Biosphere – Biofera http://biofera.org/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 15:18:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://biofera.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/biofera-icon-150x150.png Biosphere – Biofera http://biofera.org/ 32 32 Daily News Quiz: June 20, 2022 https://biofera.org/daily-news-quiz-june-20-2022/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 13:20:00 +0000 https://biofera.org/daily-news-quiz-june-20-2022/

Hot Questions for UPSC: Jagran Josh’s Current Affairs Quiz section aims to help every quiz aspirant review the day’s news at ease. Topical Q&A covers topics such as When is World Refugee Day, Center for Brain Research, and International Yoga Day 2022, among others.

1. When is World Refugee Day celebrated?

a) June 18

b) June 19

c) June 20

d) June 21

2. Which location set a new rainfall record with the highest single-day rainfall in June since 1966?

a) Mawsynram

b) Cherrapunji

c) Sorah

d) Nongstoin

3. What is the theme for International Yoga Day 2022?

a) Yoga for health

b) Yoga for Humanity

c) Yoga for well-being

d) Yoga for the heart

4. In which city Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Center for Brain Research?

a) Bengaluru

b) Pune

c) Ahmedabad

d) Bhopal

5. When is the International Day for the Elimination of Hate Speech?

a) June 18

b) June 19

c) June 20

d) June 21

6. Khuvsgul Lake National Park has been added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. What country is he in?

a) India

b) Mongolia

c) Bulgaria

d) Nigeria

seven. Which city will host the 5th India vs England Test from July 1-5?

a)Manchester

b) London

c) Liverpool

d) Nottingham

Answers

1. (c) June 20

World Refugee Day is celebrated annually on June 20. The day is dedicated to displaced refugees around the world and aims to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by refugees who have been forced to leave their home countries due to natural and man-made calamities.

2. (a) Mawsynram

Meghalaya’s Mawsynram has set a new rainfall record with the highest single-day rainfall in June since 1966, breaking Cherrapunji’s record as the wettest place on earth. Mawsynram received 1003mm of rain in 24 hours, IMD said in a statement.

3. (b) Yoga for Humanity

The theme for International Yoga Day 2022 is “Yoga for Humanity”. The theme promotes the holistic path to health while taking into account that the past few years have caused significant mental, emotional and mental disorders to individuals all over the world. International Yoga Day 2022 will be celebrated around the world on June 21, 2022.

4. (a) Bengaluru

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Brain Research Center and laid the foundation stone for Bagchi Parthasarathy Multi-Specialty Hospital at IISc Bengaluru on June 20, 2022.

5. (a) June 18

The International Day Against Hate Speech is celebrated on June 18. This day highlights the need to combat hate speech and promote tolerance and dialogue between communities. The day was first celebrated in 2022.

6. (b) Mongolia

Khuvsgul Lake National Park, located in northern Mongolia near the Russian border, has been added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO. The reserve contains 70% of Mongolia’s fresh water or represents 0.4% of the world total.

7. (a) Manchester

India are set to face England in the rescheduled fifth Test, which will take place in Edgbaston, Manchester, from July 1-5. The India vs England test which was due to take place last year has been postponed after a covid outbreak in the Indian camp. India currently top the series 2-1.

Current Daily Quiz: June 16, 2022

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Tay residents were treated to an informative SSEA water event (4 photos) https://biofera.org/tay-residents-were-treated-to-an-informative-ssea-water-event-4-photos/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 18:43:00 +0000 https://biofera.org/tay-residents-were-treated-to-an-informative-ssea-water-event-4-photos/ Information day celebrates eight municipalities signing up to protect water quality in Severn Sound catchment

On a day when storm warnings were in effect across Ontario, the town of Port McNicoll felt a respite during a water quality and environmental briefing.

The 2022 Lake Huron Georgian Bay Community Watershed Actions event was hosted by the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) this week in Port McNicoll.

“I think this is a great example of the partnership we were able to form 20 years ago with local municipalities,” said Tay Township Mayor Ted Walker.

About a dozen kiosks and information areas were set up in the Tay Community Rink surrounding the lounge area, allowing attendees to ask questions of experts who provided insight into regional environmental projects.

Several speeches were delivered by dignitaries such as Mayor Walker as well as Simcoe County Reeve and Tiny Township Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor of Tiny and SSEA President Steffen Walma and Councilor Justin Dumont of the Georgian Bay Métis Council.

Guest speakers included Kim Gavine, Executive Director of Conservation Ontario; Kevin Trimble, former president of the Muskoka Watershed Council and retired environmentalist; and Glenn Cunnington, Muskoka District Watershed Programs Manager.

Julie Cayley, Executive Director of the SSEA, said she was satisfied with the participation, both in person and at home.

“I hope this inspires people to understand that they make a difference, that working together is how we make a difference,” Cayley said.

“For us at Severn Sound Environmental Association, it was a great day to celebrate that our eight North Simcoe municipalities have come together – to work together to protect water quality – which is a truly unique development. We are very proud to be part of it.

Other groups involved in the event: Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority as co-organizer of the event; Georgian Bay forever; Gray Sauble Conservation Authority; Georgian Bay Biosphere; Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority; and the Simcoe County Soil and Crop Improvement Association. Miller’s Dairy in Creemore was also on hand to serve ice cream to attendees.

Cayley offered advice for residents wanting to help them with their own environmental awareness, starting with what they can do in their own neighborhood.

“Now is the time of year to start monitoring algae blooms and different aspects of water quality,” Cayley said. “We encourage anyone who sees something that concerns them to call the Severn Sound Environmental Association office or check our website and contact us that way.”

The 2022 Lake Huron Georgian Bay Community Watershed Actions event was livestreamed and recorded for attendees who were unable to attend in person, and is available on the SSEA YouTube channel.

Further details of the event and other information can be obtained from the Severn Sound Environmental Association website.

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The summer experience kicks off at ImagineIF Libraries https://biofera.org/the-summer-experience-kicks-off-at-imagineif-libraries/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 07:01:52 +0000 https://biofera.org/the-summer-experience-kicks-off-at-imagineif-libraries/


ImagineIF Libraries is launching its Summer Experience 2022 for children and teens next week.

Summer Experience is a free program that encourages young people to love books, explore science and discover new adventures throughout the summer. This year’s events are all about learning through exploration, with an emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities.

Kids and teens can now pick up a game board at any ImagineIF location featuring reading and learning challenges, as well as a list of summer programs at the library. Participants can return their completed game board before August 20 to receive a prize. Youth and families can register at any ImagineIF location: Bigfork, Columbia Falls, Kalispell, or Marion.

Play Expo – Head to any location for a preview of summer activities, register for Summer Experience and grab a game board to go. For infants up to children entering fifth grade.

• ImagineIF Kalispell: June 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• ImagineIF Bigfork: June 22, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (at the Ark Building behind Bethany Lutheran Church)

• ImagineIF Columbia Falls: June 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Teen Workshops — Teens entering grades 6-12 are welcome to participate in all locations. Explore the creative side of science in bioactive enclosures and create your own mini-biosphere. Merch Meetup is a local fandom event. Sign up at imagineiflibraries.eventbrite.com. Space is limited.

ImagineIF locations will offer a variety of events for kids and teens all summer long. For more details, call 758-5822 or visit imagineiflibraries.org/events/summer-experience.

For more information, visit www.imagineiflibraries.org.

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John Burnside: Every day the natural world reveals its intelligence, but humans choose to ignore it https://biofera.org/john-burnside-every-day-the-natural-world-reveals-its-intelligence-but-humans-choose-to-ignore-it/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 12:29:19 +0000 https://biofera.org/john-burnside-every-day-the-natural-world-reveals-its-intelligence-but-humans-choose-to-ignore-it/

As a child, I was taught to believe that, unlike humans, animals were not intelligent in the usual sense. Instead, they “obeyed” their instincts, each blindly following a limited, hard-wired set of behavioral rules, based on their specific character and needs. Everything was mechanical, there was no thought, no freedom of choice, no judgement.

Since then, thankfully, our thinking about the natural world has become more sophisticated. We’ve started to see that other animals are more actively intelligent than we thought – as evidenced by a recent paper (published in Current biology) by researchers at the University of Exeter, who concluded that perched jackdaws deliberated together for a considerable amount of time about when to take to the air en masse, with the whole herd actively debating through their calls.

“It’s really something spectacular,” notes a member of the Exeter team. “You have this sudden build-up of call intensity. And then from one moment to the next, the sky fills with black birds. The conclusion seems to be that in these communal deliberations, the jackdaws are voting on their best course of action.

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It’s hard to deny that such collective decision-making demonstrates intelligence, but jackdaws are not unique. Throughout the biosphere, integral intelligence is evident, from the emergent order of swarming bees to the ways gorillas deal with grief. Why humans so often choose to overlook this intelligence is mysterious. It may have something to do with the monotheistic roots of our culture; perhaps it is simply the arrogance of an industrial imperium for which everything – from a bird, to a forest, to an ocean – is only raw material. But what we lack is crucial. Intelligence is literally inherent in nature – although to say that does not mean to insist on a simplistic argument on purpose. If we pay attention to how it works, we see that natural intelligence is emergent: spontaneous, expressive, often surprising. And it’s really everywhere.


The mistake of industrial cultures, however, is to confuse specific and limited skill, as evidenced by certain types of human entrepreneurship, with intelligence. But these two conditions are like chalk and cheese. Intelligence knows what it needs to know and shows itself accordingly. Intelligence, on the other hand, is an open process of inquiry and revelation, of making connections, of constant and focused invention.

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Take the arctic poppy. This delicate little plant is an inhabitant of stony and exposed areas of the Far North. Near the pole, the growing season is short, meaning the arctic poppy must pollinate, set seed, and mature in an exceedingly short amount of time before the season turns. To achieve this, he developed an intricate and carefully crafted flower stalk, which allows the flower to constantly spin, eagerly following the midnight sun around the sky, not missing an ounce of its light and warmth. The other flower stalks can’t do this – but they don’t need to. In response to its surroundings, this poppy has developed extraordinary green engineering, resulting in a structure much admired for its strength and flexibility by human artificers.

It could be argued that such a marvel was born of evolution – which it undoubtedly is – but that only begs the question of what we mean by the term. Surely it is as dogmatic to insist that evolution is purely random as to insist on an external creator. Why not consider the idea that everything in nature stems from an inherent intelligence which, although mysterious to us, need not be supernatural, on the one hand, or purely random, on the other hand. somewhere else ?

Every day, jackdaws, poppies and everything that lives near us reveals that as a species we are not only finding the wrong answers, but asking the wrong questions about what we mean by intelligent life. .

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New mural by Richt in North Devon, England – StreetArtNews https://biofera.org/new-mural-by-richt-in-north-devon-england-streetartnews/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 13:10:09 +0000 https://biofera.org/new-mural-by-richt-in-north-devon-england-streetartnews/

Artist Rich Thorne a.k.a Richt, returns to his hometown of Barnstaple, in North Devon, England; for its latest street project and educational program.

The project initiated by Barnstaple Town Council brings together iconic references from the region and surrounding natural lands. Led by local councilor Ricky Knight, the mural has been in development for 18 months and will be the city’s first mural. Environmental advocate, United Nations award winner and local teacher for over 30 years, Ricky talks about his pride in supporting the importance of art in the region;

“There is a historic cultural tradition here in Barnstaple, from the poet John Gay to the Queen’s Theatre, a legacy wholeheartedly supported by the community. It’s such a pleasure to have Richt, who was born and raised here, returning for Barnstaple’s first mural; an integral part of our rejuvenation and regeneration of the city center by welcoming new visitors. ~ Ricky Knight

While the mural engages visitors old and new, the project notably partners with the North Devon Biosphere and UNESCO for work aligned with the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) for young people. Richt and Robbie Keast, a childhood friend and local teacher, examine the region’s fragile and spectacular natural beauty by coordinating mural tours and in-person sessions with children. Providing over 200 worksheets across 6 elementary schools, they are encouraging important conversations about sustainable culture and attitudes. The designs most committed to SDG themes will win a special prize, with Richt and fellow creative Ricky Martin, (Art Ninja – CBBC) returning to present it.

“Returning to my hometown to engage young people through art seems very important to me. Knowing how important the seaside and surrounding nature are, I hope this new mural can bridge a local conversation about the value of art to inspire positive actions and attitudes. ~ Rich Thorne (Rich)

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, North Devon has Biosphere status, a category reserved for places of great natural beauty, where different industries learn from each other to develop strategies that enable humans and nature to interact in a more sustainable way. North Devon was the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the UK due to its unique ecosystem of nature and wildlife.

“Art in the public domain is a great way to not only brighten up a place, but also create a statement about our community. Having a mural that showcases the values ​​we have as a community in a UNESCO biosphere is a great conversation starter. Working with primary schools means we have this conversation with the people who will inherit everything we leave behind. We need more of this” ~ Andy Bell UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve Coordinator

Rich Thorne is a multidisciplinary British artist based in Bristol, UK. Hailing from the UK Graffiti scene, ‘Richt’ has been exploring creativity through original artwork, design, animation and street art for 20 years. Projects range from Oscar-winning film studio Aardman Animations to global powerhouse Vans. The artist also considers a social responsibility towards young people, organizing conferences and workshops in schools and with groups of young people around the world.

With a “feast or famine” approach to color, the aesthetic oscillates between monochromatic minimalism and vivid saturation. Through his compositions, the movement and memory of graffiti culture are reimagined through a contemporary lens. Solo exhibitions include Barcelona, ​​Amsterdam and London with public art projects and commissions from Eastern Europe and North Asia to the United States. His latest project starts in June 2022 with Urban Nation, the first museum in the world dedicated to artists from the graffiti culture.

Photo credits: Rob Tibbles, Tom Ham, Hanna Söderholm
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Bukit Bendera receives the certificate of recognition of the site of the biosphere reserve https://biofera.org/bukit-bendera-receives-the-certificate-of-recognition-of-the-site-of-the-biosphere-reserve/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 13:50:00 +0000 https://biofera.org/bukit-bendera-receives-the-certificate-of-recognition-of-the-site-of-the-biosphere-reserve/

GEORGE CITY: Bukit Bendera received today a certificate of recognition as a biosphere reserve site under the “Man and the Biosphere (MAB)” program of the United Nations Educational, Scientific Organization and culture (UNESCO).

The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (KeTSA), in a statement issued today, said that UNESCO on September 15 last year recognized Bukit Bendera with an area of ​​12,481 hectares as the third site of Malaysia Biosphere Reserve for the country.

“Bukit Bendera is one of 727 biosphere reserve sites in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves and this recognition reflects the commitment of the country in general and the government of Penang State in particular.

“A shared commitment to creating a balance between the care of natural resources and development activities through a sustainable development approach while being able to raise the profile of the site as an area of ​​international importance and a center of excellence in matter of learning,” he said in a statement today.

KeTSA said Malaysia’s participation in the MAB program began in 2009 with the recognition of Tasik Chini, Pahang as the first biosphere reserve site in Malaysia with an area of ​​6,922.97 hectares on May 26, 2009.

According to Ketsa’s statement, the Crocker Range in Sabah was recognized as the second biosphere reserve site in Malaysia on June 12, 2014 covering an area of ​​350,584 hectares.

KeTSA hopes that the declaration of Bukit Bendera as a Biosphere Reserve site under this UNESCO MAB program will inspire other state governments to designate areas with potential as Sites of International Biodiversity Importance. .

“The MAB program was launched in 1971 by UNESCO. MAB is an intergovernmental scientific program aimed at establishing a scientific basis for creating a balance between human activities and environmental sustainability,” the statement said.

KeTSA also said that it combines elements of nature, social science, economics and education with the aim of improving human living standards and protecting natural ecosystems.

The MAB program promotes innovative economic development that does not conflict with socio-culture and at the same time the environment is managed in a sustainable manner, according to the statement.

According to the declaration, a biosphere reserve is a site created by a country and recognized under the MAB program to promote sustainable development through the efforts of local people and scientific research.

“Established biosphere reserves have functions for conservation, development and logistical support purposes, as prescribed by the Statutory Framework of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. To date, there are a total of 727 biosphere reserve sites in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) which covers 131 countries,” he said. — Bernama

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Agriculture sector needs to prepare for incoming carbon tax and ESG guidelines https://biofera.org/agriculture-sector-needs-to-prepare-for-incoming-carbon-tax-and-esg-guidelines/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 13:43:00 +0000 https://biofera.org/agriculture-sector-needs-to-prepare-for-incoming-carbon-tax-and-esg-guidelines/

As the world approaches planetary boundaries, the agri-food sector must also do its fair share of adaptation to ensure the sustainability of global food systems.

This presents an opportunity for those who can pivot to adopting more sustainable practices.

On June 9, industry body Agri SA hosted a webinar explaining what environment, social and governance (ESG) means for the agri-food sector and what regulatory trends can be expected.

Law firm ENSafrica natural resources and environment senior collaborator james Mark discussed the opportunities and risks that arise for companies putting ESG at the heart of their concerns.

ESG, a concept that emerged from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as a sustainable investment movement in 2005, was both a risk and an element of impact, he explained.

More than $120 trillion in investments is expected to be invested in an ESG-focused manner, given the rapid growth rate of Principles for Responsible Investment signatories.

South African institutions are signatories to various ESG-related frameworks, including the Equator Principles, to which Absa, First Rand, Nedbank and Standard Bank adhere; the United Nations Global Compact, to which Investec subscribes; the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the UNEP Finance Initiative.

“If you look at ESG from an impact perspective, it implies that companies are spending money without expecting a profit in return, but rather a positive impact. We are seeing a move away from a financial model focused solely on monetary value for shareholders,” notes Brand.

“Life on earth can only exist within the safe operating space of nine boundaries – freshwater change, stratospheric zone depletion, atmospheric aerosol loading, ocean acidification, biogeochemical fluxes, new entities, system, biosphere integrity and climate change,” Brand said, noting that South Africa is already experiencing changes in humidity and rainfall patterns.

So far, a few key pieces of regulation inform South Africa’s ESG policy position, including the draft Treasury Technical Paper which was updated in October 2021, the draft JSE Sustainability Disclosure Guidance of 2021 and Green Taxonomy published in April of his year.

Work was underway to harmonize global sustainability frameworks, which would begin to facilitate ESG measurement and disclosures, Brand confirmed.

In terms of supply chain due diligence, on which South Africa currently has no policy position, the companies most affected by the directive in due course will be those generating either a net turnover of more than 150 million euros in the European Union (EU ), i.e. a net turnover of more than 40 million euros in the EU and at least 50% of its worldwide net turnover in the sectors of textile, leather and footwear manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, fishing, agro-processing and wholesale of agricultural raw materials, and the extraction of mineral resources and the manufacture of metal products basic.

More technical benchmarks specifically related to crop and animal production will be developed in the future. These are not yet regulated directly in the carbon tax regulation, but they are linked to future regulation and phasing-in.

On that note, the Managing Director of Black Economic Empowerment, Taxation and Private Equity at ENSafrica Mansour parker discussed the carbon tax and carbon offsets.

The agriculture, forestry and other land use sector is not yet subject to the carbon tax, at least until 2026, when phase 1 of the South African carbon tax will end. However, South African farmers practicing regenerative agriculture can earn additional income through carbon credits.

Domestic sales of carbon offsets may be considered carbon offsets under the Carbon Tax Act. He suggested that farmers compare the costs and administration of carbon certification to determine the potential benefits.

Typically, Parker explained, the farmer would provide a carbon consultant with baseline reports and data on sustainable farming practices, after which the consultant could calculate the carbon credit potential.

Small farmers can use an aggregation model to gain economies of scale, Parker pointed out.

“As the carbon rate increases, the price of carbon offsets will also increase. Carbon offsets typically trade at around 80% to 90% of the carbon tax rate,” Parker said, referring to the government’s plan to raise the carbon tax rate eventually from 2026 and gradually, at the end of the day. end of phase 1 of the carbon tax.

STARTING POINT

Responding to how agribusinesses could get started with ESG adoption, Brand noted that the first step for large organizations is to identify potential risks, define them in a strategy, and get buy-in. board membership.

Larger organizations can then follow this process by adopting some kind of policy to define a path for integrating ESG into operations.

Brand explained that smaller organizations could focus on reducing food waste, which was a “massive inefficiency” in the food system — on average, one-third of the food in the global system is wasted.

He added that food loss occurs all along the value chain and therefore stakeholders need to be more efficient in how they produce and consume food.

Moreover, he believed that water efficiency could be improved, firstly, by collecting data, especially because agriculture is a large user of water and there was a lot of room for water. optimization of water use.

Small organizations can also integrate renewable energy as much as possible and adopt regenerative agriculture practices.

Brand also considered it prudent for smaller organizations to comply with biodiversity laws, as these would experience an increasingly significant policy shift.

DEALER VIEW

Food Safety Technical Manager for food retailer Woolworths Kobus Pienaar presented on the company’s ESG approach.

He explained that, in an increasingly uncertain world, focusing on system value would become increasingly critical to business success, adding that the interconnection between environment, society and business was key. progress.

The Woolworths commercial farmer is typically pressured by rising input costs and reliance on external factors they cannot control, such as the price of oil and the exchange rate, as inflation food reduced demand.

There is also a decline in the health and functioning of natural support and foundation systems, as well as a lack of subsidies and extension support for established commercial farmers and for emerging farmers.

“There is very little market predictability and increasing competition from cheap and subsidized imports. Then there is also the high murder rate and increasing land insecurity, not to mention the predicted long-term negative climate changes.

For customers, sustainability means not only supporting the environment, but also society and the economy. Around 23% of Woolworths customers consider sustainability to be important, and 56% consider it “extremely important”, referring to their main concerns as being food safety, nutritional value, value for money, people in the supply chain, animals in the supply chain. and environmental impact.

Woolworths has three ambitions: better food choices, which talk about healthy foods and antibiotic resistance; building thriving communities, which speaks to ethical and economic transformation, as well as food security; and being positive for the planet, which involves reduced climate impact through reduced food waste and improved packaging.

Woolworths sources over 85% of its raw materials from South African farmers.

The retailer recognizes that agriculture is responsible for much of the degradation of the environment and therefore sees farmers as the most important stewards of future sustainability.

To this end, Woolworths offers a Farming for the Future program to support farmers in their ESG efforts.

“We need to approach ESG as a system and not as compartments. It may require less short term profit to survive longer term. All actors in the value chain must take ownership of it.

“Good ESG is essential for the survival of Woolworths and our planet,” Pienaar concluded.

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Visit the Tofino Floating Sauna in British Columbia https://biofera.org/visit-the-tofino-floating-sauna-in-british-columbia/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 22:29:01 +0000 https://biofera.org/visit-the-tofino-floating-sauna-in-british-columbia/

Going from cold to hot, and possibly back, “primes the parasympathetic system, balancing the effects of the fight-or-flight response coming in and out,” says functional health expert Dr. Mindy Pelz. “When you go from one extreme to another, you create cellular adaptation, which makes cells stronger. This is great for anyone trying to slow down the aging process or repair the nervous system.

Heating the body’s core temperature to the point of sweating has long been part of a wide variety of ancient healing therapies. The sauna as we know it today – a small, enclosed room with moist or dry heat – was invented by the Finns around 2,000 years ago. Lee Braun, CEO and Founder of Perspire Sauna Studio, says the benefits of sauna use are countless and include increased circulation, improved skin and sleep, improved muscle and joint flexibility, and deep relaxation. “It takes your body from a stressed state to a relaxed state,” he says. “It’s the beginning of all the benefits of the sauna.”

As for the theory that the sauna can “detoxify” the body? Some scientists say there is little truth to this statement because the body processes toxins through the liver and kidneys, not through the skin. Pelz disagrees, saying, “Skin is supposed to flush out toxins, just like it brings in toxins from so many beauty products. Sweat is a carrier molecule. This is how you will eliminate these toxins.

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Elon Musk addresses overpopulation ‘myth’ and climate alarmism https://biofera.org/elon-musk-addresses-overpopulation-myth-and-climate-alarmism/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 06:11:43 +0000 https://biofera.org/elon-musk-addresses-overpopulation-myth-and-climate-alarmism/

Elon Musk, in a series of tweets on Monday, reflected on the future of humanity and also advocated interstellar travel, saying humans are the “stewards of life”. In several tweets posted over the past two days, the Tesla CEO also spoke about his likes and dislikes about environmentalists.

Towards the end of May, Musk tweeted that population collapse is the ultimate threat to humanity and also pointed out this Sunday that there aren’t too many people on earth, as claimed. environmentalists citing the population boom as one of the main causes of climate change.

He also expressed concern over Japan as its government once again confirmed that the country’s birth rate fell 3.5% from a year earlier to 811,604, hitting the highest level ever. lowest ever recorded.

“Earth could support many times its current human population and the ecosystem would be fine. We certainly don’t have ‘too crowded,'” Musk said.

Musk’s thoughts are similar to a school of thought that says the population will decline because birth rates will drop in many countries as education, incomes and better health care become available to more women.

The population boom also came decades after the Industrial Revolution, as better medical facilities and hygienic lifestyles meant fewer deaths among infants and children, especially between the 1850s and 1960s, when the population massively swelled. developed.

Western countries and some developed countries in Asia – mainly South Korea and Japan – around the start of the 21st century began to report lower birth rates. Japan’s low birth rate has sparked fears – and also shed light – on the effect of falling birth rates and raised questions about overcrowding fears.

A Munich-based YouTube channel and animation studio, Kurzgesagt, explains in one of their videos that population growth is a four-stage demographic transition process where, in the final stage, people born in the 70 have far fewer children (2.5 compared to 5) than their previous generation.

They also point out that these claims often neglect the countries of the South which, due to development in terms of education, health and education of women, are already in the fourth stage of the demographic transition, thus choosing to have less or no children.

It also challenges claims made by environmentalists who feared that impoverished communities in the Global South would invade the world by aiding the population explosion.

“I realized what I have in common with environmentalists, but also why they are so wrong: they are environmentalists of what is, when they should be environmentalists of our potential over time, our cosmic endowment,” Musk said in another tweet, quoting a friend.

Elon’s thoughts are also similar to those of environmentalist Michael Shellenberger who argues that climate alarmism hurts everyone. The author of the book Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us Allasserts that environmentalism itself has become the problem of the movement.

He also says that by blocking the development of new technologies and failing to address poverty, environmentalists will only exacerbate the crisis humans claim to face from climate change.

(with contributions from Nikkei Asia, Los Angeles Review Of Books and Kurzgesagt)

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History, importance and why it is celebrated https://biofera.org/history-importance-and-why-it-is-celebrated/ Sat, 04 Jun 2022 11:00:41 +0000 https://biofera.org/history-importance-and-why-it-is-celebrated/ World Environment Day 2022: Led by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 each year to sensitization on deteriorating environmental conditions and to encourage people around the world to take positive environmental action, to help create a better future.

Human progress over the past century has been accompanied by a massive increase in exploitation natural resources. From climate change and marine pollution to the depletion of flora and fauna, environmental problems have only increased over the decades.

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World Environment Day, over the years, has become a global platform for people from all walks of life to participate in various campaigns raise awareness of environmental protection. The celebration of World Environment Day is done each year according to a specific theme and slogan that respond to the major environmental concern of the time. It is hosted by a different country each year.

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For example, India hosted the 45th celebration of World Environment Day under the theme “Fight plastic pollution. The celebration of World Environment Day last year also launched the United Nations Decade of Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), which is a global mission to revive billions of hectares, of forests to agricultural land, from the top of the mountains to the bottom of the sea.

Importance

2022 is a historic milestone as it marks 50 years since the Stockholm Conference of 1972. With Sweden as the host country, the slogan for World Environment Day 2022 is “Only One Earth”, which emphasizes life permanently in harmony with nature.

Today, World Environment Day coincides with the planet facing multiple crises ranging from climate change to the loss of biodiversity and an increase in carbon emissions.

This day is a reminder of the power of people at the local and community level to effect positive change by making better individual choices and monitoring government and corporate policies that harm our biosphere. We have #OnlyOneEarth. Let’s take care of her.

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