A new scientific study that was released recently reveals that white storks in Europe are no longer taking their annual winter trip to warmer continents, such as Africa because of the abundance of food found in Europe's massive landfills. According to a report in The Guardian, the study that was done by a group of scientists from the University of East Anglia was able to track the movements of 48 white storks as they were flying back and forth from their breeding grounds to the landfills, where they apparently get their "junk food fix."
The report said that the group outfitted 48 white storks with GPS locators in order to study their movement. The study found out that the storks were travelling from their nesting grounds to the landfills and back, indicating that they were using their nesting grounds more frequently than before.
White storks normally take a migratory trip to warmer continents during winter time, flying from Europe to Africa. The report however cited that since the 1980s, many storks have skipped their migration altogether – in Spain and Portugal, for example, over 14,000 storks stay for the winter. more >>
A recently released set of scientific papers on global sea level rise warns that the phenomenon of rising sea levels is accelerating and if unchecked, will have devastating effects on coastal communities all over the world, including the United States. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, up to 13.1 million U.S. residents living in the country's coastal areas will be forced to move to higher ground if mitigating and protective measures are not taken to slow down the already alarming rate of rising sea levels.
The report cites a set of research studies released by the notable Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S. which looked at several factors that contribute to sea level rise, such as the changes in the Antartic ice sheet through time; the sources of sea level rise which include the melting of ice sheets, the melting of glaciers, the movement of continents; a historical study of the relationship between temperature and sea level and lastly, a study that uses historical information in order to predict sea levels in the next 100 years or so. According to another report in The Guardian, the study predicts that "unless societies make significant changes," sea level is expected to rise by as much as three feet by the year 2100.
The Guardian also presented a summary of the report and its relevance in the wake of the issues of climate change, which was shared by the lead author of the report, Matthew Hauer. He pointed to human activities or influence that affected the "equilibrium" of the world's oceans, glaciers and ice sheet, which has contributed to sea level rise. Their model was able to "make probabilistic projections of sea level rise incorporating the main uncertainties." He added, "While stopping sea level rise within this century is unlikely, our projections confirm that the world can still choose from a spectrum of sea level futures. It mainly depends on how much heat-trapping gases will be emitted. To avoid the risk of 1.3 meter higher seas in 2100, mankind needs to cut its carbon emissions." more >>
Bishop Marvin Sapp is one of numerous gospel singers, including Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark Cole and Kierra Sheard, that are using their platforms to help Flint, Michigan, in the midst of a water crisis.
Sapp is doing more than just bringing water to the troubled residents of Flint, but also preaching and doubling dollar donations.
The 49-year-old gospel singer and senior pastor of Grand Rapids Lighthouse Full Life Center, who oversees 15 churches in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Missouri as bishop over the Central Province of GUF, spoke about his plans to help those in Flint on Feb. 11. more >>
Now here is an invention that should be sent to Flint, Michigan, as soon as possible! A bottle that keeps giving you water through the power of nature.
Known as the Fontus, the water bottle creates its own water with technology that grabs the humidity within the air and turns it into drinkable water.
A video posted to YouTube boasts that the Fontus can create as much as 0.5 quarts of fresh water within one hour. more >>
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio met with Pope Francis at the Vatican last week where the two exchanged environment-message gifts.
Vatican Radio noted that DiCaprio, who has been an outspoken activist for the environment, gave the pontiff an art book from Dutch Renaissance painter Hieronymus Bosch, alongside a check for his charity. more >>
Ron Sider, professor emeritus at Palmer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania and founder of Evangelicals for Social Action, charged Thursday that white Evangelicals should get behind the Black Lives Matter movement because it is a pro-life issue.
Sider, who Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, introduced at the Evangelicals for Life conference in Washington D.C. as "a model of Christian conviction and courage," criticized parts of the pro-life movement for what he sees as a "fundamental inconsistency" in how life-threating social causes beyond abortion, like racism and poverty, are treated.
"For many decades, I have believed and taught that Christians should act on the belief that from the moment of conception we're dealing with persons, human beings made in the image of God. Choosing to end the lives of innocent persons is simply wrong. For many decades therefore, I have been a part of the movement to reduce abortion by legislation and through supporting programs to assist unwed pregnant mothers. I'm happy my friends and honored to be a part of this gathering," Sider noted in his delicately balanced comments. more >>