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Zandvoort: A Dutch Town Caught Between Sustainability And Tourism
Zandvoort. A place in the Netherlands that you might be familiar with for a number of reasons. One, its racetrack that has just been re-added to the Formula 1 agenda, the Mecca of motorsports. Two, the beaches that gave it its official monicker of Amsterdam Beach. And three, the excessive controversy that it generates over a wide range of topics, including deer, windmills and sand lizards. Deer Controversy Yours truly had the pleasure of experiencing some of this commotion that frequently rocks this community of 17.000 people. Just last year, I was commissioned by the municipality to write an article on the ‘deer plague’. Deer have been roaming the streets of the town for quite some time, an easy day trip for them from the neighbouring Waterleidingduinen dunes. They especially enjoy the wealth of tasty flowers in residents’ front yards and the plates left out for them by some elderly citizens. Tourists enjoy the view and will gladly proffer all sorts of unsuitable foods for the animals to eat, just to get their selfie in. Recommended:  UN Shows Human Devastating Impact On Nature: Worldwide Long story short, the story never ran. The ‘pro’ side thought my article, discussing the dangers of feeding the deer, was an exaggeration and suggested that the deer are best kept out of the town center altogether. (To be fair, they probably are - deer-car collisions are a common event.) The ‘con’ side criticised the lack of punitive measures against those who dare to feed the deer, something that should have - obviously - been highlighted in the article. What is the history of Zandvoort? Zandvoort is known to exist in 1100, called Sandevoerde, meaning ford; compare English Sandford). Until 1722 the area was under the control of the Lords of Brederode. The village was dependent on fishing for many centuries until the 19th century when it started to transform itself into a seaside resort. Formula 1 Rocking The Community Neither party was willing to put their name behind it, and thus, the article - aptly titled ‘Loitering Obese Deer: Stop The Feeding’ - died a silent death. It is characteristic of the way in which the town never quite seems to agree on anything. Winning the Formula 1 bid was a dream come true for many, especially those who treasure fond memories of the times that the likes of Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda graced the asphalt.   What has Zandvoort to offer? Zandvoort is a municipality in the province of North Holland, Netherlands. It is one of the major beach resorts of the Netherlands; it has a long sandy beach, bordered by coastal dunes. It is also the site of the country's most important auto racing circuit, Circuit Zandvoort. At the same time, environmental movements jumped in to proclaim their disapproval. The government surely did not consider the emissions? The impact that the sound would have on the animals living in nearby National Parks? How the planned expansions of the racetrack would destroy the habitat of the sand lizard? As we speak, they are probably still somewhere tied up in court, feebly objecting against a done deal that is sure to draw many thousands to the coastal town just west of Amsterdam. Recommended:  China Will Lead Electric Car Revolution: FIA E-Grand Prix Wind Farm: Sustainability Or Horizon Pollution Just a few years before, a similar bout of controversy hit the streets when energy provider Eneco revealed plans to build a wind farm in the sea, just some 23 kilometers from the shore. These monsters would surely ruin the views and generate all sorts of problems. The fact that these windmills would provide a generous amount of renewable energy was easily overlooked: when having to choose between having a good view or getting more clean energy sources, some would certainly prefer the former. {youtube}                                                           Animatie van transport- en installatieschip Aeolus Once again, it is typical for a beach town that has found itself torn between sustainability and tourism. On the one hand, attracting visitors has always taken the lead - with the dunes and the sea, along with many motorsports events, it has drawn quite a few holidaymakers. These very same tourists are, however, polluting and damaging the environment.    National Park Wants Sustainable Tourism National Park ‘Zuid Kennemerland’ that is bordering Zandvoort is clearly feeling the stress, with visitors often leaving the designated paths to explore or chase after the local fauna. The litter they leave behind, along with the vegetation they accidentally destroy, has left its traces on the precious landscape. This is why the park directors have recently presented their plan for ‘sustainable tourism’ in the area. Recommended:  Climate Change: Ticks And Oak Processionary Caterpillars They presented their vision in a 30-page document, that highlights how growing tourism and recreation in the area can go hand in hand with protection, preservation and perception of the vulnerable natural heritage. This is done through extensive zoning, with dedicated areas for walking, bird spotting, biking, boating, or other recreational activities.   What is special about one of its beaches? There is a nudist beach located about 2 km to the south, with 6 cafés or restaurants; it extends several kilometres further south. The paths will be indicated more clearly, sufficient trashcans will be provided, and the area will be patrolled regularly by forest rangers. Through extensive marketing campaigns, both visitors and local residents will be made aware of the rules and, if possible, involved in the process of protecting nature. Tapping in to the community at large to help preserve the precious area is a risky, albeit potentially rewarding way of creating a more sustainable park. The critical reader, however, will quickly notice that real, binding commitments are sorely missing. Hosting A Sustainable Grand Prix In a similar move, the racetrack has vaguely promised to not only be a polluter and disruptor to the environment. The government has claimed that the current expansion will actually benefit nature. It will make it harder, if not impossible, for racefans to access the dune area surrounding the track. In the past, visitors have spread out over the terrain in an attempt to find front-row seats in the dunes, something that will now no longer be possible. Makes it almost easy to forget that the affected dune area will take at least 10 to 15 years to recover from the damage done. How developed Zandvoort after WW2 After the war, the town's growth accelerated, matching the growth in tourism. In 1948, Circuit Zandvoort was built, hosting the Dutch Grand Prix for several decades, until 1985. The Dutch GP will return in 2020, in the 2020 Formula One World Championship The lawsuit that the city faced, initiated by organisations worrying about the fate of - most notably - the sand lizard, revealed that all possible efforts were taken to remove all animals and transport them to a safer place. Other lawsuits that were protesting against the noise and pollution caused by traffic highlighted that the city is trying to get visitors to come by train or bike, for which they have pledged to improve train operations and increase the number of beds available in the surrounding area. Trapped Between Sustainability And Tourism All in all, Zandvoort has set its sights on hosting the ‘greenest Formula 1 race’, casually mentioning initiatives like local sourcing and planting trees to compensate for emissions. Yet it seems fairly non-committal as well. It almost appears as if the plans were written by the same committee that was responsible for the National Park’s vision. Or the promotion sheet of the windmill parks just offshore. I present you Zandvoort, a town inherently trapped between sustainability and tourism. Before you go! Recommended:  Earth Matters. Nature And Us: What Was, What’s Left: Hope? Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about the environment in your area? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Zandvoort. A place in the Netherlands that you might be familiar with for a number of reasons. One, its racetrack that has just been re-added to the Formula 1 agenda, the Mecca of motorsports. Two, the beaches that gave it its official monicker of Amsterdam Beach. And three, the excessive controversy that it generates over a wide range of topics, including deer, windmills and sand lizards. Deer Controversy Yours truly had the pleasure of experiencing some of this commotion that frequently rocks this community of 17.000 people. Just last year, I was commissioned by the municipality to write an article on the ‘deer plague’. Deer have been roaming the streets of the town for quite some time, an easy day trip for them from the neighbouring Waterleidingduinen dunes. They especially enjoy the wealth of tasty flowers in residents’ front yards and the plates left out for them by some elderly citizens. Tourists enjoy the view and will gladly proffer all sorts of unsuitable foods for the animals to eat, just to get their selfie in. Recommended:  UN Shows Human Devastating Impact On Nature: Worldwide Long story short, the story never ran. The ‘pro’ side thought my article, discussing the dangers of feeding the deer, was an exaggeration and suggested that the deer are best kept out of the town center altogether. (To be fair, they probably are - deer-car collisions are a common event.) The ‘con’ side criticised the lack of punitive measures against those who dare to feed the deer, something that should have - obviously - been highlighted in the article. What is the history of Zandvoort? Zandvoort is known to exist in 1100, called Sandevoerde, meaning ford; compare English Sandford). Until 1722 the area was under the control of the Lords of Brederode. The village was dependent on fishing for many centuries until the 19th century when it started to transform itself into a seaside resort. Formula 1 Rocking The Community Neither party was willing to put their name behind it, and thus, the article - aptly titled ‘Loitering Obese Deer: Stop The Feeding’ - died a silent death. It is characteristic of the way in which the town never quite seems to agree on anything. Winning the Formula 1 bid was a dream come true for many, especially those who treasure fond memories of the times that the likes of Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda graced the asphalt.   What has Zandvoort to offer? Zandvoort is a municipality in the province of North Holland, Netherlands. It is one of the major beach resorts of the Netherlands; it has a long sandy beach, bordered by coastal dunes. It is also the site of the country's most important auto racing circuit, Circuit Zandvoort. At the same time, environmental movements jumped in to proclaim their disapproval. The government surely did not consider the emissions? The impact that the sound would have on the animals living in nearby National Parks? How the planned expansions of the racetrack would destroy the habitat of the sand lizard? As we speak, they are probably still somewhere tied up in court, feebly objecting against a done deal that is sure to draw many thousands to the coastal town just west of Amsterdam. Recommended:  China Will Lead Electric Car Revolution: FIA E-Grand Prix Wind Farm: Sustainability Or Horizon Pollution Just a few years before, a similar bout of controversy hit the streets when energy provider Eneco revealed plans to build a wind farm in the sea, just some 23 kilometers from the shore. These monsters would surely ruin the views and generate all sorts of problems. The fact that these windmills would provide a generous amount of renewable energy was easily overlooked: when having to choose between having a good view or getting more clean energy sources, some would certainly prefer the former. {youtube}                                                           Animatie van transport- en installatieschip Aeolus Once again, it is typical for a beach town that has found itself torn between sustainability and tourism. On the one hand, attracting visitors has always taken the lead - with the dunes and the sea, along with many motorsports events, it has drawn quite a few holidaymakers. These very same tourists are, however, polluting and damaging the environment.    National Park Wants Sustainable Tourism National Park ‘Zuid Kennemerland’ that is bordering Zandvoort is clearly feeling the stress, with visitors often leaving the designated paths to explore or chase after the local fauna. The litter they leave behind, along with the vegetation they accidentally destroy, has left its traces on the precious landscape. This is why the park directors have recently presented their plan for ‘sustainable tourism’ in the area. Recommended:  Climate Change: Ticks And Oak Processionary Caterpillars They presented their vision in a 30-page document, that highlights how growing tourism and recreation in the area can go hand in hand with protection, preservation and perception of the vulnerable natural heritage. This is done through extensive zoning, with dedicated areas for walking, bird spotting, biking, boating, or other recreational activities.   What is special about one of its beaches? There is a nudist beach located about 2 km to the south, with 6 cafés or restaurants; it extends several kilometres further south. The paths will be indicated more clearly, sufficient trashcans will be provided, and the area will be patrolled regularly by forest rangers. Through extensive marketing campaigns, both visitors and local residents will be made aware of the rules and, if possible, involved in the process of protecting nature. Tapping in to the community at large to help preserve the precious area is a risky, albeit potentially rewarding way of creating a more sustainable park. The critical reader, however, will quickly notice that real, binding commitments are sorely missing. Hosting A Sustainable Grand Prix In a similar move, the racetrack has vaguely promised to not only be a polluter and disruptor to the environment. The government has claimed that the current expansion will actually benefit nature. It will make it harder, if not impossible, for racefans to access the dune area surrounding the track. In the past, visitors have spread out over the terrain in an attempt to find front-row seats in the dunes, something that will now no longer be possible. Makes it almost easy to forget that the affected dune area will take at least 10 to 15 years to recover from the damage done. How developed Zandvoort after WW2 After the war, the town's growth accelerated, matching the growth in tourism. In 1948, Circuit Zandvoort was built, hosting the Dutch Grand Prix for several decades, until 1985. The Dutch GP will return in 2020, in the 2020 Formula One World Championship The lawsuit that the city faced, initiated by organisations worrying about the fate of - most notably - the sand lizard, revealed that all possible efforts were taken to remove all animals and transport them to a safer place. Other lawsuits that were protesting against the noise and pollution caused by traffic highlighted that the city is trying to get visitors to come by train or bike, for which they have pledged to improve train operations and increase the number of beds available in the surrounding area. Trapped Between Sustainability And Tourism All in all, Zandvoort has set its sights on hosting the ‘greenest Formula 1 race’, casually mentioning initiatives like local sourcing and planting trees to compensate for emissions. Yet it seems fairly non-committal as well. It almost appears as if the plans were written by the same committee that was responsible for the National Park’s vision. Or the promotion sheet of the windmill parks just offshore. I present you Zandvoort, a town inherently trapped between sustainability and tourism. Before you go! Recommended:  Earth Matters. Nature And Us: What Was, What’s Left: Hope? Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about the environment in your area? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Zandvoort: A Dutch Town Caught Between Sustainability And Tourism
Zandvoort: A Dutch Town Caught Between Sustainability And Tourism
We Created The Coronavirus: A Milieu Flaw That Will Kill Us
You have probably read a great deal about the Corona virus outbreak thus far, whether this is of your own choosing or forced upon you by the mass media. At times, turning on the tv might feel as if you have tuned into one of those apocalypse movies that start with a man-created virus that sweeps the world in a deadly pandemic.   The Corona Virus Spreading Like Wildfire Warning: Disturbing Photo's & Video! Thousands of people have been confirmed infected with the potentially lethal disease originating from Wuhan, China. A few hundreds have died thus far. It is not just the medical world that is frantically trying to find ways of reigning in the outbreak, other industries are equally affected - from the hit that China’s famed industry is taking to airlines ceasing their China operations and politics’ attempts to ban anything and anyone coming from the affected region. The one industry that is thriving is that for face masks, which are now sported by those who still dare to walk on the streets of ground-zero city Wuhan. Although its protective effect has not been proven thus far, people are eager to find a way of averting this imminent doom. The disease that once started as a relatively innocent bug floating around at a live animal market, is now starting to gain traction and spreading fast and furiously.   Man Made Diseases: Corona Virus Explained While the name might put you in a sunny mood, thinking of warm beaches and refreshing lemon-infused beer, nothing would have been further from the minds of the group of Chinese scientists who isolated, identified and named the virus. Their general consensus is that the disease jumped from animal to man at the end of last year; with bats being the main suspect for having transferred it - possibly through other animals - to us. Recommended:  Coronavirus, Flu And Climate Change: Is There A Connection? And while some may claim that this virus is just a stroke of bad luck, the reality is that we are the ones who started it. We are responsible for each and every person that dies at the hands of this horrible disease. No, we did not singlehandedly inject a supervirus into the blood flow of unsuspecting fellow human beings - that I give you. But we did create the circumstances that have allowed all of the current heartbreak to occur. Destroying Habitats For Animals And Their Diseases This includes the fact that we are overcrowding our planet, that is seemingly bursting at its seams. Never before have there been so many of us, a growth that is expected to continue exponentially. This means that we are constantly trying to find more places to live and more food to put in our mouths. All 7.6 billion of us are trying to find our place in this world, and if this means that we have to take it away from precious rainforests, savannahs and wetlands, then so be it. {youtube}                                                    This may explain the spread of China's new virus We are using up the earth’s scarce resources and polluting her to a point where she will no longer be able to rebound on her own accord. At the same time, we are moving into the habitat of animals, who will find themselves forced to relocate to lands that they definitely not suited for. The distance between animal and human has decreased, making it much easier for diseases to jump from animal to human. Recommended:  Climate Change Africa, Pakistan: Locust Destroy All Crops Add to this that we are eager for food, and it is not hard to see why this forced relocation of animals will lead to an increase in animal trade as well. Viruses that were previously only hosted by animals are now uprooted in a similar fashion. They also need a different ecosystem, and unfortunately, we make some pretty good hosts. Live Animals Markets At The Root The number of diseases that have evolved in such a fashion are numerous. SARS, MERS, Ebola, West Nile, bird flu, H.I.V. - all examples of how we are getting too close to animals. It does not help that live animal markets are still largely unregulated in large parts of Asia and Africa, meaning that a wide variety of wild animals can be traded easily and freely.   These omnivorous markets are as fascinating to the Western eye as they are dangerous. Animals that are not normally confronted with humans - or each other - are packed together tightly in a loud and largely unhygienic setting. Ground zero for dangerous disease mutations if you ever saw one. Granted, China has now forbidden such markets, although many fear this is merely a temporary measure in response to the Corona virus. Bio Industry To Blame Equally Westerners typically look down upon the live animal trading practices that are commonplace to our eastern neighbours. Unfortunately they are far from saints either. In Europe and North America, the bio industry is thriving - with farms looking more and more like factories instead of traditional animal husbandry operations. In these livestock factories, animals are equally packed, allowing for an easy spread of diseases.   The BSE-disease did not originate from some exotic animal, it was our own, trustworthy cow that caused all of the distress. Affected animals are quick to infect one another and, if in close proximity to other animals or humans, create some hybrid virus that could prove to be lethal. The widespread use of antibiotics in the sector is only adding to this problem, creating super strong and hyper resistant strains that are hard, if not impossible, to treat. So, time to ‘fess up. We did create the Corona virus. Through our lacklustre attitude towards animals and animal trade. Through our insatiable urge to expand, and thus reduce treasured ecosystems. Through our profit-oriented way of living. And yes, it is much harder to cure the virus than it seemingly was to create it. This juxtaposition should in and of itself provide sufficient food for thought for those who still refuse to face the truth. Before you go! Recommended:  Coronavirus Symptoms Clarified: Males 50+ Are Most At Risk Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about the Coronavirus, the environment and/or wet markets? Click on  'Re g ister'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
You have probably read a great deal about the Corona virus outbreak thus far, whether this is of your own choosing or forced upon you by the mass media. At times, turning on the tv might feel as if you have tuned into one of those apocalypse movies that start with a man-created virus that sweeps the world in a deadly pandemic.   The Corona Virus Spreading Like Wildfire Warning: Disturbing Photo's & Video! Thousands of people have been confirmed infected with the potentially lethal disease originating from Wuhan, China. A few hundreds have died thus far. It is not just the medical world that is frantically trying to find ways of reigning in the outbreak, other industries are equally affected - from the hit that China’s famed industry is taking to airlines ceasing their China operations and politics’ attempts to ban anything and anyone coming from the affected region. The one industry that is thriving is that for face masks, which are now sported by those who still dare to walk on the streets of ground-zero city Wuhan. Although its protective effect has not been proven thus far, people are eager to find a way of averting this imminent doom. The disease that once started as a relatively innocent bug floating around at a live animal market, is now starting to gain traction and spreading fast and furiously.   Man Made Diseases: Corona Virus Explained While the name might put you in a sunny mood, thinking of warm beaches and refreshing lemon-infused beer, nothing would have been further from the minds of the group of Chinese scientists who isolated, identified and named the virus. Their general consensus is that the disease jumped from animal to man at the end of last year; with bats being the main suspect for having transferred it - possibly through other animals - to us. Recommended:  Coronavirus, Flu And Climate Change: Is There A Connection? And while some may claim that this virus is just a stroke of bad luck, the reality is that we are the ones who started it. We are responsible for each and every person that dies at the hands of this horrible disease. No, we did not singlehandedly inject a supervirus into the blood flow of unsuspecting fellow human beings - that I give you. But we did create the circumstances that have allowed all of the current heartbreak to occur. Destroying Habitats For Animals And Their Diseases This includes the fact that we are overcrowding our planet, that is seemingly bursting at its seams. Never before have there been so many of us, a growth that is expected to continue exponentially. This means that we are constantly trying to find more places to live and more food to put in our mouths. All 7.6 billion of us are trying to find our place in this world, and if this means that we have to take it away from precious rainforests, savannahs and wetlands, then so be it. {youtube}                                                    This may explain the spread of China's new virus We are using up the earth’s scarce resources and polluting her to a point where she will no longer be able to rebound on her own accord. At the same time, we are moving into the habitat of animals, who will find themselves forced to relocate to lands that they definitely not suited for. The distance between animal and human has decreased, making it much easier for diseases to jump from animal to human. Recommended:  Climate Change Africa, Pakistan: Locust Destroy All Crops Add to this that we are eager for food, and it is not hard to see why this forced relocation of animals will lead to an increase in animal trade as well. Viruses that were previously only hosted by animals are now uprooted in a similar fashion. They also need a different ecosystem, and unfortunately, we make some pretty good hosts. Live Animals Markets At The Root The number of diseases that have evolved in such a fashion are numerous. SARS, MERS, Ebola, West Nile, bird flu, H.I.V. - all examples of how we are getting too close to animals. It does not help that live animal markets are still largely unregulated in large parts of Asia and Africa, meaning that a wide variety of wild animals can be traded easily and freely.   These omnivorous markets are as fascinating to the Western eye as they are dangerous. Animals that are not normally confronted with humans - or each other - are packed together tightly in a loud and largely unhygienic setting. Ground zero for dangerous disease mutations if you ever saw one. Granted, China has now forbidden such markets, although many fear this is merely a temporary measure in response to the Corona virus. Bio Industry To Blame Equally Westerners typically look down upon the live animal trading practices that are commonplace to our eastern neighbours. Unfortunately they are far from saints either. In Europe and North America, the bio industry is thriving - with farms looking more and more like factories instead of traditional animal husbandry operations. In these livestock factories, animals are equally packed, allowing for an easy spread of diseases.   The BSE-disease did not originate from some exotic animal, it was our own, trustworthy cow that caused all of the distress. Affected animals are quick to infect one another and, if in close proximity to other animals or humans, create some hybrid virus that could prove to be lethal. The widespread use of antibiotics in the sector is only adding to this problem, creating super strong and hyper resistant strains that are hard, if not impossible, to treat. So, time to ‘fess up. We did create the Corona virus. Through our lacklustre attitude towards animals and animal trade. Through our insatiable urge to expand, and thus reduce treasured ecosystems. Through our profit-oriented way of living. And yes, it is much harder to cure the virus than it seemingly was to create it. This juxtaposition should in and of itself provide sufficient food for thought for those who still refuse to face the truth. Before you go! Recommended:  Coronavirus Symptoms Clarified: Males 50+ Are Most At Risk Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about the Coronavirus, the environment and/or wet markets? Click on  'Re g ister'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
We Created The Coronavirus: A Milieu Flaw That Will Kill Us
We Created The Coronavirus: A Milieu Flaw That Will Kill Us
Amazon’s Fires, Madonna And DiCaprio: Questions & Answers
Fires across the Brazilian Amazon have sparked an international outcry for preservation of the world’s largest rainforest. Here’s a look at the role of the Amazon: climate, ‘the lungs', the artists, the politicians, the misperception. The International Outcry! Is The World Wrong? The increase in fires burning in Brazil set off a storm of international outrage last week. Celebrities, environmentalists, and political leaders blame Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, for destroying the world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon. Singers and actors including Madonna and Jaden Smith shared photos on social media that were seen by tens of millions of people. “The lungs of the Earth are in flames,” said actor Leonardo DiCaprio. “The Amazon Rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen,” tweeted soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. “The Amazon rain forest - the lungs which produce 20% of our planet’s oxygen - is on fire,” tweeted French President Emanuel Macron. And yet the photos weren’t actually of the fires and many weren’t even of the Amazon. The photo Ronaldo shared was taken in southern Brazil, far from the Amazon, in 2013. The photo that DiCaprio and Macron shared is over 20 years old. The photo Madonna and Smith shared is over 30. Some celebrities shared photos from Montana, India, and Sweden. Amazons Fires! Did They Increase In 2019? While the number of fires in 2019 is indeed 80% higher than in 2018, it’s just 7% higher than the average over the last 10 years ago. One of Brazil’s leading environmental journalists agrees that media coverage of the fires has been misleading. It was under (Workers Party President) Lula and (Environment Secretary) Marina Silva (2003-2008) that Brazil had the highest incidence of burning, according  L. Coutinho. Neither Lula nor Marina was accused of putting the Amazon at risk. Coutinho’s perspective was shaped by reporting on the ground in the Amazon for Veja, Brazil’s leading news magazine, for nearly a decade. By contrast, many of the correspondents reporting on the fires have been doing so from the cosmopolitan cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, which are 2,500 miles and four hours by jet plane away. What is happening in the Amazon is not exceptional, according Coutinho. Take a look at Google web searches search for ‘Amazon’ and ‘Amazon Forest’ over time. Global public opinion was not as interested in the ‘Amazon tragedy’ when the situation was undeniably worse. The present moment does not justify global hysteria. And while fires in Brazil have increased, there is no evidence that Amazon forest fires have.  World’s Oxygen Supply! Is It At Risk? No. While it’s commonly said that the Amazon produces 20 percent of the world’s oxygen, climate scientists say that figure is wrong and the oxygen supply is not directly at risk in any case. That’s because forests, including the Amazon, absorb roughly the same amount of oxygen they produce. Plants do produce oxygen through photosynthesis, but they also absorb it to grow, as do animals and microbes. That doesn’t mean the fires aren’t a problem for the planet. The Amazon is a critical absorber of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas produced by burning fossil fuels, like oil and coal. Amazon Forrest: Is it ‘The Lungs Of Our Planet’? The Amazon rainforest is frequently referred to as ‘the lungs of the planet’, but it may not be the most accurate analogy for the forest’s role. Carlos Nobre, a University of São Paulo climate scientist, says a better way to picture the Amazon’s role is as a sink, draining heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Currently, the world is emitting around 40 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year. The Amazon absorbs 2 billion tons of CO2 per year (or 5 percent of annual emissions), making it a vital part of preventing climate change. Fires In The Amazon! What Do They Mean For The World’s Climate? Fires in the Amazon not only mean the carbon-absorbing forest is disappearing, but the flames themselves are emitting millions of tons of carbon every day. Nobre says we’re close to a 'tipping point' that would turn the thick jungle into a tropical savannah. The rainforest recycles its own water to produce a portion of the region’s rain, so deforestation makes rains less frequent, extending the dry season. Nobre estimates that if 20 percent to 25 percent of the forest is destroyed, the dry season will expand enough that it will no longer be a forest, but a savannah. 'Unfortunately, we are already seeing signs of the Amazon turning into a savannah," he said, citing the increasingly long dry seasons. "It’s not just theoretical anymore, it’s happening already." Recommended:  Climate Change And Its Effects Like Droughts: The Heat Is On Fires! What Is Causing Them? The current fires in the Amazon are not wildfires. They are manmade and are mostly set illegally by land-grabbers who are clearing the forest for cattle ranching and crops. Deforesting the Amazon is a long, slow process. People clear the land by cutting down the vegetation during the rainy season, letting the trees dry out and burning them during the dry season. Fully clearing the dense forest for agricultural use can take several years of slashing and burning. "When I’m talking about 21st-century deforestation, I don’t mean a family headed into the woods with a chainsaw," said Nasa researcher Doug Morton. "I mean tractors connected by large chains. They’re pulling trees out by their roots." He said researchers could see piles of trees months ago in satellite images. "They’re burning an enormous bonfire of Amazon logs that have been piled, drying in the sun for several months." {youtube}                                              Amazon’s Fires, Madonna And DiCaprio: Questions & Answers                                                   Amazon forest fire: What it tells us about deforestation   Deforestation! What Is The Reality? Few stories in the first wave of media coverage mentioned the dramatic drop in deforestation in Brazil in the 2000s, noted former New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin, who wrote a 1990 book, The Burning Season, about the Amazon, and is now Founding Director, Initiative on Communication & Sustainability at The Earth Institute at Columbia University. Deforestation declined a whopping 70% from 2004 to 2012. It has risen modestly since then but remains at one-quarter its 2004 peak. And just 3% of the Amazon is suitable for soy farming.  Recommended:  Hurting The Environment: The Palm Oil Paradox Amazon forest! What Is The Real Threat? Both Nepstad (leading Amazon forest experts) and Coutinho say the real threat is from accidental forest fires in drought years, which climate change could worsen. "The most serious threat to the Amazon forest is the severe events that make the forests vulnerable to fire. That’s where we can get a downward spiral between fire and drought and more fire." Today, 18 - 20% of the Amazon forest remains at risk of being deforested. "I don’t like the international narrative right now because it’s polarizing and divisive," said Nepstad. "Bolsonaro has said some ridiculous things and none of them are excusable but there’s also a big consensus against accidental fire and we have to tap into that."  Macron! Why Is Brazil Angry To Him? There’s outrage at Macron in Brazil. The Brazilians want to know why California gets all this sympathy for its forest fires and while Brazil gets all this finger-pointing. "I don’t mind the media frenzy as long as it leaves something positive," said Nepstad, but it has instead forced the Brazilian government to over-react. 'Sending in the army is not the way to go because it’s not all illegal actors. People forget that there are legitimate reasons for small farmers to use controlled burns to knock back insects and pests." Amazon Forrest Protection! What Changed? What has changed is the political discourse. President Jair Bolsonaro has decreased the power and autonomy of forest protection agencies, which he says get in the way of licensing for developing land and accuses of being ‘fines industries’. The number of fires increasing is because people think law enforcement won’t punish them. The 'Outcry': What’s More Behind The News? Agribusiness is 25% of Brazil’s GDP and it’s what got the country through the recession, according Nepstad. When soy farming comes into a landscape, the number of fires goes down. Little towns get money for schools, GDP rises, and inequality declines. This is not a sector to beat up on, it’s one to find common ground with. Nepstad argued that it would be a no-brainer for governments around the world to support Aliança da Terra, a fire detection and prevention network he co-founded which is comprised of 600 volunteers, mostly indigenous people, and farmers. Soia beans For $2 million a year we could control the fires and stop the Amazon die-back, according Nepstad. We have 600 people who have received top-notch training by US fire jumpers but now need trucks with the right gear so they can clear fire breaks through the forest and start a backfire to burn up the fuel in the pathway of the fire. For such pragmatism to take hold among divergent interests, the news media will need to improve its future coverage of the issue. One of the grand challenges facing newsrooms covering complicated emergent, enduring issues like tropical deforestation, is finding ways to engage readers without histrionics. The alternative is ever more whiplash journalism, which is the recipe for reader disengagement. Recommended:  Smarter Technology In Agriculture Will Feed The Planet Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day.
Fires across the Brazilian Amazon have sparked an international outcry for preservation of the world’s largest rainforest. Here’s a look at the role of the Amazon: climate, ‘the lungs', the artists, the politicians, the misperception. The International Outcry! Is The World Wrong? The increase in fires burning in Brazil set off a storm of international outrage last week. Celebrities, environmentalists, and political leaders blame Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, for destroying the world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon. Singers and actors including Madonna and Jaden Smith shared photos on social media that were seen by tens of millions of people. “The lungs of the Earth are in flames,” said actor Leonardo DiCaprio. “The Amazon Rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen,” tweeted soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. “The Amazon rain forest - the lungs which produce 20% of our planet’s oxygen - is on fire,” tweeted French President Emanuel Macron. And yet the photos weren’t actually of the fires and many weren’t even of the Amazon. The photo Ronaldo shared was taken in southern Brazil, far from the Amazon, in 2013. The photo that DiCaprio and Macron shared is over 20 years old. The photo Madonna and Smith shared is over 30. Some celebrities shared photos from Montana, India, and Sweden. Amazons Fires! Did They Increase In 2019? While the number of fires in 2019 is indeed 80% higher than in 2018, it’s just 7% higher than the average over the last 10 years ago. One of Brazil’s leading environmental journalists agrees that media coverage of the fires has been misleading. It was under (Workers Party President) Lula and (Environment Secretary) Marina Silva (2003-2008) that Brazil had the highest incidence of burning, according  L. Coutinho. Neither Lula nor Marina was accused of putting the Amazon at risk. Coutinho’s perspective was shaped by reporting on the ground in the Amazon for Veja, Brazil’s leading news magazine, for nearly a decade. By contrast, many of the correspondents reporting on the fires have been doing so from the cosmopolitan cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, which are 2,500 miles and four hours by jet plane away. What is happening in the Amazon is not exceptional, according Coutinho. Take a look at Google web searches search for ‘Amazon’ and ‘Amazon Forest’ over time. Global public opinion was not as interested in the ‘Amazon tragedy’ when the situation was undeniably worse. The present moment does not justify global hysteria. And while fires in Brazil have increased, there is no evidence that Amazon forest fires have.  World’s Oxygen Supply! Is It At Risk? No. While it’s commonly said that the Amazon produces 20 percent of the world’s oxygen, climate scientists say that figure is wrong and the oxygen supply is not directly at risk in any case. That’s because forests, including the Amazon, absorb roughly the same amount of oxygen they produce. Plants do produce oxygen through photosynthesis, but they also absorb it to grow, as do animals and microbes. That doesn’t mean the fires aren’t a problem for the planet. The Amazon is a critical absorber of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas produced by burning fossil fuels, like oil and coal. Amazon Forrest: Is it ‘The Lungs Of Our Planet’? The Amazon rainforest is frequently referred to as ‘the lungs of the planet’, but it may not be the most accurate analogy for the forest’s role. Carlos Nobre, a University of São Paulo climate scientist, says a better way to picture the Amazon’s role is as a sink, draining heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Currently, the world is emitting around 40 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year. The Amazon absorbs 2 billion tons of CO2 per year (or 5 percent of annual emissions), making it a vital part of preventing climate change. Fires In The Amazon! What Do They Mean For The World’s Climate? Fires in the Amazon not only mean the carbon-absorbing forest is disappearing, but the flames themselves are emitting millions of tons of carbon every day. Nobre says we’re close to a 'tipping point' that would turn the thick jungle into a tropical savannah. The rainforest recycles its own water to produce a portion of the region’s rain, so deforestation makes rains less frequent, extending the dry season. Nobre estimates that if 20 percent to 25 percent of the forest is destroyed, the dry season will expand enough that it will no longer be a forest, but a savannah. 'Unfortunately, we are already seeing signs of the Amazon turning into a savannah," he said, citing the increasingly long dry seasons. "It’s not just theoretical anymore, it’s happening already." Recommended:  Climate Change And Its Effects Like Droughts: The Heat Is On Fires! What Is Causing Them? The current fires in the Amazon are not wildfires. They are manmade and are mostly set illegally by land-grabbers who are clearing the forest for cattle ranching and crops. Deforesting the Amazon is a long, slow process. People clear the land by cutting down the vegetation during the rainy season, letting the trees dry out and burning them during the dry season. Fully clearing the dense forest for agricultural use can take several years of slashing and burning. "When I’m talking about 21st-century deforestation, I don’t mean a family headed into the woods with a chainsaw," said Nasa researcher Doug Morton. "I mean tractors connected by large chains. They’re pulling trees out by their roots." He said researchers could see piles of trees months ago in satellite images. "They’re burning an enormous bonfire of Amazon logs that have been piled, drying in the sun for several months." {youtube}                                              Amazon’s Fires, Madonna And DiCaprio: Questions & Answers                                                   Amazon forest fire: What it tells us about deforestation   Deforestation! What Is The Reality? Few stories in the first wave of media coverage mentioned the dramatic drop in deforestation in Brazil in the 2000s, noted former New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin, who wrote a 1990 book, The Burning Season, about the Amazon, and is now Founding Director, Initiative on Communication & Sustainability at The Earth Institute at Columbia University. Deforestation declined a whopping 70% from 2004 to 2012. It has risen modestly since then but remains at one-quarter its 2004 peak. And just 3% of the Amazon is suitable for soy farming.  Recommended:  Hurting The Environment: The Palm Oil Paradox Amazon forest! What Is The Real Threat? Both Nepstad (leading Amazon forest experts) and Coutinho say the real threat is from accidental forest fires in drought years, which climate change could worsen. "The most serious threat to the Amazon forest is the severe events that make the forests vulnerable to fire. That’s where we can get a downward spiral between fire and drought and more fire." Today, 18 - 20% of the Amazon forest remains at risk of being deforested. "I don’t like the international narrative right now because it’s polarizing and divisive," said Nepstad. "Bolsonaro has said some ridiculous things and none of them are excusable but there’s also a big consensus against accidental fire and we have to tap into that."  Macron! Why Is Brazil Angry To Him? There’s outrage at Macron in Brazil. The Brazilians want to know why California gets all this sympathy for its forest fires and while Brazil gets all this finger-pointing. "I don’t mind the media frenzy as long as it leaves something positive," said Nepstad, but it has instead forced the Brazilian government to over-react. 'Sending in the army is not the way to go because it’s not all illegal actors. People forget that there are legitimate reasons for small farmers to use controlled burns to knock back insects and pests." Amazon Forrest Protection! What Changed? What has changed is the political discourse. President Jair Bolsonaro has decreased the power and autonomy of forest protection agencies, which he says get in the way of licensing for developing land and accuses of being ‘fines industries’. The number of fires increasing is because people think law enforcement won’t punish them. The 'Outcry': What’s More Behind The News? Agribusiness is 25% of Brazil’s GDP and it’s what got the country through the recession, according Nepstad. When soy farming comes into a landscape, the number of fires goes down. Little towns get money for schools, GDP rises, and inequality declines. This is not a sector to beat up on, it’s one to find common ground with. Nepstad argued that it would be a no-brainer for governments around the world to support Aliança da Terra, a fire detection and prevention network he co-founded which is comprised of 600 volunteers, mostly indigenous people, and farmers. Soia beans For $2 million a year we could control the fires and stop the Amazon die-back, according Nepstad. We have 600 people who have received top-notch training by US fire jumpers but now need trucks with the right gear so they can clear fire breaks through the forest and start a backfire to burn up the fuel in the pathway of the fire. For such pragmatism to take hold among divergent interests, the news media will need to improve its future coverage of the issue. One of the grand challenges facing newsrooms covering complicated emergent, enduring issues like tropical deforestation, is finding ways to engage readers without histrionics. The alternative is ever more whiplash journalism, which is the recipe for reader disengagement. Recommended:  Smarter Technology In Agriculture Will Feed The Planet Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day.
Amazon’s Fires, Madonna And DiCaprio: Questions & Answers
Amazon’s Fires, Madonna And DiCaprio: Questions & Answers
Fast Internet Globally. Environmental And Health Risks: 5G
Most of us are probably familiar with the 3G and 4G networks, as we will frequently see these symbols displayed on the screens of our mobile devices. We understand that this is where we get our internet connection on those devices from, even when we are not on any Wi-Fi network. With the advent of 5G, that promises even greater connection power and speed, we are likely to start relying even more on this next generation of mobile networks. Even more importantly, 5G is expected to have a great impact on the development of Internet of Things (IoT) applications, as it will serve as the gold standard for most internet connected devices - and will eventually connect and tie them all together. As of today, there is no actual standard yet in place for what would define a 5G network, so the industry is working hard to develop a viable version of it. First 5G roll-outs It is generally expected that the first 5G networks will be available to the general public after 2020, although several 5G test areas have already been established in cities such as Sacramento, Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas and New York. This means that a significant portion of the population will already be exposed to 5G radiation before it will be released to the world as a whole. And while all government entities and corporations involved in the development and rollout of this highly anticipated successor of 3G are adamant that its radiation will not in any way be harmful, there has been a large number of scientists and doctors who have opposed those claims: around 250 of them, from all around the world, have appealed to nations working on 4G technology to call a halt to the commercial roll-out. Pressing health concerns Citing concerns for human health as well as the environment, these scientists are quick to point at the risks already associated with the use of our current wireless technologies, including 2G, 3G and 4G. These are frequently used in our cell phones, computers, and wearable tech devices - and while it has definitely improved many aspects of our lives, there have been indications that its radiofrequency exposure poses a health risk for humans, animals, and the larger environment. And no, this is not just a story flaunted about by some conspiracy theorists. Research published in peer-reviewed publications have confirmed their theory, and would support their main premise: more research is definitely needed if we want to ensure that a 5G roll-out would not be harmful to anything or anyone. Gains of 5G versus local interests However, by only focussing on the quick gains, most countries and corporations have ignored this scientific impasse. Instead, they are opting for a quick implementation of 5G test areas throughout densely populated areas. Local and federal regulations are adjusted accordingly, all to facilitate a smooth rollout. And all of this will make it even harder for communities and scientists to demand further research. Yet those who are looking beyond the surface will quickly find that even the wireless corporations themselves are acknowledging that the use of 5G will increase levels of radiofrequency radiation in the immediate area surrounding the antennas. Although there are some countries - including China, India and Russia - that have imposed stricter regulations on radiation limits, effectively prohibiting the implementation of any 5G networks. These countries are facing immense pressure from the industry to loosen their limits, which would allow them to bring 5G within their borders as well. A dangerous trend. Pushing through 5G To highlight the urgency of the matter: as part of the rollout of 5G, hundreds of thousands of wireless antennas will have to be installed in densely populated areas: recent estimates are that there will have to be a transmitter of sorts for every two to ten homes. These will especially be needed to increase the range and capacity, in anticipation of 5G. This makes it a network technology that requires a higher frequency. And thus, a network that is potentially more damaging to us and the world around us. Even more worrisome - most countries are pushing through legislation that allows them to place these antennas and transmitters virtually anywhere. So technically, they could even place them right in front of your home - and you, as homeowner, will have absolutely no say in the matter. It can hardly be called surprising that numerous communities have taken the network companies or local governments to court to fight the matter. The technicalities of 5G So what exactly would be the problem? Well, as explained before, 5G is committed to utilising several frequencies from those that are already being used, only with higher millimeter frequencies. Put simply: today’s mobile networks - including 3G and 4G - use microwaves. This type of electromagnetic radiation uses various frequencies up to 6 gigahertz, or GHz. It is able to wirelessly send data over those frequencies.   5G, on the other hand, requires a much greater spectrum band in higher frequency ranges, which could potentially be as high as 100 GHz or more. For this, so-called submillimeter and millimeter waves are used instead of microwaves: that are capable of super quick and big data transmissions. Measurable health effects The big difference between microwaves and those millimeter and submillimeter waves is that the latter are biologically active. This is to say, they are capable of interacting directly with our skin; as proven by, amongst others, Dr. Ben-Ishai of the Hebrew University in Israel. He showed how such wavelengths could affect our sweat ducts and skin. And he was certainly not the only one to claim that wireless technology has a real, measurable impact on our health. Even the wireless modalities that we use today (2G, 3G, 4G) have already been proven to have led to various health issues. This so-called mechanism of action has been substantiated by numerous researchers over the years, making it a virtually undisputed claim. 5G radiation use in warfare In fact, 5G frequencies are currently used by the Americans, Russians and Chinese in their weaponry. The defence agencies of these countries have been working on weapons that use the possibilities of this frequency range - with the ultimate goal of inciting unpleasant burning sensations on people’s skins .   Let’s take a moment to let that sink in: some of the greatest military nations on the planet are actively pursuing 5G technology as a means of doing harm to potential targets. As the Department of Defence of the United States explains: “ The sensation dissipates when the target moves out of the beam. The sensation is intense enough to cause a nearly instantaneous reflex action of the target to flee the beam .”   Just imagine what this means if you would be constantly exposed to this kind of radiation. Our human skin would basically act as some kind of receiver - or antenna, if you wish - as a result of our sweat duct’s conductivity. This process starts when we are near sub-THz technologies, which includes 5G. The possible health effects of this are not exactly known - apart from the ‘unpleasant burning sensation’ when directly exposed to a beam.   Need for further research It should suffice to say that further research into those health effects is very much warranted. If these invisible radiation waves are already capable of quite literally setting our skins on fire, who knows what side effects this will have on our organs or brain, just to name a few obvious suspects. “ We need to know if 5G increases the risk of skin diseases such as melanoma or other skin cancers ,” according to prominent researcher Ron Melnick. It is time to take a step back and put some real effort in the investigation of the potential health effects of 5G-related technologies, before we start implementing it on a greater scale. As Dr. Cindy Russell so accurately summarised it in her paper on the matter: “ 3G, 4G, 5G or a combination of zapping frequencies giving us immersive connection and entertainment but at a potentially steep price. ”   And as this ‘potentially steep price’ might include not only skin cancers but also arrhythmias, heart rate variability, bacterial affects, antibiotic resistance, immune system affects, chromatin affects, teratogenic effects, altered gene expression and cataracts - just to mention a few -, we would do well to listen to the doctors and think about our health before profits and gains. https://www.whatsorb.com/category/community
Most of us are probably familiar with the 3G and 4G networks, as we will frequently see these symbols displayed on the screens of our mobile devices. We understand that this is where we get our internet connection on those devices from, even when we are not on any Wi-Fi network. With the advent of 5G, that promises even greater connection power and speed, we are likely to start relying even more on this next generation of mobile networks. Even more importantly, 5G is expected to have a great impact on the development of Internet of Things (IoT) applications, as it will serve as the gold standard for most internet connected devices - and will eventually connect and tie them all together. As of today, there is no actual standard yet in place for what would define a 5G network, so the industry is working hard to develop a viable version of it. First 5G roll-outs It is generally expected that the first 5G networks will be available to the general public after 2020, although several 5G test areas have already been established in cities such as Sacramento, Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas and New York. This means that a significant portion of the population will already be exposed to 5G radiation before it will be released to the world as a whole. And while all government entities and corporations involved in the development and rollout of this highly anticipated successor of 3G are adamant that its radiation will not in any way be harmful, there has been a large number of scientists and doctors who have opposed those claims: around 250 of them, from all around the world, have appealed to nations working on 4G technology to call a halt to the commercial roll-out. Pressing health concerns Citing concerns for human health as well as the environment, these scientists are quick to point at the risks already associated with the use of our current wireless technologies, including 2G, 3G and 4G. These are frequently used in our cell phones, computers, and wearable tech devices - and while it has definitely improved many aspects of our lives, there have been indications that its radiofrequency exposure poses a health risk for humans, animals, and the larger environment. And no, this is not just a story flaunted about by some conspiracy theorists. Research published in peer-reviewed publications have confirmed their theory, and would support their main premise: more research is definitely needed if we want to ensure that a 5G roll-out would not be harmful to anything or anyone. Gains of 5G versus local interests However, by only focussing on the quick gains, most countries and corporations have ignored this scientific impasse. Instead, they are opting for a quick implementation of 5G test areas throughout densely populated areas. Local and federal regulations are adjusted accordingly, all to facilitate a smooth rollout. And all of this will make it even harder for communities and scientists to demand further research. Yet those who are looking beyond the surface will quickly find that even the wireless corporations themselves are acknowledging that the use of 5G will increase levels of radiofrequency radiation in the immediate area surrounding the antennas. Although there are some countries - including China, India and Russia - that have imposed stricter regulations on radiation limits, effectively prohibiting the implementation of any 5G networks. These countries are facing immense pressure from the industry to loosen their limits, which would allow them to bring 5G within their borders as well. A dangerous trend. Pushing through 5G To highlight the urgency of the matter: as part of the rollout of 5G, hundreds of thousands of wireless antennas will have to be installed in densely populated areas: recent estimates are that there will have to be a transmitter of sorts for every two to ten homes. These will especially be needed to increase the range and capacity, in anticipation of 5G. This makes it a network technology that requires a higher frequency. And thus, a network that is potentially more damaging to us and the world around us. Even more worrisome - most countries are pushing through legislation that allows them to place these antennas and transmitters virtually anywhere. So technically, they could even place them right in front of your home - and you, as homeowner, will have absolutely no say in the matter. It can hardly be called surprising that numerous communities have taken the network companies or local governments to court to fight the matter. The technicalities of 5G So what exactly would be the problem? Well, as explained before, 5G is committed to utilising several frequencies from those that are already being used, only with higher millimeter frequencies. Put simply: today’s mobile networks - including 3G and 4G - use microwaves. This type of electromagnetic radiation uses various frequencies up to 6 gigahertz, or GHz. It is able to wirelessly send data over those frequencies.   5G, on the other hand, requires a much greater spectrum band in higher frequency ranges, which could potentially be as high as 100 GHz or more. For this, so-called submillimeter and millimeter waves are used instead of microwaves: that are capable of super quick and big data transmissions. Measurable health effects The big difference between microwaves and those millimeter and submillimeter waves is that the latter are biologically active. This is to say, they are capable of interacting directly with our skin; as proven by, amongst others, Dr. Ben-Ishai of the Hebrew University in Israel. He showed how such wavelengths could affect our sweat ducts and skin. And he was certainly not the only one to claim that wireless technology has a real, measurable impact on our health. Even the wireless modalities that we use today (2G, 3G, 4G) have already been proven to have led to various health issues. This so-called mechanism of action has been substantiated by numerous researchers over the years, making it a virtually undisputed claim. 5G radiation use in warfare In fact, 5G frequencies are currently used by the Americans, Russians and Chinese in their weaponry. The defence agencies of these countries have been working on weapons that use the possibilities of this frequency range - with the ultimate goal of inciting unpleasant burning sensations on people’s skins .   Let’s take a moment to let that sink in: some of the greatest military nations on the planet are actively pursuing 5G technology as a means of doing harm to potential targets. As the Department of Defence of the United States explains: “ The sensation dissipates when the target moves out of the beam. The sensation is intense enough to cause a nearly instantaneous reflex action of the target to flee the beam .”   Just imagine what this means if you would be constantly exposed to this kind of radiation. Our human skin would basically act as some kind of receiver - or antenna, if you wish - as a result of our sweat duct’s conductivity. This process starts when we are near sub-THz technologies, which includes 5G. The possible health effects of this are not exactly known - apart from the ‘unpleasant burning sensation’ when directly exposed to a beam.   Need for further research It should suffice to say that further research into those health effects is very much warranted. If these invisible radiation waves are already capable of quite literally setting our skins on fire, who knows what side effects this will have on our organs or brain, just to name a few obvious suspects. “ We need to know if 5G increases the risk of skin diseases such as melanoma or other skin cancers ,” according to prominent researcher Ron Melnick. It is time to take a step back and put some real effort in the investigation of the potential health effects of 5G-related technologies, before we start implementing it on a greater scale. As Dr. Cindy Russell so accurately summarised it in her paper on the matter: “ 3G, 4G, 5G or a combination of zapping frequencies giving us immersive connection and entertainment but at a potentially steep price. ”   And as this ‘potentially steep price’ might include not only skin cancers but also arrhythmias, heart rate variability, bacterial affects, antibiotic resistance, immune system affects, chromatin affects, teratogenic effects, altered gene expression and cataracts - just to mention a few -, we would do well to listen to the doctors and think about our health before profits and gains. https://www.whatsorb.com/category/community
Fast Internet Globally. Environmental And Health Risks: 5G
Fast Internet Globally. Environmental And Health Risks: 5G
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Thank you for sharing your knowledge of sustainability on Whatsorb! It takes quite a bit of time and energy to write a good blog about your sustainable theme. After doing so, you are obviously hoping for your story to be found and read by a lot of people. How can you achieve this? SEO for you on WhatsOrb WhatsOrb is a global meeting place for sustainable ideas. By placing your blog on WhatsOrb, you can rest assured that you have selected a place on the internet that is easily found. The website of Whatsorb has 28.000 visitors per month, more than 150.000 on socials and ranks high in Google for an increasing number of sustainable themes. We also regularly promote our new articles on Facebook. Your chances of being eligible for this are good as well. Finally, it is important for your visibility that you optimise your blog for SEO. This article will discuss this topic. {youtube}                                     Sustainable News Uploaded by WhatsOrb, Global Sustainability X-Change                                                Your Sustainable Blog SEO Proof And Shared on WhatsOrb 7 steps to make your texts SEO-proof SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. In order to write a good SEO-text, you first have to come up with an interesting story or angle - this will be the most important to your readers. And in the second place, you want to make it as clear as possible for the search engines what it is that you want to share. Roadmap SEO writing Select an interesting topic for your blog Write an ironclad text Determine the right search term Carefully select the title of your blog Use your meta-description to score higher in Google Optimise images Make your page visually appealing Link building (put links from internal - WhatsOrb-Site posts and external links) Step 1. Select an interesting topic for your blog Be valuable Answer questions that are relevant to your target audience Something that people are curious about Basic necessities of life: safety, greed and pleasure Give basic information about a topic. For instance, address: what is it, what does it cost, and what types <search term> there are Make a list of, for instance, 10 tips Make an Infographic Step 2. Write an ironclad text Content is King Your content (text) is the most important success factor of your blog. Consider the perspective of your target audience, answer any questions and problems that they may have. Initially, do not keep SEO in mind and really focus on your target audience. Tempt the reader with an attractive introduction. Create expectations of what you are writing about at the start of the text. For instance, it works well to start with a problem. Next, explain why this problem is so bothersome and what solution you have. When it comes to the length of the text, make it as long as needed to write a good story. Generally speaking, longer texts will be found better. So do not hesitate to write a text of 1000 words or more. Remember that people on the internet are impatient and sloppy readers. Most visitors will, in fact, not read any text at all! Keep it simple and make it easy to read. Step 3. Determine the right search term After finalising your text, you can optimise it for SEO. Determine which search words reflect well on your story. A good search term is often a combination of 2 or 3 words, such as ‘sustainable decoration’ or ‘carbon neutral company’. Such a combination of words is called ‘search term’. Select 1 search term for your blog and make sure that you draw in a lot of visitors with this search term. Tips for successful search terms: Something that people are curious about: 'wooden turbine', 'greenest city' and 'cleanest energy' Brands and names, such as 'Devasa', 'Marine One' and 'Tesla' Something with 'sustainable'. This is what it is all about on WhatsOrb Basic necessities of life: safety, greed and pleasure, such as 'Dangerous climate change facts', or 'Tesla sustainability report' Specific enough to be found easily. The examples given above are fairly unique topics. Although 'Solar energy' or 'Electric cars' alone will be too general. You can turn this into 'greenest electric car'. Google your own search term And what do you see? Does your text fit in? Google attempts to have the top results match the intention behind a search query as much as possible, so make sure to do so as well Also write down synonyms and words in the context Through advanced semantic searches of your blog, Google is paying more and more attention to words that fit in the context. Try to use as many relevant words in your text as possible. Look at this example of Google’s suggestions when you are looking for sustainable Make sure to include your search term in the title of your blog and page-title Meta-description (Will be done by WhatsOrb) Headers and sub-headers (H1 and H2) Keyword ss much as possible at the start of your url Use keywords a number of times in the text: as 1-2% of all words is enough Use your search term or synonym in the introduction File names and alt-texts of images on the page Search terms in headers (H1) and sub-headers (H2) Headers and sub-headers are often most relevant to readers ánd search engines. Use synonyms and related words that fit in the context. This will also be used to find you and it provides Google with additional context. In the CMS of Whatsorb, you can use H1 for headers and H2 for sub-headers. Those can be found in the menu. This way, you can instantly get across to search engines what your article is about. Step 4. Carefully select the title of your blog 'The title tag is the most important for SEO' Optimise the title tag for search engines The title tag and title of your blog often match, although they are not exactly the same. The title of your blog can be found above the text of your blog. The title tag (purple) and the meta description (gray) can be set separately and are visible in the search results of Google and other search engines. Characteristics of an SEO-proof title Is in line with the intention of the user Is relevant and unique The search term is preferably placed at the start, because words at the beginning of the title are more important Has a maximum of 60 characters. See example below: Your sustainable blog SEO proof and shared on WhatsOrb The meta tag also often contains the name of the website. For Whatsorb, |WhatsOrb is automatically placed behind the title of your blog. Keeping the 10 characters in mind that are used for the automatic |WhatsOrb, you can still use 60 additional characters for the title tag. See example below:         Your sustainable blog SEO proof and shared on WhatsOrb | WhatsOrb Good online titles are mainly functional, although sometimes boring as well. Internet visitors are always in a hurry and read sloppily. If you are not clear right away, you will lose them instantly. More tips for optimal SEO-titles Study titles of competitors for your search terms Also try to place related words in the title. This can increase your visibility on Google. ‘Smart agriculture market share’ or ‘global smart agriculture market’ are great additions for ‘smart agriculture’. The same goes for 'Marine One' and 'Marine One Signapore' Try to lure the reader, for instance using titles such as ‘Why <search term> is good for the climate’ or ‘The most sustainable way of <search term>’ At Whatsorb, you will find the fields for filling in the meta title and the meta description all the way to the bottom of your blog in the cms. Before you go! Recommended:  Climate Change Stop, Store CO2, Add Phytoplankton By Whales? Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about sustainability?  What you gain?  Extra:  Global exposure, a valuable backlink! Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Thank you for sharing your knowledge of sustainability on Whatsorb! It takes quite a bit of time and energy to write a good blog about your sustainable theme. After doing so, you are obviously hoping for your story to be found and read by a lot of people. How can you achieve this? SEO for you on WhatsOrb WhatsOrb is a global meeting place for sustainable ideas. By placing your blog on WhatsOrb, you can rest assured that you have selected a place on the internet that is easily found. The website of Whatsorb has 28.000 visitors per month, more than 150.000 on socials and ranks high in Google for an increasing number of sustainable themes. We also regularly promote our new articles on Facebook. Your chances of being eligible for this are good as well. Finally, it is important for your visibility that you optimise your blog for SEO. This article will discuss this topic. {youtube}                                     Sustainable News Uploaded by WhatsOrb, Global Sustainability X-Change                                                Your Sustainable Blog SEO Proof And Shared on WhatsOrb 7 steps to make your texts SEO-proof SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. In order to write a good SEO-text, you first have to come up with an interesting story or angle - this will be the most important to your readers. And in the second place, you want to make it as clear as possible for the search engines what it is that you want to share. Roadmap SEO writing Select an interesting topic for your blog Write an ironclad text Determine the right search term Carefully select the title of your blog Use your meta-description to score higher in Google Optimise images Make your page visually appealing Link building (put links from internal - WhatsOrb-Site posts and external links) Step 1. Select an interesting topic for your blog Be valuable Answer questions that are relevant to your target audience Something that people are curious about Basic necessities of life: safety, greed and pleasure Give basic information about a topic. For instance, address: what is it, what does it cost, and what types <search term> there are Make a list of, for instance, 10 tips Make an Infographic Step 2. Write an ironclad text Content is King Your content (text) is the most important success factor of your blog. Consider the perspective of your target audience, answer any questions and problems that they may have. Initially, do not keep SEO in mind and really focus on your target audience. Tempt the reader with an attractive introduction. Create expectations of what you are writing about at the start of the text. For instance, it works well to start with a problem. Next, explain why this problem is so bothersome and what solution you have. When it comes to the length of the text, make it as long as needed to write a good story. Generally speaking, longer texts will be found better. So do not hesitate to write a text of 1000 words or more. Remember that people on the internet are impatient and sloppy readers. Most visitors will, in fact, not read any text at all! Keep it simple and make it easy to read. Step 3. Determine the right search term After finalising your text, you can optimise it for SEO. Determine which search words reflect well on your story. A good search term is often a combination of 2 or 3 words, such as ‘sustainable decoration’ or ‘carbon neutral company’. Such a combination of words is called ‘search term’. Select 1 search term for your blog and make sure that you draw in a lot of visitors with this search term. Tips for successful search terms: Something that people are curious about: 'wooden turbine', 'greenest city' and 'cleanest energy' Brands and names, such as 'Devasa', 'Marine One' and 'Tesla' Something with 'sustainable'. This is what it is all about on WhatsOrb Basic necessities of life: safety, greed and pleasure, such as 'Dangerous climate change facts', or 'Tesla sustainability report' Specific enough to be found easily. The examples given above are fairly unique topics. Although 'Solar energy' or 'Electric cars' alone will be too general. You can turn this into 'greenest electric car'. Google your own search term And what do you see? Does your text fit in? Google attempts to have the top results match the intention behind a search query as much as possible, so make sure to do so as well Also write down synonyms and words in the context Through advanced semantic searches of your blog, Google is paying more and more attention to words that fit in the context. Try to use as many relevant words in your text as possible. Look at this example of Google’s suggestions when you are looking for sustainable Make sure to include your search term in the title of your blog and page-title Meta-description (Will be done by WhatsOrb) Headers and sub-headers (H1 and H2) Keyword ss much as possible at the start of your url Use keywords a number of times in the text: as 1-2% of all words is enough Use your search term or synonym in the introduction File names and alt-texts of images on the page Search terms in headers (H1) and sub-headers (H2) Headers and sub-headers are often most relevant to readers ánd search engines. Use synonyms and related words that fit in the context. This will also be used to find you and it provides Google with additional context. In the CMS of Whatsorb, you can use H1 for headers and H2 for sub-headers. Those can be found in the menu. This way, you can instantly get across to search engines what your article is about. Step 4. Carefully select the title of your blog 'The title tag is the most important for SEO' Optimise the title tag for search engines The title tag and title of your blog often match, although they are not exactly the same. The title of your blog can be found above the text of your blog. The title tag (purple) and the meta description (gray) can be set separately and are visible in the search results of Google and other search engines. Characteristics of an SEO-proof title Is in line with the intention of the user Is relevant and unique The search term is preferably placed at the start, because words at the beginning of the title are more important Has a maximum of 60 characters. See example below: Your sustainable blog SEO proof and shared on WhatsOrb The meta tag also often contains the name of the website. For Whatsorb, |WhatsOrb is automatically placed behind the title of your blog. Keeping the 10 characters in mind that are used for the automatic |WhatsOrb, you can still use 60 additional characters for the title tag. See example below:         Your sustainable blog SEO proof and shared on WhatsOrb | WhatsOrb Good online titles are mainly functional, although sometimes boring as well. Internet visitors are always in a hurry and read sloppily. If you are not clear right away, you will lose them instantly. More tips for optimal SEO-titles Study titles of competitors for your search terms Also try to place related words in the title. This can increase your visibility on Google. ‘Smart agriculture market share’ or ‘global smart agriculture market’ are great additions for ‘smart agriculture’. The same goes for 'Marine One' and 'Marine One Signapore' Try to lure the reader, for instance using titles such as ‘Why <search term> is good for the climate’ or ‘The most sustainable way of <search term>’ At Whatsorb, you will find the fields for filling in the meta title and the meta description all the way to the bottom of your blog in the cms. Before you go! Recommended:  Climate Change Stop, Store CO2, Add Phytoplankton By Whales? Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about sustainability?  What you gain?  Extra:  Global exposure, a valuable backlink! Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Your Sustainable Blog SEO Proof And Shared on WhatsOrb
Community

A community is you and me. A network of social, economic, ecological and many other relationships. We all work together and live in urban, suburban and rural areas. Social sustainability is becoming increasingly important on our small planet. We define: support, quality of life, development, adaptation, rights and labour.

We belong to a group of individuals - our society - in which we belong geographically. Certain environmental issues play an important role in our society. Here, sustainable solutions are sought, developed and implemented. This may differ from societies in other countries, but because of our global environmental issues and dependence, we must learn to work more together so that we can all benefit from sharing sustainable knowledge to tackle, for example, climate change.

Green architecture is important. Building with local materials that can be recycled and reused brings us a big step forward to have less impact on the environment. With green architecture we can build smart cities where resources can be used more efficiently and information can be shared, thus improving our society, your community.

Lifestyle is the way we live, the dynamics of personality. Fashion defines our self and together with food it is getting - at present - an even more important role in our society. It's not just about taste, but especially about the burden that the fashion industry, agriculture and the meat industry have on our resources, especially water.

If there was an urge to come up with a sustainable way of living solutions and share these topics globally it’s now! WhatsOrb Global Sustainability X-change Platform is for you, storytellers and influencers to write about tiny houses, your experiences and expectations for the future at home and globally. 

Global Sustainability X-change, that’s what you can do together with WhatsOrb. What's in for me?

 

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