It can be noticed from the NASA imagery that much of our planet’s surface is either brown or blue. And rather less of it is green. The rest of the surface is turned over to highly-lit areas of concrete, where most of us tend to live.
Technique: The majority of the images were shot at 1 second intervals, ISO 200-12800.
:: Downloaded more than 40K hi-res images from NASA for this project
:: Image sets adjusted in Adobe Lightroom 4 (i.e. exposure, contrast and noise reduction)
:: Image sets imported into an Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 2K 24p project
:: Used GBDeflicker – highly recommended: granitebaysoftware.com/Products/ProductGBD.aspx
:: Exported as 2048×1024 24p MP4 @ 35Mbps
Soundtrack: “Sunlight” by MachinimaSound.com licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
NOTE: WE ARE NOT THE ORIGINAL MAKER OF THIS VIDEO. THIS IS A RE-UPLOAD FROM VIMEO.
Time lapse sequences of photographs taken with a special low-light 4K-camera
by the crew of expedition 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from
August to October, 2011. All credit goes to them.
Shooting locations in order of appearance:
1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
7. Halfway around the World
8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
14. Views of the Mideast at Night
15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night
Image Courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory,
NASA Johnson Space Center, The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov
by Global Justice Ecology Project | January 26, 2013 · 10:40 am Note: Its not often that we would find a ruling in favor of the American Petroleum Institute as good news. A recent federal court decision overthrowing an E.P.A mandate that would have required fuel producers to incorporate biofuels into gasoline and diesel is cause for celebration. The increasing use of biofuels have sparked a massive land grab in the global south, and present great risks to natural ecosystems and the world’s agricultural land. Further, recent studies suggest that some biofuel production may contribute more to climate change than other traditional fuel sources. While this ruling is not putting an end to the new “bioeconomy’, it is raising the question of how realistic it is to replace oil, the lifeblood of the industrial economy, with biofuels. Mandates requiring alternatives to fossil fuels are useless unless overconsumption is addressed.
-The GJEP Team
By Matthew Wald, January 25, 2013. Source: NY Times
Photo: John Van Beekum/NY Times
A federal appeals court threw out a federal rule on renewable fuels on Friday, saying that a quota set by theEnvironmental Protection Agency for incorporating liquids made from woody crops and wastes into car and truck fuels was based on wishful thinking rather than realistic estimates of what could be achieved.
The ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia involved a case brought by the American Petroleum Institute, whose members were bound by the 2012 cellulosic biofuels quota being challenged.
Production of advanced biofuels for use in gasoline is a cherished goal of the Obama administration and a major long-term hope for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. (more).
How do you keep consumers in the dark about the horrors of factory farms? By making it an “act of terrorism” for anyone to investigate animal cruelty, food safety or environmental violations on the corporate-controlled farms that produce the bulk of our meat, eggs and dairy products.
New Hampshire, Wyoming and Nebraska are the latest states to introduce Ag-Gag laws aimed at preventing employees, journalists or activists from exposing illegal or unethical practices on factory farms. Lawmakers  in 10 other states introduced similar bills in 2011-2012. The laws passed in three of those states: Missouri, Iowa and Utah. But consumer and animal-welfare activists prevented the laws from passing in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York and Tennessee.
In all, six states now have Ag-Gag laws, including North Dakota, Montana and Kansas, all of which passed the laws in 1990-1991, before the term “Ag-Gag” was coined. (more).
A recent article in The New York Times reported on a cost-control exception provided to Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology firm. According to the report, the sweetheart deal — hidden in the Senate’s final “fiscal cliff” bill — will cost taxpayers half a billion dollars. Bill talks to U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) about the bi-partisan bill he recently sponsored to repeal that giveaway, and the political factors that allow such crony capitalism to occur.
Who’s Got The Power? — a forceful documentary film, addresses head on the reality of global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas), its dangers in the form of carbon dioxide emissions – and presents genuine and workable solutions. The film demonstrates that the use of renewable energy (solar, wind, geothermal, biomass) are viable alternatives to our dependence on fossil fuels bringing about the dangerous climate changes we are seeing all over the planet. From the vantage points of world-renown scientists, environmental activists, physicians, financial advisers, designers, builders, coal miners and others, the global warming discussion unfolds. In addition, inner-city and suburban international consumers share their personal experiences with solar-powered housing. ….(more).
Las Vegas exudes an all-you-can-eat mentality. People walk between casinos carrying giant cups of slushy liquor; advertisements blare from speakers on the streets pitching the best shows, best food and best deals; escalators take you across streets and directly into malls. You spend your time buying something, eating something, or watching something. Either way, it’s consume, consume, consume.
But this hunger is hard to satiate and it takes its toll, revealing the city’s central dichotomy — it is a destination of both the high-brow and the down and out, the high rolling and the thrifty, a megaphone of riches and poverty. And nowhere is this more apparent then in one of Las Vegas’ most contentious relationships — with water. If you walk the Strip, you’ll see gondolas floating on canals of aqua pool water, misters spraying overheated tourists in the hot sun, pirate ships docked in rocky coves, and fountains everywhere you look. ….(more).
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