Earth from space — gotta’ love the Blue Planet

If you ever wondered what lightning and storm clouds on Earth look like for Zeus or Darth Vader, this video should help.

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Will the environment suffer if the world’s poor get a better standard of living?

The answer is, no. According to Oxfam:

  • Providing enough food for the 13% of the world’s people who suffer from hunger means raising world food supplies by just 1%.
  • Providing electricity to the 19% of people who currently have none would raise global carbon emissions by just 1%.
  • Bringing everyone above the global absolute poverty line ($1.25 a day) would need just 0.2% of global income.
  • In other words, it is not the needs of the poor that threaten the biosphere, but the demands of the rich. Half the world’s carbon emissions are produced by just 11% of its people, while, with grim symmetry, 50% of the world’s people produce just 11% of its emissions. Animal feed used in the EU alone, which accounts for just 7% of the world’s people, uses up 33% of the planet’s sustainable nitrogen budget.

So it is the rich that are using up the global resource budget.

Toss these statistics at someone’s face the next time they tell you that feeding the poor means your next bill at Walmart or Carrefour is going to cost more; I like to stand armed.

 

You can read the full article by George Monbiot at the Guardian from where this information was obtained.

The beautiful forest

Absolutely stunning. It is difficult to imagine a paradise better than this.

Do view in full screen.

 

A short film written by Stephen Poliakoff and directed by Charles Sturridge to mark the 50th anniversary of World Wildlife Federation, the black and white panda people. The film made me sad and happy at the same time. A little delight.

To know more about its real stars you can visit here.

 

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