On December, 2, 2015 Discovery Channel premiered Louis Psihoyos’ new film, Racing Extinction, in 220 countries around the world. This riveting film covers the planet’s sixth and currently ongoing mass extinction, named the Anthropocene Extinction, which is largely the result of mankind. Psihoyos details what many scientists and experts believe are the causes behind this vast dying off of the world’s species – the international wildlife trade and the fossil fuel industry. His goal is to unveil the horrific events damaging our planet’s health and wildlife, but boiled down to digestible bites to promote education and action.
The Empire State Building was illuminated for three hours with video and photos of the world’s endangered species in a collaborative effort of the Oceanic Preservation Society and the filmmakers of “Racing Extinction.” Photo credit: Oceanic Preservation Society
Psihoyos won an Oscar for his 2009 film, The Cove, a feature-length documentary that goes undercover to expose the yearly killing of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. In order to document the dolphin hunt, they had to employ tactics and technology never before used in a documentary. The film sparked worldwide reaction, but most importantly, Taiji’s annual cull of 23,000 dolphins is believed to have dropped to 6,000. This was the first film for Psihoyos’ Oceanic Preservation Society, which he cofounded in 2005.
In their second film, Racing Extinction, special focus is brought to marine life again but on a wider scale, exposing China’s shark fin and manta ray gill trade as well as the greater threat of oceanic acidification, the evil twin of climate change, contributed to by the burning of fossil fuels. In order to uncover the truth behind the wildlife trade, he and his team go undercover in life-threatening situations, using covert-operations and false identities to infiltrate an enormous Chinese seafood wholesaler and to bust a Los Angeles restaurant for illegally selling whale meat. In a more hopeful scene, we are shown how change can happen, when a small Indonesian village is taught how to capitalize on a more lucrative tourism-driven economy, as opposed to the devastating hunting of manta ray to supply China’s appetite for animal parts that are falsely believed to have medicinal benefits.
“Racing Extinction” team member Shawn Heinrichs stands above thousands of drying shark fins after infiltrating a Chinese seafood wholesaler market. Photo credit: Oceanic Preservation Society
In addition to the wildlife trade, manmade global warming from greenhouse gas emissions is contributing to a breakdown in the natural systems that support all life. Racing Extinction features interviews with prominent scientists like Dr. Stuart Pimm, a conservation ecologist at Duke University, warning us that half of all species will be extinct within 100 years if humanity does not change its ways. Wildlife simply cannot adapt to unprecedented changes in not only temperature,上海419交友网
This article is based on a speech presented to the Canadian SRI Forum June 20, 2011, and the IAC Conference July 8, 2011.
About two months ago, Joel Makower posted a story titled “Green Marketing Is Over.” Makower believes green marketing as we know it has failed us — the great green consumer revolution simply hasn’t materialized, and green products continue to limp along as niche players.
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Sean Stiegemeier was unimpressed with the photos coming out of Iceland of Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano which caused worldwide travel case when it erupted, and which is still spewing ash into the air. So he trekked to Iceland himself to capture suitable images and the result is this beautiful time-lapse video showing nature in one of its most powerful forms.
A parasitic fly is creating what San Francisco State University researchers are calling zombie bees — and the details of infection are straight out of a horror movie.
San Francisco State University professor John Hafernik has been observing the peculiar behavior of what he calls “zombees” since publishing a study on them in 2012. His research into the phenomenon started when he noticed a few honey bees on the SFSU campus walking around in circles on the ground. He collected them in a vial to feed to his pet praying mantis but realized shortly after that the bees were hosts to the parasitic Phorid fly.
“I put them on my desk and forgot about them. When I came back in a week or so and looked at it, that vial was filled with just a large number of these little brown fly pupae,” Hafernik told KQED. “And that’s when I knew that those bees were parasitized.”
The tiny Phorid fly injects its eggs into the honey bee’s abdomen, where they hatch and begin to eat the bee alive from the inside. After death, the flies then crawl out of the bee’s neck. The visual is nauseating, but it’s the time between being parasitized and perishing — the “zombee” period — that Hafernik is trying to understand.
“The bees that are parasitized essentially get bee insomnia. They leave their hives at night, which is a really bad time for honey bees to be leaving their hives,” Hafernik explained. “Bees that fly away at night basically are on a flight of the living dead. They’re not coming back.”
From there, the parasitized bees congregate around a light source only to fly in senseless circles, and right before dying, begin exhibiting more curious behavior. Lead author of the study, Andrew Core, explained that most bees sit in one place and curl up before they die, but the “zombees” begin to lose control of their legs.
“They kept stretching them out and then falling over,” Core explained. “It really painted a picture of something like a zombie.”
Hafernik reports that nearly 80 percent of the hives his team has studied were currently or previously infected by the fly, a compelling statistic as researchers try to determine the cause of the honey bee’s mass decline, a major threat to agriculture reliant on the bees’ pollination.