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Keys to Live Your Life According to Nature Rules

How you live your life according to nature rules will depend on the true principles of life. The principles consist of spirituality, philosophy and science. So the interconnection between these principles are always rooted with the rules of nature.

Nature cannot exist without our existence and we will never exist without nature. When you will follow the rules of nature, then you will have to follow the principles of spirituality, philosophy and science.

Moreover, if we like to interpret our life according to these principles, then spirituality will work as a mentor for emancipation; philosophy will work as a mentor for wisdom and science will work as a mentor for the experiment.

One thing you have to know is that our life is beaded with these principles and we live on it as well. So nature always works as a platform for them to perform with us. So the rules of nature never live without the principles of spirituality, philosophy and science.


Freeing yourself from the bondage, spirituality will work on your life as a mentor. Particularly, the dogmas of the various religious beliefs always work under it. So when you belong to a particular religious belief, then your life will depend on its principle. Still, you have to follow the rules of nature through your religious gospel.

Actually, how you will live your life according to the spirituality and nature as it will depend on how the co-existence of these two parameters feels in your life. Our everyday action is somehow interlinked with the nature of rules.

In reality, spirituality preaches the rules of life and nature trains us about it. All activities in your life, will guide by the rules of nature along with the spiritual norms.

What you see; what you eat; what you love; what you act, all are according to the rules of nature. Even, your judgments; your accomplishments are also controlled by the nature.

Through trees and stones, you will able to learn more than your masters. Moreover, if you understand nature better, then you will see that your conviction, belief and accomplishment will take a sharp turn. The main purpose of our life is to understand its meaning and performs accordingly. So in this connection, spirituality and nature will guide you.


When philosophy and nature are intermingled with our life, then we become a master of our destiny. The reason is that, through philosophy, we will be able to make a relationship of truth, belief and justification. So in this context, we will able to make a formidable makeover on our lives.

In our life, happiness, worry, sorrow, truth, goodness and other human emotions and qualities are determined by the cocktail of philosophy and nature.

Actually, through our emotions and human characteristics, we can understand the true philosophy of our life. So we can lead our life accordingly. Moreover, it will auger our perception on the forefront of the believing.


In the era of science, we are able to perform and live according to its principles along with nature. Our evolution and creation history is deliberately coincidenced with the rules of nature.

So our existence is also linked to the rules of nature and science as well. The experimental experience of science is itself guiding the quality of our life through its outcome. Therefore, these keys are the lifeblood of our existence and moreover, we also depend on it as well. The more you understand its power, the more you can make your life more lively and comfortable accordingly.

About The Author: Alia is a writer/blogger. She loves writing travelling and reading books. She contributes to the Luis Montalvan website. Her contribution can be also found at Luis Montalvan on Twitter.

Flowroute: Developments in Flood Modelling

This article discusses flood modelling, and how it helps industry professionals in creating flood management plans.

What is Flood Modelling?

Flood modelling helps architects, engineers, scientists, government agencies and others to create adequate flood management plans. It is also an integral aspect of the planning and design process for new buildings or commercial sites.

Examples of Flood Models

Examples of flood models include HEC-RAS (Hydraulic Engineering Centre model), TUFLOW and Flowroute™.

Some flood models are being used in increasingly innovative ways, enabling individuals and businesses to scope the depth, duration and extent of flood risk to individual properties with greater degrees of efficiency and accuracy. Flowroute, for example, is the technology behind the new RiskCentral flood reports service.

About Flowroute

Flowroute was co-developed with flood scientists at Cambridge University. It employs high-resolution digital elevation models to inform a physically realistic interpolation of fluid flow over topographic surfaces within the urban fabric; allowing water to flow down streets and around individual buildings.

Further development of Flowroute in recent years has rapidly improved performance times and scalability, and has introduced capabilities for flood prediction from a wide variety of sources.

Surface Water vs Coastal/River Flooding

Two thirds of the flooding that occurred in the UK during the summer of 2007 was as a result of surface water rather than river or coastal flooding. Despite this, the risk of surface water flooding in the UK and elsewhere is currently not well understood.

Until very recently, risk mapping and modelling tools have not been available to identify, and help prevent flooding induced by heavy rainfall events and ineffective drainage. With Flowroute, however, existing river and coastal flood modelling platforms have been built upon to enable modelling of flows from extreme rainfall events.


The application of this technology has far reaching benefits, including:

  • improved insurance risk rating/loss estimation;
  • identification of critical assets at risk;
  • planning and business continuity management.

Technical Details

The Flowroute modelling approach utilises high resolution topographic information (in the form of LiDAR data), building outline data, industry standard rainfall predictions and, where available, a simplified representation of the drainage network to identify areas sensitive to surface water flooding.

Validation of the model results against observed flooding in the UK (summer 2007) has shown that Flowroute can be used effectively to predict, map and model those areas, and individual properties which are likely to flood during high-intensity rainfall events. The benefits of this approach include:

  • reduced losses from surface water flooding;
  • highly accurate prediction of flood extents and depths;
  • full customisation and integration within existing systems.

Furthermore, the River Flood Module of Flowroute incorporates a coupled 1-dimensional/2-dimenstional (1-d/2-d) hydrodynamic model specifically designed to simulate river dynamics and floodplain inundation in complex, congested urban areas in a highly computationally-efficient manner. The coupling of a 1-d river model with a 2-d floodplain routing algorithm provides considerable added realism and accuracy as compared to stand-alone 2-d routing algorithms. Flowroute is capable of simulating grids having tens of millions of cells for dynamic flood events and utilizes high quality sources of terrain information such as airborne LiDAR for routing flows around individual buildings.

This article was provided by James Hubbard on behalf of Ambiental. Flowroute is owned and developed by Ambiental. Further information on Flowroute can be found here.

Better Use of Natural Resources

In order for the human race to survive, we must use the planet’s natural resources. However, some of our natural resources, like fossil fuels and minerals won’t last forever, and because of this, we must try to conserve and make better use of our natural resources.

There are three different types of natural resources, perpetual, those that will always be there, like wind, water, and sunshine. Renewable, such as animals and plant life that naturally renews over time. Then there is non-renewable, such as fossil fuels that, once used up will probably be gone for millions of years. So how can we work to conserve the resources that take time to renew, or will disappear when we deplete them.

The Three R’s

In order for us to save the environment, make better use of natural resources, and conserve our non-renewable resources, we must learn to practice the three R’s.

  • Reduce This means use fewer natural resources, particularly those that will take millions of years to renew.
  • Recycle Instead of creating more landfills and trash on our planet, we need to learn to recycle materials such as paper, plastic, metals, and glass. All of these products can be reused to make new things, which will help to reduce our consumption of natural resources.
  • Reuse Many of the things that we use daily can be reused. For instance, a lot of the products we purchase are packaged in glass or plastic containers. We can reuse those containers for things like storage.

There are three natural resources that are abundant and will never run out, in order to try to conserve our non-renewable resources; we need to learn to make better use of natural resources like the sun, wind, and water.


Did you know that solar energy can be transformed into electricity? Which can then be used to heat and light our homes, and power our appliances? At the moment, most of our electricity is being produced in power plants, which burns our non-renewable fossil fuels. However, many people are starting to install solar panels, which produce electricity to help run our homes.


We can also make use of the wind in many different ways, another perpetual resource. Wind turbines can be used to make electricity; wind pumps can be used to pump or drain water, and windmills can be used for mechanical power. Wind power is becoming a more popular alternative as people are becoming more conscious about how much non-renewable resources we use. Currently, about 80 countries word wide are using wind power on a commercial level, and approximately 2.5% of total worldwide electricity used was produced using the wind.


Water Harvesting

Water harvesting is when we collect and store rain water in order to be able to use it. Most water harvesting methods include: digging lakes and ponds, building small dams, dykes, and reservoirs, and building roof top collection units for homes and offices. Rainwater harvesting usually involves having a catchment surface on your roof to collect the water, which then travels through a pipe to a storage tank. Depending on your planned use for the water, you may also need filters and a purification system in order to make the water safe for human consumption.

Author’s Bio: Sweta is the writer of this article. Her writings cover Environment, Sports and children. She currently finished editing for home air purification where one can find useful information about air purifiers and the different types available. Their emphasis on providing accurate and detailed information to consumers and only carrying the best products has made them a trusted source for improving the indoor air quality of homes around the world.

Chlorophyll: The “Wonder Pigment” of Plants

Mother Nature is amazing. Just take a look at flowers and plants – we may not see them breathing and moving but we know that they are thriving. Plants seem to be able to function on their own. But do you know that these creatures will not be able to live without one very important pigment called chlorophyll? Almost all plants have chlorophyll. Even algae, such as chlorella and seaweed, also contain this pigment.

If you are not familiar with chlorophyll, read on and learn why it is important for plants.

What Is Chlorophyll?

A green pigment molecule found in plants, chlorophyll is crucial for photosynthesis because it absorbs energy from the sun. Chlorophyll helps convert water into glucose and carbon dioxide into oxygen. During photosynthesis, chlorophyll creates energy in the form of sugary carbohydrates, which is important for the growth and development of plants.

Chlorophyll is made of a porphyrin ring.

This is a circular and enclosed atom arrangement that allows electrons to “freely” float around, instead of being captured by a certain atom. These electrons are energy that can be absorbed by plant cells to help them grow.

To better understand how chlorophyll functions for plants, try to imagine how a person’s digestive system operates – it takes the raw materials and converts them into elements that can provide energy in the form of glucose. The only difference is that all that a plant needs is light from the sun, air absorbed through its pores, and water siphoned through its roots. The glucose produced during photosynthesis is absorbed into the cells of the plant and used to grow another bud or leaf. Sometimes, there is leftover glucose. In this case, the plant stores this glucose away as starch to be used for later.

Chlorophyll Turns Plants Green, Too!

Here’s another interesting fact:

Chlorophyll gives plants their beautiful color.

Ever wonder why most plants are green? This is also because of chlorophyll. If a plant has sufficient chlorophyll, it will have a lush, green color.

Try to observe some trees. Most of the year, they show off a certain green color, whether it’s teal, sage, or lime. However, when autumn comes, the plants turn into varying shades of red or golden-brown. This is because the plant loses the chlorophyll pigment, but gains other types of pigment. For example, the carotenoid pigment makes leaves look orange or yellow.

Can Humans Use Chlorophyll?

Due to its usefulness for plants, chlorophyll is now generating interest in the health community. Can this useful plant pigment work on people, too? No one knows for sure, but if you are looking for sources of chlorophyll, here are some possible options you can try:

  • “Green” chlorophyll drinks. These are made from powdered green veggies.
  • Chlorophyll supplements. These are available in a concentrated liquid form. Most chlorophyll supplements are dense and tasteless, and can be added to any type of drink. Try mixing it in water, smoothie or fruit shakes, or juice. When purchasing a liquid chlorophyll supplement, though, make sure that it is not refined and highly processed or loaded with additives and sweeteners. Only buy from a trustworthy source.
  • Raw green foods. Eat plenty of greens! Salads and a wide variety of veggies like Asian greens, spinach, lettuce, green capsicum, broccoli, asparagus, peas, kale, and beans are good chlorophyll sources. Any plant-derived food is okay, as long as it is green in color. This means that it contains chlorophyll.

The next time you see a plant or tree looking lush and green, think of chlorophyll and how it works its magic. You will definitely appreciate this unique pigment!

About the Author

Mishka Thomas is a blogger and a freelance writer. She is an avid gardener and is fascinated by the workings of the botanical world. At present, she is currently researching about chlorophyll in algae, including seaweed and chlorella. When she is not busy tending to her backyard garden, she loves to go parasailing, mountain climbing, and scuba diving. She lives with her family in Florida.

The Pain-Eliminating Power of Natural Foods

The number one thing that people turn to in today’s world to deal with pain is pharmaceuticals. This is understandable, as that is the most well known solution on the market for solving those kinds of problems.

The Problem with Pharmaceuticals

The problem is that pharmaceuticals are not ideal as a long-term solution, but since that’s all people have, it becomes just that. Nearly all of the synthetic chemicals produced in that industry have negative effects on body organs, especially the liver. Due to these effects, it is all too easy to overdose, and there are actually several hundred accidental overdoses of aspirin each year which lead to fatalities, not to mention the thousands that exist from intentional overdoses.

Natural Health by Eating Right

It is up to everyone who knows the power of natural health to spread this information, so people can learn of an alternative to what has been touted as the only choice. By eating the right things, especially nutrients that have specific pain-reducing properties, you can start to feel relief without turning to pharmaceuticals. This is especially true of chronic inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis. These diseases happen because the body’s inflammatory-antiinflammatory response is malfunctioning, and often the root cause of this is something in the diet. Even when it is not, changing the diet to incorporate healing foods is a much better way to deal with pain.

The best part about this solution is that it makes you stronger over time, not weaker. Constantly taking pharmaceuticals puts a huge toll on the body that can shorten your lifespan and detract from your quality of life. Considering the unimaginable significance and importance of each moment of life, you should take every action possible to make your life the best it can be, and that means eating the right things.

Healing Foods

Foods rich in antioxidants are great for reducing inflammation, and that includes nearly every fruit and vegetable out there. Choose the fruits/vegetables that are richest in nutrients, such as pomegranates and alfalfa sprouts.

You also need to make sure you are getting a high-quality, total source of macronutrients, including carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Carbs can be covered with sprouted bread, the highest quality bread available, whereas essential fatty acids and protein can be supplied by hemp seed. Hemp seed in itself has anti-inflammatory properties and is perhaps the greatest healing seed on Earth. Incorporate all of this together, and you have a recipe for a life of pain-free, high-quality living.

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Top 10 Most Threatened Species

This planet currently has over 8.7 million species of animals with approximately three quarters of them still undiscovered.1 Every animal, plant or insect has its own unique role when it comes to the planet and the ecosystems that are part of it.

When you look at the big picture, the ten most threatened animal species doesn’t even begin to cover it as there are hundreds of species at risk for extinction. However, I have chosen to focus on a few well-known species that are at risk due to human involvement in their habitats and environments.

10. Polar Bear

Photo Credit: longhorndave

While the population of Polar Bears (60% of which are in Canada) exists at around 20,000-25,000, they are perhaps one of the most threatened species on our list due to climate change and global warming. One of the major threats is the melting of the polar ice caps, which is causing polar bear cubs to have to swim farther distances with their mothers, many of whom die.

9. Giant Panda

Photo Credit: donjd2

The Giant Panda has been a staple among endangered species lists for years now. While they are still in existence, many outside factors threaten them. The largest is that while there are 2,500 mature animals in the wild, most of their population is fragmented across China living in much smaller groups. This creates lack of genetic diversity and can cause premature death, which will continue to deplete the species. Luckily, the Chinese government has established over “50 panda reserves, protecting more than 2.5 million acres – over 45 percent of remaining giant panda habitat – protecting more than 60 percent of the population”.2

8. Leatherback Turtle

Photo Credit: USFWS/Southeast

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), “as few as 2,300 adult females now remain, making the Pacific leatherback the world’s most endangered marine turtle population”.3. The population is at risk due to many adults being accidentally killed by fishing fleets. In addition, they are subject to pollution and climate change as well as egg harvesting.

7. Mountain Gorilla

Photo Credit: Sara & Joachim

While the population of Mountain Gorilla’s is currently on the upswing, having increased by 26% with a new population of 7864, they are still considered a threatened species. They are at risk of losing their habitats to continued deforestation and pollution and are often still poached. Another and lesser-known threat is disease. As Mountain Gorillas are so closely related to humans and are in areas where many tourists visit to see them, they are often unknowingly exposed to various “human ailments and can even die from the common cold”. 5

6. Mediterranean Monk Seal

Photo Credit: flickkerphotos

There are approximately only 600 of these seals in existence. As it stands, “the species is the world’s most endangered seal and one of the most endangered marine mammals”.6 They are in danger from various circumstances such as hunting, heavy ship traffic, fishing nets and pollution. According to another article, the survival rate of pups of the Mediterranean Monk Seal is very low. In fact, “the pup survival rate is very low with just 50% chances of an individual’s survival”.7 When it comes to the cold season from September to January, only 29% of pups survive. For the rest of the year, “their survival rate is 71%”.8

5. Siberian Tiger

Photo Credit: Daisyree Bakker

According to a recent study, population of the Siberian tiger is “down to just 14 animals, scientists report in the journal Mammalian Biology”.9 There are approximately 500 Siberian Tigers in existence, but their genetic diversity is depleting, which puts the effective population much lower. Not only this but the constant deforestation of their habitats is also shrinking their population. The WWF believes that if no action is taken, tigers (not just Siberian) will be extinct within the next twelve years.10

4. Philippine Eagle

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While not on many typical threatened species list, the Philippine Eagle certainly deserves to be there. It is approximated that “there are only from 180 to 500 Philippine eagles in nature”. Despite the secondary effects of deforestation, the demise of this beautiful bird is coming directly from human hands. These eagles are often poached, hunted or their eggs collected to sell to zoos and bird collectors. Farmers even hunt them for food or for fun. Due to the fact it takes these birds from 5-7 years to become sexually mature, they are simply not recovering at the rate they are being destroyed.

3. Red Wolf

Photo Credit: LaggedOnUser

According to the Red Wolf Recovery Program, “today 100-120 red wolves call northeastern North Carolina home” 11, which is their only wild population. In 1980, the red wolf population declined to only 17 animals due to deforestation and was declared extinct by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. While the population still exists, they are continuing to be threatened by deforestation. In addition, red wolves are still often hunted as they are considered pests to farmers.

2. Javan Rhinoceros

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The Javan Rhino resides in Western Indonesia and “with no more than 60 left in the wild and none in captivity” is considered to be the rarest large mammal on the planet. The main reason for this species almost being wiped off the Earth is that they have been widely poached since colonial times. Additionally, they are, like many other species on this list, losing their environment to deforestation and agricultural plots. Another concern, similar to the Amur Leopard and Siberian Tigers, is that due to the small population, the Javan Rhinoceros is now also lacking in genetic diversity, which is key to survival.

1. Amur Leopard

Photo Credit: Arran Edmonstone Photography

The Amur Leopard recovered from having population of less than 40 individuals around the 1950’s. However, today, the population is again at risk. Today, the wild population of Amur Leopards is “estimated at less than 50 individuals”.12 Some of the main threats to the Amur Leopard that worry conversationalists are habitat loss due to deforestation and development, prey scarcity and poaching or illegal trade for the fur. Additionally, another threat to this species is the fact that they have declined to such a small population, which not only reduces their genetic diversity, but also makes them at risk for disease.

Though the list of threatened species across the planet is much larger than ten, what we can do to help protect their existence fits every species. The first is to become aware of what wildlife lives in your area. Though they may not be as exotic as the leopard or Giant Panda, they still deserve your attention. Once we become aware, we can start to make change such as supporting legislation to build nature reserves or protect wildlife from poaching. Other things we as individuals and as a society can take part in, is to be mindful of the environment and focus on sustainable living. This will help us to protect the environment as it is today and for future generations.


This article was contributed by Amy Lizee from is an interactive website for individuals to come and discuss the environment from green business to natural disasters. We feel it is important for people to come together and share their thoughts, ideas and visions for the future.

Nature Conservancy 6th Annual Digital Photo Competition

A quick note to mention that the Nature Conservancy is accepting entries for its 6th Annual Digital Photo Competition.

You can submit your entries in one of two ways:

This year, they are looking for digital photos that feature the natural wonders of the lands, waters, plants, animals and people around the world. All photos must be original, of course.

At least 35 photos will be selected as honorable mentions and finalists, and the Nature Conservancy online community will vote for their favorite images to determine the winners. The grand prize winner will be featured on the cover of the 2013 Nature Conservancy calendar.

To give you an idea of the photo quality you will need to produce, take a look at these previous winning photos.

Photo submissions need to be uploaded by 11:59 pm PST Monday, September 12, 2011.

So what are you waiting for?

The Big Wild: How Wild is North America?

How Wild is North America?
The Big Wild asks “How Wild is North America?”

Theodora at The Big Wild recently contacted me to let me know about an infographic posted on The Big Wild website.

The infographic (right), compares how “wild” Canada, the United States, and Mexico are based on facts like each country’s ecological footprint.

I was particularly interested to see that Canada’s “wildness” factor is 82%, compared to 36% and 18% for the United States and Mexico respectively.

I was also amazed to learn that Canada accounts for 24% of the world’s wild forests, 20% of the world’s fresh water, and 24% of global wetlands.

According to The Big Wild:

Real wilderness needs to be large enough to keep the natural balance – and that means thinking big.

That’s the vision behind The Big Wild. Conservation scientists believe we need to protect at least half of Canada’s wild spaces to ensure the integrity of our ecosystems.

About The Big Wild

The Big Wild is a partnership project between Canada’s Mountain Equipment Co-op and Canadian Parks and Wilderness. The Big Wild is a a conservation project dedicated to protecting at least half of Canada’s publicly-owned land and water.

Nature Conservancy Photo Contest

The Nature Conservancy have announced the finalists of their 4th Annual Digital Photo Contest. In an email to members, the Nature Conservancy said:

Thank you to everyone who submitted an image for consideration. Your love of nature has inspired us and continues to remind us of the magnificent lands, waters and wondrous species we work to protect and preserve, every day.

The support of members like you has allowed us to protect and restore over 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of river and is the reason that we are the leading conservation organization working around the world today.

There are 15 finalists in total, and it’s now up to you to vote for your favorite. Voting is open until Monday, February 8, 2010 at 10am EST. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on February 15, 2009.

The winning photo will be featured on The Nature Conservancy’s website, which is visited by more than 3 million people annually.

So, place your vote now.

You can also check out all submitted photos at the Nature Conservancy’s Flickr page.

Loud Sonar Causes Deafness in Dolphins

Dolphins can be deafened by loud noises, which can lead to death.

A new study has found that loud sonar can cause deafness in dolphins.

The study found that loud, repeated blasts of sonar caused dolphins to temporarily lose their hearing for 20 to 40 minutes.

Published in the British journal Biology Letters on Wednesday, the findings could provide further evidence that human made noises can be attributed to dolphin and whale deaths. 

The study, led by Aran Mooney Marine Biologist at the University of Hawaii, exposed an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin to progressively louder pings of mid-frequency sonar. The dolphin was born in captivity and was trained. 

A suction cup was fitted to the dolphin’s head, with a sensor attached that monitored the animal’s brainwaves.

“What we found was if you play sound you can cause temporary hearing loss. The sounds have to be surprisingly loud and they have to be repeated over an extended period of time – two to three minutes.” Mooney said. “In that time you would expect them to swim away as fast as possible. They have to be within 40 metres of a ship, but when you have certain oceanographic conditions it’s hard for the animals to get out of the way.” 

Many people believe that human made noises, also referred to as acoustic smog, has been the cause of whale and dolphin beachings around the world.

Mooney acknowledges that, given the study was undertaken in a lab with a captive-born dolphin, it does not provide proof that military sonar is to blame for mass strandings. 

“We definitely showed that there are physiological and some behavioural effects [from repeated, loud sonar], but to extrapolate that into the wild, we don’t really know,” Mooney told AFP.

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