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Wolves Change Yellowstone’s River’s Course ~ Remarkable Video

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The following excerpts are from ‘How Exactly Wolves Change the Course of Rivers’ by Ray Molina of yourdailymedia.com Mar. 1, 2014

I know you’re thinking that this can’t be possible – just read on!
Just this week ViralNova posted this topic so I thought I’d republish it for those who missed it on Mar. 4, 2014.  The video is really a must see.

…Trophic cascade is when the behavior of top predators have a trickling down effect on their environment. Let’s call these predators the “one percent.”
WOLVES LARGE ANIMALS
The one percent may be vicious killing machines who think only of themselves, but even bad intentions could have good outcomes. We are finding out that their murderous ways can be useful in controlling the over population of herbivores that are eating more than their fair share, which leaves little for a multitude of other animals lower on the food chain.
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Eventually there will be plenty of wolves, perhaps even too many, and at some point we may need to protect the rest of the food chain from these top predators.
WOLVES WATER BIRDS
But like most things, if not everything, there’s a time and a place.
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I do wonder about whether or not the Ecosystems would have just found a new way to balance themselves out over time. Who knows how long that might have taken though, or maybe it’s currently happening in ways we cannot yet witness.
WOLVES SCENES
The main culprit of our Eco failures is you and me through our destruction of habitats through land-developing and hunting and pollution. We really blew it, and now we’re trying to cut our losses by celebrating animals that repair our mistakes.

In the video below, Author/Activist George Monbiot describes to an audience at TED the effects of Wolves that were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park in the mid 90’s.
He describes how the wolves, in a relatively short period of time, have transformed the landscape and allowed more varieties of life to flourish. And wolves did it in ways we never expected.
It’s a humbling reminder of just how connected life on this planet really is.

The original TED talk by George Monbiot, gives numerous examples of how “rewilding” our ecosystem can give us back the earth our predecessors had the privilege of experiencing.

NOTE: There are “elk” pictured in this video when the narrator is referring to “deer.” This is because the narrator is British and the British word for “elk” is “red deer” or “deer” for short. The scientific report this is based on refers to elk so we wanted to be accurate with the truth of the story.

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable “trophic cascade” occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in this movie remix.

Narration from TED: “For more wonder, rewild the world” by George Monbiot. Watch the full talk, here: http://bit.ly/N3m62h

Article link – http://www.yourdailymedia.com/post/how-exactly-do-wolves-change-rivers

Drinking Water Contaminated ~ Drugs on Tap

  DRUGS IN WATER         Scientists are re-designing pharmaceuticals and other contaminants to keep them out of our drinking water.

MAIN IMAGEMaking pharmaceuticals that degrade before they can contaminate drinking water.

DRUGS ON TAPIn recent years, researchers have realized that many products, including pharmaceuticals, have ended up where they’re not supposed to be — in our drinking water. But now scientists have developed a way to make drugs that break down into harmless compounds before they contaminate our taps.

Pub JMESTheir report appears in ACS’ journal
ACSEnvironmental Science & Technology.

 

 

 

PROPRANOLOLThe researchers chose to work with a commonly used drug called propranolol — a beta blocker prescribed to treat high blood pressure and to prevent heart problems. It is very stable and has been found in sewage. They made a small molecular change in its structure that didn’t affect its beta blocking activity but allowed it to break down more easily than the NON TOXICoriginal form. Further studies are needed, but initial testing showed that the altered drug and its byproducts are likely not toxic. The researchers suggest that a similar approach could be used to re-design other classes of drugs and chemicals to make them more environmentally friendly, too. 

COSMETICSA wide range of active ingredients originating from pesticides, shampoos, lotions, cosmetics, disinfectants and drugs get washed into sewage systems or rivers and streams, ending up in our tap water.

WILDLIFEScientists don’t have a complete picture yet of what effects these substances have on wildlife and human health, but they are a major concern. Researchers have detected them in low levels in streams and rivers across the United States and in other countries. To address the specific problem of medications in the environment, Klaus Kümmerer and colleagues made tweaks to pharmaceuticals so they degrade after they’ve passed through both the body and sewage treatment systems, which aren’t capable of scrubbing wastewater of all contaminants.

KLAUSDr. Klaus Kümmerer, professor of sustainable chemistry and material resources at the University of Lüneburg

The authors acknowledge funding from the German Ministry of Education and Research.

http://canadafreepress.com/articles-health/75133

The Road to Happiness ~ Inspirational Friday

THE ROAD TO HAPPINESS – BEAUTIFUL AND INSPIRING MOVIE

A quote from the book, “The Road to Happiness”, by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher: “I believe that happiness is an attitude of gratitude; and I commit to giving thanks.” 

                          Enjoy the video further down…

“Happiness depends on ourselves.” More than anybody else, Aristotle enshrines happiness as a central purpose of human life and a goal in itself. As a result he devotes more space to the topic of happiness than any thinker prior to the modern era.

“Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.”  ~ Thoreau

“Being happy doesn’t always mean that everything is perfect.  It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”   ~ Unknown

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.” ~
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948), Indian leader and politician

“The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.” ~ Desiderius Erasmus (1466 – 1536), Dutch humanist


ARISTOTLE“Happiness depends on yourselves.” ~

Aristotle (384 BC322 BC), Greek philosopher

 

   
Let us all strive to travel  our own road to happiness
with “The Happiness Creed”.

WATER DROPLET HAPPY ICON GIMPCROPPEDHere in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada we have a long weekend to look forward to. Labour Day is also celebrated in the USA this weekend.  Were looking forward to some glorious sunny and warm weather – hope you are also, wherever home is for you and that you have been inspired by the video and plan to share with others.

 

World Water Week ~ Conserve Water in Homes

Image result for number of ways to save waterKITCHEN

There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.

Image result for washing dishes by handWhen washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.

 

Image result for dishwasherDishwashers typically use less water
than washing dishes by hand.
Now, Energy Star dishwashers save
even more water and energy. 
If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.

REFILLDesignate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.

 

Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.

 

Image result for garbage disposalUse the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.

Image result for Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of waterWash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.

 

 

Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.

Image result for Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sinkInstall an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.

 

 

Image result for Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigeratorKeep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.

 

Image result for Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup,Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup, it’s one more way to get eight glasses of water a day.

 

Image result for Cook food in as little water as possible.Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.

 

 

Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary.

 

 

Image result for drop ice cubes in a house plant instead.If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.

 

 

 

Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water house plants.

 

WATER DROPLET HAPPY ICON GIMPCROPPEDVisit again next week to see how we can save water in the bathroom…

Student Ke Shuai wins high praise at World Water Week in Stockholm

For 18 years, Stockholm Junior Water Prize has congregated the world’s most imaginative young minds for an outstanding competition in the capital of Sweden, encouraging their continued interest in water and sustainability issues.

Each year, thousands of participants in over 30 countries all around the globe join national competitions in hopes of earning the chance to represent their nation at the international final held during the World Water Week in Stockholm.

The national and international competitions are open to young people between the ages of 15 and 20 who have conducted water-related projects of proven environmental, scientific, social or technological significance. The projects range from local or regional to national or global topics.
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Chinese student Ke Shuai wins high praise at World Water Week event

STOCKHOLMStockholm, Sweden 

The following youtube video, was published on Aug 24, 2015 by New China TV, It’s not the whims of a 15-year-old, Ke Shuai.  Instead, it’s his UAV water quality monitoring project that has stirred a sensation at World Water Week.  And it caught the attention of experts.  UAV is the short form for unmanned aerial vehicle.        

                                                                      

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Stockholm Water Prize celebrates
its Silver Jubilee

To celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Stockholm Water Prize, we’ve created a video that sums up 25 years of honouring extraordinary water achievements. Since 1991, the Stockholm Water Prize Laureates have represented a broad range of water-related activities, professions and scientific disciplines from all over the world. Watch and share the video!

http://siwi-mediahub.creo.tv/prizes-and-awards/stockholm-water-prize/stockholm_water_prize_celebrates_its_silver_jubilee

Armchair Travel ~ Horseback ~ Canada’s Great Divide

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Riding the Great Divide

Photos from a journey through K-Country on horseback by Sabrina Doyle

Kananaskis Country is a giant scenic playground covering 4,257 square kilometers of the Rocky Mountain foothills. There are many ways to explore the region, but Andre Prefontaine chose to venture offroad on horseback (look for his story in the September 2015 travel issue of Canadian Geographic). Guiding him was the charismatic Dewy Matthews of Anchor Doutfitters. For seven days the group moved through the Highwood Range to the Continental Divide and into British Columbia. Here’s a glimpse into their trip.

The group makes their way up to Fording River Pass, along the continental divide, before crossing into British Columbia. After leaving the tree line behind they reached a large stony area where a patch of petrified horn coral dating back to the mid-to-late Cretaceous period, some 66 to 140 million years ago. (Photo courtesy Janet and Mike Michaud)

The group reaches British Columbia after crossing the continental divide. (Photo courtesy Janet and Mike Michaud)

Dewy scans the horizon on day 3, from the summit of a mountain he called the Strawberry Hills. (Photo courtesy Janet and Mike Michaud)

Atop the Strawberry Hills. (Photo courtesy Janet and Mike Michaud)

Lunch break on the summit of the Strawberry Hills afforded breathtaking 360 degree views of the valleys below. (Photo courtesy André Préfontaine/Canadian Geographic)

An early morning view of Mount McPhail through the mist. Taken at the third and final base camp along McPhail Creek. (Photo courtesy André Préfontaine/Canadian Geographic)

Photo courtesy André Préfontaine/Canadian Geographic

Three chuck wagons follow the Highwood River as the group makes their way out of the mountain back to High River Junction on the last day of the ride. The wagons contain all the gear and food for the seven-day ride. (Photo courtesy André Préfontaine/Canadian Geographic)

Dewy stands on a fossil patch on the way up to the Fording River Pass. (Photo courtesy Christine Thomas)

Dewy rides to the top Fording River Pass. (Photo courtesy Christine Thomas)

http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/travel/travel_magazine/sep15/great-divide-ride.asp

WATER DROPLET HAPPY ICON GIMPCROPPEDHope you enjoyed your horseback photo adventure                         into the great mountains of Canada. 

 Have a great weekend everyone – get out and enjoy some of your local events now that the extremely hot                                                  temperatures seem to be behind us.

World Elephant Day ~ Awesome videos and photos!!!

Baby Elephant Chasing Birds is Only Video You Need on World Elephant Day by Helaina HovitzAugust 12, 2015, as posted to http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/ 

In honor of World Elephant Day, we are trumpeting the best videos on the web showing these adorable babies using their trunks to play.

No matter how many you watch, nothing beats this video (above) of a baby elephant discovering baby birds for the first time.

If you want more—and how could you not—check out these other elephant babies at play:

Baby Elephant Swirls a Ribbon Just Like a Child

At the Elephant Nature Park juveniles regularly engage in cute behavior. Watch Faa Mai enjoying her playtime with a steaming ribbon.

After Years Apart, Watch This Mother Elephant Reunite With Her Baby

Baby MeBai was only three years old when taken from her mother, Mae Yui, and forced to give rides to tourists in Thailand. Too young and small for the job, the young animal steadily lost weight until she could no longer carry passengers. Elephant Nature Park stepped in, rescuing MeBai with their “Pamper a Pachyderm” program. The reunion with its mother was a lovefest of touching and cuddling.  (READ More here)

Baby Elephant Throws a Tantrum

This Little Elephant Loves Cuddling with Humans, Particularly Arthur

World Elephant Day, by Alan Taylor as posted to http://www.theatlantic.com/

Since 2011, August 12 has been set aside as World Elephant Day. Supported by numerous conservation agencies, it’s a day to “spread awareness, share knowledge, and provide solutions for better care and management of both captive and wild elephants,” according to the organizer’s website.

Elephants face numerous challenges, including poaching, habitat loss, exploitation, abuse, and proximity to human conflict and poverty. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists African elephants as “vulnerable” and Asian elephants as “endangered.” On this World Elephant Day, I present a collection of images of these amazing animals. 

WATER DROPLET HAPPY ICON GIMPCROPPEDI think that the following photo collection is  amazing, comprehensive, and ‘tug at your heart’ and worthy of awards galore!!!  I’ve only included a few of his remarkable photos today.

Melbourne Zoo’s newest Asian elephant receives a nudge from her mother after going on display to the public for the first time on February 10, 2010.
A herd of adult and baby elephants walks in the dawn light with the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, in the background, in Amboseli National Park, southern Kenya, on December 17, 2012.

Elephants spray villagers with water during the Songkran water festival in Thailand’s Ayutthaya province, north of Bangkok, on April 10, 2015.

A five-month-old-orphaned elephant named Tembo plays with his keeper, Thomas Chalice, who has nurtured the elephant at Tony Fitzjohn’s Mkomazi rhino sanctuary in Mkomazi, Tanzania, on June 19, 2012.

An aerial picture taken on April 5, 2013, shows the main herd of elephants in Zakouma National Park, 800 kilometers east of N’Djamena in Chad. Ninety percent of the elephants of the park have been poached in the last decade.

A seven-and-a-half-month-old orphaned elephant calf named Moses cuddles with his adoptive “mother” and foundation owner, Jenny Webb, at sunrise at their home in Lilongwe, Malawi, on October 9, 2012. Moses was found alone and close to death in the Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve.

A three-day-old African elephant stands beside an older elephant at the Tierpark zoo in Berlin, Germany, on May 23, 2007.

Enjoy Allan’s full gallery at http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2015/08/world-elephant-day/401117/#