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Ecological problems, their possible solutions and feasible and sustainable measures that you can take in order to contribute to care for and improve the relationship between humankind and the environment.

Hunting is a myth for most survivors and survival situations - Broadly and superficially speaking, it becomes obvious that hunting could be a helpful activity in any survival situation, but in the same way as people wouldn't let a bunch of cannibals hunt them for lunch, animals will never make it easy for you to kill them. So, hunting will always require the consumption of resources that are usually scarce in survival situations and you should evaluate things in order to decide whether it would be profitable to hunt or not.

Survival Tips And Advice: Get Acquainted With The Flora And Fauna - Considering that you are interested in survival techniques, let us give you some advice: If you are familiar with the flora and fauna of the region, city or country where you live, you will have more chances of surviving feeding from them in the event you suffer an emergency.

People Shouldn't Complain so Much When It's Not Due - U.S. imperialism and the ecological impact of its actions are being constantly criticised regarding its intervention in Central America to build the Panama canal, but who would have done things better?

The Central American Cork That Sealed The Fate Of Earth's Climate - Small things can indeed become big problems, especially if they alter the climate.

The Glaciers That We Can See Disappearing - The speed at which glaciers are melting in China is such that it is possible to see the phenomenon unfolding with the naked eye, daily.

The Highest Garbage In The World - Mount Everest attracts thousands of visitors each year that leave thousands of kilos of all sorts of garbage without much of a fuss.

How Many Everests Did Exist? - All along the geological history of our planet, some mountain has been the highest one, but it wasn't always Mount Everest.

Let's Play! - Playing is something natural that humans as well as many animals do since birth, and if nature has give us that ability, it cannot be bad! There are games for every taste and every possible topic, so if we are looking something – anything - online, there is certainly a game that will be related to the topic of our interest. Playing a little is not a waste of time. There is no reason to feel guilt for playing around for a few minutes!

The true human environment - Ideas and debates about the factors that affect our environment and lives.

A way to properly dispose of your litter (I) - An environment-friendly way to discard garbage during trips and travels.

New research findings can improve avian flu surveillance programs - Genetic analyses of avian influenza in wild birds can help pinpoint likely carrier species and geographic hot spots where Eurasian viruses would be most likely to enter North America, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research.

Nutrient Delivery to the Gulf of Mexico Among Highest Measured - Spring nutrient delivery to the northern Gulf of Mexico is among the highest measured by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in thirty years.

Stories About Our Natural History - One of the topics that fascinated me the most was the history of Earth, and this is why here I present you some links to pages where we tell about things that might seem as mere details to some, about the evolution of some species and changes in our world, but that in reality, show the unsurpassable elegance of things.

Betcha Didn't Know: Fast Facts About Lead-Acid Batteries (I) - The technological and environmental standard in stored energy.

Notes On Picking Fossils (I) - Picking fossils may be interesting, but sometimes is agaist the law, especially if the extraction is intended for sale.

A brief reflection on construction and destruction (I) - Something to think about building and destroying, construction and destruction.

Internet Helps Weather Get More Local (I) - As with politics, all weather is local...

Five Of The Top 100 Bird Watching Areas In The United States (I) - Bird watching stakes claim as America's number one hobby.

A Gardener's Diary (I) - Have you ever thought about keeping a gardener's diary to record what you plant and where you plant it?

´Tis The Hearthworm Season (I) - Health avice for your pets. Hearthworm disease can affect your cat.

Toying With Revolvers And Nuclear Bombs - We can be naïve regarding our environment or the global economy but it is not the same to toy with a revolver than with an atomic bomb.

A couple of alarming lessons coming from the Gulf of Mexico - If the ecological disaster occurred to a BP offshore oil platform is worth anything, it is just as a lesson, a reminder and a potent warning: the United States, supposedly the most powerful state on Earth, is in reality extremely vulnerable.

Necessary but not sufficient for our environment - Hybrid cars, electrical vehicles or those based on new technologies area great advance for the protection of our environment, but if we don't also change our attitude, the benefits of new technologies will dissolve into the atmosphere.

Commonly used atrazine herbicide adversely affects fish reproduction - Atrazine, one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world, has been shown to affect reproduction of fish, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study.

Common Parasite Potentially Increases Risk of Brain Cancers - A common parasite may be worth investigating as a risk factor for brain cancers, according to a new geographic analysis by researchers from a French infectious disease institute and the U.S. Geological Survey.

NOAA project to investigate impacts of shallow water hypoxia in Chesapeake Bay - Researchers examine "night and day 'swings'" in oxygen depletion on finfish and oyster habitat.

New research to improve management of harmful algal blooms in Puget Sound - NOAA has awarded $543,336 for two competitive grants to better understand and manage outbreaks of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) that threaten public health and fisheries in Puget Sound.

NOAA-supported scientists predict 'Larger Than Average' Gulf dead zone - The northern Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone, an underwater area with little or no oxygen known commonly as the 'dead zone,' could be larger than the recent average, according to a forecast by a team of NOAA-supported scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, Louisiana State University, and the University of Michigan.

FIDAE 2004 - Worried by the Environment - FIDAE 2004 adds as new challenge, political environmental that synchronize with the accomplishment of the event.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Marks a Century of Research and Monitoring - In 2012, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory celebrates its 100th anniversary of studying the volcanoes’ workings and disseminating cutting-edge volcano science throughout the world. Many public events are planned to celebrate the centennial of HVO, the first volcano observatory in the United States.

- On its way to deliver emergency fuel to Nome, Alaska, the Russian tanker Renda will move through an area used by wintering spectacled eiders, a federally threatened sea duck. But, to protect the ducks and their wintering habitat, resource managers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and navigators from the U.S. Coast Guard are using satellite telemetry information from the U.S. Geological Survey to plot a route for the tanker that minimizes impacts to this species and its habitat.

Salt Water Alone Unlikely to Halt Burmese Python Invasion - Invasive Burmese python hatchlings from the Florida Everglades can withstand exposure to salt water long enough to potentially expand their range through ocean and estuarine environments, according to research in the latest issue of the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.

Satellite Tracking Helps Russian Tanker Navigate Critical Sea Duck Habitat - On its way to deliver emergency fuel to Nome, Alaska, the Russian tanker Renda will move through an area used by wintering spectacled eiders, a federally threatened sea duck. But, to protect the ducks and their wintering habitat, resource managers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and navigators from the U.S.

New Research Shows How Much Food is Needed by Seabirds - An international group of scientists, including one from the U.S. Geological Survey, has shown that many seabirds begin to suffer when the food available for them in the ocean declines below a critical level. This level is about one-third of the maximum amount of food available historically. They have shown that this critical level is about the same for seabirds wherever they happen to be in the world. Their study – the most comprehensive ever undertaken – covers birds from the Arctic to the Antarctic and from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

Mercury Deposition Greater near Major U.S. Cities - Atmospheric deposition of mercury is about four-times higher in lakes near several major U.S. cities compared to lakes in remote areas, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Scientific Literature Review Finds Opportunities for More Research on Solar Energy Development and Impacts to Wildlife - More peer-reviewed scientific studies of the effects on wildlife of large-scale solar energy developments and operations are needed to adequately assess their impact, especially in the desert Southwest, according to a scientific literature review conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and published in the journal BioScience.

San Andreas Fault Mysteries Begin to Unravel - Differences in seismic activity along the San Andreas fault appear to be related to strength variations in the lower crust and upper mantle, as suggested by new findings in the Dec. 1 edition of Nature.

Spate of Large Earthquakes Not Related - The magnitude-7.2 earthquake on October 23rd in Turkey and the magnitude-9.0 quake that impacted Japan in March are leading many to wonder if these events are part of a larger global trend toward giant earthquakes. After combing through 110 years’ worth of global seismic records, USGS seismologist Dr. Andrew Michael concluded that the recent increase in the number of large earthquakes may just reflect random occurrence.

Culprit Identified: Fungus Causes Deadly Bat Disease - The appropriately named fungus Geomyces destructans is the cause of deadly white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats, according to research published today in the journal Nature.

A brief pondering about storms - The basics of the basics of mountain weather.

Fashion and nature - Something to think about fashion and nature.

Natural products - Something to think about natural products.

The trails ahead of you - Something to think about your future deeds in the form of trails.

Loving nature - What is to really love nature.

Adventure tips: stop fooling with nature

How Cats And Wasps Relate To Each Other - The most similar ting to a cosmic cat in which we can think about is the monster of the Alien movie series, starring Sigourney Weaver, among others. In reality, it seems that H.R. Giger, the creator of the monster was really thinking about a sort of cosmic cat-wasp combination, arguing that both the cat and the wasp are the most self-sufficient predators in the animal kingdom.

Ecology, Nature and Environment / Energy Sources - Recommendations on the use of renewable and non-renewable energy sources, both safe and unsafe.

Ecology, Nature and Environment / Environmental Organisations - A list and recommendations about various NGOs offering press releases, articles, essays and content about environmental and ecological issues.

Ecology, Nature and Environment / Genetically Engineered (GE)

Outdoors / Environmental Issues - Articles, essays and comments related to biological sciences, botanics, and zoology, and regarding different ecosystems, both as information as well as scientifically-oriented.

Surviving a Fire / Surviving a Forest Fire - Lessons and articles on how to prevent and fight forest fires and woodland accidents involving fire.

Science and Technology / Meteorology and Weather Prognosis - Articles and advice on meteorology fundamentals and easy techniques to make useful weather forecasts for adventurers, navigators, pilots and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Outdoor Photography - Recommendations and advice for photographers and people who like to make pictures out in the wilderness.

Geography and Outdoors / Mountains and Mountainous Regions - Detailed descriptions of some mountains and ranges of Patagonia, South America and the rest of the world that we have explored.

Outdoor Activities / Trekking, Camping and Excursions - Trekking, basic camping and hiking as related to many extreme sports. Fundamental techniques and advice.

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