When you’re the country’s astronaut who has clocked the most days in space, such as NASA’s Jeff Williams with his 534 days of space time, you still may not be a household name or a social media star, but when you bring home ultra high-def (UHD) footage of the Earth, the internet loves you.
http://youtu.be/IFjVj-ow9K8 It’s not often that hip-hop and environmental issues such as fracking go hand in hand, but in this case, female rapper Kellee Maize breaks it down for us. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is fraught with environmental risks, from groundwater pollution to the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and while the proponents
One way of getting the message of global climate change across to people in a simple and easy to understand manner is to compare it to something that’s a lot more accessible to them, such as a video game, and in this case, Joss Fong uses the Tetris to explain how CO2 emissions affect the
As part of Green For All’s Earth Day coverage, they’re sharing this music video in the hopes of making us pause to reflect and celebrate our life here on Earth: “This Earth Day, we’re pausing to both reflect and celebrate. When we look around, we can’t deny that the problems facing our planet are daunting:
Okay, so people have seen this video about owls five million times since zefrank1 published it on YouTube last July (photo: ear of an owl). Zefrank1 owls is still one of the wackiest and most fact-filled nature specials you’ll ever see. Watch it again here! If you liked this short vid, the guy has 156
If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live … so get into your backyard and work to save your bees!
Even when you know the truth, that this is a Russian/NASA joint experiment on the ISS, it still looks like the hit movie Gravity is playing out in real life with a dead Russian cosmonaut.
This is a super cool story and an beautiful video (love the filming and the song) that someone from Vimeo recently shared with me. You have to check it out.
First, the story:
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released this handy video on what to do so that you can survive a hurricane.
You would never think that a bird could attack a much bigger animal, especially a tiger! But it does happen! Smaller animals can attack bigger ones as well. Size isn’t always what’s most important.
We had a total lunar eclipse occurring yesterday, a 100-minute eclipse that was the darkest of the century, and photos and videos of it have already started popping up on the internet. I’ve decided to compile a number of these photos and some of solar eclipses as well for your viewing pleasure.
This is a cool video I thought I’d share with you animal & planet lovers (and especially you penguin lovers).
Mark Ruffalo is probably the most outspoken Hollywood star opposing hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) for natural gas. But he has gotten quite a few big name Hollywood stars on his side and fighting it now, including Ethan Hawke, Zoe Saldana, Amy Ryan, Nadia Dajani, and Josh Charles.
This Spring has been pretty exciting for solar activity…Following the ending of the longest ‘solar minimum’ in more than a century, our sun’s activity (solar cycle 24) picked up considerably over the course of the month of May, culminating in an impressive M-2 class (medium size) solar flare and “spectacular” coronal mass ejection (CME) on June 7.
This is an excellent video of what was already an excellent piece by Bill McKibben in the Washington Post.
Stephen Thomson of Plonomedia.com apparently decided to read McKibben’s op-ed while adding screenshots and videos of the incidents and information mentioned. It is a must-see…
This is too cute :D. This little baby elephant apparently sneezes, scares him/herself (or gets scared by the people laughing.. or both), and then runs and hides behind his/her mother. Adorable. A good follow-up to our post yesterday on the charging baby elephant.
There’s a reason why this video of a cat hugging its baby kitten after some sort of wild dreaming and spasms has already been watched by over 13 million people — it is so cute!
Tortoises can live to a ripe old age, and, apparently, they can mate to a ripe old age as well. A couple of super old tortoises at the Knoxville Zoo, Al (130 years old) and Tex (90 tears old), have been living without ladies for decades. They are male Aldabra tortoises, tortoises which are classified as threatened. Now, however, a few female tortoises from an Atlanta zoo have come to visit and Al and Tex have given them a warm welcome.
Here’s a great song & video on hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking), a relatively new method of obtaining the “clean fossil fuel” — natural gas. Check it out & enjoy 😀
Aside from the 73 or so stories we’ve covered in the past week, here are 13 more great green news stories I wanted to highlight (but didn’t have the time to…
I wrote several months back here on Planetsave that one of the most important things you can do to go green is cut the coal (it was my going green tip #6). Now, there’s a new 30-second video out on “how to quit coal” from Greenpeace USA, so it’s logical that I would share it with you 😀
Here’s another great biking story. I covered and shared a video of perhaps the oldest living bicyclist in the world, Octavio Orduno, who bikes nearly every day at the age of 103, a couple months ago. Now, here’s another great one of an “aging” cyclist.
Great episode of the Daily Show this week. Jon Stewart does a good job helping Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Lisa P. Jackson make some important points that need to be heard while having a bit of fun as well.
I covered the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland last night as the news broke and just wrote an update on the status of the eruption and a local flight ban that has been instituted. BUT, I know what you all really want — VIDEOS.
From our favorite climate denial de-crocker on the web, here’s another great video from him (recently updated). As he summarizes on Climate Denial Crock of the Week:
“For a lot of climate deniers, this is their penultimate argument, the master climate crock. They think it’s the stroke to end all arguments. It’s only the most outrageous and dishonest cherry pick of all time.”
Turns out this isn’t a fish, but a giant salamander. It lives in Japan and parents there warn their children that there’s a fish with hands and feet that pulls children under the water and to stay away. The mouth on that thing in the Animal Planet video below looks big enough to fit around a child’s head. Check it out:
This is an amazing story. Seriously. Just watch:
After sharing the photos and video of baby tiger and orangutan friends the other day, one of our Facebook friends, Rachael Rose, commented that she had run across a video of an owl and cat playing together. Another adorable animal friends story, so sharing it above.
I’ve written about odd animal friendships a few times in the past. The bottom line seems to be that when animals grow up together, start spending time together at a very young age, they become friends, no matter what species they are. We’ve seen this with a Lion, a Tiger, and a Bear (which are fully grown now), we’ve seen it with a crow and a cat, and we’ve seen it with numerous other animals.
I guess climate scientists are really get fed up with the nonsense they see on TV and in newspapers and online media. A group of climate scientists, REAL climate scientists, have created a rap video on the matter. Here it is (a note of caution to you if you are averse to strong language)
Supermodel Gisele Bündchen and world-leading actor Don Cheadle (one of my favorites), as UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors, have launched an international challenge for World Environment Day to get a new forest planted.
That’s pretty cool, eh? The comet, apparently, did not cause the explosion, and scientists have found no “convincing physical connection between sun-grazing comets and coronal mass ejections.” However, this video sure makes it look like the comet caused the explosion.
These are insane. On the one hand, would love to see them in person. On the other hand, it makes me quite happy that I don’t live in a place where I could run into dust storms or sand storms like these by accident and at the wrong time (or have one run into me or my home).
Seriously, why is it only FOX News making these makes? Was it a memo?
Seriously, this is what we need more of from Obama and Democratic leadership — not only the great humor that would garner a TON more attention to U.S. politics, but the innovative calling out of ridiculous attacks on him and his policies and the U.S. public.
If you haven’t learned about this case yet, now’s the time. This is perhaps the biggest story of the last decade (and that’s saying a lot). The results of this story have influence over every environmental issue out there, and much more.
Now, beyond telling us what has happened, Annie Leonard (yes, of “The Story of Stuff”) tells us how we can help create change that can address the problem that has landed on our lap. Check it out.
One of our loyal readers (the creator of the environmental music film above) passed on to me that Florida Power & Light (FPL) wants to put two new nuclear reactors on the shores of Biscayne Bay and the South Florida Wildlands Association is organizing a mock evacuation and rally for tomorrow (Saturday) in opposition to such a plan. Here’s more….
Here’s a beautiful video of our wondrous Earth that my brother recently shared with me (I turned the volume off — would have chosen a different soundtrack)
Here’s another super cute animal video. Check out these baby “Pygmy Goats” running around on someone’s back deck,.. and how much the dog cares 😀
Ever wonder exactly how Earth Day started? Organic Bouquet, a “mission-based florist and the largest online provider of eco-friendly and organic gifts,” put together the video below, including footage from an oil spill off the California coast over 30 years ago (and oil-covered birds like we saw in the Gulf last year). Interesting story. Check it out
I covered this excellent-looking film in the past here on Planetsave, and included 3 trailers of the movie. (See: Your Environmental Road Trip — Must-See Movie [VIDEO TRAILERS].)
Apparently, YERT recently shared the Audience Award with Oscar-nominated Waste Land at the Environmental Film Festival at Yale.
I did a short preview of Power Shift 2011 last week. Unfortunately, living across the pond (and half a continent away), I wasn’t able to make it to the event. If you’re like me & wish you could have been there, here are a few great videos from the event, videos of wonderful speeches on global warming, climate change, and activism by Tim DeChristopher, Al Gore, and Bill McKibben.
This is a tremendous talk and presentation, and does a great job questioning some common assumptions. Are we really apathetic, or do assumptions and systemic problems discouraging rather than encouraging participation make us seem or act apathetic?
Watch the video above, maybe twice, and share more of what you got out of it.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Doesn’t Speak for Me campaign was launched just a few weeks ago. But it has struck a nerve with numerous people and business owners around the nation and has been growing fast. (Plus, it’s connected to a pretty major, highly-supported organization, 350.org.)
A good friend and Planetsave supporter recently shared this great video above with me. It is really worth a watch, for the interesting dancing alone.
Joe created an excellent cartoon to go with Greenpeace’s latest Unfriend Coal video last week, as well as a nice little write-up of the campaign and where it’s at. But we didn’t actually share the video. Here it is.
Tremendous droughts in the Amazon are pressing global issues that we’ve covered on here before. 2005 and 2010 saw droughts at a level that have caused serious environmental problems and are wildly outside the norm. See: Dual Amazon Droughts Alarm Scientists or Amazon Gets Hit with Extreme Drought, Perhaps Worst Ever (Global Weirding?) for more on our previous coverage.
Watching this, you think the beginning looks bad.. but it doesn’t take long to see that the beginning was nothing. Shocking destruction and power. Of course, watching this video, you hope for the life of the maker of it. But then it hits… over 10,000 people have been killed by Japan’s recent earthquakes and tsunami. Shocking. Impossible to comprehend.