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Trees Reduce Air Pollution, Respiratory Problems

Trees Reduce Air Pollution, Respiratory Problems | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Trees are nature's answer to diminishing air pollution, as well as reducing respiratory problems for the human population, according to US Forest Service scientists and collaborators behind a new study.

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Nat Turner's curator insight, July 30, 2014 12:41 PM

"memory and intelligence are very closely related,
to the point that some have questioned
if they could be the same thing."

 

Growing up we had a young tree in a pot indoors, on the window,
for 2 years the new branches reached the top of the window frame and died off,
from the 3rd year onward the tree sent it's new branches out from 
lower down it's trunk and never sent branches to the top again,
therefore avoiding having to kill them off as it did in the other 2 years.
We concluded that the tree remembered and

therefore had memory,
consider the age that trees can live to and
that they, and other plant life, may retain memories.

Owen Budd's curator insight, August 21, 2014 4:51 AM

I suppose it's not news that we need trees, but there's something to be said for proof.

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Topaz Solar Farm, California

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The new 550 megawatt facility in California produces enough electricity to power 180,000 homes.

 

The modules are part of Topaz Solar Farm, one of the largest photovoltaic power plants in the world. At 9.5 square miles (25.6 square kilometers), the facility is about one-third the size of Manhattan island, or the equivalent of 4,600 football fields.

Construction at Topaz began in 2011. The plant was mostly complete by November 2014, when it was turned on and began to generate electricity.

 

Tags: energy, resources, unit 6 industry, California, images, remote sensing.


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Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, March 24, 4:01 PM

GRANJA SOLAR TOPAZIO EN CALIFORNIA. PROVEE ELECTRICIDAD A 180.000 HOGARES. PLANTA DE ENERGÍA SOLAR

 

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Indoor urban vertical farming; the next gardening venture for survival and the new agriculture – LifeWise

Indoor urban vertical farming; the next gardening venture for survival and the new agriculture – LifeWise | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Indoor urban vertical farming; the next gardening venture for survival and the new agriculture – LifeWise: http://t.co/IjMqa74Qa5

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Protecting an Ocean at Risk

"Pristine Seas is an exploration, research, and media project to find, survey, and help protect the last wild places in the ocean. These pristine places are unknown by all but long-distance fishing fleets, which have started to encroach on them. It is essential that we let the world know that these places exist, that they are threatened, and that they deserve to be protected.  Learn more about Pristine Seas here: http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/explore/pristine-seas/ "


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 12, 12:35 PM

I was enchanted hearing Enriq Sala discuss his passion for ocean biodiversity and purity.  This passion, combined with scientific exploration and political advocacy is the backbone of a National Geographic's Pristine Seas project.  Here is one news story about the Seychelles, and how they are trying to manage their fishing industries to promote sustainability and hopefully the Pristine Seas project will lead to greater awareness of the need for ocean conservation. 


Tags: water, conservation, National Geographicphysical, biogeography, environmentpollution, resources.

Emily Coats's curator insight, March 24, 12:41 PM

INDUSTRIALIZATION 

Fishing and Urban Development have detrimentally destroyed our oceans, and we have polluted the seas at such a high level. Urban growth and over fishing have caused our oceans to be polluted, and we are killing the diversity in Earth's waters. It is essential that we preserve marine life and stop polluting the ocean and the creatures that inhabit it. 

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The dollar is crushing other currencies

The dollar is crushing other currencies | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
The strength in the U.S. dollar is welcome news to anyone looking to travel or buy foreign imports. But it's a big reason for investors to be worried. Here's why.

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Volcanic Eruption

"WebCams de Mexico archives the best of webcam videos in Mexico."


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Helena Nugent's curator insight, March 7, 6:43 AM

WOW....

Vincent Lahondère's curator insight, March 17, 3:53 PM

Impressionnant

Mr Inniss's curator insight, March 20, 9:28 AM

watch an eruption in action

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Miami under water: Severe thunderstorms flood streets

Miami under water: Severe thunderstorms flood streets | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Slow-moving thunderstorms dumped up to 8 inches of rain in the Miami metropolitan area Saturday, flooding downtown and elsewhere.

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Can these satellite images save lives? The U.N. thinks so

Can these satellite images save lives? The U.N. thinks so | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Stunning images taken from space put the world's crises into context.

 

U.N. satellite imagery has tracked the evolution of the camp since its creation. The exponential growth is remarkable.  The refugee camp is rapidly taking the shape of a real city — structured, planned and even separated into neighborhoods and subject to gentrification.

 

Tags: refugees, migration, conflict, political, war, squatter, urban, unit 7 cities, remote sensing, geospatial. 

 


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tom cockburn's curator insight, February 27, 5:13 AM

Raises a number of serious questions.Not only about the middle East but about habitation,cultural development and resource distribution and deployment inequalities

Norka McAlister's curator insight, March 15, 8:00 PM

I definitely think that it would. It is impressive to see how a urban planning affected the land designed by the refuges. Within a few years through satellite imaging, we can witness and appreciate how  the Zaatarie refugee campus went from a few refugees to a total urbanized area receiving and distributed more than 85,000 refuges in the area. Urban planning plays a big role in regards to how display all populations. However, we have to take in consideration that when a massive population in one area is displayed, urban area is also relevant in terms of disciplines, public healthy, collaboration to live under a community rules. On other hand, natural disasters and destruction by war can wipe out entire cities within seconds. The satellite images were able to show the destruction that took place in the Syrian city of Hamas after natural diasters devastated the region and the wartorn afternmath of Gaza city. Natural disasters and war trigger a massive migration of refugees in search for better a life and opportunity.

Max Minard's curator insight, March 21, 9:26 PM

This report refers to the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan which is experiencing rapid growth in population with 85,000 citizens and is even starting to look as a "city built form scratch". The reason geographers think that satellite imagery can save refugee lives is because it allows them to view areas of the camp in which they are unable to reach on ground. This information will help health workers pinpoint these certain hidden areas and tend to the people who are there. This use of satellite imagery centers around the camps rapid growth in population, making it quite a challenge to scale on ground. 

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Italy is a 'dying country' says minister as birth rate plummets

Italy is a 'dying country' says minister as birth rate plummets | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
New figures show the lowest total number of births since the formation of the modern Italian state

 

Fewer babies were born in Italy in 2014 than in any other year since the modern Italian state was formed in 1861, new data show, highlighting the demographic challenge faced by the country’s chronically sluggish economy.  National statistics office ISTAT said on Thursday the number of live births last year was 509,000, or 5,000 fewer than in 2013, rounding off half a century of decline.  The number of babies born to both natives and foreigners living in Italy dropped as immigration, which used to support the overall birth rate, tumbled to its lowest level for five years.

 

Tag: Italy, Europe, declining populations, population, demographic transition model.


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Seth Forman's curator insight, March 23, 7:52 PM

Summary: This article basically confirms the DTM. It talks about how because of Italy's wealth there population may cease to exist in the far future.

 

Insight: This article not only has a lot to do with the DTM, but it also analyzes several factors affecting population.

Avery Liardon's curator insight, March 23, 8:40 PM

Unit 2: 

Italy continues to round off half a century of declines in births. Recent statistics show that the countries birth rates are at the lowest rate they have been since the formation of the modern Italian state. 

Emily Coats's curator insight, March 24, 11:53 AM

UNIT 2 POPULATION

This article is very informative on the current situation in Italy. Fewer babies were born in 2014 than in any other year since 1861, and this is said to be connected to the country's "sluggish economy". Immigration, a factor that previously contributed to the birth rate in Italy, has been at its lowest in five years. People in Italy are dying, and there are not enough births to balance out the country. As a result, the country is so called "dying". The government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is trying very hard boost the economy by reforming the labour market and trying to convince young adults to stay in Italy rather than working abroad. This whole conflict in Italy involves the promotion of population growth in a country, because the country is dying and needs a more stable population.

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Men charged over Copenhagen attacks

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Two men are accused of helping the gunman who murdered two people in separate attacks in Copenhagen, Danish police say.


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Revealed, a jihadi mother's guide to training little ISIS fighters

Revealed, a jihadi mother's guide to training little ISIS fighters | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it

The guide tells women to expose children to images of jihad as babies, while ISIS fighters post pictures of youngsters in the Middle East brandishing guns, knives, and severed heads online (pictured).

 

'It is important for the West to understand that all these groups want the world to know that this indoctrination is taking place.

 

'No matter what happens in Iraq and Syria in the near future, the next generation – the children of Baghdadi and grandchildren of bin Laden - have already been brainwashed to hate the West and to strive for jihad and martyrdom. 

 

'They have been trained on the battlefield and know how to create bombs and suicide belts and to behead and crucify the innocent. This is something we must be prepared for and understand.'


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Recent Developments in the Ukraine Conflict

"Stratfor Military Analysts Paul Floyd and Sim Tack discuss how Russia's strategy will maintain options as violence in eastern Ukraine continues."

 

Tags: Ukraine, conflict, geopolitics, political.


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Bharat Employment's curator insight, February 9, 11:28 PM

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Jared Medeiros's curator insight, February 18, 6:15 PM

I cant believe the cease fire lasted all but 40 minutes!  Putin and Russia are a bunch of scumbags that are just looking for conflict.  As if Russia is not large enough that they have to scrap for these small areas of Ukraine.  Its going to be because of assholes like this that get other countries involved and many lives end up getting lost.  

Avery Liardon's curator insight, March 23, 9:46 PM

Unit 4 :

Russia beginning to take violent actions against the Ukraine. It is interesting to view the military strategies that countries take, and to see the outcomes of these schemes. 

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Images of Human/Environmental Interactions

Images of Human/Environmental Interactions | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
The blizzard of 2015 blasted the region with wind-whipped snow that piled nearly 3-feet high in some places.

 

As of 1 p.m. Monday, Boston set a new record for snowiest seven-day period in the city's history with 34.2 inches.


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Karly Shelton's curator insight, February 8, 5:08 PM

This collection of images shows a wide array of people's reactions to the recent blizzard. It is also interesting to note just how dramaticially a persons environment can change within a few hours. 

Evan Margiotta's curator insight, March 21, 6:39 PM

Human/Environment Interaction is one of the principles of Geography. Weather is about the simplest form of Human/Environment action there is. Weather and climate effect humans in may ways. Both of these have direct impact on agriculture and because of this the rise of civilization in the fertile crescent. But weather doesn't just dictate the rise of agriculture and civilization it effects us everyday. The picture shows Boston covered in record breaking snow fall. This altered many peoples schedules, closed businesses, canceled sporting events, forced people to spend time shoveling snow, gave work for snow plowers, and all in all effected the entirety of Boston.

Cade Bruce's curator insight, March 22, 6:28 PM

Human/Environment interaction is important to study because we must know how our actions affect the environment which in turn affect us. The blizzard in Boston changed the peoples ability to attend certain events and altered the way the acted. They could not drive, and could not commute long distances because of the snow. This belongs under the category of major geographical concepts underlying the geographical perspective, because Human/Environment interaction is a major geographical concept.

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4 animations that show what's really going on with our climate

4 animations that show what's really going on with our climate | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it

"Trying to understand what’s actually going on in the world’s climate seems like it might be truly impossible. For one thing, there are so many different factors at work. Everything from how light travels through the atmosphere to how the winds move the ocean around to how rain hits the ground has an effect on what actually happens on Earth both now and in the future. That also means there’s absolutely no use in looking at each piece individually … to understand what’s really going on, the climate jigsaw puzzle needs to be complete.

That, says climate scientist Gavin Schmidt, is where climate modeling comes in. The discipline synthesizes data from multiple sources, including satellites, weather stations, even from people camping in the Arctic and submitting measurements of the ice they see around them. Climate modeling, Schmidt says, gives us our best chance of understanding the bigger picture of the world around us. 'We take all of the things we can see are going on, put them together with our best estimates of how processes work, and then see if we can understand and explain the emergent properties of climate systems,' he says. These four silent animations show what he means."

 

Tags: physical, weather and climate, Arctic, Antarctica, climate change.


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Lora Tortolani's curator insight, February 2, 6:59 PM

This makes me think of so many more things than just Geography and climate!

Nathalie Mercken's curator insight, February 11, 3:33 AM

ajouter votre aperçu ...

Rich Schultz's curator insight, February 11, 11:22 AM

All about climate change...

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A bird's-eye view of war-torn Syria

A bird's-eye view of war-torn Syria | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
A school that lays in ruins, hospitals and refugee camps under attack, and a city center with the size of Manhattan destroyed by shelling — these are some of the shocking details of a new United Nations report on the conflict in Syria, four years after in began.

 

Tags: Syria, MiddleEast, conflict, political, remote sensing.


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Kyle Freeman's curator insight, March 23, 10:43 PM

This is an interesting article as it provides many before and after photos of conflict on the Syrian landscape. The distribution of the contestants for Syria is also interesting. The Kurds up at the top are not that far into Syria but have taken up a small portion. The Syrian government forces have large concentrations around the major cities that have not already been taken. The orange rebels (many different rebel groups) have taken a large portion of land between the two cities called Aleppo and Hama. While ISIS has taken Deir al-Zour, a city on the Euphrates river, which will provide a better farming area and source of natural water to use. This armed conflict is interesting because there are four factions at play all looking for a different goal. ISIS is on a religious quest to create an Islamic State. The kurds simply want a state of their own. The rebels are interested in overthrowing the current Syrian government where the Syrian government clearly doesn't want that to happen. All of these conflicting views has turned Syria into a battleground.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, March 25, 12:17 PM

unit 4

Norka McAlister's curator insight, March 25, 9:13 PM

It is heartbreaking to see these images from the satellite of how Syrian lands were devastated after massive shelling to different cities. Infrastructure had been destroyed and also left many causalities in multiple areas. Cities have been reshaped due to excessive migration of citizens to neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq. Around 3 million Syrian citizens have migrated since the conflict started between the rebellious Syrian government and terrorist Islamic state. Targeted cities such as as Aleppo suffered the most damage in the attacks. Refugee camps have stared to resemble big cities. Syrian citizens are living in makeshift camps, however refugee camps are supposed to be provisional but they have become permanent places to live in order to ensure survival.

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Wave of popularity

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In a digital world, ham radio endures, as a hobby and means of emergency communication. 

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, March 7, 11:20 AM

Good, positive article about Amateur Radio. As I was alway taught: Always have a plan "B".  Amateur Radio is that plan.  An obvious truth that needs repeating.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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'By separating nature from economics, we have walked blindly into tragedy' - The Guardian

'By separating nature from economics, we have walked blindly into tragedy' - The Guardian | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Economic policy must be combined with climate and technology if we are to stand any chance of saving ourselves, argues prominent American economist Jeffrey Sachs

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Surviving A Tornado

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[NOTE: This article is adapted from When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival]
Who could not be shocked and saddened by the images of massive devastation left in the wake of recent tornadoes that struck in Oklahoma and Texas? Though nothing can guarantee absolute safety in the path of a tornado, outside of a shelter with reinforced concrete and steel walls, understanding something about the nature of tornadoes, safety tips for surviving a tornado strike, and which common folklore is to be trusted or ignored, will improve your chances for making the right decision when confronted by a tornado.


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Rachel Strauss's comment, July 8, 2013 11:22 PM
I think that this will give me insight if people really do know what to do in the event of a tornado. Is it that they don't have time or not listening to the warnings.
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NSA' DSCOVR satellite to keep a weather eye on solar storms | David Szondy | GizMag.com

NSA' DSCOVR satellite to keep a weather eye on solar storms | David Szondy | GizMag.com | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it

Sunday's delayed launch means that NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) will wait at least a day before it can take up its job of helping warn of potentially damaging solar flares. If Monday's rescheduled liftoff goes as planned, the unmanned spacecraft will be on its way to a point between the Earth and the Sun, where it will act as a space weather observatory and early warning station.

The Sun regularly goes through periods of great activity as it throws off massive solar flares many times larger than the Earth. Most of these flares blast into empty space, but some end up heading for our planet. When these reach us, they interact with the Earth's magnetic field to produce solar or geomagnetic storms that disrupt communications, satellites, GPS, transportation, and power grids, as well as posing an increased radiation hazard to aircraft flying in the polar regions. US government estimates place the potential damages from a large storm at up to US$2 trillion.

Despite this threat, Earth's defenses are surprisingly sparse. At the moment, the only solar weather satellite that can currently provide real-time warnings is the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE), which was launched in 1997 and is at the end of its service life. If it fails, there would be little or no warning before a solar flare struck.

 

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Libya Faces ISIS Crisis: Italy Wants NATO Intervention

Libya Faces ISIS Crisis: Italy Wants NATO Intervention | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
LONDON — Italy warned that ISIS is at Europe's doorstep as France and Egypt called for the United Nations Security Council to meet over the spiraling crisis ...

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Is it all over for Greece in the EU?

Robert Peston crunches the numbers as finance ministers meet for vital loan talks.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 22, 9:58 PM

This audio clip shows how the Greek economic crisis is an issue on the national, regional, and global scales.  This BBC video and article also provide some nice context, asking the question, what would happen in Greece quits the Euro? 


Tags: Greece, Europe, supranationalism, currency, economic, podcast

Norka McAlister's curator insight, February 28, 6:50 PM

If Greece decides to no longer be a part of the United Nations (UN), this will ultimately have a significant impact on Europe’s Union economy. The impact will affect not only Greece as country but also to all members of the UN. In addition to this enormous problem, it will be hard to keep together all countries if Greece goes because as we know certain countries as a Spain, Portugal, Italy and even France are also facing economic issues. Success depends largely on UN giving consent for the members of the organization. The downfall in this disagreement will weaken the economies of the European Union as a whole. On the other hand, cheap currency will create new opportunities and be beneficial for tourists.

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Greece: The End of Austerity screening | artFix

Greece: The End of Austerity screening | artFix | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
The battle between Greece’s radical left government Syiza and the global financial system is captivating the world. The drama could end quickly - if Greek banks collapse; it could end in a massive U-turn by Europe, or social chaos. Come and discuss the situation over food and drink with the makers of the short documentary Greece: The End of Austerity, which follows Syriza's activists, candidates and leadership from the waterfront, to remote mountain villages, to the nail biting final days.

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Is Your Child a Terrorist? U.S. Government Questionnaire Rates Families at Risk for Extremism - The Intercept

Is Your Child a Terrorist? U.S. Government Questionnaire Rates Families at Risk for Extremism - The Intercept | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Social workers, educators to rate “expressions of hopelessness."

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How to increase your survival chances in a plane crash

How to increase your survival chances in a plane crash | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Rescues from the deadly crash of TransAsia Flight 235 are inspiring. But they also raise the question: Why do some passengers survive and others don't?

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They may be medieval barbarians but ISIS are playing a very sophisticated game (and they're winning)

They may be medieval barbarians but ISIS are playing a very sophisticated game (and they're winning) | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
The terrifying truth is that ISIS appears to be winning this war against an indecisive and inadequate coalition. So what can that 70-nation coalition do to combat it, asks MICHAEL BURLEIGH.

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A bus ride through Japan's nuclear wilderness

A bus ride through Japan's nuclear wilderness | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Nearly four years on from the tsunami that crippled Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactor, a bus route through the contaminated area is finally open again. Julian Ryall took a ride.

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