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Timelapse: Incredible Iceland

6 March 2012

Iceland is a volcanically and geologically active country that’s home to about 320 000 people. In 2011 Iceland was ranked in the top 20 most developed countries in the world.

Rapid human development is sometimes synonymous with the destruction of nature. Lets hope Iceland remains as beautiful and untouched as this incredibly filmed video by Greg Kiss shows.

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The Sound of Trees

5 March 2012

Nature is a an orchestra unlike anything man can create. There is a undeniable sense of rhythm when the wind brushes through the trees on a spring day and the crickets singing in tune with a crackling fire.

Diego Stocco found a way to bring technology and nature together by making music from a tree.

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’200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes’

4 March 2012

The current economic crisis is effecting the entire world and some countries more than others.

Lets take a look at this fun and clever way to present an infographic that helps us understand where we’ve started and how far we’ve come.

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Precious Forest

3 March 2012

Forests are the lungs of the earth. They provide homes for countless species of animals. There is a certain majestic quality that resides within forests. Forests inspire and can bring out the dreamer in anyone.

Unsustainable resource consumption has desecrated many of the worlds forests and destroyed the fragile ecosystems that reside within, now lost forever. So lets use a little less paper, unsubscribe all your junk mail, don’t purchase three-ply toilet paper, get your bills and books electronically and don’t purchase magazines that cannot be recycled. Do something small and remind yourself of how beautiful and precious forests are.

This short film by Jesse Rosten beautifully captures the Redwood forest of Northern Carolina.

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Think Tap

2 March 2012

The convenience of bottled water contributes to 1 360 777 110 kg of waste. If it takes three times the amount of water to produce the bottle as it does to fill it, where is the ecological sense?

Bottled water has become part of the culture of conveniencea culture that breeds lazy habits which in turn effects our planet. What effects our planet effects our livelihood. Drink tap water.

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Light: The Hidden Magic

1 March 2012

‘The Arctic Light’ is magical short film that takes you into the very heart of light and nature and will leave you breathless.

Thanks to Terje Sorgjerd’s unrelenting sacrifices in his search for astounding landscape beauty we are given the chance to witness a natural phenomenon. This short film will leave you inspired and appreciative of the beauty of our world.

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Fjords and Walls: Appreciating Nature in Norway

29 February 2012

At the northern end of the world, Norway is not a very common destination for South Africans.

But thanks to the internet and timelapse photography, we can still appreciate it’s awesome natural beauty, including the fjords and the view from Trollveggen (Troll wall).

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In Omnia Paratus: Save the Sharks

28 February 2012

Madison Stewart is passionate about shark conservation, especially in areas like the Great Barrier Reef where over 600 tonnes of sharks of removed every year- legally.

Made for the WWF Life. Nature. You. Make the Connection competition, this film shows how even we can form a bond with even the most misunderstood predators.

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Trashback: Recycling Goods and Uplifting Communities

27 February 2012

Informal recycling offers a small percentage of people some form of livelihood, but what if rewards could benefit a greater community?

Trashback is a Cape Town based organisation that rewards the residents of Imizamo Yethu for their recycling, thereby uplifting the community and educating them about the value of recyclable goods.

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Playfulness in Nature: A Snowboarding Crow

26 February 2012

In an urban environment, we aren’t often able to witness the playful side of nature.

This video, filmed in Russia, shows a different side to a common bird though, and that as stated on the Scientific American blog, perhaps birds are more playful than we give them credit for.

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The Runner: Nature is All Around Us

25 February 2012

Living in the city, it’s easy to feel disconnected from nature.

But by taking time out to appreciate your surroundings, you can connect with it, like the character in this film does when he runs.

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Price Per Dozen: A Documentary to Save the Sea Turtle

24 February 2012

Sea turtle numbers have declined rapidly in the past 50 years, and something drastic needs to be done to conserve the species.

This documentary trailer is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but highlights the shocking reality of sea turtle conservation- something Green Renaissance has been involved in by filming turtle nesting in Mozambique.

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The Soul of Surfing: Watching Water

23 February 2012

There’s a soulfulness to surfing that only surfers seem to understand.

This is something that intrigued Jo Tyrell, which is why he decided to make the movie Watching Water, to find out more about this enigmatic sport.

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Photography and Conservation: The Biodiversity Project

22 February 2012

The world is in danger of losing many of our endangered species, but do we even know what they all are?

Joel Sartore is raising awareness about critical global conservation efforts, by taking portraits of our endangered biodiversity.

To view more of his exceptional photographs, visit his website.

Sumatran Rhino

Image Source: Joel Sartore

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Investigating Happiness: Balloons of Bhutan

21 February 2012

What makes people happy? Is it the same thing the world over, or does it differ from place to place?

This is what Jonathan Harris went to investigate in Bhutan- the last Himalayan Kingdom. An interactive portrait of people, this project is an insight into using Gross National Happiness as a measure of success.

Have a look at some of the almost 600 stories on the Balloons of Bhutan website.

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Timescapes: A View of the American Southwest

20 February 2012

It’s incredible how vast the world’s wilderness areas are, evident in film like Timescapes, which gives an epic perspective of the American Southwest.

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Meet Mr. Toilet: The Realities of Global Sanitation

19 February 2012

It might not be socially appropriate to talk about poo, but the reality is that excrement affects all of us, especially in poor rural communities around the world without proper sanitation.

Mr. Toilet, as he is proudly known, is aiming to change people’s attitudes though, by revolutionizing the toilet marketing industry and providing necessary access to clean water.

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Wastelander Panda Prologue: A Post-Apocalyptic Reality

18 February 2012

What would you do if you were the last remaining survivor in a post-apocalyptic wasteland?

Wastelander Panda is a new series that looks at a panda’s quest for survival in a hostile environment- a symbolic representation of the conservation struggle we fight today.

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Finnish Lapland: Appreciating the Northern Lights

17 February 2012

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, is a magnificent display of light that can be seen at certain times of the year in the far northern parts of the globe.

This video shows the Finnish perspective of the lights, and is a beautifully filmed clip that effectively promotes tourism to the country.

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Nature’s Version of Vinyl: What If Trees Could Sing?

16 February 2012

Tree rings tell the age of a tree, and are analysed by scientists to find out even more than that.

But could tree rings be nature’s version of vinyl? Artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has developed a way of translating tree rings into music- a beautiful experiment in appreciating nature.

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