Showing posts with label planet earth. Show all posts
Showing posts with label planet earth. Show all posts

13 February 2018

Happy Tree Tuesday!

It's Tree Tuesday. YAY!! Something they do on Google Plus. Don't know if you have a profile or page on G+, however, if you do, let me know. Maybe we can hook up. Let's not get off track. Trees are the reason earth is the best and ONLY planet for humans to inhabit. You can follow the space explorers on their trek adventures to try to see if Mars and Venus (or wherever) can be colonized. That's your decision. But my efforts will be lent to any campaign that supports saving the trees! 

 

My contributions to Tree Tuesday (click here) are not consistent or regular, but they have been substantial enough so that whoever it was that invented this G+ posting practice or tradition can know that this initiative has my backing two thousand percent!! Let the global public recognize that i heart trees




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Content first published at PersonaPaper, Feb 17, 2015.

Love tree
© Photographer: Hakan Ertan | Agency: Dreamstime.com


 


13 January 2018

Trees Have Benefits

This article briefly touches upon a selection of trees chosen for two reasons. (1) To highlight and emphasize the contributions made by trees to sustain our life force. (2) Because these particular woody plants have interesting history associated with them that can be gleaned from the Bible and it makes for interesting reading. 



  • Acacia: The acacia trees are large thorny trees. Their orange-brown hard-grained wood repelled insects. Research indicates that there are 500 species of the acacia tree. It is valued as a timber tree and used in shipbuilding. In some biblical translations, acacia trees are called shittim. Acacia wood was also used in the building of the first tabernacle (a portable “tent of meeting” where the Jews worshiped during the Exodus). Most students of the Bible know that acacia wood was used to build the Ark of the Covenant.


  • Almond: The almond tree is a stunning pinkish-white-flowered tree and it is prized for the high protein nut that it yields. (Some say fruit; some say nut.) Not only are the nuts delicious to eat, but the oil extracted from the nut can be used medicinally or as a lubricant, in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and as food flavoring. Because the almond contains very little starch, it is recommended as a flour substitute for diabetics. Aaron was the brother of Moses, who helped his brother lead the children of Israel at the time of the Exodus from Egypt and he served as high priest to the Jews. Among the contents of the Ark of the Covenant was Aaron’s rod. According to the Old Testament scriptures, though this rod had miraculous power, it was nothing more than an almond branch or twig.  


  • Balsam: From the balsam tree, one can produce balm, an aromatic resinous gum used for medical purposes. Balm of Gilead, balsam of Gilead, and balsam tree are common names. It has even been called balsam of Mecca. In Genesis, the story is told of Joseph who was sold into slavery by his jealous and envious brothers to a passing caravan of Ishmaelites. The Ishmaelites were traders on their way to Egypt to trade slaves, spices, myrrh and balm from Gilead. The Queen of Sheba brought balm as a gift for King Solomon.

Interesting? Well hopefully, the facts also make it plainly evident that trees are not just the stuff of bible stories and legends. They have a crucial role in making the earth a livable planet.  

Benefits ( http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/tree_benefits.aspx ) include: medicinal applications, delicious edible fruits, gorgeous flowers that give off a variety of pleasant fragrances, foliage that shade from a scorching sun, etc. The urgency of preserving, maintaining and cultivating trees should not be understated and can not be oversimplified.

There are environmental activists called “tree sitters” who will risk being arrested and feel compelled to literally protest by sitting in a tree, to protect it from being cut down. This passionate stand (or rather, sitting) can be considered an act of civil disobedience which sometimes results in forcible removal of the protestor from the tree. Citizens of earth should imitate the zeal of these activists, or at least support them.

By the sixth century A.D., beautiful groves of the famed cedars of Lebanon had been destroyed and these days only a precious few remain. Reforestation campaigns are underway. There are some who advocate that reforestation can reverse effects of global warming and world hunger in one step. Although global warming is a topic that seems to be on everybody’s radar, not many understand its real impact on the environment. But almost everyone knows or can hazard an educated guess as to the impact careless destruction of trees would have on our lives.


Content also appeared also at TreasurePen, Feb 1, 2014 and Express Yourself!, my Tumblr blog.  One site got hacked and the other got deleted.  It's my content so I salvaged it.  Found a copy shared via RedGage.  God bless backup copies! ☺

   

https://foxnet2017.tumblr.com/post/169663776771/what-is-african-acacia-the-wood-of-the

21 June 2017

From Africa to Alabama? That's Quite a Trip! | DYNAMIC AFRICA (Reblog)

English: Great Seal of The State of Alabama
English: Great Seal of The State of Alabama
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Totally cool and interesting. Worth a reblog or share. 250 million years ago? You don't say!!


#EarthDay: Geoscientists have identified a chunk of Africa stuck onto the southeastern United States.





A long mysterious zone of unusual magnetism that stretches from Alabama through Georgia and offshore to the North Carolina coast appears to be the suture between ancient rocks that formed when parts of Africa and North America were pressed together 250 million years ago. ...


Read on. #EarthDay: Geoscientists have identified a chunk... | DYNAMIC AFRICA



http://dynamicafrica.tumblr.com/post/83522160168/earthday-geoscientists-have-identified-a-chunk

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05 June 2017

Don't Breathe! Parts of the world to avoid? Easy! Unless you live there!!

Cities listed by mapsoftheworld.com in 2014 as “the most polluted places around the world having either the worst air or water quality due to industrial, chemical, and waste processing”:
  • Chernobyl, Ukraine
  • Delhi, India
  • Baoding, China
  • Citarum River, Indonesia
  • Dzerzhinsk, Russia
  • Agbogbloshie in Ghana
  • Norilsk, Russia
  • Niger Delta, Nigeria
  • Hazaribagh, Bangladesh
  • Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • Sumgayit, Azerbaijan
  • Kabwe, Zambia
  • La Oroya, Peru
  • Matanza-Riachuelo, Argentina
  • Ahvaz, Iran
“The World Health Organization had named the city of Ahvaz in western Iran as one of the most polluted cities in the world.”




"Around the World : Pollution Around the World." Maps of the World. Compare Infobase Ltd., 22 Sept. 2015. Web. 05 June 2017.

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Being the typical selfish arrogant ignorant American, I checked the list of places with the worst and the best air quality. USA was not on either list. However, Bloomberg did say that the air quality in New York is the best it's ever been in 50 years. I don't know how to interpret that statement. I'm just glad I don't live in New York!

I New York.  I just don't want to live there. 😊

Do you sometimes wonder if earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters is God's way of cleaning the environment?  It's not like we can load planet earth into a washing machine.



22 April 2016

Happy Earth Day! 2016 and Beyond! Beyond!! Yes? Save the Planet! Right?

In 2014, Earth Day was on a Tuesday and so the celebration of Tree Tuesday could be combined. Being an ardent tree lover, made a special effort to publish this post:



Image credit: © Photographer: Francy874 | Agency: Dreamstime.com


Last year, 2015, NASA celebrated the 45th annual Earth Day, but for me the day came and went. Nevertheless, determined to make some sort of mention this post ("Talk to the other NOAA.") was shared via my Google Plus profile page and to my surprise, fellow Plussers were interested on making comments for posterity.




This year 2016, making it point to carry on the tradition of celebrating Earth Day.  Because really ... Mars (or any other planet) is not a better place.  We need to save this planet!  One World!  That's all we got!

Click to view an infographic depicting "NASA's Plan to Put Thousands of People in Space Colonies" (click on image to enlarge if necessary). Infographic from Space.com.


13 December 2014

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Receive these updates via eMail. If you don’t subscribe to Mother Nature Network please consider getting on their mailing list. They are a consistent reminder of the celebration of life on this wonderful planet that we take for granted. Seems we would rather spend our energy, money, etc. on trying to colonize Mars instead of maintaining Earth. (Don’t want to go on a rant. But it’s one of my pet peeves! GRRR …!!) :) Here’s what came in the mail this morning!

Happy Saturday! For my cat loving family and friends,

Happy Caturday!!

Stay safe and enjoy the holiday season!



snow pic

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! And indeed, what would the holidays be without snow? It’s what gives Frosty his bulk and what makes Christmases white, putting the “wonder” in winter wonderland. But for all its bright sparkly beauty, snow has a dark side, too. Like when there’s too much of it! And you’re in the thick of it. And you can’t get out! Would you know what to do if you were stranded in the snow?

More interesting and informative reading:
10 vivid maps that show Earth in a whole new light
Why countries with the nicest people are the greenest
7 things to know before you buy a fitness tracker



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