Monthly Archives: February 2012

WOW! WHITEWATER KAYAKING – OTTAWA RIVER VIDEO

White Water Kayaking is certainly not a sport for the ‘faint of heart’… but what a ‘fun’ water sport for the more adventurous water enthusiasts!!!

Currents is a river stewardship focused WebTV program (online video documentary) which uses white water kayaking as a means to educate a broader audience about the risks threatening the world’s rivers and to help highlight the intrinsic value of preserving rivers in their natural state.

Other Vimeo videos on White Water Kayaking:

Barely Legal 2 Trailer from Airborn Athletics on Vimeo.


Dip, dip and swing your paddle
flashing with silver
follow the wild goose flight
dip, dip and swing… back for a visit again soon.

GLASS HARP MUSIC FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT

Your friends at Rainsoft bring you a very uplifting and relaxing musical experience– we hope you enjoy this as much as we do!  Make certain you watch the 2nd selection – what dexterity!!!

Absolutely beautiful describes the glass harp music of the Szafraniec couple from Gdansk, Poland.
“…What kind of emotion does a glass harp evoke, when it is listened to for the first time?
What revolution is experienced by the ear, which attempts to find associations with those tones? What we try to capture, wanders somewhere at the verge of our ideas of angelic music, a mythical world, and instruments which sound only in our dreams…”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptrxro5PCas
ANNA & ARKADIUSZ SZAFRANIEC
Gdansk – Poland
e-mail: glassduo@glassduo.com

Their home page has a You Tube icon for many other gorgeous selections.

NOWHEREISLAND IS A NEW NATION ON A NEWLY DISCOVERED ISLAND, JUST FOR THE OLYMPICS (PART 1)

London’s 2012 Olympics have an artistic component and NowhereIsland has to be the most cerebral of all the projects.

PART 1 OF 2 BLOGS

Nowhereisland is an island which will be towed 500 miles from the high Arctic to the south coast of England. It was discovered by Alex Hartley, a British artist, when he visited there with the Cape Farewell project in 2004. The island had been revealed due to the melting ice of a retreating glacier. He was the first person to ever stand on it.

Hartley has created a floating sculpture/island out of the stones and earth and matter collected from the island.

http://www.treehugger.com/culture/nowhere-island-new-nation-newly-discovered-island-just-olympics.html

How does this work?

In September, aboard the good ship Noorderlicht, an expedition consisting of a team of young people and specialists in international law, environmental and political campaigning, human migration, anthropology and psychology went back to the island. With the permission of the Norwegian government, they removed material from the island territory, sailing it into international waters, where it was declared a new nation before travelling south to England.

With the help of the Norwegian Polar Institute, this new land was registered on all subsequent maps and charts and it was declared to be a new nation: Nowhereisland.

The island measures 40 by 8 metres and will arrive in Weymouth, UK in time for the opening of the sailing competitions of the Olympics on July 25, 2012. It is being constructed in the UK so that it can withstand the winds. Everything that you see when viewing the island will have come from the Arctic.

The new country will travel around the coast of England for six weeks, hitting 6 port towns and cities. It will end up in Bristol on September 8, 2012 for the final weekend of the Paralympic Games.

Who can Join?

Nowhereisland now has 4,640 citizens (you can become one) and its own constitution which is being developed. It “seeks to redefine what a nation can be. Nowhereisland embodies the global potential of a new borderless nation, which offers citizenship to all; a space in which all are welcome and in which all have the right to be heard. Nowhereisland’s constitution is and will be cumulative and consensual, open to all citizens and subject to change during the nation’s lifetime.”

Through this project the artist is trying to create a forum for thinking about our values and beliefs as citizens. The question Hartley is trying to make people think about is “If we were to create a new nation, how might we begin?”

A year-long programme of debates, discussions and activities is already taking place. Every week an eminent thinker is contributing a ‘Letters to Nowhereisland’ online. These Thinkers are drawn from different fields: environmentalism, peace, broadcasting, comedy. They include people such as Tim Smit (Eden Project), Vidal Sassoon, Yoko Ono, and Tania Kovats.

  Nowhereisland project, FAQs, be a citizen, to follow in BLOG 2

WINDOWS ON OUR WATER VIDEO – ALEXANDRA COUSTEAU

Indicator Species: Windows on our water

by Alexandra Cousteau

Alabama is home to greatest wealth of freshwater and marine biodiversity in North America.

Today, as the BP oil spill casts its shadow over the Gulf Coast, scientists keep a vigilant eye on frogs, sharks and sperm whales, all indicator species for ecosystem effects of the oil spill and its clean-up efforts.

THE DANGERS OF CHLORINE IN YOUR TAP WATER – PART 2 OF 2

TAKING LONG HOT SHOWERS IS A HEALTH RISK – FACT, NOT FICTION

Recently at Rainsoft Ottawa we became aware that more parents are concerned about their children’s allergies to chlorine in our drinking water.  We encourage you to read as much as you can on the dangers of chlorine in tap water (dangers in drinking the water and also bathing/showering in chlorinated water) so that you can make an informed decision about systems that will remove the chlorine from your water. 

http://bit.ly/IRRSdQ

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Showering is suspected as the primary cause of elevated levels of chloroform in nearly every home because of the chlorine in the water.” Evironmental Protection Agency – Dr. Lance Wallace

“Taking long hot showers is a health risk, according to research presented last week in Anaheim, California, at a meeting of the American Chemical Society.  Showers – and to a lesser extent baths – lead to a greater exposure to toxic chemicals contained in water supplies than does drinking the water. The chemicals evaporate out of the water and are inhaled. They can also spread through the house and be inhaled by others. House holders can receive 6 to 100 times more of the chemical by breathing the air around showers and bath than they would by drinking the water.”

NEW SCIENTIST, 18 September 1996 – Ian Anderson

“Studies indicate the suspect chemicals can also be inhaled and absorbed through the skin during showering and bathing.”

“Ironically, even the Chlorine widely used to disinfect water produces Carcinogenic traces.”

“Though 7 out of 10 Americans drink chlorinated water, its safety over the long term is uncertain.”

“Drinking chlorinated water may as much as double the risk of the bladder cancer, which strikes 40,000 people a year.” – U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT – July 29, 1991 -Is Your Water Safe – The Dangerous State of Your Water

“A long, hot shower can be dangerous. The toxic chemicals are inhaled in high concentrations.”

BOTTOM LINE – August 1987 – Dr. John Andelman, Ph.D.

“Scientists found there was a higher incidence of cancer of the esophagus, rectum, breast, and larynx and of Hodgkins Disease among those drinking chlorinated surface waters.”

“Volatile organics can evaporate from water in a shower or bath.”

“Conservative calculations indicate that inhalation exposures can be as significant as exposure from drinking the water, that is, one can be exposed to just as much by inhalation during a shower as by drinking 2 liters of water a day.”

“People who shower frequently could be exposed through ingestion, inhalation and/or dermal absorption.”

A surprising but growing concern is the effect that chlorine and other chemicals have on serotonin levels. Recent research demonstrates that recalcitrant organochlorines may play a role in the etiology of chronic fatigue syndrome. The chlorine emitted from showering and other household water use breaks down into free radicals that can lead to cancer and cardiovascular disease. Chlorinated water also contains hypochlorite, which increases levels of singlet oxygen in the body. Clearly it is vital to good health to filter as much chlorine from your home water system as possible.

Chlorine is one of the most reactive elements found in nature.  It readily dissolves in water, where it combines with molecules of oxygen and hydrogen to form hypochlorous acid and hypochlorite ion.  Chlorination of water is achieved by adding chlorine gas directly to the water supply, or by adding the chemicals calcium hypochlorite or sodium chlorite, both of which are known as “free available chlorine”.

Water utilities routinely disinfect drinking water to prevent microbial diseases, especially cholera, dysentery, and typhoid fever.  Top date, the greatest contribution to the protection of public health in the United States has been the disinfection of public water supplies, yet chlorine itself has been shown to cause a number of health problems. 

Two decades after the start of chlorinating our drinking water, the present epidemic of heart trouble and cancer began.

Removal of Chlorine from Showers

In confined spaces, such as a shower or bathroom, we can sometimes smell chlorine. Frequent exposure to chlorine gas even at the low levels found during normal activities such as showering may reduce the oxygen transfer capacity of the lungs.

When we shower, we also expose our skin to a large amount of diluted chlorine. It’s likely, given the strong oxidizing power of chlorine, that regular exposure to chlorinated water will hasten the skin’s aging process. Fortunately, over the last ten years, water filters have become more sophisticated and it is now possible to remove chlorine from your home shower.

Rainsoft of Ottawa can certainly dispel your fears about the dangerous effects of chlorine.  Our two systems that remove chlorine in your drinking water or in your bath, shower and laundry water are a Reverse Osmosis System and the Whole House Carbon Filtration System. Contact us for information, a free water analysis test and chlorine removal systems: Ottawa, 613-742-0058 for an appointment.

AWARD WINNING FILM! A MUST SEE! – PDN Video Pick: Iceland’s Water “Vatn”

What a magnificent, stunning and profound result of E. Pacheco’s approach to viewing water conservationpersonify and give water a voice!!! 

Your friends from Rainsoft Ottawa know you will certainly enjoy this unique video presentation!

http://www.enriquepacheco.com/vatn

Photographer and filmmaker Enrique Pacheco‘s most recent short film, “Vatn” (the Icelandic word for water), offers stunning views of Iceland’s oceans, rivers and waterfalls…

Shot and edited over a 6-month period, the film employs an interesting narrative structure that personifies water and makes it the film’s protagonist. “Human beings are the antagonists,” Pacheco said of the film, in an interview published on his Web site.

“We are changing the life cycle of water. This film is for water conservation. Instead of talking about water, I decided to personify water, give it voice, so we can hear it.”

COOL THINGS ABOUT WATER – NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

- Very interesting water facts -

National Geographic Kids blog:

http://kidsblogs.nationalgeographic.com/greenscene/2011/06/20-cool-things-about-water.html