Month: October 2014

Slow down people! Scientists say we are consuming ecological goods of one-and-a-half Earths

Scientists say we are now consuming the ecological goods of one-and-a-half Earths and if we don’t slow down, there will be nothing left to sustain us. According to a new report, wildlife populations have been cut in half over the past 40 years. More specifically, 39 percent of wildlife on land, 39 percent of wildlife in the ocean and 76 percent of freshwater wildlife have disappeared over the last 40 years.  Those are scary numbers. The main threats to wildlife are habitat loss, exploitation, and climate change – all of which are attributed to humans. Habitat loss occurs when people cut down forests for the wood or clear land for development. Exploitation refers to the illegal hunting and fishing of animals. In some cases, both threats combined to

Incredible footage of Papua New Guinea volcanic explosion and subsequent shockwave

  This incredible footage shows the August 29, 2014 eruption of the Mount Tavurvur volcano in Papua New Guinea and the powerful shockwave that rippled through the clouds above the volcano. The film was shot by a tourist on a boat off the coast of Papua. Thankfully, the brave tourist held steady and captured this amazing video which has already helped scientists better understand not only volcanic eruptions but the phenomenal properties of the tremendous shockwave that resulted from the explosion. The video below captures Mount Tavurvur belching out a thick tower of ash thousands of feet into the skies above the island of New Britain. The ash from the volcano reached 60,000 feet into the air!   Analysis of August 29, 2014 Papua New Guinea volcanic eruption   Mount Tavurvur is