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Film-maker Gideon Mendel presents a unique split screen view of the disasters in Pakistan and Australia Link to video: When the floods came: Australia and Pakistan At least since Noah, and likely long before, we've stared in horror at catastrophe and tried to suss out deeper meaning – it was but weeks ago that the Tokyo governor, Shintaro Ishihara, declared that the earthquake/tsunami/ reactor tripleheader was "divine punishment " for excess consumerism. This line of reasoning usually fails to persuade these days (why are Las Vegas and Dubai unscathed by anything except the housing meltdown?) but it's persistent. We need some explanation for why our stable world is suddenly cracked in half or under water.
Today we have some shocking pictures that won’t leave you indifferent for sure. Disasters can occur, such as earthquakes in Haiti and China or floods in Philippines and Pakistan, but even in those hard moments some people manage to put the needs of others in front of their own needs and save lives that way. You’ll see all sorts of brave people on these pictures, some of them are soldiers, some of them are rescuers or even parents, but the most of them are just ordinary people that have decided to help complete strangers in the time of need. You can see that complete strangers would risk their lives for the lives of children that need help in these times of need, so that’s something special indeed. Not many people would do such a thing, so I think that this people definitely deserve some kind of tribute.
We may be witnessing a transformation of the Earth as profound as the end of the age of the dinosaurs, and entering a geological period as distinctive as the Jurassic - and the reason is that we are causing it. Writing in the house journal of the Geological Society of America, GSA Today, Britain's leading stratigraphers (experts in marking geological time) say it is already possible to identify a host of geological indicators that will be recognisable millions of years into the future as marking the start of a new epoch - the Anthropocene. Geologists have long divided the Earth's history into distinct epochs, periods and eras - with names as familiar as the Triassic or the Carboniferous.