Particularly plastic waste in the oceans has become an international environmental problem. About 70 % of the earth’s surface is covered by water. At the moment you can count tens of thousands pieces of plastic waste in every square mile of the sea. German media compares the extent of refuse with the size of Central or Western Europe.
To let the facts speak for themselves.
Seabirds die in agony from plastic. For example cell phone parts and plastic bags are found in a turtle body, fish confuse tiny parts of plastic with plankton. 60 % of the waste is plastic. 70 % of the waste sink to the ocean floor, 15 % float on the water surface and 15 % are being washed up on the beaches.
The plastic waste is being transported by ships. Wether it be accidentally or on purpose. –An additional problem is the disposal of municipal waste into the rivers which flow into the ocean.
Environmental awareness and self-help
Waves bring back the waste to the land again. So happened a week ago at the Beach of Buena Vista, near Samara in Costa Rica.
Volunteers in the area congregated quickly and collected a total of 200 bags of plastic waste. The waste then was disposed by the munipalicidad of Nicoya. Where the trash ended up then is a question nobody can answer. Nobody even asks.
Comment by Amy:
Have you ever tried the plastic wrap of your chocolate bar?
Of course, we remove the packaging before enjoying our chocolate bar. But do we really get rid of it? The plastic wrap will have a long and interesting journey before it will reveal to us in another way.
We grade garbage into different shapes and colors. For a moment it feels like as if we organized the turmoil. In fact, we create a multi-colored soup of waste which floats tranquil on the water surface of our planet. Every year we extend this carpet about 15,000 tons. It gets bigger and more colorful with time. Once in a while we recognize it, when fractions reach us at landside. Suddenly outraged we ask ourselves: How could this happen?
Dumpster is not the terminal. That is what we are reminded of in these moments. We only see a small part of the entire, the greater whole. Enough to hit us hard. We have to do something. Thus we start collecting the rubbish and bring it to the dumpster, its origin. Short term solution, mission completed.
While we feel relieved the waste, with the ace of a continent, continues floating on the sea. It will remind us at another point that the problem was not solved. It is required to have a look at what is not visible at first glance here.
Not only is it sad to see what garbage appeals to animals and the beautiful beaches. It is sad to remember how we treat ourselves. We do not want to eat rubbish and yet we allow fine plastic dust attain our nourishments. What an unpleasant thought, in particular, it is unhealthy. On its way through the sea the fine dust collects diverse toxic chemicals. A healthy fish, that´s where we find the carcinogenic substances at the end of the day. Just remember there was a chocolate bar to begin with.
We try to fix the problem as fast as we can. There might be fast way to get to the answer. While we hurry we walk past the gist of the matter. Ideas yet exist to alter circumstances. What about an recycled island made from plastic? Strange to imagine, but we gathered enough waste until now. It is a dreamful perception, though it considers the core of the problem.
To start at itself usually seems trite and ineffective. As a matter of fact it is obvious and simple to begin with. Still, if you know what you want it pays to do something for. Who wants a beach decorated from washed up plastic waste? Who wants to see animals suffer from packaging? Who wants to eat garbage? As no one is conscious troubles moves on.
Each cycle will be completed and there is always a connection to the outset. The inception will be the question : What do I really want to change?
later we went back to the Hotel Costa Rica in Samara
My stay at Hotel Costa Rica Samara on the Pacific sand beach starts interesting and relax.
The day begins with bright sun and a cloudless sky.
On the covered porch of the restaurant area you can have cereal with fresh exotic fruits, besides fresh coffee.
While this day is about to begin it is accompanied by music of nature. Various Birds sing in alternation. From time to time you hear the sound of a monkey. During the breakfast nature is just in front of you. Looking above the edge of your cereal bowl you see what Costa Rica has to
offer. What a pleasant way to start the day.
After waking up gently explore the area. Even the car drive to the next village is an adventure. Hills, rocks and crossing rivers. Currently the access roads are being straightened by construction workers. People are greeting each other friendly: “ Pura vida ” is the slogan: Pure Life / Going well.
Not just paying attention to the road, pura vida is everywhere you put your eye on: The great diversity of plants and animals. Colorful blossoms and butterflies along the way.
End Part 1
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Managua. AFP. nov.2013
A 17- year-old died in Nicaragua because of the dengue epidemic. There are already 20 dead, and most cases are children and adolescents. There are already 6,863 infected, of which 37 are heavy , including a pregnant woman , the spokeswoman said the government Rosario Murillo.
The victim, Daisy Escoto Urbina, died in a public hospital in the capital , after 8 days with high fever , heart and lung complications , Murillo said.
“Unfortunately we lost against dengue fever” and pneumonia due to the disease, said the wife of President Daniel Ortega, who is at the forefront of the campaign against the epidemic.
The dengue virus is transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti
“We will continue this fight (dengue) with all our strength,” Murillo said, since most Nicaraguans common disease transmitted by the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. These mosquitoes multiply in races and in standing water.
Nicaragua recognizes so far this year , 6,863 confirmed cases of dengue, of which 18 died and 1,650 are hospitalized , 37 of them in serious condition , according to a second report in the afternoon.
Among the five critically ill patient is a pregnant woman in the city Juigalpa (to the east ) and two in the city of Rivas ( in the south) , Murillo said, and further that this week more than 1,000 new cases and three deaths have been recorded in Nicaragua .
Activities of the Ministry of Health
Officials of the Ministry of Health say that in November, when the rainy season ends, we almost always have ” the highest curve ” on dengue incidence . Health Brigades spray against mosquito throughout the country.
So far, 865,000 houses were sprayed, and were cast 1.4 million containers and 2.3 million lethal mosquito breeding sites were removed, the report said.
Costa Rica had a few months ago, many dengue cases. As of 9 November, Health recorded 46,779 patients, the largest amount since 2005.
But now the situation has greatly improved.
In Guanacaste the summer has come and the dengue cases go down. It’s time to make a vacation in the tropics paradise.
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Dengue virus in children
More than 5,300 children (which represents 20 % of the total number of patients)
infected so far in 2013 in Costa Rica with the dengue virus – most are 10-14 years old. Even at the present time which is more than in the entire previous year.
Up to now, 41,510 people this year with the virus of the mosquito ” Aedes aegypti ” infected, this is the worst dengue epidemic , since it is the are dengue fever in Costa Rica. (On 21 September),
Children are more susceptible to complications of the disease . The ones most are concerned , are 10 to 14 years young (1,781 patients). Then come the little ones 0-4 years , followed by children 5-9 years, said Jose Luis Garces , Health Surveillance , Ministry of Health.
Other infections are expected
Health officials expect the upcoming rainfall in the current rainy season an even further increase .
The average number of Dengue fever patients this year is 10 to 15 children per day and leads to two or three weeks in the hospital .
Children are particularly vulnerable by Maria Luisa Avila , director of infectious station of ” Hospital Nacional de Niños ” there are three worrisome features in children and dengue : ”Many mothers who have the virus during pregnancy can Antibodies can pass on to their children after birth and severe Dengue develop . ” The second concern is that dengue is innate, because the mother has been infected with the virus during pregnancy.
The third , though smaller , is that the child via breast milk infects .
Alarmingly high number of unreported
The real number of dengue patients in children is lower than in Adults. For every ill , registered child between four and five infected are added – for the adults, there are ten per hundred.
But 90 % of the normal running case are harmless and most patients are fit again after a few days .
The authorities also report fewer dengue cases.
In the first week of October, 1,068 new patients were reported. In the second Week of August , there were 2,354 new patients.
So, no reason not to travel to this beautiful country .
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Fevers, headaches, rashes: This spreads in Central America „Bone breaker fever “far –Latin America faces the most serious Dengue epidemic of his history. The case numbers have worldwide himself increased thirty times from 1960 to 2010. It is guessed urgently to protect itself from the gnats which transfer the virus.
Costa Rica, for example:
Dengue fever – the name alone sounds like a long journey. The fever is transmitted by the bite of the tiger mosquito that is infected with one of four types of dengue viruses. Over 30 000 registered patients are already suffering this year at the infectious disease every week about 2,000 new infections happen. And for all registered patients ten unregistered can be added. The health department calculated ten unregistrierte patients per 100 patients. The numbers of patients are now twice as high as at the same time in 2005, then 14,879 cases were reported. Only in 2007 surpasses the previous values, but the development indicates the most severe outbreak of dengue fever. In San Jose over 1000 cases were registered, Guanacaste is also greatly affected.
The dengue mosquito loves warm areas
Climate change may be responsible for the epidemic spread, for wherever it is warmer, the dengue mosquito “Aedes aegypti” can transmit the virus for a longer period, it needs clean stagnant water to reproduce. Especially in the rainy season, the most cases were registered – Costa Rica offers these optimal conditions abound. In addition, the mosquito comes more and more into the cities, like it’s happening in San Jose. The mosquitoes are active during the day, especially at dawn and dusk.
Ministry of Health develops emergency plans
Jorge Huarache, Health Officer of the International Federation of the Red Cross, says that they’re trying to prevent a major health emergency. The Ministry of Health will start to develop an emergency plan to stop the spread of the virus.
Incubation period of 2-7 days, after flu-like symptoms with sudden onset, such as
• Joint pain
• Body aches
• Slow pulse
After 4 to 5 days of illness rashes can occur.
After the symptoms subside, the disease comes back after a few days and is
present for further 1-15 days.
Costa Rica reports numbers dropping down now
and one shouldn’t become now afraid to travel to Costa Rica. Only in approximately 2–The illness takes 4% of the cases a heavy course. But mosquito protection is recommended.
Nice interesting country to travel
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From the Costa Rica Hotellodge Paraiso del Cocodrilo we have already undertaken several times an excursion by a boat and have observed these interesting animals on the sea in free nature. Now became reported on the US-Atlantic coast since beginning of June over and over again hundreds of dead dolphins are washed ashore.
Animal welfarist and US-environmental authority in worry
Hundreds of dolphins die with a mysterious frequency currently on the shores of New Jersey to Virginia. In August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered more than 80 dead animals since the beginning of July, so there are about 120 stranded dolphins.
Infection of animals is the most likely option
Since the dolphins are stranded emaciated and with lung injury, researchers suspect an infection of the stranded animals. But there is no evidence that a possible disease of the animals could be dangerous for humans. But they should keep any distance from the moribund and dead animals.
Even now, three times more dead dolphins as usual in one year
Normally about 100 dolphins are stranded an the east coast are counted per year, but already in August, the number is about 300 dead animals. “All age groups are affected and sometimes even washed up dead animals, but mostly dead, some of them already badly decomposed,” said the for the protection of the oceans esponsibile NOAA.
Exercise and relaxation on holiday, for a longer life
Several studies have shown that even slight movement leads to a healthier and therefore longer life and you can defeat many problems with conscious relaxation. A vacation in Costa Rica on the beach offers the perfect way to achieve both.
Many people know the feeling rather to sit down comfortably with a glass of wine and a bag of chips on the sofa and watch a movie than to go outside to jog or even to take a walk. Or even to realize a relaxing holiday, for example, in a quiet seaside hotel in Costa Rica. However, the inertia makes you passive and not only leads to obesity and back problems in the long term but can also shorten life. Researchers have found out that even a quarter of an hour of exercise a day can reduce the risk of premature death by 14! So you do not even have to do exercise regularly, a walk, a little work in the garden or playing with the children already is sufficient to increase life expectancy significantly. That should get even the biggest slackers off the couch!
Relaxation for a pain-free life
Furthermore, scientists have found that many health problems, ranging from back problems to heart and circulatory disorders, may be reduced by targeted relaxation. This includes methods such as progressive muscle relaxation, meditation and mindfulness exercises. In these exercises, the patient regains control of his body and can thus break the vicious cycle of pain.
However, those who feel silly doing yoga or similar relaxation practices (especially men seem not to be able to do it), can also seek their individual way to relax. For some, it helps just to close your eyes and listen to music. Others relax while jogging in the park, which again closes the circle to the benefits of movement.
Vacationing in Costa Rica
A perfect way to simultaneously provide movement for the body and relaxation of the soul is a holiday in the nature paradise of Costa Rica. There you have a variety of options, from quiet walks on the beach, swimming and surfing in the sea to extreme sports like Canopying, to move or let of steam. At the same time you can also sunbathe on gorgeous beaches or unwind in hammocks and enjoy doing nothing. But beware: many travelers often find it difficult to really relax because they feel the need to see everything that is possible and they are therefore always on the move, even in their holiday.
Our tip: everything in moderation! Enjoy one day, or several, on which you do absolutely nothing, this way you will enjoy the next trip even more! By this means you will come back into everyday life safely rested and relaxed and are likely to live longer.