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Scientists From Germany Show That Water Has Memory. This Video Blows My Mind. George Monbiot: Never-Ending Growth Cannot Be Sustained on a Finite Planet. Corruption, systemic injustice and an obsession with growth and profit at all costs have put our planet in serious jeopardy. Drawing on decades of powerful journalism, in How Did We Get Into This Mess? George Monbiot explores the consequences if we continue down this path, and suggests solutions for building a better future. Get your copy by making a donation to Truthout today! George Monbiot. Mark Karlin: Your compilation of essays is so compelling in offering insight on how we have come to such a crisis point in civilization. George Monbiot: It would be wrong to blame only neoliberalism (sometimes described in the US as market fundamentalism) for every element of the mess we're in.

However, neoliberal ideology has greatly exacerbated the predicament of both people and planet. In terms of climate change, you argue that "everything is connected. " As we learn more, evidence appears that at least some elements of James Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis appear to be correct. Yes. The Great Grief: How To Cope with Losing Our World — Over Grow The System. Climate scientists overwhelmingly say that we will face unprecedented warming in the coming decades. Those same scientists, just like you or I, struggle with the emotions that are evoked by these facts and dire projections.

My children—who are now 12 and 16—may live in a world warmer than at any time in the previous 3 million years, and may face challenges that we are only just beginning to contemplate, and in many ways may be deprived of the rich, diverse world we grew up in. How do we relate to – and live – with this sad knowledge? Across different populations, psychological researchers have documented a long list of mental health consequences of climate change: trauma, shock, stress, anxiety, depression, complicated grief, strains on social relationships, substance abuse, sense of hopelessness, fatalism, resignation, loss of autonomy and sense of control, as well as a loss of personal and occupational identity.

Healthy News and Information. For the first time in history, a combination of drought and overconsumption of water have pushed the river in India, the Shamala river in Karnataka to its limits, revealing under its bank secrets that have shocked the archaeological community. The receding river has revealed the presence of thousands of Shiva Lingas which were carved in the distant past along the river bed. The place referred to as “Sahasralinga” (thousand Shiva Lingas in Sanskrit) has become an extremely important pilgrimage site and thousands of people visit Sahasralinga offering their prayers to Lord Shiva. Shiva Lingas Shiva Lingas or the Lingam is a representation of the Hindu deity Shiva, it issued in temples for worship. Located near Sirsi, in the state of Karnataka, Sashasralinga is one of the most beautiful places in the entire country, representing divine power, and positive energy.

Here are some of the images of the incredible carvings at the Shamala River. Enjoy the images! Source: EWAO Share: Comments comments. This Is How Sand Looks Magnified Up To 300 Times. Comparing something to a grain of sand is usually supposed to mean that it’s small or insignificant, but Dr. Gary Greenberg’s microscopic photography aims to turn this stereotype on its head. His photographs of miniscule grains of sands magnified up to 300 times reveal that each grain of sand can be beautiful and unique. Greenberg’s story is a fascinating one. First of all, he invented the high-definition 3D microscopes that he takes his pictures on, resulting in 18 U.S. patents under his name. He was a photographer and filmmaker until age 33, when he moved from LA to London and earned a Ph. D. in biomedical research. This seems to have given him a unique appreciation for biological and scientific curiosities and for the optical technologies he would need to document them.

Sand composition can vary drastically depending on where it’s located. Source: We’d like to thank our reader Lukas Palaitis for the tip! Researchers discover the cause of megafauna die out 40,000 years ago - RN Breakfast. Hearing the Music of the Plants. Science shows us that being near trees and plants significantly improves our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Of course, the healing power of plants has long been understood by indigenous cultures who communed with nature and harnessed the power of plants in Flower Essences, oils, or herbs as well as going on nature journeys to heal their body, mind and spirit. Now the possibilities for plant healing have been taken a quantum step further with the arrival of the Music of the Plants.

Forty years ago researchers at the Damanhur Federation of Communities near Turin in Italy started intensive research into plant communication, attempting to prove that plants were sentient beings. They developed a device out of this research, that can read the electromagnetic vibration of a plant and translate it into music. The machine reads the pulse of a plant and then these pulses are put through an algorithm and a synthesizer within the device, translating it into sound. The future.

German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too. Tasmania fires: First images of World Heritage Area devastation emerge, show signs of 'system collapse' Updated The first images to emerge from within Tasmania's fire-affected World Heritage Area (WHA) have illustrated the level of destruction caused by bushfire, as experts warn such incidents are signs of a changing climate. Key points: 11,000 hectares of WHA are incinerated by the Tasmania bushfiresWildlife, including wallabies and wombats, also affectedExperts say parts of the Central Plateau will not recoverFire ecologist says the fires are a sign of climate change Many fires continue to burn around the state, ignited by lightning strikes.

Wilderness photographer and bushwalker Dan Broun has just returned from the Central Plateau. Vision he filmed shows how the fires have raced through the area, which is home to unique alpine flora including pencil pines, king billy pines and cushion plants, some more than 1,000 years old. Mr Broun walked four hours into the bushfire affected areas on Saturday. "The scene is complete and utter devastation. "This is bigger than us. Bark: An Intimate Look at the World’s Trees. By Maria Popova Tree bark may not sound like the most exciting or relatable of subjects but, in fact, it is both. Not only do we come in contact with it constantly in our daily lives, from cinnamon to cork to chewing gum to rubber, but it’s also a hauntingly beautiful, textured piece of living matter that looks like the skin of some magnificent mythical dragon.

French photographer Cedric Pollet travels the world to capture this beauty and has documented it in his gorgeous new book, Bark: An Intimate Look at the World’s Trees. To whet people’s enthusiasm, I thought it was important to find ways to surprise and move them, by treating bark in a completely new way, at once aesthetic and playful.” ~ Cedric Pollet Bark is as much a stunning visual treat for color and photography lovers alike as it is a visceral manifesto for biodiversity and reforestation, two of today’s most pressing issues in preserving the amazing world we inherited.

Images courtesy of NPR / Cedric Pollet. Ancient Seeds Yield Once Extinct Squash [STORY] Gardens: do plants think? | James Wong. Meet the plant that is making scientists rethink how we understand intelligence. A growing body of research suggests that far from being merely a passive, green backdrop to the natural world, plants actively engage in complex behaviour. They are capable of communicating with allies, attacking rivals and even feeding their young.

But could we also add “learning” and “memory” to the list? Researchers in Australia recently sought to investigate this hypothesis by attempting to “train” a group of touch-me-not plants (Mimosa pudica). The ferny leaves of this exotic, South American houseplant have the curious property of “playing dead”: they instantly collapse to resemble a withered branch when they are touched. The scientists devised a mechanical device that would drop mimosa plants 15cm on to a foam base, providing just enough shock to trigger leaf collapse, but without damaging the plants. The Great Old Ones: In Celebration of Our Tree Elders. Photograph from the 1917 "The National Parks Portfolio" (via Internet Archive Book Images) Trees are fascinating — if left undisturbed by humans and our axes, they can grow to incredible sizes, and live for thousands of years. Around the world, there are trees that have been growing for a much longer period of time than famed arbors like Methuselah or General Sherman.

Some of these beautiful ancients may not look like much — some appear to be mere saplings, compared to the gigantic redwoods. Pando aspen grove at Fishlake National Forest (photograph by J Zapell/Wikimedia) Take Pando, for instance, also known as "the Trembling Giant. " Pando is a forest of Quaking Aspens growing near Fish Lake in Utah. Pando, whose name is Latin for "I spread," is a clonal colony. For perspective's sake, the Great Pyramid of Giza was begun around 4,500 years ago. King Clone in 2008 (photograph by Klokeid/Wikimedia) One million years is an incredible timespan for a single organism to be alive. 10 of the world’s most remarkable trees. From oldest to tallest to most sacred and more, in celebration of Arbor Day we present a brief who's-who of arboreal heros. There are oh so many reasons why we should thank our lucky stars for the trees that we share this planet with. They are the gentle giants who seem to have gotten the short end of the stick, so to speak.

Stuck in their place without voice or arms, they are helplessly subjected to human folly – the poor things. They are generally afforded with few rights and a general lack of deep respect by many, yet meanwhile, we are so incredibly reliant on their existence: they pump out the oxygen we need to live and they absorb carbon dioxide; they remove pollution; the cool and provide shade; they create food, control erosion, the list goes on and on and on. Considered the world’s oldest tree, the ancient bristlecone pine named Methuselah lives at 10,000 feet above sea level in the Inyo National Forest, California.

Ancient Trees: Woman Spends 14 Years Photographing World’s Oldest Trees. Beth Moon, a photographer based in San Francisco, has been searching for the world’s oldest trees for the past 14 years. She has traveled all around the globe to capture the most magnificent trees that grow in remote locations and look as old as the world itself. Show Full Text “Standing as the earth’s largest and oldest living monuments, I believe these symbolic trees will take on a greater significance, especially at a time when our focus is directed at finding better ways to live with the environment” writes Moon in her artist statement.

Sixty of Beth Moon’s duotone photos were published in a book titled “Ancient Trees: Portraits Of Time”. Here you can have a sneak preview of the book, full of strangest and most magnificent trees ever. More info: | (h/t: colossal) How Old is The Water On Earth? Hang onto your chair and prepare to have your mind blown.. New research reveals that a big portion of the Earth’s water is older than previously thought, and actually predates the age of the Sun. Moreover, the findings of the study suggest that water – and life – could exist on exoplanets throughout our galaxy and beyond. That bottle of water sitting on your desk is really really old.. Actually, unfathomably ancient.. “This is an important step forward in our quest to find out if life exists on other planets,” said Professor Tim Harries of the University of Exeter, a member of the research team.

“We know that water is vital for the evolution of life on Earth, but it was possible that the Earth’s water originated in the specific conditions of the early solar system, and that those circumstances might occur infrequently elsewhere.” The findings increase the chances that water is present on other planets. It is worth noting that water is not an exclusive privilege of our planet. New Study Shows Plants Talk to Each Other Through the Soil. Image via Shutterstock A new study conducted by Dr. David Johnson at the University of Aberdeen found that plants actually communicate with one another through the soil. The study shows that when vegetables are infected with certain diseases, they alert other nearby plants to activate genes to ward off the disease when it heads their way. The key to this communication is a soil fungus that acts as a messenger.

Image via Shutterstock Soil fungus and certain plants have a symbiotic relationship, according to the research team, who shared their findings with The Economist. Related: Glowing Bioluminescent Plants for Lighting Nature’s Way In 2010, a team of Chinese researchers found that when a tomato plant became infected with a leaf blight, it was able to somehow alert nearby tomato plants, which then prepared their defense. To prove that the plants were communicating through the soil, the team set up a series of “mesocosms” of five bean stalks each. Via The Economist. Trees with eyes, walls with ears, atoms with voices, a planet that lives and breathes.

These are the Songs of the Earth. The sense that “I am” governs practically everything that I do. Yet there is no room for the subjective in science. If the scientific project is to be believed, everything in our world has sprung up by chance from random particles. My feeling of self is an illusion created by inanimate matter. On the other hand religion glorifies the subjective. The “primitive” view says that there is a subjective sense of self innate in all matter, as described by David Abram in the Spell of the Sensuous and by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

This idea lends itself to the poetic vision as poets have often imbued “inanimate” objects with life. The book is in three sections; Creation starts with the birthing of the first particles, through to the big bang, the formation of stars and galaxies up until the birth of our solar system and the planet earth. 27 Images That Prove That We Are In Danger. These pictures say more than a thousand words. These images capture the devastating effects the human race have on our planet, reminding us that we must change our ways soon or deal with the consequences. Some of these images are really touching, but we hope you get the message. The images below were selected by and are just a few of the many images that we see on a daily basis reminding us of the effects we have on our planet. We’ve also created an article 64 historical pictures you most likely haven’t seen before and 46 Incredible Photos You May Not Have Seen Before.

Please SHARE these pictures with your friends and family and let us raise awareness. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. “When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money.” Welcome to the Quietest Square Inch in the U.S. Terra Flamma: Stunning Long-Exposure Photographs of California Wildfires by Stuart Palley. ʻĀINA: That Which Feeds Us (2015) These 10 Award Winning Photos Provide a Wonderful Window to Our World. New research finds oceans once held more gold than Fort Knox - Staff - University of Tasmania, Australia.

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22+ International Borders Around The World. Incredible Photos Of Mongolian Tribe Show Deep Bond With Animals :Your News Wire. Tribal peoples have a crucial role to play in global conservation | Letter from Eric Avebury, Noam Chomsky, Zac Goldsmith, Jonathon Porritt and others. Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world. 25 Natural Phenomena That Science Has Yet To Explain. This island tribe will kill outsiders who visit yet face survival threat. You Haven't Experienced Real Magic Until You've Stood Under These 11 Trees. A language family tree - in pictures. Earth Changes and Hopi World-Ages by Gary A. David.

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