Saving sun bears in Malaysia

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This video says about itself:

3 Feb 2013

Survival of the Sun Bears is an awareness campaign and documentary film project to educate the greater public about sun bears and their struggle to survive in the diminishing forests of Borneo.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Sun bear sanctuary to save ‘forgotten species’

South-east Asia’s endangered bears losing habitat to palm oil plantations as poachers target them for their bile and meat

Ami Sedghi

Monday 6 January 2014 13.35 GMT

Like a proud dad, Siew Te Wong’s office walls and desk are covered in baby pictures, but unlike ordinary infants these possess four-inch claws and a taste for insects and honey. Wong, a leading sun bear researcher, has a heartfelt passion for the world’s smallest bear that is as big as the problems facing the species.

The sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) lives in south-east Asia, Sumatra and…

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Sustainable Sunday’s: WildEarth Guardians

Chilling effect: How to prevent hypothermia

Paper to Use

By Dr. Manny Alvarez

Hypothermia is a condition defined as the profound cooling of the body core temperature to less than 96 degrees Fahrenheit. As our body temperature drops, the cooling effect has a significant impact on our senses. People with hypothermia become very disoriented; others develop hallucinations.

These conditions can produce atypical behavior, and often exacerbate the problem by interfering with a person’s judgment and ability to take care of themselves.

As the body temperature continues to drop, our heart rate becomes irregular, and without medical intervention, hypothermia ultimately results in death. Of course, the cooling effects take time, and our brain tries to slow the cooling effects with involuntary muscle contractions that manufacture heat. During this time, preventative measures to keep warm may just save your life.
Many people think that to get hypothermia, one needs to be exposed to extremely frigid temperatures. This is not true. The…

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Ward Churchill: I Am Indigenist – Notes on the Ideology of the Fourth World

It’s too cold in Chicago for even polar bears to stay outside

Grist

Anana, a polar bear, lives in Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. And for a polar bear, that’s basically the equivalent to living in Costa Rica. It’s fricking warm — even when it gets cold, it’s like, pleasant cold, you know? And so, like a super-tan American expat, Anana has adapted to her new home. She’s still got her polar bear blubber — she’s not a native, after all — but, compared to the juicy, five-inch thick layer of protective fat she’d have grown back home, it’s pretty thin.

And so, when the temperature drops to 0 degrees F (-40 with wind chill!), Anana gets cold. DNAinfo:

Anana … is keeping warm in a “climate-controlled” area in the wake of the city’s below-zero temperatures, according to zoo spokeswoman Sharon Dewar.

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The Nobel Prize In Chemistry 2013 Goes To Researchers That Have Developed Animal Free Research

Ann Novek( Luure)--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors

forskningThey have used computer models instead of lab animal research , which can be used in drug testing in pharmaceutical companies for example.

2013-12-10 Nobelpriset i Kemi går till forskare som utvecklat datorsimuleringar av kemiska reaktioner, vilket bidrar till färre djurförsök bl.a. inom läkemedelsindustrin. Medicinpriset går till forskare som studerat  viktiga transportsystem i celler.

Årets Nobelpris visar på styrkan hos djurfri forskning, både cellmodeller och datormodeller.

Kemipristagarnas datormodeller har ersatt enorma mängder djur i läkemedelsutveckling

Kemipristagarna, Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt och Arieh Warshel får dela på priset för upptäckter som ligger till grund för datorsimuleringar av kemiska reaktioner.

Datorsimuleringar används bland annat inom läkemedelsutveckling för att simulera hur ett läkemedel kopplar till sitt målprotein i kroppen.

– Dessa modeller har  revolutionerat metoderna för att hitta substanser som kan fungera som läkemedel, säger Karin Gabrielson Morton, sakkunnig på Forska Utan Djurförsök.

– En mycket stor andel av djurtesterna som tidigare användes i de tidiga…

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China: Early Death From Air Polution More Widely Recognized by Doctors

Brown, Crickets, Entrepreneurship And Kickstarter

La Paz Group

We have been following both Kickstarter and Brown University for some time, with interest in how this generation of graduating entrepreneurs from universities are pursuing careers in sustainability-related fields. And now, a word about alternative sources of nutrition that intersects these interests:

10g bioavailable protein. All-natural. Gluten/grain/soy/dairy free. Made in America.

Exo will introduce to the West one of the most nutritious and sustainable protein sources in the world: insects. Through combining cricket flour (slow roasted and milled crickets) with organic and all-natural ingredients such as raw cacao, dates, almond butter and coconut, we have created a bar that is high in protein, low in sugar, incredibly nutritionally dense, and packed with omega 3 fatty acids, iron and calcium. Our bars are free of: unnatural sugars, gluten, grains, dairy, soy, artificial preservatives and anything processed.

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UN Report: Small-Scale Organic Farming ONLY Way to Feed the World

For Our Beloved Wolves, For The Murdered, Fallen Ones…

Howling For Justice

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Photo: Courtesy Earth Island Journal

Video: Courtesy DragonneHeart·  (YouTube) Wolves – The Mummers Dance

Tags: the beauty of wolves, sorrow for the murdered wolves, wolf wars, Earth Island Journal, never give up the fight

 

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Animal Crackups . . . thanks to S. :) . . . Seems like we need a little levity :) Hugs, ~Jean

Sun Bear Habitat, Palm Oil Cultivation, And The Conflict Of Interests

La Paz Group

Sun bearJust as we were beginning to worry about what might have happened, months having passed since the Guardian’s Environment section had an article we wanted to link to, yesterday we encountered a semi-precious and today a gem quality article that reminds us of why we check that section each day:

Like a proud dad, Siew Te Wong’s office walls and desk are covered in baby pictures, but unlike ordinary infants these possess four-inch claws and a taste for insects and honey. Wong, a leading sun bear researcher, has a heartfelt passion for the world’s smallest bear that is as big as the problems facing the species.

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