Planet Earth: Snowy Gnomes, in an empty world & our apex predators.

Snowy Gnomes, in an empty world

Or so the story would go if left unchecked. But happily enough, we do have editors. Authors might dislike them for their obsessive corrections and never ending feedback on their carefully crafted story as well as their choice of words, or perhaps they secretly love them for their behind the scenes story saving work. The snowy gnomes of the world might, likewise, feel an utmost lack of respect for the clumsy nature of humans wildlife editors - also called conservationists and scientists, as they rummage around in both the countryside and deep forests. as well as continually tanning in the artificial lights of sterile labs and concrete big city jungles.

But, they certainly appreciate the outcome of their work, for, without natures editors, our dear politicians and color blind corporate leaders (most, if not all of them, only see black and red after all) would have pushed us all head first into a world of hurt - even more hurried then already is the case.

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Ashen nectar by Netherbird

From the tiny, minuscule stuff to the bigger, broader pencil strokes of climate change and global events such as WW 1 and 2, The Gulf war(s), air pollution, outsourcing, equality, poverty, fresh water, food production, it´s quality and price and environmental impact as well as scarcity and distribution. Emissions goals and clean, sustainable energy vs short term profit for unsustainable, dirty and life damaging energy producers and other corporate ventures (such as Fracking, which, with it´s short life span and long-lasting, negative consequences for nature and already strained fresh water levels can't be viewed as anything else than a very unsustainable and damaging energy choice, with only one merit to exist - short term profit for the producer at the expense of everyone else).

- If left unchecked, as bad as things are today in the world.

. The state of the world would have been tremendously much worse without conservationists and scientists to at times shine a light on the simple reality so many others want to dismiss entirely as soon as it does not line up with their own short term profit.

Sometimes those things are big and easy to see - such as how air pollution in China affects other countries and not just the poor Chinese people living in the daily smog that cuts their life expectancy short by up to 20 years. Air pollution no one would never have had to endure in the first place if the rest of the world did not outsource unsustainably cheap and dirty production to China in the first place.

But sometimes important things are quite small and seemingly insignificant at first glance. To the point that we might not even give them the briefest thought.

One such thing often overlooked by decision makers as well as your neighbor is our garden caretaker, the bumble bees, and their siblings.

And yet another one that is arguably at one hand, a quite different beast but also very much closely related to the bumble bee in how it directly affects us and our world in a significant and often over looked way is the apex predators. On the surface, they are nothing but gracelike predatory killers, possessive of great beauty but also a potential threat to our health and sometimes, income. But that view point is being simple minded and over looking the hugely positive net worth they give us and the rest of the world just by existing.

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Sharks, Tigers and other fluffy kittens

apex predators and our world


Simple reality

It might feel like an easy to make decision to sacrifice yet more local land when caught in the desires of a hungry coal mine corporation - promised profit for the politician in charge, profit for the workers, and most of all, profit for the corporate leaders. A win, win situation for all parties involved is the promise that is being sold over and over again.

But, then again. That is nothing but short-term thinking, and a lack of capacity for seeing hard to accept truths about more often then not shallow, and rarely fulfilled promises.
It is easy to forget the long-term effects even if the short term promised are fulfilled when someone waves the potential for billions of US$ in profit for the next 20 years in front of you.
Hard to resist revenue for pressured politicians even if there is no faul play involved beyond a neglect for science and simple reality.

Reality is, that even tho we might all live in different countries, and different cities and counties within those countries. Even such small things as our bumble bee populations affects not just the local farmer, but the entire globe in the long run.

And so do our friendly apex predators of the world.
Their demise or success directly and indirectly affects us all. The apex predators are nature's editors.

And when we remove nature's apex predators in one country and region, we dont just remove a predator from the top of the food chain. They are not just competition for our occasional and almost always, for fun, recreational hunts, nor are they just an abysmal threat to our livestock animals and our domesticated cats and dogs.And no, they do not pose a significant threat to people. they hardly register on the threat scale in life.

If anything, Apex predators keeps us safe and healthy, globally speaking.

Apex predators and our world

When one country kills off it´s wolf population (or similar predators) the result is not a huge amount of threatened people all of a sudden living in safety.
The results are the opposite and they are negative for both farmland as well as our own safety. When we pressure the apex predators in any given area the result is not an increase in safety, on the contrary it leads to it´s natural prey increasing and being free to chewing off to much of the vegetation and the increase in prey often leads to an increase and spread of various animal-related diseases.

This might not be an obvious or a simple to accept truth that wolf haters or scared citizens not being used to wildlife want to acknowledge, simple reality is that keeping a healthy number of wolves in a country is a positive thing not just for the wildlife population as a whole, it also allows nature a more natural and healthy balance and keeps pest such as rats down to, for us and nature, much more healthy levels.

The evidence for this are plentiful and can be seen all over the world.

One such case is Yellow stone park in USA. Where the reintroduction of Wolves quickly transformed the wildlife and nature itself in a positive way. Wolves turned out to be the best park ranger and conservationist the park had ever seen.

But Yellowstone is not an isolated and unique case study, there are plenty of similar cases to be found in Europe and Asia as well, where simple facts is that healthy numbers of wolf´s and other apex predators keeps moose, elk, rats and other animals, such as the beaver, down to naturally sustainable levels that actually benefits not just nature and wildlife, but farmers and other people too. And unlike us, they do it without exterminating any part of the ecosystem.

Not to mention, wolf´s are one of the apex predators that pose virtually zero threat to people. Another hard to ignore fact is that most countries in the world actually reimburse farmers when they loose live stock. To such a degree even, that plenty of farmers are believed to make up wildlife losses just for the profit it generates for them.

Farm animals most of them would slaughter in the end anyway. So as unpleasant as it might be to lose an animal to a wildlife attack, there is no real loss of income, nor in the case of livestock, is there really a loss of life that would not have happened anyway.

All in all, the simple reality of modern day life and the importance of nurturing nature and wildlife in a sustainable way for our own survivability makes it even more puzzling why people in 2014 are still so afraid or even hateful towards having wolf´s and other big predators in their country.

One such, otherwise enlightened and wonderful Scandinavian country is Norway.
A nature and wildlife loving country whom year after year is doing it´s very best to exterminate the wolf from its country. And for no good, productive or sane reason at all.

If we are interested in sticking to reality that is.

Sharks, Tigers and other fluffy kittens

Like the wolf, the shark is another both feared and loathed - but beautiful and wonderfully positive to keep around apex predator.

No, I am not suggesting that you should breed great whites in your swimming pool or raise a wolf pack in your apple tree garden.
But sharks just like the wolf packs of our world keep nature in check. And they do so in a safe and sustainable way. And while sharks, just like wolves can be intimidating for sure, and for good reasons of course. They pose, in reality, a miniscule threat to people.

In fact, sharks do far more good than harm for us.
And as such, shark cullings such as the one Western Australia from time to time wants to engage in - serves zero reason to exists.

Culling the number of sharks in any area of the world will never save a single human being from a shark attack and it will never deter a shark from getting close to a beach or surfer. In fact, it can only function as a shining beacon that attracts sharks.

Not to mention that like wolf´s and tigers and lions, sharks and most other apex predators are endangered and cant cope much longer with homo sapiens going on retarded killing sprees.
Nor is the nutritional value of shark fin soup anything to brag about.

Going after apex predators is more or less such a clueless thing that it could be called a retarded thing to do because, science, facts, and simple reality gives us no incentive to do so. It gives us zero benefits but plenty of negatives to cull or even exterminate our apex predators.


The bumble bee, our proud gardener

And just like our humble and quite snugly bumblebee, removing apex predators does not affect just the nearest beach or city block or farmer. It causes global ripple effects that in the end touches us all.
Bumblebees are for instance needed to pollinate crops, crops that feeds our entire world and not just the local farmers wealth. From apple trees to grains and honey. Without bees humanity loses out not just on natural beauty in the shape of animals and florals, but already strained food resources would diminish in huge numbers. The sad reality is that bees helps us create a significant portion of all our food and a world without them is not a joy ride that anyone would want to get on with.

Food resources are already under mounting strain from both the sheer number of people in the world, as well as a gradually increasingly warmer climate (which will make it much more harder to grow food in the current big food producing countries), ineffective food distribution, rising prices and a lack of water resources due to the increasing areas in the world that are or have already reached peak water levels.

And yes, those food resources, the land they grow in, our forests and our bumblebees and us people - the unbalanced pressure on all that increases even further by removing our apex predators from the top of the watch line that otherwise keep things in balance in a sustainable way.

Unlike us humans, predators simply do not exterminate their prey. They live and they die in a naturally balanced dance of life and death. And they are all needed to not upset that balance.
Pretty much like the climate change that is happening. We do not want to keep pushing the envelope with increasing pollution just because it´s more affordable short term speaking. Once we hit that tipping point, things will escalate and rapidly so.
And that, is just as is the case with bees and apex predators - simple reality, simple science.

No matter what fantasies you sell, it does not ever change the fabric of reality

From shark finning to pesticide usage in farming, shark culling, climate change, shale gas, coal mines, palm oil, air pollution, food harvests, fresh water, bumble bees, sustainable energy, storing of chemicals and quality of life.

We should all be thankful for the 'editors' that keep our so called leaders from making things even worse. God knows, they dont have an easy time doing their job because plenty of influential people with nothing but a selfish short term view could not care less about the global effects on what they do. Just as we have some politicians that firmly believe that keeping people from doing abortions and divorces is somehow empowering people's freedom and quality of life.

As we spread our footprint even more, it becomes rapidly much more crucial that we start to acknowledge that we do need to be sustainable and adapting in our approach to both nature, climate and animals.

For our own species long term survivability as well as all our quality of life.
We need both the tiny bumblebees as well as the gracelike predators to help us make this world a more balanced and healthy place for all of us.
Politicians and corporate leaders can be partially blind, and that is okay, they are after all just people, and we are all flawed.
Further more, they are just our minority elected servants and our candy land manufacturer - but the world as a whole has to become smarter and rapidly so because when they do not do their job, when they even deny reality to the harm of us all, then we have to do the job for them.

Neither of us live in an isolated island separated from the rest of the world. We all live on the same planet and neither of us need to sacrifice the rest of the world to have a great life. That is solely the behaviour and selfishness of the Koch brothers and their likes, and today we write January 25, 2014 (the original date for when i wrote this as a public post on g+) and no one should believe such nonsense anymore. The world does not improve and it does not become more equal and healthy because we tax our rich people less then others. The world does not avoid climate change because we ignore it.

Just as no one should be stupid enough to believe that chinese people dont want an equally happy life and clean nature as we do. Nor that their environmental issues does not affect us. Or that the world will do just fine if we keep producing things the way we do know.
It might be positive for your yearly bonus to destroy the nature of West Virginia USA looking for more coal mines ,shale gas or other minerals, or to kill off all the Sumatran rain forests and wildlife just so you can buy cheaper toilet paper one more year.
It might make you sleep better to claim that nothing is going on with the rising sea level outside the US east coast, or at least it might be good for your voting numbers this year to make it illegal to talk about. And yes, all those crazy things actually happens in our world when people turn a blind eye.

Just as how killing a few Western Australia sharks or Norwegian wolves might give you a few easy points amongst voters and especially so if you promise it will somehow manage to create more jobs tomorrow. It might even make a few religious extremists all happy and jolly good feeling to hear that Earth exists in another reality without science, progress and evolution. Just as some confused people seems to think that god cant exist if people are allowed to only have healthy relationships.

But in the long haul, when behaving like that, you are only chopping off your own leg as well as every body elses too. From work, income, to food, climate, equality, fulfilling lives, education, health care and every other way too. Neglecting the reality of us all living on one tiny little marble - is simply no better then those peddling rhino horns to superstitious people being sick in cancer or suffering from sexual dysfunctions.

No matter what fantasies you sell, it does not ever change the fabric of reality.

Related articles from the web

How the threat to lions, leopards, bumble bees and wolves endangers us all

Western Australia shark cull
The guardian on WA Shark cull

1000+ rhinos killed in South Africa during 2013
The guardian on 1000+ Rhinos poached in South Africa during 2013

Unsustainable shark finning,one part of killing more then 70 million sharks per year
The numbers behind sharks vs human fear
Green sea turtles starving to death (due to lack of apex Sharks, pollution and poaching)
Green sea turtles starving to death

Wolves in Norway (and other places in Europe and USA)
Norway slaughtering Wolves

Illegal slaughter of endangered Whale sharks
Endangered whale sharks slaughtered for shark fin soup
A world without apex predators
Take part on a world without apex predators

This quite fitting article about pretty much the same thing as my own thoughts where posted by The guardian the day after i originally wrote this article on my g+ profile so i decided to link to guardians article as well.

How the threat to lions, leopards and wolves endangers us all
How we endanger humanity by not protecting apex predators

Another important pollinator is the Monarch butterfly
Monarch butterfly facing harder times

And finally, a new bill in Idaho, Usa that wants us all to disregard all of the simple science and reality that we now know by killing off hundreds of wolves in Idaho.
One have to wonder, exactly who does it benefit when we allow leaders and other vested parties to rule our world by disregarding the reality we all live in.
Idaho vs the benefit of wolves

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  • Wildlife Facts: Camelopardalis, 'The camel that could have been a leopard'.. What animal am I talking about right now?

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     Arctic Sunrise - Year 4.5 Billion
    The camel that could have been a leopard.


    One of planet Earth´s most unique land-living animals still roaming about in the wild also happens to be one of the cutest and most enchanting, and gentle colossuses that have ever existed. Yet, somehow, despite the towering size and unique characteristics of these majestic critters they are also one of the lesser talked about wildlife stars. And so it happens that by now they are like so many other species highly endangered without anyone really paying attention.

    But perhaps that is the reward that life gave these majestic beings that float across the land they call home as if they are majestic land dwelling whales. A backseat in the human consciousness as we proceeded to decimate their global population with 40 or so % in less than 30 years.

  • Fitness school, question 41: The science of our human fitness anatomy. Scalenus Anterior, medius and posterior.

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    Fitness is built upon your own anatomy.
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 41 in our School of Fitness.
    Beneath the tasty, delicious joy and sexiness of a life built on plant-based food and fitness, the weights you lift, the miles you walk and run. The mountains you climb, and the sandbags you punch and kick there is not just a burning passion and increased life quality. Nor is it just a question of the enhanced health and joy you can touch and feel deep inside both body & mind.
    No, there is also this marvelously progressive thing called science. Because all the physical fitness things, the sweat and healthy living discipline that others see are ultimately powered by the all-encompassing facts of biological life.

  • Fitness school, question 40: The science of sugar and intestine tumors... In both mice & men.

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    Yet another study on food & health.

    Looking at the impact of sugar in food and beverages.

    Sugar is a much beloved sweetener. Craved like a lovers touch by most biological beings that dare to ever look into the abyss and allow its tastebuds to grace this natural force of addiction.

    But as much as all things living seemingly enjoy the taste of sugar and more modern artificial sweeteners. Scientifically speaking the bad health impact of sugar ( from obesity to diabetes and cancer risk, poor dental health and non existing nutritional value ) and other sweeteners have thankfully turned countless of humans into die hard "no sugar" please sentinels. So let us take a brief look at a brand new 2019 study and let us find out if this study too will add even more reasons to say no to sugar and other sweeteners in your food and beverages.

  • Fitness school, question 39: Telomeres, the fancy sounding tail that connects healthy fit aging with fitness activities. Dive right in as we take a look at recent studies.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 39 in our School of Fitness.
    I have talked about telomeres in years past, and fitness too obviously :).
    But such is the world of fitness, science, and health, it often revisits old "truths" and sometimes upends them because our knowledge has deepened, while new studies at other times will simply fortify and acknowledge what we already knew to be true.
    So what will happen today as we travel back to the world of that peachy sounding telomeres thingy that keeps wiggling its cute little tail inside of us? Let us find out.
    My Question:.
    For this particular study, published in European Heart Journal, Nov 2018, we´ll uncover what happens to the length of our telomeres when we do long distance endurance training, high-intensity sprint intervals, nothing at all or lift weights in a so-so way in the gym ( yeah, color me unimpressed by the strength plan in this study, but hold on to that thought as you read on because I will get back to the fairly inadequate strength training and why that too matters. ).
    The question, which option is the best for maintaining the length of our telomeres and what is the worst?.

  • Anthropocene & the survival of our brilliant but simpleminded species. Just another morning.

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    Breakfast stuff and morning thoughts.

    climate inaction is an existential threat.

    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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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    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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