A short time ago I was allowed to be on a trip, which was organized for the guests of our hotel Paraiso del Cocodrilo. We went to a crocodile tour in the Palo Verde National Park in Guanacaste. This national park is part of the conservation area Tempique, includes 45.492 acres and is focused on the preservation and protection of vital wetlands, marshes, limestone cliffs and seasonal pools of the advance of civilization that has endangered the ecology of the area.
The early bird catches the worm
Early in the morning we set off with our guests, so we could be on the River Tempisque at low tide. The 138 km long river flows from the Guanacaste Cordillera to the Palo Verde National Park and then merges into the Gulf of Nicoya. After about 2 hours we arrive and are greeted by our local boat guide and escorted to the boat.
Here we go
Then we are starting already. Just the sight of the mighty river with its muddy brown water and the mangroves on the banks is worth the trip. But of course we want to see the animals, that are the reason why we came here: the crocodiles. Rainer tells us that the odds are very good because the Río Tempisque has a very high population density of crocodiles. (On a square kilometer live 200 crocodiles, more is impossible, because otherwise the animals would eat themselves.) So we are in good spirits and enjoy the ride on the river with the slight wind, which makes the ride even more enjoyable. On our Left and our right, we already see many birds, such as the tiger heron, herons, river terns and many more.
The first crocodile and a giant iguana
Suddenly the boat operator calls us to something, and yes, we already see the first crocodile nose above the water. But just as quickly as it appeared, it is gone. But a few meters further we see a giant iguana on the shores edge, which looks very impressive with its bright colors and crest. So of course we take out our cameras and take pictures. The journey continues. And then we can already see the next crocodile, this time a slightly smaller, sunbathing on the shore. And also in the water we discover, with our now already more experienced eyes, another crocodile.
Crocodiles so close that we can almost touch them
Continuing the ride, all of the sudden a large crocodile appears right next to our boat. After the initial shock is over, I try to take as many pictures as possible before it submerges again. The experienced boat guide discovers another crocodile, which is well hidden in the mangroves. He steers the boat all the way to the shore, so that one has the feeling of being able to touch the crocodile. He waits patiently until we have shot enough photos shot and then the ride continues.
Exotic birds and capuchin monkeys
For a change, we observe some exotic birds and the driver makes us attentive to some capuchin monkeys that are relaxing in a tree. We can only grin, because there are enough monkeys at our hotel as well. And so it continues, we enjoy the journey with the beautiful view and the interesting wildlife around us. After about an hour we make our way back and meet the first and only other boat on the otherwise peaceful and deserted river, which comes from the other direction. Soon after that we arrive at the moorings and can only say that the trip was worth it for sure!
Too often difficulties of industrial plants are ignored until the in the beginning a lot easier to be solved matters, turn into insurmountable problems. So also in the case of the nuclear power plant in Fukushima.
Meltdown in Fukushima
Already on 11 March 2011, there was a huge misfortune in this nuclear power plant, located on the Pacific coast of Japan: As first an earthquake shook the region and then a tsunami raged over Japan’s northeast coast, there was a meltdown at the nuclear plant. In three reactors a meltdown occurred, radioactive materials were released and large areas had to be evacuated. But that’s not enough, the situation in which the facility is located, led to further problems, but so far the operator TEPCO ignored those as much as possible.
Problems are ignored
Because from the nearby mountains flows groundwater into the sea, of which now runs a part into the destroyed reactors. The water is radioactively contaminated. And we are not talking about a few liters a day, but about 280 liters per minut, that means about 400 tons per day! A TEPCO employee told the “New York Times”: “The water is getting more every minute, whether we eat, sleep or work.” However, instead of following the idea of building a concrete wall up to 18 meters depth in the ground to stop the flow of water towards the reactor building, the water is collected in huge tanks, but they already are almost full and also have leaks. So the operator Tepco is rightly accused of not having paid enough attention to the problems of groundwater. A member of Japan’s Atomic Energy Commission admitted: “We were so focused on the fuel rods and the melted reactor cores that we have underestimated the water problem.”
370,000 tons of contaminated water
The latest plan by Tepco now provides to pump groundwater in newly-dug wells. This system will soon be ready for use. However Tepco could not completely stop the water flowing quantities, but only decrease. According to the Japanese newspaper “Asahi Shimbun” 200 to 300 tons of water would continue to seep into the reactors daily. Furthermore, the newspaper writes that TEPCO has storage capacity for approximately 325,000 tons of water around the atomic ruins, but the tanks are already full to 80 percent. In total, 370,000 tons of contaminated water would be in the system – including the liquid in the reactors.
And down into the sea with it?
Another idea of the operator made in Japan for rebellion: that the water, before though purified in filter systems of various radioactive particles, but still containing tritium, should be easily passed into the Pacific. This leaves the only solution to the problem, letting the radioactive water continue to run into the tank and hope that these hold. That this is not a permanent solution for the future is hopefully clear to Tepco as well.
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After an unusually dry rainy season, which is now coming into the hottest and driest months of summer, many communities are forced to regularly ration water by cutting it off. This isespecially true especially in communities that already had problems with inadequate water supplies in the past.
Water only in segments available in El Torito
The city of El Torito in Samara, for example, has been divided into three sections since February and for each section, the water is only available in a given time segment. From 5.00 to 1.00 pm it goes to the section south of the beach, from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm to the section east of the square and downtown and from 05.00pm to 05.00am, the northern sector has the chance to use and store water. Yet even with this limited schedule the President of El Torito water authority Maylin Rojas Ruiz said: “There are only drops coming. We do not have enough storage.”
Earthquake as the cause for the deterioration of conditions
The problems of the city have become even more serious after the earthquake of the 5th September, because during the earthquake the well has fallen by fifteen feet. Since the well contains so little water, it yet added technical problems: “Because the pump could not suck water, it is almost burned us,” says the President.Now the ASADA turns for help to the Mixed Institute of Social Assistance (IMAS) to buy a piece of land on which a new well can be dug.
Water scarcity is also felt in Buena Vista Samara: the passage of the river of Buena Vista to Samara is dry for the first time in years.
Meanwhile, it has been raining and further rain, the situation will improve.
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Aloe Vera – no other herb is used as versatile as this one. People all over the world are fascinated by this plant and are getting more and more crazy about it. Over the internet you can order a huge variety of products that contain Aloe Vera – in Costa Rica it is growing right on the doorstep.
There are many legends about the Aloe Vera plant. Even Alexander the Great is said to have used it to treat the wounds of his soldiers, and according to a more well-known legend, Aloe Vera has been responsible for the incredibly soft and beautiful skin of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra.
But what is it, which makes this plant so special?
The original home of Aloe Vera is Mexico (Yucatan), Brazil, Cuba, Africa and the Canary Islands – generally countries with summer months in which no rain falls for months and which therefore are characterized by an extremely hot summer climate. Due to these difficult living conditions, the Aloe Vera plant is dependent on the formation of its own nutrients and filling the moisture storage in its leaves.
These nutrients can be used for many different complaints either internally or externally. The list of application areas is incredibly long, so here only a few examples are mentioned.
The gel of Aloe Vera, which acts moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, emollient and soothing, you can apply externally for the treatment of sunburns, burns, insect bites, scrapes and much more. Internally, you can take the gel, if one suffers from ailments like diabetes, elevated blood lipids, cough, irritable bowel syndrome, irritable stomach or heartburn, or wants to strengthen his immune system.
Furthermore it is also possible to use the resin of the Aloe Vera, which is however slightly toxic. It has a laxative and digestive effect and is, as expected, used for constipation.
A tip: The Aloe Vera can also easily be grown at home! So if you don’t want to spend your money on the various products and prefer to harvest it yourself, you can easily get a plant in a hardware store or garden center. Unfortunately it is not cheap, but with proper care it can get as old as 10 years. The Aloe Vera needs sandy soil that is well drained, because it is a desert plant. If growing in a pot it needs shade, so it is quite suitable for growing in the house. If the leaves are large enough (plants over 2 years old), you can cut them if necessary. There should, however, always at least 12 leaves remain standing, so that the plant can continue to develop well. Once the leaves of a self-cultivated aloe plant are large enough, they can be cut individually and you can use the gel contained therein.
And another note to a press article on Press Release Distribution: The Struggle for the survival of animals because Costa Rica prohibits the sport hunting to protect biodiversity.
But in Africa, the hunting of elephants was banned long ago, but poaching continues to increase and those and who have enough money can continue to hunt polar bears in Canada. reed more…
The Lonely Planet guidebook had been going downhill for a while. The classic choice for travelers lost in popularity. Now the guidebook was sold.
In the early seventies the Australians Tony and Maureen Wheeler sat together in their kitchen in Melbourne and wrote a book about their own travel experiences that they cold “Across Asia on the Cheap.” This book marks the beginning of the travel book series “Lonely Planet”, a tour guide who has attained a cult status today.
Especially in young backpackers it is very popular, who search adventures off the beaten tourist track and want to burden their wallets as little as possible. Until now, some 120 million books were printed in eleven languages. Many of the books were published in German.
But it seems the popularity of the Lonely Planet has subsided a bit in recent years, because the BBC is selling the legendary travel publisher Lonely Planet, thus making a large financial loss. The publisher is given for 51.5 million pounds (60.1 million euros) to the U.S. media group NC2 media, as BBC Worldwide announced. So the company pays about 60 percent less than the British paid in total for the purchases of 2007 and 2011.
The said reason for the sale is that the travel publisher no longer fits into the strategy of the BBC. Overall, the BBC makes a loss of 80 million pounds (93 million euros) with this deal.
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On the subject of climate change, opinions differ greatly. Some say you gave large climate changes it always has been. But more and more people believe it brings the current catastrophic consequences.
According to a recent study by the U.S. space agency NASA, nine of the ten warmest years have been in the past decade. 14.6 degrees Celsius was the average global temperature over the past year, in the U.S., 2012 was actually the warmest year ever, with an average temperature of 12.94 degrees Celsius.
The measurements were collected in recent years by more than a thousand weather stations worldwide. The data from all climate zones and from the Thermosphere using weather satellites in 36,000 km above the Earth´s surface were collected and compared.
As already assumed the measurements confirm the predictions of climate scientists around the world. The Earth has increasingly heated since the first weather readings at the end of the 19th Century. Global warming is far more present than we thought.
Another effect of global warming is that plants are blooming as early as never before. For example, in parts of the east coast of North America plants flowered one month earlier than expected.According to the researchers, premature flowering came four days earlier per degree Celsius. How such drastic changes in such a short period of time impact on pollinators like bees are still uncertain.
One thing is clear, however, global warming now takes part in all of our life’s, this is why we should all work hand in hand to proactively counteract these potential climate disasters.
One thing is clear, however, global warming now meets all the people, why should all work hand in hand to any preventive climate catastrophe to counteract.
Costa Rica is also affected by global warming and the end of February at the time it is better to visit during lunch a shady spot.
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Today is the start of the Carnival parade in Puntarenas, it is the starting point for the celebration of Puntarenas Carnival 2013. There are already hundreds of local people and there are many more expected.
It was opened by the concert of different bands like 12MD, Cafres Percane and Rojo reggae band at 12 pm, by 18 pm the actual parade is about to begin. The crowds flock already on towards the center of the carnival which is located in the province Asoplaya on the coast.
The complex is guarded around the celebrations of 600 officers of the security forces and more than 130 private security guards.
Besides of the carnival, the traditional fiestas almost every weekend celebrating the people in a different city. Thus already were the fiestas in Nosara, Nicoya and Santa Cruz. But the fiestas will continue.
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