Remembering Nelson Mandela

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:31 Written by Albert Greenhut Friday, 18 July 2014 08:23

Today would have been Nelson Mandela’s 96th birthday. Without him the world as we know it would not be the same. Given the strife that we are currently experiencing, we must remember what we learned from the one and only Madiba, patience, tolerance, and understanding.

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The Amazon

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:27 Written by Albert Greenhut Thursday, 17 July 2014 02:54

Amazon sunset

There is a lot that can be said about the Amazon River; its history, discovery, myths, scale, and on and on, but when I was there I saw two things; its raw beauty and its potential. The raw beauty speaks for itself; none of my pictures capture it quite like the one below, taken at sunset, but the potential deserves a bit more of an explanation.

First, the sheer number of species that live in the Amazon, it is estimated that 10% of the world’s, estimated 8.7 million, species live there. The potential for learning about and possibly using those species, for things like medicine, is enormous. Humans are discovering species of animals and plants in the Amazon at an amazing rate, roughly 1200 new species were discovered between 1999 and 2009 alone, and another count from 2010 to 2013 found that 441 new species of plants and animals were found in a remote part of the Amazon rain forest, including, my favorite, a monkey that purrs like a cat when it is happy. It is important to discover more and learn more about the 1.2 million species that humans have discovered, out of the estimated 8.7 million species in the world!

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