A few days earlier, his mother had just been caught in fishing gear and died. His father had died long ago a victim of shark finning. Shark fins are particularly sought after for traditional Chinese medicine and shark fin soup which is considered a delicacy in Asia.
Sharkie had been looking for a place to stay, rest and grieve, ideally one with mangroves and reefs, but he could not find one. The water was too hot, and weighed down, with plastic bubbles floating around, and a vague, disgusting, smell of hydrocarbure. He was hungry. He would have feasted on anything, from anchovies to seal lion, but the ocean seemed empty! His mother had told him to stay in deep waters, away from the coast, but now, it seemed like there was no other option …
“Five times in the past, the Earth has been struck by these kinds of cataclysmic events, ones so severe and swift (in geological terms) they obliterated most kinds of living things before they ever had a chance to adapt,” reports The Washington Post.1 These past extinctions were driven by either massive volcanic outbursts, or resulted from a major asteroid impact, or came from rapid climate changes linked to the trajectory of the planet. But none of these has really figured in the current biological crisis – not even climate change, which is still only in its early stages, according to a recent study led by Mark Williams, a paleontologist at the University of Leicester.2Continue reading →
Last week, I received the French newsletter “Lettre des Français du Monde- ADFE” No. 101. An entire section has been devoted to the MERS coronavirus. Here is what it said: The MERS-CoV, raging mainly in the Middle East, has now affected South Korea and Thailand. This is the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia, where up until now the vast majority of cases have been reported.
When this contagion, similar to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), emerged in the Republic of Korea, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened its Emergency Committee on June 17 to evaluate the situation. WHO stated the spread of MERS-CoV was “a wake up call for all countries” and attributed the outbreak to the “lack of knowledge” of health care staff and general public. No vaccine or specific treatment is currently available and care consists mainly in hospital intensive care or specialized units. Continue reading →
Deepak Chopra says that luck is opportunity meeting readiness. What is true for humans can also be said of companies.
Last week I was invited to a conference”Inspiring Innovation: Translating Disruptive Innovation into Growth” organized by Bloomberg and the Switzerland Global Enterprise. The meeting was essentially to celebrate the ability of some companies to innovate, accepting the risks, looking at failures as an opportunity to learn and do better, and constantly seeking to improve processes. For my part, I have a real satisfaction with all the research that now confirms the interest in the Targetage® brand — an innovation for Natural Source, which for years had only offered the Beljanski® Products.
The initial idea for Targetge® was “When we know how environmental toxins destabilize our DNA, why wait? We should immediately start to eliminate them and strengthen our immune system.” But now it seems that every week new publications emerge, justifying the multiple benefits of many of these products. Continue reading →