Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
We hope you can join us on April 8 for a lecture, "Power to Save Nature? The Role of Nuclear Energy and ‘Techno-fixes' in Conserving Climate and Ecosystems". This talk is part of the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Global Environmental Change Distinguished Speaker Series.
Power to Save Nature? The Role of Nuclear Energy and ‘Techno-fixes' in Conserving Climate and Ecosystems
Speaker: Dr. Barry Brook, The Australian Research Council Future Fellow III, Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change, Director of Climate Science, The Environment Institute, The University of Adelaide, South Australia
Date/Time: April 8, 2014, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, reception to follow
Location: 101 David Clark Labs, NC State University main campus
Background: Fossil fuels have supplied most of society's energy demand for over two centuries. Yet, with the mounting problems of climate change, pollution, security and dwindling supplies, we now face the need for a near-total transformation of the world's energy systems. This talk will provide a critical overview of the challenges in—and potential solutions for—completely ‘decarbonzing' our energy supplies, while also meeting the growing need for increased prosperity in the developing world. It will be argued that of the options available, it is next-generation nuclear power and related technologies, based on modular systems with full fuel recycling and inherent safety, that offer the best chance of curing our fossil-fuel addiction. Solving the ‘energy problem' will not just help in mitigating climate change. It will also avoid destructive use of natural and agricultural landscapes for biofuels and diffuse energy generation, and allow societies to reduce their ‘footprint' by sparing land and resources for biodiversity conservation.