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Practical Intro Into Sustainable Economy

Everyone’s heard of Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth, but the world needs to address more than smokestacks and car exhausts. Below is a list of five areas necessary to build a sustainable world economy:

1. The Green Revolution brought technology to agriculture and ended imminent starvation for millions. Discrepancies in wealth, food distribution, and public policy are continuing barriers to ending world hunger, but a new barrier has emerged – diet. Counter to intuition, the world’s wealth poses the greatest threat to a sustainable food supply. World meat consumption is skyrocketing. Every pound of meat requires approximately seven pounds of grain to produce. Dr. Dean Ornish of UCSF has written and spoken extensively on the shift of the American and world diet and its impact on increasing heart disease, diabetes and obesity. New York Times’ columnist and author Mark Bittman echos this advice in his columns and practice – he limits his meat consumption to one meal a day.

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Essential Facts about Current and Future Earth Observation Missions

earth-planetThe EOS or the Earth Observing System aims to provide scientists an in-depth knowledge of the Earth’s land surface, oceans, atmosphere and biosphere. Furthermore, this major component of NASA’s Earth Science Division enables humans an understanding of the planet as an integrated system.

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Impact of Exurban Residences on Avian Communities

species of birdsStudies have shown that the rapidly advancing urbanization has a great adverse effect on the sustainability of many species of birds. To determine this possibility in Adirondack Park, a study was conducted and a total of about 20 species of birds both near and far from as many as 30 rural residences in the Adirondack Park were sampled. The results were quite shocking. Major percentage of the human adapted species preferred to reside near the homes than in the mixed dense conifer forests but the human sensitive species were about 26 % less likely to stay near the homes. The same pattern of occupancy rate was observed beyond 200 from the park. Continue Reading

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Atmospheric Carbon Levels

Atmospheric Carbon Levels

Atmospheric Carbon LevelsThe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is hitting new highs. Scientists are reporting that the level of concentration is gradually increasing and chances are it will exceed the 400 parts per million (ppm). This is a level that has not been experienced on earth for around 4 million years. Researchers at the Mauna Loa Observatory have already recorded highs averaging 399 ppm. This raises concerns as it depicts a steadily increasing trend of the levels of the most imperative heat trapping gas in the earths atmosphere.

Considering the fact that humans had not evolved more than three million years ago, this new records are quite alarming. In addition, the Mauna Loa Observatory has been recording some averages exceeding 400 ppm during some hours. As their researchers indicate carbon levels tend to increase in mid May. This is a depiction that the world is yet to hear of new records in the next few days or weeks. Continue Reading

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Australia’s Tropical Wetlands

Northern Australia has a large area of bio diverse tropical wetlands which are important for the ecological health of the region. As pressures for development increase, however, the precious ecosystems of the wetlands are threatened. Human encroachment as well as the inadvertent introduction of invasive plants and animals have caused adverse changes in the delicate balance required for healthy wetlands. Native plants and indigenous peoples are in danger of being overrun, and the ecologically important functions of the wetlands as a filter for waters in the area are threatened.

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Hydraulic Fracturing as a Method of Sourcing Natural Gas and Oil

Although the scare of Global Warming has calmed down in the past decade, reducing your carbon footprint is still as important now as ever. With smart phones, tablets and bigger and better games consoles paving the way for a new, technology heavy generation, it is important to think about where all our energy comes from and whether or not we can find an alternate way to generate that energy.

As a result of the technological age, we no longer print everything out in order to read it, we use far less paper and most things are accessible online. However there is an electrical cost for running this equipment and primarily we use coal or oil to fuel the technology we easily take for granted. Fossil fuels are a limited energy source and they will eventually run out, so it is important to start switching over to renewable forms of energy.

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Australia: Universities of Choice

The Australian higher education system is composed of an entire sector of universities that provide both domestic and foreign campus opportunities to students from all fields of study. A world of information and practical experiences awaits students as they prepare to extend their classroom knowledge and skills into their chosen profession.

looking-for-adventureAustralia’s 39 universities are designed to respond to performance feedback according to international standards of quality. This standard is set by a collaborative effort from professional, institutional, and governmental groups which periodically review the quality of the university’s many aspects.

The success of this system was verified by the Lisbon Council, who ranked the system top in the world, specifically for the systems’ capability to produce the knowledge-based generation of professionals who are equipped to deal with a changing global information economy. This approach has received a warm response from enrollment statistics, which hover at around one million. The local economy also benefits substantially, as continuous activity contributes a significant amount to the GDP of Australia.

One of the most stunning ratios concerning the Australian university system is its research percentage contribution compared to the total population. The per capita statistic is impressive; although the total population is less than .5% of the world, the research industry in Australia produces 3% of the world’s research data!

Australian universities strive to promote the development of personal potential in its student body. The conceptual orientation is to prepare students to interact in a quickly changing environment and a global economy that is undergoing a serious economic transition.

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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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Fear of Flying and How to Conquer It

Fear-of-Flying phobiaSome believe that a fear of flying is a distinct phobia unrelated to anything else. Others believe that this phobia is actually a combination of other phobia such as a fear of heights, known as acrophobia, or a fear of enclosed spaces, known as claustrophobia. Some have suggested that a fear of flying is linked to agoraphobia in which one is afraid of open spaces, such as can be found in the bright, blue skies. Fear of flying is a symptom of a problem, rather than a problem itself. There are many different causes for a fear of flying also.

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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.