Humans don’t show much love for the planet that has nurtured and sustained us through eons of time. Now the planet seems to be heading somewhat aimlessly down a long corridor of death–with whales stranding, glaciers melting, fish dying and birds dropping out of the skies–and of course taking us with it, though strangely few people seem to notice or care.
Wars, aerosol spraying of the skies, pollution of rivers and oceans, destruction of wildlife habitat–all of these things are exacting their toll. All of it is the result of human greed and stupidity. How much longer will the planet continue to sustain life? No one really knows other than that the clock is ticking. In the meantime, eat, drink and be merry–this seems to be prevailing view.
Below is a hodgepodge of items on various topics, including a locust plague in Bolivia and a massive whale beaching in New Zealand, both of which have occurred in the last week, as well as the weekly geoengineering report from Dane Wigington of GeoengineeringWatch.org. All of it together gives a sense of the ticking clock.
Maybe the old axiom “love your neighbor as you love yourself” should be extended to include the entire planet. Once we start feeling love for the Earth, it’s possible we may begin to turn things around. Without love we will continue to walk down that corridor. When you get into the whale stories below you will learn of a large group of volunteers who went out on that beach in New Zealand in an effort to rescue those stranded whales. It’s an example of the sort of love for the Earth we all need to start feeling. So send the Earth your Valentine. But along with love for the planet, we should also endeavor to feel love for its Creator as well. The two go hand in hand.
Starting on February 9, large numbers of whales began washing ashore on a three-mile stretch of coastline in New Zealand known as Farewell Spit. Over the next few days more than 650 whales became stranded in the area. Members of the public mobilized to try and help the beached sea mammals, and some in fact were rescued. But hundreds of others died.
‘It Was Haunting’: Whales Lay Crying, Stranded, As Far as You Could See
Whales, crying and sighing, lay stranded on the beach before them, Morrison told The Washington Post. At first there seemed to be a couple hundred, but as the sun inched further from the horizon they realized the immensity of the devastation – 416 long-finned pilot whales beached and helpless.
“It was just red and pink skies and just whales as far as you could see,” Morrison said. “It was really haunting.”
Surviving Beached Whales Refloated as Rescue Volunteers Scramble to Prevent Another Stranding at Farewell Spit
All 100 of the surviving beached whales at Farewell Spit have been successfully refloated during high tide.
The pilot whales, which had survived since a mass stranding at the beach near Golden Bay in Nelson since Thursday night, were refloated about half an hour ago on the high tide.
At the same time another pod of 200 whales were swimming into shore causing volunteers to scramble, according to Department of Conservation Nelson ranger Kath Inwood.
She said 100 of the remaining 300 whale rescue volunteers who had been caring for and keeping the stranded pod alive since Friday morning were now in the water in a human chain to prevent the two pods returning to land.
17 Pilot Whales Refloated After Hundreds Stranded on New Zealand Beach
About 350 whales have died, including 20 that were euthanized. Another 100 have been refloated by volunteers and more than 200 swam away unassisted.
Earlier Sunday, volunteers and conservationists were attending to 17 that were found stranded again. They were part of the larger group of around 200 whales that were stranded Saturday, but the 17 re-stranded themselves after those whales were refloated.
The 17 whales were found stranded again Sunday morning but were refloated at high tide.
“For such a majestic animal, it’s really strange to seem them doing this,” volunteer Jonathan Jones said.
Carcasses of Stranded Whales Punctured to Prevent Them Exploding
Conservation officials have been puncturing the carcasses of hundreds of dead pilot whales stranded on a New Zealand beach to prevent them from exploding on volunteers.
In the heat, the whales can explode, but we’ve taken steps to prevent that,” Trish Grant, a spokeswoman for New Zealand’s Department of Conservation, told CNN.
Bolivia Battles Biblical Plague of Locusts
Bolivia is under a state of emergency after a vast agricultural area of around 1000 hectares has been laid to ruin by a plague of locusts.
The locusts first appeared about one week ago in an area near Santa Cruz where most of the country’s food and meat is produced.
President Evo Morales has announced a contingency plan that includes 655,000 euros in extra funding for fumigation.
Bolivia’s Agriculture Secretary, Mauricio Ordonez said: “We will create a 500-metre-wide ring around the area affected and fumigate inside, working alongside the local authorities.”
Geoengineering Watch report for the week ending February 11, 2017. The report includes an update on Fukushima as well as discussion on a report that dementia has now become the leading cause of death in the UK, replacing heart disease.
Dementia Overtakes Heart Disease as Leading Cause of Death
International Business Times
The latest report from the Office of National Statistics reveals that over 61,000 people died of dementia last year, making the chronic mental disorder the leading cause of death in England and Wales. Given the new statistics, dementia — including Alzheimer’s disease — has now surpassed heart disease as the common cause of death in the ageing population.
The new report also indicates that dementia accounts for 11.6 percent of recorded deaths in 2015, and this is due to the fact that people now live longer, making them more prone to develop diseases aside from ischemic heart diseases, which now account for 11.5 percent of registered deaths.
Whales Threatened By Toxic Metals in the Water
American scientists who shot nearly 1,000 sperm whales with tissue-sampling darts discovered stunningly high levels of toxic and heavy metals in the animals that they say could affect the health of both ocean life and the millions who eat seafood.
A report Thursday noted high levels of cadmium, aluminum, chromium, lead, silver, mercury and titanium in the mammals, according to samples taken over five years.
Analysis of cells from the sperm whales showed that pollution is reaching the farthest corners of the oceans, from deep in the polar region to “the middle of nowhere” in the equatorial regions, said biologist Roger Payne, founder and president of Ocean Alliance that conducted the research. The whales travel on voyages up to 87,000 miles (140,000 kilometers).
Aluminum Contamination Implicated in Dementia and Bee Deaths
(NaturalNews) An insect form of Alzheimer’s disease caused by aluminum contamination may be one of the causes behind an ongoing decline in populations of bees and other pollinators, according to a study conducted by researchers from the universities of Keele and Sussex and published in the journal PLOS ONE.
The researchers found that honeybees had levels of aluminum in their bodies equivalent to those that could cause brain damage in humans.
Mass Animal Die-offs in the Past Week
13th February 2017 – 700+ bats dead ‘due to heat’ in New South Wales, Australia. Link
13th February 2017 – 130,000 birds killed due to avian flu in Taiwan. Link
12th February 2017 – 350 whales dead after 650 stranded in Farewell Spit, New Zealand. Link
8th February 2017 – 2,500 Saiga Antelopes have died due to disease in Mongolia. Link
8th February 2017 – 20,000 ducks killed due to avian flu in southern Czech Republic. Link
8th February 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish found washed up on beach in Piura, Peru. Link
6th February 2017 – Hundreds of dead sea birds found washed up on the coast of Huanchaco, Peru. Link
6th February 2017 – 71,000 chickens killed due to avian flu in Saga, Japan. Link
6th February 2017 – Thousands of ducks dying from disease in Washington, America. Link
Learning how to love–the planet, each other, and our Creator–may be the only thing that will save us. But time is running out. So stop killing and start loving.