This 12 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself: The people who are most likely to get seriously sick from COVID-19 are those who have long suffered from the impacts of pollution and climate injustice in America — here’s why. In US news and current events today, people who are most likely to […]
via United States coronavirus crisis and environmental crisis — Dear Kitty. Some blog
I found this amazing piece on Icelandic idioms and phrases posted by The Voyaging Viking. Here were my favorites:
Blind is a Bookless Man
Blindur er Bóklaus Maður
“Icelandic people read the most books in the world per capita. Reading is a huge part of the culture, and therefore this saying exists.”
You are such a Latte-drinking wool scarf
Þú ert nú meiri lattelepjandi lopatrefillinn
“Degrading term to someone that lives in Reykjavik.”
An absolute butt
“If a baby, puppy, kitten, or something very cute then you would call it an absolute butt.”
Read the full article here!
TEDx Talks “In her talk Tanit Karolys discusses her own burnout story, and how cold therapy and the power of the mind helped her to overcome it. Tanit Karolys is a transformational coach and co-founder of ANDRI ICELAND. She specializes in ancient techniques for self-improvement, mental and emotional healing as well as physical health. Tanit comes from a long corporate background where her own burnout experience led her to understand the importance of a balanced life and strong connection to our own inner abilities. She blends Cold Therapy, the power of the mind, ancient techniques and physical therapy in her work.”
Writing by Dr Jo Wimpenny
“One of the most influential amateur ornithologists of all time, Margaret Morse Nice pioneered a new form of ornithology in the USA, uniting bird-banding techniques with new behavioural theories emerging from Europe, and her own background in child psychology.
Despite abandoning the prospect of a PhD to accompany her husband to Ohio and raise a family, Nice went on to publish three landmark monographs on the life history of the song sparrow, based on 14 years of data on the lives of ‘her’ backyard sparrows. The American Ornithologists’ Union recognised her work by awarding her the coveted Brewster Medal.
Nice corresponded with hundreds of people and played a central role in promoting the exchange of scientific information between US and European ornithologists. She published 250 research articles (seven of which were book length) and, as editor of Bird-Banding, a staggering 3,313 book and article reviews.”
“While others observed living birds, Annie Meinertzhagen was a skilled collector, who shot and skinned most of her birds herself. She was particularly interested in plumage and moulting of ducks and waders, and chick mouthpart colouration. For her expert knowledge, Henry Witherby invited her to author the relevant sections of his highly influential Handbook of British Birds, a work that became the standard authority on British birds for over a decade.
Indeed, to prevent publication delays, on marrying ornithologist Richard Meinertzhagen, she chose to spend part of her honeymoon studying birds at Lord Rothschild’s Museum in Tring. Her husband’s work was recently found to be largely fraudulent, and his role in her death – considered a tragic shooting accident at the time – remains suspicious.”
Read the full Discover Wildlife Article here
One of the main subjects I’ve been stuck on with my decision to move forward with documenting native cultures around the world is the question of ethics and how to approach these subjects without causing any feelings of invasion of personal/sacred space or exploitation. Here’s a helpful piece I found published by NPR on the ethics of documenting tragedies, which approaches a similar process.
A quick intro to what will come of the Thora and Fauna podcast, I give a brief overview of where I will start and some of the topics I will cover. I will start Episode 1 with Icelandic sagas and Norse Mythology. *Edit: Obviously I decided on Soundcloud for my platform, I recorded this before choosing where to upload!
Follow along on Soundcloud to keep listening.
Әлия Нұрмұхамедқызы Молдағұлова (Aliya Nurmuhametqyzy Moldagulova), Soviet Sniper from Kazakhstan (1925-1944). Awarded Hero of the Soviet Union.
Writing by Michelle Estevez
” The same way we might hear a specific song and experience a range of emotions, underwater speakers surprise researchers as unhealthy corals positively respond to their study. They placed underwater speakers to emit sound frequencies resembling what a healthy coral reef would sound like. Not only did this influence the unhealthy coral reefs to regenerate, but it also attracted a variety of fish to help reestablish degradation.
“We use loudspeakers to broadcast healthy soundscapes on experimental coral-rubble patch reefs for 40 days during a natural recruitment season (November–December 2017) on Australia’s northern Great Barrier Reef. We compare the developing fish communities on these acoustically enriched reefs with those on two categories of acoustically unmanipulated control reefs (with and without dummy loudspeaker rigs). We find that acoustic enrichment enhances fish community development within an important reef fish family, across a range of specific trophic guilds and at the level of the whole community,“ researcher Timothy A. C. Gordon mentions. ”
Article by Michelle Estevez for Educate Inspire Change, Read the full article here.
This was so incredibly beautiful, and it definitely brought tears to my eyes.
“The Ozernaya River winds serpentine-like through a remote corner of Kamchatka in Far East Russia. In one of the most intact eco-systems left in the Northern Pacific, rainbow trout eat mice for breakfast, and the salmon run in the hundred of thousands. This bounty attracts two kinds of people; those who want to protect, and those who want to exploit. Rampant salmon poaching is big business on Kamchatka, and once the salmon are gone, entire eco-systems collapse. “Fly Fishing in the Anthropocene” explores how fly fishing can help protect the wilderness, and celebrates the beauty and wonder of one of the most vibrant places on earth.”
A film by Peter Christensen and Rolf Nylinder http://RolfNylinder.com