123-year-old Carmelo Flores, a Bolivian indigenous farmer, attributes his longevity to quinoa grains, riverside mushrooms and around-the-clock chewing of coca leaves. He lives in Frasquia, a 4,000-meter high hamlet, and takes daily walks in shoes made of recycled tires, but spends most of his time laying on a blanket outside his straw-roofed hut, watching village life go by. There are plans to award him the title of "Living Heritage of Humanity" on .
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Many people dream of traveling the world and Graham Hughes has made those dreams come true. By world, we mean the whole world - Graham visited all 201 countries in the world within 4 years! To make things even more incredible, he did his entire adventure without a single flight!
Guinness World Records has him down as visiting the most countries within a single year without flying. At the end of his journey, he received the world record for the only individual to visit every single country without flying.
A few items helped him along the way. First, he's from the UK, and his British passport allowed him access to all countries. He set a budget for $100 a week. He used CouchSurfing.org which allowed him to spend the night for free. Graham always traveled very light.
'I think I also wanted to show that the world is not some big, scary place, but in fact is full of people who want to help you even if you are a stranger.', Graham says.
And that's what's good,
Graham's website - http://www.theodysseyexpedition.com
MailOnline - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239087/Graham-Hughes-British-man-person-visit-201-countries-WITHOUT-using-plane.html
Full country list in order:
13. Trinidad & Tobago
15. St. Vincent & The Grenadines
17. St. Lucia - Martinique**
19. St. Kitts & Nevis
20. Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua: He visited palm fringed beaches in The Caribbean
St. Martin/Sint Maarten
British Virgin Islands
US Virgin Islands
21. Dominican Republic
CENTRAL AND NORTH AMERICA
26 El Salvador
29 Costa Rica
32 The United States of America
33 The Bahamas - The Conch Republic**
36 Iceland - The Faroe Islands**
37 The Netherlands
Cape Verde: He spent four days on a 'leaky fishing boat' getting to this Atlantic isle
43 Northern Ireland*
57 The Czech Republic
USA: He saw a space shuttle take off in America
71 Bosnia & Herzegovina
77 Vatican City*
79 Tunisia (Africa)
80 San Marino
Estonia: Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, the most northern of the Baltic states
86 Western Sahara*
89 Cape Verde
90 The Gambia
94 Sierra Leone
96 Côte D’Ivoire
100 Burkina Faso
105 Central African Republic
106 Equatorial Guinea
108 Saõ Tomé & Principé
110 Democratic Republic of Congo
Kenya: Masai Warrior in red standing near Acacia tree
113 South Africa
123 Madagascar - Reunion**
129 Ethiopia - Somaliland**
MIDDLE EAST AND ASIA
132 Saudi Arabia
133 Egypt (Africa)
134 Sudan (Africa)
142 Cyprus (Europe)
143 Libya (Africa)
144 Algeria (Africa)
Papua New Guinea: He danced with highlanders from Papua New Guinea
158 United Arab Emirates
161 Eritrea (Africa)
169 South Korea
170 North Korea
Borneo: He befriended orangutans in the jungle
182 The Philippines
183 East Timor
184 Papua New Guinea
185 Solomon Islands
Wallis & Futuna**
191 Marshall Islands
Hong Kong: He also saw some of the world's biggest and brightest cities
194 New Zealand
Northern Mariana Islands**
THE FINAL FRONTIER
198 Sri Lanka
199 The Maldives
200 The Seychelles
201 South Sudan
* Not a member of the UN, but still counts towards The Odyssey 201.
** Dependency, Territory, Semi-Autonomous Region or Largely Unrecognised De-Facto State. Does not count towards The Odyssey 201.
(Source: Hughes' website The Odyssey Expedition)
Now this is an amazing story!! Favio Chavez, an ecological technician has discovered a brilliant use of the trash in a small impoverished community. The town is Cateura, Paraguay and it is a village built on a landfill.
Many families in the community recycle trash and sell it to make a living. Favio once found a violin in the trash and decided that he could build many instruments out of recycled trash and teach the kids how to play. He has made cellos, flutes, and violins out of old wood, oil drums, and metal.
"People realize we shouldn't throw away trash carelessly…well we shouldn't throw away people either." Favio states.
Favio's idea picked up and now the kids are learning the instruments…and they sound amazing!! They are the stars in a new documentary titled:
Landfill Harmonic, "a film about people transforming trash into music; about love, courage and creativity."
Watch the trailer - it is incredibly heartwarming :)
Peace & Love,
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Why would you want to leap out of a perfectly good aircraft? To fly a winged jetpack over the city of Rio de Janeiro, of course. It sounds nuts, but it's just a day in the life for Yves Rossy, the self proclaimed "Jetman" who flew over the Grand Canyon last year. Since soaring over the Rio Grande, Rossy has pitted his carbon-fiber wings against a rally car on Top Gear, taken to the skies over Abu Dhabi and, most recently, buzzed Brazil's famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Jetman rocketed past the monument on an 11 minute flight earlier this week, beginning his journey by dropping out of a helicopter over Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. Rossy pulled his Rocketeer trick and eventually parachuted to safety on Copacabana beach. Sound fun? Head past the break to see the man in action. Us? We'll keep our feet planted on terra firma, thanks.
Environment officials from Costa Rica and Honduras on Thursday proposed protections for scalloped hammerhead sharks under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
“The time has come to regulate international trade of endangered hammerhead sharks,” said Ana Lorena Guevara, Costa Rica’s environment vice minister, while participating at a minister’s council of the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) in Honduras from May 9-11.
Scalloped hammerheads are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They are in high demand for shark fin soup and account for about 4 percent of all shark fins in international trade.
Government delegates from the 175 CITES member countries will vote on the hammerhead and other possible shark protection proposals at next year’s meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which will take place March 3-15 in Thailand.
The poison of this frog is so toxic that even coming into contact with a paper towel that has touched the frog can be fatal. A single 2-inch-long frog has enough poison to kill 10 adult people within minutes.
"Death by frog," in this case, is pretty horrific too. Its bright orange skin is covered by a secretion of deadly alkaloid poison (batrachotoxins). The toxin prevents nerves from transmitting impulses, leaving muscles in a constant state of contraction, leading to heart failure. Death comes within minutes.
So why save it, you might ask.
The frog has its place in the ecosystem. Our ancestors somehow managed to use the poison for hunting, maybe permitting their own survival. It just uses the poison for defense. And, you have to admit, the frog is pretty cool, in a James Bond-weapon kind of way.
As journalist Simon Barnes wrote in The Times of London newspaper in September 2011: "Astonishing: we are on the edge of wiping out one of the most extraordinary and thrilling creatures on the planet. No matter how well a creature is protected by nature and by evolution, it is always vulnerable to humans. There's nothing we can't do when we put our minds to it. Still, at least we are now beginning to put our minds to saving the golden poison frog: we would all be much poorer without such a creature to give us nightmares."
The new sanctuary for the frog, located along the Pacific coast of western Colombia, will also provide refuge for several key bird species, including the endangered baudó guan, a medium-sized game fowl whose worldwide population is estimated at 10,000-20,000 individuals; the vulnerable brown wood-rail, a medium-sized, mostly rufous-brown rail whose population is estimated to be between only 1,000 and 2,500 individuals; and the vulnerable great curassow, a large, pheasant-like bird whose population is estimated to be between 10,000 and 60,000 individuals.
The new sanctuary, consisting of 124 areas of threatened Chocó forest, is named the Rana Terribilis Amphibian Reserve. That comes from the Spanish word for frog -- rana -- and the frog's Latin name,Phyllobates terribilis.
The land, in one of the planet's wettest tropical rainforests, was purchased with the help of the World Land Trust, American Bird Conservancy and Global Wildlife Conservation. The reserve is owned and managed by Fundación ProAves, Colombia’s leading conservation organization. This is the second amphibian reserve owned by ProAves in Colombia; the first is the Ranita Dorada Reserve.
"The support from our partners made the creation of this critical new reserve possible, and one of the world's most amazing creatures, the beautiful and deadly golden poison frog, is now protected," Lina Daza, executive director of Fundación ProAves, said in a press release.
George Fenwick, president of the American Bird Conservancy, concluded, "We need to halt the continued, rapid disappearance of rainforests and the resultant loss of wildlife that depend on them."