In the News: Penguin Cams, Hockey and “Carbon Fasting”

Written by Stephanie Hedean on . Posted in Learn

With so many interesting things out there today, we thought we’d share a few with you. Beware the Penguin Cam, it can prove addicting! Enjoy.


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Live, it’s a PENGUIN CAM! #penguincam

In celebration of Frozen Planet, premiering on Discovery Channel on Sunday, March 18, at 8PM e/p, Penguin Cam will be live 24/7 throughout March and April (we’re hoping for longer). The Penguin Cam is coming from the “Penguin Encounter” at SeaWorld San Diego with nearly 300 penguins, representing all five Antarctic species: emperors, kings, Adélies, gentoos and macaronis, belly slides and all. It’s addictive, and it’s OK.

Frozen Planet is co-production of Discovery Channel and the BBC, and is the ultimate portrait of our earth’s polar regions, where the scale, beauty and sheer power of the natural elements rival anything we’ve seen. The Nature Conservancy has teamed with Discovery Channel and other environmental organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club, to promote and celebrate Frozen Planet. Click here for more information.












Is Outdoor Ice Hockey Facing Extinction in Canada?

It’s a sobering outlook for a vital winter sport. A new study in the Institute of Physics’ journal, Environmental Research Letters, says that outdoor ice hockey in Canada could be facing mid century extinction due to climate change. With the ice seasons shortening over the last 50 years the milder winters keep temperatures too high for outdoor ice to freeze over, causing significantly shortened outdoor skating seasons, particularly in Southwest and Central Canada.  Read the full story in The Guardian.


“Carbon Fasting” for Lent

From daily ecological-minded actions like walking to work and engaging in national advocacy and carbon-reduction campaigns, many faith based groups are leading the charge determined to bring awareness to human involvement in climate change throughout the 40 days of Lent. Started in Liverpool in 2007, “Carbon Fasting” has expanded around the world with communities in Canada, the Netherlands, India, Hong Kong, Australia, Brazil and the U.S. participating this year. It’s an interesting story on engagement and planet stewardship, read it on Climate Progress.

Stephanie Hedean is a marketing and communications consultant and volunteer at The Nature Conservancy.

Photos courtesy nicvder1 via Flickr Creative Commons (penguins at SeaWorld); Discovery Communications (penguins); fredthechicken via Flickr Creative Commons (hockey). PDF calendar by Interfaith Power and Light,

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