Ricky Gervais is backing an animal rights campaign to shut down China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival. The actor and comedian is urging people to get behind Humane Society International(HSI) as the Yulin Dog Meat Festival is due to begin next week.

Up to 10 million dogs are believed to be killed for their meat in China every year and the festival claims the lives of 10,000 canines and cats, many of which are reportedly stolen pets still wearing their collars.

 

Large-scale deforestation, destruction of natural spaces, mass resettlement. A country divided in two. A new building soon megacanal Nicaragua easier for giant tankers and container export of raw materials and freight ships. The resistance is growing daily. Join the petition.

 

For an instant, his finger twitches. Should he honk the horn? “Does this have to happen right now?” Dimitris is a taxi driver in the Greek capital, Athens. He has been driving hundreds of thousands of tourists for the past 20 years. I am his fare today.

A garbage truck is inching along in front of us as it stops to pick up black garbage bags lining the street. The street is so narrow that we can’t pass the truck and traffic is building up behind us. “What can you do? They are just doing their jobs too.”

This story was updated at 11:51 a.m.

Donald J. Trump, the real estate mogul and reality television celebrity, announced Tuesday that he would seek the Republican presidential nomination."We need somebody that literally will take this country and make it great again. We can do that," Trump told a crowd of supporters at the eponymous Trump Tower in New York. "So ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States."

Tropical Storm Bill is making landfall on Tuesday along the Texas coast, bringing ahigh risk of flooding to an already rain-soaked part of the country. That’s just going to be the start of a week of extreme weather for much of the country.

A “ring of fire” weather pattern, more typical of the height of summer, will focus the tropical moisture from Bill’s remnants along a narrow arc from Houston to St. Louis to New York City over the course of the week. The latest weather models show that Bill may actually intensify just slightly after making landfall, and the National Hurricane Center’s latest update shows an intact cyclone lasting at least through Illinois on Saturday.

The Moringa Tree, also known as the Drumstick tree is nearly entirely edible. It can grow with little water, has multiple times the amount of nutrients as oranges, carrots and milk, plus grows very well in regions of malnutrition. Could this tree solve the world's food crisis?

In the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, a certain tree has long graced the region with its miraculous fruit. Hanging from its wiry branches are clusters of ribbed pods, each a foot in length. These pods, or drumsticks, have attracted the attention of mankind for millennia, and for good reason.

 

From slowing the decline in fatal brain disease, to generating a sense of oneness with one another and the universe, drumming’s physical and spiritual health benefits may be as old as time itself. Drumming is as fundamental a form of human expression as speaking, and likely emerged long before humans even developed the capability of using the lips, tongue and vocal organs as instruments of communication.

 

Curejoy Expert Dipti Mothay Explains:Whenever it comes to handling insect infestation, mosquitoes and ants are the first two ones that come to our mind. However, apart from the poisonous, chemically made repellents sold in the form of sprays in the market, there are several home remedies that are not only cheaper but also work better.

The first thing to prevent mosquitoes and ants is to know the exact point of their entry. Sealing it may help the most. Other natural repellent options are as follows.

He says what we all know in our hearts. We are destroying the planet and everything on it. Unlike the Chinese who are buying up expensive real estate anywhere out side of polluted China, we can not simply move elsewhere. Earth is our home. Let's clean it up, (Sonia Cruz de Baltodano)

 

Independent God Helmet researchers have ruled out suggestibility as an explanation for its altered states, sensed presences and otherworldly effects.

Jun. 12, 2015 / PRZen / CURITIBA, Brazil -- A recent scientific publication demonstrates that the effects from the God Helmet (shown in many documentaries creating artificial mystic experiences) are not due to suggestion or suggestibility in subjects, as some critics have suggested.  A pair of researchers in Brazil stimulated the temporal lobes of their subjects with fluctuating magnetic fields (also used in the God Helmet experiments), and then analyzed the words the subjects used to describe their experiences.  Working independently, they found that the subjects who did not receive any stimulation (the control subjects) spoke about their experiences differently than the ones who did receive the magnetic stimulation.  Published in the Journal Of Consciousness Exploration and Research, the report said: "Analysis of the subjects’ verbal reports, using Whissel’s Dictionary of Affect in Language, revealed significant differences between subjects and controls, as well as less robust effects for suggestion and expectation."

Many things froms our daily lives can be upcycled into something useful. I have found a way to reuse plastic bottles. I have found this method is great for growing on stem cuts as they will stay moist and when the water runs out you know roots have developed.

Step 1. Cut a 2L soda bottle in the middle.

Step 2. Turn the top part upside down and make a hole in the cap or fill the bottom with fine gravel.

Step 3. Fill the bottom half with water.

Step 4. Use it for stem cuts, or for rerooting veggie and fruit tops (leeks, onions, pineapples, herbs).

 

Deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon, Madre de Dios, Peru. Photo by David Dudenhoefer Governments unexpectedly signed off on plans for a UN-backed forest protection scheme at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings in Bonn, Germany, this week. The decision means that Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) will likely form part of the pact expected to come out of the 21st session of the Conference of Parties to take place in Paris this December.