#WhaleWednesday – #RIPKasatka

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#WhaleWednesday this week will be dedicated to Kasatka

Six weeks after being rumored to be near death, orca matriarch Kasatka has died.

SeaWorld San Diego announced today that Kasatka was euthanized on the evening of Tuesday August 15, after a long bout with bacterial respiratory infection, or lung disease.

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Kasatka’s passing comes just three weeks after the death of 3 month old orca calf Kyara at SeaWorld Antonio (Kasatka’s granddaughter and San Diego born Takara’s daughter).

Kasatka was captured off the coast of Iceland on October 26, 1978, at the age of less than 2 years (she was estimated to be born around 1976). She was captured alongside her pod mate Katina, also approximately 2 years old, and then sold to SeaWorld that same month. For 4 years, Kasatka and Katina lived together, but the two were separated in 1984 when Katina was shipped to SeaWorld Orlando, where she remains…

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Student Artwork Inspires Us to Clean Up Our Plastic Act for the Future of Marine Life | One Green Planet


When we start to look for it, we quickly find there is a literal sea of distressing environmental news flooding our phones and computers every day. Seeing this deluge of negativity, it’s easy to start to lose faith. But the winners of the Bow Seat’s 2016 Ocean Awareness Contest reminds us that we have the power and the creativity to change the course of our oceans’ fate. Bow Seat is an organization dedicated to, “inspire[ing] the next generation of ocean caretakers through education and engagement with the arts, science, and advocacy.” As a part of this mission, Bow Seat hosts The Ocean Awareness Contest. Every year, they ask middle schoolers and high schoolers across the world to submit a piece of artwork addressing ocean pollution and the challenges we face going forward. They say a picture is worth 1000 words, and these images speak volumes. Here are a few of some of the compelling pieces centered around ocean plastics from the 2016 winners.
This piece is titled, “Message in a Bottle” by Jessica Yang. It shows how the 40 billion plastic bottles we put in landfills every year make their way into our oceans and affect marine life.


Hannah Sarakinsky worries about the same thing in here painting, “Is This the Ocean You Want?” Only 15 percent of the plastic we use is recycled – most of it makes its way into our oceans.


“What the Duck” by Jessica Xia, echoes the sentiment of the 700 species that are endangered due to plastic waste.


“Your Choice. Their Future.” by Anais Beninger, illustrates how the 100 billion plastic bags that are put into the ocean, every year, trap and entangle its inhabitants


Complementing this theme, “Pacific Currents” by Marion Hopkinson points out that 12 million tons of plastic containers are discarded every year.

“Plastic Chokes Me” by Erica Lim, speaks for itself.

“Be Aware of Trash Shark,” cautions Nicole Zhu. But it seems instead of avoiding this threat, we are feeding it. Scientists estimate will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

Humans are also affected by the toxins we put into our water as Taein Gu reminds us in her piece, “Inheritance: A Mistake We Must Fix.”

“The Blue Endless Loop” by Theresa Ho warns us that this cycle of pollution and death needs to stop.

There are around 270 million tons of plastic floating on the ocean’s surface alone. A fact that is made apparent in “Two Sides to A Wave” by Jane Anderson-Schmitt.

We have a responsibility to future generations to maintain our most precious resource. These children clearly see the danger plastic poses to our oceans and marine life – we owe it to both these young ones and animals to stop our reckless behavior and prevent plastic pollution. Join One Green planets #CrushPlastic movement to learn about easy ways that you can help to save our planet’s oceans and the animals that live in them.
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These Heavenly Photos of 2 Huskies Playing on a Frozen Lake Will Take Your Breath Away | One Green Planet


For Fox Grom, taking the dogs out for a walk in Kirovsk, Russia is just an everyday thing. For us, it’s a glimpse into a winter wonderland where beautiful dogs walk and play on water amidst a stunning backdrop of frozen wonder.

These ethereal photos depict not only a moment of quiet enjoyment for two dogs with their guardian, but also how life looks from the unspoiled midst of a frozen lake. Getting out into nature, no matter the season, always has something to offer in terms of wonderment. We just have to get out there and take advantage of it! These dogs clearly feel at home in what would appear to be an alien and inhospitable environment to many, showing just how adaptable they are.

Of course, you wouldn’t want to take just any dog with you on an outing like this. Siberian Huskies, like these, are suited to frigid climates and are able to tolerate longer durations of time in the elements than other, shorter haired breeds. It’s always important to exercise caution when playing out in the cold with our furry friends! For these two buddies, though, the only concern is having fun in a location where it’s tough to discern where the water ends and the sky begins.

Nothing like a stroll in the middle of the lake

Maybe if I ignore him he’ll go away…

Oh hey, there’s that ball we lost last Summer!

Now this is a refreshing drink of ice water.

Taking a moment in the stillness; a luxury enjoyed by few.


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Hate daylight saving time? Here’s what it would take to ditch it. | Grist


Hate daylight saving time? Here’s what it would take to ditch it.
By Katie Herzog on Nov 4, 2016

People across the country will go through the mild torture of circadian disruption as daylight saving time (DST) comes to an end on Sunday morning. In preparation, writers from all corners of the internet have started debating the merits of falling back and springing forward. They cite various studies proving that adjusting our clocks either increases or decreases energy use, saves lives or costs them, and makes crime rates go up or down.

But no matter the evidence, a whole lot of people just hate DST, complaining that springing ahead leads to more car crashes, sleepier students, and added stress. The haters have launched many, many online petitions to scrap it entirely. One petition asks Congress to “please stop the messing with our schedules.” A 2014 poll found that half of Americans simply don’t see the point.

So what would it take for this anti-DST contingent to kill daylight saving once and for all? Can something as seemingly intractable as time be changed by government decree?

You bet! Daylight saving time was created by government decree after all. The United States actually adopted DST during World War I to save fuel, following Germany’s lead. (That’s right. It had nothing to do with helping farmers get more hours of daylight back in the olden days, contrary to the beliefs of most elementary school students and a number of Grist staffers). Farmers, in particular, opposed the change, and Congress repealed DST after the war ended.

The latest iteration springs from the 1966 Uniform Time Act, which has been tweaked several times since. In 1974, DST was observed year-round in response to the OPEC oil embargo, and it’s been extended twice since then, in 1986 and again in 2005.

States can opt out through legislation or executive action. Legislators in Alaska, California, and several other states have tried (and failed) to end their state’s participation. Two holdouts — Hawaii and Arizona (minus the Navajo Nation) — leave their clocks alone all year long. Scrapping DST nationwide, however, would likely prove more difficult, because it requires an act of Congress.

But the main reason DST is here to stay, says Michael Downing, author of Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time, is that it’s good for business. Retailers, home-improvement shops, and other industries benefit from an extra hour of summer daylight, giving people more time to shop, play, and work in the yard. The golf industry, for example, estimates that DST brings in an additional $200 million each year.

Not only do these industries lobby to continue this practice, but they also fight to make it longer. The main push for extending DST into November, Downing says, came from the makers of Halloween candy. Lobbyists even put candy pumpkins on every senator’s chair during DST hearings in 1985.

The only way to end daylight saving time, it seems, is to get big business out of Congress. So until that happens, enjoy the extra hour of sleep. You’ll pay it back in March.

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Imagine A World Where Everyone Treats Animals With This Much Love 🌎 Happy World Animal Day 🌍

 

Remembering the Search and Rescue Dogs of September 11th

 

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3 Rescued Dogs Who Saved Their Family Members’ Lives This Year | Care2 Causes

Watch these three videos and then go hug your dog…🐕

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Man Who Leaked Clinton’s Medical Records Found Dead

Maybe we’ll get lucky and the baboon’s will kidnap her and make her their “Queen”
Then she goes into full-blown dementia and forgets she’s running for president! 🐒

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The man who leaked Hillary Clinton's medical records to the public has been found deadRussia’s Foreign Intelligence Service has issued a report saying that the father of a doctor treating Hillary Clinton for dementia was found killed this weekend after he leaked information about her deteriorating health to the public. 

According to the report, Vincent Fleck, the father of Clinton’s physician Dr. Daniel Fleck, was found near his home just 24 hours after releasing Hillary’s most secret medical records to the public.

The SVR first became “alerted/alarmed” regarding the circumstances of this latest mysterious death associated with Hillary Clinton on 17 July, this report says, when a “known/suspected” Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) “hit team” traveled about 70 kilometers (44 miles) from their New York City “base/headquarters” to a small village named Mount Kisco, both being located in New York State.

Upon arriving in Mount Kisco, this report continues, this CIA “hit team” broke into a specialized small computer security companies annex office named Right Click…

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Can You Help Find the Monster Who Did This to an Innocent Dog? | Care2 Causes

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Old MacDonald’s Factory Farm: A Look Into Who’s Behind the World of Big Ag | One Green Planet

Life or Lunch?

6624374437_0b271bd96f_b-1200x747The animal agriculture industry goes to great lengths to convince the public that farmed animals are raised on lush green pastures owned and operated by family farmers. From their deceptive product packaging to the hundreds of television advertisements they run every year, the animal agriculture industry desperately wants to perpetuate the myth of a benevolent Old MacDonald and his small farm of happy and healthy animals.

The reality is that a handful of extraordinarily powerful corporations own and control the entire industry, and often team up with influential trade and lobby organizations and even government agencies to shape the market to their benefit. Their tool of choice is the efficient but cruel factory farm, a far cry from familiar Old MacDonald’s farm.

Here’s a look at the major players that give “Big Ag” its well-deserved name.

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The Corporations

Contrary to what Big Ag wants us to think, the…

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Nature Is Speaking – Robert Redford is The Redwood

Nature Is Speaking – Penélope Cruz is Water

WATCH: Julia Roberts Is Mother Nature and Shes Not Happy | Ecorazzi

Life or Lunch?

julia-roberts-592x399Conservation International has launched a powerful new campaign called Nature is Speaking and has recruited A-list talent, including Julia Roberts, to kick off the series.

“I don’t really need people, but people need me,” Roberts narrates as Mother Nature in the two-minute video that was released today. “When I thrive, you thrive. When I falter, you falter.”

Roberts’ video is the first of a series of ten videos that are being posted online. The videos aim to serve as a wake-up call for us to pay attention to the nature around us, which clearly has something to say.

Though Roberts is never seen in the video, her message packs a powerful punch: humans can’t afford to take her (meaning Mother Nature) for granted.

“I’ve fed species greater than you. And I’ve starved greater species than you. My oceans, my soil, my flowing streams, my forests: They all can take you—or leave you……

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