How Wildfire works

A book called “The Journal of Ethnobiology” was published late last year. Due to this, critters and fires have lately been in the news, courtesy of the fascinating study, which investigates the so-called “fire hawks.” According to Earth Touch News, the authors discussed the long phenomenon familiar to Aboriginal peoples – the raptors smolder sticks from the bushfires and drop them in the nearby grass, pluck flaming, which therefore sparks a new burn.

Some people may have never experienced the said event, which is definitely disastrous. It is nothing but a trouble to whomever or whatever creature encounters it. In the end, there is a more complicated story behind the intriguing case of firehawks.

At first, many other plant communities do not seem to be flammable. While intervals between fires took centuries or even millennium, one must understand that even cold subalpine woods, northern taiga, temperate rainforest indeed burn. However, as human beings, we became an important source of ignition around the world. We have been starting fires intentionally for thousands of years. This is for the purpose of improving hunt and herd opportunities, to use the land for agriculture and managing crops. Papa Murphy’s survey is the best place to reveal your feedback.

Moreover, a region’s exact fire regime relies on the overall suite of factors. Always be reminded that a place that burns frequently tends to encounter low-intensity fire. This is because there is not much time to build up much fuel. On the other hand, countryside that ignites once every few centuries nourish bigger and fiercer fires.

Furthermore, a raging fire in the forest may look apocalyptic and some individuals may perish in it. But this blaze can help the mountains be rejuvenated in terms of local wildlife and other resources. It becomes a unique chance for other species especially alive to capitalize on the post-fire landscape.

Astronauts describe Earth from Space

Most people do not know what it is like to gaze at Earth from space but astronauts do. Has the view of the Pale Blue Dot ever crossed your mind? Nadia Drake recently wrote for the cover story of National Geographic’s new issue. The talented science writer shared the astronaut’s experience – seeing planet earth from the space, which changed them forever.

“You have got this planet beneath you, and a lot of what you see, especially during the day, does not necessarily point to a human presence. If you look at it on a geologic timescale, it is almost like we are this flimsy presence, and we really have to stick together as a human family to make sure we are a permanent presence on this planet and not just this blink of an eye,” Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti told Drake.

According to Boing Boing’s report, Nadia writes the emotional and lovely story:

For the bulk of human history, it’s been impossible to put Earth in cosmic perspective.

Bound by gravity and biology, we can’t easily step outside it, above it, or away from it. For most of us, Earth is inescapably larger than life. Even now, after nearly six decades of human spaceflight, precious few people have rocketed into orbit and seen the sun peeking out from behind that curved horizon. Since 1961, a mere 556 people have had this rarefied experience. Fewer, just 24, have watched Earth shrink in the distance, growing smaller and smaller until it was no larger than the face of a wristwatch. And only six have been completely alone behind the far side of the moon, cut off from a view of our planet as they sailed in an endlessly deep, star-studded sea…

It’s an inherently unnatural thing, spaceflight. After all, our physiology evolved specifically to succeed on this planet, not above it. Perhaps that’s why it can be difficult for astronauts to describe the experience of seeing Earth from space.

 

Chautauqua Bottoms Nature Preserve

Green Earth Director Stephanie Eichholz said Long Forestry Consultant Group will donate its time and equipment to clear some space, which should have been a while ago. Eichholz said overtime that there has been a natural succession, which filled in the prairie with trees. She believes constant maintenance on the land will allow the seeds from existing trees to spread across the land causing additional growth.

Meanwhile, Eichholz said in 2008 that Green Earth switched from mowing the prairie to burning. She considers this as a better maintenance system. Eichholz adds the organization knew it would have to burn every two years, but it does not have the resources to conduct its own burn. It can be recalled how Green Earth relied on the Saluki Fire Dogs in 2008 and 2011. However, it has not been able to do so since.

Due to this, Eichholz said, “It has really started to fill in. There are trees that are too large to be affected by a fire. And hand clearing would be too labor intensive.” Green Earth has missed the “burn date,” which means it is now too wet to conduct a proper burn.

Eichholz recently got a call from Mike and Chris Long of Long Forestry telling her the company got a new piece of equipment called forestry mulcher and wanted to try it out. The equipment was described as a land clearing method that uses a single machine to grind, cut and clear vegetation. It uses a rotary drum equipped with steel chipper tools to shred vegetation. “They said they would go into the prairie and clear it out,” Eichholz added.

Furthermore, the prairie’s clearing is just one step in Green Earth’s plans to improve the preserve. According to the Southern Illinoisan, the Illinois Department of Natural Resource’s Recreational Trails Program recently awarded the organization with worth $102,000 to upgrade one of the trails at the site to ADA-friendly standards.

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Eat without harming the Earth

Having a meal may be easy but all the eating is not doing the earth any favors. According to The Guardian, Aussie consumers turf around 3.1m tones of edible food each year, which ends up rotting in the landfill. This reportedly gives off methane gases that further harm the environment.

The outlet revealed a simple solution to this issue. People must eat locally produced, chemical-free food and consume it all as what our ancestors did. To share and swap for eating free is also a great choice. Free food sharing movements around the country offer the opportunity to embrace organic food without paying a cent.

The brainchild of Andrew Barker, who lives in Strathalbyn, an hour south of Adelaide, the concept has spread to Perth and Victoria. “The fact that organic food is expensive money immediately precludes a huge percentage of people and means they have to eat fairly nutritionally deficient crap. But sharing is really powerful. People feel joy and happiness when they give freely to one another, whether it’s their neighbor or a complete stranger through a sharing cart,” Barker explained.

Growing your own and developing your green thumb is also a must as it would benefit so many people. Planting seeds and harvesting the resulting bounty can be the biggest food local source. It is worth understanding phrases such as “non-hybrid”, “open-pollinated” and “non-GM” first. Basically, people must avoid genetically modified and chemically bathed seeds or those cross-pollinated to create hybrid plants.

Meanwhile, one can get free ethical food by foraging. Begin to survey at the neighborhood and you will realize that food grows all around us. Plenty of weeds are edible, nutritious and delicious. Furthermore, weed foraging is an art. It is best to avoid accidentally eating sprays, dog pee or poisonous plants.  With ingenuity, preparation and imagination, you can eat delicious food that’s as good for the planet as it is for you.

The Importance of Earth Sharing

The universe is 14 billion years old with 100 billion galaxies and every single galaxy contains hundreds of billions of stars. To make it simple, there are more stars in the universe than sand on any beach.

Several planets surround each star. Aside from hundreds of thousands of asteroids and billions of comets flying by each star, each planet has its own orbiting moon. One of the stars in the galaxy called Milky Way is the sun. It has eight planets orbiting it. As we all know, one of the planet we live in, Earth. Our planet has the right size and the right distance from the sun to have liquid water and oxygen, which support over 9 billion years of life form in the making.

Earth is only one of a trillion planets just in our Milky Way galaxy. There are still 100 billion other galaxies in the universe. Who knows how many other planets are habitable in this Universe? Meanwhile, the most intelligent of all creations on Earth is us, humans. You and I are two of the 7.5 billion people that have called Earth their home.

It is not how long we live that is important, but how well. Dust to dust. When death comes, one cannot take anything with them. It is only through helping the needy and the less fortunate that we fulfill the purpose of our brief existence. Caring (by giving people money from deposit with chase bank) and sharing earth is the basic tenet of God’s creation. We cannot exist without the help of billions of friendly bacteria that live within us.

Furthermore, there is nothing better than helping somebody in need. Always remember that any kind of help, in any aspect within our means, and all the time. That is the best way we can “give thanks” to the One who keeps us alive.

Why Some People are Against the Idea of Sharing Earth’s Resources Equitably

You would expect the idea of sharing earth’s resources equitably to be an idea that resonates with everyone. But as it turns out, there are huge numbers of people who are vehemently against that idea. There are people who actually find the very suggestion of sharing earth’s resources equitably to be a terrifying proposition. So, why is it that some people would be against this seemingly noble idea?

The answer to the question as to why some people are against the idea of sharing earth’s resources equitably is simple: there are some folks who know that they are hogging an unjustifiably big share of earth’s resources. Such folks therefore believe that if earth’s resources were to be shared equitably, they would end up being the losers: as a bit of what they hog would be taken and given to those who have nothing. These are folks used to living in luxury. These are the folks who can afford costly products, like, say, the highest rated over the ear headphones. To such folks, the idea of buying and using more modestly-priced products, such as the simple closed back on-ear headphones is unacceptable. They believe that they deserve ‘the best things in life’. Unfortunately, for them to do use the very best things in life, they end up depriving others of access to the rather limited earth’s resources. And knowing which side of their bread is buttered, they are (understandably) inclined to balk at any idea of sharing earth’s resources equitably.

A Radical Proposal On How to Share the Earth’s Natural Resources

Recently, while holding a discussion with a certain friend of mine who considers himself to be an intellectual, a rather radical proposal on how to share earth’s natural resources was made to me. The basic tenet of the proposal is this: that the earth’s natural resources should be shared equitably to all citizens of the world, and not just to the citizens of the countries where those resources happen to be found.

The basis for that proposal is easy to understand: given that the world belongs to all of us, as members of humanity, and the geographical borders we see are actually artificial. Thus, under this way of thinking, it makes no sense to have a scenario where only the people within the (artificial) geographical borders of the country where natural resources are found to be the only ones who benefit from those resources.

That radical proposal got me thinking about the possibility of one day having a truly borderless world. We already have such a world (or something resembling such a world) on the Internet. That is like where, for instance, any body from any country can, say, go to the Sbcglobal.net login page, or the Att.net email login page, and sign into his or her SBCGlobal email account there. That is ,with no consideration being made as to where they are, geographically: thanks to Internet’s governing bodies, such as W3C. Perhaps a point may come when this can be replicated in all spheres: including the sphere of sharing out the earth’s natural resources.

Understanding Why the Sharing of Resources Tends to be a Major Cause of Conflicts

Few people will argue with the assertion that many of the conflicts that are going on in the world today are (at the core) related to resource sharing. The question does arise though: as to why the sharing of resources tends to be a major cause of conflicts – because many of the conflicts that are currently ongoing, and many of the past conflicts, are all related to the sharing of resources.

As it turns out, the main reason as to why the sharing of resources tends to be a major cause of conflicts is in the fact that the resources are, by nature, limited. Against that background, some individuals, or groups of individuals, are unable to get satisfied with the shares of resources they get and they decide to fight for what they feel is rightfully theirs: hence the various resource conflicts.

Perhaps we humans can learn about resource sharing from our computers: in which applications tend to share the limited computing resources very well and (in most cases) without getting into conflicts. That is how one is able to, say, seek Logmein remote support from a website such as www.logmein123.com whilst at the same time running a Linux Word Processing application. This happens without having the respective processes run into conflict over access to (the limited) computing resources.

Exploring the Two Core Factors That Influence the Durability of Vacuum Cleaners

Certain brands of vacuum cleaners are known to be more durable than others. Indeed, as far as durability goes, the difference between the best vacuum cleaners in the market and the worst tends to be very significant. That is where, for instance, you can have the best vacuum cleaners for hardwood floors lasting ten years on average, whilst the worst start falling apart within three months. Such differences in terms of durability are significant, hence the question as to why some vacuum cleaner are much more durable than others.

It emerges that there are two core factors that influence the durability of vacuum cleaners.

The first factor that influences the durability of vacuum cleaners is the quality of materials used in making the vacuum cleaner components. As the top materials science scholars at universities such as the University of Oxford will tell you, all materials are not equal, when it comes to making machine components. Some materials are significantly better than others. It follows, then, that the vacuum cleaners whose components are made using the best materials are likely to be more durable than those whose components are made using dubious materials.

The second factor that influences the durability of vacuum cleaners is the manner in which the vacuum cleaner components are assembled. As far as the best vacuum cleaners are concerned, you tend to find the quality of workmanship in assembling the components being extremely good. This is really just the same way that we find the qualify of workmanship in the assembly of the best cars – models like BMW being good: hence the durability associated with such products.

How We Can Ensure That the Resources in the Earth are Shared Equitably

It has often been asserted that there are enough resources in the earth for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed. But we all know that this assertion is theoretical: because the way the resources in the world are shared is anything but equitable. As things stand, the allocation of resources in the world is skewed: with some people getting more than they need for subsistence, whilst others get less (hence things like the malnutrition we see in parts of the world). So, against that background, we may ask ourselves how we can ensure that the resources in the earth are shared equitably.

The first way in which we can ensure that the resources in the earth are shared equitably is by seeing to it that we only put selfless individuals into positions of leadership. Here, we are talking about leadership from the lowest levels, to the highest levels at, say, the World Bank and the IMF (which is a tall order).

The second way in which we can ensure that the resources in the earth are shared equitably is by putting in place laws that promote equity.

The third way in which we can ensure that the resources in the earth are shared equitably is by starting to work towards getting rid of the artificial boundaries that we have put in place, so that in times to come, we can have absolutely free movement of people and goods across the world. This would ensure that the resources can be moved freely from areas where they are overabundant, to place where they are scarce.