Restored Faith in Post-Hurricane Humanity:

This heartwarming post-Hurricane Sandy story comes from Redditor RuffDesperado, whose friendly neighbor is offering free electricity to people who need to charge their phones:

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey residents have been facing massive power outage on an unprecedented scale, which may take longer than a week for complete restoration, according to the utility companies.

Great film, great editing, greater message AND funny: “Just Follow the Green Frog!”

You don’t have to go to the ends of the Earth to save the rainforest. Just Follow the Frog!


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Shop for Rainforest Alliance Certified products here:http://ow.ly/dKlao

The Rainforest Alliance is a nonprofit conservation organization that holds Charity Navigator’s highest rating of Four Stars: http://ow.ly/ekYUy

What’s behind the green frog seal? Only farms that meet rigorous sustainability criteria earn the right to use the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal. These criteria address all of the three pillars of sustainability — environmental protection, social equity and economic viability — and farms are evaluated by independent, third-party auditors. Learn more about Rainforest Alliance Certification and its impacts here: http://ow.ly/ekYOW.

This film was written and directed by Max Joseph. You can follow him at http://www.facebook.com/mjosephfilm
Produced by Aaron Weber from Wander: http://www.wanderfilms.com

Thanks, Neil!

Dutch researchers have recorded piano music practised by a common water flea:

For the first time in history, researchers in the Netherlands have recorded piano music practised by a common water flea. First light of the phenomenon was obtained using darkfield microscopy.


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The research is expected to be nominated for the Breakthrough Of The Year-award from the prestigious journal Science, as the finding sheds a whole new perspective on the origin of live music.

Thanks, Jess!

Google Street View now also available for parts of our oceans:


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Google Maps strives to provide people around the globe with the most comprehensive, accurate and usable map of the world – including the underwater world. This ocean collection includes six of the world’s most incredible underwater spots, including coral reefs (and their inhabitants) in Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii. This imagery is available to millions of people through the Street View feature of Google Maps and in their Street View Gallery at: maps.google.com/ocean.

GoPro STOLEN by a SEAGULL! The footage turned out better than to be expected:

The Magpie (or Ekster in Dutch) has a well-known tendency to ‘steal’ shiny objects… But lately a lot of evidence of seagulls copying that objectionable behaviour surfaced:


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Another recent example of a seagull flying away with a camera:


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This one gained internet fame a while ago:


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Here’s a compilation of a bunch of mischievous birds stealing food:


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Those thieving bastards!

 

The state of our planet?

In June 2012, “Welcome to the Anthropocene”—a film about the state of the planet—opened the UN’s Rio+20 summit on sustainable development. The summit was the largest UN meeting to date.


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The film charts the growth of humanity into a global force on an equivalent scale to major geological processes. 

HD stills available here: igbp.net/5.1081640c135c7c04eb480001217.html

The film was commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, London 26-29 March, a major international conference focusing on solutions. planetunderpressure2012.net

It is also part of the world’s first educational webportal on the Anthropocene, commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, and developed and sponsored by anthropocene.info