Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite. It was originally published on November 24, 2013.
The benefits human civilization enjoys from the world’s natural ecosystems — grasslands, marshes, coral reefs, forests, and the like — amounts to something in the vicinity of $142.7 trillion a year. That’s over eight times the value of the entire U.S. economy ($16.2 trillion a year), and almost twice the value of the world economy ($71.8 trillion a year).
Officer David Harriman and his partner responded to a call after a 59-year-old woman accidentally submerged her truck in more than 8 feet of water in Carver, Massachusetts. The woman was able to escape from the vehicle and another dog swam out on its own, but one dog remained trapped when the officers arrived on the scene.
The water revolution reaches beyond the filtering and storage capacity of wetlands, plants, and trees to the way we perceive, use, and pay for water. It involves seeing value in every kind of water—from irrigating with recycled water to finding energy in sewage. It sometimes eschews infrastructure altogether. It’s a promising new way of living with water that stands out from the old like Vine Street’s bright blue rain tank rising from the former grayscape.
Whale watchers were treated to an exciting spectacle on Friday when they spotted J2, who is more affectionately known as “Granny,” the oldest known orca in the world.
The world’s leading cities also owe their success to government investments in transit systems that move residents safely and affordably using a range of solutions, from light rail and subways to bus rapid transit networks. The latter include state-of-the-art fast vehicles that run in lanes separated from traffic.
David Suzuki Foundation: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said more than 90% of the structure was viable and they had protected up to 70% of the contents.
BBC online: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-27553056
The reunion is the end of a 53-day journey for the long-planned Colorado River pulse flow, an artificial flood meant to restore the river’s parched delta. The water comes from an international agreement called Minute 319. The plan allocates about 1 percent of the river’s flow to a five-year experiment that will mimic spring floods in the delta. The goal is bring back the plants and animals that once thrived in the river’s outlet.
New Caledonia has created a 320 million-acre marine park in the South Pacific, a protected area that’s about three times the size of Germany and, according to Conservation International, is now the largest protected area “on land or sea.”
Mendelssohn wrote the privately commissioned piece, a song titled The Heart of Man is Like a Mine, in 1842. It was never published but the original manuscript has now emerged in a private collection in the US.