Monthly Archives: March 2013

DEATH OF CANADIAN FORESTS – MOUNTAIN PINE BEETLE

PINE BEETLE CANADA

PINE BEETLE8GIMPBESTA natural disaster that is
going to occur across all of Canada!

I decided to take the time to Google “pine beetles in Canada” and now realize just how serious a threat the pine beetle is to our environment just from reading headings such as: ‘death of a forest’; ‘the threat of mountain pine beetle‘; ‘pine beetle threatening new B.C. tree species’; ‘pine beetle contributing to forest smog’;  ‘pine beetles contributing to climate change’, etc.

PINE BEETLE8GIMPBESTPine beetle damage extends from forests to drinking water.  The deep green pine trees of British Columbia’s great forests are turning a rusty red, thanks to the mountain pine beetle’s increasing resilience to warming winter temperatures. The grain-sized critter, which lives in the bark of mature trees, kills the trees within months, leaving the wood an ash grey colour once the pine needles fall out years later.  The mountain pine beetle’s devastation has spread over 20 per cent of British Columbia’s total area, costing the province $884 million. By 2014, it is projected that 80 per cent of the province’s pine forests will disappear, an outcome with unprecedented economic, social, and environmental consequences.

Here is a CBC News: The National video from Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, presented by Chris Brown – uploaded on Apr 24, 2008

The mountain pine beetle’s infestation in western Canada is turning forests into a new source of greenhouse gases, according to new research published in the journal Nature

PINE BEETLE COLORADOA recent study by the Colorado School of Mines shows that Colorado’s quality of local drinking water is also affected by the beetle.  Driven by climate change, mountain pine beetles are infesting pine wood in Colorado and releasing more carbon into watersheds. This changes how disinfectant chemicals interact with water during treatment, and in turn creates potentially harmful by-products.

PINE BEETLE CANADA1What does this mean for Canada’s west coast?  “The vast majority of British Columbia’s population lives far away from the pine beetle crisis,” says Brennan Clarke, media representative at British Columbia’s Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO). It’s unlikely that pine beetles will interact with drinking water resources, but FLNRO continues studying the beetle’s impact on regional hydrology.

PINE BEETLE8GIMPBESTThe damage to the ecosystem is already done with over four million devastated acres of forest in Colorado and Wyoming, where studies show changes in water chemistry and nitrate levels in watersheds, which can cause algae growth in downstream drinking water reservoirs. Risk of wildfires is another hazard to drinking water as water-resistant soils prevent water penetration.

Jim Bouldin, a research ecologist writing for RealClimate, says there is a “complex relationship between the beetles, weather, forest conditions, and tree chemistry.” – Erin Pelhivan, WaterCanada Jan/Feb. 3013 magazine ~ “Critters and Carbon“.

Here is a link to an alarming award winning video I found on YouTube that points out the devastating effects this invasive insect will have on our economical and ecological future: Death Of A Forest – Pine Beetles kill millions of trees in US & Canada ~ uploaded by Wild Visions, Inc . on Feb 14, 2011
http://youtu.be/KTHXPJwaLTc

AMAZING K 9 (CANINE) UNIT ~ MAN’S BEST FRIEND!!!

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A police dog, often referred to as a “K-9” (which is a homophone of canine) in some areas, is a dog that is trained specifically to assist police and other law-enforcement personnel in their work.  The most commonly used breed is the German Shepherd, although now Belgian Malinois are also fairly popular dogs to use… A growing number of law-enforcement organizations outfit dogs with ballistic vests,… more info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Policedog

Jim and Gloria Slater of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, owners of K9 Storm Inc., design and manufacture the best canine tactical force suits used worldwide.

Here are 2 videos related to Military K9 units.

Published on Feb 19, 2013 ~ One look at how cool under pressure these service men are and you can see what made this country great. Remember to watch Glory Hounds, Thursday @ 8pm on Animal Planet. Thanks for your service Len, you do Americans proud.

Published on Feb 21, 2013 ~ The premiere  aired last Thursday at 8/7c. http://animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/…

Inside military dogs’ life-saving role in war
Published on Feb 21, 2013 U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Leonard Anderson, who is part of Animal Planet’s “Glory Hounds” two-hour TV special to air Thursday, discusses his dog Azza who he says helped save his life after a roadside explosion.

“A dog has one aim in life ~
to bestow his heart.”

Watch more Animal Planet at http://animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/…

COURAGE DOESN’T ALWAYS ROAR ~ IWD 2013

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When we think about courage, it’s usually stories of heroism that come to mind. But for millions of women around the world, courage comes in a very different way. It’s a quiet voice that gives them the strength to go on for another day. Take 3 minutes and be inspired by this new movie celebrating the courage and strength of women just like you.

As today, March 8th is International Women’s Day observed around the world, I thought it would be most fitting to share this Simple Truths video, ” Courage Does Not Always Roar” with you. 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY CROPPED

I’m surprised, but pleased to read that it is an official  holiday in many countries  ~ the following excerpts are from http://www.internationalwomensday.com/about.asp                                                                         “IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers…

Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY CROPPEDMany global corporations have also started to more actively support IWD by running their own internal events and through supporting external ones. For example, on 8 March search engine and media giant Google some years even changes its logo on its global search pages. Year on year IWD is certainly increasing in status. The United States even designates the whole month of March as ‘Women’s History Month‘.

So make a difference, think globally and act locally !! Make everyday International Women’s Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.

 

FABULOUS HOUSEHOLD HINTS

I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY SOME OF THESE FABULOUS HINTS!!!

Why not have some fun over the coming weekend and try some of these hints for yourselves.  Keep the rest on hand for future reference.
I’m sure you’ll find many useful hints here.

I’ve been microwaving corn on the cob for some time now, just as the hint recommends, and it tastes great!!! (far better than any other method!)

What’s the appropriate expression here ~ I think it’s,
“Necessity is the mother of invention”.

Here’s a bit of trivia for you re the above phrase – The author of this proverbial saying isn’t known. It is sometimes ascribed to Plato and it does appear in translations of Plato’s Republic… The proverb was known in England by the 16th century, although at that point it must have been known to very few as it was then documented in its Latin form rather than in English. Many well-known proverbs appeared first in Latin and were transcribed into English by Erasmus and others, often as training texts for latin scholars. http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/necessity-is-the-mother-of-invention.html

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INGENIUS! ~ CREATE DRINKING WATER FROM BILLBOARD!

A billboard in Peru
creates clean drinking water
from the air!!!
No way! ~ YES way!!!
PERU BILLBOARD WATER

What remarkable ingeniuty!!!

UTEC, the university of engineering and technology in Lima, Peru in collaburation with Mayo DraftDCB has developed the world’s first billboard that can produce potable water from the air as a promotional admissions campaign. In this region rainfall is scarce year-round, but atmospheric humidity reaches almost 98% – the project provides residents with up-to 96 liters clean drinking water in reserve tanks situated in taps at the foot of the sign, instead of having them deal with polluted wells.

Published on Feb 19, 2013 ~ The first billboard that produces potable water from the air.  Mayo DraftFCB for The University of Engineering and Technology

Interestingly, the project wasn’t so much driven by Lima’s need for water as UTEC’s need for more engineering students. Their motto is “We will continue changing the world through engineering.” And if this is what such students could get working on, we’re all for it.

BILLBOARD WATER PERU7croppedThe billboard contains five generators that churn out purified water through a reverse osmosis system. The system sends water to a tank that can store up to 100 liters per day. As you can see in the video above, people are actually using the billboard to get fresh water. In three months of operation, the billboard has produced thousands of liters.

Fortunately, the Peruvian government isn’t counting on UTEC and Mayo DraftCFB. They’ve recently announced a $3.3 billion-dollar upgrade they plan on making to their water and sewage infrastructure to provide better drinking water to their citizens.