Links for 10/5/16

Spill 46 miles off Shetland is being monitored by air and said to be heading away from land and dispersing

Source: BP platform leaks 95 tonnes of oil into North Sea | Environment | The Guardian


 

Nations on the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Seas have decided to bolster their tsunami warning systems by giving France, Greece, Italy and Turkey a regionwide alert role.

Source: Europe to strengthen tsunami alert system – UNISDR


 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV_ezbVWlyM

 

Video: Johnny Depp, Harry Roach & Surfing

Source: Pacific Longboarder News / Reviews / Events


 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7XupqFOFSg

Hydrofoil surfing on open ocean swells

Source: Hydrofoil surfing on open ocean swells


 

Entdecken Sie das thematische Angebot von ARTE rund um Wissenschaft, Medizin und neue Technologien: ein origineller Blick auf die Welt von heute und morgen.

Source: Plastik in unseren Meeren | Wissenschaft, Umwelt, Technologie | ARTE Future


 

Earth’s wilderness decimated


 

Introduction Five years ago, I met Professor John Sweeney. At the time, Sweeney was the head of the Centre for Climate change in Maynooth. He is now emeritus. Sweeney has also been the IPCC represe…

Source: How climate change is rapidly taking the planet apart. Part 2: amplifying feedbacks, divestment


 

Ominous music in shark videos makes people more negative about the fish

Links for 1/28/16

“These traditions come from Neolithic times — from shamanism — and they have never stopped,” said Mr. Fréger,

Source: European Masquerades: Pagan Costumes Of The Light Continent’s Wilder Men – Flashbak


 

https://vimeo.com/85534486


 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL_tVXnw9ig

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V__e51MyMLs


 

The Beach Boys film Love and Mercy portrays Brian Wilson as experiencing music playing constantly in his head. A growing body of research suggests that this rare phenomenon might have been behind his creative talent

Source: Was musical memory the secret to Brian Wilson’s genius? | Music | The Guardian


 

Source: A Story as Sharp as a Knife – inside the vibrant art of the Haida | Creative Review


 

https://vimeo.com/150528002


 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L17pVah_sGY

 

The public are being enlisted to read through detailed logs of whaling ships which include records of ice flows and weather conditions

Source: The 19th-century whaling logbooks that could help scientists understand climate change

Kon-Tiki was Just a Tiny Part of the Story

I can’t get enough of this stuff. Reading every book by Thor Heyerdahl I could find, gave me an idea of his theories concerning the ethnologic history of the Pacific. What I didn’t know was that more and more interested people keep coming up with theories and evidence strengthening the hypothesis. With today’s genetic proof the plot thickens quite a bit. This is my real nerdy side I guess. Too bad Heyerdahl passed in 2002, oh well …

Polynesian Pathways

Genetics Rewrites Pacific Prehistory

Genetic Evidence

Some Background on the Harappa People

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTg4bOeOOzE

Easter Island – Indus Valley Script

Route Harappa – Polynesia?

Early Americans helped colonise Easter Island

However, Thorsby’s findings don’t mean that Heyerdahl’s ideas have been vindicated. The first settlers to Polynesia came from Asia, and they made the biggest contribution to the population. ‘Heyerdahl was wrong,’ Thorsby says, ‘but not completely.’

What??! I don’t recall reading one single line by Heyerdahl that suggested exclusive colonization of Polynesia from South-America. Contrary – during Thor Heyerdahl’s lifetime – it was the established scholars who claimed exclusive exploration of the pacific islands eastward, from Southeast Asia. Despite the abundance of confirming findings – in biology, anthropology, nautical science and archeology – that he presented. In Indians and Old Asians in the Pacific he explained the Japan Current and the likely connection between East Asia and the American Northwest. Further, the ethnographic connections of the Northwest, Hawai’i and New Zealand Heyerdahl drew, have now been confirmed by fellow scientists, as displayed following the links above.

Speaking of Asia as a place of origin, the Southeast Asia theory of old, viewing the Lapita Culture as the ancestors of the Polynesians, has been replaced with Taiwan (through Heyerdahl’s Japan Current) – even by today’s academics. Putting Lapita on the western border and Taiwanese descendents at the center of Polynesia.

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Not only have natural catastrophes changed the course of history, but there is much that has been lost to conquering tribes. This is not to say the defeated did not contribute to the resultant culture. Their language and history may have been lost, but genetic and cultural elements of that pre-existing culture remain. The victorious tribe does not make an effort to tell the history of the vanquished, but they glean what they can use and trash the rest. Therefore when attempting to use language to trace the history of man, we must remember it will only tell us half the story.

The Polynesians are the product of many encounters, with tribes of differing backgrounds, that is why their early history has so many conflicting stories. It is also why they are culturally rich. They did not come from one place, but they came from many places. They as a culture were created in the Pacific.
The Polynesians are a combination of fragments of civilizations from both east and west, with a history going back a very long way. The Hawaiian genealogy goes back to Lai Lai who existed 16,000 years ago, but unfortunately such stories have, sadly, been passed off as mere folklore.
Due to their isolation, people on the scattered isles of the Pacific have retained cultural traits from their ancestral civilizations. Isolated island communities are in some ways veritable time capsules of past civilizations, with certain belief systems dating back over 12,000 years. By comparing cultural traits throughout the region and identifying what they have in common, we can start to build up a picture of what these ancient civilizations were once like. To ignore these connections is to ignore a veritable treasure trove of information. I have merely scratched the surface in this article and much work is yet to be done. Unfortunately 140m of water, tens of metres of sediments and the passage of time make it very hard to piece together this most interesting period of human prehistory.

Quote from Conclusion by Peter Marsh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9NBaUxn0oQ

Links for 4/15/15

The Drought Is Behind California’s Skyrocketing West Nile Virus Numbers

Toxic dispersant used to clean oil spill

Trailer White Waves – a documentary about surfers fighting against unseen pollution

8-foot-long carnivorous cat-eating lizards are invading Florida

The way humans are using land is dramatically decreasing biodiversity—and it’s only getting worse

Rick Griffin Galleries

California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth

California Facing Extreme Heat Waves and Rising Seas

Mediterranean Sea ‘accumulating zone of plastic debris’

Links for 12/5/14

Legend George Greenough Narrates Lost Footage

Microplastics: A puzzle along Lake Champlain

France Jumps Feet First Into Tidal Energy, Offshore Wind To Come 2015

Alstom 1MW tidal stream turbine

Oil Investors at Brink of Losing Trillions of Dollars in Assets

Here’s How Climate Change Has Altered Life On Earth In The Past 20 Years

switchedonaudrey’s photo on Instagram

Here’s what your city will look like when the ice sheets melt

Europe’s largest nuclear power plant shut down after “technical fault”

America could power itself 100 times over with solar energy

A Huge Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Melting Three Times Faster Than Previously Thought

Library’s seed sharing system threatened by Big Ag regulations

Links for 5/2/14

Lebanon Officially Joins The Surfing World

This Island Is The First In The World To Be Powered Fully By Wind And Water

Surfrider Foundation Unveils International Surfing Day

When It Comes to Solar Power, the Market Is Finally Making Environmentalism Easy

Human litter found in Europe’s deepest ocean depths

Has the whale exploded yet?

What the U.S. and China Have in Common When It Comes to Steak and Climate Change

Oceans of rubbish – governments must act – Comment – The Ecologist

Meditating: Surf as a Way of Zen | The Inertia

Kids, Parents and Climate Change | EcoWatch

The New 200 List, Compelling Data to Divest – Fossil Free