Category Archives: Environment

WORLD: Climate: ‘The Fuse Has Been Blown,’ and The Doomsday Glacier Is Coming for Us All

New data suggests a massive collapse of the ice shelf in as little as five years. “We are dealing with an event that no human has ever witnessed,” says one scientist. “We have no analog for this” 

By JEFF GOODELL | Rolling Stone

One thing that’s hard to grasp about the CLIMATE CRISIS is that big changes can happen fast. In 2019, I was aboard the Nathaniel B. Palmer, a 308-foot-long scientific research vessel, cruising in front of the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica. One day, we were sailing in clear seas in front of the glacier. The next day, we were surrounded by icebergs the size of aircraft carriers.

As we later learned from satellite images, in a matter of 48 hours or so, a mélange of ice about 21 miles wide and 15 miles deep had cracked up and scattered into the sea.        Continue reading

SHIPPING CONTAINERS: The metal box that’s wrecking the business supply chain

Shipping containers, explained by a historian.

Piles of red and green shipping containers with a crane putting an Evergreen shipping container on an existing stack.
PHOTO: Shipping containers have piled up, throwing another wrench into the supply chain. –Mario Tama/Getty Images

Behold the simple shipping container. It’s a large, steel box that can carry tens of thousands of pounds of cargo. It’s also stackable and designed to fit on ocean freight ships, trains, and even trucks. These containers have been an unnoticed cog in the world’s highly complex manufacturing network for decades. But not anymore.

Thanks to the pandemic, the shipping container is now at the center of the global supply chain crisis, which has interrupted the delivery of everything from medical supplies to holiday gifts. Because of widespread manufacturing delays and bottlenecks, there aren’t enough of these boxes in the right place and at the right time.            Continue reading

CHINA – Surveillance state or way of the future? | DW Documentary video

China – Surveillance state or way of the future? | DW Documentary

China is building a huge digital surveillance system. The state collects massive amounts of data from willing citizens: the benefits are practical, and people who play by the rules are rewarded. Critics call it “the most ambitious Orwellian project in human history.” China’s digital surveillance system involves massive amounts of data being gathered by the state.

In the so-called “brain” of Shanghai, for example, authorities have an eye on everything. On huge screens, they can switch to any of the approximately one million cameras, to find out who’s falling asleep behind the wheel, or littering, or not following Coronavirus regulations. “We want people to feel good here, to feel that the city is very safe,” says Sheng Dandan, who helped design the “brain.”          Continue reading

U.S.A: With Earth ailing and humankind in distress, rivalry for power and profits intensifies in space – By Mohamed Hamaludin

 By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

The schizophrenia surrounding humankind’s attitude towards space was demonstrated when Russia shot down one of its own satellites on Nov. 15 to affirm its capability in any war among the stars. Just around then, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) coincidentally announced that it will launch its James Webb Space Telescope into orbit this month from Kourou, French Guiana, courtesy of the European Space Agency, Eric Berger reported in Ars Technica.

The telescope, named for a former NASA administrator, will succeed the aging Hubble. It was first conceived of 25 years ago and has cost $10 billion to make, involving 1,200 scientists, technicians and engineers from 14 countries and more than 28 U.S. states, according to The Smithsonian.            Continue reading

Guyana: Short Story: DARK  NIGHT  ENCOUNTER – By Ted Eric Matthews

By: Ted Eric Matthews

According to old West African traditions, some of which are still alive and evident in areas of West Coast Berbice, you should not stay out past mid-night on dark moonless nights. If you do, you are likely to encounter a baccoo, who/which might challenge you to a wrestling match, while imploring you not to throw him to the ground.

If you are bold enough to grapple with and engage in fisticuffs with a baccoo, his weak spot, his “Achilles heel” is his oversized head. If you somehow manage to throw him to the ground, he would find it very difficult to stand upright very quickly. At this stage you had better be running for your life!      Continue reading

Agriculture: When Nature Shows Off – Video

Agriculture: When Nature Shows Off – Video

Government: Why Oil Doesn’t Corrupt Norway – Video

Government: Why Oil Doesn’t Corrupt Norway – Video

This video gives a history of Norway’s oil industry and the operation of its Sovereign Trust Fund.

Environment: Scientists Work to Solve Caribbean Sargassum Seaweed Mystery – By VOA

October 09, 2021 – by VOA

A tourist tosses sargassum into the air at Marlin Beach in Cancun, Mexico May 30, 2021. (REUTERS/Paola Chiomante)
A tourist tosses sargassum into the air at Marlin Beach in Cancun, Mexico May 30, 2021. (REUTERS/Paola Chiomante)

Ten years ago, scientists were shocked when a huge amount of seaweed appeared in tropical waters in the Atlantic Ocean. The area where it was found usually lacks the nutrients to feed such growth.

Years later, a group of U.S. researchers has identified one of the leading causes for the event: city and farm runoff carried by rivers to the ocean. This nutrient-charged outflow is just one of several likely suspects fueling an explosion of seaweed in warm waters of the Americas.          Continue reading

VIDEO: Living Off-Grid for 17 Years on a Self-Built Island Homestead – Built with Salvaged Materials

Living Off-Grid for 17 Years on a Self-Built Island Homestead – Built with Salvaged Materials

Shadow built this incredible floating island with salvaged and reclaimed materials. The island comprises a 2-story float home, a floating chicken coop, floating gardens, and even a floating compost shed! He’s been living on the water for 17 years and working hard to protect the Widgeon Slough area in BC, Canada.

He gathers wood from the river to use as firewood, he grows some of his own fresh food in barrel gardens, and he collects fresh water from a nearby spring. He filters his greywater on a floating raft with multiple plant and husk filtration layers, and he composts his food and human waste to ensure that nothing goes overboard.          Continue reading

GUYANA: Extraordinary Places – The Essequibo River – By Ian McDonald

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As a companion volume to my planned book Portraits of Extraordinary people, I intend to add Portraits of Extraordinary Places. One such portrait follows.

Someimes my wife and I go up the great Essequibo to stay at the beautiful river-home of my brother-in-law and his wife. Not far away we share with friends a river-home of our own. In these lovely places we  have spent many of the most contented hours of our lives. We also can say we have lived in Arcady.

It is a long way from the island-scattered mouth yet the river here is like a sea miles across and the waves wild as an ocean’s when storms come and you cannot see the other shore so far away. This is one of the things I love about the Essequibo. It is a mighty force of nature.          Continue reading

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