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Earth Day 2014

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Today April 22, 2014, more  than a billion people around the world will celebrate Earth Day. It is the 44th anniversary of the annual day of action, and it has become a global environmental event. Earth Day originally began in 1970, when 20 million people across the United States rallied for increased protection of the environment. Back then some of the major issues included  dirty air, toxic water, pollution, and a hole in the ozone layer. Today’s issues are a lot more modern, but just as scary.
Modern environmental threats such as global climate change, are what Gina McCarthy (the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator) calls “one of the most significant, if not the most significant, public health issue of our time.” (National Geographic) This year’s Earth Day theme is “green cities”,  because for the first time in history more than half of the people on earth live in urban cities. Emphasis is being put on different parts of city infrastructure and how they can be transformed to be more sustainable and eco-friendly.
According to McCarthy, the impact of that first Earth Day has been profound, and since then  the nation’s air and water have become dramatically cleaner, and lead has disappeared from gasoline; while the economy has more than doubled in size. It is very important for us as consumers to be aware of how we effect the earth, and to take more time to inquire about efforts to prevent any further destruction. To celebrate Earth Day 2014, we should stop and admire nature, thank green plants for the oxygen they provide, and just be kinder to Mother Earth in general. It is our planet, and our responsibility to take care of it.
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(Images courtesy of National Geographic)
(Featured Image courtesy of forever-yoga.com)

Be The First To See Tonight’s Blood Moon

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As I was surfing the internet today, I couldn’t help but notice the term “Blood Moon” popping up almost everywhere. After doing some research, I discovered that later on tonight there will be a lunar eclipse occurring. A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon, and Earth align so that  Earth’s shadow falls across the moon’s surface. Tonight’s  lunar eclipse is a total eclipse, which means Earth’s shadow will cover the moon completely. The moon is said to take on a reddish hue anywhere from a bright copper to the brownish red of dried blood, which would explain the term “Blood Moon”.
The eclipse will be visible from just about the entire continental United States, and the show will start at 10:20 p.m., when the first faint shadow will start to fall on the moon. By 12:07 a.m., the entirety of the lunar surface will be in Earth’s shadow. It will be glowing red, because even though our planet is blocking out direct light from the sun, the light of all the sunsets and sunrises on  Earth still make it to the lunar surface. (LA Times)
Not to sound like a complete nerd or anything but the whole concept of a lunar eclipse has me so excited! Grab a seat next to your window or take a stroll outside and be the first to see tonight’s Blood Moon.
(Featured Image courtesy of LA Times)