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Environmental Issues Affecting The Earth

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), about 70% of disasters around the world are related to the climate. This has risen by twenty percent within the last twenty years. The disasters have taken their toll on the human race with more than 2.4 billion people bearing this burden.

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Life in Mining Town

old-mining-broken-hill-broken-earthSome things you should see and do in Broken Hill

If you are a resident in New South Wales or a visitor for that matter in this area, you probably might want to spice up your site seeing or vacation by visiting Broken Hill. There are quite a number of places that are a memorable site to see. You may want to see the Australian outback which can be specially arranged through local tour companies. These outbacks are a must see for anyone visiting Broken hill apart form giving you the thrilling accent experience that can be accomplished by using 4WDs.

Furthermore the aboriginal heritage remains a very fascinating culture among the locals and visitors alike. One place that you can get to learn and see a lot of this heritage is the Mutawintji national park. This park is known for the rich aboriginal heritage apart from the exciting landscape which is excellent scenery for most visitors. If you want to get a little more information on the aboriginal culture, a visit to this park will enable you to interact with a representative of the aboriginal land council who is well versed with this unique culture.

National-Heritage-Places-City-of-Broken-HillFor the lovers of art you will not miss out on the Silver City Mint and Art Centre that provides a one stop shop for different souvenirs and jewelry that can add to your trip’s collection. In this city you will also see the remarkable silversmith and chocolate factory which have remained like a persona of the city. You also have a chance to sample the different artworks as you visit the home to the world’s biggest acrylic canvas artworks. This visit will give you a deeper understanding on why it is called the silver city.

If you are looking for something particular about Broken Hill, then you can get this from the Pro Hart Gallery. Here you will be able to sample magnificent collection of paintings and videos. Regardless of your age this gallery has lots of information and interesting things for the whole family. The accompanying videos help you to further understand what the works are all about.

As is always site seeing on the ground is just as exciting as from the air and so you get this when you view Lake Eyre form the air. The site is more memorable when you finally take to the air and fly over the lake with the professional silver city scenic flights. The site and experience of flying in a high winged aircraft will make your experience a most memorable one.

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Antarctica: A Hidden Gem of a Destination

antarticWith travel to exotic destinations becoming more readily available in this day and age, Antarctica is a destination that is often overlooked despite its overwhelming beauty. Geographical wonders such as the Weddell Sea and Heronia island display all of the tranquility and serenity that Antarctica’s natural environments have to offer. Antarctica will soon become one’s favorite place in the world when they witness natural beauty that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Visitors that travel to Antarctica will marvel at the massive icebergs and mountains with awe and wonder.
Lucky visitors to the beautiful continent can also expect to see a unique array of wildlife. A small sample of the wildlife of Antarctica are the large mass of penguins that gather at Deception Island, the seals of Gustave Channel, and the opportunity to see enormous humpback whales in their natural habitat.
Supplementing the numerous breath-taking natural sights are the recreational activities that are available in Antarctica. Travelers have the option of taking a boat ride to survey the surreal landscape of ice and ocean. Scenic views and areas are bountiful and everyday will be a new adventure. Visitors can survey this arctic paradise by mountain climbing and seeing the grand scale of the environment. The adventure, unique wildlife, and infinite appeal of natural beauty found no where else is why you should go to Antarctica.

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Natural Energy Sources

As Einstein’s famous equation E=mc2 tells us, the only true source of energy is the conversion of matter. The two natural processes that create energy are nuclear fission and nuclear fusion. Nature has provided us with one primary source for each: in the Earth’s core for nuclear fission and in the Sun’s core for nuclear fusion. The energy from these primary natural energy sources is captured in a number of secondary ways to provide humans with energy.

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Sustainable Technology Solutions

A wide variety of sustainable technology solutions are available for individuals and businesses alike. Both small, easy steps as well as larger investments of time and money can be taken toward a more environmentally friendly way of living. These solutions include alternative energy sources and energy conservation, sustainable transport, and sustainable building construction.

There are several ways to use renewable sources of energy and to reduce the amount of energy used. In a home, this may be as simple as replacing regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. This requires only a small investment and can save significant amounts of money in the long run. With a larger investment, home and business owners can install solar panels to generate electricity in a renewable manner.

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Hamilton Island

Choose Hamilton Island for Your Next Vacation

Hamilton IslandHamilton Island receives glowing reviews as one of Australia’s most spectacular holiday destinations. It is home to the famous Whitehaven Beach, the Great Barrier Reef to name but a few natural wonders. Those with a penchant for exploration will love venturing out in the waters for a view of the marine life.

This island is one of the most loved Queensland destinations as it offers and abundance of activities for golfing, and sailing enthusiasts. The moment you are tired from playing is the perfect chance to relax at one of the bars and restaurants in the area. If you come to Hamilton at the right time you will be lucky to catch captivating cultural exhibitions and performances.

Hamilton IslandAfter resting and sampling the cultural offerings, it is certainly time to explore the culinary side of the island. You will encounter rare delicacies including seafood as prepared by the locals. Once you are done licking your fingers after the hearty meal, be sure to thank your host and tip well before heading back to your quarters for much needed sleep.

There are 6 accommodation levels at the island, all of which are designed to suit various visitors. Family apartments are in plenty as well as holiday homes, suites and plush rooms with modern amenities. If it is your first visit to Hamilton Island you should try joining a guided tour which increases your chances of seeing the best there is. The guides are well versed with the destination and moving in a group makes you feel safer in a foreign land.

This is surely an unmissable holiday destination for the entire family as it is beautiful and boasts great weather. Whether you are a golfing enthusiast, passionate sailor or simple traveller, plan a visit to Hamilton Island to behold natural wonders like never before. After your first trip you will certainly return if only to make sure that the perfect blend of nature, culture and modernity wasn’t an illusion.

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Springbrook National Park

Hidden Beauty at Springbrook National Park

Springbrook National ParkSpringbrook National Park forest life can be categorized into five groups based on the tree genera, soil, geographic settings and rainfall. Mount Cougal, Natural Bridge and the sheltered ravines of Springbrook plateau comprise subtropical rainforest wealth. A tiny growth of near-extinct southern ochrosia Ochrosia moorei also forms part of the subtropical rainforests.

The Plant Life

The higher terrain of the plateau consists of warm and cool temperate rainforest. The former boasts of Lophostemon confertus and Ceratopetalum apetalum in the Canyon region.

You get to see Nothofagus moorei can be seen only at high altitude now. From the highest point at the cool temperate rainforest known as Best of All, feast your eyes on the oldest trees, some of which are close to 3,000 years. The Springbrook plateau and the Numinbah Valley are also home to two kinds of open eucalypt forest.

The Animal Life

The day visitors enjoy watching pademelons among many mammals inhabiting the park. The night visitors love to see brushtail possum, ringtail possum, and the tiny and evasive sugar glider. The rocky outcrops and rainforests of Springbrook are also home to spotted-tailed quoll, a carnivorous marsupial.

Incredible varieties of bird species, reptiles, and aquatic creatures also form part of the rich animal kingdom of this park.

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Agriculture and Science

Agriculture and Science

Growing food in an easy and affordable way

Agriculture and ScienceAgriculture plays a key role in the economy of every country. A country without sustainable food reserves will be forced to import food on a regular basis and this will have a huge impact on the government budget. Most government worldwide has put a lot of money towards improving agriculture. Large scale agriculture is practiced worldwide as a means of providing food for the people living in the urban areas. However, with the advancement in Agriculture and science, homeowners can cut down on costs of groceries by growing foods in an easy an affordable way. Through science, homeowners in urban areas can easily grow groceries in a limited space with ease helping save on expenses.

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Civil War Causes – Poverty, Politics and ENSO Swings

Civil War Causes – Poverty, Politics and ENSO Swings

El NinoA breakthrough by a recent study has shown that the probability of civil war starting in nations due to adverse effects of weather like El Nino is 200%. This has been proved by the fact that hostility between government of Peru troops and rebel groups like Shining Path flared up into bloody battles, due to the El-Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO), which ravaged potato fields in Peru in 1982. Till date scientists had no clue about the connection of war and climate.

An economist from University of California, Berkeley Edward Miguel stated that there was a strong connection between difficult or extreme weather conditions and political clashes in poverty-ridden nations as more proof pointed towards it. He also added that it was a critical piece of information from the study.

A lot of criticism and opposition was invited over a paper presented by Miguel and his team in 2009, at the National Academy of Sciences, linking civil wars in Africa to climatic temperature shooting up. The major criticism came from scientist, Solomon Hsiang of Columbia University, who countered the papers statistical methods and claims. He said there was no relation between Conflict and Global climate and it was highly impossible for scientists to measure changes in temperature and relate it to conflicts across the globe. Continue Reading

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Reducing climate change is good for your health

Reducing climate change is good for your health

Health in the Green Economy, a new series of studies produced by the World Health Organization, highlights how decreasing climate change will have an immediate and increasingly positive effect on the population’s health. Many noncommunicable diseases, such as cancer, chronic respiratory illness, obesity and cardiovascular disease can be prevented by an increase in green investments.

Green transportation, housing and energy policies will benefit both the environment and the world’s overall health. Creating and acting upon green policies is a win-win situation for all. Many changes to green alternatives have an immediate positive impact on health while positively affecting climate change. The health sector should be a prevalent force in the push for new green initiatives to benefit the public’s health.

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Monitoring Software

The Internet can be tricky for parents to deal with because kids often need to use the Internet for school, but parents parents are often worried about the various activities that their children might be engaged in. Peer-to-peer file sharing can lead to lawsuits and even a criminal prosecution. Some teens might engage in activities online that are embarrassing to the family or may lead to viruses or hackers accessing the computer. Fortunately, there are various forms of monitoring software that can offer parental control.

Monitoring software can also be very helpful when parents are trying to learn what their children are up to, such as whether they are attending class or doing their homework.

Many teens use the computer purchased specifically for schoolwork to play computer games or chat with friends. Monitoring software can not only record activities on the computer, but smartphone software such as Mobile Spy can silently record the teen's GPS information, text messages and phone call information.

Monitoring software sits silently on a computer or mobile device and monitors all of the activities carried out on the device, encouraging the teen to consistently use the device for communication. Activity is usually uploaded to an online account so that the parent can monitor activity from anywhere without having to get close to the phone. This is crucial since parents will usually not have physical access to the phone without arousing suspicion.

Many monitoring programs also come with keystroke loggers, which log keys recorded on the computer, a contextual blocker, and features that allow parents to block certain websites. All of these features allow parents to have a peace of mind when allowing their teens to use the Internet.