Friday, April 18, 2008

Be afraid of global warming

On 22nd April is celebrated the Earth Day. But there isn't reason to party! Our planet is undergoing changes that I am afraid of, like global warming, that can bring serious consequences for the whole planet - including plants, animals and humans. The retention of heat in the land surface can strongly influence the system of rainfall and drought in several parts of the world, affecting plantations and forests.

Some forests may suffer process of desertification, while crops can be destroyed by melting of the ice. The result is the migration of animals and humans, scarcity of food, increasing the risk of extinction of many animal and plant species, and increase in the number of deaths from malnutrition.

Another big risk of global warming is the melting of the plates of ice of Antarctica. This melting have been happening for thousands of years by a slow natural process. But the action of man and the greenhouse effect accelerated the process and become unpredictable.

Global warming also brings climate change, which is responsible for 150 thousand deaths each year worldwide. A heat wave which hit Europe in the summer killed at least 20 thousand people. The tropical countries and the poor are the most vulnerable to such effects.

It is not enough just to be afraid. We must save the planet. Make your part and have reasons to celebrate this day!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Death Cat

This beautiful cat that you see in the photo above has been called "death cat" in an asylum in the city of Providence, in the United States. According to the team that works on the place, Oscar has a strange way of showing who is about to die. He tends to be next of the patient during the last hours of life. According to doctors, he has predicted 25 deaths.

A premonition of the death cat is viewed with seriousness in the asylum, such that employees tend to notify the family when they see that Oscar is with one of the elderly who live at the place. Normally, this means that the person has less than four hours of life.

The cat is 2 years old and was adopted by employees of asylum even offspring. According to the employees, after six months living at the place, they realized that Oscar had his own round, smelling and observing the patients. Then, he sat next to people and they died a few hours later.

He is pretty nice little well, not? But I would not want he decided to sit up near me!

See video about Oscar, of CBS News: