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NATURE'S BLUEPRINT

Of the conservative estimate of 10 million species on planet Earth, there currently exist 2,500 different kinds of mosquitoes. Yet despite being the size and weight of a grape seed, these are deadly and fearsome creatures. Mosquitoes are benefiting from global warming meaning once near-decimated strains of diseases like malaria are on the rise again. So how has something so tiny, yet so deadly, been able to successfully inhabit our planet for the past 80 million years?

It’s all in the size and, in this case, it matters to be small. Mosquitoes are adapted to every terrestrial ecosystem from the top of mountains to valley bottoms, from the Arctic Circle to the Sahara desert, and everything in between. They have thrived and adapted with the spread of human beings. In 300 years, the common house mosquito which started in Africa is now global.

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Fins are the second largest whales to swim the seas, They play a crucial ecological role in fertilizing the seas. Photo credit: animalplanet.com

Story ran in Huffington Post June 27, 2014

The rapacious ‘War Against Nature’ and whales resumed last week in the northern seas. Iceland slaughtered its first endangered Fin whale and Japan massacred 30 Northern Minke whales.

Last year, the Icelandic government unilaterally increased its ocean-killing quota by authorizing death warrants for 770 endangered Fin, in addition to 1,145 Northern Minke whales, over the next five years.


Join Earth Dr Reese Halter from Los Angeles for another segment of SOS as he tells us about about loathsome North Sea poachers, and what you can do to make a difference!

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Dr Reese Halter and Jeff Hansen of Sea Shepherd Australia in Los Angeles, California talking about The War Against Nature and stopping loathsome poachers.

Huffington Post October 3, 2013

Quirimbus Archipelago is a slice of breathtaking heaven on Earth! Yet, sadly our insatiable demand for fossil fuels is set to develop another massive gas field underneath the Indian Ocean along Mozambique’s north coast – adjacent to the Quirimbus Archipelago.

There are 31 islands along the north coast of Mozambique partially linked by exquisite sandbars, spectacular coral reefs, thrifty mangrove forests and opulent sea-grass beds all providing crucial habitat supporting abundant marine life.

The archipelago occurs where the South Equatorial Current meets the African coast and the Mtwara-Quirimbas Complex. Its tropical climate has a distinct rainy season lasting from December to April and a drier but cooler season extending from May to September.

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beaut valley

The most magnificent and extensive garden’s the Western world has ever seen are located 12 miles outside Paris at Louis XIVs Palace – Versailles.

Louis identified, at a young age, with Apollo and adopted the sun as his emblem. In fact, he danced as Apollo in one of the more than 40 ballets he performed in as a youth.

The Sun King’s emblem was extensively used: inlaid into furniture, marble floors, woven into carpets and ballet costumes, wrought into gates and grilles, carved into marble vases for the gardens and into door panels of staterooms of the Palace.

Prior to 1661, King Louis XIII used Versailles as a hunting retreat.

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California Lutheran University Climate Change student assessment of Earth Dr Reese Halter's class

Story ran in Malibu Times May 9, 2014

Raccoons are clever, and like humans, have adapted to many different environments, including both rural and urban habitats. Their population and range in the West are on the rise.

Unmistakable in appearance with a pointed fox-like snout, round face highlighted by a distinctive black bandit’s mask across the eyes, their rotund body is somewhat pear-shaped, with a bushy striped tail with dark and light alternating bands. They waddle as they walk, trot when they hurry and gallop when pursed. Raccoons rarely run – they are formidable fighters.

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Story ran on Malibu Times Blog April 26, 2013

Imagine the most perfect tree on Earth: one that outdoes all others in magnificence, size, height, productivity, habitat, architecture and ability to draw thousands of gallons of water. Imagine, too, it is marvelously resistant to drought, fire, insects, disease, mudslides, flooding and wind, with exquisite biodiversity in its crown. Then, and only then, as John Muir put it, “you’d know the coastal monarch of their race” — the immortal Sequoia sempervirens, otherwise known as the coastal redwood.

Redwoods’ direct lineage can be traced back 144 million years ago to the beginning of the Cretaceous Period. That’s when Tyrannosaurus Rex was beginning to rule for 40 million years as no reptile nor animal has ever done since.

Redwoods are unique for many reasons. They are able to reproduce from both seed and organs, called lignotubers, located at the base of the tree just beneath the soil. No other conifer possesses this dual reproduction mechanism. It’s a trait that is widespread among the more advanced race of trees, the broadleaves or angiosperms, some 80 million years after the redwoods were born.

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Glacier Bay, Alaska

The Arctic is a barometer of the health of the planet. Its indigenous Peoples, animals and plants are marvelously adapted to the harsh environment. Airborne toxins and global warming are rapidly altering life in the far North.

The area north of the 66th parallel is called the Arctic Circle. Eight countries – Canada, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia and the United States – surround the Arctic. The Inuit, Denes, Metis, Inupiat (some still called Eskimos), Aleuts, Yup’ik, Chuckchi, Nenets, Saami and the Faroese – all Arctic Peoples eat 194 different species of wild animals, most of them come from the sea.

Marine blubber is low in saturated fats and high in he Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids which significantly lower heart disease. Those fatty acids also reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and perhaps more importantly Omega-3s nourish and stimulate brain development especially in the womb. In addition, meat from marine mammals is high in antioxidants which prevent cancers.

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