Walking Around Tomaree National Park


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Zenith Beach from Ocean Rocks Walk – Tomaree National Park

Yesterday I decided to take a bit of a walk around Tomaree National Park which is located near Nelson Bay in NSW, Australia. Well worth a visit and the scenery on the way is something to behold as well – especially around Shoal Bay and Fingal Bay. Very spectacular scenery. Again, very much worth a look and visit.

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Air pollution kills 7 million people every year


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Cairo air pollutionNina HaleCairo air pollution.

The World Health Organization’s latest advice could be reinterpreted as a cruel oxymoron: Stop breathing, or you’ll stop breathing. A tall order, but one in eight deaths in 2012 was caused by air pollution. And more likely than not, that one air-pollution-wrecked body lived its shortened life in a poor or developing country — probably in Asia.

WHO’s latest air-pollution-linked mortality estimates double previous annual figures, due largely to medical discoveries about pollution’s poisonous effects. Scientists have been discovering that a shockingly long list of afflictions can be exacerbated or triggered by air pollution — everything from heart attacks and lung cancer to diabetes and viral infections. The inhalation of tiny particles is now regarded as the world’s largest single environmental health risk — responsible for an estimated 7 million deaths in 2012.

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This island nation just banned all commercial fishing


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The Micronesian country of Palau, which encompasses 250 islands in an area the size of France, just became a marine sanctuary.

At a recent U.N. oceans conference, President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. declared commercial fishing illegal in an attempt to protect the vibrant sea life that makes Palau a magnet for Asian vacationers. “I always say the economy is our environment and the environment is our economy,” he said. (Wise dude.)

To make up for the lost revenue, Palau will tout its appeal for ecotourism, snorkelers, and scuba divers.

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Kangaroo farts could help slow climate change


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Not only are kangaroos cuter than cows — those built-in overalls! — but their farts contain way less planet-warming methane. (They aren’t totally methane-free, as scientists once thought, but the amount per food unit is about 80 percent less than cows.) And scientists think the intricacies of kangaroos’ bacteria-rich guts could help them figure out how to cool the planet.

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Startling image shows how much trouble lions are really in


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Lions seem fierce, loud, well-coiffed — basically the Beyoncé of the animal kingdom. They certainly don’t seem vulnerable. But that’s the classification the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has given African lions. (In West Africa in particular, they’re endangered. How can this be?!)

But because a picture’s worth a thousand Beyoncés, check out the following map of African lions’ habitat, which has shrunk drastically in the past few decades. The red shows where lions used to roam, and the blue is their much smaller current territory:

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Treehugger unearthed the image, which Wikipedia user Tommyknocker created in 2009 with this explanation:

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