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This past November, myself, along with many other members of the junior class were invited to go see the documentary film called "Poverty Inc."  This film shows how all of this aid we keep sending to poorer countries, really doesn't help as much as we think it does.  The film is such an eye opener using lines like "no one wants to be a beggar for life," and "we don't need another celebrity coming down here."  The film truly captured the essence of the fact that those that we help with our aid are not incapable of work, but rather they lack the resources to create jobs.  Poverty Inc. had so many different perspectives on the matter from various countries, and therefore showed how it is not just a problem in one single place, this happens around the world and it stems from things such as TOMs shoes giving shoes away for free, and the US Aid system sending over free rice.  When everything is for free, it is not possible for people in those countries to create work for others.  This film is a true eye opener and I hope it does well in the future!

According to a new government study, the drought in California is due to natural causes, not global warming.  According to the article: "Researchers said sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean set up an atmospheric roadblock off the West Coast that diverted winter storms away from California. The state relies on winter rain and snow for most of its yearly water."  According to research done by other colleges and universities, they are not trying to prove that global warming does not exist, but rather, there are often times we blame it on that when really, nature has to take it's course. Global warming continues to unfold, and therefore, we still should take the steps we can to try and stop it!

Scientific selfies?! Yes, they do exist!  How do these silly pictures help scientists?  They have a geotagged image feature where you can figure out the exact location and time that these selfies were taken.  While snapping these selfies, the information goes directly to a satellite where the information is used to apply to day-to-day management of our ecosystems. "We wanted to try to create an indicator... that you can quickly and easily get information on a very small scale on the use people get from a habitat." says Dr. Richards.  Hopefully these advancements in technology will pay it forward to the environmental challenges we face.