Posts Tagged ‘nature’

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tracks changes in the environment and has released the Arctic Report Card: Update for 2012. Based on multiple observations, the report finds “strong evidence of widespread, sustained change driving Arctic environmental system into new state,” and highlights the following:

“Record low snow extent and low sea ice extent occurred in June and September, respectively.”

“Growing season length is increasing along with tundra greenness and above-ground biomass. Below the tundra, record high permafrost temperatures occurred in northernmost Alaska. Duration of melting was the longest observed yet on the Greenland ice sheet, and a rare, nearly ice sheet-wide melt event occurred in July.”

“Massive phytoplankton blooms below summer sea ice suggest previous estimates of ocean primary productivity might be ten times too low. Arctic fox is close to extinction in Fennoscandia and vulnerable to further changes in the lemming cycle and the encroaching Red fox.”

“Severe weather events included extreme cold and snowfall in Eurasia, and two major storms with deep central pressure and strong winds offshore of western and northern Alaska.”

This year also marks the first time that there has been less than 4 million square kilometers (1.54 million square miles) of sea ice since satellite observations began in 1979. Visualization here.

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Dona Nobis Pacem – ukulele and cello
-Yo-Yo Ma (cello) and Ken Middleton (tenor ukulele)

Octopoda Octopus 20004

Octopoda Octopus 20004 image by Bill and Mark Bell, creative commons, flickr.

ONCE I WAS A PRINCE

Once I Was a PPrince image by fabiogis50 (Fabio Gismondi), creative commons, flickr.

8257 Moray eel

8257 Moray Eel image byDiverKen, Ken Traub, under creative commons on flickr.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle image by Pen Waggener, creative commons, flickr.

MONUC Peacekeeper Patrols Katanga Area

MONUC Peacekeeper Patrols Katanga Area
image by United Nations Photo, creative commons, flickr.

A peacekeeper of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) with a group of children during patrols of the Katanga area.
Photo ID 163691. 01/03/2007. Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Myriam Asmani. http://www.unmultimedia.org/photo/

Today is Earth Day.

Dona Nobis Pacem
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A polite demand.

For peace.

TimeScapes: Rapture

by Tom Lowe

Film’s website: timescapes.org

Follow the production at: twitter.com/timescapes and Facebook: facebook.com/TimeScapes

“This Is My Home” An apartment that is mistaken for a vintage shop:

Full HD High Speed Movie – Eagleowl – Photron SA2

I will write again in a few days, but I will check in and post interesting stuff or funny stuff, if I can find it. Here is some satire:

In The Know Panel Analyzes Obama’s Furious, Profanity-Filled Rant At Nation

WE MISS YOU on Vimeo

FILMACADEMY BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG presents a HANNA MARIA HEIDRICH film “WE MISS YOU” CORNELL ADAMS DANELL FORTSON director of photography JANN DÖPPERT production designer JILL SCHWARZER costume designer ANDY BESUCH editor BENJAMIN ENTRUP music by PHILIPP NOLL & AXEL HUBER sounddesign & mixing by CHRISTIAN HECK vfx supervisor SEBASTIAN NOZON vfx TONIO FREITAG screenplay by HANNA MARIA HEIDRICH & ALEX ESLAM produced by SEBASTIAN BANDEL & STEFFEN WILHELM directed by HANNA MARIA HEIDRICH

AWARDS

Special Jury Award – Young Director Award 2011, Cannes
Best European Branded Short – Young Director Award 2011, Cannes
Best European Filmschool – Young Director Award 2011, Cannes
Best Filmschool Film – German Commercial Award 2011
1st Prize – Kurzundschön Film Festival 2011
Silver Award – Porsche Advertising Award 2011
Winner G-Technology Driven Creativity Competition 2011
Winner Saatchi & Saatchi – New German Directors Showcase 2011
Winner Caligari Award 2010