World Animal Day since 1931

World Animal Day is celebrated every year on October 4th and is a day that unites all of us advocating for the improvement of animal rights and welfare standards.

The day has become a platform to pool knowledge and start proactive discussions on issues facing all animal kind, including pets, livestock and wildlife from around the world.

World Animal Day was created by Heinrich Zimmermann, a German writer, publisher and animal protection activist, and held its first-ever event at the Sport Palace, Berlin in March 1925 where over 5,000 people attended the celebration.

A few short years later, the day was moved to October 4th, the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. This was no accident – Saint Francis is often depicted in the company of animals, as according to legend, he had the ability to talk to them.

He was said to preach to animals, in particular birds that would gather to listen to him and is claimed to have bartered with a wolf, persuading the city of Gubbio to feed the wolf regularly, and in return, it would no longer prey upon the townsfolk or their livestock.

Initially, Heinrich Zimmermann had found following in only a few European countries, notably Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia, though through his continuous and tireless efforts to promote the day, it was universally accepted by the International Animal Protection Congress in Italy in 1931.

World days are a platform for everyone to become involved in raising awareness and creating mass action for important issues around the globe.

World Animal Day allows us to look at the ways in which individuals, businesses and nations affect the lives of animals on a daily basis, and see how we can become part of a social movement to effect legal reforms and provide a better future for all animals.

There are many international conservation days which focus on a particular species or group of animals such as pets and livestock, but World Animal Day is the one day of the year which encompasses all animals and the unique concerns of each.

The participation in celebrating World Animal Day also continues to grow each year, with an estimated 1000 events in over 100 countries last year – an incredible increase from the 44 events held in 13 countries back in 2003.

As the years have gone by, various small and large scale wins in terms of animal welfare, conservation and environmental issues have been celebrated.

In 2018 it was reported that a third of Britain’s population were vegetarian, vegan or have significantly reduced their meat consumption, London Fashion Week went fur-free and many travel giants stopped selling tickets to marine amusement parks such as Sea World.

The UK parliament passed a bill to end the use of wild animals in traveling circuses. Now, since the unusual year of 2020, nature began to thrive during nationwide lock-downs and live animal markets have been called into question.

Now’s the time for all animal-lovers to show us their compassion because October 4 is World Animal Day and we’re planning to make a big roar.

Animals can’t talk in the conventional way that humans communicate with each other. But there’s one day where we can all give a voice to the animals who can’t speak for themselves.

On October 4, people spanning the globe will come together to celebrate World Animal Day. In any corner of the planet, no matter which country you explore, animals will consistently have a strong impact on the region’s culture.

The Great / Crickey Conservation Society since 2007.

California Wildfires threaten famous giant Sequoia Trees

THREE RIVERS, Calif. — Firefighters wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as they tried to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning Thursday in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada.

The colossal General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest, some other sequoias, the Giant Forest Museum and other buildings were wrapped as protection against the possibility of intense flames.

The aluminum wrapping can withstand intensive heat for short periods. Federal officials say they have been using the material for several years throughout the U.S. West to protect sensitive structures from flames.

Near Lake Tahoe, some homes that were wrapped in protective material survived a recent wildfire while others nearby were destroyed.

The Colony Fire, one of two burning in Sequoia National Park, was expected to reach the Giant Forest, a grove of 2,000 sequoias, at some point this weekend. The fire didn’t grow significantly as a layer of smoke reduced its spread, fire spokeswoman Katy Hooper said.

It comes after a wildfire killed thousands of sequoias, some as tall as high-rises and thousands of years old, in the region last year.

The General Sherman Tree is the largest in the world by volume, at 52,508 cubic feet (1,487 cubic meters), according to the National Park Service. It towers 275 feet (84 meters) high and has a circumference of 103 feet (31 meters) at ground level.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks Superintendent Clay Jordan stressed the importance of protecting the massive trees from high-intensity fire during a briefing for firefighters.

Giant sequoias are adapted to fire, which can help them thrive by releasing seeds from their cones and creating clearings that allow young sequoias to grow. But the extraordinary intensity of fires — fueled by climate change — can overwhelm the trees.

That happened last year when the Castle Fire killed what studies estimate were 7,500 to 10,600 large sequoias, according to the National Park Service.

A historic drought and heat waves tied to climate change have made wildfires harder to fight in the American West. Scientists say climate change has made the region much warmer and drier in the past 30 years and will continue to make weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive.

The wildfires are among the latest in a long summer of blazes that have scorched nearly 3,550 square miles (9,195 square kilometers) in California, destroying hundreds of homes.

Crews had limited ground access to the Colony Fire and the extreme steepness of the terrain around the Paradise Fire prevented it completely, requiring extensive aerial water and flame-retardant drops on both fires. The two fires were being managed collectively as the KNP Complex.

ABC Flash Point Nature News 2021.

Woongebied of Toeristisch Recreatie gebied?

Mag Eilandelijk woongebied ook aangewend worden toeristische en recreatie bestemmingen op Jan Thiel. Mogen EOP bestemmingen zonder Landsverordening gewijzigd worden teneinde wettelijk Conserverings gebied voor toeristische doeleinden aan te ontwikkelen.

LOB verzoek werd ingediend, maar werd verwijderd uit het computer bestand van de ventana di informashon? Bij Vista Royal op Jan Thiel, beter bekend als Little Holland, worden vakantie huurwoningen gebouwd om grote winsten te boeken, zonder daar ook maar 1 cent belasting over te betalen.

De verhuur wordt in Holland afgerekend, dus wordt er ook geen OB afgedragen. De vakantiegangers zeggen bij aankomst op HATO vervolgens dat zij bij familie/vrienden op bezoek gaan en klaar is Kees.

Het EOP bevat wettelijke richtlijnen hoe de maatschappij ingericht dient te worden, zodat alles in goede delen ingericht kan worden en hinderlijke activiteiten niet teveel in woongebieden geschieden.

Op Vista Royal te Jan Thiel neemt de ontwikkelaar APC het niet zo nauw met de richtlijnen en welstandsbepalingen, omdat zij immers naar de pijpen dansen van de netwerken uit Den Haag.

Met 30.000 vlieg toeristen per maand, waarbij minder dan de helft in hotels verblijven, kan men inschatten dat minstens 25% lokale woningen huren, omdat dit per persoon goedkoper uitkomt.

Als 7.500 toeristen per maand in vakantiewoningen verblijven, betekend dat a fl.125 p/p dit per jaar bijna 7 miljoen gulden aan OB zou moeten opleveren. Maar dat gebeurt dus niet en worden alleen de huisjes-melkers daar rijker van.

De hotels klagen over dit fenomeen en weigeren op hun beurt 9% room tax (kamer belasting) af te dragen. Echter verloren zij de rechtzaken en moesten tot betaling overgaan.

Maar resorts zoals Morena en Chogogo gaven hier geen gehoor aan. Deurwaarders betekenen beslagleggingen aan, maar tot incasso overgaan gebeurt in de praktijk bijna nooit.

Aangezien de lokale belasting betaler de infrastructuur bekostigd en betaalt is de return on investment voor Curacao nihiel en komt de overheid in de problemen.

Stichting Crickey Amigu di Natura 2021.

In 2019 Cruise ships dumped more than 3 million pounds of trash in alaska

During the 2019 summer tourism season, cruise ship companies dumped more than 3 million pounds of trash at Juneau’s private landfill. That’s a concern to some in the community, especially since the local landfill is expected to be full in 20 years.

At a public hearing for the city’s Visitor Industry Task Force in January, Juneau resident Linda Blefgen listed a few of the items taken from cruise ships to the landfill last year.

Bedding, 200 chairs in September, furniture, slot machines with electronics removed, water ship line and much more,” Blefgen said. “Why do they choose to dump here? Why are they allowed to dump this volume when we have such limited space for our landfill?

Blefgen said cruise ships dumped 3 million pounds of trash. And while she wouldn’t share where she got her information, data provided by the City of Borough of Juneau back up her figures — more than 3 million pounds of garbage came off of the ships between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31 in 2019.

City Manager Rorie Watt was not happy to learn that cruise ships are regularly dumping trash here. He said he immediately reached out to the industry to ask them to stop.

But there’s not much the city can do beyond that. The landfill’s a private operation. The cruise ships are private operations,” Watt said. “We don’t regulate waste, garbage and hauling of garbage. So anything that we’re able to do will be by negotiation with the cruise lines.

Juneau’s landfill is operated by a Texas-based company called Waste Management. Last year, that company reported to the city that it accepted 1,534 tons of cruise ship garbage — more than 3.3 million pounds.

That’s even more than in 2018, when 830 tons, or 1.8 million pounds, of trash from cruise ships ended up in the landfill. About 30,000 tons of garbage typically go into the landfill each year.

Even though cruise ship waste only makes up less than 5% of the total amount of garbage that went into the landfill in both 2018 and 2019, it’s still waste piling up in a space with a limited lifespan.

In November, landfill manager Eric Vance said Waste Management regularly surveys the area to determine how much space is left. Our model tells us we’ve got just over 20 years, and it’s been pretty consistent,” Vance said.

So in the next two decades, Juneau will need an alternative option to dispose of waste.

There’s not a lot of extra space available to just open a new landfill site. Juneau could end up shipping it south like several other Southeast communities.

Vance said when the landfill accepts waste from cruise ship companies, they have to follow the same requirements as anyone else. That means no hazardous waste.

Mike Tibbles with Cruise Lines International Association Alaska said the organization became aware of the increase in dumping last year.

“Right now we’re researching the issue a little bit more amongst our member lines to see which vessels are offloading and how much,” Tibbles said. “We definitely have a goal of trying to reduce that amount as much as we can going forward.”

Tibbles said the majority of trash produced on cruise ships is offloaded in the ports where they start — Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria.

He said his organization is working quickly, but he’s not sure whether there will be time to completely address the issue before next cruise season begins.

Kirby Day is the Juneau director of shore operations for Princess Cruises and Holland America Line. He said the increase in trash coming off the ships is an unintended consequence of trying to reign in air pollution.

“I noticed it in the last couple years, that we were offloading a lot more garbage, both Princess and Holland America ships — and I think the industry in general — because many of the ships lost an incinerator when they went to the scrubber system for emissions,” Day said.

Scrubbers allow cruise ships to filter their exhaust. Many companies have added the systems to their ships in the last few years to meet new federal standards.

But Day said that cut down the space available on board.

“Larger ships and less incinerators means you can incinerate less garbage,” he said, adding that Princess and Holland America are working to significantly cut down or end trash disposal in Juneau.

He said he’s also asked the ship’s hotel departments not to throw out furnishings while in port. Sometimes they donate items locally, like chairs no longer needed on board. But other things, like mattresses, often end up in the landfill.

Alaska Public Media / NPR / PBS 2021

Chinese Ships Dump Tons of Human Waste in Ocean

Multiple Chinese vessels dumping tons of human waste were spotted in the South China Sea, according to the US-based geo-spatial imagery company Simularity.

The report posted images appearing to show ships over the past five years that were taken by satellites of the European Space Agency.

When the ships don’t move, the poop piles up. The hundreds of ships that are anchored in the Spratlys are dumping raw sewage onto the reefs they are occupying”, Liz Derr, the CEO and co-founder of the company said. “This is a catastrophe of epic proportions and we are close to the point of no return”.

She claimed that at least “236 ships” had been spotted in the area, and noted that the growing amount of human waste affects the rise in Chlorophyll-a, which can cause harmful algae activity in the area.

According to her, this may result in a rapid decline in fish stock, creating “a dead zone” like in many other places in the world by over-fishing or even other pollutants are dumped in the sea.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian called the study a “big joke, accusing Simularity of “fabricating facts, violating professional ethics and spreading rumors about China”.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. tweeted the report was “fake”. However cruise ships and other transportation vessels dump oil and human waste in the ocean polluting the high seas.

Authorities in the Philippines have vowed to investigate the issue, but Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana shared the Chinese spokesman’s suspicions about the allegations, saying that “the photo of a ship seen dumping waste accompanying the report was found to have been taken in the Australian Great Barrier Reef in 2014?

Anti China Propaganda, fabricating BS to keep the phony ‘malign’ Chinese activities 24/7 in the combined western Fake-News/Propaganda MSM rotation.

The exact same picture we see in the combined European Fake-News/Propaganda MSM rotation for some years all over Europe fabricated + planted BS about some sort of ‘malign’ elaborate Russian activities 24/7 –

It’s called Information + Propaganda War – This is annoying insulting + pathetic, No wonder why nobody with functioning brain cells trust the western MSM BS’er + Gaslighter in general anymore.

Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2021.

UN warns that the World is facing an unprecedented threat of Food Shortages

Natural disasters, climate change, and grain and livestock diseases are exacerbated by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on agriculture and food security, according to a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report.

The study highlighted that agriculture underpins the livelihoods of over 2.5 billion people – most of them in low-income developing countries – and remains a key driver of development.

At no other point in history has agriculture been faced with such an array of familiar and unfamiliar risks, interacting in a hyper connected world and a precipitously changing landscape.

Industrial Agriculture continues to absorb a disproportionate share of the damage and loss wrought by climate disasters. Their growing frequency and intensity, along with the systemic nature of risk, are upending people’s lives, devastating livelihoods, and jeopardizing our entire food system.

According to the report, from 2008 to 2018, billions of dollars were lost as a result of declines in crop and livestock production in the aftermath of disasters.

Loss over the period amounted to $30 billion for sub-Saharan and North Africa, and slightly lower for Latin America and the Caribbean, at $29 billion.

During the same period, Asia experienced crop and livestock production loss valued at a notable $49 billion. The United Nations warned earlier that more than a billion people could be driven into extreme poverty by 2030, due to the severe long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic. / Crickey Conservation Society 2021.

LOB Verzoek Verkavelings Vergunning Vista Royal en Overdrachtstermijn Infrastructuur

De bestemming van de woonwijk op Vista Royal te Jan Thiel wordt op misdadige wijze geschonden, door het gebied aan te wenden voor massale recreatie doeleinden en het in strijd met de wet verhuren van vakantie woningen, waar geen OB over wordt afgedragen.

De huurders die met de vliegende piratenschepen van de KLM en TUI op Curacao landen vertellen de Immigratie ambtenaren dat zij bij vrienden op bezoek gaan, zodat het verhuren van de dure villa’s niet aangegeven wordt.

Om bovengenoemde redenen mogen de eigenaren geen omzet belasting gaan betalen omdat zij anders zelf aangeven dat zij hun huizen in de woonwijk voor tonnen per jaar onderverhuren en daar niets over hoeven af te rekenen?

De wettelijke woon bestemming wordt dus met handen en voeten geschonden, waarbij feestende vakantie gangers voor veel geluidshinder zorgen, als deze verdwaalde geesten al zuipend ten onder gaan.

De speeltuin op Jan Thiel wordt ook gekenmerkt door schreeuwende kinderen die hun plezier niet onder de banken of stoelen steken, waarbij de basis opvoeding van deze toekomstige doelgroep veel te wensen overlaat.

Het pensioenfonds van Curacao (APC) is als verkavelaar de smaakmaker van deze belasting ontwijkende misdaad organisaties en weigert haar verantwoording te nemen inzake. Bouwvergunningen worden niet gecontroleerd of zij in lijn lopen met de bij de notaris ondertekende welstandsbepalingen die toeristische- en recreatieve activivteiten verbied.

Ook Chogogo, Papagayo en Morena resort wisten (*gedeeltelijk in 2008) in strijd met de EOP wetgeving in beschermd conserverings gebied hun betonnen nederzettingen te bouwen, waar zij de economsiche bezetters een slaap- en vertier plaats aanbieden.

Bij zowel de vakantiewoningen in de woonbuurt van Vista Royal als de vernoemde resorts vindt de afrekening plaats in NL, zodat alleen de lokale accountants er nog een draai aan moeten geven om deze vorm van belasting ontduiking rond te breien.

De toerisme industrie heeft inmiddels de mooiste lokaties van het eiland ingepikt, waar het zelfs op bepaalde lokaties (Corendon-Smeets/Sta.Barbare Plantation-Boase-Cas Abao) verboden toegang is voor het publiek om gratis te bezoeken?

Voor een sector die geen direkte belasting inkomsten opleverd voor het verarmde eilandgebied is dit een doorn in het oog voor de bevolking, die te kampen heeft met minimaal 40% werkeloosheid, veroorzaakt door mensenhandelaren die goedkope arbeidsmigranten in de aanbieding heeft.

De nieuwe regering wenst daarom de koers aan te passen, maar wordt direkt beschuldigd van anti-toerisme beleid door CHATA? Kennelijk wordt er nog niet genoeg verdiend door de rovers en plunderaars, die inmiddels al miljarden wisten weg te sluizen onder toeziend oog van de PAR regenten.

Crickey Amigu di Natura / ABC Flash Point News 2021.

Indonesia & Palm Oil are Killing Orangutans

In the worst man-made environmental disaster since the BP gulf oil spill, vast swaths of vital rain forest habitats in Borneo and Sumatra are being consumed by commercial fire.

These fires were intentionally set by palm oil and paper companies, simply because slash & burn agriculture is the cheapest, fastest way to clear land for plantations, because loggers take too much time to do the job for the multi-national corporations like Palmolive, Unilever and Proctor & Gamble.

But these rapid set fires in Indonesia– tens of thousands of them– are raging out of control due to record drought throughout the region.

In places like Pematang Gadung and Sungai Besar, where the forests are filled with orangutans and other endangered species, some animals have died from smoke inhalation, while others have been poached or abducted into the illegal wildlife trade.

But a precious few are being rescued by non-profit organizations such as International Animal Rescue.

But it’s not just animal life that’s endangered: The toxic haze from Indonesia’s fires has created a thick layer of smog over the entire country.

The city of Palangkaraya has become one of the most polluted places on the planet, and locals are literally choking on the devastating effects of unchecked never ending corporate greed.

Experts believe the impact of carbon released from these burning peat forests on climate change will be catastrophic if something isn’t done soon.

Orangutans are badly affected by the smoke. Some suffer upper respiratory tract infections, which can prove fatal. Some of the babies we’ve taken in recently have been suffering from dehydration and undernourishment through lack of food, as well as breathing problems from the polluted air.

Orangutans are seriously threatened by the composite effect of hunting, logging, conversion of habitat for timber, rubber and, especially, palm oil plantations.

Program Director of IAR’s Indonesian initiatives (Yayasan IAR Indonesia) delivers a rescue service for orangutans, providing sanctuary for those unable to be released, rehabilitation for young orangutans and those suitable for future release, and direct translocation for wild orangutans who need to be moved from one area of forest to another.

As with our other projects, we focus on law enforcement and education. We have a strong community element to our work, working with local people in areas of wild orangutan habitat to establish community forest patrols, ecotourism and alternative livelihoods.

We also have a Human Orangutan Conflict Response Team, which responds to instances of conflict– typically orangutans leaving degraded forest areas and moving onto farms in search of food.

Industrialized agriculture has been an important part of Indonesia’s economy since the 1980s, and large tracts of forests were cleared to make way for rubber and palm oil plantations.

But it’s only in recent years that palm oil has become the largest threat to wild orangutans. Massive amounts of lowland tropical rain forest– the orangutan’s preferred habitat– have been cleared in Sumatra and Borneo to make way for the crops.

In Ketapang, we’ve seen a steady increase in the numbers of orangutans in need of rescue. Up to 75% of the wild population is distributed in non-protected areas, which are mostly used for the development of industrial agriculture, logging and mining. So orangutans are under a lot of anthropocentric pressure.

But the main threat right now is the forest fires raging throughout Borneo, in both non-protected and protected areas. They’re very difficult to stop because of a long-lasting drought caused by El Niño. This will decimate the numbers of orangutans in the wild and, if it continues, put them at serious risk of extinction.

When fires are burning out of control and you see orangutan habitat being destroyed, it’s difficult to see how many of these small populations can survive. Even if we could rescue them all, there’s not enough rescue center space for all of them, nor suitable forest in which to release them.

Even in national parks– which should, legally, be safe havens for wildlife– fires are burning out of control. The largest populations of wild orangutans, in the Sebangau and Tanjung Puting National Parks, are severely threatened.

Fires are started sometimes by industrial plantations who log the area, then start fires to clear the land, which is illegal. Or by locals engaging in slash & burn agriculture. They’re spreading out of control, exacerbated by the unusually long dry season we’re having.

The only way to save the orangutans is by rescuing them and bringing them to the safety of the centre (if they have injuries or are malnourished) or to the wild (if there’s protected forest where they can be safe). At the moment this is difficult, because nowhere is safe from fires.

Rescues are always stressful– risky for the animals and risky for the people. It requires an experienced team that understands their behavior and knows when to take action.

The orangutans must be sedated with a dart gun. The vets calculate the dose and a sniper conducts the darting. The sedated orangutan will fall from the tree, so there has to be a team of people holding a net.

These rescues are often a life-or-death situation because they’re considered the last choice when it’s clear that the orangutan will not survive otherwise.

Once the fires are out, when the rainy season comes (which experts say could take months), we’ll have to assess the areas that have been burnt and can be reforested, and we’ll need funds for that.

Locals normally burn their land to prepare for the next crop rotation. This practice is ingrained in rural Indonesian culture.

To prevent this happening in the future, we’ll need to conduct awareness activities on prevention, such as training farmers in the use of organic farming techniques in which the land does not need to be burnt.

Their plight is very critical and the situation doesn’t seem to be getting better. But we must keep our hopes up, otherwise we wouldn’t be here. We must believe that more people will care about this situation and try to help in every way they can.

Our way of life in the west is directly impacting these orangutans. This palm industrially planted in Indonesia goes to western markets. We must change our way of life if we want to protect the environment. We must push the oil palm industry to stop forest destruction.

We won’t be able to save the orangutans if the private sector– the oil palm industry– does not take an active role in conservation and minimize the devastating effects of their business activities on the biodiversity of Borneo and Sumatra.

Baby orangutans normally learn survival skills from their mother, but orphans must learn from other orangutans. The rehabilitation center is like a “forest school” for these orphaned babies.

Our caregivers spend all day with these orangutans in the forest, so we need two to three shifts of people daily, because all orangutans must be under the watch of our caretakers and vets.

Green Global Travel/ Crickey Conservation Society Foundation Curacao.

Mount ETNA bursts into Action

Italy’s Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, erupted on Tuesday, creating a fountain of lava and sending plumes of orange smoke into the sky. The eruption forced Sicily’s Catania Airport to temporarily close — which often happens when the volcano is active.

Residents in the village of Pedara near the crater said it spewed not only ash, but also big chunks of volcanic stones throughout the area, but no injuries or deaths have been reported.

It was a rain of stones, resident Letizia Olivieri told the Associated Press. Something she never saw in her entire life. The Sicilian village was in emergency mode, the mayor said, as residents and municipal teams worked to clean up the ashes on the street Wednesday.

Large streams of red hot lava shot into the night sky as Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, leaped into action. Bursts of sweltering hot lava shot into the sky at around 9 p.m, on Wednesday.

The approximate 10,800-feet-high volcano can burst into spectacular action several times a year, spewing lava and ash high over the Mediterranean island of Sicily. The last major eruption, threatening the small town of Linguaglossa, was in 2002.

Kold News 13 / Crickey Conservation Society 2021.

USA Preparing for Winter Storms Next Week

It’s the dead of winter, but apparently Old Man Winter didn’t get the memo until the middle of January. Harsh winter weather and widespread, heavy snowfalls have largely been absent from the lower 48 states in recent weeks, but that drought is about to end in dramatic fashion.

A duo of storms, with the second one expected to be much stronger and larger, will deal wintry blows to portions of the Midwest and Northeast this weekend and early next week.

Both storms are likely to produce substantial delays on the highways and lead to airline delays and flight cancellations even if some of the major hubs in the Midwest and Northeast manage to dodge wintry precipitation from one or both systems.

For part of the North Central states, a one-two punch is possible with snow or a wintry mix potentially overlapping from both storms in parts of Nebraska, Iowa and the northern parts of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Southern parts of Wisconsin and Michigan could also get walloped by back-to-back episodes of winter weather.

The first storm is forecast to produce a large swath of 1-3 inches of snow from parts of the northern Plains to the Midwest during this weekend.

Within this light snow area will be a patch of moderate to locally heavy snow with accumulations of 3-6 inches and an AccuWeather StormMax™ of 10 inches.

Snow could begin on Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis, and before it tapers off by late Saturday night, the city may be under a blanket of 3 to 6 inches of snow.

Chicago residents could wake up to snow falling on Sunday morning — after it begins late Saturday night. When all is said and done, the Windy City may be coated by an inch or so of snow from the storm.

From 3 to 6 inches of snow is forecast to fall on Green Bay, Wisconsin, Saturday night into the midday hours on Sunday. Snow is expected to taper off prior to the NFC Championship Game between the Buccaneers and the Packers on Sunday, but crews may be busy removing snow from the field, sidelines and stands ahead of the game.

Snowfall is forecast to diminish as the system approaches the eastern part of the Great Lakes region and the central Appalachians late Sunday and Sunday night. However, a bigger storm will already be starting to cause trouble over parts of the Plains by that time.

A storm for the first part of next week is on track to produce snow, ice and a wintry mix along an approximately 1,500-mile-long zone from parts of Kansas to eastern New York state and southern New England.

Travel woes could be felt across many areas of the country due to the extensive wintry precipitation predicted. Travel along I-25 in the Rockies and along the I-95 corridor in the East as well as along I-70 and I-80 in the Central and Eastern states is likely to become tricky — and motorists may face downright dangerous conditions on the roads over long stretches of highway.

Across areas farther south, mostly rain will fall. Even though visibility may drop in the heaviest rain and lead to hazardous travel at times, travel concerns are likely to be much less widespread.

The track of the second storm — which is expected to be both stronger and larger than the first — is not set in stone at this time. Which areas of the Central and Northeastern states get hit the hardest will depend on the northward versus southward extent of the storm’s long west to east swath of snow and ice.

It’s possible that the storm will trek farther to the north across the nation and move eastward from Kansas to Pennsylvania. A swath of significant snow on the order of 1-6 inches could fall from Nebraska to northern Pennsylvania, New York state and southern New England if the storm takes this more northern route.

If the storm dips a bit farther to the south instead and travels eastward from Oklahoma to Virginia, then snow and a variety of other types of wintry precipitation, including sleet and freezing rain, would aim for areas from Kansas to southern Pennsylvania, Maryland, northern Virginia, Delaware and southern New Jersey. The latter scenario could put places like Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., on alert.

Should the storm track somewhere in between those two scenarios, then the bulk of snow and ice could also shift around, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Courtney Travis.

A narrow swath or pockets of heavier snow, on the order of 6-12 inches, will occur where all or mostly snow falls. There is the risk of a small amount of freezing rain and/or sleet with the storm. Both can make for dangerous driving and walking conditions although a glaze of freezing rain can be especially treacherous for travel and power outage concerns.

Just as there could be pockets of heavier snowfall, there is the risk of locally moderate to heavy amounts of ice in parts of the Midwest and central Appalachians.

AccuWeather meteorologists are also monitoring the potential for a secondary storm to form along the mid-Atlantic coast at the last minute on Tuesday. If that storm develops, it is likely it would trap a wedge of cold air across the central Appalachians and along the mid-Atlantic coast.

Temperatures could be suppressed below freezing in the corridor from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia and New York City, with the potential for the storm to bring all or mostly snow and/or ice.

The Twin Cities were smacked by heavy snowfall earlier this season, but amounts have been falling short of normal since December 1. Minneapolis already eclipsed last season’s snowfall with 33.9 inches, compared to the 33.2 inches that fell during all of last winter.

Chicago and Indianapolis have received only about 50% of their normal snowfall for the season to date as of January 21. Chicago has picked up 8.6 inches, and Indianapolis has picked up 5.4 inches so far. One or both of these cities could trend close to their average snowfall to date in the wake of the winter storms into early next week.

Farther to the east, New York City, Boston and Philadelphia have experienced close to their average seasonal snowfall amounts to date, with 10.5, 17.5 and 6.6 inches respectively. Pittsburgh has picked up nearly double its normal snowfall to date with 34.6 inches.

However, not all of the East has received a boon of snowfall this season. Washington, D.C., is in the midst of a snowfall drought, much like the area had last winter. Less than 0.1 of an inch of snow has fallen in the nation’s capital so far this year. Normally, the city picks up an average of 6.1 inches to date.

Accu / Crickey Conservation Society 2021.

Trophy Hunters Killed 1.7 Million Animals since 2010

The bloodthirsty “sport” of trophy hunting managed to kill one animal every three minutes over the past decades, according to a devastating new exposé of the industry.

Over 1.7 million animals – including elephants, lions, and rhinos – have been slaughtered by trophy hunters, with the wealthiest among them paying top dollar to kill rare and endangered creatures hovering at the brink of extinction.

Future generations will look back aghast at how we allowed the world’s most endangered species to be gunned down in their droves by adrenaline junkies in pursuit of grinning selfies and gruesome souvenirs.

The grim data underscores the ties between an industry that rakes in over $400 million per year and the global elites thirsty for a chance to kill the rare animals that conservationists have tirelessly worked to rescue.

The new book, entitled Trophy Leaks: Top Hunters and Industry Secrets, was written by Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting (CBTH) founder Eduardo Gonçalves, and exposes the shocking scale of an industry that disingenuously claims that it is pursuing the aim of conservation.

Instead, the book reveals that trophy hunters have killed some “100 endangered animals” every day in 2018.

The book, which also relies on analysis by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, shows that the life of an animal is taken for sport every three minutes in a blatantly irresponsible contribution to a loss of biodiversity that has seen the global rate of species extinction accelerate to unprecedented levels in recent decades.

For this reason, Gonçalves aptly characterizes the trophy hunting trade as an extinction industry that banks on the wholesale slaughter of creatures.

An estimated 1.7 million animals were shot by trophy hunters over the past decade – the equivalent of almost 500 animals a day, or one every 3 minutes.

The book also reveals how shills for the game-hunting industry have run high-profile disinformation campaigns on social media to counter the efforts of the U.K. government to outlaw imports linked to trophy hunters.

About £600,000 (USD $800,000) was used to prop up sock puppet accounts on Facebook and Twitter that purported to be Africans opposed to Boris Johnson’s pledge to ban trophy imports to Britain.

According to the book, nearly 800 hunters have won the “African Big 5” prize from the industry, which rewards those who have slain at least one buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and black or white rhino.

Hunting lobbyists with the Safari Club International (SCI) industry association have also awarded special prizes to hunters who have killed over 80 different African species.

Hunting advocates have also allegedly pledged over $2 million to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in hopes of seeing a generous return on investments under his administration.

Trophy-hunting isn’t about a handful of sick individuals – it is about a huge global industry which wields extraordinary power and manipulates governments.

The Mind Unleashed / Crickey Conservation Society.

Forest Garden with 500 Edible Plants

Historically, farms and forests have been at odds. Conventional wisdom says we have to cut down the forest to make way for agriculture. But a growing movement called Agro-Forestry “capitalizes” on the free services forests provide farmers and gardeners.

A forest garden with 500 edible plants requires only a few hours of work per month to reveal the answer. Not only do trees protect more delicate edible plants from the elements and extreme weather, they provide nutrients, water, pest control and pollination services.

Although you might not find all your traditional annual veggies in a forest garden, you will discover hundreds of new varieties of edible plants you never knew existed, that are often more nutrient-dense and flavorful.

And if you choose your plants carefully, they will propagate themselves each year and live symbiotically among the hundreds of diverse species around them, requiring no tilling, planting, fertilizing, weeding or watering.

This is what Martin Crawford has done in his 2-acre forest garden in England for over 20 years — let it do the work for him for the most part, after a few years of research and legwork.

While the initial planting of the forest required years of research and watering, Crawford now has over 500 varieties of food growing wild in his garden, which requires very little work other than plucking and eating the fruits of his “labor.”

From time to time, he adds a new exotic species to his garden or stomps on some overgrown cow parsley to give other herbs a chance to catch up, but for the most part, he’s “playing and tinkering” in his garden, rather than doing anything that resembles work.

A complete garden should include 7 layers :

1. Tall trees

2. Smaller trees

3. Shrubs

4. Perrenials

5. Groundcover

6. Root crops

7. Climbing vines

It includes directly useful plants like fruit trees, nuts, tubers, vegetables, medicinal herbs, timber. It also includes indirectly useful plants that help the system function better like nitrogen fixers, mineral accumulators, plants that attract beneficial insects that eat pests.

Because almost all of the plants are perennial, there’s no need to “dig the soil.” Not digging the soil is really important in terms of sustainability because every time you dig the soil, a load of carbon goes into the air.

Additionally, digging or tilling the soil to plant annual crops, releases nutrients, and kills bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms that keep the soil alive by exposing them to the sun.

The soil in a forest garden is extra rich because the deep tree roots breakdown minerals deep in the subsoil and bring the nutrients up to the topsoil. They also drop leaves, which act as a natural compost.

Also, the canopy layer of the trees keeps moisture from evaporating out of the garden, so that as your forest grows denser you will have to do less and less watering. When forests grow big enough, they create their own rainfall, eliminating the need for irrigation altogether.

And… Crawford notes, the forest attracts wild game, so if you’re into meat, you don’t have to raise it, you can just shoot it. So, in short, don’t clear the forest to start a farm, let the forest grow your food for you.

Creating a Forest Garden / Crickey Conservation Society 2020.

The Human Body responds to Sharp Changes in Solar & Geomagnetic Activity

Multiple studies have shown how changes In solar & geomagnetic activity correlate with human biology. This is usually measured by autonomic nervous system activity. Now, how much of an influence does the Cosmos have on human consciousness?

Over the past few years, a number of publications have emerged from scientists and researchers all over the world regarding the human magnetic field.

Not only have they been studying the human magnetic field, they’ve also been studying the magnetic field of the planet, and how all these fields, including our own, can impact ourselves and the people around us.

It’s similar to quantum entanglement, in that both show that everybody and every living thing is “connected” in ways we have yet to fully understand.

A large portion of the research at the HearthMath Institute has investigated heart and brain interaction. Researchers have examined how the heart and brain communicate with each other and how that affects our consciousness and the way in which we perceive our world.

For example, when a person is feeling really positive emotions like gratitude, love, or appreciation, the heart beats out a certain message. Because the heart beats out the largest electromagnetic field produced in the body, it can yield significant data for researchers.

Now, the Institute has published new research which suggests that daily autonomic nervous system activity not only responds to changes in solar and geomagnetic activity, but also synchronizes with the time-varying magnetic fields associated with geo-matic field-line resonances and Schumann resonances.

In 1952, German physicist and professor W.O. Schumann of the Technical University of Munich began attempting to answer whether or not the Earth itself has a frequency — a pulse.

His assumption about the existence of this frequency came from his understanding that when a sphere exists inside of another sphere, an electrical tension is created.

Since the negatively charged Earth exists inside the positively charged ionosphere, there must be tension between the two, giving the Earth a specific frequency.

Following his assumptions, through a series of calculations he was able to land upon a frequency he believed was the pulse of the Earth. This frequency was 10hz.

It wasn’t until 1954 that Schumann teamed up with another scientist, Herbert König, and confirmed that the resonance of the Earth maintained a frequency of 7.83 Hz.

This discovery was later tested out by several scientists and confirmed. Since then, the Schumann Resonance has been the accepted term to describe or measure the pulse or heartbeat of the earth.

The preliminary findings have confirmed and extended the results of the first study and they indicate humanity’s heart rhythms are synchronized on a global scale. We are synchronized not only with each other, but also with the earth’s energetic systems.

The results are consistent with other studies showing that changes in solar and geomagnetic activity correlate with changes in the human nervous system activity.

It’s long been known that all biological systems on Earth are exposed to invisible magnetic fields of all kinds, and at all range of frequencies, and that these fields can affect every cell and circuit to a greater or lesser degree.

A number of physiological rhythms, as the study points out, have been shown to be synchronized with solar and geomagnetic activity.

Human regulatory systems are designed to adapt to daily and seasonal climatic and geomagnetic variations; however, sharp changes in solar and geomagnetic activity and geomagnetic storms can stress these regulatory systems, resulting in alterations in melatonin/serotonin balance, blood pressure, immune system, reproductive, cardiac, and neurological processes.

Disturbed geomagnetic activity is associated with the intensification of existing diseases, significant increases in myocardial infarction incidence and death, changes in blood flow, aggregation, and coagulation, increased blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, and seizures in epileptics.

The study outlines how, during periods of increased solar activity, which peaks every 10.5 to 11 years, “the sun emits increased ultraviolet (UV) energy and solar radio flub, which is measured by the 2.8 GHz signal” and “although the details of the physiological mechanisms in humans and animals are not yet fully understood.

However, it is apparent that solar and magnetic influences affect a wide range of human health and behavioral processes, with the cardiovascular and nervous systems being the most clearly affected.

The study goes on to outline several examples where the human autonomic nervous system seems to be responding to this type of activity.

  • The Earth’s magnetic fields are a carrier of biologically relevant information that connects all living systems
  • Every person affects this global information field. Large numbers of people creating heart-coherent states of love, appreciation, care, and compassion can generate a more coherent field environment that benefits others and helps off-set the current planetary discord and incoherence
  • There is a feedback loop between human beings and Earth’s energetic/magnetic systems
  • Earth has several sources of magnetic fields that affect us all. Two of them are the geomagnetic field that emanates from the core of the Earth, and the fields that exist between Earth and the ionosphere. These fields surround the entire planet and act as protective shields blocking out the harmful effects of solar radiation, cosmic rays, sand, and other forms of space weather. Without these fields, ice as we know it could not exist on Earth. They are part of the dynamic ecosystem of our planet.
  • The Earth and ionosphere generate frequencies that range from 0.01 hertz to 300 hertz, some of which are in the exact same frequency range as the one happening in our brain, cardiovascular system, and autonomic nervous system. This fact is one way to explain how fluctuations in the Earth’s and Sun’s magnetic fields can influence us.
  • Changes in these fields have also been shown to affect our brain waves, heart rhythms, memory, athletics performance, and overall halth.Changes in the Earth’s fields from extreme solar activity have been linked to some of humanity’s greatest creations of art, as well as some of its most tragic events.
  • We know how these fields affect us, but what about how we affect these fields? That’s the real question here. GCI scientists believe that because brainwave and heart rhythm frequencies overlap the Earth’s field resonance, we are not just receivers of biologically relevant information, but also feed information into the global field, thus creating a feedback loop with the Earth’s magnetic fields.

Research is indicating that human emotions and consciousness encode information into the geomagnetic field and this encoded information is distributed globally. The Earth’s magnetic fields act as carrier waves for this information which influences all living systems and the collective consciousness.

These days, it’s not just knowing information and facts that will create change, it’s changing ourselves, how we go about communicating, and re-assessing the underlying stories, ideas and beliefs that form our world.

We have to practice these things if we truly want to change. At Collective Evolution and CETV, this is a big part of our mission.

Amongst 100’s of hours of exclusive content, we have recently completed two short courses to help you become an effective change maker, one called Profound Realization and the other called How To Do An Effective Media Detox.

Collective Evolution / Crickey Conservation Society 2020.