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Editor of The Planet | Public Speaker | Photographer | Yale World Fellow | TEDx | Climate Change | Wildlife | Art | Energy-Water-Food | Sustainability ๐ŸŒฑ
19 Oct
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1/โ€ฆ Sorry for disturbing you buddy! Weโ€™ll leave you alone now! ๐Ÿ˜‚

A thread about spiders. ๐Ÿงต

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#wildlife #spider #nature #Australiaย  #animals MT @jodirowley
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2. When male jumping spiders flirt with females, they risk losing their lives.

This is a mating dance, but she is not interested and he escapes with his life, because often females will eat their lover after sex.

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๐Ÿ“น: EstradaWildPhotography

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3. Read about nature in The Planet newsletter.

Subscribe to The Planet and start your day with stories about the beauty of nature, or threats like climate change.

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17 Oct
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1. Suppose an alien spaceship will land on earth next week.

After many light-years of travel through space, some friendly little green creatures decide to get out and stretch their legs on our planet.

What would they report home?

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2. I guess their first description would be ecstatic.

Hidden in the fast, cold, and dark universe, they discovered a blue planet that brims with an incredible diversity of life, aided by ideal living conditions.

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#nature #life
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3. But:

Since the dawn of civilization, humanity has lost 83% of all wild mammals and half of all plants.

Of all the mammals on earth, 96% are livestock and humans, while only 4% are wild mammals.

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#wildlife #biodiversity #climatecrisis
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3 Oct
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1. Try to see something beautiful every day

What did you see today?

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#sunset #sundayvibes #SundayMotivation #beauty #nature

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2. The beauty of nature is a theme you can read about in The Planet newsletter.

Subscribe to The Planet and start your day with stories about #nature, the #environment, or threats like #climate change.

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#environment
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3. A cornflower, also known as a โ€˜bachelorโ€™s buttonโ€™, is a species that is now endangered in its natural habitat by the over-use of herbicides.

#flowers #biodiversity #nature
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2 Oct
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1. Both predators and prey animals use camouflage to their advantage.

Prey animals blend in with the background, so hungry predators pass right by them.

๐Ÿงต Start of a thread with some amazing videos on #Camouflage.

I like this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

#cats #pets
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2. But predators use camouflage too.

The striated frogfish (Antennarius striatus) walks the seafloor right up to its unsuspecting prey.

It has a prognathous mouth that launches an attack on prey in as fast as 6 milliseconds.

๐Ÿงต #ocean #fish #nature
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3. The wonders of nature is a theme you can read about in The Planet newsletter.

Subscribe to The Planet and start your day with stories about the beauty of #nature, or threats like #climate change.

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#environment
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30 Sep
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1. Life is so delicate.

We conquered the planet and that gives us a responsibility to preserve all species.

Enjoy this thread on beautiful, delicate life.

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#nature #wildlife #biodiversity #NaturePhotography #science #photography #videos
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2. Our responsibility to preserve all forms of life is a theme you can read about in The Planet newsletter.

Subscribe to The Planet and start your day with stories about the beauty of nature, or threats like climate change.

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3. All forms of life are fragile, but some are even more so. ๐Ÿฆ

#birds #wildlifephotography #environment #beauty #parenting
(The wasp photo in previous tweet was from a tweet by @raymond_LLM)

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29 Sep
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1. I believe all readers of The Planet newsletter love cat videos.

Letโ€™s do it this way: while I make a cat-thread, could you sign up?

Iโ€™m sure you will be faster than I am.

I love this video: ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ›

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#cats #pets #animals #nature
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2. This is Luna, playing with my tulips.

Please join the community of thousands of readers that start their day with inspiration from The Planet newsletter.

You can sign up for free or support via a paid subscription for the full experience.

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3. Some cats are really smart and know how to drink.

While othersโ€ฆ

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#cats #catlovers #pets #fun #cute
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29 Sep
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1. Today's The Planet newsletter has pictures of my village, where cyclists mostly have their own roads as you often see in the Netherlands.

Here they are warned to slow down at a crossing.

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#cycling #Zeeland #Netherlands #biking #nature
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2. If you share a fascination for nature, please join the community of thousands of readers that start their day with inspiration from The Planet newsletter.

You can sign up for free or support via a paid subscription for the full experience.

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3. In the main street of the village, there are horse chestnuts everywhere.

Do you pick them up or leave them on the ground?

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#chestnuts #autumn #autumnwalks #outdoors #nature
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28 Sep
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1. Nature continues to surprise me in many ways. Let me give you some amazing examples.

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Isnโ€™t our planet amazing?

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More videos in the thread๐Ÿงต

#nature #wildlife #animals #cute
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2. If you share a fascination for nature, please join the community of thousands of readers that start their day with inspiration from The Planet newsletter.

You can sign up for free or support via a paid subscription for the full experience.

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3. This is another one I love. This bird is just having fun.

I love it to see animals being surprisingly clever, social, or just happily playing.

In many ways, they are like us. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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#birds #fun #animals #lovenature
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28 Sep
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1. The climate in 2100: The future is nearer than you think, and that is terrible news.

We are not good at imagining the future, which makes it harder to promote climate action.

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#ClimateCrisis #climatechange #future #environment #climate #IPCC Image
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2. Many of us fear for a future where climate change and the loss of nature make this planet a tough place to survive.

Long-term climate change projections, like from the IPCC, usually predict the situation in the year 2100. theplanet.substack.com/p/the-climate-โ€ฆ
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3. In the IPCC's 'middle of the road' scenario, temperatures will rise to 2.7C by the end of the century.

It assumes that CO2 emissions hover around current levels before starting to fall mid-century.

Is that realistic?

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26 Sep
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1. This is a Malaysian Dead Leaf Mantis.

One of the over 2,400 Mantis species.

This starts an interesting thread with some great mantis videos.

Stay tuned.

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#insects #nature #wildlife #mantis #NaturePhotography #science #photography #videos
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2. Mantises, like many nature related subjects, is something you can read about in The Planet newsletter.

Subscribe to The Planet and start your day with stories about the beauty of nature, or threats like climate change.

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3/11. If you see an insect with a triangular head, bulging eyes, sitting upright with arms folded like in prayer, it is likely a โ€˜prayingโ€™ mantis.

Here is an example. It is not praying, but eating a bumblebee.

#bees #mantises #insectphotography

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25 Sep
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1. I took this photo yesterday during a beautiful sunrise while driving early in the morning from my village to Rotterdam. You can see one of the wind turbines in the eye of the rising sun.

This starts a thread about wind turbines ๐Ÿงต
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2. The Netherlands has a reputation as a country of windmills to mill grain or pump water, and we still have some 1,100 of the classic types.

But the Dutch were not the first to harness the wind: Ancient Babylonians started some 4,000 years ago.

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3. At the end of the 19th century, modern wind power was first developed in Denmark, where the first horizontal-axis wind turbines were created in 1891, and a 22.8-meter wind turbine began operation in 1897.

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#wind #energy #renewables #solar
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24 Sep
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1. The U.S. sees a vital role for the Security Council to tackle the negative impacts of climate on peace and security.

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken said this when he addressed the U.N. Security Council on the impact of climate change on security.

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#Climate Image
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2. Blinken said climate change is taken into account at every foreign policy decision because of its devastating implications and the cascading effects on virtually every aspect of our lives, like #agriculture, infrastructure, public #health, or food. theplanet.substack.com/p/the-us-sees-โ€ฆ
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3. Blinken said: "The consequences are falling disproportionately on vulnerable and low-income populations. And they're worsening conditions and human suffering in places already afflicted by conflict, high levels of violence, instability".

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22 Sep
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1. Yesterday, the UN Secretary-General warned: "We face the greatest cascade of crises in our lifetime."

World leaders gathered at the U.N. General Assembly, where the climate crisis and other 'Great Divides' are on the agenda.

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#UNGA #ClimateCrisis #peace
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2. Unlike just five or ten years ago, it's now only the odd one out who is not alarmed about the climate crisis.

Especially the younger generation doesn't need to be convinced of the seriousness of our global challenges.

#youth #schoolstrike
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3. Being alarmed doesn't always lead to concrete action.

Nobody can ignore the daily news about extreme weather disasters or the latest scientific report about the climate crisis.

But our leaders still don't treat the new reality as a crisis.

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21 Sep
1. Firefighters in California are in a desperate battle to defend giant sequoias

Like glaciers or coral reefs, it is another example where climate change threatens some of the most beautiful sights on our planet.

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#Sequoia #wildfires #California #ClimateCrisis
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2. The changing climate changes the planet, including some of the most beautiful sights that you may see in your lives.

From the magnificent glaciers in the mountains to the coral reefs in the oceans, we destroy the most iconic examples of nature.

theplanet.substack.com/p/firefightersโ€ฆ
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3. I remember how amazed I was in the 1990s when seeing some of these enormous trees in California.

Standing on the forest floor and looking up, they seemed to grow into infinity.

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#nature #forests #SequoiaNationalPark #California #hiking
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19 Sep
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1. Climate anxiety: the climate crisis is even scarier from a child's perspective; 6 out of 10 say they feel betrayed by their governments.

40% of young people worldwide are hesitant to have children due to climate change.

Thread: How can you help? theplanet.substack.com/p/climate-anxiโ€ฆ
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2. Recent research found that anxiety of the youth is related to perceived government inaction.


#climatecrisis #youth #anxiety #climateanxiety #mentalhealth #environment #nature #climatechange #ClimateAction

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3. A UNICEF report published last month provides some context to understand these perceptions of young people better.

The report found that approximately 1 billion children live in one of the 33 countries classified as "extremely high-risk.โ€
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18 Sep
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(1/โ€ฆ) Love them, donโ€™t eat them.

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#animals #love #vegetarian #vegan
Via (and follow) @TheHappyHerd @TheHumaneLeague and @molesuk
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(2/โ€ฆ) Together, we can make this a better world, where we respect animals, nature, each other, and our planet.

Sign up for The Planet newsletter:

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โžก๏ธ subscribing to the paid version. This weekend a 20%/12-months discount. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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(3/โ€ฆ) Buttercup's first steps on grass after being liberated from a dairy farm brightens your weekend.

Many years ago, I stopped eating meat on Mondays, soon the other days of the week followed.

Itโ€™s easy, just start this Monday (also: try oatmilk)
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14 Sep
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(1/โ€ฆ) Right now, somewhere on this planet, is someone
- showing #kindness
- enjoying spectaculair #nature
- taking #climateaction

You can read those stories in The Planet newsletter.

And somewhere these whales are swimming.

What a wonderful world!
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(2/โ€ฆ) Start your day with The Planet newsletter โ˜•๏ธ

It needs growth in annual subscribtions or email sign ups to make this initiative successful.

I hope to get ten more today.

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(It takes just seconds)

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(3/โ€ฆ) These designers used five tons of plastic ocean waste to create a whale.

#whales #oceans #plasticpollution #sustainability #wildlife via @ArtForOurPlanet

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13 Sep
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(1/โ€ฆ) Right now, somewhere on this planet, is someone
- showing kindness
- enjoying spectaculair nature
- working for a better planet

You can read those stories in The Planet newsletter.

And somewhere is this wild horse.

I wish you a great week!
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(2/โ€ฆ) The Planet newsletter needs growth in annual subscribtions or email sign ups to make this initiative successful.

I hope to get ten more today.

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(It takes just seconds)

Start your day with The Planet newsletter โ˜•๏ธ

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(3/โ€ฆ) This is so sweet.

Retweet if you believe we should all be kind to all animals. ๐Ÿ’•

#nature #love #loveanimals #kindness #KindnessMatters #vegetarian #vegan
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28 Aug
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(1/21) On November 6, 1965, the U.S. agreed with Cuba to airlift Cubans to the United States.

In the next eight years, around 300,000 Cubans took advantage of this program and left for the country that had played a central role in its domestic politics for a long time. ๐Ÿงต
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(2/21) On that very same day, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson's science advisory committee sent him a report entitled Restoring the Quality of Our Environment.ย 

Summarized in one line: a warning that burning fossil fuels will change the climate.

#science #climatechange ๐Ÿงต
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(3/21) Although the report correctly warned about the increase of carbon dioxide, it noted that it would take a few more years before climate models could reasonably project future global surface temperature changes.
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4 Sep 20
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I met him when I took this picture.

An older man, sitting on a bench, next to his parked bicycle. He warned to keep the sunlight out of my camera, and I explained that I used the willow tree on my right for that.

Soon he started talking about his life, and local history.
Born in 1944, the scars of the war were still fresh when he grew up.

His father had unwillingly been involved in the execution of ten men that had tried to escape to the liberated south of the Netherlands.

He had been forced to drive them to their execution place.
A armed soldier made sure he would do it, and more soldiers were in the back of the truck.

His father lived with the frustration that nobody did anything to liberate them, it would have been possible.

When he was eight, the dikes broke. Nearly 2000 people drowned in Zeeland.
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15 Feb 20
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1/6.
Today is #WorldPangolinDay

#Pangolins are likely the most trafficked wild animal in the world, they need our protection.

Last week I published this #AlexNote. I know they may be difficult to read on some devices, so I will add the text in tweets in thread.

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2/6. We face two existential challenges. Unlike just five years ago, most people will now recognize climate change as one of those. But the other, the loss of nature and biodiversity, seems to get less attention. However, โ€˜theirโ€™ extinction may quite well be โ€˜ourโ€™ extinction.
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3/6. You may have heard Einsteinโ€™s quote on the extinction of bees, that we have only four years left on earth if they go extinct. Like many of his quotes, it is very unlikely that he has ever said this.

I have heard scientists say that the one thing they fear more than
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