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NATURE'S BLUEPRINT

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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Captain Paul Watson and Earth Dr Reese Halter outside Le Pain Quotidien in West Hollywood, California. Photo credit: Lisa Agabian, Sea Shepherd USA.

Story ran on Huffington Post April 9, 2014

As rescuers continue to frantically search for disappeared Malaysian Airline Flight MH370 a thousand miles or so west of Perth, Australia, one thing has become very apparent: The Indian Ocean is full of millions of tons of plastic. Did you know that 3.5 million pieces of plastic enter the oceans 24/7, 365 or the equivalent of 20 million tons a year?

Most plastics entering our oceans breakdown into ‘microplastic’ or diminutive pieces that resemble confetti, and sealife mistake those microplastics for food. So now millions of seabirds, tens of thousands of sea turtles and billions of fish are filled with pieces of plastic. By the way, microplastics act as powerful sponges for oceanic toxins such as: DDT, methyl-mercury, BPA, phalates, PCBs and flame-retardants. What we do to the oceans we do to ourselves. Clearly, the safety of seafood is in dire jeopardy.

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The first kiss seals the deal for a romatic partnership to begin.
Photo credit: dreamstime.com

Huffington Post Feb 12, 2014

Story ran throughout Australia — ABC Science on Feb 13, 2012

ABC 774 AM, The Progress Report with Libbi Gorr (Melbourne, Australia) – Earth Dr Reese Halter on the Magic of Kissing

Super moons are dedicated to lovers. And as all lovers know, the magic starts with that first kiss. So what’s exactly happens in order for that perfect first kiss to become intoxicating?

When the first kiss works it’s powerful all right as over 90 percent of lovers, irrespective of age, can remember exactly where and when it occurred. Moreover, that first kiss is a dealmaker or breaker because over 60 percent of first kisses, for both men and women, are a failure terminating any chance for romance.

Well before that first kiss occurs the eyes are conveying important information to the brain, which in turn has a tremendous influence upon our feelings associated with love. Next time you get a chance watch how new lovers look at one another – it’s thrilling.

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The oceans are teaming with life and full of washed-up treasures. Whenever walking along the seashore invariably I return home with driftwood, seashells and smooth rocks.

What we were really picking-up from the beach is more correctly referred to as flotsam and jetsam. Flotsam is articles found floating on or slightly beneath the ocean’s surface. Jetsam is whatever is jettisoned into the water including cargo containers and their contents, plastic soda bottles, styrofoam fishing net floats or rubber ducks. If it floats, jetsam then becomes flotsam. If it sinks to the ocean floor, it becomes lagan; where there are many ancient shipwrecks in their watery graves amongst Davey Jone’s locker.

Throughout the ages humans have always been interested with flotsam. Perhaps one of the most sought after floating treasures was ambergris.

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

Story ran in The Malibu Times March 14, 2012

Although Los Angeles has the least amount of parkland acreage within its city limits of any major metropolis in North America there are dozens of natural areas and scores of parks throughout the Greater Los Angeles Basin that make it a magical place to live.

There are about 15 million people spread over 467 square miles and 88 incorporated cities in Los Angeles County.

Discovering nature’s beauty amongst the urban sprawl, at first, seems ludicrous – yet with a little effort Los Angeles is draped in nature’s jewels and some areas are within 10 minutes of the downtown – all you have to do is know where to go.

Amazingly, the city and county of Los Angeles have more diversity than any other city in the U.S.

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Story ran on Malibu Times blog, Feb 22, 2013

The allure of the gemstone turquoise has attracted people for more than 75 centuries. Interestingly, humans are not the only ones attracted to the blues and greens of turquoise — some insects favor it too.

Turquoise is a French word that means Turkish stone. The Turks brought it to Western Europe from Iran. The Moors of Spain also treasured turquoise—they sourced it from North Africa. The ancient Egyptians were the first civilization to use turquoise as early as 5500 B.C.

The Pueblo peoples of the American Southwest began to mine turquoise early in the sixth century A.D. Turquoise was used for religious and ornamental purposes. The Navajos once used it as a currency. The Apaches attached a small piece to their bows, believing it enabled their arrows to fly true. And the Zunis of western New Mexico valued it most of all—a string of turquoise beads was said to be worth at least several horses.

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