Biodiversity

Photo: Sloan Canyon Biodiversity is the variety of all living organisms on earth. While the concept is as old as life itself, the term ‘biodiversity’ was coined in 1986. My oldest nephew is younger than biodiversity. Some ask how to integrate biodiversity into tourism. Others ask how to protect biodiversity from tourism! Planeta.com explores the …

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)

Buzzwords Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid containing the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms. Recommended Listening DNA Barcodes – Earthsky JUNK DNA DNA and Teeth Ancient DNA extraction from bones and teeth DNA used to identify ancient plagues Celebrations April 25 DNA Day Twitter @DNADigest CRISPR …

Water

Photo: UNDP in Europe and Central Asia, Blyde River Canyon Sunset Water = a colorless, transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid that forms the seas, lakes, rivers, and rain and is the basis of the fluids of living organisms. Celebrations February 2 World Wetlands Day World Wetlands Day March 22 World Water Day World Water Day June …

Death Notebook

Photo If I should die in a car wreck, may I have Van Morrison on my tape deck. – U-Li La Lu, Poi Dog Pondering Now it’s over I’m dead and I haven’t done anything that I want (now it’s over) / Or, I’m still alive and there’s nothing I want to do. – They …

Biophilia

Buzzwords Biophilia = urge to affiliate with other forms of life Edward O. Wilson introduced and popularized the hypothesis in his book, Biophilia (1984). Headlines E.O. Wilson explains why parks and nature are really good for your brain – Washington Post Recommended Listening Biophilia – A look at how human health and well-being are inextricably …

Death and Dying

Photo Flickr Albums and Groups death and dying Grateful Dead Day of the Dead around the World Artwork / Cue Yourself YouTube Planeta.com Death Notebook Celebrating Day of the Dead in Mexico Conscious Döstädning Extinction Hospice

Desert Notebook

Photo It is the rare storm that penetrates the Sonoran Desert. What litle precipitation does fall comes as a rule from December to March as gentle rains from Pacific weather disturbances, or in late July and August as violent thunderstorms. – John Alcock, Sonoran Desert Spring The humans who confronted the Pima and the Papago …