With climate change, pollution, and sustainability becoming increasingly pertinent concerns, it's a no-brainer that efforts need to be stepped up by all parties if Earth is to remain a hospitable place for all living things.
To increase the volume behind the conversations regarding climate change, National Geographic Asia has organized its very first Planet Possible Day – an upcoming virtual event happening on October 24, 2021 that aims to bring together personalities as well as active members of National Geographic Explorer to talk about how all of us can live more lightly on the planet.
"We are at a defining moment in time where we can choose the world we want to live in," said Planet Possible host Melati Wijsen. "The potential and opportunities are there to create a planet that is more sustainable and resilient for future generations."
In the lead up to the upcoming event, we sat down with two individuals from near-opposite fields to talk about the impact of our daily habits – ranging from online shopping to everyday food consumption, and see how they add up.
On one hand, we asked climatologist Intan Suci Nurhati about the observations she's made as an active oceanographer under the prestigious National Geographic Explorer Banner, and what to expect from our current habits within the next decade.
Are they really as happy as they seem? Are they laughing with us, or at us? But one of the more serious – and better researched – questions is, how does their natural sonar actually work?
We know in general terms how cetaceans echolocate – they generate high frequency noises which echo off an object, thereby building up a sound-picture in the brain which allows them to work out their surroundings, any possible threats and the presence of prey. Other animals do it too, most obviously bats, and humans have built machines that do the same thing.
The question, however, is this: how do they do it so well? The accuracy and directionality of the biological sonar of porpoises wildly outperforms anything humans can design, and there’s no obvious reason for it.
That’s not least because we know how they do it: the clicks are made in the nasal passage and beamed out through the animal’s forehead as an ultrasound beam. The returning echoes are picked up by the jaw where a passage of fat transmits it to the inner ear where nerve impulses are processed by the brain.
The mystery is that the wavelengths generated by the clicks are far too large to capture the detail of the often tiny objects which the animals are evidently able to sense. The physics would appear to be impossible, yet the results are observable.
By Chi Thukral 10/18/2021
In 2050, it is said that there will be more “climate refugees” who have lost their homes due to the impact of climate change, as well as emigrants who have been forced to leave their countries due to political problems. There may also come a time in the future when people live in floating mobile houses that drift across the world’s oceans. These groups of people could become like sea nomads, forming a unique ecosystem in which they coexist with the natural environment.
When people from a wide range of cultural spheres are living on the ocean, how do people coexist with other people or with the environment? This design prototyping examines people’s life at sea in 2050 and the ecosystem they create from the perspective of housing.
People who live on water inhabit floating mobile houses that can travel freely on the sea, depending on the weather, ebb and flow of tides, and time of the day. They may move in search of food to a place where there is a school of fish, and they may also connect with houses of different “sea cities” to interact with people with different cultures and values. People’s mobile lifestyle will make urban ecosystems more fluid.
Floating mobile houses are housing for use at sea, equipped with an engine with a cleaning filter, sail, and stabilizers in the living space. The variable roof can be folded up in a storm to avoid the wind and erected to use the wind as a power source when traveling. The two-story structure is divided into a public space above the water and a private space underwater.
A NEW book by a group of northside women has given some insight into why many thousands of us found respite from lockdown by taking up sea swimming.
In October 2020, Anne Marie Foley, Anna Connolly and Susan Flynn started swimming off the Bull Wall as a way of breaking the monotony of life during Covid-19.
One year on, more than 60 others have dipped their toes in the water and joined the ranks of the ‘Dollymount Dames’, as they became known.
Given the 5km travel restrictions in place at the time, most of the group’s members, who range in age from 16 to 71, were drawn from the Clontarf and Dollymount areas.
Now a new book named after the group has been released, recounting the experiences of the women who took refuge from Covid and forged lifelong friendships through sea swimming.
Published: 00:14 EDT, 18 October 2021 | Updated: 03:24 EDT, 18 October 2021
A lifelong professional fisherman is still braving rough seas in a tiny old trawler at the ripe old age of 100.
Seems like everybody is talking about exploring space these days thanks to multi-billionaires creating their own rocket companies and launching themselves into orbit just to prove that they can.
But, have you ever stopped to think about how absolutely massive the oceans of the world are? Some experts estimate that we’ve only explored ~5% of the earth’s oceans!
This animation by MetaBallStudios compares various depths of lakes, seas, and oceans by progressing from the beach to the deepest point of the Marianna Trench in the Pacific Ocean. It’s absolutely fascinating to see these depths displayed in this format.
Anybody else a little more scared about what’s lying in the ocean after watching this video? �
James Bond may have a potential new love interest on the high seas.
Spanning 252 feet from tip to tail, the striking multihull is characterized by powerful, angular lines similar to a spaceship’s. Of course, like all leading ladies, she delivers on more than just looks. The designers say Bond Girl is stealthy by design to ensure she’s harder to detect while carrying out secret missions. She’s also equipped with a hybrid propulsion system to reduce emissions while traveling the globe.
Despite her unconventional exterior, Bond Girl is still very much a luxury yacht. Lucian told Robb Report she has all the features and amenities one would expect on a superyacht of this size. The upscale interior was inspired by Hollywood movies and appears to have a suitable amount of glitz and glamour as per the renders.