The whale shark is the largest fish in the world, but much of its lifecycle remains shrouded in mystery. These gentle giants gather in just a handful of places around the globe – something which has long baffled scientists – but our new research has started to explain why. Better understanding of whale shark movements could help prevent further population loss in a species that has already experienced a 63% population decline over the past 75 years.
When swimming solo, the whale shark, which can grow up to 18.8 metres in length and 34 tons in weight, travels all over the world. Recently, a group of scientists tracked the remarkable journey of one whale shark across the Pacific from Panama to the Philippines. At more than 12,000 miles it proved to be one of the longest migrations ever recorded.
Yet whale sharks are known to come together at just a few specific locations around the world. Anything from ten to 500 whale sharks may gather at any one time in areas off the coasts of Australia, Belize, the Maldives, Mexico and more.
Christmas is a unique time of the year. You understand it right when you spend these festive days in a European city. Each country has its own traditions and is a good time to travel to different parts of the old continent. The cities are decorated with every Christmas details the human mind has captured, while we are full of emotions.
December 25th is the most Christmas day and is surrounded by great religiousness. Both family and social or religious customs imposed by the time can lead you a step closer to God, to a festive meal, to a song, and a variety of other commonplace activities for some places. With the sound of the festive bells ringing in our ears, we will travel to the European countries with the most interesting Christmas customs.
The customs of Netherlands
The great Christmas enthusiasm of the Dutch revolves around Santa Claus and…
Anyone who takes a breath, drinks a drop of water or eats a bite of food, and wonders where all this nourishment comes from, understands that every single one of us depends upon nature for our lives.
Unfortunately, since the Industrial Revolution, the awareness of this direct connection has become fainter and often ignored outright. Our market-based system glorifies economic activity or GDP, where cost-benefit analyses too often override the core values that shape our moral behavior. This is especially true regarding our relationship with nature. We have lost sight of her value to all of us. There has been a breach of faith.
For years I have believed that we need an 11th Commandment: Thou shalt cherish the Earth. And we have needed a respected, unifying voice to carry this message to all people.
Today, Pope Francis is this voice, and this is the message he has sent the world.
And when the leader who guides 1.1 billion people in their faith makes such a clear call to protect our planet, I can’t help but wonder: Could this mark a turning point in how we care for our common home?
Faith can be a powerful force for environmental change, as one recent example shows.
In the high mountains just outside Mexico City are pine forests and bunchgrass meadows, part of a watershed that provides water for the 23 million people living in this massive metropolitan area. These pines and meadows make up an area called the “Bosque de Agua,” or Water Forest.
In Cuernavaca, a city in the Bosque de Agua’s watershed, a stream running through the town became polluted by people throwing trash down the sides of its steep ravine. The town’s mayor tried an innovative strategy to end it: Local artists created sculptures of the Virgin of Guadalupe and installed them throughout the ravine. Almost overnight, people stopped dumping garbage. Blessed by association with the community’s faith, a waste-strewn ravine turned into an urban oasis.
Pope Francis’ encyclical, published this week, is a reminder to all Catholics, and to all people, that we cannot care for each other without caring for our common home, the Earth. Nature provides our most fundamental needs — fresh water, nourishing food, clean air. There is a saying that nature is the treasury of the poor. The truth is that nature is the treasury of us all.
Earth Day is celebrated around the world on 22 April(Nasa Earth Observatory)
Earth Day is celebrated around the world on 22 April.
Over 190 countries worldwide take part in Earth Day celebrations by organising various events every year.
On the occasion, IBTimes UK has compiled top ten quotes about the environment.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein
“I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.” – Mother Teresa
“The good man is the friend of all living things.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Trees are Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” – Rabindranath Tagore
“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” – Lady Bird Johnson
“An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.” – David Attenborough
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.” – Walt Whitman
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ” – Lao Tzu
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” – Rachel Carson
Part two of my story about four people trying to find their way in a confusing world. Old Earth need some tender loving care before we kill all that is beautiful.
The Water, Sky and the Earth
(People fall together. Some of us calls it luck. Maybe destiny?)
“Where are the Pequot? Where are the Narragansett? The Mohican? The Pokanoke and many other powerful tribes of our people.They have vanished before the avarice and the oppression of the white man, as snow before a summer sun. Well we let ourselves be destroyed in our turn without a struggle, give up our homes, our country bequeathed to us by the Great spirit, the graves of our dead and everything that is dear and sacred to us? ” Tecumseh of the Shawnees