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27 Photographs That Prove We Are in Danger

The devastating and shocking images below demonstrate the negative effect and harm civilization and humanity is inflicting on Mother Nature and its fellow inhabitants, including ourselves. Overdevelopment, climate change and greed seem to be the reigning topics. The image above is of a starved polar bear in Norway, which can’t find food or space because the ice caps are melting.

We urge you to view the rest of the images to educate yourself on the dangers we promote.

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There’s one problem with the theory that trees are unequivocally awesome under all circumstances: science. Let’s say that someone figured out a way to destroy all of the world’s forests in one Bond Villainesque blow. Our first reaction to the arborcide would be “Great, where are all the monkeys going to live?” Our second reaction would be the horror of realizing that the whole planet will go to shit without trees. That’s probably true, but not for the reasons you think.

One climate model predicted that if all of world’s forests were cut down, the earth’s temperature would decrease within a few decades. While trees in tropical regions are awesome at absorbing carbon dioxide, absorbing the Sun’s heat, and sending water back into the atmosphere (a.k.a. everything we love about trees), trees that are closer to the poles suck at two out of those three tree-jobs. This is why Canadian forests don’t get to call themselves rainforests.

6 Facts About The Environment (That Just Aren’t True)

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After Ferngully, director Bill Kroyer planned for his studio’s next feature film to go completely against the supposed aspirations placed by their previous film. A detective action-adventure with black magic, inter-racial romance, and zombies.

Warner Bros. almost greenlit it but plans fell through. Warner’s management at the time could never support theatrical animation as they did for their TV animation anyway (*cough* Thief and Cobbler *cough*). In a twist of irony, years later Warner would hire Bill Kroyer to jump start Quest for Camelot but major creative differences kicked Kroyer out.

A minute-long test trailer was animated but here is only some brief examples, sourced from animator Darlie Brewster. The full trailer did contain animation contributions from names like Bruce Smith, Tony Fucile, and Doug Frankel.

Photo by @TimLaman. Orangutan trick. No, don’t turn your phone, I didn’t get the orientation wrong on this photo. This orangutan is leaning out horizontally from the tree trunk while holding on with its upper foot. Without an opposable big toe, a pretty impossible trick for a human… Learn more about orangutans @saveGPorangutans. #Indonesia, #Borneo, #GunungPalung, #rainforest, @thephotosociety, @natgeocreative, @TimLaman. by natgeo

Layers of early morning light across the rolling hills of South West National Park, beautifully captured by @pierredestribatsphotography. This magnificent National Park is Tassie’s largest and lies in the heart of the Tasmanian wilderness with wild rivers, jagged mountain ranges, button grass plains and the ancient rainforest, that together form part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. While much of the park is remote and can be hard to reach, it offers spectacular scenery that can be accessed in a range of ways from scenic drives and short walks to breathtaking flights, multi-day wilderness treks and adrenaline pumping kayak adventures. Thanks for tagging #discovertasmania, Pierre! http://ift.tt/1L6kMT2

ANSWER THE 11 QUESTIONS ASKED, THEN WRITE 11 NEW QUESTIONS AND TAG 11 PEOPLE

I was tagged by norwegian-forest-cat ! Thanks :)

1) where is your favorite place you’ve lived? Seattle. I love rain. 

2) ultimate dinner? Wonton soup and pork fried rice. 
3) what do you look for in your significant other? ummmmm.. They gotta make me laugh

4) what do you love most about your best friend? He’s kind, I can tell him anything, and he cracks me up.

5) do you prefer the mountains, coast, forest, desert, rainforest, etc., and why?

 I prefer the forest. The greenness and the smell are divine. 

6) any pets? Two dogs and a kitty cat.

7) dream house? You know the house’s in the hobbit movies? That’s my dream house.

8) if you have siblings, how well do you get along with them? good now that were older! heh

9) what do you love most in your life? My mum. and the existence of fruit roll ups. and the fact that I just got accepted into film school.

10) do you prefer the sunrise or sunset? Sunset. not a morning person.

11) how much water do you drink a day? barely any.. I get most of my liquid through fruit haha

My questions:

1. What color are your bedroom walls?

2.What cheers you up?

3. What do you want your tombstone to say?

4. What does a perfect day look like to you?

5. Do you always smile for pictures?

6.What is your Song of the week?

7.When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?

8.Can you change the oil on a car?

9.Do you think musicals are cheesy?

10.Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?

11.When you looked in the mirror first thing this morning, what was the first thing you thought?


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Hooker’s Lips

This rare plant is named Psychotria elata. It is more commonly known as the Flower Lips, Hooker’s Lips or Hot Lips plant. Some people refer to them as Mick Jagger’s lips. The plant forms bright red bracts (specialized leaves) resembling the lips of a woman wearing red lipstick. These plants are found in the tropical rainforests of Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador. Due to deforestation, these spectacular plants have become endangered.

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Google+ demonstrates deforestation and other man-made climate disasters with satellite images
May 18, 2013

It’s one thing to talk about deforestation, disappearing habitats, and shrinking glaciers and water resources, and another thing entirely to demonstrate it with actual satellite imagery. And thanks to Landsat images and the Google Earth Engine, we’re getting a glimpse at some key locations across the planet as they are changed by the hands of man. A series of interactive timelapse GIFs that use Landsat satellite data to display massive changes to the Earth’s surface could be a potent tool for motivating individuals and organizations to take action on key issues.

Google’s Animated GIFs of Earth Over Time focuses our attention on key features of our planet, such as the Amazon rainforest, the coal beds of Wyoming, the Columbia Glacier, the Aral Sea, and the deserts of Saudi Arabia.

Today, we’re making it possible for you to go back in time and get a stunning historical perspective on the changes to the Earth’s surface over time. Working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), NASA and TIME, we’re releasing more than a quarter-century of images of Earth taken from space, compiled for the first time into an interactive time-lapse experience. We believe this is the most comprehensive picture of our changing planet ever made available to the public.

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Some of the visualizations are kind of subtle, and need to be put into context to really hit home (such as the massive increase in irrigated areas in Saudi Arabia, which affects local water supplies, or the urban sprawl of Las Vegas, which also puts increased demands on local resources), but some of them, such as this one documenting the rapidly disappearing rainforest in the Brazilian Amazon, speak for themselves:

Explore a global timelapse of our planet, constructed from Landsat satellite imagery. The Amazon rainforest is shrinking at a rapid rate to provide land for farming and raising cattle. Each frame of the timelapse map is constructed from a year of Landsat satellite data, constituting an annual 1.7-terapixel snapshot of the Earth at 30-meter resolution.

- Google Earth Engine

These interactive time-lapse images can be manipulated by pausing or zooming in to them, as we’ve come to expect from Google Earth, and may serve as a pivot point for those who are on the fence about the effects that our booming population and its increased demand for resources has on our Big Blue Marble.

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You can view all of the images at Google +, and you can read a backstory at TIME.

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The Hilarious Fake But Real Doritos Ad That Doritos Will Never Let Win Their Super Bowl Contest

Doritos is not going to be pleased with this.

The Amazing Amazon Milk Frog

Amazon Milk Frogs, also known as Mission Golden-eyed Tree Frogs or Blue Milk Frogs, were first found in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã River. The name “Milk Frog” refers to the poisonous, white, milky secretion that this frog secretes when threatened. But what about that blue mouth? This species is most active at night and is known for its loud vocalizations. During the day, they sleep in the vegetation high above streams. These tree frogs spend their entire lives in the tropical rainforest canopy (rarely, if ever, descending to the ground). They are native to northern South America (Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela). These frogs can live up to 25 years. Breeding usually occurs in the rainy season (November through May) with the female laying about 2,500 eggs, which hatch into tadpoles in only one day. 

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