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23,000 dolphins slaughtered each year in hidden COVE in Japan. In US? $1500-3500 reward to get the one who killed a dolphin

deep cuts: whalers peel back a layer of fat, or blubber, before harvesting the meat underneath on July 30 in Wada Port

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2009 documentary The Cove.
For nearly 10 years, Ric O'Barry trained dolphins playing "Flipper" on the popular '60s TV show, and, in the process, popularized dolphins as entertainment. For the last 35 years, he's tried to undo all of that. Wherever dolphins are held captive, O'Barry is there -- protesting, cutting nets and getting arrested. He's a longtime critic of Florida attractions that feature captive dolphins, including Key Biscayne's Seaquarium, "like these dolphins volunteered to be in this concrete box."

His biggest splash may be the new documentary The Cove, a nail-biting film about dolphin slaughter in Japan. The movie, opening Friday in South Florida, has snagged a slew of festival awards, including the Sundance Audience Award, and has created Oscar buzz in its wake.

Greenpeace campaigners caught up with Japan’s whaling fleet; inset: Iceland and Norway recently began exporting whale meat for sale in Japan

O'Barry, 69, of Coconut Grove, leads an unusual cast of daredevils to a secluded cove in Taiji on Japan's coast. Here, capturing and killing dolphins is legal. But trespassing isn't.  read more »

Cycling maps, bike routes - bicycle tours in Europe and connecting America by bicycle, 14,000 miles in 27 states

the US Bicycle Route System is taking shape after receiving funding, grants provided by: the SRAM Cycling Fund in Chicago, the Surdna Foundation, a grant-making foundation based in New York, and the Lazar Foundation, based in Portland, Oregon

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U.S. Bicycle Route System

United States Bicycle Route System taking shape

EuroVelo & USBRS. Bicycle route system project is part of a global trend, as countries & provinces establish national cycling networks — composed of on-road and trail facilities — to make cycling easier and more enjoyable in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Examples include the National Cycle Network in the United Kingdom, La Route Verte (the "Green Way") in Quebec Province, the D-Route Network in Germany, and VeloLand Switzerland. The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) to be established could become the largest national cycling route network on the planet. These systems are spurring major growth in bicycling and other non-motorized trips, with corresponding reductions in fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.  read more »

Tribute to Abbey Rd (40 yrs ago, 08/08'69), to Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison & Ringo Starr

at 11:30am on 8 August 1969, 40 years ago, the Beatles were photographed walking across a pedestrian crossing in London. The photograph was taken by the Scottish photographer Iain Macmillan

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A day in the life of Abbey Road, an ordinary-looking street in north London.

"A policeman held up the traffic, the band walked back and forth a few times and that was that" - Brian Southall

On the 8 August 1969 that the Fab Four walked out of No 3 Abbey Road, having finished basic work on what would be their penultimate album. The photographer who took the famous cover shot was the late Iain Macmillan, a close friend of Brian Southall's, who knew the Beatles through working with Yoko Ono. "He was given about 15 minutes," says Mr Southall. "He stood up a stepladder while a policeman held up the traffic, the band walked back and forth a few times and that was that."

a tribute band dressed as members of the Beatles walk across the famous pedestrian crossing on London's Abbey Road to mark the 40th anniversary of the cover photo of the album of the same name

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Photos courtesy of Sang Tan/ Associated Press and BBC News

Original Source: BBC

World's tallest animal: Rarest endangered Rothschild giraffes join family breakfast; unlikely bond with short goat at 1st sight

tall order: A rare Rothschild giraffe joins the breakfast table at the Carr-Hartley family's manor house in Kenya

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Eight endangered Rothschild giraffes, the rarest (only a few hundred left in the wild) on earth second only to the Niger Giraffe, are free to roam their 140-acre estate and are regular visitors at their English-style manor built in the colonial era. Back in 1794, the grandson of a Scottish earl, Jock Leslie Melville, and his American wife Betty bought the stately home. Later that year they moved two highly endangered Rothschild giraffe into the estate. The ones at the site grow up to more than 16ft tall, weigh two tons & have a life expectancy of up to 30 years. Every day shortly before 9am, the mammoth beasts stroll up to the house and poke their heads through the windows and doors in search of morning treats. Now, married owners Tanya & Mikey Carr-Hartley literally share their dining table with them.

affectionate: the unlikely friends bonded instantly and share bedding, play together, and even cuddle  read more »

Miracle: in diapers, no lifejacket, toddler on 3rd bday navigates toy truck for 2 hrs, 12km downriver till rescued

a three-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after taking a 12 kilometer wild ride down B.C.'s Peace River in a battery-powered toy car

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Before being saved on Sunday morning (July 12), a missing baby boy was "navigating" his battery-powered toy truck in a wild ride down B.C.'s Peace River for 12 kilometers over 2 hours on his 3rd birthday. When spotted, the toddler was kneeling on all fours on top of the overturned car, sitting in about three meters of water, according to Fort St. John RCMP. "He was wet from his knees down, and his hands were wet, but this torso was okay". Rescued from the swirling 10ft deep water, the boy was insisting that he wanted to get back on his “boat”, and he “had made his truck into a boat and rode down the river.” The baby navigator was in good shape except for needing a diaper change.

the three-year-old floated 12 kilometres down B.C.'s Peace River before being rescued

The boy was not wearing a lifejacket, just a diaper and T-shirt at the time. He went missing from his family's campsite in the Peace Island Park just after 7 a.m. Sunday. Campers joined Fort St. John RCMP in a full-scale search of the park to find him. Don Loewen spotted the boy more than two hours after he went missing while searching the river with four other men in his boat.  read more »

Longest full solar eclipse of century turns day to night in Asia, celestial show inspiring awe & fear in millions

Top left: moon passes between sun & earth during solar eclipse as seen in Changsha, Hunan province, China; Bottom left: partial solar eclipse silhouettes birds surrounding minaret of shrine of Sufi Saint Bah-ud-din Zakria in Multan, Pakistan; Top right: dragonfly flies in sky during total solar eclipse in Seoul. South Korea; Bottom right: National Astronomical Observatory of Japan has seen what scientists say is the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century taken from the national observatory on Iojima island, Japan

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The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century was visible in a 155 miles corridor as it traveled half the globe and passed through the world's two most populous nations, India and China. The eclipse began at 5:28am local time (2358 GMT) in India and lasted up to a maximum of 6 minutes and 39 seconds when it hit the Pacific Ocean. Total eclipses are caused when the moon moves directly between the sun and the Earth, covering it completely to cast a shadow on Earth. Wednesday's was the longest since July 11, 1991, when a total eclipse lasting six minutes and 53 seconds was visible from Hawaii to South America. There will not be a longer eclipse until 2132.  read more »

Bravo! Most creative, productive int'l competition to save planet: Pakistan, 300 people planted 541176 trees a day

India managed to set a Guinness World Record just last month for the most trees planted in one day, with a tally of 447,874 individual saplings planted, but Pakistan has managed to up that even more Wednesday

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WWF has awarded Pakistan’s Environment Minister Leaders of the Planet title, an award to recognize individuals making a significant personal contribution to the global fight against climate change. Without mechanical equipment, covered in mud, and sweating in temperatures up to 37° Celsius, Pakistan set the Guinness World Record for tree planting, beating India in a most healthy & productive international competition contributing to endangered forests. 541,176 young mangroves trees were planted by 300 volunteers in just one day, breaking the previous 447,874 record held by India.

Pakistan set the Guinness World Record for tree planting, beating India in a healthy and productive international competition contributing to preserving fragile and endangered forests. With 541,176 young mangroves trees planted by 300 volunteers from the local fishermen communities just in one day, the country broke the previous 447,874 record held by historical rival India.

little Pakistani girl helps plant a tree  read more »

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