Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Is Japan Being Punished?

Amidst the drama, the rubble, and the threat of nuclear fallout, a small group of animal activists who have bore witness to Japan’s massive animal abuse can’t help but wonder if the country is being punished.

But by who? God? Who knows.

Tens and thousands of dolphins and porpoises are being hunted every year in Japan’s whaling industry. Although the practice occurs in places as far as South Pacific, North Pacific, and in South America, Japan’s immense ecological crime is incomparable.

The 2010 documentary film, The Cove, was a call to change (if not, end) Japanese fishing practices, and to inform and educate the public about the increasing hazards.
The film highlights the fact that the volume of dolphins hunted in a small town of Japan alone is several times greater than that of the whales caught in the Antarctic.

This may be hard to believe and inappropriate to discuss as of the moment with regards to their current crisis. They still need every help and support they can get.

You can lend a helping hand through the following:

 • American Red Cross
 • Global Giving
 • Save the Children

But for those who are genuinely interested or just plain curious about the documentary, here is how you can probably see the film:

Get the DVD copy Get the Blu-ray copy

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Top 3 Drinking Water Sources

There used to be an era where most of us could drink water from faucets. We trust our water companies to provide us with clean potable water.

They, on the other hand, trust their underground piping system and chlorine formulation to bring about tap water safely to every home.

Slowly over the years mineral deposits, brought about by the continuous flow of water, accumulate within the pipe’s walls. Pipe openings from residential installation and periodic maintenance repairs further introduce unwanted impurities.

If upset stomach eventually shows up as a frequent symptom, might as well refrain from drinking tap water. From here on there are three possible alternatives: diligent boiling, portable filtering system or bottled water.

Boiling Water
Boiling of water can be used as a means of disinfecting water but only as an emergency water treatment method. Though most bacteria, viruses, and pathogens are killed in the process of boiling, some are resistant and can even survive a few minutes of boiling.

But if access to potable water infrastructure is remote, boil water for at least 10 minutes.

Water Filter
A water filter cleanses tap water by means of a very fine “strainer”, a chemical process, a biological process, or even a combination of the three. Unlike a normal sieves or screens, filters remove particles much smaller than the holes through which the water passes.

There are a number of water filters available out there – from low cost carbon-based filters to very expensive ultra violet radiation systems.

All requires periodic maintenance so choose one that suits your budget.

Bottled Water
Bottled water is potable or distilled drinking water packaged in plastic or glass bottles. They come in various sizes from small handheld bottles to large containers for water dispensers.

Bottled water is such a craze these days that even Coca-cola and Pepsi predict that water will create more revenue than their soda counterpart.