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"To Health of Earth" top 3 most popular (SOS Amazon, panda, solar system) reads, since '08, on Earth Day Eve'13: 1,146,689
To the Health of the Earth - healthy we cannot be unless the earth is.
#1 most popular, all time (as of April 20, 2013) - 489,898 reads
"SOS Amazon": every second we lose 1.5 acres of rainforests once covering 14% of earth land surface, now a mere 6%
#2 most popular, all time (as of April 20, 2013) - 342,276 reads
Zoo Atlanta celebrates arrival of baby panda, 2nd cub of mother Lun Lun and only panda born in US in 2008 so far
#3 most popular, all time (as of April 20, 2013) - 314,515 reads
Solar system moving 100000 mph faster than thought; 15% speed increase translates to doubling of mass of Milky Way
Image courtesy of www.amazonwatch.org, Thomas Marent, impactlab.com, wikipedia, Sipa Press / Rex Features, Atlanta Zoo / AP Photo, John Spink / Atlanta Journal-Constitution, scienceclass.ning.com, lns.mit.edu, and gcsescience.com
Burden Mother Nature less: dimmed cities carry on Earth Hour... "Beyond the hour": Uganda & Botswana to plant >1 million trees
The world's first Earth Hour Forest will soon be created in the East African nation of Uganda, to fight against the 6000 hectares of deforestation that occurs in the country every month.
*update* 23 March, 2013 - Earth Hour is here again -
Millions of people in thousands of cities and towns across the world to switch off their lights for an hour at 8.30pm local time on Saturday 23 March to show their concern for the environment. Some of the key landmarks that will mark the event include the Sydney opera house and Harbour bridge, Petronas towers in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore's Marina Bay Sands, Tokyo tower, Taipei 101, the Bird's Nest in Beijing, the Gateway of India, the world's tallest building the Burj Khalifa, the Ancient Citadel of Erbil in Kurdistan, Table Mountain, the Bosphorus Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, the Brandenburg Gate, the UK Houses of Parliament, Buckingham palace, the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls and Los Angeles airport. Landmarks switching their lights off for the first time for Earth Hour this year include Copenhagen's Little Mermaid statue and Florence's Statue of David.
Iconic landmarks plunged into darkness for Earth Hour
"A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he's a man who's given himself a chance.."
"Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision."
"A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention."
Buddha: "discipline & control one's own mind...to find way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom & virtue will naturally come to him"
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
Unlikely? Farm brought to city yard: 400 species of plants, 6000lbs food, 1900 eggs, 25lbs honey, fruits year round, solar roof
*update* 13 March 2013
For urban gardeners in New York City, the mildness of this winter has produced some startling results. We do not fear the snow -our gardens are now snug below their customary winter blankets.A late crop of beets was pulled from the soil in early January...And kale, one tough Brassica, keeps giving and giving to the roof-top gardener.
Boston’s 1st rooftop farm - 40,000 square feet of soil atop the Boston Design Center “There are acres of rooftops, blacktop, in cities that are sucking up heat... so we’re using more energy to cool down cities". this amazing green roof that produces food and has these great environmental benefits, helping to mitigate climate change.
Over 6,000 pounds of food per year, on 1/10 acre located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year.
From 1/10th of an acre, four people manage to get over 90% of their daily food and the family reports earnings of $20,000 per year. (AFTER they eat from what is produced). This is done without the use of the expensive & destructive synthetic chemicals associated with industrial mono-cropping, while simultaneously improving the fertility and overall condition of the land being used to grow this food on. Scaled up to an acre, that would equal $200,000 per year! read more »
101-year-old, world's oldest marathon runner, taking up running at age 89: "daily exercise will keep you away from all diseases"
Indian-born British national Singh admitted age was finally catching up with him and he had decided not to compete after the Hong Kong Marathon on February 24, five weeks before his 102nd birthday on April 1.
"But I will keep running for at least four hours daily after that," Singh, who lives in Ilford, England, told the Times of India newspaper during a visit to his home state of Punjab.
"Running is my life. I will keep running to inspire the masses."
Singh, dubbed the 'Turbaned Tornado', took up running marathons at the ripe old age of 89 and has been credited with competing in eight 42-kilometre (26-mile) races in London, Toronto and New York.
He finished his fifth London Marathon last year in a time of seven hours and 49 minutes and was honoured by being invited to carry the Olympic torch.
Singh, who says he was born on April 1, 1911, insisted he was not suffering from any illnesses and did not take medicines when he was asked the secret of his amazing physical fitness. read more »
Character develops itself in the stream of life.