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This entry was written by Linda Blancato, book lover and Adopt-a-Book supporter. I’ve always been a librarian at heart. My father was a master bookbinder who owned a bindery in Baltimore, Maryland. He instilled in his family a love and respect for all things related to books: the cover, the bindings, the pages, and of more »
Text. Also two copies, typewritten, "The Laws of Adoption,-- of Persons, Families, Clans and Tribes." 7 pages. Translation of text.
Pane of 20
Issued May 10, 2000
Adoption is a pretty tried and true conservation strategy. There’s adopt-a-highway to keep roadways clean, adopt-a-rainforest, adopt-a-puffin and dozens more. Now, NASA has taken things one step further, putting Earth up for adoption.
The project is called Adopt the Planet and it’s an effort to help raise awareness for Earth science and environmental problems in celebration of Earth Day. NASA has divided the entire surface of the planet into 64,000 hexagonal pieces, each about 55 miles wide. Anyone who signs up for an adoption gets a randomly selected tile somewhere on Earth along with an adoption certificate and Earth science data that NASA scientists and collaborators have spent decades collecting.
The goal is to have every block adopted by Earth Day on April 22. And if all 64,000 blocks are adopted, NASA will go through the entire list again.
The project is not just a way to celebrate Earth Day, it’s also a chance for NASA to engage with the public about Earth science and get more people to take a close look at our home planet using their Worldview website. “NASA continually looks outward to find and learn about planets in our solar system and beyond, but no planet is better studied than the one we actually live on,” NASA says in the press release. “Our fleet of 18 Earth science missions in space, supported by aircraft, ships and ground observations, measure aspects of the environment that touch the lives of every person around the world.”
Worldview includes layers of data from each of those missions, including things like sea temperature, vegetation cover, cloud height, atmospheric dust, root zone soil moisture and dozens of other data sets.
In the last few years NASA has launched several Earth science missions, including the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, which maps carbon dioxide concentrations, as well as instruments to measure ocean winds, measure soil moisture and a satellite to measure clouds and dust particles in the atmosphere. The most recent mission is the GOES-16 weather satellite which includes a nifty lighting tracker.
But as Stephen Clark reports for Spaceflight Now, those missions might be it for a while. NASA is expecting cuts to its Earth science program, with four missions focused on climate science being targeted for elimination in the White House’s proposed budget. Still, NASA says it hopes to keep going with its Earth science program, even if there are cutbacks.
“We continue to be committed to studying our home planet,” Robert M. Lightfoot Jr., NASA’s acting administrator said in a recent address.“We’ll reshape our focus based on the resources available to us, and the budget, while it’s lower, is still in pretty good shape for us, for what we’re going to do in Earth science.”
Plate No. 21706
Subject: Adoption of the Constitution, Constitution Sesquicentennial Issue
Color: bright red violet
Also includes "Tutelo Custom." 1936. Autograph document. 7 pages. Onondaga texts with partial English interlinear translations. Informants: 1917, Abram Charles; 1936, S. Gibson.
In 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant melted down, sending nearby residents fleeing the disaster zone. And sadly, most pets got left behind. Over the last 32 years, the surviving pups have multiplied, creating a community of hundreds that live in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and another 250 that live on the grounds of the former power plant itself.
According to the Russian website Meduza, Ukrainian authorities have captured 200 of the stray Chernobyl puppies. They are currently keeping them in a 45-day quarantine in the city of Slavutych, and then a dozen will be shipped to the United States.
“We have rescued the first puppies, they are now in our adoption shelter going through the quarantine and decontamination process,” Lucas Hixson, co-founder of the U.S.-based Clean Futures Fund, a non-profit created to take care of Chernobyl clean-up workers, their families and the dogs tells Novak. “The goal is 200 dogs but will likely be more in the long run. My hope is to get 200 dogs rescued and adopted in the next 18 months and then go from there.”
The pups have a heartbreaking story, as The Guardian’s Julie McDowell detailed earlier this year. During the evacuation, more than 120,000 people were herded onto buses to escape the meltdown of the Unit 4 reactor, leaving most of their valuables and their pets behind. Many dogs tried to follow their owners onto the buses but were kicked off. People left notes on their doors asking authorities not to kill their animals, but Soviet Army squads were dispatched to put down as many contaminated animals as they could find.
Some of the dogs survived the army and the radiation, rebuilding their community as a pack. The Clean Futures Fund reports that the 250 dogs living on the grounds of the former power plant were likely driven out of the surrounding forests by wolves and a lack of food. Another 225 dogs roam Chernobyl City and hundreds of others live and scrounge at security checkpoints and throughout the woods and abandoned communities in the Exclusion Zone. Most of the dogs around the plant are under the age of 4 or 5, and clean-up workers at the site sometimes feed and tend to sick animals.
But last year, after becoming aware of the animals, The Clean Futures Fund decided the pups needed a more permanent solution. That’s why they’ve implemented a three-year program in the Exclusion Zone to spay and neuter 1,000 animals and vaccinate them against rabies. At their first clinic last August, the Fund spayed and neutered 350 dogs and cats in the area. Each animal was tested for radiation, given antibiotics, vaccinated for rabies and microchipped. Each dog's vital data was also recorded.
For the next clinic scheduled for June, the Fund has also partnered with researchers from the University of South Carolina. The team will study the dogs for signs of radiation poisoning as well as genetic damage and disruptions to the dogs’ microbiomes, reports Mary Katherine Wildeman at The Post and Courier. The team will sedate the dogs and look for tumors and cataracts, which can signal radiation poisoning.
Understanding the impacts of radiation exposure is becoming increasingly important, says Timothy Mousseau, a researcher who has studied radiation in the birds, insects and small animals of Chernobyl and will lead the project. Exposure rates in daily life from medical treatments and other sources are on the rise, with the average yearly dose Americans receive doubling in the last 20 years alone.
There is no word when or where the dozen Chernobyl pups will go up for adoption. But even if you're not lucky enough to have one of the reminders of Soviet-era nuclear power at the foot of your bed, it’s still possible to see the place for yourself and hand out treats to some of the remaining pups. There’s a booming tourism industry in the area to visit the eerie ghost towns and surprisingly quiet and beautiful green space that has overtaken the Zone.