Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category
Foster The People Singer Climbs Kilimanjaro To Raise Awareness Of Global Clean Water Crisis
January 12th, 2013 at 6:59 pm | |
Blu-ray Deal: Life/Planet Earth: Special Edition
Musician/activist Kenna and a team of people, including singer Mark Foster of the band Foster The People, recently climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in an effort to raise awareness of the global clean water crisis.
Once at the 16,000-foot-high summit of Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest mountain, Kenna and Foster made a video about their experience and why they embarked on it. You can watch that video here below.
Visit Summit On The Summit for more information on this project (and there’s tons of info there, as well as ways to contribute); the site also has a game you can play where you can virtually climb the 7 routes of Kilimanjaro and qualify to win prizes from big-name companies [...]
April 22nd, 2012 at 10:00 am | |
James Cameron To Explore Deepest Part Of Ocean For ‘Deepsea Challenge’
In honor of Earth Day today, the Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon is Life/Planet Earth: Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray for 54% off.
This set combines two popular BBC nature series — Life and Planet Earth — both narrated by David Attenborough.
- Life/Planet Earth: Special Edition Blu-ray – $54.99 (down from $119.98)
- Life/Planet Earth: Special Edition DVD – $45.99 (down from $99.98) [...]
March 9th, 2012 at 6:00 pm | |
Geeks In Space: Will The First Proof Of Alien Life Come From A Waterworld?
When James Cameron isn’t making sci-fi, horror, and action blockbusters, or movies that destroy box office records and then movies to destroy those box office records, he enjoys going on deep sea expeditions…as is a hobby for many of us.
Cameron, who was named an honorary National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence in 2011, has visited Titanic and observed the aliens of the deep, but now he plans a historic expedition not yet accomplished by anyone else on our planet. [...]
February 22nd, 2012 at 1:00 pm | |
Great News: Dead Satellite To Hit The U.S. Tomorrow
NASA scientists have been making a lot of exciting discoveries lately, including numerous Earth-like planets that might just be far enough from their stars to be habitable for otherworldly lifeforms.
But the latest planet to be reported on might just be the best chance yet at proving that there is in fact other forms of life out there. And why is that? you might ask. Well, because the majority of it is made up of water. [...]
September 23rd, 2011 at 6:30 pm | |
Geeks In Space: Unbelievable Flyover View Of Earth From Orbit
So, by the way, apparently a school bus-sized now-dead satellite that’s been orbiting the Earth for 20 years is about to fall from the sky this weekend and plummet into the United States.
According to NASA, the 6 1/2-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite should have fallen to Earth this afternoon, but it’s traveling slower than originally thought. Therefore, those of us here in the United States can expect to be hit with debris some time tomorrow [...]
September 20th, 2011 at 7:41 pm | |
‘Harry Potter’ Fans Blamed For Decline In Owl Population In India
A video was recorded by the International Space Station as it orbits our planet, giving us a fast–travel flyover view of the world we live in.
The video is absolutely stunning with lights and water and clouds bursting with electric charges like a natural lightning fireworks display. It’s so incredible to see, in fact, that it’s hard to believe it’s even real. What has Roland Emmerich been up to lately? Anyone? Bueller?
You too can go on this quick–yet–powerful space adventure by checking out the video below now! [...]
November 3rd, 2010 at 6:25 pm | |
India’s Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said that owls in the country are being taken from the wild by Harry Potter fans who want to keep the birds as pets. It’s unclear what evidence Ramesh has to back up his claim, but he said that the decline of owls in the wild coincided with the increased popularity of Harry Potter in India. He also said that urban middle classes families were, in part, responsible because they were capturing owls to give as pets to their children who like Harry Potter. Meanwhile, the wildlife group Traffic reported that wild owls in India are being illegally trapped and traded to be used for black magic rituals and other purposes.
In the Harry Potter film and book series, the boy wizard has a snowy owl named Hedwig who is his faithful companion.
This story really struck a nerve with me. I happen to love owls and every year I adopt a Snowy Owl from Defenders of Wildlife, an organization dedicated to help protect the species out in the wild. If a child really loves owls now thanks to Harry Potter, then the best thing a parent can do is donate to a wildlife fund dedicated to protecting owls — NOT take the owls from their natural environment and keep them as a pet. If middle class families are doing this, that means they can spare the $25 for the donation, which includes a small plush owl, a personalized certificate, a photo of the owl, and a fact sheet. (See this photo of one of my cats, Sixx, sitting with Snowy, my plush owl that came with my donation to Defenders of Wildlife.) [...]
And The Elusive Answer To The Gulf Coast Oil Spill Is…Kevin Costner?
May 21st, 2010 at 9:54 pm | |
As many of you know, on April 20th a massive oil well in the Gulf of Mexico ruptured causing an explosion on BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, leading to the devastating leakage of millions of gallons of oil on a daily basis. The initial explosion caused the death of eleven workers on the rig, and the oil spill has killed countless animals and other living creatures.
Since this catastrophe has unfolded, experts of all levels and areas have been working desperately to try and figure out a way to not only contain the relentless gushing of oil into the waters, but also a way to clean up the oil that pollutes the water already.
At first, the best idea that they could come up with was to throw a box over the leak and suck up all of the oil…which did not go very well. After that, it was thought that some sort of sponge or absorption device would be the best bet. Now, the LA Times is reporting that the very best option might just lie in the hands of none other than actor Kevin Costner. [...]
Can James Cameron Bring Us A 3D Movie Straight From The Surface Of Mars?
April 30th, 2010 at 8:29 am | |
In 2011, NASA will launch their Mars Science Laboratory mission along with the mechanical rover, fittingly named Curiosity. The rover will be heading for the surface of Mars, where it will cover as much terrain as possible in another attempt to learn more about the habitat, the possibilities of future colonizations of the planet, and of course, any life that may or may not exist there.
We’ve heard about missions like this before, and sometimes great photographs are sent back, but how could you take Mars exploration to a whole new level? Well, if you’re the director of the biggest movie ever made like Avatar director James Cameron happens to be, then you throw a 3D camera on top of this rover, of course!
Cameron, being as important as he is, was able to get a one-on-on meeting with NASA administrator Charles Bolden. In this meeting Cameron convinced him that a 3D camera, the ability to zoom in and out, and the footage that could come from it would increase people’s interest in the mission while also using the 10-frames per second to produce the best look at the Red Planet we’ve ever seen. [...]
It’s Not Meat, It’s Not Puppets … It’s The Muppets & They’re Coming Back Big!
September 14th, 2009 at 5:40 pm | |
If you got the reference in the title, you’re awesome and we’re putting you right up on the fridge.
Many of us cool kids are children of the ’80s, and as such, one of the greatest forms of entertainment ever to be created, is the Muppets. The Muppets are a creation of the late genius Jim Henson, who built an army of funny and lovable puppet characters who appeared in a countless amount of TV shows, specials, movies, music videos, cartoons, and everything in between. As life moved on and new generations of kids showed up, the Muppets faded off slowly, but never completely disappeared, making delightful cameo appearances on shows and events from time to time. But now, thanks to the massive Disney D23 Expo, we’ve learned that the Muppets are coming back in a big way, and their ready to take over the world again!
Back in March of 2008, we learned that we would finally be getting a brand new Muppet movie, with Forgetting Sarah Marshall team Jason Segel and Nick Stoller joining the Jim Henson Company to write and direct a new movie. [...]
Quick Reminder: Shark Week Is Happening NOW!
August 3rd, 2009 at 9:49 pm | |
Shatner: Recites Sarah Palin Tweets; Pressures HP
The Discovery Channel‘s most popular week of the year is without doubt the massive Shark Week. Even though the hugely-popular traditional summer event began last night, we wanted to send a quick little reminder to all of you who may still be unaware that it’s going on right this moment!
Shark Week is now on its 22nd annual broadcast, and just like every other year, they have some vicious and awesome new shows that the shark fan in all of us just can’t miss.
Their main event of the week is a special called Blood in the Water. The two-hour show tells the story of a multitude of shark attacks in New Jersey in 1916. These events were the actual events that inspired Steven Spielberg’s classic ocean horror movie, Jaws. The events were also at a time when people just didn’t know anything about these sea monsters, so as you can imagine, mass chaos ensued. [...]
July 30th, 2009 at 4:10 pm | |
DVD Review: Ghost Town (Blu-ray)
We love a good Shatner story, and today we have a few to share with you.
Earlier this week, William Shatner made an appearance on The Tonight Show, where he recited Gov. Sarah Palin’s resignation speech as poetry. Palin had promised her supporters that she’d keep in touch via Twitter and she most certainly has been doing so. So, Shatner went on The Tonight Show again last night to recite her most interesting tweets.
You can watch both video segments here below.
In other Shatner news, the Star Trek vet put the pressure on Hewlett-Packard this week, leaving a company-wide voicemail message for staff of the computer giant.
“This is William Shatner. You, HP, promised me a toxic free computer by 2009. Now my friends at Greenpeace tell me I will have to wait until 2011. What’s up with that?… Please ask your leader, Mark Hurd, to make computers that are free of toxic PVC plastic and brominated flame retardants just as Apple has done.”
January 13th, 2009 at 9:23 pm | |
Ghost Town Blu-ray Edition
Starring Ricky Gervais, Tea Leoni, Greg Kinnear
Directed by David Koepp
Paramount Home Entertainment
Release Date: December 27, 2008
When I first saw the trailer for Dreamworks’ film Ghost Town on television, I immediately assumed it as another example of a popular TV star making a crappy movie for a big paycheck. I don’t know about you but watching Ricky Gervais gag because of a smelly dog is not funny to me, but maybe I was the wrong target audience for the film. Having just been released on DVD and Blu-ray, I thought I’d give it a try and it turns out the movie’s only mistake was hiring whoever created those terrible trailers.
Ghost Town centers around dentist Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais). Pincus is not the nicest nor the most social guy around and it shows in his lack of friends and loved ones. After Pincus unexpectedly dies for a brief moment during a routine surgery, he begins to see dead people. News of someone alive being able to see the dead passes quickly through the ghost community, resulting in ghosts showing up at Pincus’ doorstep. One of the ghosts, Frank (Greg Kinnear), makes Pincus a promise. If Pincus helps Frank’s widow, Gwen (Tea Leoni), Frank will make all the ghosts stop bothering him. Things, of course, go south and Pincus ends up questioning his past, present, and future [...]
TV Preview: The Green’s ‘Big Ideas for a Small Planet: Fashion’
May 6th, 2008 at 7:11 pm | |
Contest: ‘The Green’ Prize Pack
Tonight’s episode of The Green’s Big Ideas for a Small Planet: Fashion focuses on fashion and tells us why clothing purchases and cleaning methods does have a significant impact on the environment.
May 4th, 2008 at 8:20 pm | |
Enter here to win a prize pack from the Sundance Channel that includes an environmentally friendly t-shirt, journal, and mp3 speakers.