July 01, 2014

"We need to protect children’s imaginative play from branding for many reasons..."

Mint Press "'...including the important need for them to explore their own ideas and develop their own world view,' said Susan Linn, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School and author of Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood." via Eco Watch

'Greenpeace launched a major new global campaign today targeting LEGO for putting sales above its commitment to the environment and children’s futures. This campaign will mobilize more than 5 million people to take creative action in six continents—Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, North America and South America.

'In a new report, Greenpeace urges LEGO, the world’s biggest toy company, to stop making toys with oil giant Shell’s branding, since Shell has dangerous plans to drill for oil in the Arctic threatening the unique wildlife that depends on it and impacting climate.

'“Children love the Arctic and its unique wildlife like polar bears, narwhals and walruses that are completely dependent on the Arctic sea ice,” said Ian Duff, Arctic campaigner at Greenpeace. “It’s a fragile environment and an oil spill would be devastating. And of course the only reason Shell can even reach the oil is because global warming is melting the ice.”

'Shell’s Arctic program has faced fierce criticism since 2012. In that same period 16 million Shell-branded LEGO sets were sold or given away at petrol stations in 26 countries, making Shell a major contributor to LEGO’s global sales, accounting for a 7.5 percent worldwide sales uplift during the promotion. The two-year deal was valued at $116 million, according to Shell’s PR company.

'“Climate change is an enormous threat facing all children around the world, but Shell is trying to hijack the magic of LEGO to hide its role,” said Duff.'

"Much of the public doesn't view climate change as a crisis that affects people..."

'E&E Publishing "But a new visual project from a team of Arctic researchers is highlighting the human presence on top of the world and aiming to educate the public about the impact of climate change on humans now." by Henry Gass

'More of a historical project than a scientific one, the Pan Inuit Trails project is an online document of historic and existing Inuit trails and sites that crisscross North America's Arctic regions. Where most people see a frozen cap at the top of the continent -- out of reach of human influence -- this project shows an elaborate network of trade and exploration routes on land and sea stretching from Greenland to the northwestern tip of Alaska.

'Using old published and unpublished maps and records, as well as extensive traditional Inuit knowledge of the region, the researchers were able to compile a comprehensive record of human mobility and occupancy in the Arctic. While some of the trails are no longer reliable, or no longer exist because of ice melt, others are still heavily used and are now marked by modern snowmobile tracks and Inuit stone statues.

'Many of the maps came from the 18th and 19th centuries and were commissioned by Arctic explorers and land surveyors.

'Claudio Aporta, an associate professor at Dalhousie University and co-leader of the atlas project, has been chronicling Inuit trails for years. He said that even some Inuit were surprised at how far the trails reached across the continent.

'"There was no awareness of how the trails would basically connect the whole North American Arctic," Aporta said.'

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Study: Sand Sharks, Salinity, and the Arctic

Sci-News "The study, published in the journal Geology, indicates that these Eocene sharks were thriving in the brackish water of the western Arctic Ocean."

'In contrast, modern sand tiger sharks living today in the Atlantic Ocean are very intolerant of low salinity, requiring three times the saltiness of the Eocene sharks in order to survive.

'“This study shows the Arctic Ocean was very brackish and had reduced salinity back then. The ancient sand tiger sharks that lived in the Arctic during the Eocene were very different than sand tiger sharks living in the Atlantic Ocean today,” said lead author Dr Sora Kim of the University of Chicago.

'The new findings on Arctic Ocean salinity conditions in the Eocene were calculated in part by comparing ratios of oxygen isotopes locked in ancient shark teeth found in sediments on Banks Island in the Arctic Circle and incorporating the data into a salinity model.'

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