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KEVIN RICHARDSON THE LION WHISPERER

Kevin Richardson, animal behaviorist, works with some of the most dangerous animals known to man. He sleeps with lions, cuddles newborn hyenas and swims with lionesses.

Animal behaviorist Kevin Richardson has such an intimate bond with big cats that he can spend the night curled up with them without the slightest fear of attack.

Richardson, 32, who is based in a wildlife conservation area near Johannesburg in South Africa, works his unusual magic on other species too. Cheetahs, leopards and even unpredictable hyenas hold no threats for him

A former student of human physiology who once worked with pre and post-operative human patients, Kevin turned to animals ten years ago when he came to the conclusion that he could trust a lion over one of his own kind every time – well, nearly every time.

A close encounter with an aggressive four-year-old male in the early days taught him a lesson he has not forgotten. The animal pinned him to the ground and started biting him until something about Kevin’s passive attitude stopped him in his tracks.

Kevin has always shown an interest in all types of creatures large and small and from an early age at just 3, was breeding crickets under his bed and keeping a pet toad called “Paddatjie”.  He grew from a young boy who cared for so many animals that he was called “The Bird Man of Orange Grove” in his home town to an adolescent who ran wild and, finally, to a man who is able to cross the divide between humans and predators. As a self-taught animal behaviorist, Richardson has broken every safety rule known to humans when working with these wild animals. Flouting common misconceptions that breaking an animal’s spirit with sticks and chains is the best way to subdue them.

Quote from book, ‘Part of the Pride’ –  “As a self-taught animal behaviorist, Richardson has broken every safety rule known to humans when working with these wild animals. Flouting common misconceptions that breaking an animal’s spirit with sticks and chains is the best way to subdue them, he uses love, understanding and trust to develop personal bonds with them.” “In ‘Part of the Pride’, Richardson, with novelist Tony Park, delves into the mind of the big cats and their world to show readers a different way of understanding the dangerous big cats of Africa.”

Link to 4 videos –

http://www.lionwhisperer.co.za/video.asp?menuId=5

Read more - 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-464353/The-king-jungle-doesnt-frighten-lion-whisperer.html#ixzz1syuO4Ubd

Kevin Richardson home -

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WATERSPOUTS – TERRIFYING, SPELLBINDING, VICIOUS, POWERFUL…

A waterspout is a funnel that forms over the water. Waterspouts are much weaker than twisters over the land. When the funnel stretches from the thunderstorm into the ocean or lake, water is the debris that flies in every direction. However, if something like a ship is on the surface of the water then there could be a real threat to the boat. Waterspouts occasionally move inland where their power and danger level increase to that of its viciously twisted sister, the tornado.

What’s happening over the water? Left is one of the better images yet recorded of a waterspout, a type of tornado that occurs over water. Waterspouts are spinning columns of rising moist air that typically form over warm water. Waterspouts can be as dangerous as tornadoes and can feature wind speeds over 200 kilometers per hour. Many waterspouts form away from thunderstorms and even during relatively fair weather. Waterspouts may be relatively transparent and initially visible only by the unusual pattern they create on the water. The above image was taken in 1969 from an aircraft off the Florida Keys, a location arguably the hottest spot for waterspouts in the world with hundreds forming each year. Some people speculate that these waterspouts are responsible for many of the losses recorded in the Bermuda Triangle region of the Atlantic OceanNasa.gov photo credit: Joseph Golden, NOAA

Like folks spellbound by a tornado, people on beaches stand and stare as opposed to dashing for safety. The same awestruck curiosity occurs to some sailors on boats or ships. Once a waterspout forms, it could easily work like a supercell over the land where multiple twisters are spawned. If a waterspout were about to collide with your boat, your best bet might be diving underwater but even that is not guaranteed to save your life. Although you would manage to avoid the debris in the air, not enough is known about the vortex in the water. If could be safe or it could be like diving into the vortex of a maelstrom . . . a death sentence.

A person would need to be far above the water level, such as in a plane or on a mountain, to see the first sign of a waterspout. It starts as a dark spot forming on the ocean. The second phase still could not be seen from a ship, but could perhaps could be felt as the wind shifts and speeds up. If a person on a boat happened to look up at the cloud above when sensing the change in the wind, that person might notice a funnel forming in the clouds even though the vortex on the water’s surface is not clearly visible. As the winds increases, the spray is visible from the vortex on the ocean surface. When a waterspout is fully matured, anyone with eyes to see can watch the funnel reach from the cloud to dip and twist into the water. They also hiss and suck at the water instead of the rumbling growl of a twister on land.

*Waterspouts can also form over lakes or rivers, but are most commonly seen over the ocean. They suck up the water in their path, billowing a water spray like a mushroom cloud against the water surface. Waterspouts can range in size from several feet to more than a mile high, and their width can vary from a few feet to hundreds of feet. It is not uncommon to see more than one water-twister at a time. Some ships have reported seeing as many as 30 waterspouts in a single day.

*Many have been spotted over the Great Lakes.

    Images via: Flame, Flickr, One Mom, Stanford, Majorly Cool, wikemedia,

   Source link -http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2009/08/03/70-viciously-twisted-tornadoes-and-waterspouts/

I’m having such a great time blogging and can’t believe how much I am learning ( I hadn’t heard of a “waterspout” before this and I think they’re awesome !!!)

FUN WATER FACTS

1. The first municipal water filtration works opened in Paisley, Scotland in 1832.
2. More than 79,000 tons of chlorine are used per year in the United States and Canada to treat water.
3. Of all the earth’s water, 97% is salt water found in oceans and seas.
4. Only 1% of the earth’s water is available for drinking water. Two percent is currently frozen.
5. About two thirds of the human body is water. Some parts of the body contain more water than others. For example, 70% of your skin is water.
6. There are more than 56,000 community water systems providing water to the public in the United States.
7. Public water suppliers process 38 billion gallons of water per day for domestic and public use.
8. Approximately 1 million miles of pipelines and aqueducts carry water in the United States and Canada. That’s enough to circle the earth 40 times.
9. About 800,000 water wells are drilled each year in the United States for domestic, farming, commercial, and water testing purposes.
10. Typically, households consume at least 50% of their water by lawn watering. Inside, toilets use the most water, with an average of 27 gallons per person per day.
11. In 1974, Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act to ensure that drinking water is safe for human consumption. The Act requires public water systems to monitor and treat drinking water for safety.
12. More than 13 million households get their water from their own private wells and are responsible for treating and pumping the water themselves.
13. Industries released 197 million pounds of toxic chemicals into waterways in 1990.
14. The average daily requirement for fresh water in the United States is about 40 billion gallons a day, with about 300 billion gallons used untreated for agriculture and commercial purposes.
15. You can survive about a month without food, but only 5 to 7 days without water.
16. Each person uses about 100 gallons of water a day at home.
17. The average five-minute shower takes between 15 to 25 gallons of water.
18. You can refill an 8 oz glass of water approximately 15,000 times for the same cost as a six-pack of soda.
19. An automatic dishwasher uses approximately 9 to 12 gallons of water while hand washing dishes can use up to 20 gallons.
20. If every household in America had a faucet that dripped once each second, 928 million gallons of water a day would leak away.
21. A dairy cow must drink four gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk.
22. One gallon of water weighs approximately 8½ pounds.
23. One inch of rainfall drops 7,000 gallons, or nearly 30 tons of water, on a 60′ x 180′ piece of land.
24. 300 million gallons of water are needed to produce a single day’s supply of U.S. newsprint.
25. A person should consume 2½ quarts of water per day (from all sources of water, food, etc.) to maintain health.
26. A person can live more than a month without food, but only about a week, depending on conditions, without water.
27. 65% of the human body is water, 75% of the human brain is water.
28. 75% of a chicken, 80% of a pineapple, and 95% of a tomato is water.
29. The first water pipes in the U.S. were made of hollowed-out logs.
30. 352 days – record of consecutive days with no measurable precipitation in Sentinel, AZ (Feb 1901 – Jan 1902).
31. The world’s rainiest place is Mt. Wai’ale’ale, Kauai, Hawaii. During an average year, there are only 15 dry days.
32. The water in Lake Tahoe could cover a flat area the size of California 14 inches deep. This amount of water is enough to supply everyone in the U.S. with 50 gallons of water/day for 5 years.
33. Nevada is the driest state in the nation with an average annual rainfall of only about 7 inches

BUILDING OUR BLUE WATER FUTURE

Article from Water Canada magazine Posted on January 2, 2012
Chapter 1
Written by Anthony M. Watanabe

This guest column launches Building Our Blue Future, a monthly web series that will narrate Canada’s water story as it happens. The column also appears in the January/February 2012 issue of Water Canada.

Canada is blessed with freshwater resources. These resources provide essential services such as sanitation and clean drinking water. They provide recreation in the form of swimming, paddling, and fishing. They also help power our economy—from food production to pulp and paper to energy production. Even our national sport is played on water, albeit in a frozen state!

In many ways, our national identity is built on water. But how are we cultivating this identity and leveraging these freshwater resources?

True, some nations think of Canada as a water leader, assuming that we must be conscious stewards given our abundant liquid endowments. But this is by accident, not by design.

What if Canadian leaders actively packaged and communicated both our water challenges and our collective steps to meet them head on? What are the potential benefits, environmental and/or economic, in doing so? Are there risks? And how do we build the groundswell of engagement necessary to ensure the impact and longevity of such an initiative?

In response to these pressing questions of national importance, I would like to launch a challenge to build a new Canadian water story:—a story that is hopeful, ambitious, and even inspirational; a story that will create awareness and drive alignment in both intention and action across a broad range of participants and a story that would celebrate our successes and in so doing, engender more of them.

Additionally, this exercise, both in process and product, has the potential to become brand-building, and even nation-building in a way that will attract international attention and open up new trade possibilities. And since the desired trade is one of water technology and water know-how, with its attendant social and environmental benefits in a world of seven billion and counting, brand “Canada” would earn the trust and even gratitude of the international community as the quencher of a growing global thirst.

Indeed, in November, a consultancy called FutureBrand ranked Canada as the number one country brand for the second year in a row, out of 113 nations. This is a welcome and well-deserved recognition, but such recognition is ephemeral and needs to be nurtured. In every category studied (values, quality of life, business environment, heritage and culture and tourism), water holds the potential to build an enduring national brand for Canada, a brand that will only grow in resonance.

Throughout 2012, I will draft a monthly blog as part of this mission to build a national water narrative for Canada. Business innovation, water technology, policy entrepreneurship, and water ambassadorship will provide both the inspiration and the backdrop for these writings.

Canada needs a new water story. To this end, I look forward to a dynamic dialogue with readers of Water Canada’s blog. Your responses and recommendations will be an integral part of this exercise in co-authorship. If we get this story right, then maybe, just maybe, we can all live happily ever after.

Anthony M. Watanabe is the founding CEO of the Innovolve Group, the company behind the annual Canadian Water Summit.

USING WATER EFFICIENTLY: IDEAS FOR RESIDENCES

http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pubs/res.html

Efficient water use can have major environmental, public health, and economic benefits by helping to improve water quality, maintain aquatic ecosystems, and protect drinking water resources. By using water more efficiently and by purchasing more water efficient products, we can also help mitigate the effects of drought. Efficiency measures can also save the homeowner money on their water and energy bills. This list of measures is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather a starting point.

Bathroom—where over half of all water use inside a house takes place:

•Do not let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth.

•Take short showers instead of tub baths. Turn off the water while soaping or shampooing.

•If you must use a tub, close the drain before turning on the water and fill the tub only half full. Bathe            small children together.

•Never use your toilet as a waste basket.

Kitchen and Laundry—simple practices that save a lot of water:

•Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.

•Wash fruits and vegetables in a basin. Use a vegetable brush.

•Do not use water to defrost frozen foods; thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

•Scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading into the dishwasher; wash only full loads.

•Add food wastes to your compost pile instead of using the garbage disposal.

•Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.

Equipment—homes with high-efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances save about 30% of indoor water use and yield substantial savings on water, sewer, and energy bills:

•Install low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads.

•Consider purchasing a high efficiency washing machine which can save over 50% in laundry water and energy use.

•Repair all leaks. A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons per day. To detect leaks in the toilet, add food coloring to the tank water. If the colored water appears in the bowl, the toilet is leaking. Toilet repair advice is available on <www.toiletology.com/index.shtml> .

Landscape Irrigation—depending on climate, up to 75 percent of a home’s total water use during the growing season is for outdoor purposes (During drought conditions outdoor watering restrictions may be imposed, so some of the following tips will not apply.):

•Detect and repair all leaks in irrigation system.

•Use properly treated wastewater for irrigation where available.

•Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day (early morning is best). Do not water on windy days.

•Water trees and shrubs, which have deep root systems, longer and less frequently than shallow-rooted plants that require smaller amounts of water more often. Check with the local extension service for advice on watering needs in your area.

•Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only – not the street or sidewalk.

•Use soaker hoses or trickle irrigation systems for trees and shrubs.

•Install moisture sensors on sprinkler systems.

•Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil surface and cut down on weed growth.

•Remove thatch and aerate turf to encourage movement of water to the root zone.

•Raise your lawn mower cutting height – longer grass blades help shade each other, reduce evaporation, and inhibit weed growth.

•Minimize or eliminate fertilizing, which promotes new growth needing additional watering.

•When outdoor use of city or well water is restricted during a drought, use the water from the air conditioning condenser, dehumidifier, bath, or sink on plants or the garden. Don’t use water that contains bleach, automatic-dishwashing detergent or fabric softener.

Other Outdoor Uses:

•Sweep driveways, sidewalks and steps rather than hosing off.

•Wash the car with water from a bucket, or consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water.

•When using a hose, control the flow with an automatic shut-off nozzle.

•Avoid purchasing recreational water toys which require a constant stream of water.

•Consider purchasing a new water-saving swimming pool filter.

•Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation when pool is not being used.

•Do not install or use ornamental water features unless they recycle the water. Use signs to show the public that water is recycled. Do not operate during a drought

Parks Chief Blocked Plan for Grand Canyon Bottle Ban

Weary of plastic litter, Grand Canyon National Park officials were in the final stages of imposing a ban on the sale of disposable water bottles in the Grand Canyon late last year when the nation’s parks chief abruptly blocked the plan after conversations with Coca-Cola, a major donor to the National Park Foundation.

Stephen P. Martin, the architect of the plan and the top parks official at the Grand Canyon, said his superiors told him two weeks before its Jan. 1 start date that Coca-Cola, which distributes water under the Dasani brand and has donated more than $13 million to the parks, had registered its concerns about the bottle ban through the foundation, and that the project was being tabled. His account was confirmed by park, foundation and company officials.

A spokesman for the National Park Service, David Barna, said it was Jon Jarvis, the top federal parks official, who made the “decision to put it on hold until we can get more information.” He added that “reducing and eliminating disposable plastic bottles is one element of our green plan. This is a process, and we are at the beginning of it.”

Mr. Martin, a 35-year veteran of the park service who had risen to the No. 2 post in 2003, was disheartened by the outcome. “That was upsetting news because of what I felt were ethical issues surrounding the idea of being influenced unduly by business,” Mr. Martin said in an interview. “It was even more of a concern because we had worked with all the people who would be truly affected in their sales and bottom line, and they accepted it.”…

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/10/science/earth/parks-chief-blocked-plan-for-grand-canyon-bottle-ban.html?_r=2

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HOW CAN RESIDENCES CONSERVE WATER?

HOW CAN RESIDENCES CONSERVE WATER? By Bronwyn Timmons, Demand Media

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While water is a renewable resource, it is not as renewable as many people believe. As the world’s population continues to grow, the amount of fresh water needed to sustain life also rises. According to the University of Michigan, less than 3 percent of the earth’s total water supply is fresh water, and 70 percent of the fresh water is frozen in the icecaps of Antarctica and Greenland. Conserving water around your home will lower your water bill while reducing the strain your household puts on municipal freshwater supplies.
Turn off Your Taps
Allowing the water to run while using your sink can result in excessive waste of water. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or scrubbing dishes; only turn it on while rinsing your toothbrush or a dish. When washing fruits or vegetables, fill a pan or bowl with water for rinsing instead of washing them under running water. Running water results in waste because the faucet will produce more water than you realistically need to complete a task – according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a conventional faucet releases 5 gallons of water every two minutes (see References 4).
Wash Full Loads
Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when they are completely full. Doing so will result in fewer loads and maximum water conservation. According to the EPA, simply following this practice with your dishwasher can save up to 600 gallons of water per month (see References 4).
Water Your Lawn Wisely
If you water your lawn every day, switch to watering it every other day – or every several days – to save water. Check the placement of your sprinklers to make sure they are positioned in a way that no water is ending up on your house, windows or sidewalk. If you notice excessive water run-off on the sidewalk and in the gutter, decrease your watering time to allow the grass to absorb the water instead of wasting it. Water early in the morning or in the evening to reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation during the heat of the day.
Reuse Water
If you have any kind of leftover clean water, use it to water your garden or lawn. For example, instead of draining your fish tank into your sink, take the water and apply it to plants in your garden. If you wash your fruits and vegetables in a bowl, recycle the water on your house plants.
Deal With Leaks
If you notice any leaks in your faucets, toilets, shower heads or sprinkler system, fix them as soon as possible. The EPA estimates that the average American home can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water annually thanks to household leaks (see References 5). If you cannot deal with a small leak immediately, place a pan or cup under the leak to collect the water. Use the collected water on your house plants.
Upgrade Your Appliances
Older dishwashers and washing machines generally have longer rinse cycles than newer models. Switch out the appliances in your home for newer, more environmentally friendly models to conserve water. Look for the EPA’s WaterSense label for the most water-efficient models on the market.
Choose Plants Carefully
When choosing plants and flowers for your garden, choose ones that require less water in order to thrive. Ground cover plants that are drought tolerant will keep your garden looking beautiful without the diligent watering required by turf grass. Black-eyed Susans, daylilies, catmint and allium are several varieties of flowers that will thrive without being watered every day, but you should research plants native to your region to find the best options for your garden.