Friday, May 21, 2010

Experts testify on grim ecological fallout from Gulf oil spill

 

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  • Washington (CNN) -- The damaging effects of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will be felt all the way to Europe and the Arctic, a top scientist told a congressional panel Friday.

    Other scientists and researchers -- invited to brief members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee -- warned that the thousands of barrels of oil still gushing into the Gulf are contributing to a potential ecological disaster of unknown proportions.

    The briefing was part of an ongoing effort to draw on a broad rang.......http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/05/21/gulf.oil.spill.environment/index.html?eref=i...

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    Homes facing foreclosure in 18 OC cities, forclosures how they work

    Every week, homes throughout Orange County go to foreclosure auctions. The owners can be millions of dollars in debt, foreclosedhomesmediumor owe just a few thousand.

    Often these homes revert to the lenders, who eventually put them back on the market. Sometimes the homes are bought by investors and resold.

    Foreclosures affect more than the homeowners involved. They can impact entire neighborhoods. At the very least, they can affect nearby home sales.

    All of these homes and addresses have been listed in the public notices, as required by law.

    Auction dates are frequently postponed and can be checked through trustee sale and phone numbers. Some auctions could be cancelled. Also, some homes may be on the market.

    For homes, click on city:

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    How foreclosure auctions work

    Trustee, trustor … what’s the difference? Click here for foreclosure terms and definitions

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    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    Can chocolate fight aging make your skin glow and maybe make you a better recycler ?

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     The world's largest chocolate maker says it may have come up with a chocolate bar that could fight wrinkles and slow the aging process, making it the latest food group to tap the appetite for healthier living.

    Eating 20 g (0.755 oz) of specially developed chocolate packed with antioxidants, or flavanols, each day may help prevent wrinkles and make skin more radiant by boosting elasticity and improving hydration, studies carried out by Barry Callebaut showed.

    Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the nutritional value of what they eat, and Barry Callebaut's claims come as food giants such as Nestle and Danone also push into the healthy eating arena.

    Dark chocolate has already been linked with certain health benefits, such as helping to lower blood pressure and reducing the risk of strokes thanks to its high content of antioxidants.

    The Swiss group has developed a way of preserving the flavanols found in cocoa beans during the chocolate-making process, allowing them to produce a bar that is richer in flavanols, Barry Callebaut Chief Innovation Officer Hans Vriens said in an interview.

    "Chocolate and health do not seem to fit together but it is a very interesting proposition: if I can eat something I like and it is good for me, that is great," Vriens said. "Chocolate is probably at the bottom of the list when you think about making food healthier."

    Smoking, pollution, caffeine and a lack of sleep contribute to the creation of free radicals that can damage healthy cells in the body and accelerate the aging process.

    "There is a huge body of evidence that shows flavanols slow down damage caused by free radicals," said Kepler Capital Markets analyst Jon Cox.

    "Food manufacturing companies are leveraging health and wellness into various products and there is definitely a market for chocolate in health and wellness. We have already seen how this has worked in dairy products, with products like Danone's Actimel and Unilever's Benecol," Cox said.

    The functional chocolate market, which includes organic and diet chocolate, is seeing double-digit growth, easily outpacing the 1-2 percent growth currently seen in the rest of the chocolate market, Cox said.

    But some experts are doubtful about the positive effects flavanols have on skin.

    "There is quite a lot of evidence that cocoa flavanols have a positive effect on the blood flow. They could reduce blood pressure which could have a positive effect on cardiovascular diseases," said Richard Hurrell, Professor of Human Nutrition at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

    "The possible effects on skin and cognitive performance are less well established. There is evidence, but it is much less consistent. It may be that the effect on the blood flow is also what improves memory or skin health in some of the studies," Hurrell said.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100520/lf_nm_life/us_chocolate_wrinkles

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    Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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    How You Can be more active and responsible with our Oceans

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    OCEANS was "a magnificent effort from a highly skilled team of fimmakers from all over the world," says Earle.

    “Beneath the surface, it all becomes clear that what we put into the ocean doesn’t just go away,” Dr. Sylvia Earle says in an early-morning interview.

    Called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and The New York Times and “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, Earle is a world-renowned oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, among many other accolades.

    A former chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), Earle earned her Ph.D. from Duke and holds 15 honorary degrees.

    She has also logged more than 6,000 hours underwater, led the first team of women aquanauts in 1970 and set a record for solo diving to a depth of 3,300 feet. But we don’t list these honors to tout her aqueous accomplishments, but rather to set the tone that Earle knows her stuff.

    “We thought of the ocean as the ultimate garbage disposal, but now it’s coming back to haunt us, especially in the fish that are high in the food chain,” she continues. “All of the top predators that are in our menus, they are loaded with the things we put in the sea – mercury, fire retardants, pesticides, herbicides.”

    “And in the past 20 years at least, I’ve not done any dive anywhere that I haven’t seen trash that humans have put there.”

    Q&A with Sylvia Earle

    Among her many accomplishments, Earle was also the scientific advisor and a part of the “cheering squad” for Disneynature’s newest film, OCEANS. Called “a magnificent piece of work” and “a tribute to the ocean,” Earth911 had the opportunity to talk with Earle not only about the film, but about how our everyday decisions are affecting one of our most precious natural resources. Below are a few of the highlights from our conversation.

    EARTH911: What is the No. 1 problem that you see affecting our oceans at this moment?

    SYLVIA EARLE: I think there are some major issues. What we’re putting into the ocean, the trash, debris, the garbage, and what we’re taking out – too much of the wildlife. By the middle of the 21st century, there really won’t be the large fish that we are accustomed to – the tuna, the grouper, the sharks.

    But the biggest problem is getting people to know, to understand, to make the connection back to us. We’ve learned more about the ocean in the past 50 years than in all of history put together. Whole mountain ranges, hydrothermal vents, the fact that there are many thousands more volcanoes underwater than above – these are discoveries that have come about since I was a kid.

    But the big discovery is that there are limits to what we can put in and take out, but that we can also make a difference and do something about it. When areas are protected, it’s incredible – they have a chance to recover because the ingredients [the underwater flora and fauna that make up a particular ecosystem] are all still there.

    There are only 10 percent of the sharks left in the ocean from when I was a kid. Knowing these things should inspire people to take action. It’s now considered a real gift when you go out in the ocean and see a whale or a turtle or a tuna. Instead of saying ‘I better eat it before it’s gone,’ we should be protecting it before it’s gone.

    EARTH911: What can the average person do to make a difference regarding our oceans, even if they’re in a land-locked state?

    EARLE: Well, one thing that Pierce Brosnan [narrator of the film] makes clear is that with every breath we take, every drop of water we use, you are connected and dependent on the ocean. The ocean has, over the years, been our life-support system. Now it’s becoming clear that we have to take conscious action to take care of it.

    Part of the proceeds of the film will be dedicated to establishing protected areas by the Nature Conservancy. It’s one of the things people can do locally, statewide, nationally, internationally – bring about marine protected areas; that we just choose to embrace them as we do national parks – as a life insurance policy for ourselves.

    A fraction – about 1 percent of the ocean worldwide – is in a marine protected area. Much more needs to be done.  [...] This I think will be a revelation to many. A lot is going on underwater that we should know about, think about and care about, and really protect these creatures and not think of them as commodities to be consumed.

    EARTH911: As the host of the nation’s largest recycling database, we’re obviously interested in reducing waste output. How integral do you think recycling efforts are to protecting the ocean?

    EARLE: Absolutely critical. There are a few scenes [in the film] that show what we’re doing to the ocean, the trash, the debris. A shopping cart underwater that looks so out of place. [...] It’s not just the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but it’s true throughout the ocean. We can’t just be deep sixing things [the practice of throwing garbage into the sea].

    Where we go from here

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    "Coral reefs are 50 percent of what they were, and they are affected by the global warming trend, the extraction of the wildlife that makes up the reef system and ocean acidification," according to Earle. Establishing marine protected areas is one way to preserve coral reefs.

    A major focus in national media, areas such as garbage patches and waste in the ocean have garnered a great deal of attention lately. But despite this, it’s our own attention to the litter we produce that can have a true impact on the sea.

    “Marine debris is a problem that starts with litter,” according Keith Christman, managing director of plastics markets for the American Chemistry Council (ACC), “and we must work together to prevent litter and increase proper waste management such as recycling.”

    Indeed, preventing waste from reaching the ocean is a task that belongs to everyone.

    “All of us share a responsibility to help reduce litter and prevent our coastlines and oceans from becoming repositories for waste,” according to an ACC press release. “Working together, we can contribute to cleaner oceans, beautiful coastlines, and a better environment for future generations.”

    To help with litter prevention, be sure to carry out all trash that you bring when you visit coastlines or waterways, and take advantage of recycling that may be readily available there. Also, learn more about the local and retailer-based recycling opportunities in your area to ensure you recycle as many materials as possible.

    Additionally, Earle encourages the establishment and support of underwater preserves and protected areas, as scientists estimate that coral reefs, such as those of the Caribbean, could be gone in 50 years without a network of well-managed marine protected areas.

    The Nature Conservancy is an organization that establishes marine protected areas, and worked directly with OCEANS to establish these regions through its “See ‘OCEANS,’ Save Oceans” campaign. More than 35,000 acres of coral reef in The Bahamas will now be protected on behalf of the moviegoers who came out to see the movie during its opening week.

    At 55 square miles, this protected area of coral reefs will be almost two-and-a-half times the size of Manhattan – the equivalent of more than 412 Disneylands. But as Earle mentioned earlier, less than 1 percent of our oceans fall under “protected” status.

    Perhaps after making a stronger connection between our everyday choices (where our food comes from or where our trash goes, for example) we will all feel a bit more empowered to responsibly manage our waste.

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    A pile of modest, traditional houses stretching into the sky

     

    The new Inntel Hotel, slated for construction in the Dutch town of Zaandam, is your basic traditional rectangular block, wrapped in facades from the different types of houses that are typical to the region. It gives new meaning to the phrase "a magnificent pile." I like it.

    Hotel Inntel Zaandam (Thanks, Fipi Lele!

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    Tuesday, May 18, 2010

    Ultimate Reuse Challenge 3

    Made from plastic drinking straws, Matthew's shade is the perfect way to revamp that hold lamp. Photo: Amanda Wills, Earth911.com

    It’s the last week of our Ultimate Reuse Challenge that called on the Earth911 staff to come up with creative ways to reuse common and hard-to-recycle plastics.

    Over the past three weeks, we have featured the top designs.

    Readers can vote for their favorite design, and the winner will get a donation to his or her favorite charity. Simply post a tweet, share on Facebook or comment at the end of the story to cast your vote.

    Last week’s projects were made from yoga mats, plastic bags and bottles caps. Week one featured CD cases, candy wrappers and milk jugs.

    Here are this week’s designs:

    Drink straw lamp shade

    Matthew Kohlbeck – End-User Support Manager

    Made of plastic #5 polypropylene, drinking straws are actually the same resin as bottle caps and medicine bottles. But there’s just one catch: Their small size and light weight make them harder to recycle. But as an artist, craft lover and former architecture student, Matthew was up to the challenge.

    “My family is really into projects,” he says. “We save and reuse everything we can and use items for cool projects. In fact, every gift I give my wife, I usually make it.”

    Matthew, his wife and 3-year-old son collaborated on several design ideas and tried to better understand how the material worked. Matthew even attempted to melt the straws to create a mold – an idea that he says was a disaster.

    Matthew chose a globe sketch because "It seemed like the Earth911 thing to do." Photo: Amanda Wills, Earth911.com

    “They shriveled into a ball. And when I tried melting them slowly, they gave off a really toxic fume. You’re dealing with a high amount of sensitivity because the straws are thin and hollow, so you have to have high heat,” Matthew explains.

    “Think if it like this: It’s the difference between setting a piece of paper on fire and lighting a phone book on fire.”

    After a lot of trial and error, Matthew says he began to think of ways to keep the material intact, while reusing it in an eco-friendly way. He wanted something practical that his son could also be a part of, this led to the idea of the lamp shade.

    Matthew’s shade was made as a way to revamp an old lamp instead of spending money a new one.

    What you’ll need: Approx 150 straws, three CD cases, fabric glue, scissors, marker, tape, small table lamp (Matthew reused this lamp from IKEA), low-heat LED bulb

    How to make it:

    Step 1: Draw a design concept if you want your straw colors to form shapes.

    Step 2: Cut the straws in quarter to half-inch pieces.

    "Once I was out of the experimental phase, the actual project it only took two hours at the most, but a lot of this was due to having a 3-year-old cut the straws," Matthew says. Photo: Amanda Wills, Earth911.com

    Step 3: Lay the CD cases open and face-down. Break one case in half, as you will only need one side. You will have five sections total.

    Step 4: While CD cases are opened flat, glue straws in desired pattern. Set aside about 30 straws, as these will be used later to fill in the seams. Allow to dry for about three hours.

    Step 5: Bend one CD case at a 90-degree angle. Fold the second case at a 90-degree angle as well. Snap the two cases into place so that they make a cube. Tape this together to hold while you glue down the edges where the CD cases meet.

    Step 7: Apply glue to the edges of your remaining CD case and attach it to the top. Note that you will have a gap. Use your leftover straws in fill in this space.

    Step 8: Let it dry overnight.

    Step 9: Simply place the shade over your lamp. Make sure your bulb does not touch the shade in order to prevent melting.

    Matthew’s bonus tip: Cutting the straws is harder than you may think as the cut pieces will fly off of your scissors. Matthew used a large plastic tub so that the pieces would fall into one concentrated area.

    Stacy used an empty detergent bottle and PVC pipe to create a lacrosse stick. Photo: Amanda Wills, Earth911.com

    Detergent bottle lacrosse stick

    Stacy Boehme – Office Assistant

    Made of plastic #2, plastic detergent bottles are commonly recycled in curbside programs. But their thickness makes them a great material for many types of reuse projects.

    Plastic #2 is translucent and relatively stiff. These properties create a strong barrier, are suitable for high temperatures, and the material is virtually crack-resistant.

    At first, Stacy was not excited at all about this project. But she succumbed to peer pressure.

    “OK, I really did end up having fun, and it was a cool team-building exercise,” she admitted.

    When thinking of her project, Stacy wanted to do something that could be used outdoors for fun.

    “It may not be the sturdiest of projects, but the idea is definitely there,” she says.

    To reinforce the durability of the lacrosse stick, Stacy used PVC pipe, which is very strong and and able to withstand high impact.

    What you’ll need: One detergent bottle, 1½-inch wide PVC pipe (you may have to get this cut), paint, glue, one bag of rubber bands, scissors

    "I didn't want to do the project at first. I was reluctant," Stacy says. "But I ended up having a lot of fun, and I think my project is rad." Photo: Amanda Wills, Earth911.com

    How to make it:

    Step 1: Turn empty detergent bottle upside-down and measure a half inch from the top and 1 inch from the bottom. Using these two points, cut an oval-shaped hole into the side of the detergent bottle.

    Step 2: Remove the outer cap of the bottle and cut out the middle of cap to the edges. Leave the spout on the bottle intact.

    Step 3: Apply a thin layer of glue to the inside of PVC pipe. Place PVC pipe over the spout, fitting securely.

    Step 4: Apply another layer of glue around the PVC pipe. Place cut-out cap over the PVC pipe. It may take a little elbow grease to push it down.

    Step 5: Paint your detergent bottle and with desired design. Let it dry overnight.

    Stacy’s bonus tip: Use a package of rubber bands to make your ball. “The rubber band ball was kind of an afterthought. It was another reuse project, perfect!”

    Gift/credit card Rolodex

    Trey Granger – Operations Assistant

    Take a quick look through your wallet. You’ve got ID cards, credit cards, gift cards and maybe even old hotel key cards you kept after check-out.

    These cards are made of a plastic resin called polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that is infinitely recyclable, but often landfilled.

    Trey used hard-to-recycle gift cards to make a Rolodex pyramid. Photo: Amanda Wills, Earth911.com

    “I was worried about what I was going to get because I think that certain plastics lend themselves better to creativity, which is why it was nice when I got gift cards because they offered a lot more to me than other products would have,” Trey says.

    Trey’s idea came from his fascination with building a house of cards. Since gift cards are the same size, Trey wanted to learn to make a house of cards and somehow incorporate that design into something practical.

    “At first I just wanted to make a house of cards. But I knew I would get disqualified because it wasn’t really useful,” Trey jokes. “So I made it into some sort of shelf and thought of what products would fit into it.”

    “We get business cards all the time and have no way of filing them,” Trey says. “They’re in an unorganized stack. But this project gives you order so that you can access them easier.”

    What you’ll need: 18 cards, tape, one sheet of cardstock or paperboard material, marker, scissors

    "I am happy because it was a project that provided a lot of creativity as well as some future use," Trey says. "It also allowed for me keep cards that I wouldn't have known what to do with otherwise." Photo: Amanda Wills, Earth911.com

    How to make it:

    Step 1: Make individual triangles using three cards each (see photo). You’ll have six triangles total. Tape together the “width” ends of the cards to secure the corners.

    Step 2: Use three triangles and tape them together at the base. Stack two more so that outsides line up evenly. Stack the last on top to make a pyramid. You’ll have nine slots total. Tape sides of pyramid.

    Step 3: Cut cardstock into triangle shape that is the same area as your pyramid. This will serve as your background. Using tape, attach cardstock to back of pyramid.

    Step 4: Using a marker, label each of the nine slots with three-letter categories (A-C, D-F, etc.).

    Trey’s tip: Do not use cards with sensitive information, such as expired credit cards. You don’t want to get your identity stolen.

    What’s your favorite project? Tell us! The winner will receive a donation to his or her favorite charity. Submit your feedback below, via Facebook or Twitter.

    Earth911 partners with many industries, manufacturers and organizations to support its Recycling Directory, the largest in the nation, which is provided to consumers at no cost. The American Chemistry Council is one of these partners.

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    $57 million palace hits O.C. market

     

    Photos by Cindy Yamanaka

    Villa del Lago, a hilltop estate under construction for the past three years, has officially hit the market as builder and luxury-home agent John McMonigle listed it for sale in the Multiple Listing Service.

    The asking price is $57 million, the highest for any home currently for sale in Orange County.

    McMonigle has previously publicized the property on his website for several years, listing asking prices as high as $87 million. His staff has said, however, that those prices were interim until the home officially went on the market.

    Why $57 million? McMonigle said he determined that estates with acreage generally sell for $2,500 per square foot. Together with the gate house and pool house, the property has nearly 23,000 square feet of living space.

    Highlights of the property include (click on photos for larger views):

    Lot: 12.5 acres. The lot is a long strip stretching along Pelican Hill Road, across the street from the Pelican Crest gated community in Newport Coast.

    House: Three-story, 17,500-square-foot house arrayed with two wings jutting out at angles. It has eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, an elevator, very large kitchen-family room (family room alone is over 1,000 square feet), a separate chef’s kitchen, a secretary’s office, an office suite (the office alone is 500 square feet), wine cellar with separate temperature controls for red and white wine, wine-tasting room, gym, home theater, three laundries, maid’s quarters with kitchenette, master suite with his and her bath-closet suites, plus four bedroom suites. The facade features four, three-story-tall marble columns with carved “capitals” at the top. The columns support three arches — each with two, 300-pound keystones at the top. Together with carved lintels, loggia and stone walls, the facade looks like a classical palace. The flooring throughout has inlaid marble and hard wood. Ceilings are made from wood, adorned with gold leaf and stencil.

    Subterranean garage: Just under 7,000 square feet big (big enough for 1.5 basketball courts), with epoxy floor and parking spaces for 17 autos. No, a motor home won’t fit down here, but there’s plenty of space for the Winnebago on the grounds. Special feature: A 644-square-foot car salon, equipped with plasma-screen TV’s with room for displaying trophy autos. “It’s kind of a guy’s entertaining area,” McMonigle said. A separate two-car garage just off the kitchen on the first level is convenient for unloading groceries.

    Lake: The Villa del Lago (Villa of the Lake) has a one-acre body of water. The upper lake is dammed by boulders, creating a fountain that cascades down the face of the rocks. Jets of water shoot into the air in two places. According to McMonigle, the lake is stocked with large koi, bass and some feeder fish. There’s a small boat dock to which McMonigle plans to tie a Venetian gondola.

    Wine cave: A path off to the side of the lake leads to a subterranean wine cave, which McMonigle has stocked with wine barrels.

    Vineyard: Covering an acre along the property’s rear slope. It takes about four years to get a vineyard established, McMonigle said, and this is Villa del Lago’s fourth year since the vineyard was planted. “We will actually harvest grapes,” he said. “This will be our first estate wine.”

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    Monday, May 17, 2010

    A Mozingo hears the tale of two clans

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    A Mozingo hears the tale of two clans --------------------

    He wonders how each family — one black, one white — would react to the long-buried fact that their common forefather was black, and that their surname probably was Bantu.

    By Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times
    Part three of three

    May 18 2010

    Reporting from Richmond County, Va. The complete article can be viewed at:
    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-mozingo-third-20100518,0,6259272.story Visit latimes.com at http://www.latimes.com

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    OC city manager compensation: $460,809 while city and state services struggle,

     

    That hissing sound you hear is steam pouring from the ears of city managers all over Orange County.

    Three graduate students from Brandman/Chapman and Pepperdine universities – working on behalf of Barbara Kogerman, a candidate for the Laguna Hills city council – dared to go where few have gone before: Attempting to tally up what cities are really paying their city managers.

    In addition to the standard salary, benefits, deferred compensation and pension contributions, the students asked OC’s 34 cities how much was spent on the city manager’s vehicle purchase/payments, car insurance, car repair, car maintenance, gasoline, cell phone equipment and usage, toll road fees, in-home computer/office equipment, dues and subscriptions, travel and meetings, payouts for unused vacation and sick leave… well, the list goes on and on (see it in full below).

    Drum roll, please….The most highly-compensated city manager in Orange County is … not from Anaheim or Santa Ana, its largest cities…but … from one of its smallest cities: Bruce Channingof Laguna Hills (right), at $460,809, the report says.

    The head honchos in its two largest cities earn quite a bit less: Anaheim’s David M. Morgan got $317,923; while Santa Ana’s David N. Ream got $327,......http://taxdollars.freedomblogging.com/2010/05/17/top-city-manager-compensatio...

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    Easter Island Mysteries

    There are many mysteries about this small island in the southeast Pacific. The biggest ones are about the strange large statutes and how they were moved about and the second about how it all ended on this lonely island. Archaeologists have now disproved the fifty year old original theory underpinning our understanding of how the famous stone statues were moved around Easter Island. Fieldwork led by researchers at University College London and The University of Manchester, has shown the remote Pacific island’s ancient road system was primarily ceremonial and not solely built for transportation of the figures.

    Easter Island once had vast forests and growing strong population, civilized enough to make these giant statues. Climate change has been proposed as a possible factor in the ecological changes.

    Jared Diamond dismisses past climate change as a dominant factor on the island's deforestation in his book Collapse which offers his perspective into the collapse of the ancient Easter Islanders. He states that the disappearance of the island's trees seems to coincide with a decline of its civilization around the 17th and 18th century. This is linked to the fact that they stopped making statues at that time and started destroying the them.

    A complex ancient network of roads up to 800 years old crisscross the Island between the hat and statue quarries and the coastal areas. Laying alongside the roads are dozens of the statues- or moai.  The original theory was that the roads were for transport of the moai only and what laid along side the roads were the ones lost in transport.

    The find will create controversy among the many archaeologists who have dedicated years to finding out exactly how the moai were moved, ever since Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl first published his theory in 1958.

    Instead, their discovery of stone platforms associated with each fallen moai - using non-invasive geophysical survey equipment such as ground penetrating radar and conductivity probes — finally confirms a little known 1914 theory of British archaeologist Katherine Routledge that the routes were primarily ceremonial avenues.

    The statues merely toppled from the platforms with the passage of time and.or human intervention such as warfare.

    ”�What we do now know is that the roads had a ceremonial function to underline their religious and cultural importance. They lead — from different parts of the island — to the Rano Raraku volcano where the Moai were quarried.

    “Volcano cones were considered as points of entry to the underworld and mythical origin land Hawaiki. Hence, Rano Ranaku was not just a quarry but a sacred center of the island.”�

    And as the roads approach Rano Raraku, the statues become more frequent — which the team suggests meant an increasing grades of holiness.

    “It all makes sense: the moai face the people walking towards the volcano. The statues are more frequent the closer they are to the volcano — which has to be way of signifying the increasing levels of importance.”�

    http://www.enn.com/sci-tech/article/41326

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    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    Yahoo! News Story - Japanese Solar Sail Headed for Venus and Beyond - Yahoo! News

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    HVAC boot cleared of Asbestos in Los Angeles

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