Worldwide - threatened mammals



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This is a short look at the current state of the world. The best and worst performing countries, right now, when it comes to their role as caregivers for all the mammals out there.

But please, do know, that no matter where you are on this list, every single nation have room for big and still needed improvements.

For instance one of the best performing countries in the world, Sweden, with all it´s vast, well cared for natural resources, it´s technology and advanced infrastructure, environmentally friendly politics and industries and every day life and people (it´s year after year one of the top cleanest, green, quality of life countries in the world), it´s world class natural, healthy and animal-friendly farming and food production, and so forth, even it´s long running embrace of science and equality over traditionally religious and unequal views. It is a good representive of all the sane and healthy things life in the Scandinavian countries provide you with.

But, as such, there is simply zero reasons why such a country should have even a single mammal that is endangered.

Yes, wolf haters.

 I am looking at you neanderthals (tongue in cheek since I am sure neanderthals were truly wonderful people that might even have enjoyed a good hunt together with ravens and wolves. And of course, even a wolf hating person have good traits :P).

And yes, Wolves are of course not even listed as endangered on the red list in Sweden, just very close to being listed as such.

But they should not be feared, they should be enjoyed and embraced in a modern society considering that they might very well be the nr.1 natural caretaker in the world when it comes to keeping other species and Earth itself, healthy and strong. It´s an asset to have a healthy and strong wolf population in a country (like bears and wolverines, lynx and eagles), not a threat to hunters and farmers and people in general.

A strong wolf pack is not a threat to moose and deers and farm animals, strong and healthy packs keeps all other animal species healthy and strong.

They even rejuvenate nature itself.

And no matter if you like that or ot, that is a scientific fact and not personal opinion.

One I took the opportunity to mention since the wolf, unlike the one endangered mammal in Sweden, the fin whale Balaenoptera physalus, drums up so many emotions from the fearful people that are actively doing it´s very best to put it on the endangered list. And therefore, I am sure just mentioning how crazy it is to fear it and kill it will pop a blood vessel or two in some misguided people.

Are you interested in the data for this article?



Here it is, courtesy of http://www.iucn.org/ and the world bank,World Bank . .





Bottom, shameful 4





The 4 worst performing nations in the world when it comes to the current amount of endangered mammals species.

Bottom 4

Indonesia (184), Madagascar (114), Mexico (101), and India (94).

As a short note, considering Indonesia's global role as an exporter of all sorts of products that all directly relate to the insane amount of endangered animals..
This situation is clearly the fault of not just Indonesia, but of all other nations too. Well, at least the long list of nations that have industries that import products from Indonesia. Yes, global pulp and paper industry, you are still a dangerous, unhealthy and unsustainable villain that runs around hurting us all for selfish profit (part of you have cleaned up tho and are trying to behave).

And India. Well, India is at least working hard to improve it´s dismal current situation. From improvements for the tigers to other projects that are working hard, trying to strengthen their national parks and so forth. But much, much more can obviously be done. Such as putting an end to the violent clashes between Elephants and humans. India should be proud over it´s enigmatic animals, not trying to eradicate them.





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Others from the walk of shame





If you would like to know more, then you can take a look at the detailed red list from IUCN, detailing a big chunk of global data on endangered species. IUCN red list

And, talking about IUCN and the red list. Did you know that it is now more than 50 years since they started working on the so-called "barometer of life" list, and the goal is to keep track of at least 160 000 animal species worldwide, by 2020. The foundation for the IUCN, red list started in 1933 when John C. Philips laid out the idea for funding a list that kept track of all the globally endangered animal species.

Random shame

China , 73 endangered mammals, Thailand (55), Australia (55), and USA (35).
  
In North America, the by far, best performing nation is still Canada. I am saying still, because unlike USA which have shown small signs of taking the environment more serious the last year or so (at least as far as talks go, but hopefully real actions will actually follow), Canada has sadly taken steps backwards from being a green, sustainable and caring global champion, and instead slowly, but surely started to put an ever growing emphasize on profit at the expense of both nature, wildlife and every day quality of health and life.

But, of course, Canada is still in a better position then USA and Mexico.

Yes, I know. By now you are wondering what the situation for endangered mammals is in Canada. The answer is 11.
And before we move on to other parts of the world, Brazil are killing off 82 mammal species, Peru 54 and Argentina 38.



Top Nations - 5 or less endangered mammals

These guys all deserve to be named. Not because they are in any way perfect.

But as I started I will end, by saying that in today's conscious and developed world where we know better, not a single mammal should have to face extinction in a single nation. But these guys at least deserve credit for being at the top of the best performing nations. But don't get complacent because you are at the top of the world, instead, make sure to improve even further, lead the world and set a good example by making the number drop to zero endangered mammals.

And since all of Scandinavia is doing so good and a fair portion of our neighboring European countries are also, doing so well, I´d like to call out Norway for being behind the curve, all good hearted, tongue in cheek mind you. So, you dear Norwegian guys (and girls) can do so much better. Especially considering how much you to enjoy a clean, healthy nature and all the beautiful wildlife that Norway provides. Not to mention Norway's status as being one of the wealthiest nations in the world.

Yes, our cozy and wonderful neighbor deserves a friendly poke in the face and cheeks all red of shame.

You can do much better.

United Kingdom 5, endangered mammals
Germany
Poland
Austria (3)
Finland, 1 endangered mammal.
Sweden, 1 endangered mammal.
Hungary
Slovak
Jamaica
Haiti
American Samoa, 1 endangered mammal.
Andorra (2)
Aruba, (2)
Belgium (2)
Bahrain (3)
Bosnia (4)
Cayman Islands (1)
Cyprus (5)
Denmark (2)
Estonia, 1 endangered mammal.
Faereo Islands (4)
French Polynesia - zero endangered mammals.
Guam (2)
Hong Kong, 1 endangered mammal.
Isle of man, 1 endangered mammal.
Kiribati, 1 endangered mammal.
Latvia, 1 endangered mammal.
Monaco (2)

Well, I will restrain myself now since this list actually goes on for a while because there are quite a few nations out there that is doing great.

And not just when it comes to not endangering our precious mammals. But a growing list of nations are also producing the majority of their energy from clean, healthy and sustainable energy now. Yay!. There is a tidal wave of sustainable, quality of life thinking growing out there, and as such, it would be a joy to see the big players in the world doing much, much better.







The Mouse In our Wall
We play in the snow, under the shooting star





Told to you, as I once told, a mind and girly soul, so beautiful.


Inside the walls of our homes, and lives. There are Undraped windows through which we see both in and out, and at night I look out and up with you.
A shooting star stirs and moves the northern lights. Like a spoon through water, it moves before our eyes. Clear as day yet slightly obfuscated through the sheets of glass, the world is silent and it could be a dream as I witness the star cut through the puffy clouds.

And at night.
Some other times, there we are, walking through life's small moments and we are holding hands.

Together, we stand outside having walked amongst the falling leafs and the subtle snow.
Rain or sunshine matters not.

Looking in, through the of night, all chilly frosty glass, the burning lamps the pleasant light and warmth that moves and lives inside.
Is it empty we ask out loud, or is there someone looking out? Back at us. Do they hear our silent minds, can they feel our burning soul and warming hands.

In between these two sides. Neither looking in or out. Or perhaps, they do them both all the time.

There live a gnarly little furry mice that move about with his love and all their friends.

At night, you can hear them talk and hug it out. They move, play and dart around, inside and outside the walls that people build. Sometimes they walk our floors, sitting near, our sleeping faces.
We kiss and make a cute little snowy angel. Your arms whisp around and I kiss your pretty lips, yet again.

And right there. In the corner of my eye. I swear the little mice sits right nearby. Looking out at us as we hug it out.
And perhaps he too thinks the very same. Looking out and about, at us and all the shooting stars.













Beautiful

Outside the sun and the moon are both painting a very vivid and clear blue sky, sharing and moving across the very same canvas in broad daylight.
The light from the rising sun is sharp and beautiful today, perhaps not so much for a classically schooled portrait photographer, but the way it illuminates the branches and leafs, all the frosty still life caught in the breath of approaching winter.
There is only one simple word crafted to properly describe the natural scenery that lay unfolded before my eyes this morning.

Beautiful.
Michael A Koontz



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    Nothing fancy or big worded to say today, I am just drinking some tasty fresh black coffee while various death metal songs keep pumping through my livingroom gear.
    Yes, what a glorious morning :).
    But while I am enjoying my morning routine, getting ready for the gym and my own workouts as well as the health and fitness regimes of today's PT clients I am also reading up on science and sustainability from around the world. And one of the pieces that stand out is a tonally laid-back piece by Swedish outlet DN. They spent the better part of a month or so following Swedish sustainability advocate Greta as she continues her quest to bring much-needed awareness to the sad state of the world and the essential, deep-rooted changes we as a species and global civilization urgently need to undertake.

  • Fitness school, question 38. Is obesity itself tied to diabetes type 2 and coronary artery disease?. Yes or no?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 38 in our School of Fitness.
    Time for a short one.
    Obesity is no friend of the bettering of our health and longevity.
    Just as how the old school act of serious bulking never did anyone's health and fitness levels any favors. And pointing this scientific reality out is not about fat shaming. It´s about helping the world and its individuals turn the tide toward better health, and better fitness. And doing so does not remove peoples individual right to pick whatever body size and fat percentage that they so prefer.
    My Question:.
    We already know that obesity ( and a fat powered high BMI ) increases unhealthy factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. And it often increases depression, drowsiness and general sedentary choices. Which indirectly leads to worse health in numerous ways. But if a person with a high fat powered BMI is deemed healthy as far as those traditional markers are concerned is excess fat itself still bad?
    Put in another way, will a higher amount of excess body fat still lead to worse health even if your bloodwork turns out ok and you do not feel depressed and drowsy and you do hit the gym?.

  • Fitness school, question 37: Can something as simple as a reduction of daily walking decrease our lean muscle mass in a noticeable way in just 2 weeks time?

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 37 in our School of Fitness.
    Yes, it is once again time for you to put your thinking cap on before you proceed without hesitation through the hallway of healthy fit wonders and science :).
    You already know that keeping fit and lifting your weekly weights and doing your daily cardio is nothing but a rejuvenating choice. It's good for your strength, duh.. It is wondrously good for your harty heart health, and it aids your cognitive and creative processes. It scientifically speaking lowers depression and tardy drowsiness. And if you have been keeping up with me over the years, you also know that keeping fit on a regular weekly basis also lowers your physical age by quite a noticeable margin too.
    But even small ordinary things like taking a daily walk carries with it a huge life long health and fitness impact.

    My Question:.
    What happens with our skeletal lean muscle mass for people above 70 years of age if they take a few thousand steps more or less per day for 2 weeks time?.
    Read on to reveal just how big the impact of that tiny change can be below the break.

  • Fitness School, Question 36, Will lifting weights 1-3 days per week be enough to lower cardiovascular related mortality?.

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    Question number 36 in our School of Fitness.
    All forms of fitness activity is a tiny little pill of good health no matter who you are.
    But is the simple act of lifting weights one to three days per week enough to substantially lower the risk of cardiovascular related mortality?.
    Yup, that is how easy and straightforward question number 36 turned out to be. And why? Because we have a brand new study to lean back on when it comes down to the (obvious) answer.
    Read on to reveal the complete Q and A below the break.

  • Going beyond 1.5C. Our world and daily life behind the IPCC report.

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    Cause & Consequence.

    Life on Earth laid bare by the IPCC report.



    But before we head on over to the meaty real life data of our reckless modern day life, which the 2018 IPCC report painfully laid bare, walk with me as I step out on frosty cold northern shores for my morning walk.

    Just a Thursday, spent on northern shores.
    And this is the way I started this gorgeous little Autumn day.

  • Roundabouts in the milky way galaxy. The duality of a sustainable earth, and interplanetary living.

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    Walking through the gates of autumn.

    We see a brand new dawn.



    Life itself is this majestic mirror world of brilliance and incompetence. Eternally merging and reflected, individually disengaged yet perfectly synchronized and attached to each other and everything else.

    Like the leaf that finds itself stranded on the wayward peaks of a stormy ocean. They are each others counterpart, yet entirely different. Individual objects, entwined and interconnected. Disengaged and perfectly unique.

  • Into Autumn, the spider´s lullaby. Random thoughts on life from another gorgeous day.

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    Walking through the gates of autumn.

    Together with a tiny little spider.



    And today, there´s officially a full-blown Autumn song playing out there in nature. Gorgeous and sunny, on a Sunday =). Wind free, except for the tiniest of breeze that you can almost not see or feel as it slowly makes it way through the crown of leaves that towers above.

    But it is, none the less, Autumn.
    The colors of the trees reveal it. The pale blue September moon that hangs high up in the middle of the day is another telltale.

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