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The Forest Man of India

Meet Majuli, India native Jadav Payeng. For almost 45 years now he has been planting trees on the Island of Majuli, in North East India. Through his work, he has reintroduced vegetation to the barren, eroding island. Alone, he has now planted a dense forest larger than Central Park in New York City. His efforts have been recognized by the Former President of India A. P. J. Abdul Kamar, who has dubbed him the “Forest Man of India”! Check out the video below for more information on this amazing accomplishment and the man who saved his island!

Dress to Impress: Bird Courtship Rituals

birds of paradiseWooing women, it seems, is a practice not exclusive to the human male. This post from No Ordinary World observes the dramatic and colourful mating rituals of some of the world’s most exotic birds. Click the link to see videos of these birds in action!

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AIX GALERICULATA Mandarin duck

Birds exhibit some of the most elaborate and bizarre courtship rituals of any animals on earth.  Here are a few of the more beautiful and zany examples:

The marvellous spatuletail hummingbird exhibits one of the most extreme courtship rituals (see video below).  The male bird has two elongated tail feathers that end in a large violet-blue disc, or spatule.  The male bird hovers in the air, waving his spatules in front of the female and making a snapping sound with his beak.  To the hummingbird, which is the size of a ping-pong ball, this display costs a lot of energy.  Spectators of this courtship ritual have reported that after he’s done dancing, the male will have to flop down on a branch, exhausted, and sit still for over an hour to regain his strength.  This species of bird is rare and endangered, and lives in only a few…

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The Future of What Lies Over Our Heads

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A “Green Roof” is a roof which doubles as green space. With the use specially designed irrigation technology, and added supports to the roofing, plants of all sizes can be grown on the roofs of buildings – flat and slanted! See the image above for details on the layers of materials which go into creating a green roof, and click on it for more details!

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Green Space on top of Chicago City Hall is both economically, and aesthetically pleasing!

This technology is not terribly new, however is generally outside the realm of common knowledge. It is a fantastic way to reclaim urban spaces to both wellness and energy-efficient purposes. For example, the Chicago City Hall and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore utilize the spaces for aesthetics, leisure, air quality, habitat creation and storm water control!

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Problem solving architects not only prevent the loss of green space in busy Singapore, but add a modern architectural behemoth, and reduce heating effects of the sun!

Video’s about the Vancouver Convention Center, and the Michigan State University show how a green roof can contribute to roof life and reduced energy bills too. MSU’s research team measures the carbon storage of the plant systems and temperature of the roof with the added insulation of the plant layer. Both have provided encouraging results. Although these examples are commercial and large scale, Senga, a landscape architect uploaded a video of how to create your own green roof on a smaller scale. Check that out here

BC LNG: Natural Gas Minister’s extraordinary claims

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The new enemy natural gas!

In a recent speech to the Union of BC Municipalities, BC’s Minister of Natural Gas Development makes some bullish claims on the future of BC’s nascent liquefied natural gas industry. Coleman describes himself as an “optimist”, championing a core BC Liberal policy that promises untold “prosperity” for the province from the industry, which intends to cool and ship massive amounts of fracked gas to new markets in Asia.

Where’s The Octopus?

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When marine biologist Roger Hanlon captured the first scene in this video he started screaming. (If you need to see it again, here’s the raw footage.) Hanlon, senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, studies camouflage in cephalopods–squid, cuttlefish and octopus. They are masters of optical illusion. These are some of Hanlon’s top video picks of sea creatures going in and out of hiding.

Watch on the site, here.