How a heartbroken doomsday prepper who lost everything is now saving hurricane victims By Rebecca Everett | For NJ.com Medford survivalist Joseph Badame with some of the many barrels of dried food and supplies he has accumulated over the years. (Al Amrhein | For NJ Advance Media) MEDFORD TWP. — You probably wouldn't expect to find a doomsday prepper's compound at the end of a nice cul-de-sac off of Tuckerton Road, otherwise lined with large houses with pools. But that's where Joseph Badame, 74, has spent most of his life, building and outfitting his home and outbuildings for the day when, he believes, an economic collapse will make it all necessary for survival. World’s great forests could lose half of all wildlife as planet warms – report The world’s greatest forests could lose more than half of their plant species by the end of the century unless nations ramp up efforts to tackle climate change, according to a new report on the impacts of global warming on biodiversity hotspots. Mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds are also likely to disappear on a catastrophic scale in the Amazon and other naturally rich ecosysterms in Africa, Asia, North America and Australia if temperatures rise by more than 1.5C, concludes the study by WWF, the University of East Anglia and the James Cook University. The research in the journal Climate Change examined the impact of three different levels of warming – 2C (the upper target in the 2015 Paris agreement), 3.2C (the likely rise given existing national commitments) and 4.5C (the forecast outcome if emissions trends remain unchanged) on nearly 80,000 plant and animal species in 35 of the world’s most biodiverse regions. A partial solution may be relocation.
Understanding The Roots Of Human Altruism : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture monsitj/Getty Images/iStockphoto This summer, Florida beachgoers watched in astonishment as more than 70 strangers spontaneously formed a human chain that extended out into the whorls of a vicious riptide. Together they rescued 10 swimmers from drowning, including two young boys, their parents and their grandmother. Among the rescuers was Jessica Simmons, 29, who, upon hearing the swimmers' screams, told herself, as she later recalled to the Panama City News Herald: "These people are not drowning today... It's not happening. We're going to get them out."
The tragic story of America's only native parrot, now extinct for 100 years It was winter in upstate New York in 1780 in a rural town called Schoharie, home to the deeply religious Palatine Germans. Suddenly, a flock of gregarious red and green birds flew into town, seemingly upon a whirlwind. The townspeople thought the end of the world was upon them. Though the robin-sized birds left quickly, their appearance was forever imprinted on local lore. As author Benjamin Smith Barton wrote, “The more ignorant Dutch settlers were exceedingly alarmed.
Meet Rhiannon Giddens, Newly Minted MacArthur 'Genius' : The Record On Wednesday morning, Rhiannon Giddens was awarded a MacArthur "Genius Grant." Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the artist Humpback whales stop their song when human vessels make noise Scientists have found yet another way we’re disrupting wildlife: when cargo ships start producing a lot of noise, humpback whales reduce or even stop their singing. Image credits: Christopher Michel. Not only do whales (and other marine mammals) use sounds to communicate, but they’re much more dependent on sounds than land creatures because their other senses are so limited in water. Who is Carmen Yulín Cruz, the San Juan mayor Trump blasted? ‘We are dying here.’ San Juan mayor makes a passionate plea for help San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz made a direct appeal to President Trump for additional aid on Sept. 29. San Juan Mayor urges President Trump for more aid to Puerto Rico (Municipio Autónomo de San Juan) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — When Hurricane Maria destroyed the infrastructure of Puerto Rico, it turned the mayor of its capital city into a spokeswoman for a stranded people.
The Children’s Book That Caused Japan’s Raccoon Problem Today, raccoons are a nuisance animal in Japan, rummaging through trash, stealing goods from vendors, feasting on crops and even damaging ancient Japanese temples with their sharp claws and abundant poop. But their invasion started back in 1977, when the kids of Japan were going crazy for a cartoon raccoon named Rascal. He was cute and mischievous and the star of an anime series adaptation of a favorite children’s book, written by American author Sterling North. As Eric Grundhauser over at Atlas Obscura explains, the book, entitled Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era, was released to western audiences in 1963 and told the story of North’s adventures with his childhood pet raccoon.
I'm Black. I'm White. I'm Both. I'm Neither. MESSAGE TO THE READER: This blog post contains strong language. I'm black. My grandfather is William Grant Still, the "Dean of African-American composers." His skin was the color of maple syrup. Mine is the color of café au lait. My grandfather suffered countless indignities and injustices because of his color.
Meet the Rare Swimming Wolves That Eat Seafood They move like ghosts along the shorelines of Canada's Vancouver Island, so elusive that people rarely see them lurking in the mossy forests. British filmmaker Bertie Gregory was one of the lucky ones: He saw coastal wolves—also known as sea wolves—in 2011. "There is something about being in the presence of a coastal wolf—they just have this magic and aura around them," he says. That experience inspired him to return and document the animals for National Geographic’s first YouTube series, wild_life with bertie gregory, which launches August 3. “Coastal wolves are such a unique predator, and they are hunting in this absolutely epic landscape,” says Gregory.
This Veteran Schooled Trump on What ‘Disrespecting the Flag’ Really Means f you were watching football this weekend, you may have noticed many people kneeling during the national anthem. Kneeling in protest during the anthem is nothing completely new — Colin Kaepernick began kneeling in protest against police brutality and racial injustice last August. However, many people started kneeling this weekend in response to Trump's comments saying that those who kneel during the anthem are "disrespecting the flag." One veteran decided to teach us all what "disrespecting the flag" actually means. Octopuses May Go Blind As Climate Change Sucks Oxygen Out of the Ocean Editor's Note: This story was updated at 11:20 a.m. E.D.T. on Friday, May 17 Turning light particles into visual information is hard work, and your body relies on oxygen to get the job done. This is true whether you walk the land on two limbs or swim through the sea with eight. In fact, according to a recent study in the Journal of Experimental Biology, the amount of oxygen available to marine invertebrates like squids, crabs and octopuses may be far more important to their vision than previously thought.
Jane Goodall Quote – historical snapshots – Medium “I became totally absorbed into this forest existence. It was an unparalleled period when aloneness was a way of life; a perfect opportunity, it might seem, for meditating on the meaning of existence and my role in it all. But I was far too busy learning about the chimpanzees’ lives to worry about the meaning of my own. I had gone to Gombe to accomplish a specific goal, not to pursue my early preoccupation with philosophy and religion.