Water!

Humans continually violate the harmony of nature and, as a result, suffer from lack of natural resources. This constant and resonant plot is embodied in numerous works of art. Mustafah Abdulaziz, American photographer based in Berlin, is undertaking a 15 year long project (2011 to 2026) appropriately named Water. He traveled the world looking for water, researching how different cultures perceive water, its exploitation, and the challenges to preserve our planet’s most vital resource. Today, his body of work covers eight countries on four continents, and is supported by Water Aid, Earth Watch, WWF, VSCO, and the UN.

The image below capture a group of fishermen waiting for their turn to sea. The locale is Sindh Province, Pakistan, 2013.Abdulaziz’s striking images look at the fragility of life but, more importantly, they hold up a mirror to how our individual behavior affects the collective’s quality of life.

The 2 images below is from Sierra Leone. The availability of drinking water in this country is limited. Studies of recent years show that the need for drinking water in urban population of Sierra Leone is satisfied only by some 84%, and rural by only 32%.

India. The population of India is 3.5 times greater than that of US, creating a huge burden on agriculture and natural resources. About 21% of infectious diseases in the country is due to the quality of drinking water, which is significantly lower than any allowable level.Pakistan. Scientists from the UN University believe that the first nuclear conflict on Earth might break out not between Russia and the United States but between Pakistan and India due to lack of drinking water.

Nigeria. The most densely populated country of the African continent risks to enter the top three most populous countries of the world by 2050. Today, more than 60 million Nigerians live without access to drinking water, and more than 100 million lack access to purified water.

Interview with the photographer and more images in Photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz Traveled the World Looking for Waterre.

 

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Happiness and Long Life

  • Аn axiom: It is better to be rich and healthy than poor and sick.
  • To be rich and healthy —  this is happiness (it is an obvious consequence of the above axiom).
  • The happier are the people — the healthier they are. Is this an obvious assertion? According to recent data, it isn’t. Unhappiness won’t kill you.

A study published on Wednesday in The Lancet, following one million middle-aged women in Britain for 10 years, finds that the widely held view that happiness enhances health and longevity is unfounded.

“Good news for the grumpy” is one way to interpret the findings, said Sir Richard Peto, an author of the study and a professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at the University of Oxford. “Happiness and related measures of well-being do not appear to have any direct effect on mortality.” 

Does happiness itself directly affect mortality? The prospective UK Million Women Study

 

So much for that. Happiness does not hold promise of longevity. It just makes your life more joyful, if not longer.india-crop

Sex in the Rain.

It is believed that the sound of a falling raindrops is very romantic. Especially in India, when the first drops of spring rain nails the orange dust on the roads to the ground, and a dazed five feet python might appear right in front of your scooter. Every living creature enjoys a long-awaited rain. Many small animals try to produce an offspring right before the start of the rainy season.

However, Indian dogs  behave differently. Instead of bringing puppies to the world to coincide with the rainy season, they are doing just the opposite: when it starts to rain, they frantically copulate. Indeed, what could be better than sex when raindrops splash and splatter on  the window glass?  People might think like this, but dogs? Why do the Indian dogs do it when it rains? This phenomenon set Indian scientists think. Eventually they solved the puzzle.torrential-rain-india

It turns out that romantic mood in dogs, both male and female, depends a great deal on their sense of smell. Romance, literally, in the air and canines can smell it.

During the dry season in Calcutta, where the observations for the study were made, lots of unappetizing odors are in the air. This stench could hardly be called romantic, even by a dog. Particularly by a dog. In a word, stinking air kills all desire to copulate in Calcutta’s canine population. But then comes rain and purifies the air. The aroma of freshness rises to the skies and, at last, dogs can smell one another and fall in love. When Love Is in the Air: Understanding Why Dogs Tend to Mate when It Rains