ Hot In Here: ‘China Starts Televising The Sunrise On Giant TV Screens Because Beijing Is So Clouded In Smog’
From The Daily Mail:
The smog has become so thick in Beijing that the city’s natural light-starved masses have begun flocking to huge digital commercial television screens across the city to observe virtual sunrises.
The futuristic screens installed in the Chinese capital usually advertize tourist destinations, but as the season’s first wave of extremely dangerous smog hit - residents donned air masks and left their homes to watch the only place where the sun would hail over the horizon that morning.
Serious air pollution plagues most major Chinese cities, where environmental protection has been long sacrificed for the sake of economic development.
Coal burning and car emissions are major sources of pollution. In recent years, China has beefed up regulations and pledged financial resources to fight pollution.
Woah! Great development for the Taiji dolphins from the Japan Times!
In response to the international outcry over the cruelty of the annual Taiji dolphin hunt, Japanese government officials have been quick to defend it by using the predictable excuse of “tradition.”
However, Japan Times has slammed this excuse by saying, in a recent editorial: “Their argument that the force of tradition justifies the herding, capturing and slaughtering of dolphins is a flimsy one. Many past cultural practise, such as slavery, bordellos and beheading were stopped for ethical reasons. Tradition and culture are forces that change in accordance with new scientific understanding and evolving ethical standards.”
Success! Shell stops Arctic oil drilling for this year.
Over six months, huge numbers of us have been pressuring Shell to stay out of the Arctic. Well this morning, company bosses announced they were scrapping their oil drilling programme for this year. It’s a huge victory… Read more
We’re so excited to announce that we will be having a book signing for The Enchanted Cottage of Oceania: An American Fairytale at Howard University on November 15! Flyer and more info to follow shortly. My mom attended Howard for graduate school, and its my alma mater, so we’re thrilled about this :-)
What’s with glycerin? It’s a soap-making byproduct with antibacterial properties, but it’s often made with animal fat derivatives, which isn’t really our thing. So, we figured out how to make our own veggie version with coconut oil, opening up a whole world of kitchen pantry beauty concoctions (and gave us a bonus bar of soap).