This Facebook Page Shares Magnificent And Sometimes Creepy Miracles From The Natural World (50 Pics)
From the beds we wake up in to the buses we take and the offices we work at, it often seems like we live on a man-made planet. But the natural world is all around us, all the time. It's just we build such intricate hideouts, we sometimes forget about it. So let's refresh our memory.
For that, Bored Panda invites you to visit 'The Fabulous Weird Trotters.' It's a Facebook page that regularly shares pictures of the "sometimes weird, sometimes fabulous, and every time fabulous weird" faces of Mother Nature.
They've got adorable plants, atmospheric ghost lights, creepy spiders, and much, much more. No wonder over 1.3 million people follow this page.
More info: Facebook
The Skeleton Flower, Whose Petals Turn From White To Translucent When It Rains
This Is What A 350 Year Old Oak Tree Looks Like. Isn't It Beautiful?
We're releasing this list on a special occasion. Almost exactly 50 years ago, on June 5-16, 1972, the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (also known as the Stockholm Conference) was held in Stockholm, Sweden. It was the UN's first major conference on international environmental issues, and marked a turning point in the development of international policies.
When the participating 122 countries — 70 of them considered to be developing and poor — adopted the Stockholm Declaration, they essentially committed to 26 principles and an action plan that set in a multilateral environmental regime.
One of the overarching principles was that sovereignty should be subject to not causing harm to the natural world of other countries as well.
Eruption On Mount Etna (Sicily) Gives The Illusion Of A Phoenix In The Sky
This was the first globally subscribed document that recognized the "interconnections between development, poverty and the environment."
These principles were celebrated as a harbinger of "new behavior and responsibility which must govern their relationship in the environmental era."
In a way, the planet's environment and natural resources became a common resource with countries resetting their relationship with nature — from sovereignty over resources to shared responsibility for their sustainable uses.
Looks Like Stained Glass
The key agreements of the Stockholm Declaration were:
Earth's natural resources, including air, water, land, flora and fauna, especially representative samples of natural ecosystems, must be safeguarded for the benefit of the present and future generations through careful planning or management.
The discharge of toxic substances or of other substances and the release of heat, in such quantities or concentrations as to exceed the capacity of the environment to render them harmless, must be halted in order to ensure that serious or irreversible damage is not inflicted upon ecosystems. The just struggle of the peoples of ill countries against pollution should be supported.
Algae Forms On The Head Of The Mary River Turtle Making It Look Like A Punk
The Chrysalis Of The Metallic Mechanitis Butterfly From Costa Rica
Stunning Forest Light Mushrooms : Are Among The One Hundred Fungi Species That Are Bioluminescent. They Are Usually Found In Asia
Judas Tree - An Extraordinary Tree Whose Flowers Grow Straight From The Trunk
States shall take all steps to prevent pollution of the seas by substances that are liable to create hazards to human health, to harm living resources and marine life, to damage amenities or to interfere with other legitimate uses of the sea.
States have, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of international law, the sovereign right to exploit their own resources pursuant to their own environmental policies, and the responsibility to ensure that activities within their jurisdiction or control do not cause damage to the environment of other States or of areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction.
Stephen Dunn Took This Incredible Photograph With His Flash Illuminating A Spider And Revealing Its Wet Web With A Rainbow Effect
The environmental policies of all States should enhance and not adversely affect the present or future development potential of developing countries, nor should they hamper the attainment of better living conditions for all, and appropriate steps should be taken by States and international organizations with a view to reaching agreement on meeting the possible national and international economic consequences resulting from the application of environmental measures.
"Glass Gem" Or Pearl Of Glass
This variety of corn is one of the most original, it produces translucent and kaleidoscopic seeds.
It is in the years 1980 that Carl Barnes farmer of Oklahoma, managed to give birth to this variety. By crossing three other varieties of corn resulting from Indian cultures... It is edible and used in the form of flour in general...
The Stockholm conference started the contemporary "environmental era." In many ways, it took governance of planetary concerns to the mainstream. This resulted in over 500 multilateral environmental agreements being adopted in the last 50 years.
In fact, most of today's conventions related to planetary crises like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the whole environmental regime being implemented through the UN system trace their origin to the Stockholm Declaration.
Prairie Smoke Flowers (Geum Triflorum). Looks Like Cotton Candy!
Beautiful Natural Rainbow Fluorite Is Just Bands Of Different Colours
The world is all tuned in to the Stockholm+50, to be held in the same city in June, but with a vastly changed planet, notwithstanding the rooting of the multilateral environmental regime.
On June 2-3, instead of discussing how the past half-century lived up to their previous vision, world leaders will talk about the next 50 years and the emergency actions that our planet so desperately needs.
"Human development is largely fuelled by a tripling in the extraction of natural resources, food production, and energy production and consumption over the past 50 years," says an advance draft copy of the document to be discussed at Stockholm+50.
These Are Skeleton Panda Sea Squirts, Also Known As Ascidians. They're Marine Invertebrate Filter Feeders That Will Probably End Up In A Tim Burton Film At Some Point
A visualization of the next 50 years, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on May 4, 2020, states that "1 to 3 billion people are projected to be left outside the climate conditions that have served humanity well over the past 6,000 y [years]."
The study explains how humans have resided in a “climatic envelope” characterized by ~11˚C and 15˚C of mean annual temperature and “the geographical position of this temperature niche is projected to shift more over the coming 50 y than it has moved since 6000 BP [before present]”.
According to Tim Lenton, co-author of the study, the situation looks unbelievable to many. Areas in North America and Europe that have comfortable temperatures would become as hot as North Africa. Tim warns: "Where we are headed is a place we don't want to go."
Let's hope that Stockholm+50 will come up with something that will ensure both humans and all the critters that we see on 'The Fabulous Weird Trotters' will get to keep our homes.
Sailfish Have Been Clocked At Speeds In Excess Of 68mph/112km, Some Experts Consider The Sailfish The Fastest Fish In The World's Oceans
The Gorgeous Black Calla Lily
The Stunning Golden Tortoise Beetle. Also Known As Charidotella Sexpunctata, It Is Part Of The Leaf Beetle Family, Chrysomelidae And A Native To The Americas
The 'Hungry Tree', Slowing Devouring A Park Bench In Dublin, Ireland
The World’s Biggest Flower, Rafflesia Arnoldii, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Indeed the largest flower but also the smelliest! And, to the human nose, not in a good way: its gigantic petals emit a putrid scent like rotting flesh to attract pollinators and prey.
A Real Life Dragon! The Five-Banded Gliding Lizard Has Modified Ribs That Extend Into A Wing Membrane
So Some Bees Decided To Make A Hive In Between The Window And The Shutters
Indian Giant Flying Squirrel In The Air In Broad Daylight!
Valonia Ventricosa, The Largest Single-Celled Organism On Earth. Yep, This Is A Single Living Cell
"Rhodotus Palmatus, Aka The Wrinkled Peach
Rhodotus is a saprobic mushroom, meaning it feeds off of dead organic matter, specifically fallen hardwood logs. It has a “circumboreal” distribution, and can be found in North America, Europe, North Africa, as well as Asia.
It is most likely to fruit during cooler temperatures after long periods of rainy weather. This beauty is not edible and hard to find, but wow what a cool looking mushroom!"
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